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Intel® Solid-State Drive 910 Series FAQs

Is a driver required for the Intel® Solid-State Drive 910 Series (Intel® SSD 910 Series)?
Yes, the Intel® SSD 900 Family driver. This driver is required for the system to recognize an Intel® SSD 910 Series drive. For more information, please review the README file Installation Guide for guidance on the correct way of installing the Intel SSD 910 Series drive on any platform. This driver will only work with Intel® SSD 910 Series drives, will only work on a 64-bit operating system, and is only available in English.

Why does my drive appear as four individual drives?
The Intel® Solid-State Drive 910 Series (Intel® SSD 910 Series) products are designed with multiple 200GB drives/controllers to maintain performance. The 400GB model has two drives and the 800GB model has four drives. Each controller is seen as an individual drive by the OS. You can use your OS disk management utilities or a SW RAID utility to aggregate the drives as needed. The HW RAID is not supported for the Intel® SSD 910 Series.

Can you install an operating system on this device?
No. You cannot install an operating system, because the Intel® SSD 910 Series is not a bootable device. These drives are intended for high performance data storage.

Why does my device appear as an Intel® Solid-State Drive SSD 720 Series (Intel® SSD 720 Series) when it is an Intel® SSD 910 Series?
The Intel production driver is incorrectly labeling the Intel® SSD 910 series as an Intel® SSD 720 series. A future driver version will fix this error. There is no impact to functionality and specifications. The Intel® SSD Data Center Tool recognizes the drive correctly.

What tools can be used with the Intel® SSD 910 Series?
The Intel® SSD Data Center Tool is the drive management software for the Intel® SSD 910 Series.

Does the Intel® SSD 910 Series support TRIM?
No, TRIM is an ATA command, and the Intel® SSD 910 Series is based on SCSI. The equivalent command in SCSI is the unmap command, which Intel® SSD 910 Series does not support. You can find the SCSI commands that are supported in the section 4.1 of the product specification.

Does the Intel® SSD 910 Series support TRIM in a RAID configuration?
No, this is not normally supported. The requirements for the SSD to support TRIM in RAID is really up to the RAID software. The RAID software is responsible for sending commands to the drive. The latest version of Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST) should support RAID 0.

Does Windows 7* automatically turn off defrag and superfetch/prefetch for the Intel® SSD 910 Series? If not, then does it need to be done manually (and how do you do it)?
Since Intel® SSD 910 series by itself is not bootable, it needs a system with a Windows 7 bootable drive.

  • If the drive is an SSD (solid-state drive), Windows 7 detects it as an SSD and turns off defrag and superfetch/prefetch for the whole system including the Intel® SSD 910 series.

  • If the drive is HDD (hard disk drive), the user would need to turn off defrag and superfetch/prefetch manually, and once these features are turned off, it is off for all drives including the HDD.

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Intel® SSD 910 Series

Solution ID: CS-034181
Last Modified: 11-Aug-2014
Date Created: 07-Apr-2013
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