Does the Intel RST need to be active on a non-raid system?

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  1. Posts : 27,144
    Win11 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu
       #11

    I always just extract the AHCI files from IRST and install them by right clicking the iaAHCIC.inf

    You should use AHCI when using a SSD and an Intel CPU.
    It's the iaStorAC you don't need(the system tray icon and disk failing warning)
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       #12

    Compumind said:
    I do not have a need for Intel RMT - Ready Mode Technology but didn't uninstall it just yet. What is Intel(R) Ready Mode Technology (Intel(R) RMT)? Does anyone have a real use for it? Opinions?
    It looks like ready mode technology is a power state scheme to allow PCs to remain "fully on" in a low power state. This is to be differentiated from Sleep or Hibernation power states.
    As one person described it, it makes your laptop work more like your phone.

    I think RMT is a users choice item. If you have a use for it - like a kiosk in a store - it could be great. But on a desktop PC in a home environment I'm having trouble thinking of a benefit. Lot's of bad thoughts, like security issues with any "always on" system.

    My newest desktop starts so fast now that I hardly see a need for it. For some of the older laptops it would be great, but I think you need newer hardware to get it to work.
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  3. Posts : 5,048
    Windows 10/11 Pro x64, Various Linux Builds, Networking, Storage, Cybersecurity Specialty.
    Thread Starter
       #13

    Steve C said:
    You only need the IRST driver for good disk performance.
    You mean DISK=HDD, correct?
    I know that website, very useful!

    Thanks.
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  4. Posts : 679
    Windows 10
       #14

    I did a test on my 1TB Raid 0 setup. Asus Z87.

    I first installed Windows without adding any drivers and ran a benchmark test. 'Performance Test v9.0' Its from the website called 'cpu passmark'
    My Raid 0 score didnt even match and well below what it should have been.

    2nd Windows installation and then i got the mobo disc out and installed everything. Next benchmark the score was just behind some of the slower SSD's which i thought, not bad.

    3rd Windows install. Just before starting the partition creation, i installed just the intel Raid controller driver and thats it.
    Benchmark score now i surpassed the slower SSD's and i was almost giving the next Kingston SSD a good run for his data!!

    Very impressed with 3rd option
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  5. Posts : 7,834
    Windows 11 Pro 64 bit
       #15

    Compumind said:
    You mean DISK=HDD, correct?
    I know that website, very useful!

    Thanks.
    Also useful for a SSD I believe
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  6. Posts : 145
    Windows 10 Home
       #16

    Compumind said:
    Got my answers...

    1) Intel Rapid Storage Technology is not needed on a system when the boot drive is an SSD. It's an older technology.
    2) You can use it for SSD/HDD RAID if you wish but who really uses RAID on a non-server/non-enterprise system?
    3) I uninstalled the application with no ill effect. No performance difference.

    https://www.dell.com/support/article...ration?lang=en

    Also -

    I do not have a need for Intel RMT - Ready Mode Technology but didn't uninstall it just yet.

    What is Intel(R) Ready Mode Technology (Intel(R) RMT)?

    Does anyone have a real use for it? Opinions?

    Thanks again for all the replies!

    I realize this original post is about 6 months old. I'd like know how @Compumind successfully un-installed the Intel RST package without having to re-install Windows (if that's how Intel-RST was un-installed).

    I too have a Dell 8930 Special edition.
    Mine's a 2017 model and it doesn't have the enormous capacity of 2TB for the M.2 SSD that @Compumind has, but was shipped with a 256GB NVMe SSD with Windows installed on the SSD and also a 2TB SATA HDD.
    It also has the same Aptio BIOS by American MegaTrends.

    I thought it was virtually impossible to completely remove the IRST package (also the registry entries) without having to re-install Windows.

    And doesn't Windows need the Intel-RST application package and the driver to boot and initialize 'live" Windows?
    So when you're changing the HDD/SDD controller in the BIOS, and Windows must use the correct one as it boots, you can't be using it with "live" Windows when changing the SATA operation from RAID ON to AHCI.

    I've read some guides that offer a way to get around this.

    This Dell re-attached link here originally posted by @AndreTen includes a guide on the third post of that Dell thread by someone named Koeven who was successful.

    I've seen these steps posted before on different websites. But those sites come with a caveat posted to proceed at your own risk before attempting (Windows may be rendered unbootable - BSOD).

    It would be appreciated if a step by step guide that @Compumind followed could be posted (provided If Windows did not have to be re-installed)
    Thanks
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  7. Posts : 2,935
    Windows 10 Home x64
       #17

    Keep in mind that for AHCI Intel driver could have some subtle glitches. Try it doing benchmarks and such. I advise using standard msahci because it's the most stable. Just do some benchmarks/tests with the both of them and decide for yourself.
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  8. Posts : 4,224
    Windows 10
       #18

    Dear @Compumind:
    check out this recent Intel announcement from last month Intel RST and Intel Memory Applications Will No Longer Be Updated (EOL Notice). You can indeed run the RST drivers without running RST itself, as other posters have observed. I've uninstalled it on my NVMe SSD systems without apparent ill effects.
    HTH,
    --Ed--
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  9. Posts : 5,048
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       #19

    EdTittel said:
    Dear @Compumind:
    check out this recent Intel announcement from last month Intel RST and Intel Memory Applications Will No Longer Be Updated (EOL Notice). You can indeed run the RST drivers without running RST itself, as other posters have observed. I've uninstalled it on my NVMe SSD systems without apparent ill effects.
    HTH,
    --Ed--
    Hi Ed - I had already posted this on the forum -

    Intel Rapid Storage Technology will no longer be updated [EOL] notice

    After you "uninstall" the IRST, I believe that the drivers are left behind. Hence, no issues. The Management Program (front-end GUI) is actually uninstalled.

    @Jaguwaar20 -

    Does this also help answer your concern?

    HTH,

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  10. Posts : 4,224
    Windows 10
       #20

    Errr...face red...sorry: didn't remember/realize that you had already posted this item. Forgive the unneeded info. Glad that it's going away, though: IRST has caused its share of problems for me over the years.
    --Ed--
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