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Want to Migrate Boot to 24GB mSATA?

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    Want to Migrate Boot to 24GB mSATA?


    I have an Asus VivoBook that came with a 24GB mSATA (separated into two partions) cache drive and a 465 GB spinning drive partitioned into half. After basis setup, I appear to be using about 40GB.

    I've done some homework and it appears that because of Bios limitations that replacing the mSATA drive with something bigger is not an option. I'd also prefer to not replace the spinning drive for cost reasons.

    I'm evaluating the benefit of pruning my boot drive to its essentials and moving everything unessential to the its own partition on the spinning drive, then cloning this and moving it to the mSATA drive and rejiggering the boot sequence.

    Would love to find a guide or utility that walks through this step by step... or any other guidance.

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    What came preinstalled on the Asus -- Win7 or Win8?

    You've got what some folks refer to as a Hybrid drive setup -- SSD + HDD. What makes you think that it is not already configured for optimum performance -- by the vendor?

    Also, if the SSD is indeed a "cache drive", there may not be any way to install anything permanent on it.
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    Windows 8


    Windows 8 is preinstalled

    I had assumed that booting Windows 8 directly from an SSD would provide the best performance. It maybe that all is OK with current config and that this is best as you can get with this setup.

    The SSD has two partitions with nothing on them. They are not mounted, but I would assume that they could be...
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    Windows Server 2012 Standard w/Hyper-V


    A 24 gig drive would probably be too small, which is why it's used for caching. Even the tablets (not RT) give you a 64 gig drive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kendor View Post
    The SSD has two partitions with nothing on them. They are not mounted, but I would assume that they could be...
    IF, in fact, the partitions are there only to support caching, there will be no way to save anything permanently to them.
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