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HP Elitebook 840 G1 - SSd / Hard Drive Problems

  1. #1


    Posts : 44
    Windows 8.1

    HP Elitebook 840 G1 - SSd / Hard Drive Problems


    Hey,

    I purchased this HP Elitebook 840 G1 today and really like it however am experiencing a really annoying problem with the storage arrangements here.

    WIndows installed on a 32GB SSD card that appears to be installed inside the machine and you have access to a 475GB HDD which is to be used for downloads, personal files etc etc?

    Once installed on the SSD drive, I had approx 5GB of free space which has been eaten by windows updates, I have changed the download location and program install directoy locations via the registry however when downloading updates the machine keeps saying that the C drive is full and stops the download.

    what can I do?

    i dontk know what this problem is called so I cant google it and look at what others have done to solve this problem?

    Help!

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  2. #2


    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    If the problem is freeing up the space on your SSD for Windowes to install its updates, you might try some of the following:


    In addition to the last point, use a program like WizTree (I like it, but use whatever you prefer) to see what eats up the most space on your SSD, and act accordingly.
    Also, /AppData/* folders can take up a lot of space, but it's much harder to move them, and it's not always stable AFAIK. I wouldn't do it unless there was really no other choice.

    Sorry, but this basic advice is all I can give. Hope either this helps, or someone else does.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 44
    Windows 8.1


    this is some brilliant advise - sorry to sound thick but I genuinely didnt know what to name the problem....

    will try these now

    thanks fella
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  4. #4


    Central IL
    Posts : 3,468
    Linux Mint 17.2


    You have what is called a "Hybrid" drive. The SSD is only used to speed up how fast data is read & wrote from the Hard Drive. You cannot physically access the SSD portion of the Hybrid drive for any other use.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    You have what is called a "Hybrid" drive. The SSD is only used to speed up how fast data is read & wrote from the Hard Drive. You cannot physically access the SSD portion of the Hybrid drive for any other use.
    I should have read his specs, sorry. But still, it seems like scott7 needs to clear up some space on the 32GB hybrid drive, is that not so?
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  6. #6


    Posts : 44
    Windows 8.1


    well the SSD for this laptop is a separate card that is used exclusively for the OS - its not a hybrid drive..

    its really strange....
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  7. #7


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    The 32 GB SSD is meant to be used a cache drive, not as the Windows system drive. With the correctly installed software it will work with the hard drive and do what a hybrid drive would. Who installed Windows on this PC? IMHO it's not setup correctly.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 44
    Windows 8.1


    ok - I installed windows, can you advise me the best way to set it up please ? when installed windows I was offered no other destination other than this 32GB SSD, hard drive was not one of the choices .

    These 32GB Msata SSD cards do see fairly popular as I have been googling them for the last 30 minutes, they don't seem like a great idea though.

    Help ?
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  9. #9


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Do a "custom" install and you should get a screen with options to select what drive/partition Windows is installed too.

    Step 6 here, Clean Install - Windows 8
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  10. #10


    Posts : 44
    Windows 8.1


    I don't get that option and have tried.

    You only have the option to use the micro SSD
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