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Windows 7: What is Intel Rapid Storage Technology? Do I need it?

01 Sep 2011   #1
CyberCriminal

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 
What is Intel Rapid Storage Technology? Do I need it?

Hi,

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


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02 Sep 2011   #2
UKMedia

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit (SP 1)
 
 

Hi

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

Regards
UKMedia
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02 Sep 2011   #3
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

+1 ^

However, it has been my understanding that the Intel Rapid Storage driver is not necessary in modern operating systems since these OS's are fully capable of using Intel's Matrix RAID chipsets natively.
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02 Sep 2011   #4
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Cyber,
Remember-google is your friend.
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02 Sep 2011   #5
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I installed it on both of my systems with SSDs to get the iaStor driver rather than using the msahci driver. It gave me quit a boost in performance. I don't know if that matters to spinnider drives, so someone else will have to comment.
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02 Sep 2011   #6
CyberCriminal

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UKMedia View Post
Hi

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

Regards
UKMedia
I've got one SATA HDD.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
+1 ^

However, it has been my understanding that the Intel Rapid Storage driver is not necessary in modern operating systems since these OS's are fully capable of using Intel's Matrix RAID chipsets natively.
Thanks.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
Cyber,
Remember-google is your friend.
Yea! Thanks.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
I installed it on both of my systems with SSDs to get the iaStor driver rather than using the msahci driver. It gave me quit a boost in performance. I don't know if that matters to spinnider drives, so someone else will have to comment.
Thanks. Repped you all! I've got only one SATA HDD on my laptop. Shall I uninstall this program?
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02 Sep 2011   #7
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

No. Leave well enough alone. Glad to hear that all is well now.
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02 Sep 2011   #8
CyberCriminal

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
No. Leave well enough alone. Glad to hear that all is well now.
According to Intel, it provides benefits to users of single drives as well. I don't need to uninstall this driver.
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology — Product overview
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03 Sep 2011   #9
UKMedia

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit (SP 1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CyberCriminal View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
No. Leave well enough alone. Glad to hear that all is well now.
According to Intel, it provides benefits to users of single drives as well. I don't need to uninstall this driver.
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology — Product overview

I agree with the other posts, I have it installed and noticed a performance improvement. I would leave it installed.

Regards
UKMedia
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04 May 2012   #10
SatansLilHelper

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

I'm just a trial and error knucklehead, but for what it's worth, I did some research, found out my RAID wasn't using IRST, disabled it, and CPU usage dropped from 20 percent at idle down to 2 percent. Would have saved me a lot of time if someone else had posted this little piece of information -so I'm doing it now for someone with a similar problem in the future. To them, I say in advance, "you're welcome."
**IMPORTANT: Make sure your RAID isn't using it: It will tell you how to check when you go to remove it under add/remove programs... or here: Under device manager/Storage Controllers: You should NOT see intel controllers ALSO under Device Manger/IDE ATA/ATAPI controls Yous should NOT see intel controllers -if you do NOT, you should be able to remove IRST with no problems, like me.
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