I did a complete reinstall a couple of days ago. Because I have an SSD my mate said I needed to install the Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology enterprise Driver Software V126.96.36.19911 for Windows XP 64bit & Windows Vista/7 32bit & 64bit.(WHQL)
When I went to open AIDA (installed from older aida64extreme185.exe, coz I haven't coughed for upgrade...) it crashed...
On Thu 29/11/2012 3:40:15 AM GMT your computer crashed
crash dump file: C:\Windows\memory.dmp
This was probably caused by the following module: iastora.sys (iaStorA+0x1C9C)
Bugcheck code: 0xD1 (0x0, 0x2, 0x0, 0xFFFFF8800128BC9C)
file path: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\iastora.sys
product: Intel Rapid Storage Technology Enterprise driver
company: Intel Corporation
description: Intel Rapid Storage Technology Enterprise driver - x64
Bug check description: This indicates that a kernel-mode driver attempted to access pageable memory at a process IRQL that was too high.
This appears to be a typical software driver bug and is not likely to be caused by a hardware problem.
A third party driver was identified as the probable root cause of this system error. It is suggested you look for an update for the following driver: iastora.sys (Intel Rapid Storage Technology Enterprise driver - x64, Intel Corporation).
Google query: iastora.sys Intel Corporation DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL
If I'm not running raid or ssd cache, how necessary is this driver?