I'm glad you posted that question and link. All I can say is... wow, just unbelievable...
Readers, please click the link in the first post and scroll down, it's really something.
The PC I'm using as I type this has a Samsung 840 Pro and the latest version of the IRST driver. I have never used any other SATA driver with a Samsung SSD or any other SSD, I install the basic IRST driver during a Windows installation, each and every time. I would never use anything else. I have done that for years on multiple mother board/Intel chipset platforms.
The number of Samsung SSD and IRST driver users in this forum is huge, and I can safely say they wouldn't use anything else either.
The few posts in that thread that make the statement about IRST and Samsung SSDs of course include nothing to verify the claim. Then again, how do you verify inaccurate statements?
BOTH of the following are taken from the latest Samsung Magician software version 4.2.1 Introduction and Installation Guide, 8/2013. You can download and read it yourself here:http://www.samsung.com/global/business/semiconductor/samsungssd/downloads.html
Looks like the Intel driver is supported to me, as it always has been. We can see that the AMD driver is not supported, which is strange but is really nothing new.
Next I'll show you where I guess this rumor started. This is a perfect example of how strange stories like this get started. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing:
Items 14 and 15 describe Magician/IRST bugs that occur in certain circumstances. Neither of them cause the Magician software to fail, and all the other Magician features work fine, Optimization, Over Provisioning, Performance Benchmark, Drive Information, etc.
BTW, I did not leave out the part that states IRST should not be used with Samsung SSDs, because any statement even remotely similar to that does not exist in the Magician 4.2.1 guide.
So IRST 12.6 will cause the Magician Authentication feature to fail. I could live with that. The Authentication feature works fine with IRST 12.8. Write cache buffer flushing can be enabled/disabled in Windows Device Manager, so the failure of this Magician option with IRST is again a very minor bug.
It is true that the Magician software cannot recognize RAID mode, and displays an incorrect message about AHCI mode not being enabled. IRST users know that all AHCI features are a subset of the IRST RAID driver. In fact, Intel does not provide two separate AHCI and RAID drivers, IRST is both an AHCI and RAID driver. The person posting the "warning" is ignorant of this as well.
Note that item 15 states "RAID on mode...", it does not say Intel RAID mode. AMD, LSI, Marvell, etc, all make products that support SATA RAID. I would not be surprised if the Magician software does not work with those RAID products.
To be fair, any SSDs used in a RAID array are not correctly detected by any number of applications. Single SSDs used with an Intel SATA controller in RAID mode with the IRST driver work fine with the Magician 4.2.1 software.
Honestly, I just used the Samsung Data Migration software to clone a Windows 8 installation from one SSD to a Samsung 840 Pro. Of course I had the IRST driver installed, and of course the clone worked perfectly. So an IRST driver worked perfectly cloning a Windows 8 installation to a Samsung SSD, using Samsung cloning software, and part of the clone was all the IRST driver and UI components. I'm using that PC now as I said above.Igor
, please tell us about using IRST with your 840 Pro's, if anyone knows if the IRST driver works with Samsung SSDs, it is you.DooRules
might know something about that too...