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How to load Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver to install OS on NVMe memory

Summary: The following article provides information about how to load Intel Rapid Storage Technology (IRST) driver. (version 17.5 or newer) So that you can install the OS on Non-Volatile MemorySee more

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Steps to load Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver to install OS on NVMe memory


  1. Go to the Dell Drivers and Downloads web page for your computer:

    1. The IRST driver is located under the Storage or Serial ATA categories. Download the x64 version of the IRST driver (version 17.5 or newer.) to a computer.

    2. Double-click the .exe file that you have saved to a computer.

    3. Do Not select Install, choose Extract instead.

    4. Direct the extract tool to extract the driver files to an empty bootable USB Key.

  2. Connect the Operating System Reinstallation Image (OSRI) bootable USB Key to the computer and initiate the OS deployment by booting from the USB Key.

  3. On the Windows Setup page where the storage drives are listed, select Load Driver. (See Figure.1)

    SLN319735_en_US__1windows setup screen1

    (Figure.1 Windows setup screen)

  4. Insert the second USB drive (The drive with the IRST driver files) into another USB port, if one is available. (If another USB port is not available, remove the OSRI USB drive and insert the second USB drive into the same USB port.)

  5. In the Load Driver window, click Browse. (See Figure.2)

    SLN319735_en_US__2load driver screen

    (Figure.2 Load driver screen)

  6. In the Browse for Folder window, browse the USB drive and select the folder where the IRST driver files are available. Then click OK. (See Figure.3)

    SLN319735_en_US__3browse for folder screen

    (Figure.3 Browse for folder screen)

  7. In the Windows Setup window, the available driver files are listed out (iaStorAC.inf). Click Next to install the listed driver. (See Figure.4)

    SLN319735_en_US__4windows setup screen2

    (Figure.4 Windows setup screen)

  8. Once the driver is installed, NVMe storage appears in the drive list and you can continue the OS deployment. (See Figure.5)

    SLN319735_en_US__5windows setup screen3

    (Figure.5 Windows setup screen)

    In the above screenshot, we can find the Drive 2 detection which is not there in the first screenshot.


Further instructions are available to complete this installation. Select the correct operating system from those listed on the following Dell Portal Page:

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07 Apr 2022



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