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The use of mSATA

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    The use of mSATA


    I have a new Dell 7800 Win 8 desktop computer with 2TB HD.
    I found that it also came with a mSATA drive (32 GB: Samsung SSD).
    I have no idea what is mSATA for.
    I have a plenty of space in my hard drives.
    Please advise me the use of mSATA.
    I see that its smaller size 32 Gb) is not that useful either.

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    IRST acceleration cache

    Intel links.
    IRST acceleration cache
    Intel® Cache Acceleration Software
    New and Innovative Caching Solution



    Dell tutorial links:
    http://dell.to/15Cz2AS
    http://dell.to/13EbJpn
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    Could you please elaborate more on IRST acceleration cache?
    Should I get a software for it or is it pre-installed in the computer?
    My computer is Dell XPS 8700.
    I am interesting in trying this interesting program.
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    Pre-installed by DELL.
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    It is just a buffer that tries to overcome the inherent HDD access delays.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Pre-installed by DELL.
    My computer is less than 2-month old. I scanned Program Files folders and also "Uninstall or change a program" folder. I don't see the listing of "IRST acceleration cache" but I see "Intel rapid storage program". Is this the same program?
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    It appears from the below quote from the Dell site, your mSATA is used for the Intel Smart Response Technology, and works as WHS describes by helping to speed up access to large HDDs.

    2TB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive + Intel® SRT 32GB SSD Cache
    If you want to check, you should have in the hidden section of the System Tray, an IRST utility. If you open it, there should be a tab which allows configuration of the Accelleration (mSATA or SSD) drive. From there you can enable or disable accelleration and handle other configuratiion functions.
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    I checked the system tray just now. There was an unusual icon, which is found to be IRST icon. In the past, I did not know what this is about but I ignored.

    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?
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    That space is not really available seperately. It is used for the operation of the device. Copy some data to that device, then the space should be used - somehow. Don't know though how long it will linger in there.
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    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.
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