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Martina

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Hello, I have a little problem with my Alienware 14 .... so far I had never formatted an alienware ...
I bought it with Windows 8 and after formatting, I installed Windows 10.
Having seen an infinite number of hard disk partitions, I decided to delete them all and keep only one. The computer became ridiculously slow and so I did some research, and, if I understand correctly, I made a serious mistake in deleting partitions because (correct me if I'm wrong) I should have lost the virtual connection between the two hard drives, which allowed better performance in terms of speed.
My hard drives are these:
1TB / 5400 RPM + 80G mSATA
and I'd like to go back to the original configuration.
Looking online I saw that there are two types of configuration, the RAID one and the one that uses the 80 gb SSD as cache, but which one I had by default? Do you know if there is a guide to reset it? Or would someone kindly help me and tell me how I can do?
Besides, I tried to go back to Windows 8, only because I initially believed that the slowness of the PC depended on the new operating system, but I was unable to install it because the list of partitions was completely empty!
My intention, however, would be to switch to Windows 10 because I would like to install Revit 2021 which requires the latter operating system ...
I really hope you can help me and thanks in advance!
 

MattyB

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You'll need to reinstall the Intel RST driver and software. Then you can open the program and re-enable acceleration so that the small mSata can be used as a cache again.
I usually go straight to Intel to get the driver/software package. There are a few options to choose from so you may have to try a few before finding the one that allows acceleration.
Link below

https://downloadcenter.intel.com/product/55005/Intel-Rapid-Storage-Technology-Intel-RST-
 

MattyB

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Or, buy a decent sized (250/500gb) mSata SSD and remove the 80gb drive. Swap your BIOS setting from RAID to AHCI and install Windows onto the mSata using a USB flash drive and the Microsoft Media Creation Tool.
 

Martina

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First of all, thanks for the replies! Actually I forgot to add that the speed of my computer before formatting was ok for me, the one I reached with the default settings and because of this, I would just like to restore everything as it was before
 

MattyB

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Then install Intel RST driver and software. If you install the correct one then you will get the option to enable acceleration when you open the program.
 
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