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IntelŽ Rapid Storage Technology (IntelŽ RST)
Set Up a RAID-Ready System

To set up a RAID ready system, make sure the system includes a single Serial ATA hard drive and follow the procedures below:

  1. Enable RAID in system BIOS
  2. Load RAID driver using F6 installation method
  3. Install Intel® Rapid Storage Technology user interface

Enable RAID in system BIOS

Follow these steps to enable RAID in the system BIOS:

Note These instructions are specific to Intel® Desktop Boards with a supported Intel® chipset. Always follow the instructions included with your motherboard.

Depending on your Intel desktop board model, enable RAID by following either of the steps below.

  1. Press the F2 key after the Power-On-Self-Test (POST) memory test begins.
  2. Select the Configuration menu, then the SATA Drives menu.
  3. Set the Chipset SATA Mode to RAID.
  4. Press the F10 key to save the BIOS settings and exit the BIOS Setup program.

OR

  1. Press the F2 key after the Power-On-Self-Test (POST) memory test begins.
  2. Select the Advanced menu, then the Drive Configuration menu.
  3. Set the Drive Mode option to Enhanced.
  4. Enable Intel® RAID Technology.
  5. Press the F10 key to save the BIOS settings and exit the BIOS Setup program.

Load RAID driver using F6 installation method

Follow these steps to install the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology driver during operating system setup:

Note You do not need to use the F6 installation method on Windows Vista* and Windows 7*.
  1. Press F6 when prompted by the message:

    Press F6 if you need to install a third party SCSI or RAID driver

    This message displays during the text-mode phase at the beginning of Windows XP* setup.

    Note Nothing happens right after pressing F6. Setup is still loading drivers. Watch for the prompt to load support for mass storage device(s).
  2. Press S to Specify Additional Device.

  3. Insert the support disk when prompted by the message:

    Please insert the disk labeled Manufacturer-supplied hardware support disk into Drive A:

    The disk includes the following files: IAAHCI.INF, IAAHCI.CAT, IASTOR.INF, IASTOR.CAT, IASTOR.SYS, and TXTSETUP.OEM

  4. Press Enter.

  5. Use the up and down arrow keys to select your controller from the list of available SCSI adapters, which might include:

    • Intel® 82801ER SATA RAID Controller
    • Intel® 82801FR SATA RAID Controller
    • Intel® 82801GR/GH SATA RAID Controller
    • Intel® 82801GHM SATA RAID Controller
    • Intel® ESB2 SATA RAID Controller
    • Intel® 82801R SATA RAID Controller

  6. Press Enter to confirm and continue.
    The drivers are now installed. Leave the disk in the drive as Windows setup copies the files from the disk to the Windows installation folders. When the copy process is complete, remove the disk. Windows setup is ready to reboot.

Install Intel® Rapid Storage Technology user interface

Follow these steps to install the Intel Rapid Storage Technology user interface.

  1. Download the latest version of Intel® Rapid Storage Technology.
  2. Run the executable.

This applies to:

IntelŽ Rapid Storage Technology (IntelŽ RST)

Solution ID: CS-022830
Last Modified: 17-Oct-2014
Date Created: 22-May-2006