Pinning a File, Folder, or Application for System Acceleration with Intel® Optane™ Memory

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04/26/2019

This article explains what pinning is, the software/hardware requirements for pinning, and how to use pinning with Intel® Optane™ Memory.

What is Pinning?

Pinning enables customized responsiveness by allowing the selection of specific files, folders, and applications to be accelerated.

What objects can't be pinned?

The following objects can't be pinned:
  • Quick Access
  • This PC
  • Any disk's Root directory (for example, Local Disk (C:))
  • Control Panel
  • Libraries Folder
  • Network objects
  • Recycle Bin
  • Shortcuts

Requirements for Pinning Once Acceleration is Enabled

  • Device with 32GB or greater Intel® Optane™ memory capacity
  • Pinning is only available when accelerating the system/boot drive (the drive/media that contains the OS)
  • Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST) 16.5 driver or later
    Note Check with your system manufacturer or related support documentation for the latest driver versions supporting Intel® Optane™ Memory H Series products.
  • Only files, folders, and applications on the drive that is currently enabled for acceleration can be pinned
See below for how to use the pinning feature in the Intel® Optane™ memory-related applications. The instructions that follow assume that

Through the Application

The steps below detail how to use the Intel® Optane™ Memory application. The steps are similar to the ones you would take in other Intel® Optane™ memory capable applications such as the Intel® RST application.
  1. Launch the Intel® Optane™ Memory application.
  2. Click the 'Pinning' tab. This will bring up the 'Intel® Optane™ Memory Pinning' page.
  3. To Pin Files and Folders
    1. Click the 'Files' tab.
    2. Click '+Files' or '+Folders'.
    3. Browse to the file/folder that is to be accelerated, select and press 'OK' for a Folder and 'Open' for a File.
      Note
      1. The root folder will be shown in the application 'Pinned' box. This helps when multiple files with the same name are pinned, and may be in different locations. Note that only the Folder Contents selected or File will be accelerated.
      2. If selecting a Folder, the subfolders and related content won't be accelerated. Only files within the folder selected will be accelerated. (If a folder is selected with only subfolders, no files are accelerated.)
  4. To Unpin Files and Folders
    1. Click the 'Files' tab.
    2. Select the file or folder to be Unpinned to highlight.
    3. Click the 'Unpin' button.
  5. To Pin/Unpin Applications
    1. Click the 'Applications' tab.
    2. Click '+Application'.
    3. Browse to the application that is to be accelerated, select and press 'Open'
      1. Quick Tip: It may not always be easy to know where to Browse to for the location of the EXE you wish to accelerate. To determine this, you can do one of the following on your favorite applications
        1. Right-click the shortcut of the application and select "Open file location". This will open the folder that contains the exe for this shortcut (make note of the folder path at the top of the window
        2. You can also select "Properties" after right-clicking the shortcut and then locate the path under the "Target" field
        3. If you're selecting an application, let's say Microsoft Word* from the Start menu you would do the following:
          1. Open the Start Menu.
          2. Right-click the application.
          3. Go to the "More" field in the menu.
          4. Select "Open file location."
            Note These actions may take you to the location of the Shortcut. If that happens, do either point 1 or 2 above to find the location of the actual application file.
        4. Now go back to the Intel® Optane™ memory support application and browse to the location of the file in the Application Pinning section.
    4. To Unpin Applications
      1. Click the 'Applications' tab.
      2. Select the application to be Unpinned to highlight.
      3. Click the 'Unpin' button.

Through Windows File Explorer*

Note Refer to a Workaround for Issue with Windows* File Explorer after Installing the Intel® RST 16.7 Driver for Intel® Optane™ Memory.
  1. After the Intel® Optane™ memory application (Version 16.8 or later) is installed and enabled, the pinning option will be added to Windows File Explorer.
  2. Launch Windows File Explorer.
  3. Navigate to the folders, files, or applications that you wish to accelerate.
  4. Right-click the folder, file, or application.
  5. In the pop-up menu, left click the 'Pin to Intel® Optane™ Memory' option.
  6. You'll now see a 'Pin' on the name of the folder, file, or application that shows it's being accelerated. It will also show as a 'pinned' selection in the Intel® Optane™ memory application under 'Pinning'.
  7. To Unpin, follow the same steps as above and select the 'Unpin to Intel® Optane™ Memory' option.

Pin with Windows File Explorer Example:

Pinning a folder to Intel Optane Memory

Unpin with Windows File Explorer Example:

Unpin from Intel Optane Memory

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