I plan to install SSD + HDD on my PC and use Smart Responce to boost HDD.
As far as i know, ISR can use all SSD space for cache (but no more than 64gb), or just 19.8gb.
Question is - could i somehow use 19.8gb of SSD for HDD cache and install Windows to the unused space?
I've found that kind of solution on other forum, but feel quite sceptical about it:
1) Set Intel SATA controller to RAID mode in BIOS.
2) Install Windows 7 on the spare HDD. Might need to put Intel RAID driver on USB stick for 7 Setup.
3) With this temporary Windows 7, install Intel Rapid Storage and setup the Smart Response caching for the HDD and SSD. I used the minimum 18.9GB cache size (it's either that or 64GB).
4) You're done with the temporary hard drive now.
5) Install Windows 7 to the leftover SSD space. Will probably need Intel RAID driver for 7 Setup now otherwise you may not see the unused SSD space.
6) Install Intel Rapid Storage and HDD caching should automatically be active.
Thanks for joining the Chipset community.
I understand you would like to use remaining space to install windows after SSD has been cached.
As far as I know once you cached SSD the remaining hard drive space is unusable. I am afraid Intel has not tried the workaround you have posted. You may try and post information if has worked for you, it may help other customers.