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Is my laptop supposed to have the OS on the SSD?

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    Windows 8.1

    Is my laptop supposed to have the OS on the SSD?

    I recently bought a Dell Inspiron 15z Ultrabook which had Windows 8 (I upgraded it to Windows 8.1) preloaded into it, but on the HDD, not the SSD. It has a 30 GB SSD partition, out of which 29.6 GB is empty. Are laptops supposed to be shipped like that? I mean, isn't the operating system supposed to be on the SDD partition? Are the laptops being shipped incorrectly by the manufacturers? If yes, then is there a way to 'Migrate' my OS to the SSD portion? If not, then what is the purpose of this small 30 GB SSD partition? I know they are supposed to be fast, but also have limited write-cycles, so am I supposed to store programs on it, or what? I know it's a lot of questions, but please help...

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    It's a "Hybrid" disk, the SSD part is there just to Cache data until it's written to hard disk and so speed up the HDD. That's why it's so small. Nothing else to do here.
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    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64

    It appears most of the Dell Ultrabooks ship with a 32 GB SSD.

    There is another thread here where someone asked the same question, so you might check it out.

    I would say the SSD was there to be used as an acceleration cache for the HDD. Some suggest using it as an OS drive, but I do not agree.

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Is my laptop supposed to have the OS on the SSD?

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