Are Intel Rapid Storage and Intel Security assist bloatware?

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  1. bo elam's Avatar
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    Are Intel Rapid Storage and Intel Security assist bloatware?


    My questions are, Are programs Intel Rapid Storage technology and Intel Security assist considered to be bloatware? They came with the laptop and cant figure exactly what they do. The name Intel makes it sound like serious stuff but after searching Google I have the feeling that they do nothing and can be uninstalled. The laptop came with McAfee. And I know McAfee and Intel are now sort of one and the same. I uninstalled McAfee immediately after 1st boot.

    Can this programs be safely uninstalled? I am not even sure what they do or whether they doing something in my laptop. I know they run, and I get one error in Events Log per week from Intel Security assist and between 1 and 3 Warnings a day from Rapid Storage technology. This Warnings and Error don't appear to impact anything, I know about them because I look at the Events log otherwise I wouldn't know they were issued.

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    These are probably not needed for most users. Ensure you still have the Intel Rapid Storage Driver installed for your IDE ATA/ATAPI Controller - mine is iaStorA.sys (see photo). For a full discussion and to find the best drivers for your PC see http://www.win-raid.com/t2f23-Intel-...QL-v-WHQL.html
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  3. bo elam's Avatar
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    Steve C said:
    Ensure you still have the Intel Rapid Storage Driver installed for your IDE ATA/ATAPI Controller - mine is iaStorA.sys (see photo).
    Yes, I have it. iaStorA.sys is what I was saying generates Warnings every day.

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  4. Steve C's Avatar
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    bo elam said:
    Yes, I have it. iaStorA.sys is what I was saying generates Warnings every day.

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    The driver should still remain if you uninstall the Intel Rapid Storage program. Do you still have errors when the program is removed?
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  5. bo elam's Avatar
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    Steve C said:
    The driver should still remain if you uninstall the Intel Rapid Storage program. Do you still have errors when the program is removed?
    I haven't uninstalled anything, What I get are Warnings that don't seen to have any effect, not errors.

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  6. swarfega's Avatar
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    What storage does your laptop have? SSD or HD?
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  7. bo elam's Avatar
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    swarfega said:
    What storage does your laptop have? SSD or HD?
    Is a Hard drive. I just saw this, Rapid storage is actually doing something, I guess saving energy. According to the screen, it is activated.

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  8. bo elam's Avatar
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    Perhaps it doesn't mean nothing but I noticed the Warnings related to Rapid Storage usually are generated when the laptop is idle or doing almost nothing with it.

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  9. swarfega's Avatar
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    Its not bloat where, I use it on my purely SSD setup but for a laptop hard drive, its a bit useless.
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  10. bo elam's Avatar
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    swarfega said:
    Its not bloat where.......
    I just figured that out. Can you tell me whats the difference if the setting (Link power management) in the picture is disabled instead of enabled (as is now by default). My guess is the disk works less with the setting enabled but works better with it disabled. And this Warning would not be triggered.

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