Great post. I used it for my SAMSUNG Ultra 5 Series and it worked fine. Except i did not copy the files into the Program Files folder, the installer for the Expresscache (diskeeper) came from the Samsung support section.
The S3 also uses ExpresseCachewhich is all too often mistaken for Intel Smart Response.
This guide helped restore my fast boot times. A did a fresh install of Windows 8.1 x64 as well as Rapid start.
I kept the initial SSD partitions untouched during the install - so with this guide, it made extremely easy to get back to extremely fast stock boot times. Windows 8 had no problem picking up the Hibernation parition right after install, and re-installing Rapid Start was seemless. Again - It still had the stock SSD partitioning.
Also I did not need to use ECCmd to assign the Cache partition for ExpressCache- as the files provided here, were already setup for the way it was from the factory. Just installed - copied the files over, rebooted and caching started working immediately. A few more reboots, and my boot times were cut back down to 15 seconds (from 45).
You rock - and I hope this gets more google hits - to help out any other S3 owners, mistakingly thinking they need Intel Smart Response.
I removed all partitions and OS that came with my S3 and didn't pay attention to the ExpressCache nor Rapid Start I had.
With your help, I was able to set it all up again.
Once again, thanks!
I didn't use this unit with the Windows installation it came with, I always do my own clean install - I hate bloatware.
So, unfortunatelly, I don't have much of a base to compare between the original Acer ExpressCache install and mine, but I used the ECC command to check and my installation was getting cache hits.
I change the HDD for a SSD ( OCZ Vector ), which is instantaneous fast, but I will probably remove it, my wife doesn`t need that much speed
I just found that the S3 chipset, HM77 (link) , does have native support to Intel Smart Response Technology, which is the original technology behind ExpressCache. I tested Intel SRT on my desktop a while back and the results were pretty decent - I think much better than ExpressCache. I will return the HDD, fresh install Windows and test Intel SRT.
I just wonder if I'll have trouble to setup SRT and Rapid Start altogheter.
Why Acer licensed Condusiv software if they had Intel native one for free?
Hello, thanks for this useful guide. When I run eccmd -info it reprts that the ExpressCache driver is not installed. The software is installed, but I can't figure out how to get it to recognize the SSD, even following your guide. Any suggestions?
Control Panel > System and Security > Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management ), whcih prompted me to Intialize the disk. I choose MBR and clicked OK. Then, I just created a regular NTFS partition. Then, I only used diskpart to set id=84. Rebooted and done.
I was gonna say- I've only seen Intel rapid start work on the S3 if you use RAID. IE: you _have_ to put the disks to RAID before you install the OS. Thanks for another confirmation!
NOTE: as for the Partition sizes, The hibernation partition only needs to be as large as the system Memory Available. Built In video takes up RAM, so you really only need to size it to 4GB minus Video memory.