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post #191 of 355
Its not worth 1%.
That thing is for situation when you have only 30gb ssd.
It will kill your SSD speed.Install OS,all programs you need and you can still install 10 games(i dont know who need more) and you will still have empty space for ssd to function normal.
post #192 of 355
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Originally Posted by vedranius View Post

Hi all!
Yesterday I bought wd 3tb red hdd, and then I tried to install everything, so this is what I did and where I stuck:
- put the option in BIOS from AHCI to RAID
- went to windows 7 installation, where it only showed that hdd have 746gb
- then I tried formatting it to GPT in Ubuntu GParted, and win was the same, but I loaded IRST drivers to it and then it showed - 2000gb and 746gb separately
- I couldnt partition any of these two volumes, and then I tried anotner win 7 disc, which couldnt show me my hard drives and I couldnt load drivers for it
- after that I tried with formatting hdd to GPT and setting it to NTFS
- it showed as full drive but I couldnt install windows to it
- so I deleted the partition, and I could partition the volume
- I started with installing but it stucked at 0% and got some error that it cant install for some stupid reason...
Any ideas what I can try, or doing something wrong?
Tnx!

Follow my windows 7 install guide for GPT step by step.
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Originally Posted by smokiibear View Post

Sean...My Apologies for duplicating the question here: I've been searching for the past 8 hours...my head is spinning. I'm building with a 256 SSD for the OS and a 2TB for data storage. Is there a configuration that enhances data transfer and read/write using IRST?

Do you know if IRST is better than Asus SSD caching when using Marvell Controller?

I've been trying to set up IRST all night. I installed my OS with SATA set to ACHI, then read your articles, changed it to raid, and loaded IRST....but never saw my drives available for accelerating.

After reading so much, I'm not sure it's even worth it.

Thanks for your help.
install OS on the SSD, do not use IRST or the marvell cache.

Also, your drives all need to be on the intel ports to cache them.
post #193 of 355
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Originally Posted by Sean Webster View Post

Follow my windows 7 install guide for GPT step by step.
install OS on the SSD, do not use IRST or the marvell cache.

Also, your drives all need to be on the intel ports to cache them.
Sean, tnx for helping me out, but, I tried this steps several times, and every time in installation Windows 7 or 8 (now trying out Windows 8) it recognizes my HDD as 746GB...
Yes, I made that partitions needed for GPT automatically, but still it shows that 746GB after diskpart cleaning, converting... wink.gif
Is that normal? Should I install Windows to that partition and later in Windows after I install IRST it'll show as 2.8TB? Or?
Tnx! wink.gif

EDIT: When I tried to load IRST driver with "Load Driver" option in installation, it would say that those drivers aren't for this, and it wouldn't show my HDD any more... I have the latest IRST from Intel site and latest from Asus site for my MBO, tried both and it's the same... I'm loading that driver from my USB flash drive...
Any ideas what is goind on, or what I can try to change in BIOS or somewhere???
Ty!
Edited by vedranius - 3/22/13 at 1:34pm
post #194 of 355
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Originally Posted by Sean Webster View Post

Follow my windows 7 install guide for GPT step by step.
install OS on the SSD, do not use IRST or the marvell cache.

Also, your drives all need to be on the intel ports to cache them.
Sean, tnx for helping me out, but, I tried this steps several times, and every time in installation Windows 7 or 8 (now trying out Windows 8) it recognizes my HDD as 746GB...
Yes, I made that partitions needed for GPT automatically, but still it shows that 746GB after diskpart cleaning, converting... wink.gif
Is that normal? Should I install Windows to that partition and later in Windows after I install IRST it'll show as 2.8TB? Or?
Tnx! wink.gif
IDK what you did wrong but you are doing something wrong lol.

First have only the HDD and the install media are plugged into Intel SATA ports, not a Marvell ports.

next when you boot the windows install media you need to makes sure you use the UEFI: DVD/CD-Rom option in the BIOS. When you run diskpart you must use the convert GPT command, format the drive and then it will show the full capacity.

If you follow the steps in the guides exactly you will have no issue.
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EDIT: When I tried to load IRST driver with "Load Driver" option in installation, it would say that those drivers aren't for this, and it wouldn't show my HDD any more... I have the latest IRST from Intel site and latest from Asus site for my MBO, tried both and it's the same... I'm loading that driver from my USB flash drive...
Any ideas what is goind on, or what I can try to change in BIOS or somewhere???
Ty!
Here is the latest IRST driver: www.station-drivers.com/telechargement/intel/sata/intel-rst_12.0.0.1083(www.station-drivers.com).exe
post #195 of 355
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IDK what you did wrong but you are doing something wrong lol.

First have only the HDD and the install media are plugged into Intel SATA ports, not a Marvell ports.

next when you boot the windows install media you need to makes sure you use the UEFI: DVD/CD-Rom option in the BIOS. When you run diskpart you must use the convert GPT command, format the drive and then it will show the full capacity.

If you follow the steps in the guides exactly you will have no issue.
Here is the latest IRST driver: www.station-drivers.com/telechargement/intel/sata/intel-rst_12.0.0.1083(www.station-drivers.com).exe

Ye, I did exactly as you wrote in your guides, right now I even tried making Windows 8 bootable UEFI usb, booted up with UEFI as someone described here on forum, and when I got in Windows 8 installation I still see 746GB... Tried changing from USB DVD/ROM and SATA internal DVD/ROM, it's the same, booted as UEFI, same... :/
Right now I have connected my drives (WD 3TB Red and ssd 64Gb) to Intel Z77 SATA 6 gb/s connectors...
I can't load drivers, whatever driver I tried it won't work, IRST from Intel, IRST from Asus...

Tell me, should I install maybe to that 746GB volume no matter it doesn't show as full HDD size, and when I install Windows 8, will it maybe show the full size in it after driver installation? Or?


After trying to load that driver for IRST from f6flpy-x64... This is now you gave me, but before I tried with older versions and it's the same...


Must say I don't have any ideas, as I tried everything (maybe), followed your guides step by step... axesmiley.png
Edited by vedranius - 3/22/13 at 3:39pm
post #196 of 355
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Install windows on the drive when it says 746GB once you are in the OS then you can extend the partition to its full capacity.

You will probably have to extend it after you install the IRST driver.
post #197 of 355
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Install windows on the drive when it says 746GB once you are in the OS then you can extend the partition to its full capacity.

You will probably have to extend it after you install the IRST driver.
Not sure if Windows and UEFI is trolling me or what but...
I installed Windows 8 to that volume, first with USB flash drive.
But, as you stated here:

I did that before installing, and after I couldn't get this:

In UEFI there wasn't that boot option to choose...
And then I tried to install from DVD, and it's the same...
I tried to leave it to boot, but it instantly goes to Windows booting, asking me to press any key, and if I don't press it it instantly goes to BIOS/UEFI...
It won't continue with Windows 8 installation, and in BIOS/UEFI I can't see my HDD as a boot option...
What's going on? Goddamit.. frown.gif

EDIT: Also, do I need to have "Secure boot" option set to Windows UEFI or Other OS before installing Windows?

EDIT2: Just to write how I set up my BIOS, to see if I did something wront...
- Set HDDs to RAID from AHCI
- Tried with Secure Boot option set to both options, both giving me the same thing after installing Win 8...
- All other HDDs and SSD are disconnected from PC, only that WD 3TB Red is connected
- Booting order, first UEFI DVD and other disabled, only set before installing
- After installation, it feels like it didn't even install it, no boot from hard drive option, only goes back to booting from DVD or going directly to UEFI...
no idea what's going on... :S

TNX!!!!
Edited by vedranius - 3/22/13 at 5:02pm
post #198 of 355
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Originally Posted by Sean Webster View Post

Install windows on the drive when it says 746GB once you are in the OS then you can extend the partition to its full capacity.

You will probably have to extend it after you install the IRST driver.
Not sure if Windows and UEFI is trolling me or what but...
I installed Windows 8 to that volume, first with USB flash drive.
But, as you stated here:

I did that before installing, and after I couldn't get this:

In UEFI there wasn't that boot option to choose...
And then I tried to install from DVD, and it's the same...
I tried to leave it to boot, but it instantly goes to Windows booting, asking me to press any key, and if I don't press it it instantly goes to BIOS/UEFI...
It won't continue with Windows 8 installation, and in BIOS/UEFI I can't see my HDD as a boot option...
What's going on? Goddamit.. frown.gif

EDIT: Also, do I need to have "Secure boot" option set to Windows UEFI or Other OS before installing Windows?

EDIT2: Just to write how I set up my BIOS, to see if I did something wront...
- Set HDDs to RAID from AHCI
- Tried with Secure Boot option set to both options, both giving me the same thing after installing Win 8...
- All other HDDs and SSD are disconnected from PC, only that WD 3TB Red is connected
- Booting order, first UEFI DVD and other disabled, only set before installing
- After installation, it feels like it didn't even install it, no boot from hard drive option, only goes back to booting from DVD or going directly to UEFI...
no idea what's going on... :S

TNX!!!!
no pix?

Disable secure boot it is not needed.

So you have the OS installed? After the OS is installed via GPT you will have to set boot priority to Windows boot Manager.

If it isn't installing I would just say forgot caching, install the normal way to only the SSD and use that as the OS drive. Then have the HDD set up as a secondary for data and games. I do that and it works great.
post #199 of 355
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Originally Posted by Sean Webster View Post

no pix?

Disable secure boot it is not needed.

So you have the OS installed? After the OS is installed via GPT you will have to set boot priority to Windows boot Manager.

If it isn't installing I would just say forgot caching, install the normal way to only the SSD and use that as the OS drive. Then have the HDD set up as a secondary for data and games. I do that and it works great.
biggrin.gif no pix, but I cant put them later on...
I tried putting Secure Boot to disabled and it says that my GPU isn't recognized, also my MBO makes a warning sound...
Huh... :/
I bought that 3TB WD Red just because of this caching... 64GB SSD is pretty pretty small for me, and all stuff that I need on main drive...
All stuff, temps, firefox temp, and other temporary files take a lot of space, and I don't want to SymLink those files again to another drive because it's a pain in the ass... :/
The problem is that it finishes installation, and reboots, but there's not that Windows Setup boot option which would finish the installation...
Windows Boot Manager isn't there in boot options, any idea why? And even after Windows 8 installation... tongue.gif
post #200 of 355
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Originally Posted by vedranius View Post

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Originally Posted by Sean Webster View Post

no pix?

Disable secure boot it is not needed.

So you have the OS installed? After the OS is installed via GPT you will have to set boot priority to Windows boot Manager.

If it isn't installing I would just say forgot caching, install the normal way to only the SSD and use that as the OS drive. Then have the HDD set up as a secondary for data and games. I do that and it works great.
biggrin.gif no pix, but I cant put them later on...
I tried putting Secure Boot to disabled and it says that my GPU isn't recognized, also my MBO makes a warning sound...
Huh... :/
I bought that 3TB WD Red just because of this caching... 64GB SSD is pretty pretty small for me, and all stuff that I need on main drive...
All stuff, temps, firefox temp, and other temporary files take a lot of space, and I don't want to SymLink those files again to another drive because it's a pain in the ass... :/
The problem is that it finishes installation, and reboots, but there's not that Windows Setup boot option which would finish the installation...
Windows Boot Manager isn't there in boot options, any idea why? And even after Windows 8 installation... tongue.gif
That mobo has a CPU fan issue. Someone had an issue with booting before. Make sure the CPU fan is plugged in and set the minimum speed higher in the BIOS.

You can easily get away with a 64GB SSD for OS. Temp files don't take up much room tongue.gif. What programs you using? I had a ton of media productivity software installed and didn't take up much room.
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