How to Install an Intel Optane M.2 NVMe Accelerator into your Existing Dell OptiPlex / Inspiron / Precision / Alienware Systems

How to Install an Intel Optane M.2 NVMe Accelerator into your Existing Dell OptiPlex / Inspiron / Precision / Alienware Systems





Summary: Installation instructions for the Intel Optane M.2 NVMe accelerator into your existing Dell OptiPlex 7050, 5050, 3050, 3050 All-in-One (AIO), 5250 All-in-One (AIO), 7450 All-in-One (AIO), Inspiron Desktop 5680, Precision 5720 All-in-One (AIO), 3620, 3420, XPS 8920 tower, Alienware Aurora R6, Aurora R8, or Area 51 R4, Area 51 R7, Alienware 15 R4, 17 R5, and M15 computer.


Pre-requisites

To add an Intel Optane accelerator to your existing Dell or Alienware system, you will need to ensure that it meets the following requirements:

  1. The system has an Intel 7th Generation processor (Kaby Lake) or later CPU.
  2. The system operating system is Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Redstone 1 (RS1) Version 1607 or later.
  3. The system has a single SATA 3 hard disk drive (HDD) or single SATA 3 solid state drive (SSD). NVMe drives and RAID arrays cannot be accelerated with Optane.

Installation

Once you have verified that you have the required hardware and operating system for Optane, next step in the installation of Optane is to ensure that you have the latest Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) installed one your system. The list below details the minimum BIOS versions required for these select systems:

Model Minimum BIOS Version
Inspiron Desktop 5680 1.0.0
OptiPlex XE3 1.0.2
OptiPlex 3050 1.4.4
OptiPlex 5050 1.4.4
OptiPlex 7050 1.4.4
OptiPlex 3060 1.0.4
OptiPlex 5060 1.0.2
OptiPlex 7060 1.0.2
OptiPlex 3050 All-in-One 1.4.3
OptiPlex 5250 All-in-One 1.4.2
OptiPlex 7450 All-in-One 1.4.2
OptiPlex 5260 All-in-One 1.0.0
OptiPlex 7460 All-in-One 1.0.0
OptiPlex 7760 All-in-One 1.0.0
Precision 3420 2.1.2
Precision 3620 2.1.2
Precision 5720 All-in-One 2.1.2
XPS 8920 Tower 1.0.5
XPS 8930 Tower 1.0.5
Alienware Aurora R6 1.0.5
Alienware Aurora R7 1.0.5
Alienware Aurora R8 1.0.5
Alienware Area 51 R4 1.0.0
Alienware Area 51 R5 1.0.0
Alienware Area 51 R6 1.0.0
Alienware Area 51 R7 1.0.0
Alienware 15 R4 1.0.0
Alienware 17 R5 1.0.0
Alienware M15 1.0.0

You will need the Intel Rapid Storage Technology (IRST) Driver and Management Console User interface (UI) version 15.5.xxxx or later and you can download the UI driver from the Dell Support Website, Drivers and downloads, Serial ATA section after either entering your service tag number or selecting your system model manually.

Installation Steps:

  1. Ensure the BIOS is in the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) Mode (REQUIRED for OPTANE OPERATION).
  2. Disable Legacy Option ROMS in the BIOS (REQUIRED for OPTANE OPERATION).
  3. Update the system BIOS if the BIOS version is not at least the minimum required version listed above.
  4. Install the Optane module in the M.2 slot of the system motherboard. You can find the drive installation steps for your specific system in the User Manual on the Dell Support Website, Manuals and downloads section.
  5. Boot the system into Windows.
  6. If your system has the Dell Factory image of Windows 10 installed, then you will need to download the Partition Tweak Script for Optane (Partition Tweak Script A02.zip) from the Dell Support Website, Applications section, then extract the batch file from the zip file, then run the FreeSpaceFromLastRecoveryPartition_Disk0_V15.bat batch file.
    1. Run the batch file by right-clicking the file you downloaded from the Dell Support Website (FreeSpaceFromLastRecoveryPartition_Disk0_V15.bat) then select the "Run as Administrator" option.
    2. You may get a User Account Control (UAC) prompt to approve running the batch file, if you see this pop-up, Click "Yes".
    3. You will see a command Line window open and several commands executed as the batch file re-allocates space from the recover partition to allow the Optane setup to install correctly.
      NOTE: Custom Windows 10 installations that do not contain the Dell Factory Recovery partition will not require this step.
    4. Once completed and you confirm the process completed successfully, close the Command Prompt Window if it does not close automatically.
  7. Open Programs and Features in Control Panel and uninstall the existing version of Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver and Management Console. restart the system.
    NOTE: This will only uninstall the USER INTERFACE, you will get a pop-up informing you the driver is loaded and cannot be uninstalled in Windows.
  8. Run the Intel Rapid Storage Technology (IRST) Driver and Management Console User interface (UI) installation. Again, you may get a User Account Control (UAC) prompt to approve running the batch file, if you see this pop-up, Click "Yes".
  9. Once the installation completes, you will be prompted to restart the system.
  10. Open the Intel Rapid Storage Technology (IRST) UI from the start menu tile. (Figure 1.)
    Intel Rapid Storage Technology (IRST) opening screen.
    Figure 1. - Intel Rapid Storage Technology (IRST) opening screen.
  11. Click the "Intel Optane Memory Button", to access the Optane configuration options. (Figure 2.)
    Selecting the Optane Memory tab
    Figure 2. - Selecting the Optane Memory tab
  12. Click the "Enable" hyperlink in the IRST interface to pair the Optane module with the SATA 3 drive. (Figure 3.)
    Starting the Optane Array Creation on the Optane Memory tab
    Figure 3. - Starting the Optane Array Creation on the Optane Memory tab
  13. You will see a pop-up showing the Optane device and the system drive that the Optane device will pair with, then click "Yes". (Figure 4.)
    Clicking YES to pair the drives and create an Optane Array
    Figure 4. - Clicking YES to pair the drives and create an Optane Array.
  14. Once the pairing is complete, click the "Reboot" button to complete the Optane configuration. You will also note the the SATA Drive and the Optane device are now shown as an "Optane Memory Array". (Figure 5.)
    Completing the Optane setup.
    Figure 5. - Completing the Optane setup.
  15. After the system restarts, you can open the Intel Rapid Storage Technology application from the top of the start menu. If you click the Intel Optane Memory tab, you will now see the hyperlink option is now "Disable", indicating that Optane is enabled. (Figure 6.)
    Optane setup is completed
    Figure 6. - Optane setup is completed.



Article ID: SLN306433

Last Date Modified: 05/22/2019 05:19 PM


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