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I recently purchased a win8 based asus laptop with a 24GB SSD and a 1 TB mechanical drive.

When I loaded Win7 fresh, it loaded the OS into the small SSD and has the mechanical drive as a separate partition.

Is there something in the Win7 setup that allows them to be merged?

Before, there were only 2 roughly 500 GB partitions, with the SSD I assume being part of the first partition.

24GB isn't much to load programs and an OS.

I also think this is preventing me from loading the rapid start drivers.


Any suggestions?
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Originally Posted by Robilar View Post

I recently purchased a win8 based asus laptop with a 24GB SSD and a 1 TB mechanical drive.

When I loaded Win7 fresh, it loaded the OS into the small SSD and has the mechanical drive as a separate partition.

Is there something in the Win7 setup that allows them to be merged?

Before, there were only 2 roughly 500 GB partitions, with the SSD I assume being part of the first partition.

24GB isn't much to load programs and an OS.

I also think this is preventing me from loading the rapid start drivers.


Any suggestions?
Can you take a picture of the drive management window in windows so i can see what you mean? The partitions etc.
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In windows currently there is c: which is the SSD and E which is the mechanical.

Somehow there is a way to make the SSD a hybrid drive but no idea how to change the config to reflect that.

I can install to the mechanical drive but it seems like it leaves the SSD unused.

Is there a way to use the extend function to encompass the ssd?
Edited by Robilar - 1/28/13 at 2:40pm
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Without knowing exactly what laptop this is, I'm going to have to make a lot of assumptions, but here it goes:

If you have an IRST ROM setup you can access you may be able to set the SSD as a cache within.

If not, wipe both disks, and install windows as normal onto the HDD without touching the SSD (leave it unpartitioned). The once you have booted into Windows, install the RST software, and use the utility to accelerate the HDD with the SSD. If windows setup is being picky about what drive it wants to you, you may need to tinker with drive settings and boot orders in the BIOS.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1227655/how-to-set-up-intel-smart-response-technology-ssd-caching
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That might be the ticket. I wasn't able to load some of the Rapid start and rapid storage applications in the first go round.

This time I am loading windows on the mechanical drive. Then I will load the rapid drivers and see if it will pick up the ssd.


I'll post back and see if it works.

Thanks
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I finished the install on the mechanical drive.

Installed the Intel Inf driver package

Installed the Rapid Storage driver, it came up detecting the previously unformatted SSD and indicated it was installed successfully (doesn't show up as a drive letter).

It might have worked.
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Ok, everything is installed and working fine.

However, I have no clue if the SSD is actually doing anything. It shows up in disk management as an unallocated drive so I doubt it's working.

Also, I loaded the Intel Rapid Storage drivers and yet cannot find a way to launch the application to check settings there either.

I checked all of the Intel directories and no sign of an application (although the drivers definitely installed).


Now I'm stumped.


Windows 7 is so much faster than Win8 though (even without the hybrid SSD running). Definitely worth the mucking about.



Edited by Robilar - 1/28/13 at 5:58pm
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The application and drivers are distinct entities.

If the application is installed it should be in Programs or Control Panel somewhere. Without the application you cannot setup SRT, unless you have that option in the board's RAID ROM.

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Asus S46CM-DH51

The drivers installed correctly but I do not see the application anywhere in the control panel.


There is no option for RAID in the bios and it was set up correctly prior to my reformatting the system so I do not think there would be a need to modify any of the bios settings.
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Ok, I figured out the issue with the application. The package that Asus provides is drivers only.

I downloaded the Intel package and I now have access to the control panel.

Does not seem to be an option here to change the status of the SSD though.

I am wondering if I have to go into Disk Management first and change something there.


Edited by Robilar - 1/28/13 at 8:49pm
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