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godab
Beginner
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How can I install optane memory properly without data loss ?

I installed win10 (NOT GPT) and I already placed my intel optane memory. Will that cause any harm ? (I did not do anything with optane).

Thing I want to do:

I use a tool to convert MBR to GPT without data loss. (Can I do this on a running disc ?) (https://www.easeus.com/partition-manager-software/free-convert-mbr-to-gpt-without-data-loss.html Free Convert MBR to GPT Without Data Loss - EaseUS )

Later use an installation usb just like intel mentioned. (https://www.intel.com.tr/content/www/tr/tr/support/articles/000023853/memory-and-storage/intel-optan... How to Configure, Install, and Manage Intel® Optane™ Memory Before... )

Install new win10 and keeping all files on drive ?

evga Z370 motherboard,

İntel 8th generation i7 8700k processor,

Windows 10 64 bit, (MBR)

intel optane 32gb,

nvme samsung pro 960

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AlHill
Super User
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https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/articles/000023994/memory-and-storage/intel-optane-m... Overview and Requirements for Intel® Optane™ Memory

https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/articles/000024018/memory-and-storage/intel-optane-m... Frequently Asked Questions for Intel® Optane™ Memory

Specify your platform (system/motherboard, etc) and there may be more help available.

Doc

godab
Beginner
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I specified my platform.

AlHill
Super User
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Not originally, but thanks for the information. One of the intel support staff will now be able to help you.

Doc

idata
Community Manager
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Hello gomi

Thanks for posting and providing your system details.

Intel® Optane™ memory requires GPT partition on the main drive (so that it boots in UEFI mode instead of Legacy). To transform your boot drive from MBR to GPT, you may use a Microsoft* tool called MBR2GPT. This is a free tool that was added to Windows 10* on Creators Update (version 1703) and forward. You can find more details here:

- https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/deployment/mbr-to-gpt MBR2GPT.EXE

 

- https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/articles/000024558/memory-and-storage/intel-optane-m... Converting Windows® Installation from Legacy to UEFI without Data Loss

NOTE: Links to third party sites are being offered for your convenience and should not be viewed as an endorsement by Intel of the content, products, or services offered there.

If this doesn't work, a clean installation of the operating system is recommended directly on a https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/articles/000025535/memory-and-storage.html GPT partition (boot mode most be configured as UEFI before installation).

Among your system details you mentioned a NVMe SSD (Samsung 960*). Please notice that Intel® Optane™ memory is compatible with SATA drives only. If you're booting from an NVMe SSD, the memory won't be able to accelerate your system. As suggested by Al Hill, you can review the product requirements here:

- https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/articles/000023994/memory-and-storage/intel-optane-m... Overview and Requirements for Intel® Optane™ Memory

Please let us know if there's anything else we can do for you.

Best regards,

 

Eugenio F.
godab
Beginner
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Thanks for the answer, This was very helpful. I use only a single m2 (OS works on) If only SATA supported, there is no need to do this operation.However, still I want to know why m2 is not for optane ? Is this situation means I do not need it ?

idata
Community Manager
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Hello gomi,

 

 

We're glad to be of help.

 

 

It's not like Intel® Optane™ is not compatible with M.2 drives specifically. M.2 is just a form factor and could either work with SATA or PCIe (NVMe) interfaces (this varies depending of the motherboard).

 

 

Even though we can't provide you with a technical reason why Intel® Optane™ is not compatible with NVMe drives, we can explain the intention behind the product. The idea is to bring slower SATA drives closer to NVMe speeds as possible. Slower drives such a mechanical HDD are specially benefited from this technology.

 

 

 

In your current scenario (booting from an already fast NVMe drive), the system performance won't be improved by Intel® Optane™ (as it is not compatible).

 

 

Let us know if there's anything else we can do for you.

 

 

Best regards,

 

Eugenio F.
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