06-28-2017 08:39 PM
I have a Lenovo Thinkpad Twist s230u with a 24GB SSD and 320GB HDD. Recently my pc had boot repair problems, and I had to reinstall windows 10. Thinking that this was the original location, I reinstalled windows 10 on the 24GB SSD using diskpart commands to reformat the SSD to ntfs, and removed the original windows 10 from the HDD. I also reformatted both hard drives as part of a clean install.
Now I've done some research and found out that the 24GB SSD isn't meant to be used as a boot drive for windows 10 and is instead meant to be used as an SSD cache. After looking up how to perform SSD caching, I found that Lenovo used ExpressCache as the software to cache the SSD; however, it seems that the software doesn't provide support to this laptop in windows 10, only on windows 8.1.
So my question therefore is, is there any other way for me to use this 24GB SSD as a cache? or perhaps ExpressCache software still works even though Lenovo Twist isn't included in the windows 10 version?
Also, if I ended up just keeping the OS in the 24 GB SSD and using as a boot drive what would happen? Or am I SOL with this 24GB SSD?
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06-28-2017 09:46 PM
Lenovo does offer a version of ExpressCache for Windows 10 on its support web site, and it does list the ThinkPad S230u as a supported device:
Name: ExpressCache Software for Windows 10 (64bit) - Laptop, ThinkCentre
This was for the initial release (RTM, Build 10240) of Windows 10 back in 2015, but it may still work with the current version (Build 15063) of Windows 10.
06-29-2017 10:06 AM
Oh wow, I guess I must've overlooked it when looking through the supported systems since I was looking for the word "Twist". Thanks! I'll have to try it out and see if it works and then post back here.
Also do you know if it'll be a big issue if I just keep windows 10 on the 24GB SSD and use it as a boot drive while using the 320GB HDD as storage? Windows 10 certainly seems to fit on the SSD, and the only issue I could think of running into is if I wanted to update the OS I'd need more space although Window's 10 offers a workaround by sticking in a usb flash drive.
07-03-2017 07:39 AM - edited 07-03-2017 07:40 AM
There should be no issues except for the obvious lack of capacity. You can probably just redirect your Documents and Libraries to the HDD to save space on the SSD.