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Ideapad Y500: latest Intel Rapid Storage Technology

Q: Ideapad Y500: latest Intel Rapid Storage Technology

Hi, I have a Ideapad Y500 and have some HDD stability issues. I found that the version which is running on my Windows 10 system is . The latest version from Intel is (date 11/14/2017 https://downloadcenter.intel.com/product/55005/Intel-Rapid-Storage-Technology-Intel-RST). I do not see a recent version on the Lenovo website. Which version is recommended by Lenovo or can I install? My disks are:SanDisk SSD U100 16GBST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB 931GB For some Lenovo products I see new? downloads from 2012 which was Windows 8, so not very recent ..(https://support.lenovo.com/nl/en/downloads/) Thanks in advance!

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I have an Ideadpad Y500 (Model 20193) running Windows 8.1. It has the original/factory 15gb mSATA SSD and ~1tb conventional SATA HDD. The two drives (SSD and HDD) are managed by Intel Rapid Storage, a sort of software RAID management utility. Although Windows Disk Management (via Control Panel \ Administrative Tools) sees the two drives as separate devices (see below), they are in a RAID, so to normal Windows, they just look like a single HDD. I want to remove the SSD from the RAID. It is throwing frequent errors. My Windows Event Viewer (via Control Panel \ Administrative Tools) is full of hundreds thousands of warnings about problems with the SSD. It is nearing end of life. A few times a day the computer will reboot -- but only when running Windows. When I am running Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Linux) it will run for a year without rebooting. I suspect that the Ubuntu installation is bypassing the Intel Rapid Storage software RAID and just directly using the ~1tb SATA HDD (ignoring the 15gb SSD).  I can access the Intel Rapid Storage management program in Windows, but it doesn't give me the option to break apart the RAID; to remove the SSD from the RAID. Supposedly there's a way to access it during POST by pressing ctrl-I, but that doesn't work for me. I can't figure out how to access the Intel Rapid Storage management via BIOS and that's the only place where I could (in theory) break apart the RAID and remove the SSD from the equation.  I realize, of course,... Read more

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Quick background-I restored my drive from image and i cannot recall what i did to make it a bit faster. i think it had to do with Chipset or IRST.

I tried to install the latest version and i get a incorrect platform error and it doesn't install

I'm using version 12.8

My specs are Win 7 pro x64, 7 Series/216 H77 chipset, I5 3rd gen, SSD SanDisk Ultra II 240g, Seagate 2tb HDD
Is this version for a different chipset or version of windows?

A:Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST) proper version question?

Hi Fooey,
follow this link, you need the enu version, 4th block down.


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hi i am using acer predetor helios 300
from Intel Rapid Storage Technology softwear i Don't know some how i offline my Hard disk and now it's not showing in the camputer and i Don't have access to all data of hard disk.
i forget how i offline my hard disk and dn't know how to make hard disk online from Intel Rapid Storage Technology. i reset my laptop but still hard disk is not showing. i chacked it's connected proply .
please help if some one can.
Thank you.

A:Intel Rapid Storage Technology

Hi address, Which operating system are you using? Windows 7 or 10? It appears to be Windows 10, However, Windows 7 can resemble Windows 10.

To bring the disk that you want to retrieve data from online, go to disk management by clicking start for Windows 7 and typing in the search and for Windows 10 just use the search icon that looks like a magnifying glass. Select Disk management and at the bottom left square box where it says Disk 0, Disk 1 or Disk C and right click where the disk indicates offline and click online.

You may also try updating all drivers for your operating system to ensure the disks run properly. If brining the disk online does not work, we will think of something else to try.

It is also possible that the disk may have failed or is full and cannot handle any more data.

I need more information before I send visual aids with step by step instructions to ensure I have the correct steps for your operating system version.

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I am trying to upgrade the hard drives in my desktop.    It was Windows 7 when I purchased it, and I have upgraded to Windows 10.  It is running Intel Rapid Storage Technology, and the drives are in RAID 1 configuration.
I am following instructions on Intel website to replace the drives.  Part of the process involves starting the Rapid Storage software in Windows.
The problem I am having is that when I try to start the software in Windows I get an error message that says the software is already running and cannot be started again.
any ideas?

A:Intel Rapid Storage Technology

If it is Raid 1, cannot you just replace one drive at a time as you would do if one failed?
The intel utility sits in the hidden icons on the taskbar.

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I've finished installing drivers for my laptop and I really have no idea about Intel Rapid Storage Technology. Do I need it? Help!

A:What is Intel Rapid Storage Technology? Do I need it?


This is mainly used for RAID setup and management but you can use it to manage your SATA HDD's.


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With the driver revision change of the latest W7 compatible storage management driver has come a name change as well from
Intel Matrix Storage Manager to Intel? Rapid Storage Technology with new driver version v9.5.0.1037.
I've already installed it & it really improved my HD performance with NCQ enabled compared to drivers v8.9.0.1023.
It now is faster in AHIC mode on a single drive compared to IDE mode with this new driver so I'm very pleased with it.

My full system specs are below in my post. (bottom lefthand corner)
Here's a few screenshots of the new interface & HD Tune performance benchmark with AHIC (single drive) & NCQ enabled.

You can check it out here if you like...
Intel? Rapid Storage Technology

And you can download the latest driver here...
Intel? Rapid Storage Technology Driver for Intel Desktop Boards

A:Intel® Rapid Storage Technology

On behalf of those who can utilize this technology I thank you for your post and links. Fabe

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my intel rapid storage technolgy icon shows not running.on opening the application some thing like detecting problem occurs and it closes automatically.plz suugest me a solution.i'm confused..

A:intel rapid storage technology

Quote: Originally Posted by cool91abhi

my intel rapid storage technolgy icon shows not running.on opening the application some thing like detecting problem occurs and it closes automatically.plz suugest me a solution.i'm confused..

Welcome to the Sevenforums!

You might want to uninstall the application from Control panel => "programs and features", then reinstall the Intel Rapid storage Technology. See if it's works.

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My notebook Toshiba U840, which come with 32 GB SSD + 500 HDD. It applies Intel Rapid Storage Technology to speed up the performance, recently, I try to upgrade my HDD by replacing SSD, I use Norton Ghost clone image to SSD, but when I restart window,
it pops up to config Intel Rapid Storage Technology (IRST) and cannot go to BIOS at all. (I get all the back up and keep original 500 HDD untouched. )  I get no idea on how to set IRST, but it offers following options:

Create RAID VolumeDelete RAID VolumeReset Disks to Non-RAIDRecovery Volume OptionsAcceleration OptionsExit
Does anyone have any suggestions?
Thanks in advance for any suggestions

RAID Volumes:
ID Name         Level                  Strip      Size     Status   Bootable
0 SSDSpace  RAID0(Stripe)     128KB   11GB  Normal  Yes
1 cache_vol   RAID0(Cache)     128KB   19GB Disabled No

Physical Devices
ID Device Model Size     Type / Status (Vol ID)
0  New SSD        480GB Non-RAID Disk
1  SanDisk SSD  30GB   Cache Disk(0,1)

Thanks in advance for any suggestions

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How can I install Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology on my Laptop?

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I built a new system for a relative using the H87-G43 MSI board. I have set up a SSD 64 GB to be used as a Caching disk using Intel's Rapid Storage Technology.

I followed the set up procedure which required a BIOS change to RAID Mode before the OS was installed. So I have one 500 GB drive that is accelerated and the 64 GB SSD that is being used as the caching drive.

No errors or BSOD's when booting, I had to enable the drive in the Intel console for this(it sees the drive just fine) to work. The Intel Rapid Storage Technology(Intel SRT) really improves boot times over just using the mechanical drive. It is not a performance issue I am having just a reporting issue I think.

The question I have is about how Windows is reporting the drives in Device manager and computer management.

Windows 7 shows the information below in bold.

In device manager only the 500 GB drive is shown and it is shown as a SCSI device.
In computer management only the 500 GB drive is shown.
Both drives are shown in the Intel management console for this technology.

The computer is running fine and zippy, I am just a bit concerned about the 500GB drive (SATA) being reported as SCSI. Funny I downloaded SPECCY and it shows it as a SCSI drive as well using a 40 pin cable.

Any help, thoughts, ideas, or experience with this technology that could enlighten me would be very helpful.


A:Intel Rapid Storage Technology MSI H87-G43

Found out this is normal behavior, no issue.

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is the intel rapid storage technology is for SSD OR HD? or should i download it???

A:intel rapid storage technology

It`s actually for a raid setup, but I always install it on my ssd.

Install it.


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I have just purchased a Lenovo B50-80 (80LT00H5US)  i3-4005u Notebook (April 2016).
I noticed a Application installed called "Intel Rapid Storage Technology". It has a 500GB HDD Hard Drive.
Is there a good reason or reasons that I use it? If there is what are the advantages for me, a guy who uses mail and browses and sometime watches a movie on it.
Mod's Edit: System model added to front of Subject line to improve visibility / clarity.

A:B50-80 - Intel Rapid Storage Technology APP?

Welcome to the Lenovo Community !
The main reason for using it is performance of the hard drive.  The Intel Rapid Storage Technology application not only aids in better hard drive transfer speeds, but will also keep power consumption to a minimum.  Whether you are just browsing the web or watching a movie you will find the Intel Rapid Storage Technology of benefit to you.  For more information on Intel Rapid Storage Technology please visit the link I have below.....

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I have just purchased a Lenovo B50-80 (80LT00H5US)  i3-4005u Notebook (April 2016).I noticed a Application installed called "Intel Rapid Storage Technology". It has a 500GB HDD Hard Drive. Is there a good reason or reasons that I use it? If there is what are the advantages for me, a guy who uses mail and browses and sometime watches a movie on it.

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I'm a first time poster and I hope that this thread is the proper place to post my problem.

I set up a RAID 0 array with the Intel RST of 2 750-gb hard drives. One of the drives has my Windows 7 installation on it and I am using that one to migrate into the RAID array. In the Storage System View screen the two drives of 750-gb each appear but the RAID 0 "Volume_0000" only shows a size of 750-gb.

Can anyone clue me in as to where the problem is?



A:Migrating Using Intel Rapid Storage Technology

It's all academic now. This was the third time I got the same result so I just gave up trying.

I just reinstalled thre o.s. again and I'll have to put all my stuff back on again.


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Hi can anyone help me with this problem, I allready tried to restart laptop and tried to run it manually from services but it wont run.
I have Ideapad 310-15ISK model no.80SM00D1UK with Windows 10
Last thing I did was update BIOS from 0xcn38ww to 0XCN39WW but I'm not sure if the intel rapid storage tech. was running before that.
Thank you
Moderator comment: Serial number(s) removed to protect member from mischief. Model added to subject for clarity.

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The PC in question is Sandy Bridge based system with one SSD and an HDD. Is it necessary to install the Intel Rapid Storage Technology that installs a service with the same name?

I am trying to get rid of the following error message, event ID 9, in the system log:

The device, \Device\Ide\iaStor0, did not respond within the timeout period.

I've searched for this error and this link has a pretty good explanation; quote:

If your hard drive doesn't support LPM (Link Power Management) then, by default, Intel's controller still attempts to send LPM commands to the drive which causes the computer to freeze for 10 - 30 seconds and it creates two events in the event logs.

That's pretty much the exact description of symptoms my system experienced.

While the link references ICH7R and ICH8R controller hub drivers, the suggested registry fix seemingly fixed event 9 errors for the ICH10R as well.

Removing Intel Rapid Storage Technology probably will not do anything in relation to this error, I don't really see much use of it.

The other question relates to the ICH10R controller driver; is this driver, that freezes my system, necessary at all? The reason for asking is that I have another system based on the Asus P7P55 motherboard that does not have Intel controller driver installed and it works just fine.
Thanks in advance...

A:Intel Rapid Storage Technology question...

Perhaps reading this might help - http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Deta...?DwnldID=18859

BTW I use it and have no issues. However I don't don't have a RAID setup but I do use AHCI.

It also provides AHCI support on select Intel? 5 Series, 4 Series, 3 Series, 965, 975X, 955X, 945, 925 and 915 chipset-based platforms, as well as on Mobile Intel? 915/910 chipset-based platforms.

If you're not using RAID or AHCI I'd imagine you don't need it.

That's the way I understand it.

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I had it installed previously on my computer, but it was in Program Files x86, so I uninstalled it and tried to reinstall, but am greeted by a blank install box that I cannot read. The only visible option is the OK button which cancels the install.

This is what I am downloading.

File name:
Date:11/11/2011 Status:Latest
Size:6.89 MB Language:English
Operating Systems:Windows Server 2003 *, Windows Server 2008 *, Windows 7 (32-bit)*, Windows 7 (64-bit)*, Windows Vista 32*, Windows Vista 64*, Windows XP Home Edition*, Windows XP Media Center Edition*, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition*, Windows XP Professional*

I am running Win 7 64 bit on a P6TD Deluxe board with my main drive a CORSAIR CMFSSD-128GBG2D

Am I downloading the wrong installer? Where have I gone wrong.....

Please advise.


A:need Intel® Rapid Storage Technology setup for 64 bit

You downloaded the correct Intel software, iata_enu_10.8.0.1003.exe
Intel? Rapid Storage Technology installs in Program Files (x86) for are 64 but system because the GUI (control panel software) is 32 bit.
The drivers, however are 64 bit.

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Just released in the wild, driver dated 4/27/2010.
I just found it for my Asus board, but will work with any compatible boards.
Site is french and is listed under drivers.
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro bios & drivers

A:Intel Rapid Storage Technology

I finally install the last v9.6.3.1001 Whql one from stationdriver.com, against Intel Site v9.6.0.1014...

Works pretty fine!

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So, I built my system using this SSD caching. It works really well. My hard drive is 1 terrabyte and my Cache drive is a 60 gig ssd. Lately, while playing Star Wars the Old repubic, I have been 'freezing' in game. This freezing completely locks the computer. I run Teamspeak and I can still push to talk and my friends can still talk and I can talk to them via this during the 'freeze'. What is odd is Cnt/alt/delete, will not bring up the control panel to allow me to kill the game. I am just stuck.

Normally I would say this is a Video driver issue. I did cleanly reinstall the latest Nvidia driver and this will still occur sometimes.

Now, when I disable RST, I never get the problem. I can play and play and play. When I reactivate RST to 'maximized', I can still play but its like a timer. After about 2 or 3 days the Freeze will happen.

So my RST question is, {has the driver been updated since 2012} (when I built my computer) and is it possible to update this driver now without having to re-install Windows and all my programs?

If I am left with having to re-install I am likely to just fork over the money and just buy a 300 gig SSD and keep Windows and 1 or 2 of my favorite games on it and use the Terrabyte drive for Music/videos and storage.

A:Intel Rapid Storage Technology a question..

Yep, there's 2013 versions for Win7.


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Hello everyone, I'm a new user and I have kind of a weird problem. I tried researching my problem but I have came to no real answer on google or on sevenforums.com so i decided to create a new thread.

I must apologize in advance for my lack of knowledge when it comes to computers but im trying to learn. Anyways..

My brother and I installed a our new Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB harddrive to my computer a few days ago and everything installed great and worked just fine. However, my brother decided to use the Intel Rapid Storage Technology feature not really understanding what it does.. He was thinking that a simple backup of the computer could be created and the information could be placed on our secondary HDD. So he (I think) turned the second disk into a recovery disk or something.. but we cant access the HDD in the normal way anymore.

So basically there is an Array 0000 and Volume 0000 (RAID 0) now displayed now and we simply want to bring back normal functionality to the harddrive (and if possible, recover any data that was on it.. if not, whatever).

If anyone could help me or needs more information I'd be happy to provide. Thank you in advance.

A:Intel Rapid Storage Technology Problem

Here is the system report:

System Report

System Information
OS name: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
OS version: 6.1.7600 7600
System name: DARIUS-PC
System manufacturer: Alienware
System model: Aurora-R2
Processor: GenuineIntel Intel64 Family 6 Model 30 Stepping 5 2.801 GHz
BIOS: Default System BIOS, ALWARE - 20100312

Intel? Rapid Storage Technology
User interface version:
Language: English (United States)
Intel RAID controller: Intel(R) ICH8R/ICH9R/ICH10R/DO/5 Series/3400 Series SATA RAID Controller
Number of SATA ports: 6
RAID option ROM version:
Driver version:
ISDI version:

Device Information
Name: Array_0000
Size: 1,907 GB
Available space: 953 GB
Disk data cache: Enabled
Number of volumes: 1
Volume member: Volume_0000
Number of disks: 2
Array disk: 6VP4R3ZD
Array disk: 9WM21NA5

Name: Volume_0000
Status: Normal
Type: RAID 0
Size: 954 GB
Data strip size: 128 KB
Write-back cache: Disabled
System volume: Yes
Initialized: Yes
Verification errors found: 0
Blocks with media errors: 0
Physical sector size: 512 Bytes
Logical sector size: 512 Bytes
Parent array: Array_0000
Number of disks: 2
Array disk: 6VP4R3ZD
Array disk: 9WM21NA5

Disk on port 0
Port location: Internal
Status: Normal
Usage: Array disk
Size: 954 GB
Serial number: 6VP4R3ZD
Model: ST31000528AS
Firmware: CC45
System disk: No
Password protected: No
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After Windows 10 refresh application is missing and I can't see where to download from

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Hi there, after finaly having done the Raid installation and acceleration in the Intel Rapid Storage Manager with MBR partitioning , I noticed, logical, im not able to boot in UEFI anymore. Before that I tried every possible solution to get Rapid Storage with UEFI and GPT partitioning working but failed. Is it even possible to get Rapid Storage on GPT partitions working? The "accelerationbutton" never showed up. -Clean Install with driver implementation while Win10 Setup-Waiting for all drivers beeing installed-Chipset Update  I also noticed that Rapid STORAGE needs 14,6 GB of my 22GB SSD-Cache. Rapid START Technology needs 8,1GB (8GB RAM)  for the hybernation partition. Is there a work around, since 8,1GB+14,6GB exceed the space of the 22GBs of my SSD? For example using less than 8,1GB for the hybernation Partition? Because with MBR and no Rapid Start installed boot time is still very long. Does my  Caching-System (Intel Rapid STORAGE) needs time to establish a fast boot, or is it only accelerating read and write speed while using the OS? Is Windows Fast Boot working without UEFI? So finaly: Do I have to stay with MBR if I want to use Rapid STORAGE Technology?

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I have an Aspire S5, with a 128GB SSD. The SSD is seen in the laptop as two 64GB drives, and is configured in RAID0 as default. At one point the RAID failed, and I tried to factory reset but the laptop wouldn't get into the recovery-mode (pressing ALT+F10 and all variations of ALT/CTRL/F-buttons) so I reinstalled manually with a USB. In BIOS, both drives are seen as 64GB, but in Windows only the one drive I installed on is seen as 64GB, the other one is still seen as the RAID-drive (128GB). It's not usable since I have to format it first but I don't dare to do that. I can see that the recoverypartition is still on this, but since RAID0 being RAID0, I'm assuming that all data on this ghost-partition is not usable in any way. When starting the laptop I get the Intel Rapid Storage Technology prompt (press CTRL+I), and it's saying that the RAID has failed, listing both drives (partitions), one of them as a member and the other one (the one I reinstalled Windows on) not as a member. So I deleted that configuration and thought I'd recreate it and reinstall Windows again. But when I deleted the configuration I can no longer access Intel Rapid Storage Technology at all, the prompt never comes up! It just boots straight into Windows. Pressing CTRL+I at startup gives nothing, probably because IRST isn't loading at all... I'll assume that the recoverypartition is gone forever since I already reinstalled on one of the partitions, but I'd like to at least get RAID work... Read more

A:Intel Rapid Storage Technology gone from BIOS

if you are not using windows 7, i strongly suggest you to re-install under UEFI. i suggest you to update BIOS if any update for your S5 is available, maybe this can fix your IRST issue:http://www.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/support if you still had issue with CTRL-I have a look here:http://community.acer.com/t5/S-and-R-Series-Laptops/R13-R7-371T-Raid-0/td-p/366145/page/2and check KEHinWA post

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I upgraded my desktop PC from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 last week. I have an Intel SSD system disk, a 2T hard drive for user files, an old 500Mb hard drive for miscellaneous backups and an external 2T USB hard drive for backups.

I had Intel Rapid Storage Technology (IRST) application v under Windows 8.1 and this remains operational after the upgrade. My Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H motherboard has an Intel 7 Series SATA AHCI Controller.

Do I really need the IRST application or should I uninstall it? I've seen in other posts on the forum that the IRST software may be the cause of occasional slow logins I experience on my desktop PC and laptop (both have IRST software).

A:Intel Rapid Storage Technology Application - Do I Need It?

I would recommend you try using it, then compare performance when it's not installed. It is explained somewhat in this old thread

What is Intel Rapid Storage Technology? Do I need it? Solved - Windows 7 Help Forums

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When I boot, the RST is supposed to start. It doesn't. I checked the msconfig/startup and it is set to start at boot. I have to double click it in my taskbar to get it running on every boot. This is a new error. I am running XPpro SP3, running 4 gigs RAM on a Dell E520. Any ideas?

A:Intel Rapid Storage Technology Not Running

See http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_vista-system/intel-rapid-storage-technology-service-is-not/7a269721-f4af-40de-b4d4-e72c5db9e988 .


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I have a Studio XPS 9100 running Windows 7, that I purchased 5 years ago (Apr 2011).  I have painstakingly gone through to make sure everything is working perfectly (at this snapshot in time) and corrected the few problems I had.  I think I will upgrade to W10 in June. 
There is an app that was preinstalled by Dell, entitled "Intel Rapid Storage Technology".  Does anyone know if this will continue to function with W10?  If not, does that speed things up significantly, or is it not worth worrying about?

A:Will Intel Rapid Storage Technology work with W10

Clean install out of the box No nor will it work upgrade.
The reason is that the RST application requires DOTNET.
This has to be ADDED BACK to windows 7 8 10 via control panel, add features to windows, must be ONLINE as these "features" are downloaded from windows update.
Advanced format drives Require INTEL RST 9.6 or higher.
Larger than 2TB Drives requires a host bus adapter and or INTEL RST 10.1 or higher.
The problem is that newer and newer versions of RST DO NOT SUPPORT OLDER AND OLDER versions of INTEL ICH aka ICH 4 5 6 7 8 9 10.  The higher you go the lower versions drop support.
Version 9.6 may be max for your motherboard.
I am sure that by the time you get to INTEL RST version 11.7 that your ICH aka Sata controller is NOT supported.
Trying to install when the system is in ATA mode instead of AHCI OR if the version of ICH is not supported will error with not supported hardware.
The INTEL RST 9.6  F6 Drivers can be put on a USB Flash drive and when AHCI is enabled for Sata operation it will load the drivers and see the disk.  If you do not load RST 9.6 or higher it will not "see the drive" and will not install.  Advanced format 4k drives started arriving in 2011.  At this point ALL NEW Drives are advanced format.  If you have an ancient 120 gig , 80 gig drive it won't need the drivers.   Most 160 Gig, 320 gig , 500 gig etc are 4k Advanced format Drives.

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When my Windows load, the IRST icon at the bottom right would say that IRST is not running. I had to double click on the icon for it to load. Is this normal? I just installed a SSD last night and did a fresh install with IRST. I am using the latest official IRST drivers.

A:intel rapid storage technology not running

Its a delayed start.

It starts on its own after 3 minutes of uptime if I remember correctly.

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I just bought HP Notebook - 15-ay057nmFrom the page bellow I have tried and downloaded both Intel rapid storage technology drivers but when I try to install them I receive an error: This platform is not supported.I have Windows 10 x64 version 10.0.14393What am I doing wrong? Do I need this driver or not?If my notebook is not supported then please HP remove the drivers from download options on your support page. http://support.hp.com/us-en/drivers/selfservice/HP-15-Notebook-PC-series/10862300/model/12499041

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Hello all,

My configuration:

Notebook - Asus
1TB HDD + 24 GB SSD (sandisk)

I've reinstalled WIN but now I can't use "Intel Rapid Storage Technology " -> Intel Smart Response Technology.

Now I'm lost because I don't know how to configure this SSD as SRT (Smart response technology). I configure "SSD" drive inside "disk management" as "stand-alone" partition, which is not proper as far I discovered.

I've installed all drivers (Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver for my notebook) and also application"Intel rapid storage technology". Because SSD is not configured as it should be there is no option/tab "accelerate":
Can anyone help me, I really don't want to reinstall everything...

Thank you

A:Intel Rapid Storage Technology SSD how to configure

The following is for Lenovo products, but the steps in diskpart should be the same. Just remember to install the proper driver or software for your laptop:

Considerations to deploy Intel Rapid Start Technology - Lenovo Support (US)

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I have a EX58-UD3R motherboard and I decided to install the latest drivers instead of the installation CD, but when I get to Intel Rapid Storage Technology I get "This computer does not meet the minimum requirements to install this software" which is a very vague message. I tried to look into the installation CD for something similar but found nothing, so Im not sure what's causing this..

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My desktop machine is built on Gigabyte GA-Z87-UD3H and Gigabyte provides the latest driver for Intel Rapid Storage Technology (IRST), which I installed after installing the OS. Same goes for my Lenovo Thinkpad-T420. And for both machine, checking the controller device under the IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers section in Device Manager I see the driver has been updated to the latest version.
I set the SATA controller to AHCI from BIOSOn the desktop machine I have one WD 2TB BLACK & one WD 3TB GreenI don?t use RAID, & no chance of using in near future, but according to Intel IRST improves performance in single disk scenario too.

Now I have the following questions ?

What is the actual purpose of IRST (pre-OS install) driver that doesn?t get served with a post-OS driver that I installed? There must be some difference, otherwise there wouldn?t be a pre-OS version of the driver. Right?In the pre-OS procedure (loading the drivers at OS-installation time) after successfully completing the OS installation, do I need that post-OS driver? Because after installing from that one I got a quick launch icon that runs the IRST configuration application. Where do get that after installing the pre-OS driver?As it is ?pre-OS?, when I load it at OS-installation time, does it updates anything at BIOS level or anywhere other than HDD? That?s because I?m going to dual boot Windows 7 with Windows 8.1, and after installing Windows 7 when I install Windows 8.1 & load the IRST driver for tha... Read more

A:Intel Rapid Storage Technology (pre-OS) driver installatio

Hi Nero666 and welcome to the forum! I don't like IRST myself especially if not using RAID. The times I've tried it, got nothing but problems. Just because it is put out by Intel doesn't mean it is good. Recommend not installing it.

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There are two releases of the same driver version ( available: https://download.lenovo.com/pccbbs/mobiles/n1ei113w.txt (2016/09/13)https://download.lenovo.com/pccbbs/mobiles/nz1it01w.txt (2016/09/23)The former I have installed. The latter carries a warning:Caution: This package should not be installed if your system has PCIe SSD.
Please use MS inbox driver instead.I have a PCIe NVME SSD as the boot drive installed, along with a standard HD in the other bay. My concern is that I running the same, but lenovo decided to place the warning in the readme only when it re-issued the driver.Should I overwrite this driver with the MS inbox driver? Or should I continue to use it? SSD performance isn't the greatest when I compare my ATTO, AS SSD and Crystalmark results to the benchmarks for the SM951 256GB.

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I am hoping someone has solved this themselves, or knows how to research the problem further than I. My next recourse is to re-install the system without IRST.

The system works well, in general, but every once in a while, the RAID driver from IRST (IaStor.sys) becomes very resource hungry, taking at a minimum 25% of the CPU with peaks that go much higher. While this load would normally be tolerable, if it happens during streaming a video, or playing a game, it causes momentary freeze-ups where the mouse and keyboard are unresponsive, and video drops several seconds worth of frames.

IaStor runs normally in the background with fractional CPU load, so I am thinking the overload comes during some error checking. I have checked the process through Process Explorer, and there are level 0 and level 1 priority threads occurring.

I should also note that this problem has become worse with time.

Any suggestions for a next move that do not require a re-install?

A:Intel Rapid Storage Technology: overtaxes system

Intel management software is best left uninstalled.

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I generally avoid HD bloatware during reinstalls or while cleaning up bloatware unless they have a specific function (SMART monitoring) that the user wants running.

However it's recently been brought up that Intel Rapid Storage Technology software should be running when it's controller is selected.

I'm asking opinions if there are specfic reasons this software needs to be installed and running in addition to the iastor.sys driver.

Thanks for your input.

A:Is Intel Rapid Storage Technology Software needed?

Good question, Greg.

What is Intel Rapid Storage Technology? Do I need it?

From Intel:

Whether using one or multiple hard drives, users can take advantage of enhanced performance and lower power consumption. When using more than one drive, the user can have added protection against data loss in the event of a hard drive failure.


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Hi all,

I am making the assumption that IRST is causing my C: Drive to become corrupted, this may prove to be false, but I believe it is a good point to start from. So, the facts:

Sapphire 6950
Corsair 8GB DDR3 1600
Asus P8Z68V-PRO
Xonar DX
(2) WD RE4 1 TB HDDs in RAID 0, off the RAID controller on the MB
(2) OCZ Vertex 30 GB SSDs. 1 is a spare, 1 is used to accelerate the HDDs using IRST, set up in windows

The effect:

Essentially windows will not boot. I am able to get into a repair mode where I can restore an image, attempt a repair, access command prompt, etc. I believe windows is still on the hard drives, and perhaps intact, but the boot manger is acting like my RAID is corrupted.

The cause(s):

The first time this happened, the computer lost power (Crappy UPS). I had the IRST configured for "Maximum Performance", which delays writes to the HDD, and instead caches them to the SSD until it gets a bunch of writes. It warned me that using that option may lead to system corruption... and it did. This was a couple months ago, maybe 2 or 3, which I "fixed" by reinstalling windows.

This second time, which I haven't fixed yet, occurred while I was playing Battlefield 3. The game locked up, and I was forced to hard reset. I can't remember the last time the system locked up that hard, so I don't think its a stability thing, unless a RAM stick suddenly went bad, and I don't overclock. When I powered the machin... Read more

A:Intel Rapid Storage Technology C: Drive Corruptiion

Have you gotten the latest driver: RAID: Intel? Rapid Storage Technology Driver for Intel Desktop Boards

And some further reading about RAID: Why RAID is (usually) a terrible idea

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How do I actually update the driver for this? I have win 8.1 and task manager says IAStorSataSvc (32 bit) (intel rapid storage technology) is using 277.8 MB of memory (it was over 1,000 last night) and .4% of the CPU.  My version is 11.50.1207 and forums indicate this version eats a lot of memory and the driver should be updated.  How do I do that?  There are two versions that can be downloaded,  f6flpy-x86.zip - for 32-bit versions of the operating system and f6flpy-x64.zip - for 64-bit versions of the operating system.  Win 8.1 is 64 bit and the IRST says it is 32 bit, so which one do I use?  Once I have the right one dowloaded, it is a zip folder with 6 files.  How do i update the driver, double click on one of the .sys files, the largest one (there are two, one smaller than the other)?

A:How to update intel rapid storage technology driver

The floppy version is used during a new install of Windows. Do you have a SSD and a regular HDD? You can download the full Install here.
SetupRST.exe (Latest) 
Date: 08/01/2014
Size: 11.13 MB

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We have purchased a lot of Toshiba Tecra Z50-A laptops with a Hybrid HDD (with SSD cache).

The exact model:

We stage and re-partition the laptops via SCCM.
However, when installing all drivers and the Intel Rapid Storage Technology software, I see that only rge HDD is used and no SSD partition with Intel RST.

How can we enable this?
The problem is that the performance is incredibly bad.
The laptops are very slow even though the specs are good:
i5-4200U CPU
Windows 7 x64

Any idea how to enable this Intel RST?
In the BIOS I can't find any options for RAID as this needs to be enabled for RST to work.

Thank you

A:Tecra Z50-A - Intel Rapid Storage Technology not working

So nobody has any idea?

Also no idea how I can enable RAID in BIOS?
I cannot find that option anywhere.

This is getting very annoying.
We have purchased 100+ laptops and they are very, very slow.

I guess we'll switch back because those work flawlessly.

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I received this message today on my screen. I went to Intel but could not understand what they were telling me to do something about BIOS nnd Sata and now I'm lost.
My computer has just slowed down to a crawl these last 4 or 5 days, could this be the problem. I'm a novice and quite lost. My browsers and mail programs are working at a crawl.

A:Intel Rapid Storage Technology has stopped working

Help! I've had this posted for awhile, no answers. I would like to know if I've got a big problem or I should ignore it.

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Hey guys! I am new in this forum so I hope I am in a right section to ask this question, if no pleas redirect me
So I have Intel Rapid Storage Technology installed on my Sony VAIO, as I understand it's keeping eye on my heard drive and kind of preventing from damages, (this is what I suppose). Some time ago I installed newer version of Intel Rapid Storage Technology and as always it's booting with the rest of the programs I want them to be booted, but this new version is really slowing down the boot, so I am thinking to remove it from start-up and my question is: is this program really doing what I think it's doing and also, will it be safe to remove it from start-up???
Thank you very much

A:Intel Rapid Storage Technology boot slowing

The drivers are essential for your disk to function. However, you are probably not talking about the drivers but about the additional software with a graphical user interface that is used to set up RAID Settings etc. That you do not need to run all the time. If I'm not mistaken, once your HDD works well, you do not have to have the gui in your startup programs. You should even be able to deinstall the gui if you want.

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I've had this update pending for quite some time now. The problem is that when I try to run the update it it ends up in an Intel screen with the options either to remove or repair. I don't think I want to do either, i want to update. Any advice?

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Hi there,
I have windows 8 Enterprise x64 RTM, an asus sabertooth z77 mobo.

I have installed windows 8 in AHCI sata mode and it works flawlessly but I have a solid state drive for caching.

So I backed up my data, changed to RAID mode in BIOS and proceeded to reinstall. Windows 8 installer sees my harddrives in raid mode and continues to install fine. And that's where fine ends.
I get blue screens before the personalization screens start "winload.exe is missing or corrupt". Randomly this morning it just worked, I got to my desktop and started installing drivers - worked fine. Installed RST (beta) - rebooted and bluescreened "a required device is missing or failed".

Now this is where things are unexplainable for me. If I boot to my installation media and quit it at the first chance, the system reboots and boots into windows 8 flawlessly. When I shutdown or restart windows - at the next boot it bluescreens but if I boot from my installation media and quit, then it restarts and boots fine.

A:Intel Rapid Storage Technology boot issue

Hello Jim, and welcome to Eight Forums.

The intel Raid-Sata-Ata-Ahci RST WHQL version worked best for me. You might give them a try as well to see how they do for you at the Station Driver link below.

intel drivers pour Raid/Sata/Ata/Ahci

Hope this helps,

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Sigh.. so I'm still working on my neighbor's Samsung Laptop. I refreshed it the other day for sluggishness which ended-up wiping lots of software and drivers off that M$ didn't create (really Microsoft -even drivers that keep the system stable??)
Anyway, got just about everything put back on this machine. There's just one thing that's bothering me. The Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver. On my desktop computer where the driver works properly the driver has it's own icon in Control Panel much like the Java Driver has there. The more popular location however is the taskbar, this icon sometimes confuses me as it at-a-glance resembles the "safely remove USB" icon. It's just a gray rectangle with a green check on it (when it's working properly).

On my neighbor's Samsung laptop it is downloadable through the "SW update" application. Version goes right in no problem, asks you to restart and then it even reflects the installation in the SW update application after restart. EXCEPT there is no sign of it anywhere on the computer besides Performance and Features as an option to remove. It has no taskbar icon, it has no presence in control panel and there is no locatable service running for it. I have confirmed that the Chipset indicates AHCI (7 series). It's also a driver straight from Samsung. I did remove this driver and restart and tried going directly to Intel and downloading the same driver and updating it via the "Update driver" opti... Read more

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I don't know if this is a general thing, or some specific thing that should be elsewhere, so...

Asus X99 Deluxe, 5820k, 1TB SSD, 3TB data HDD, 2TB backup HDD

The system I just put together does NOT have any RAID disks. I've had RAID setups in the past and found that the frequency of disk failure was DRASTICALLY lower than the frequency of stupid human tricks (my failure). So, I have internal and external backups that run regularly.

I looked at the information at Intel on the Rapid Storage Technology. It CLAIMS a variety of performance and reliability gains even WITHOUT RAID. So, I turned it on.

I ignored the Ctrl/I invite to create RAID volumes and let the 8.1 system boot normally. Won't boot. After a LONG time sitting and spinning, a VERY quick screen flashes that it encountered errors and throws me back to the BIOS.

If I turn RST back off, boots normally...

Two questions: IS there, in fact, any advantage to what RST provides for non-RAID systems? Intel claims improvements for both HDD and SDD drives. I've seen topics that claimed performance improvements because the drivers are better than the default ones. I've seen entries that claimed absolutely NO improvement...

If there IS an advantage, can someone tell me how to get RST to work properly in a non-RAID system?

A:Intel Rapid Storage Technology in NON-RAID system

Don't use it myself. Had it installed for awhile and seemed to cause problems. Uninstalled and don't notice any performance hit.

Personally believe the fewer of these add-ons you can run with the better.

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Is the accelerate function of Intel Rapid Storage Technology available on a Precision M4500 with A15 BIOS?

A:Precision M4500 & Intel Rapid Storage Technology

If the system has both a hard drive and an mSATA solid state drive, it should be, yes.

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I just got a GB Z68X-UD7-B3 mobo, and also a OCZ Agility 3 60GB SSD to go with it knowing about intel rapid storage technology (Smart Response Technology)
I basically followed the instructions for installation for installing windows for use with IRRT in the GB video on it, changing the "PCH SATA controller mode" to RAID(XHD) before installing windows...
did all that, got windows up and going with all my stuff (steam, Paint shop, GB drivers and full update etc) and then turned on IRRT and all worked perfectly fine until I restarted my PC, and got THIS during boot up... basically it seem that both the HDD and the SSD applicable are disabled and I'm not sure why... I need to go into the RAID setup and disable the acceleration before I can boot up windows...

I can't seem to find a similar issue anywhere... hence my post... I also tried installing EZ smart response to see if I could get it to work, but something is up with that... all it does is go to a splash screen with an up and down arrow in the center that do nothing...

I'm not good with RAID setups it's ma 1st time... any suggestions on what I can do?

Win 7 Pro x64
Intel i5-2500K
Gigabyte Z68X-UD7-B3 (BIOS F7)
Gigabyte ATI HD5850OC 1GB GDDR5
G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2GB DDR3 (1600MHz)

A:intel rapid storage technology boot error

having the same problem with me

fatal1ty z68 gen3
ocz agility 3 raided 0 with western digita 1tb green cav using irst

did u fix this man ?

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