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Disable Intel Rapid Storage without Windows 7


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#1 Marcio80

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 01:10 PM

Hi,

I'm having a problem with Sony Vaio Ultrabook model with Intel Rapid Storage. Sometimes a have to format these ultrabooks, for example, when they fail to boot Windows 7 and I can't recover it. The problem is that I can't find a way to disable it without Windows. Unlike Dell or others vendors, there isn't a BIOS option or hotkey to disable it before system boot.

I use norton ghost to restore images, so what I'm doing:

1. Use windows 7 install disk with F6 key to add Intel Rapid drivers;

2. Format it;

3. Install intel rapid software and disable acceleration;

4. Restore image with norton ghost.

Googled the net for a solution but I can't find similar problem. Could you help me?

Thanks in advance.



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#2 Anshad Edavana

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 01:48 PM

Hi

 

Are you talking about the "Intel Smart Response technology" ?. It requires a SSD and HDD configured in RAID mode. The SSD is used as a cache memory between HDD and RAM.  Is it the situation you are facing ?


Edited by Anshad Edavana, 13 May 2013 - 02:03 PM.


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Posted 13 May 2013 - 02:56 PM

No, its Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (http://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/highlights/sftwr-prod/imsm). The ultrabook has a 300gb hard drive and 12gb msata ssd. Intel RST creates some sort of cache in this msata ssd. When I try to use norton ghost, acronis, etc. they can't find the 300gb hard drive nor the 12gb ssd.

 

ps. Found this:

Intel® Smart Response Technology is an Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (RST) caching feature that improves computer system performance. It allows a user to configure computer systems with an SSD used as cache memory between the hard disk drive and system memory. This provides the advantage of having a hard disk drive (or a RAID volume) for maximum storage capacity while delivering an SSD - like overall system performance experience. Intel® Smart Response Technology caching is implemented as a single drive letter solution; no additional drive letter is required for the SSD device used as cache.

http://download.intel.com/support/chipsets/sb/intel_smart_response_technology_user_guide.pdf


Edited by Marcio80, 13 May 2013 - 03:06 PM.


#4 Anshad Edavana

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 11:33 PM

Hi

 

How did you use Ghost and Acronis ?. If you are not using the WinPE version, try that.



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Posted 14 May 2013 - 06:04 AM

Winpe? I'll try. For norton I tried hiren's boot cd (15.2 restored) and the program from symantec that creates a usb bootable ghost. Acronis I tried from hiren's too.

 

ps. just got an email from Sony support saying that there's no BIOS/hotkey way to disable Intel RST... :(

My hope is finding a software that can read iRST partitions.


Edited by Marcio80, 14 May 2013 - 06:06 AM.


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Posted 14 May 2013 - 07:23 AM

Hi

 

Using the standalone WinPE 3.0 version of Acronis probably solve your issue.

 

http://kb.acronis.com/content/24254






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