How to clean install Windows on system with MSATA and ensuring ISRT(Intel Smart Response Technology) is enabled


How to clean install Windows on system with MSATA and ensuring ISRT(Intel Smart Response Technology) is enabled


As many users are asking this question, I feel the need of posting these instructions so anyone can easily follow them:

Before re-installing the operating system, disable the Intel Smart Response technology.

    1. Launch Intel Rapid Storage Technology application. There are two ways to launch the application:
      • Click the Intel Rapid Storage Technology icon from the system tray.


      • Search for Intel Rapid Storage from the Start Screen.

      Intel Rapid Storage Technology application is displayed.

  1. Select Accelerate tab and then click Disable acceleration.

  2. Under SSD Configuration, click Reset to available to reset volume.

  3. Go to System Setup. Ensure that SATA Operation is set to Intel Smart Response Technology. 

  4. Initiate the operating system re-installation. On the Where do you want to install Windows? screen, click Load Driver to load Intel Rapid Storage driver.

    A NOTE indicates important information that helps you make better use of your computer. NOTE: 
    The Rapid Storage driver should be copied to a USB memory key.
    Download the respective drivers from the link below:
  5. Connect the USB memory key and click Browse to locate the folder that contains the driver.

  6. Continue with the operating system installation.

Once the operating system is re-installed, re-enable Intel Smart Response Technology.

  1. Launch the Intel Rapid Storage Technology application and go to Accelerate tab.
  2. Click Enable acceleration.

  3. Select 18.6 GB as the size of the cache memory, set acceleration mode to Enhanced mode and then click OK.

    Once this done, the SSD will not be visible within Windows. 

Now your Windows is installed with ISRT(Intel Smart Response Technology). If you want to have IRST( Intel Rapid Start Technology) then you have to create a partition on SSD following the steps below:
  1. Open Disk Management. Right-click the SSD named Disk 1 and select Initialize Disk.

  2. Select MBR (Master Boot Record) as the partition style and click OK.

  3. On the Disk Management, right-click the box that contains partition information and select New Simple Volume....

    1. NOTE: This partion should be more than RAM installed on the system and otherwise it might not work.
  4. Specify the volume size and click Next. Follow the wizard and create the new volume.

  5. On the last screen of the wizard, click Finish.

  6. Launch Command Prompt as an administrator.
  7. Type the following commands:
    1. DISKPART and press <ENTER>.
    2. list volume and press <ENTER>.
    3. select volume x (where x is the volume number of your new partition created of size 11.22 GB) and press <ENTER>.
    4. Type "SET ID=84" for MBR or "SET ID=D3BFE2DE-3DAF-11DF-BA40-E3A556D89593" for GPT mode <ENTER>.
    5. exit and press <ENTER>.

  8. Go to Disk Management and check the hibernation partition created.

The settings for the Intel Rapid Start technology are complete and now you may continue to use your computer.

Now both ISRT( Intel Smart Response) and IRST( Intel Rapid Start) are enabled on the system. 

I hope most of the users with similar questions find this useful. 

Thanks and Regards
Sandeep P

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