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GGode1
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Intel RST (SRT) - can't set SSD as cache

Hello! I am having issues with setting up my SSD as a cache for my HDD.

 

Up until recently I was using a setup of 60GB SSD + 2TB HDD. The SSD held my OS. Now I bought a new SSD which is 250GB for the OS and planned on using the 60GB one as a cache for my HDD, however the issue I'm having is that I can't seem to "accelerate" the HDD.

 

SSD 60GB - https://www.cnet.com/products/ocz-vertex-plus/#p=ocz-vertex-plus-60gb/

SSD 250 GB - https://www.cnet.com/products/samsung-860-evo-mz-76e250b-solid-state-drive-250-gb-sata-6gb-s/

HDD 2 TB - https://www.cnet.com/products/wd-green-wd20earx-hard-drive-2-tb-sata-600-series/

 

The motherboard I have is

P8H67-M LE - https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P8H67M_LE/specifications/ with the following chipset

Intel H67 Express Chipset - https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/52807/intel-h67-express-chipset.html That chipset is supported by RST, since its series 6? (I'm getting lost in this part).

 

Anyway. On my motherboard I have 4 SATA II (light blue) and 2 SATA III (gray) sockets.

 

Currently I have the 250 GB SDD and the HDD on SATA 3s and the 60GB on SATA 2 (according to their specs). As usual I made a fresh install of Windows 10 and set the bios in RAID (250GB SSD has OS, 60GB SSD is empty and the 2TB HDD has some data on it) - the RST driver/software is the latest from the site: https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/29094/Intel-Rapid-Storage-Technology-Intel-RST-User-Interf... (Setup RST)

 

Any advice would be appreciated...

 

Edit:

I figured out that SRT is not supported by RST versions > 16.0, so I tried with versions below that one - still no success.

 

2nd Edit:

Fixed the link to my motherboard.

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Wanner_G_Intel
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Hello GGode1,

 

Thank you for submitting your question on this Intel® Community.

 

To better assist you, please let us know the Intel® Processor model number installed in your computer.

 

Wanner G.

Intel Customer Support Technician

A Contingent Worker at Intel

GGode1
Beginner
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Hello, WannerG!

The processor model is Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2500K CPU @ 3.30GHz, 3301 MHz, 4 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)

n_scott_pearson
Super User Retired Employee
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How far back did you go? You likely have to go farther. In my archive for 6 Series boards, I have version 11.7.0.1013.

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GGode1
Beginner
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I've tried the following versions:

15.9.8.1050 - https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/28997/Intel-Rapid-Storage-Technology-Intel-RST-User-Interf... (should be supporting my chipset, but acceleration still doesn't show up)

14.8.16.1063 - https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/26759/Intel-Rapid-Storage-Technology-Intel-RST-User-Interf... (doesn't seem to support 6th generation, but was worth a try)

11.5.0.1207 - https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P8H67M/HelpDesk_Download/ (this one is for P8H67-M motherboard, whereas mine is P8H67-M LE, but the chipset seems to be identical - avaliable for W8 64bit under SATA)

12.8.0.1016 - https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P8H67M/HelpDesk_Download/ (this one is for P8H67-M motherboard, whereas mine is P8H67-M LE, but the chipset seems to be identical - avaliable for W8.1 64bit under SATA)

10.1.0.1008 - https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P8H67M_LE/HelpDesk_Download/ (this one is for my specific motherboard P8H67-M LE, for Windows 7 64bit, as for the later versions don't have SATA driver/software)

11.2.0.1006 - https://www.win-raid.com/t25f23-Which-are-the-quot-best-quot-Intel-AHCI-RAID-drivers.html?fbclid=IwA... (listed as one of the best drivers for 6th generation)

 

Neither of the above worked for me, some even lacked the "Performance" tab altogether. I also tried installing a specific RST software and switching around drivers - but that resulted in errors while opening RST most of the time.

 

Honestly, I am running out of ideas.

Could it be also possible that im unable to accelerate the HDD with older software/driver since it doesn't contain the OS?

Actually that doesn't make sense, since I'm trying with 15.9.8 and 14.8.16 as well - they're not that old...

n_scott_pearson
Super User Retired Employee
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I am unsure. If you would like to try it, I can provide you with a copy of the 11.7.0.1013 version that I have in my archive.

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GGode1
Beginner
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Hey! I decided to change my setup seeing as this problem seems to be "unsolvable" with my current specs.

Thank you for the time you spent!

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