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help needed for getting started with my new dell laptop

  1. #1

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    help needed for getting started with my new dell laptop

    Hello everyone,

    I bought a new dell 15R SE 7520 laptop yesterday with the following configuration:

    Processor : Intel Core™ i7-3632QM Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.20 GHz)
    Memory : 8192MB (2X4096) 1600MHZ DDR3
    Graphics : 2GB AMD RADEON HD 7730M
    Operating System : Windows 8 64bit Single Language

    I have my 1TB Hard disk (DISK 0) partitioned as image below:

    Also the 32GB SSD (DISK 1) is shown in the above picture as the 8GB disk assigned for the hibernation and the remaining assigned for the cache purpose.

    I believe that the first partition called EFI system partition is the one which includes all the dell startup options and diagnostics (F2 button at the startup). The large one of 981 GB is my only accessible partition which contains the operating system and this is obvious for everyone here for sure. The last one of 11.96 is the recovery partition which I don't need it as DELL backup and recovery software is a crap and is not working which is a common issue and they haven't solved it yet so I decided to do all my backup and recovery manually as I used to.

    I will remove the operating system which is installed but dell and I will install mine so I need to make sure that I do everything in the right way because this is the first time I deal with any computer contains an SSD disk for cache purpose and honestly I don't know how is those SSD disks work.

    This is what I actually need to perform:
    1- Remove all partitions except the first one for DELL EFI
    2- Using windows 8 to re-partition my hard disk drive (1 TB). By the way, my current SATA configuration SET to intel smart response technology which prevent my windows 8 installation disk recognizing my 1 TB hard disk drive. I should switch it to AHCI before I install windows. I just made this switch once to check that my windows 8 will recognize my hard disk then switch it back without doing any installations.
    3- I need to know if there is any needed configuration to get my SSD 32GB work as the current settings made by DELL to work as a cache.

    I'm so sorry for many questions but I really need an expert to let me learn more about the SSD technology and the new intel smart response technology SATA operation.

    Awaiting your response.

    Best regards
    Sameh Saad

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  2. #2

    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1

    You may find this a good read, IRST acceleration cache
    System Builder Install/HP 32GB mSSD HDD Acceleration Cache

    Quote Originally Posted by ppark1
    We have some Dell XPS 14's at work that utilize this exact same setup. A 32gb caching drive, as well as a 500GB standard mechanical hard drive. Like all machines at work, i played with the default setup a bit to figure out if everything was working and then proceeded to format and reinstall the operating system.

    In order to have this combination work, you have to have the BIOS set to use the Intel Smart Response Technology enabled, and once the OS is installed, you have to install the Intel Rapid Start Technology Driver.

    With the Dell, the 32GB SSD was broken down into an 8GB OEM hibernation partition and the remaining space was dedicated to the caching portion. When I reloaded my OS, i simply ignored the SSD entirely and deleted the partitions on the 500GB SSD and recreated a partition on the 500GB drive in which to install Windows.

    Once Windows was running, I installed the Intel Rapid Storage software (iRST). I went in and clicked on the SSD and choose to "Enable" acceleration. That was all there was to it.

    You might find this whitepaper interesting, it's what I found on the Dell website when I was investigating these technologies;
    Dell Whitepaper: Intel Responsiveness Technologies Setup Guide - Direct2Dell - Direct2Dell - Dell Community

    Intel links.
    IRST acceleration cache
    Intel® Cache Acceleration Software
    New and Innovative Caching Solution
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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