Installing the Optane is very easy, if you meet all compatibility requirements and have upgraded your BIOS/UEFI.
- Turn the PC off, install the Intel Optane module into a M.2 slot, restart and go into the UEFI;
- In the storage section of your menu, change from AHCI to RAID where it will also state words to the effect of ‘with Intel Optane System Acceleration’. Restart;
- Install Optane software. We had to uninstall Intel RST to install the new file named ‘Intel Optane Memory’ and then observed it to have a version number in line with the latest RST build. If all goes well, you should see this:
- On restart, this will automatically appear. If it does not, look for the Intel Icon bottom right of your screen, possibly with other hidden icons:
- Pressing yes will bring up a screen to enable Intel Optane:
- At which time, the system will have to be started once again:
- Later, if you want to disable Intel Optane, you can check your hidden icons on the bottom right of your screen, clicking the Intel Optane icon and this menu will pop up:
We ran into one other difficulty that should be addressed. The Intel Optane Memory module needs 5MB of unallocated space at the end of your hard drive, SSD or SSHD. In our case, it stated that there was none (although the drive was a 2TB SSD 3/4 empty). We simply went into Control Panel/Administrative Tools/Computer Management /Storage/Disk Management and right clicked on the ‘C’ drive, shrinking the volume by 1GB. Yes it is a bit much but better safe than sorry.