Table of Contents:
- Getting Started
- Installation Guide
- Fixing Problems
Intel® Rapid Start Technology (IRST) is a feature that improves system startup by enabling a system to quickly resume from a deep sleep in about 6 seconds, providing users a smarter Off/On experience compared to a full system startup and shutdown, with better power saving and faster resume time than traditional Windows® sleep or hibernate.
You need to have a solid-state drive (SSD) with at least as much disk space available as random-access memory (RAM) installed
in the system (e.g. if you have 8 GB of RAM then you need 8 GB of unused space on the SSD).
You need the most up-to-date version of the Intel Rapid Start Technology driver for your system from Dell.com/Support under Drivers and Downloads in the Serial ATA category, or alternatively from the
Intel Download Center by searching for Intel Rapid Start
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- Start the Disk Management utility by searching for diskmgmt in the Windows 7 Start Menu or Windows 8 Start
Screen then clicking or tapping on diskmgmt.msc.
- Identify the disk that is your SSD, right-click or press-and-hold on the largest partition (likely the OS or C: drive)
or the partition that has enough free space for you to use as the hibernation partition, then left-click or tap on Shrink Volume…
- Enter the amount you want to shrink for the hibernation partition (e.g. 8196 MB for 8 GB).
- Remember, you need equal or larger disk space for the hibernation partition as the amount of RAM you have installed. Windows
defines 1 GB as 1024 MB.
- Once you have unallocated space made available, we need to launch DiskPart to create the hibernation partition. Search
for DiskPart on the Windows 7 Start Menu or Windows 8 Start Screen, then right-click or press-and-hold
to Run as administrator.
- At the DISKPART prompt type list disk to see the disks, then select disk 0 for the disk
that has the unallocated space.
- Change the number 0 to whatever disk number the SSD is according to Disk Management or DiskPart that you shrunk the volume
for the hibernation partition.
- At the DISKPART prompt type list part to see the partitions on that disk, and compare the partitions listed
in DiskPart with the partitions listed in Disk Management.
- At the DISKPART prompt type create partition primary size=8192 id=84 to create the hibernation partition,
which you can verify in Disk Management.
Note: To set the hibernation partition for GPT partition types, type create partition primary size=8192 id=D3BFE2DE-3DAF-11DF-BA40-E3A556D89593.
- Restart the system and access the BIOS by pressing F2 during startup, expand the Performance category and choose Rapid Start Technology in the list, and ensure the options are selected (checked)
to turn Rapid Start on.
Please refer to the Owner’s Manual for your system model on Dell.com/Support
to determine which options need to be changed to enable Rapid Start Technology.
- Install the Intel Rapid Start Technology driver for your system from Dell.com/Support under Drivers and Downloads in the Serial ATA category, or alternatively from the Intel Download Center by searching for Intel Rapid Start Technology.
- Launch the Intel Rapid Start Technology program to ensure it is turned on and working.
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There are four reasons why IRST will stop working properly.
- The operating system became corrupted and required a reinstall.
- The HDD or SSD where the Windows operating system was installed failed and was replaced.
- The SSD where the hibernation partition was located failed and was replaced.
- The hibernation partition was deleted or resized.
- You will get an error after Windows loads that says IRST is not enabled, and within the IRST program it will be turned
- Go to Step 1 of the Installation instructions to enable acceleration
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