Hard Drive Acceleration Drive

I purchased an HP Envy 15t-j000 with a 24GB HD Acceleration Drive.  So I'm wondering:

1) Is there a way to see the drive in Explorer
2) if not in explorer, is there some other way
3) how do I know if the drive is working

Reason I'm asking is because after receiving the computer, I blew away all the paritions, reformatted and did a clean install of Windows 8 pro.  Via that process did I do anything which would have messed up the functioning of the HD Acceleration?

Thanks
cat4larryAsked:
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FdpxAP-GJLCommented:
In blowing away the config you may well have disabled the drive.

Device should show up in device list.

Not sure how HP have the device configured.
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nobusCommented:
blowing away ALL partions is  the probable cause
best do a restore to factory settings - i hope you made the recovery DVD's?
if not, you 'll have to buy them from HP
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cat4larryAuthor Commented:
Would the fact that the computer boots up in seconds be a confirmation that it is probably still working?
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cat4larryAuthor Commented:
If not, then once I do a recovery (which indeed, I would need to purchase from HP), how do I then do a clean install of Windows 8 Pro.  The problem in the first place was that the drive was a UEFI/GPT and no matter what I did I could not do a fresh install without deleting the partitions first.  Is there a special type of Win 8 disk I have to get to do a UEFI install?

Thanks
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nobusCommented:
sure it is working !
 i would do a recovery; but since you blew  ALL partitions -  you probably deleted the recovery partition too.
the recovery is started by hitting the F11 key during boot
In that case, you'll need Recovery cd's -  which may or not cost you a bit

here's how to do the W8 install :  http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/2299-clean-install-windows-8-a.html

and here some more details on your bios for installing W7 :  http://www.eightforums.com/installation-setup/15098-uefi-cannot-boot-usb-dvd-install-windows-8-a.html
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cat4larryAuthor Commented:
But if it's working then why do the recovery?
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nobusCommented:
i mean the hardware works
the recovery is needed to get the sofware back
sinc eyou posted " , I blew away all the paritions, "

or do you mean it is working with the new OS ?
then you'd have to install all the drivers for it; here they are:
http://www8.hp.com/us/en/support-search.html?tab=1#/qryterm=Envy%2015t-j000&searchtype=s-002

select first your system and OS
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cat4larryAuthor Commented:
What I meant was if the Hard Drive Acceleration seems to be working (which it appears to be doing since the system is booting up in seconds) then would I still need to do a recovery?

Thanks
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nobusCommented:
>>  the system is booting up in seconds  <<   imo this has nothhing to to do with the drive accelerator soft -  but with UEFI booting in W8, and the  mobo
if you want it installed, i guess it's the storage driver from my link above

did you install ALL the drivers?
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cat4larryAuthor Commented:
I did install all the drivers

Let's just make sure we are on the same page:

1.

I don't have UEFI/GPT anymore because I blew those partitions away and then reformatted using MBR.

2.

The reason I blew the UEFI/GPT away was because the Win 8 installer disc would not allow me to fresh install to it.  I tried reformatting the primary partition (the one the OS was running on).  I tried looking on line for a UEFI style Win 8 install disc.  Nothing Worked

3.

If you could point out to me how exactly I can set my drive back up like UEFI, then do the recovery and THEN do a clean install (no bloatware) of Windows 8, I would actually prefer that.  I hear UEFI/GPT has tons of advantages over MBR

4.

All that said, how can I prove to myself that the HD Acceleration is working in my current setup?  Is there a way I can "see" the drive.  I could probably call HP and ask their techs but usually I get connected to level 1 support and those guys are just following scripts
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nobusCommented:
1 - you're wrong; you still have UEFI - it is a bios version for the newer style motherboards
2-That was not necessary - you simply had to disable secure boot
       >>  I tried reformatting the primary partition   <<  how? this is also not needed
3-i did point it out;  -->did you make the recovery DVD's, as i asked ? if not : if not, you 'll have to buy them from HP  - if the recovery with F11 key does not work
4-Look under programs for a software that has it, maybe intel, or a disk brand folder
you can also do a search for hd acceleration on the whole drive -  and see if a fodler turns up with this name

may i ask why it is so important that you need to know if it runs?
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cat4larryAuthor Commented:
It's important to know because I purchased it as an add-on for the computer and if I did something that is causing it not to work I'd like to correct that now instead of when I have loaded all my applications onto it and have configured all the settings the way I like.
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nobusCommented:
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pgm554Commented:
W8 has issues with OEM caching SSD as a lot of the software drivers are not supported anymore on W8.

HP might have provided their driver for that SSD
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cat4larryAuthor Commented:
@nobus

Thanks for the advice in your last post.  I was able to determine that it is running just fine.

Thanks again
@DaveKid
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nobusCommented:
i thought so; if you don't mind telling me how you confirmed it?
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cat4larryAuthor Commented:
I went into programs and saw 2 programs:

Intel Rapid Start
Intel Rapid Storage

I clicked on the Rapid Storage and it opened up a program which showed me a real time schema of how my "drives" were set-up.  In that schema it showed the 24GB Acceleration drive (and even showed how that drive was partitioned)
RapidStorage.jpg
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nobusCommented:
tx for the info larry
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