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Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST)
F6 installation Method

The F6 installation method allows you to install of a third-party mass storage driver during Windows setup. The chart below shows the circumstances in which the F6 installation method must be used during an operating system installation.

Operating system Total drive volume F6 installation method
Windows 8* Any size Recommended but not required1
Windows 7*, Windows Vista* Less than two terabytes Recommended but not required1
More than two terabytes2 Required
Windows XP*, Windows Server 2003* Less than two terabytes Required
More than two terabytes2 Required
1 Windows 7 and Windows Vista both include drivers for RAID/AHCI during installation.
2 For Intel® Desktop Boards, you must first enable UEFI in the BIOS when using total drive volume greater than two terabytes. For non-Intel motherboards, refer to the motherboard documentation to see if this is a requirement.

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Related topics
Microsoft* Knowledge Base article: Limited OEM driver support is available with F6...*

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Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST)

Solution ID: CS-029979
Last Modified: 27-Oct-2014
Date Created: 18-Dec-2008