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The use of mSATA

  1. #11


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    Quote Originally Posted by Saltgrass View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by hummer7 View Post
    On the other hand, when I opened DATAPART I drive (i.e., mSATA drive), it is empty. 31.1 GB is available. It seems that that its empty space can be used to store files up to 31 gb. Is that space untouchable because of IRST function?
    I am not sure what you mean by DATAPART, unless you are referring to a label for a DATA Partition. If you are running the Intel Smart Response Technology, in Disk Management, the SSD should not show as a separate drive, but as one drive since it would be in a RAID array with the larger drive.

    If you do show it as a separate drive, then perhaps some of the links Theog posted would be more appropriate to explain how it works.
    When I looked at the BIOS setup, I see "mSATA: Samsunng SSD 32 GB " as a separate drive. Under disk management and also windows explorer), I see a separate disk as DATAPART I. Datapart drive, it is just empty. That is the reason why I posted this question.

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  2. #12


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    Windows 8.1 x64


    Maybe a picture of your Disk Management window and a couple of the IRST utility from the Acceleration tab showing how the system is set up, would help.

    The pictures from Theog's links can guide you where to look. Maybe they set the drive up a a dual purpose configuration.
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  3. #13


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    I attached two screen shots: Boot Menu and Disk Management.
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    In BootMenu, P5 drive is mSATA, 32 gb.
    In disk management picture, DATAPART I drive is clearly seen.
    I also attached a partial folder of IRST folder. There were 6 exe files in the folder.

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    Please tell me what you think. I am eager to learn about this stuff.
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  4. #14


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    I guess I was wrong. That looks like a real partition. Copy some data into it and see what happens with the data after you stored something to the eSata.
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  5. #15


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    I don't know what you are looking for. I added a few different type of files into the DATAPARTI (mSATA 32 GB).
    See the attachment

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    There is no modification of all files added to the mSATA drive. I can open all files without any problem and also play an mp3 file. It looks that I can add files up to 31 gb.
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  6. #16


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    Have a look again once you have moved files to the HDD part of the eSata. If it is used for buffering, that data may get erased. Unfortunately I do not have such a device and cannot test it.

    I have a 1TB SSHD and on that the SSD part is not seperately addressable.
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  7. #17


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    I will watch these files for next few days. I will post if any of files disappears or corrupted.
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  8. #18


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    I am not really sure what to suggest either. My only guess would be the system was not set up for some reason, possibly related to windows 8 or 8.1 or the 8.1 update.

    I saw one thread on the Dell site saying the SRT had not been set up and another saying there was no SRT option in the Bios for the SATA configuration.

    I would probably ask Dell, or go on their community site and ask there. Someone that has that system might know. I was looking at an XPS 2720 today and it has the 32 GB mSATA, but I did not see the configuration mentioned in the Owner's Manual.

    If you can set the SSD up as an accelleration drive, I think I would be preferable to 32 GB of storage space.

    Edit: I found this on the Dell site when you configure a new system and what the hard drive options are..

    mSATA or mini-SATA, enables smaller form factor SSDs without compromising storage capacity, which in turn allows for smaller, thinner laptops and Ultrabooks™. Some Ultrabooks, such as the XPS 13, use an mSATA SSD as the primary hard drive. Other systems, such as select XPS and Inspiron R Special Edition laptops, offer an optional mSATA SSD paired with a traditional hard drive. These systems use the mSATA SSD as a cache and "see" the mSATA + HDD as one contiguous drive. Systems with the mSATA SSD + HDD get the benefits and performance boost of an SSD combined with the larger storage capacity of an HDD. Systems with an optional mSATA SSD also typically support Intel® Rapid Start and Smart Response Technologies.
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  9. #19


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    That's interesting. So it is either - or. Both ways work. In this case here the setup seems to be for seperate disks. The 32GBs would suffice to install the OS - if properly tuned. I have one system with a 32GB SSD and I have 13GB of free space on it. A few other systems run on 60GB SSDs but are all under 30GBs of used space.
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  10. #20


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    Before leaving for work this morning, I looked at the DATAPART I drive. Five files which I copied onto it were there and intact. They were not corrupted either.

    This computer is equipped with i7-4770 Processor and 24 GB RAM.
    I feel this computer runs faster than my other win 7 computers.
    My wife's a year old-Alienware computer runs as fast as this computer but it is not loaded many software as my computers.
    I do not know whether ISRT is installed in the Alienware.

    As described in an earlier post, I see ISRT icon in system tray.
    I did not see the listing of ISRT in Startup programs.
    I opened up the IRST by clicking ISRT icon in system tray (see the attachment).
    Then I clicked the 32GB mSATA drive (see the green arrow).
    It seems that ISRT is running as a default program.
    The red arrow implies that the space can be used for storage.
    I might be wrong on this one.

    >If you can set the SSD up as an acceleration drive,
    Could you please describe how to set the 32 SSD as an acceleration drive?
    I am tempted to try if my computer is not on ISRT acceleration mode.

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