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June 12, 2013 5:43:59 AM

I just got a brand new Acer 418pt notebook (loaded with bloatware). It comes with a 500gb HDD and a 20gb SSD to make things snappy. I found that windows 8 was installed on the HDD and not the SSD and I would like to change that. I can not find the SSD when I go to yhe computer tab, but I can locate the SSD in device manager, but cannot access any of the files.

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June 12, 2013 5:54:47 AM

It's probably meant to be a cache drive.

And 20GB is too small for a usable Windows 7 or 8 installation.
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June 12, 2013 6:38:25 AM

Yes it is a cache drive, but I thought that it just meant it was a small sized drive (I don't know if you can tell, but I don't deal with storage a lot :p ). So cache means it is not accessible to me?
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a c 884 G Storage
June 12, 2013 6:41:59 AM

SheepyxD said:
Yes it is a cache drive, but I thought that it just meant it was a small sized drive (I don't know if you can tell, but I don't deal with storage a lot :p ). So cache means it is not accessible to me?


A cache drive becomes part of the HDD-CPU chain. It is in effect a fast staging area for data to and from the CPU. The system pulls what it think it may need next from the HDD, and places it in the much faster SSD. When the CPU needs it, it comes from the SSD.

No, it is not accessible for regular use.
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June 12, 2013 7:08:53 AM

Thank you! I only have one last question!

If I were to completely reinstall windows 8 on my notebook, would the cache still be valid? I have this software called express cache, and I don't know if that isn't installed whether my cache will still work or not.
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June 12, 2013 7:24:32 AM

SheepyxD said:
Thank you! I only have one last question!

If I were to completely reinstall windows 8 on my notebook, would the cache still be valid? I have this software called express cache, and I don't know if that isn't installed whether my cache will still work or not.


I don't know specifically, but I would imagine that is essential for the cache operation. Somewhere in the documentation or at Acer.com it should say.
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June 12, 2013 7:27:29 AM

Thank you very much for all your help!
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