So the copy of Windows 8 wont boot on my Inspiron 14z Ultrabook, I don't have a recovery disc, and don't want to wait for Dell to send me a new disc. I think I'd rather have Windows 7 anyways. I have a copy of Windows 7 and I'm trying to install it but I want to ensure that the hybrid hdd/ssd (500GB 5400 RPM SATA HDD and 32GB mSATA SSD) will work when I'm done installing.
So when I get to the part where I select the partition to install the drive I see the following:
Name Total Size Free Space Type Disk 0 Part 1: ESP 500 MB 447 MB System Disk 0 Part 2: DIAGS 40 MB 35 MB OEM (Reserved) Disk 0 Part 3 128 MB 128 MB MSR (Reserved) Disk 0 Part 4: WINRETOOLS 500 MB 220 MB OEM (Reserved) Disk 0 Part 5: OS 450.9 GB 317.2 GB Primary Disk 0 Part 6: PBR Image 13.7 GB 261 MB OEM Disk 1 Part 1 8 GB 0 MB Primary Disk 1 Unallocated Space 21.8 GB 21.8 GB
- So should I delete all of the Disk 0 partitions, format them as one and then install? Are there any partitions I should leave for functionality like hibernation?
- What do I do about Disk 1 (SSD)?
- How do I ensure that the SSD portion is setup correctly and working?
- The SSD portion of the drive is just supposed to work like cache for the HDD right?
EDIT: I should add that even though I've worked as an IT pro in the past, I have absolutely no experience when it comes to these types of drives and Win8.