8 Replies Latest reply on Nov 30, 2017 4:57 PM by Intel Corporation

    Optane volume partitions

    lonblu

      Does installing Win10 in a small partition at the end of a big disk will accelerate the whole disk?

       

      I am having some issue with the Optane service, but it seems only the C: partition (at the end of the disk) is accelerated.

      Can you tell me, so I can plan better my space?

      Thanks

        • 1. Re: Optane volume partitions
          Intel Corporation
          This message was posted on behalf of Intel Corporation

          Hi lonblu

          We understand your situation regarding the Intel® Optane™ Memory. 

          We would like to inform you that Optane™ accelerates the whole SATA Boot Drive and does not affect the partitions you have on the drive. 

          Frequently Asked Questions for Intel® Optane™ Memory -intel.com 

          Could you please attach screenshots of this issue? 

          We look forward to hearing back from you.

          Regards, 
          Junior M. 
           

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          • 2. Re: Optane volume partitions
            lonblu

            That's good news, I couldn't imagine myself copying all my staff at every reinstall!

             

            Actually doing the test with a speed tool (I can't tell now which), only the C: partition showed 1300 mB/s, but the D: in the same accelerated disk, the Barracuda speed, 200 mB/s.

             

            But my Veeam agents backup to the same big disk up to 400 mB/s, which is phenomenal.

            If I turn a virtual machine on 2 times in a row is definitely faster.

             

            So I am not sure how to make further checks. Which tool would you use?

            Please advise.

            • 3. Re: Optane volume partitions
              lonblu

              Diskmark64.exe confirms the non-os partition is accellerated as well.

               

              mB/s

              1400 read

              below 300 write

              • 4. Re: Optane volume partitions
                Intel Corporation
                This message was posted on behalf of Intel Corporation

                Hi lonblu

                Thanks for the update. We are glad to hear that the non-os partition is accelerated as well. 

                We would like to let you know that Intel®  does not have a tool for benchmarking purposes.

                Please let us know if there is something else we can assist you with.

                Regards, 
                Junior M. 

                • 5. Re: Optane volume partitions
                  aliquis

                  "whole SATA Boot Drive and does not affect the partitions you have on the drive."

                   

                  Is an unclear response.

                  "Does not affect the partition you have on the drive" I'd kinda want to interpret as that other partitions on the same drive aren't accelerated by the Optane stick. But it could also mean something else.
                  "whole SATA Boot Drive" however suggest that it DO accelerate the whole drive.

                   

                  It can only be either answer which is the correct one, so which one is it? Just the boot partition or the whole drive?

                   

                  Should it be saying "Whole SATA drive and is not affected by whatever you've partitioned the drive into more than one partition"? Or "Just the boot partition of the hard-drive and won't affect any other partitions of the drive."?

                  • 6. Re: Optane volume partitions
                    Intel Corporation
                    This message was posted on behalf of Intel Corporation

                    Hi aliquis

                    If you have a SATA drive that contains a Boot (OS) partition and a Data partition the Entire disk will be accelerated with Block Cache, but only the Boot (OS) Partition will be accelerated with File Cache.

                    Of course, this only applies to 32GB as these have File Cache and Block Cache.  16GB only have Block Cache.

                    Just to let you know, we cannot guarantee and do not support a configuration where one drive contains more than one OS Partition.  See related question here:

                    https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/articles/000025569/memory-and-storage/intel-optane-memory.html

                    Please let us know if there is something else we can assist you with.

                    Regards, 
                    Junior M.
                     

                    • 7. Re: Optane volume partitions
                      aliquis

                      Thank you.

                       

                      I don't know the difference of the file and block cache.

                       

                      With the block cache it copies over the most used blocks and use those and with the file cache it copies over complete files? I don't really see why using complete files would be advantageous whatsoever. Or it's Windows system files which are copied over?

                      • 8. Re: Optane volume partitions
                        Intel Corporation
                        This message was posted on behalf of Intel Corporation

                        Hi aliquis ,

                         

                        We would like to inform you that Block caching is done at the Block level (Logical blocks) whereas File Caching is caching the entire Files. With Files, we refer to most used files that you use in your systems such as games and apps.

                         

                        Regards,

                        Junior M.