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Product Overview for Intel® Rapid Storage Technology


Last Reviewed: 17-May-2017
Article ID: 000005610

What can Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST) give you?
Intel® RST offers you new levels of protection, performance, and expandability for desktop and mobile platforms. Whether using one or multiple hard drives, you can take advantage of enhanced performance and power consumption that is lower. When using more than one drive, you can have additional protection against data loss in the event of a hard drive failure.

The Intel Rapid Storage Technology user interface makes creating and managing your storage simple and intuitive. Combined with Intel® Rapid Recover Technology, you can set up data protection easily with an external drive.

Intel® Smart Response Technology is a feature of Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST) that enables either a dual drive—lower-cost, small-capacity SSD used in conjunction with a low-cost, high-capacity hard disk drive (HDD)—or a solid-state hybrid drive (SSHD) to provide a high-performance, cost-effective storage solution.

How does Intel RST help protect your stored data?
Valuable stored data is protected against a hard drive failure when the system is configured for any one of three fault-tolerant RAID levels: RAID 1, RAID 5, or RAID 10. By seamlessly storing copies of data on one or more additional hard drives, any hard drive can fail without data loss or system downtime. When the failed drive is removed and a replacement hard drive is installed, data fault tolerance is easily restored.

Intel Rapid Storage Technology can also improve the performance of disk-intensive retrieval applications such as editing your home videos. By combining from two to six drives in a RAID 0 configuration, you can access data on each drive simultaneously. This configuration speeds up response time on data-intensive applications. Also, due to drive load balancing, even systems with RAID 1 can take advantage of faster boot times and data reads.

Can Intel RST assist me with single drives too?
Through AHCI, storage performance is improved with Native Command Queuing (NCQ). AHCI also delivers longer battery life with Link Power Management (LPM), which can reduce the power consumption of the chipset and Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive.

Related topics
RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, Matrix RAID, RAID-Ready
Supported Intel® chipsets and controller hubs
RAID features by chipset/controller hub

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