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SSD component of hybrid drive failing -- can I disable? does it matter?

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April 2, 2014 6:26:45 AM

I just finished doing a factory-reset on my Lenovo t530, and hadn't gotten beyond running windows updates when the system started telling me that the SSD was likely to fail. (The system has a Western Digital hard drive with a San Disk 16GB SSD. I don't know yet if they're part of the same physical component, but I assume so at this point. However, the system does recognize them as components that can be TESTED separately.)

What I'd like to know is whether it's feasible to either disable the SSD component, or disable the SSD caching.
a b G Storage
April 2, 2014 6:43:37 AM

If the drives are detected separately, you should be able to change which drive data is cached to.
My computer properties>advanced system settings>advanced>performance>advanced>virtual memory Change select drive to use for cache.
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April 2, 2014 6:59:35 AM

sunder25 said:
If the drives are detected separately, you should be able to change which drive data is cached to.
My computer properties>advanced system settings>advanced>performance>advanced>virtual memory Change select drive to use for cache.


Thanks -- that's not the answer, but it did point me in the right direction.

Actually, that wasn't an option in this case -- however, your answer did lead me to where I needed to go to disable the SSD drive: Computer > Properties > Hardware > Device Manager > Disk Drives. I disabled the SanDisk, crossed my fingers and rebooted -- and am no longer seeing warnings.

I think it's also possible the caching was simply not functioning after the factory reset, but I don't know how I'd have been able to tell.
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a b G Storage
April 2, 2014 7:00:34 AM

Glad I'm failing upwards:p 
Happy your problem is solved.
Have a nice day!
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April 2, 2014 8:15:28 AM

sunder25 said:
Glad I'm failing upwards:p 
Happy your problem is solved.
Have a nice day!


Not failing -- just that someone else's particular configuration didn't match (and what should we expect, we use Windows!).
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a b G Storage
April 3, 2014 11:20:33 PM

If your 16 GB SSD is in mSATA format you could replace it by a big one like the 840 Evo and move your OS to the SSD to get better performance.
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