Originally Posted by aweir
Good thing you mentioned that you had the same board. I wish I had never gotten it. The amount of money I paid for it, and then they went broke. Why is there there so many RAID drivers available for it? It is not Intel, it is Jmicron. So why would I need the Intel storage driver?
Which one do I need??
IntelÂ® Rapid Storage Technology
INTEL Application Accelerator RAID Driver
IntelÂ® Matrix Storage Manager
Intel RAID/AHCI Installation Disk
JMicron RAID/AHCI Installation Disk
First, don't hate that motherboard - it is regarded as one of the best P35 boards ever made and is held is extremely high esteem!! It's just old is all.
Anyways, Intel Rapid Storage is just a re-name of Intel Matrix Storage - they are the same thing. Intel just renamed it to make life easier for folks - or at least that's what they say.
Actually Intel Application Accelerator was the first incarnation of Intel's firmware RAID, then it was called Matrix Storage , and now Intel Rapid Storage.
The Intel RAID/AHCI disk is only needed if your using Windows XP as Vista and 7 both have the needed RAID drivers already built into the OS. So disregard that unless you are using Windows XP.
The JMicron disk is only needed if you plan on RAIDing 2 E-Sata drives in RAID 1 or 0. Very very very few people will ever do this, but it is a nice option for those who might.
What you should install for that board is the Matrix Storage manager from the Abit site. I was able to use the newer Rapid Storage manager, but only for AHCI - in RAID it gave issues.
Also make sure to install the lastest JMicron E-Sata drivers as well unless you have the JMicron disabled in the BIOS.
The driver can be found here:
Use the one with "esata" on the end of it as this enables hotplugging of esata drives.