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The use of mSATA

  1. #21


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    Windows 8.1 x64


    The question is not can you use it as storage, but is that preferable to using it as a Cache drive.

    Since you do not show the "Create" tab on the IRST utility, I will assume you have not enabled the Smart Response Technology in the Bios using the SATA controller. Other systems which use the SRT need to have RAID enabled, so I have to assume the SRT option is about the same thing. But you might check the Performance tab first to see if it looks like my attachment and will allow acceleration to be set.

    If you do have the Bios option, just changing it might cause problems, so the way I change a Windows 8 system to a RAID controller is to use MSconfig.exe to set the boot to Safe Mode.

    Then reboot into the Bios settings and change the SATA option to RAID, or SRT in your case. Then save the settings and let it reboot into Safe Mode.

    Once it is in Safe Mode, you can use MSconfig.exe again to remove the option to boot into safe mode and restart your system and let it boot normally. If you run into any problems, just reboot into the bios and set it back to AHCI. If it tries to enter a Repair scenario, better to stop and reboot to get back into the Bios. As you can tell, there are some risks associated with changing the SATA controller configuration.

    My SSD is 60 GB so it only used 40 GB for the Cache. Your system will be able to use all the 32 GB of your drive.

    These attachments came from a Clean install of 8.1.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails SRT5.JPG   SRT1.JPG   SRT2.JPG   SRT3.JPG   SRT4.JPG  


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  2. #22


    Posts : 84
    Windows 8.1


    Good point. When I get home this evening, I will follow your instruction.
    When I saw mSATA in BIOS, I thought that it is on.
    I will check it again. I did not make a screen shot, when I right clicked on ISRT icon in system tray, there were 4 menu (options?). All were on, which implies that ISRT is on.
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  3. #23


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    Windows 8.1


    I checked the ISRT system, I found that my computer did not have RAID system. No raid controller was found. When I checked mSATA drive in BIOS, there is no on or off option. It appears that it is On by default. Everything what you posted seems to be different from mine. I could not see "Create" option either.
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  4. #24


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    Windows 8.1 x64


    You need to check the link Theog gave you for the Dell Tutorial that shows where the Bios setting is. You are looking for the SATA configuration, not just the mSATA. You should have options for the setting of AHA or AHCI or Intel Smart response. If you are not sure, take a picture of where you think the setting is and what the options for it are. Your first bios picture is not the correct location. You need to be on the Advanced Tab, SATA configuration.

    Then right click the Intel Rapid Storage Technology icon in the system tray and select open application. You should then see the windows I attached, or at least something similar. If you have not yet installed the Intel Rapid Storage Technology, you may need to do that. But when you get the utility open, get us a picture.
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  5. #25


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    Windows 8.1


    OK. I will look at Theog's links this weekend.
    Upon reading your message, I looked at Bios Adv. (see attachment).
    I see that [AHC1]. But I did not want to touch to avoid messing up the BIOS system.

    Click image for larger version
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  6. #26


    Posts : 84
    Windows 8.1


    I just opened up BIOS Advanced again. As shown in the screen capture in the previous post, I tapped SATA Mode>[AHCI].

    It prompted two options: AHCI or RAID. It seems that ADHI is the default setting. I did not try to tap RAID option.
    Should I try hit RAID option?
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  7. #27


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    If I were you, I would install Windows on it. Clean up your C partition, get all the user data on a seperate partition, get rid of hiberfile and reduce the pagefile to 2GB. Then make an image of C and transfer it to the SSD. That will give you a nice performance boost.
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  8. #28


    Posts : 84
    Windows 8.1


    WHS, I am taking your suggestion seriously. Before proceeding to that approach, I need more of your advise.
    In this computer, the size of C-partition is 250 GB but 150 GB is currently occupied by windows 8.1 along with tons of programs. I speculate that windows 8 could be installed on 32 GB of mSATA .

    Here is my problem. I have never installed programs separately in a different partition or drive. Whenever I install a program, it automatically installs in the windows partition under Program Files or Program Files (x86) . How can I do that? If I know how, I would definitely try this interesting approach.
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  9. #29


    Posts : 84
    Windows 8.1


    WHS. I use Acronis True Image (ATI) to create images of C-partition. When I received this computer, I installed only one software (ATI) to create windows mirror images (or "tib"). I checked the first image which I created. It's size is about 25 gb. When I checked it, it looks good and and no indication of its corruption. I could install this image on mSATA drive (32 gb) to restore Windows 8.1. But I felt the size of the tib is too close to mSATA drive. Even though I install programs on a separate partition or drive, some or a few files will be automatically installed on mSATA drive. So the idea of installing windows 8.1 on mSATA seems to be risky. The 32 GB size is rather small for this purpose. Am I wrong?
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  10. #30


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    Vista and Win7


    Programs are usually not the problem unless those are games. But nearly all programs give you the option to point them to the folder where you want them. We usually take C:\Program Files or Program Files x86 which are the default. But at this point you only have to browse and insert your own folder.

    Your main problem though is probably the user data - Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos. Those are easy. You just define a folder for each of those in another partition - e.g. Documents xx, Music xx, etc. The xx is just a suffix and can be anything. I use Documents whs, pictures whs, etc. That avoids confusion with the default folders.

    Then you move your user data to the corresponding folders. In Documents there are usually a few system and program generated folders. Don't move those - else the corresponding programs that use the folders will be discombobulated. Once your system is on the SSD, you navigate to those folders, right click on each and INCLUDE it into the corresponding library. You can also do that before you transfer the OS to the SSD.

    Once you have appr. 25GB or less data on your C partition, you can image C and the System Partition. Use free Macrium (tutorial below). The size of the partition does not matter - only the size of the data (not sure whether Acronis can restore to a smaller partition - Macrium can). Before you restore the image(s) to the SSD, I suggest you format and align the SSD. Use these commands:


    Diskpart
    List disk
    Select disk n (where n is the number that was given for your SSD in List disk)
    Clean
    Create partition primary align=1024
    Format fs=ntfs quick ==> check your disk, it may not be in NTFS
    Active
    Exit


    I suggest to start with moving your data to a seperate partition and then we'll see where we stand sizewise. Ask questions when things are not clear. And here is the Macrium tutorial link.

    Imaging with free Macrium - Windows 7 Help Forums
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