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How to set up or reconfigure your computer for use with Intel Rapid Start Technology (without Smart Response Enabled, Single SSD)


The Intel® Rapid Start Technology is used to quickly wake your computer from the power-saving Hibernate mode.

If your original factory solid-state drive (SSD) was replaced, a new SSD or mSATA/minicard SSD was installed, or the Rapid Start partition was erased, use these instructions to restore the functionality.

Note: These instructions are for computers without Intel Smart Response Technology.

Download the Intel Rapid Start Technology software

  1. Go to the Drivers and Downloads page and locate your computer model.
  2. Expand the Applications category.
  3. Locate the Rapid Start Technology software and click the Download button.
  4. Click Continue.
  5. Select Single-file download and click Continue.
  6. Save the software to your Desktop.

Change the SATA Operation mode in the BIOS Setup Utility

  1. To enter the BIOS Setup Utility, restart your computer and press F2 when the Dell logo appears.
    • If the BIOS Setup Utility does not open, wait for the Windows logon prompt to appear. Then restart your computer and try again.
  2. Use your Arrow keys to go to the System Configuration or Advanced Settings menu, and then to the SATA Operation menu.
  3. Confirm the SATA Operation mode is set to AHCI or RAID.
    • In some BIOS menus, this mode may be called Smart Response or Rapid Start mode.
  4. Save your settings and exit the BIOS Setup Utility.

Shrink the partition volume


  1. To open the Disk Management window, click Start > Control Panel > System and Security > Administrative Tools > Computer Management.
  2. In the directory on the left under Storage, click Disk Management.
  3. Right-click the partition on the far right of the SSD to open the options list and click Shrink Volume.
  4. In the Enter the amount of space to shrink in MB field, enter the size of the required partition. Dell recommends entering the factory default of 8192.Notes
    • Memory configurations and partition sizes larger than 8192 MB/8 GB are not validated by Dell and may cause an increase in the time it takes to wake the system.
    • The partition should be at least equal to the size of the installed DRAM. For example: 2 GB of DRAM needs a 2GB partition.
  5. Click Shrink.
  6. A new, unallocated, 8GB partition will now appear on the far right.

Open the Diskpart.exe command line utility

  1. Click Start.
  2. In the search box, type Diskpart and press Enter.
  3. Click diskpart.
  4. If a message appears asking if you want to allow the program to make changes to your computer, click Yes.
  5. The Diskpart.exe command utility should appear.

Create the Hibernation partition on the SSD

  • At the DISKPART> prompt, type list disk and press Enter.
  • In the list of disks, locate a disk with 8 GB free.
  • Type select disk #, where # is the number listed next to the 8GB disk located in the previous step, and press Enter.
  • Type list disk and press Enter.
  • An asterisk (*) should now appear next to the 8GB disk.
  • Type create partition primary and press Enter.
  • Type list partition and press Enter.
  • In the Disk Management window, the 8GB partition properties will show
    • the color of the bar above the 8GB partition as blue instead of black, and
    • the status as Healthy instead of Unallocated.
  • In the command line utility, a new 8GB partition will be listed and marked with an asterisk (*).
  • Type set id=84 override and press Enter.
  • The command window should now state DiskPart successfully set the partition ID.
  • In the Disk Management window, the 8 GB partition should now show Healthy (Hibernation Partition).
  • Close the command window and the Disk Management window.

Enable Intel Rapid Start in the BIOS Setup Utility

  1. To enter the BIOS Setup Utility, restart your computer and immediately begin pressing F2.
    • If the BIOS Setup Utility does not open, wait for the Windows logon prompt to appear. Then restart your computer and try again.
  2. Use your Arrow keys to go to the Performance or Advanced BIOS menu and press Enter.
  3. Use your Arrow keys to go to the Intel Rapid Start Technology menu and press Enter.
  4. If available, use your Arrow keys to go to the Rapid Start Timer or Critical Battery options.
  5. Use the Plus (+) and Minus (-) keys to change the mode to Enabled.
  6. Save your settings and exit the BIOS Setup Utility.
  7. Restart your computer.

Install the Rapid Start Technology software

  1. Double-click the installation file you saved to your Desktop.
  2. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  3. Once the software is installed, start the Rapid Start Technology Manager by clicking the icon in the Task Bar.
  4. Confirm the status of the Intel Rapid Start Technology is On.
  5. To ensure your computer will immediately begin using Intel Rapid Start Technology once it is put into Sleep mode, set Timer to On and the slider bar to zero (0).




Article ID: SLN115170

Last Date Modified: 01/08/2015 02:45 PM


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