I have a Dell Inspiron 17 7000 and when I install 184.108.40.2067 the drive becomes unbootable. I can reinstall Windows and it runs ok until it gets this update. When I run tests on both the Optane memory and hard drive everything checks out fine.
Should I just never install Intel RST?
If the dell download is causing a problem, call dell support. If you do not want the dell download, then do not use the dell download tool.
Best to contact dell support regarding this issue.
1. I can suggest you to reinstall the Optane Memory software. FYI, the Intel Optane Memory application and Intel RST Driver has reached End of Life and is replaced by Intel Optane Memory and Storage Management that can be downloaded from Microsoft store. Please see more information here.
2. You should verify that the SATA mode in Bios setting is set to "Intel RST premium ….", rather than AHCI. In order to change the SATA mode without corrupting Windows, you should enter BIOS after setting Windows boot mode to SAFE. After rebooting to Windows after changing the SATA mode, you may disable the SAFE mode and boot in Normal mode.
3. You should prepare minimum 5MB of unallocated space in the end of the drive being accelerated.
4. Open Apps & Features (Windows Settings) and uninstall the currently installed Optane Application.
5. Download Intel RST Driver and unzip it on your drive. Right click on iaStorAC.inf and select install from drop down menu. Reboot your computer.
6. Download from Microsoft Store and install the Intel Optane Memory and Management.
7. Now enable Optane Acceleration. Follow Intel Optane Memory Installation Guide, Section 3.
Leon is correct; if you have Optane memory, then you should be installing the Optane software and not the (general) RST software.
It continues to piss me off that Dell provides the RST download, as if it is a requirement, on systems that will never need it. All they are doing is causing problems for their own customers - wait, I see it now, they are purposefully doing this to create money-making situations for their support department. 😤
I was able to follow those steps and when I install the Intel RST Driver (by running the iaStorAC.inf) it installs fine, but when it reboots it comes up with 'No bootable devices found' again.
Any thoughts or other ideas for me?
The only options under SATA are Disabled, AHCI, and Raid On. It was originally set to Raid On and from I have read that is the correct setting for this computer and Optane. From my understanding setting it to Raid On does not actually mean that you are RAIDing your drives together, which sounds like Optane does not support. It just puts the controller in Raid mode, which is what is needed for Optane to function.
-Yes, the laptop came with Optane M10 installed. It is running all of the original hardware.
-The laptop was handed to me with the 'No Bootable Drive' problem, so I can't say for certain that Optane was setup properly before, but it did seem like it used to be more responsive than it is now.
-Yes, originally Windows 10 was installed by Dell. But I have had to reinstall the latest version of Windows 10 from a USB drive. I could not get any of the Dell recover options to work.
-It is currently on version 1909 (Build 18363.778)
Did you have RAID On selected when Windows 10 was installed? If not, you either need to reinstall with this selection in place or try using the GPT conversion tool discussed here: How to Convert Drive from MBR to GPT Under Windows 10.
When you ran the iaStorAC.inf was the SATA mode to RAID and the the boot mode should be set UEFI. Was it? Same configuration during Windows installation (O.S. should be installed on HDD, rather than Optane).
Ok, finally got it up and running. What I was missing was to install the RST driver when selecting which drive to install windows on.
Thanks everyone for all of the tips - I would not have gotten this sorted out without your help!