Some questions on the Alienware 17R1 1070 upgrade

Discussion in 'Alienware 17 and M17x' started by uugui shi, Mar 22, 2019.

  1. uugui shi

    uugui shi Notebook Consultant

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    Good day everyone, instead of starting I new thread I thought I would add to this one. I'll get straight to the point: I think there are some things that could be improved in my system from the bios starting with Sata operations tab.
    Correct me if I say anything stupid: Apparently when I bought this laptop 6 years ago I bought the configuration that used the msata as a cache device for the (now dead) 750GB HDD. Since I have an SSD now I don't need the msata to remain a cache device (right?), is there a way to use it as a normal drive? And since my boot drive (the SSD) is not set as raid shouldn't I switch from RAID to AHCI in the Sata operations tab?
    I've included some screenshots from my bios and boot setup for reference
     

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  2. Maxware79

    Maxware79 Notebook Evangelist

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    You should just have to format the msata and then it can be used as an additional drive. Cache drives are usually pretty small though. The broken 17 I just bought had a 512gb msata which was being used as the main OS drive.
    Now that you've disabled the msata as a cache can you see it as a separate drive in Windows? Tty typing diskmgmt.msc in your windows explorer search bar.
     
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    uugui shi Notebook Consultant

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    Thank you for the help! I think I will wait a bit to do that, right now I'm very busy and as you said the msata isn't that big to make a difference I'll be buying an normal SSD to replace the secondary HDD just because it's dying.
     
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    Get the SSD size you want, but before you reinstall you OS, make sure you set SATA to AHCI so you can use the MSATA SSD by itself, according to the screenshots, its 64GB which is nothing to scoff at, but I wouldn't use it for anything other than OS or indie titles.
     
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    Well I was planning to use it to store other software (like games), when it comes to speed in loading the OS it should be the same as the ssd I'm already using in the sata slot as far as I've seen, so the OS would remain on the 840EVO I've already installed years ago
     
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