I have a brand new laptop which lists its storage as "Intel Optane+477GB SSD". Cracking it open reveals the drive + a 32gb Optane m.2. Pulling the optane out prevents my computer from booting.
Does this mean the OS is installed on the Optane drive?
Is there a way to run a standard drive in the m.2 slot or do I have to do a complete wipe and reinstall everything along with my new m.2 (which I want to use as my boot drive)?
Conversely, what happens if I replace the current SSD with new 1TB one? I assume that's going to require a fresh windows install, but do I need to do anything extra if I want to keep the optane drive installed?
Thank you in advance.
First of all, do not remove the Optane module without first disabling it. This could result in the data on the HDD being lost completely. The Optane module is accelerating the performance of your HDD using a smart write-through caching algorithm and the fast memory on the Optane module. At any point in time, some number of write operations to the HDD may be cached and not yet performed on the HDD. Wiping these out without applying these operations could thus leave a corrupted mess on the HDD.
Answering your questions,
Hope this helps,
Thanks for the answer.
Following the instructions in this video I eventually used the Optane control panel to disable the module, but when I was exploring my BIOS before hand unlike the video it offered the option to Disable rather than Deconcatenate. I assume that's simply an artefact of my BIOS setup (Aptio Setup Utility (c) 2019)?
No, you want to leave it enabled in BIOS and disable the Optane caching from within Windows using the Intel Memory & Storage Tool (iMAS).