Article Summary: How to install Windows 7 on an XPS 14/XPS15 that has a 32 GB mSATA card and hard disk drive.
Re-installing Microsoft Windows 7 on an XPS 14/15 system with both a 32 GB mSATA drive and a hard drive
There has been some confusion on exactly how to perform a clean installation of Windows 7 on systems equipped with Intel Rapid Boot Technology (IRBT)/Intel Rapid Storage Technology IRST). The following is how one agent resolved the issue.
Installing Windows 7 with Intel Rapid Boot Technology (IRBT) and Intel Rapid Storage Technology IRST)
NOTE: This is ONE solution, it is not the only way to reinstall Windows 7 with IRST but it seems to be one of the least difficult provided no data needed to be retained.
- Boot to the system setup (press F2 at Boot) switch SATA operation to AHCI, save settings and reboot to the Windows 7 DVD.
- With the SATA controller in the ACHI mode you can see the HDD and mSATA drive in the Windows 7 setup. Format both of the hard drives.
NOTE: All data on both the hard disk drive (HDD) and the solid state drive (SSD) will be destroyed and data will not be recoverable. Before completing these steps ensure that all data has been effectively backed up before formatting the drives.
- Boot to the system setup (press F2 at Boot) again and switch SATA operation to Intel Rapid Response Technology, save settings and reboot to the Windows 7 DVD.
- Select the load drivers button and select your flash drive. The drivers needed were not on Dell website and were downloaded from Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST) RAID Driver and unzipped to the flash drive. Now only the SATA drive will be seen in the drive list.
- Continue with the installation of Windows 7 and install the drivers. Then you install the Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver from https://www.dell.com/support
- Reboot the system and the Intel Rapid Storage Application should show the drive set for acceleration. (In my case it showed 22GB and 8 GB [the same as the amount of RAM installed on the system] as a data drive.)
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