Intel’s M.2 Optane Memory stick is used as a ‘caching’ drive that can help speed up regular SATA drives to the speed equivalent of an SSD drive. When paired with an SSD drive it is even faster since the caching load is taken off the main SSD drive. This module is not used for memory or for storage. Read on…
Not everyone will be able to run Optane Memory. Essentially a 32GB or 16GB M.2 module that supports the fast NVMe data/communications interface, it requires a motherboard that has an M.2 module and BIOS support for Optane. You’ll also need a Kaby Lake Core i3 processor or higher. Kaby Lake processors only work in Windows 10 or Linux.
To set up Optane, you simply drop it into the M.2 slot, install the drivers and application, then pair the drive with your primary boot drive. The Optane software moves some OS files to the Optane drive itself to aid in faster performance. If you decide to remove the Optane drive, you must unpair them so you don’t lose files.
Once installed, the Optane memory drive will be invisible to the OS, and only your hard drive will appear in My Computer etc.
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