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Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver Question

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I picked up a Samsung 840 SSD recently, and did a fresh install of Windows 7 on it. Right now I have the default Microsoft AHCI drivers, and am trying to install the latest Intel RST driver.

The Intel RST readme file mentions that I need to pre-install some F6 drivers using a boot drive. However, another section of Intel's site says that if I have Windows 7 and am using just an AHCI drive (no RAID) I don't need the F6 drivers.

So I'm a little confused whether or not I need to worry about installing the F6 drivers before I install the latest Intel RST driver. Anyone know?

Thanks, appreciate the help!
post #2 of 5
The raid part is just so Windows can see your raid array if you have one to install the os.

For what you are doing you just need to install the AHCI driver for the controller.
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So the F6 drivers are for strictly RAID setups? Here's why I'm confused.

The 11.7 driver readme states that both AHCI and RAID modes require the F6 installation:
http://downloadmirror.intel.com/22194/eng/readme.txt

5.1 General Installation Notes

1. If you are installing the operating system on a system
configured for RAID or AHCI mode, you must pre-install
the Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology driver using the
F6 installation method described in section 5.3.

While this Intel page suggests that it's not required.

http://www.intel.com/support/chipsets/imsm/sb/CS-022239.htm
post #4 of 5
DarkrReign is right, for Windows 7 and maybe for Vista, when using AHCI mode. Intel adds the statement about the F6 installation of the driver in case an OS does not have its own AHCI driver to install when Windows is installed, such as XP.

If your SATA mode was set to AHCI when you installed Windows, and you have msahci loaded now, all you need to do is run the IRST .exe installation program to install it. I've done that, and people in this forum have done that many times, it works fine. You can even rollback to the msahci driver if you want to. You have nothing to worry about.
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Awesome, thanks for clearing that up for me guys.
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