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Truecrypt on disk 1 instead of disk 0?  Need to encrypt OS partition on SSD.

Posted on 2013-01-18
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I recently got an ultrabook (Dell 14z).  It has a 30gb ssd and 500gb hard drive - it came with windows 8 and like 9 partitions including GPT partitions instead of MBR.  I wiped it all clean, created 2 partitions (MBR), used the SSD for the OS and the other for storage and loaded win7 on the SSD.  
Disk0 is the 500gb drive, disk 1 is the SSD.  Truecrypt doesnt like this and wont allow me to encrypt the drive.  Also noticed that the SSD is now about out of space so I am not sure how Dell had these configured out of the box, maybe the OS wasnt on the SSD, but I thought that would be best from a performance standpoint.  Ive never used one of these dual hard drive systems with SSDs from OEM.  I usually just buy a standard laptop and throw in an intel SSD thats >120GB and am good to go.
It wasnt exactly easy getting this to the point it is now - but I fear having only 2-3GB left on my SSD isnt going to be good long term...
Should I redo the partitions and load win 7 a different way?
Should I just use a different encryption program that allows you to encrypt disk1?
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I have an xps14 with 128gb ssd and 500gb sata. The ssd is used as a cache for frequently used files, giving ssd like performance.
Reload the OS and put it on the sata drive. You'll then need the Intel utilities from the Dell website to enable the caching and quick sleep etc.
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so format everything - load the OS on the 500gb drive, get all the drivers loaded again then configure the SSD to be used for caching and quick sleep?  ANy more info on how to do that?  So basically the SSD will just be setup as an empty partition, is that right?  And then the intel RST tools will configure it to be used for certain things?  Any need to have it set as a GPT, or can I keep it all as MBR?  Guessing there is some reason dell had it as GPT and all the partitions - but I dont need a recovery partition or anything like that.
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Yes that's right.
My sata drive shows up as disk 0, and the ssd disk 1.
I would go with GPT
Load os onto sata as normal
load drivers and intel rst
create a partition on your ssd for the hibernation/cache: http://download.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/sb/rapid_start_technology_user_guide.pdf

Then reboot
Enable cache & quick hibernate
reboot

should be sorted.
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