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Just got my new new alienware m14

Sora3

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So I recently returned my m14 due to hardware problems, so I was debating either to get the m14 or m17 and I decided on the m14 again :) here are the specs

Intel i7 3630QM
8gb ram
500gb sata + 32gb ssd cache
900p screen
Killer wireless n 1202
2gb GT650m
DVD/cd burner
Everything else pretty standard. It's alot better than my previous m14 which was stock everything

One question, I heard dell does not load the operating system onto the 32gb ssd is this true? I don't want to have to reinstall it onto there if I don't have too.
 

MattyB

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No, I think they use it as a caching drive instead so Windows isn't installed on there.

Good luck with the new unit!
 

Commy1

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It shouldn't be hard to migrate the OS over to the SSD cache drive assuming you haven't installed or used it much.
If you have, then it might be best to just fresh install on it.
 

SpyderBite

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I considered moving the OS to my 32gb mSATA drive as well but decided not to when I did the math and realized that it was going to be a tight squeeze with both the OS and pagefile occupying the limited space. I would probably have been further tempted if I had a 64bg mSATA and a no brainier with 128gb or larger.

It can be done from the research I did. But consider the real estate and read about some other people's experiences with the migration. Many experienced no difference or even poorer performance when the drive was used for the OS rather than caching.
 

Sora3

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Yea thanks, I might just install battlefield 3 on it because it took almost 2 min to load a new game on my 500gb sata.
 
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