Hi all! I recently purchased an ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard and an OCZ Synapse Cache SYN-25SAT3-128G 128GB SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) with SandForce 2281 Controller.
The problem is, when I tried to install Windows 7 64bit, it only showed 60gb of free space.
My question is, do I have to mess with something in the BIOS to get access to the full 128gb? Or is it more plausible that the manufacturer messed up the packaging?
Look at the label on the SSD and make sure it matches what you thought you bought. Also, look in Disk Management to make sure you don't have a 60GB partition and some free space (un-partitioned). If so, you may be able to expand your 60GB partition to the full space.
It's normal. That drive is geared to be used as partially a cache drive thus the name. Here is from the FAQ.
"Why is only half the Synapse capacity accessible?
The 50% NAND overprovisioning used on all Synapse models (translating into 32GB and 64GB cache capacities) is maintained as a performance feature to increase the lifespan of the drive, and accommodate the writing of "hot" user data. Since the Synapse acts as a cache for file/program copies vs. typical data storage, the "free" capacity will be sufficient to deliver the full benefits of Synapse for any personal usage pattern. "
@COLGeek: I double checked everything and it is the right SSD.
@skaz: Thanks for the information it was helpful, but I guess I should have clarified my question. How can I make it so that I'm getting the rest of the space available?
Not sure if there is a way. the synapse line seems to be mostly geared to be a cache drive vs a storage drive. You could install the OS and see if the software included will let you manage the size of the cache and possibly shrink it or even get rid of it.
Shoot a thread onto the OCZ boards and see if anyone can help you figure out how to use the rest of the drive's storage. Worth a shot at least before you have to try and return it.
Also, if you haven't tried this already. Did you go through with the install yet? Go through with the install and see if the other half opens up to you after the installation. And install the software for the drive and maybe it has a utility to shrink the cache.