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Intel® Rapid Storage Technology

The amount of information we create, record, edit, share, and save—from the movies we watch to the pictures we take and the documents we store—has greatly increased over the years. All of this high-quality digital content demands a responsive, safe, and reliable storage solution.

  • Intel® Smart Response Technology
  • PCIe* storage support
  • Dynamic storage accelerator
  • Serial ATA RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 support
  • Power-up in standby (PUIS) support
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology

Maximize your PC for performance, responsiveness, and reliability

Intel® Rapid Storage Technology offers greater levels of performance, responsiveness, and expandability than ever before. Whether you are using one or multiple serial ATA (SATA) or PCIe drives, you can take advantage of enhanced performance and lower power consumption from the latest storage technologies. Additionally, you can rest easy knowing you have added protection against data loss in the event of a hard drive failure. 

Unleash the performance of your solid-state drive

Intel Rapid Storage Technology has added support for next generation PCIe storage devices with transfer speeds up to 1 GB/s that maximizes storage performance and improves response time for everyday usages like photo editing, video loading, and office productivity.

 

Dynamic storage accelerator accelerates the performance of your SSD by dynamically adjusting system power management policies to deliver up to 15 percent faster performance1 during heavy multitasking compared to default power management.

Fast access to the files and applications you use most

Intel Smart Response Technology is a feature of Intel Rapid Storage Technology that recognizes and automatically stores your most frequently used applications and data into a high performance SSD while giving you full access to the large storage capacity of a hard disk drive (HDD). This enables a lower-cost, small-capacity SSD to be used in conjunction with a high-capacity HDD. Intel® Smart Response Technology enables your system to perform faster than a system with just a HDD.

Intel Smart Response Technology also supports solid-state hybrid drives (SSHDs). Intel Smart Response Technology boosts SSHD performance by informing the drive which data you use the most so it can store it into the built-in SSD, so your most frequently used data and applications are instantly accessible. 

Performance with protection: RAID technology

Most of us don’t plan backup storage well in advance. Hard drive failure can be devastating, because it results in irretrievable content. Intel Rapid Storage Technology offers features that improve performance and data reliability for disk-intensive retrieval applications such as editing home video. For the fastest performance, Intel Rapid Storage Technology can combine from two to six drives in a configuration known as RAID 0, so data can be accessed on each drive simultaneously, speeding up response time. For the best reliability, Intel Rapid Storage Technology RAID support includes the following levels of performance and reliability:

  • RAID level 0 (Striping)
  • RAID level 1 (Mirroring)
  • RAID level 5 (Striping with parity)
  • RAID level 10 (Striping and mirroring)


Multiple drives in a PC can also provide added protection from disastrous hard drive failures by mirroring all data among two or more drives. This configuration is known as RAID 1. RAID 5 and 10 provide additional reliability by mirroring all data among three and four drives respectively.

Rapid data recovery

Intel® Rapid Recover Technology (Intel® RRT) provides a recovery point that can be used to quickly recover a system in the event of hard drive failure or data corruption. The clone can also be mounted as a read-only volume to allow a user to recover individual files.

Intel Smart Response Technology also supports SSHDs. An SSHD is a new type of HDD with a built-in high-performance SSD. Intel Smart Response Technology boosts SSHD performance by informing the drive which data you use the most, so it can store it into the built-in SSD.


You can create, work, and play faster than ever before without paying more for a larger SSD to store your entire digital library.

Lower power consumption

When your device receives the freshest data from your web services with Intel® Smart Connect Technology, Intel Rapid Storage Technology extends your battery life by keeping the HDD drive powered down, enabling only the low power SSD to store your fresh data.

Product and Performance Information

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1. Dynamic Storage Accelerator Performance is dependent upon several factors including workload, storage configuration, operating system (OS), and CPU C-state transition efficiency. Testing has found that Dynamic Storage Accelerator performance mode, 2 SSD RAID 0 provides up to a 15-percent performance gain* as compared to default power management. Intel® microarchitecture formerly Haswell 3GHz, formerly Lynx Point Intel® Q87 chipset, 2 x 2GB @ 1333MHz RST 12.0.0.1075OS HDD: Western Digital Black* WD2002FAEX 2TB; Intel® SSD 320 Series; OS tested: RAID 0, two disk; Windows 7* Service Pack 1 (SP1) build 7601; Benchmark software: PCMark Vantage* 1.0.2 patch 1901.