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I recently took out the 500gb hdd and put in a 128gb SSD. I was wondering how to get access to the 24gb SSD and use it as another drive
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The 24GB SSD drive that was already built into the laptop was a cache drive. Replacing the HDD with a full on SSD was a waste of money. The HDD + Cache will, over time, make your HDD as fast as a SSD while providing the storage needed.

Honestly speaking, most of those cache drives are built specifically for that reason. You can't access that drive normally and I would suggest returning the SSD and going back to the HDD/Cache routine as it's just as fast.
     
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Right click on your computer->manage->disk management . Delete the hidden partition on the 24gb ssd if you don't need it to restore defaults and create a new partition.
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Right click on your computer->manage->disk management . Delete the hidden partition on the 24gb ssd if you don't need it to restore defaults and create a new partition.

Yep,

There may also be a 2nd recovery partition on it which you can delete if you know you won't need it.

After all 24GB is small, you want as much of it back as you can.
    
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The 24GB SSD drive that was already built into the laptop was a cache drive. Replacing the HDD with a full on SSD was a waste of money. The HDD + Cache will, over time, make your HDD as fast as a SSD while providing the storage needed.
Honestly speaking, most of those cache drives are built specifically for that reason. You can't access that drive normally and I would suggest returning the SSD and going back to the HDD/Cache routine as it's just as fast.

What???? This is complete misinformation.
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What???? This is complete misinformation.

Then what are the facts? thinking.gif
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Then what are the facts? thinking.gif

Small denomination SSDs(aka cache drives) tend to be a lot slower than more permanent drives(see: Acer S3). Furthermore, the HDD will never be as fast as the cache drive which isn't even as fast as dedicated SSD as I previously mentioned. You can't access the cache drive and even if you could, its too small.

Better to just remove both HDDs and cache drive and get a 128GB SSD.

The cache drive performs more like a 7200.12 drive.
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Small denomination SSDs(aka cache drives) tend to be a lot slower than more permanent drives(see: Acer S3). Furthermore, the HDD will never be as fast as the cache drive which isn't even as fast as dedicated SSD as I previously mentioned. You can't access the cache drive and even if you could, its too small.

Better to just remove both HDDs and cache drive and get a 128GB SSD.

The cache drive performs more like a 7200.12 drive.

While you're correct for the most part, I'd like to make some clarifications. You can use any SSD as a cache drive. It just so happens laptop manufacturers are using slower SSDs (most likely for cost savings). It'll be interesting to note what form factor the manufacturers are using for cache. If they use mSATA and it's easily accessible, you could forgo caching and replace the mSATA with, say, a 128~256GB Crucial m4 or OCZ Nocti for OS and programs and continue using a 2.5" HDD for data.
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the 24gb ssd is soldered on the motherboard
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the 24gb ssd is soldered on the motherboard

That's unusual these days with mSATA...
    
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