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Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST)
Support for 4k Sector Disks

Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST) version 9.6 and newer supports 4k sector disks if the device supports 512 byte emulation (512e). Intel® RST does not support 4k native sector size devices.

What happens if I try to use an older version of the driver?

If you try to install the operating system on a 512e disk with a driver older than Intel® RST version 9.6, the install process might not complete.

If the operating system does install, do not try to upgrade to Intel® RST version 9.6 without reinstalling your operating system.

How do I install the operating system on a 512e storage device?

RAID

If your system has a supported RAID controller, follow these steps to install the operating system on a 512e device:

  1. Download the latest driver files below.
  2. Use the Load Driver method to load the driver during operating system install.

AHCI

If your system has a supported AHCI controller, you do not need to load the Intel® RST driver during the operating system. If you choose to manually load the driver, load Intel® RST version 9.6 or newer.

This applies to:

Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST)

Solution ID: CS-031502
Last Modified: 21-Oct-2014
Date Created: 30-Mar-2010