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Back to Basics - How to use a small SSD and large HDD

  1. #1


    Posts : 8
    Win 8.1 Pro

    Back to Basics - How to use a small SSD and large HDD


    Hi

    I have an Asus S56C (25GB SSD & 500GB HDD) which came with Win8 and I used it without any problems or knowledge of how it was set up. I then decided to do a complete re-install.

    After much faffing around, I found out how to install Win 8.1 on the SSD. With all the programs automatically installing on the SSD I rapidly ran out of space. More research and I eventually found out how to re-locate the User files and used AppMove (Funduc Software Home - Windows shareware and freeware) to move the program files.

    The SSD is still 70% full.

    My question is : how are the two drives (SSD & HDD) supposed to be used?

    I have spent hours searching the internet and found mods to the Registry and other fixes, all of which sound dubious. I am sure there is a simple way to effectively use the speed of the SSD and capacity of the HDD, I just need someone to explain, in simple terms, how to do this.

    Please help!

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  2. #2


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


    That SSD was likely setup as a cache drive. Windows would have been installed to the 500 GB HD. There will be a utility you install to make it work that way. I think your going to have to start over. 25 GB is too small. Moving everything over to the other drive the way you have just negates any benefits of using it.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 8
    Win 8.1 Pro


    Thanks alphanumeric, your reply solves the problem and makes a lot of sense to me, as I know know what the SSD is for. Do you know the name of a caching utility I can install, or do I need an Asus specific product.

    All the best
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  4. #4


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


    It should be listed in the downloads for your model on the ASUS site. It may be under drivers or utilities. If not, check your owners manual, its likely listed in there somewhere as a feature.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 8
    Win 8.1 Pro


    Thanks, I have left a message on the Asus Support site, hopefully someone will phone on Monday, its called ExpressCache, but I can't find the download.

    That's easy to sort out, thanks again alphanumeric, you have been a great help.
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  6. #6


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


    Have a look at this, ASUSTeK Computer Inc. -Support- Drivers and Download ExpressCache

    EDIT: In the OS selection box select Windows 8 64 bit, then click the blue + where it says utilities.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 8
    Win 8.1 Pro


    Thnaks, I was looking on the UK site which is completely different.
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