So I have the HD + SSD hybrid drive that came with my lap top. When I upgraded to Windows 8 I accidently formatted the 20Gig SSD part. So before the SSD part was being used a cache and not it is not doing anything. Does anyone know how I can set it up to be used as cache again?
Setting up a hybrid drive(24 posts)
Assuming you haven't changed the settings in the BIOS, which should have been set up as a RAID system so it ignores the SSD part initially, then you should be able to boot the system and install as normal onto the main drive. Then, when the system is up and running you need to install the chipset drivers and the SSD cache utility before anything else. This varies with whichever chipset you have, for example if it's an Intel one then you are looking for their 'Rapid Storage Technology' and if it didn't come on a disk you can download it from the Intel Download Centre. Once installed it is available as a System tray icon (in Windows 8 I cannot say where it will be, but have a look through the Programs for it), open the utility and look for the 'Accelerate' section where you will find your SSD listed for selection.
I don't have a button that says accelerate. I installed the chipset and everything. Any idea why that could be? Also, does the SSD need to be unallocated space or allocated?
I didn't mess with BIOS. But my BIOS is really really simple and it doesn't have any option for RAID. Like it barely has any options at all
What oldgeezer meant was to:
Download and Install File name: iata_enu.exe Version:184.108.40.2060
Then turn it on in Control Panel / (Notification Area Icons) and an Icon will show up in the Tray Icons so you can click on it to configure the system.
I called them and basically the guy said he has no idea and should call back tomorrow for their level 2 tech support. I asked him how to upgrade to the UEFI as it wasn't letting me upgrade to any 2.x version. He told me that software team hasn't finished developing an upgrade (even though there is a 2.07 and 2.11 version). So they really have no idea what they were talking about. Going to call their level 2 tech support and let you know tomorrow!
Downloads & Support Documents - Aspire / Aspire M5-481TG
The Manual will prove helpful.
User Manual (Windows 8) Acer 01.01.04 113.2 MB 11/27/2012
MS will not answer questions concerning Intel Hardware.
Best we Research Intel and other Sites.
Yes, Clean Install Windows 7 with only (1) Partition.
Load in the Win7 Drivers after Clean Install.
******Then Update the Machine Bios to Latest Version.*********
Then we'll Clean Install Windows 8 using DiskPart to prepare the Hard Drive First.