The following article provides an overview of the Intel Rapid Storage Technology application and its features.
Intel Rapid Storage Technology is a Windows-based application that provides improved performance and reliability for systems equipped with SATA disks for desktop, mobile, and server platforms. When using one or multiple SATA disk drives, you can take advantage of enhanced performance and lower power consumption. When using more than one disk, you can increase protection against data loss in the event of disk failure.
- Intel Rapid Recover Technology - This technology provides full data redundancy by copying data from a designated source drive (i.e., master disk) to a designated destination drive (i.e., recovery disk). Data updates of recovery volumes can be continuous or on request.
- Intel Rapid RAID - This technology provides the ability to create RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10 volumes on desktop and mobile platforms. Data is distributed across two or more disks to provide data redundancy or to enhance data storage performance.
- Intel Matrix RAID Technology - This technology allows two independent RAID volumes to be created on a single array. The first volume occupies part of the array, leaving space for the second volume. The array may consist of two to six SATA disks depending on the volume types.
- Native command queuing - A feature that allows SATA disks to accept more than one command at a time. When used in conjunction with one or more disks that support NCQ, storage performance is increased on random workloads by allowing the disk to internally optimize the order of commands.
- Disk capacity greater than two terabytes (if that size is supported by the option ROM) - This feature provides support for hard disks and solid-state drives with a capacity greater than 2 TB that are reported as pass-through devices (available) or used in a RAID configuration. In addition, booting from a system disk greater than 2 TB is allowed as long as the version of the option ROM in your system supports this feature.
- Password-protected disks - This feature provides high-level security and protection for the data on your disks with a password, denying access from any unauthorized user.
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Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI) is an interface specification that automatically allows the storage driver to enable advanced SATA features, such as Native Command Queuing and Native Hot Plug on the SATA disks connected to your computer. The following features are supported on AHCI-enabled systems:
- Native command queuing
- Disk capacity greater than two terabytes (if that size is supported by the option ROM)
- Password-protected disks
- Status - This is the main screen where you can determine the status of your storage devices.
- Manage - This area displays detailed information about each element that is part of the storage system, such as volumes and disks; the storage system view shows how the selected element relates to others. Each element has its own 'Manage' area which is accessible by clicking any element displayed in the storage system view under 'Status' or 'Manage'.
Accelerate or Performance (depending on the version) - You can configure an internal solid-state drive to be used as a non-volatile intelligent caching for a disk or a volume present on your system. Moving frequently accessed data over to the cache allows you to improve overall system performance, increase read/write access speeds, and reduce start-up times without adding more system memory.
This feature also increases the power efficiency of a mobile computer by retaining stored data and reading data from the cache instead of the SATA disk itself.
- Preferences - System preferences allow you to decide whether you want the notification area icon to display. In addition, you can select the types of notifications you want to receive, such as storage system warnings or errors, and be notified of any reported problems while the application is closed.