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SSD Cache for a Dedicated Games Drive on a system with Windows 8.1 already installed on another SSD

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March 9, 2014 8:08:44 PM

I have a system with a 256GB SSD for boot and some productivity software. I also have a Z77 motherboard. I have 2 "traditional" hard drives and a 128GB SSD. What I would like to do is set up the 128GB SSD (Crucial M4) as a cache to a 2TB mechanical drive exclusively for games. (I have a 1TB mechanical drive for other software). I am running Windows 8.1.

What I am trying to avoid is having to completely reinstall windows and the applications on the 256GB SSD boot. When I switch the UEFI to "RAID" - the c:\ drive is no longer bootable.

Any suggestions? I would prefer to work with what I have, and minimize frustration.

Thanks so much in advance!
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March 9, 2014 8:50:56 PM

Even though they tell you to put it in RAID you should be ok if you are in AHCI. I run a 32GB Sandisk ReadyCache that has it's own software to cache my HDD and I have 2 other SSD's for other things.

You should be able to use Intel's SSD Cache software:
Here is a link for the Intel Download Center:
https://downloadcenter.intel.com/Default.aspx?lang=eng

Here is a setup link:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4329/intel-z68-chipset-sm...
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March 10, 2014 6:19:33 PM

Thank you for the answer, but I am still stuck. The Intel SSD Cache software sees nothing. More accurately, the accelerate button does not appear. My two SSD's appear on the right. No other drives. The third icon says "Performance" and when I click on it, it talks about Link Power Management.
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March 12, 2014 12:59:53 AM

Hmm, " My two SSD's appear on the right. " meaning you see the 256 and the 128 or you typoed and meant the two HDD?

Regardless, I am not too familiar with Intel's caching since I use Sandisk's. I hope another can help with this, sorry.
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