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GRuss3
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RAID 1 disk is shown as SSD on Optimization (since 13.x RAID driver)

Since Intel RST RAID driver 13.x >> 14.x, my RAID 1 disk is shown as SSD on Optimization program of Windows, therefore I can't defrag the files on it.

With the old 12.9.x RAID driver, the disks are shown correctly (I've tried every version and last working w/o the problem is the 12.9.x).

 

The same problem is reported on Microsoft forum, and it is confirmed as Intel RST driver problem.

Any suggestion?

My configuration:

 

Intel Chipset Z77 (AsRock Extreme 6), 2x1TB WD Black Caviar, 1x Crucial SSD 480GB SATA3, Intel i7 3770k cpu.

 

Windows 8/8.1/10 Pro 64 bit.
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Miguel_C_Old
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The Solid State Drive could be part of the RAID configuration if you enable Smart cache Technology.

Please send to us a couple of pictures of the Status tab of Intel ® Rapid Storage Technology.

Also, send your system configuration.

System Information: Click Start> Type System Information> Click File>

Export> Save File> Attach using Advanced Editor Options.

IRST System Report: Open IRST > Click on Help Tab> Click on System

Report > Save > Attach using Advanced Editor Options.

tps://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/19792/Intel-Processor-Diagnostic-Tool-64-bit-

Mike C

GRuss3
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Amy_C_Intel
Employee
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Hello psychok9x,

According to the information that you provided on your system configuration Windows 10 Pro is installed, you need to double check the compatibility of the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology with the operating system that you have, in this case the one that suits is the following version https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/25165/Intel-Rapid-Storage-Technology-Intel-RST-RAID-Driver Intel® Download Center, meaning that the current version that you have will not work with your system configuration.

Let me know your findings.

Regards,

Amy.

GRuss3
Beginner
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I have had this problem since Windows 8/IRST v13.x.

It isn't Windows 10 compatibily problem.

 

As can you check, I have been having the same problem with IRST v14.5 W10 driver.
LCear
Beginner
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I am still having the same issue as well, but 12.9.0.1001 seems to work fine in Windows 10 for me (so far) also on a z77 mobo.

DL link if you need: https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/23496 Intel® Download Center

Miguel_C_Old
Employee
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The RAID volume always needs to use the SATA port 0, It is the best recommendation.

Mike C

GRuss3
Beginner
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Sorry for the delay, I'll try to move SATA connectors, but on my AsRock bios seems that Sata 0 is the best for SSD HDD (I can choose SSD optimization on Sata Connector 0).

Miguel_C_Old
Employee
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Hi psychok9x,

I will be waiting your answer.

Regards,

 

Mike C
GRuss3
Beginner
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Sorry for the wait, but real life took a lot of my time.

 

I tried to set like you said before, 2x RAID Units on 1st and 2nd port, and after I connected the SSD drive and the Blu Ray Drive... but I still get the same problem.

With any > 13.x driver, Windows see my HDD mechanical Units as SSD

Miguel_C_Old
Employee
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Hi psychok9x,

I believe Intel® Rapid Storage Technology adds your Solid State Drive as smart cache (Intel® Smart Response Technology) memory. It means, the Solid State Drive improves the performance of your RAID volume.

From RST application disable Drive acceleration.

If problem continues with your system, please send me a picture of your RST status and from control-I menu.

Regards,

 

Mike C
GRuss3
Beginner
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It's impossible. For the maximum safety of my backup, I've installed Windows 10 on my SSD without RAID1 units attached. I use my SSD for Windows and games, RAID1 for backup data.

 

Any accellerator is disabled on bios. I partitioned my SDD personally

http://i.imgur.com/WSIKNbS.png http://i.imgur.com/WSIKNbS.png

 

SSD:

 

http://i.imgur.com/DJGrlKI.png http://i.imgur.com/DJGrlKI.png

my partitions:

 

http://i.imgur.com/14Mv7x8.png http://i.imgur.com/14Mv7x8.png
Miguel_C_Old
Employee
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Hi psychok9x,

Could you please tell me more about the issue?

According to the first picture, the RST is recognizing your drives properly. 2 WD Hard Disk Drives in RAID 1 (SATA_Array_0000) and 1 Solid State Drive containing the operating system. The second picture shows the specs of the Solid State Drive and its status (RST showed the SSD as an individual drive, not part of the RAID)

Regards,

 

Mike C
GRuss3
Beginner
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I can't defrag HDD drives because Windows defrag detects HDDs as SSD using any recent Intel 13.x/14.x drivers, since the 13.0 version.

 

All recent drivers version are affected (Intel bundled Windows 10 driver too, version 13.2 WHQL).

 

Other users have the same problem (you can Google it).

 

Could you turn this bug to the developers to fix the drivers?

 

 

Thank you.
Miguel_C_Old
Employee
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Hi psychok9x,

I tested on my lab your case and I am not getting any issue. Verify your RAID volume status. It should be allocated; by default RST creates the RAID volume; however, the drive remains unallocated. Defrag only works with allocated drives.

Regards,

 

Mike C
GRuss3
Beginner
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Do you have the same chipset (Intel Z77)?

 

Like I said before, it is a bug introduced since 13.x version driver.

 

Very old drivers weren't affected.

GRuss3
Beginner
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I'm available to test beta driver if it occurs, to fix this behaviour.

Miguel_C_Old
Employee
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Hi psychok9x,

I tested with a z97 MSI motherboard. Could you please reply with your motherboard model and current operating system? The latest RST version is 14.6.0.1029.

The driver versions available are in the link below

 

https://downloadcenter.intel.com/product/55005/Intel-Rapid-Storage-Technology-Intel-RST https://downloadcenter.intel.com/product/55005/Intel-Rapid-Storage-Technology-Intel-RST-

Regards,

 

Mike C
GRuss3
Beginner
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AsRock Z77 Extreme 6 and Windows 10 / x64.

 

I've tried also 14.6.1029 version.
Miguel_C_Old
Employee
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Hi psychok9x,

We noted, there are some issues with the RST since the last Windows® 10 update version 1511 in older chipsets. There is a workaround posted by our member ec295.

The troubleshooting is below:

"I had exactly the same issue as mcolom - after the recent November update, I experienced extremely slow boot times and eventually concluded that my Intel RST was not working, even though the Intel RST software showed everything as working normally (ie. acceleration on etc.). I'd never seen the HDD work so hard in all the years I'd had the computer and the sluggishness was really striking.

 

 

However, I'm very pleased to report that introuble's solution WORKS. Here's what I did:

 

 

- I went into Device Manager > Storage Controllers > Intel Chipset SATA Raid Controller > Driver

 

- As in the case of mcolom, I found that the 'Rollback Driver' option was greyed out so instead I went to the 'Update Driver' box.

 

- I selected 'Browse my computer' and then 'Let me pick from a list of device drivers'

 

- To my surprise there were two drivers in the 'compatible hardware' list - one called 'Intel Chipset SATA Raid Controller' and one called 'Intel(R) Mobile Express Chipset SATA Raid Controller'. I (correctly) assumed that the first one was the current one installed and the second one was some kind of older driver that my computer had stored deep inside its 'drivers' folder somewhere.

 

- I selected the 'Intel(R) Mobile Express Chipset SATA Raid Controller' and let it install. Immediately, my driver version dropped back from 14.x to 13.x, which confirmed that I had now installed an older driver.

 

- I rebooted, played around with Windows for an hour, rebooted again and... BANG, I was right back up to the incredibly fast boot up and responsiveness I was used to.

 

 

I'll continue to use the computer to see if this has actually solved the problem, but for now the evidence is that it has.

 

 

One thing I'd like to know, though, is why the old driver was on my computer at all? I did a format + clean install when I first installed Windows 10, which got rid of everything on the computer, so where has this old 13.x driver come from? Did it get stored in some sort of 'legacy drivers' folder when I did the November upgrade?

 

 

Anyway, perhaps this can help someone else. And, even if you find you don't have a legacy driver miraculously sitting on your computer, perhaps it's possible to install an older driver manually using the 'Have Disk' function?"

/thread/92454 https://communities.intel.com/thread/92454

Let me know how it works on your computer.

Regards,

 

MiKe C
GRuss3
Beginner
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Like I said on posts before I noticed this bug of HDD as SSD on Windows 8 and 8.1 too and I don't have a laptop (is a normal Z77 desktop motherboard).

 

You can found other users with the same problem and hardware (Z77 Chipset+Intel 13.2 or newer drivers with the bug) https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/it-IT/536b7884-eab9-4b65-a1e6-18afa858438a/defra... Defrag Detects RAID-0 HDD as SSD
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