Right now there is no versions of RST drivers for Windows 10 with Smart Response support. Follow the https://communities.intel.com/thread/78079 https://communities.intel.com/thread/78079 and https://communities.intel.com/message/339315# 339315 https://communities.intel.com/message/339315# 339315 threads to get news about it.
Just to clarify, I'm looking to use the Rapid Storage Technology. Does your comment about no support for Win10 still apply?
My understanding of their 2 similar acronyms
RST = Rapid Storage Technology which is synonymous with Rapid Start Technology
SRT = Smart Response Technology
Unfortunately, Intel make a lot of mist in terminology.
Rapid Storage (RST) - an umbrella for other technologies. Generally that`s a combination of chipsets-integrated storage functions and appropriate drivers. AHCI, RAID, SSD support - all here. Windows 10 support for 8+ series of chipsets.
Rapid Storage Enterprise (RSTe) - same for servers and workstations, with added SAS support and drop of artificial limits in RAID configurations. Windows 10 support for C600+ chipsets.
Rapid Storage for PCIE (no short abbr now) - support for PCIe storage in RST for management and RAID, limited to latest hardware and latest Windows, for NVMe and M2 storage.
Rapid Start - technology of memory backing on small flash storage in notebooks to quicker wake up from sleep. About to be deprecated, no Windows 10 support.
Smart Response - SSD-caching of traditional HDD, also support for hybrid SSD/HDDs. No official Windows 10 support for now, questionable future (Windows 10 have some built-in functions for same task).
There are some other marketing terms, will count them if i remember
It is possible to have Intel® Smart Response Technology (Smart Cache) in your computer; however, it is necessary to follow the steps below:
http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/architecture-and-technology/smart-response-technology.html Intel® Smart Response Technology
1)Change the Chipset Sata mode from AHCI to RAID in the BIOS.
2)Dowload the f6 driver included with the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST) RAID Driver, it is called usually f6flpy-x64.zip. It is possible to use the driver provided with motherboard or use our generic driver available in the link below:
https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/25165/Intel-Rapid-Storage-Technology-Intel-RST-RAID-Driver Download Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST) RAID Driver
3)Install the f6flpy-x64.zip file while you are installing the operating system, when you are selecting the Hard Disk Drive, select browse and look for the USB drive with the file.
4)Continue with the installation of the operating system on your Hard Disk Drive
5)Install motherboard drivers: Chipset, Management Engine, USB, LAN and Intel® Rapid Storage Technology.
6)Get into Intel® Rapid Storage Technology tool, enable Intel® Smart Response Technology.
Bear in mind, if you already have installed the operating system in your computer without f6 drivers or with the ACHI mode, the option will be disable.
Thank you for the info. Unfortuneately I already returned the SSD and instead bought a SSHD that has it's own caching.
I already had the OS installed, but I was able to to change from AHCI to RAID in the BIOS.
I believe I did have the f6 drivers, but I'm not sure as I removed everything now.
If I ever get an SSD again, I will try your suggestion and let you know.