What is Intel Rapid Storage Technology (RST)?

Intel Rapid Storage Technology is a window-based program that provides enhanced performance and complete reliability for a system equipped with SATA (Serial AT Attachment) disks for desktop, server platforms, and mobiles.

While using one or more SATA (Serial AT Attachment) disk drives, you can take benefit from the upgraded performance and less power usage. While using multiple disk drives you can expand security against data loss in the occurrence of disk failure.

Intel RST was called RAID until 2010. It is a firmware-based RAID solution that is built into a large number of Intel chipsets. As of 2020, it involves a RAID system proficient in RAID levels that are 0, 1, 5, and 10. 

Intel RST is provided by a union of firmware, chipset, CPU capabilities, and software. As, the chipset and firmware are comprised in the BIOS, and the software is installed by the users that must be a well-suited version. The existed online forums and communities compare the advantages of different versions of the installed software and advise the best compatibilities for the specified hardware. It adjusts the existing firmware and software to permit the best combinations or upgrades apart from those provided by the hardware manufacturers.

Release the Performance of Solid-State Drive (SSD)

Intel rapid storage technology has added support for PCle (peripheral component interconnect express) storage devices with a speed of up to 1GB. This speed increases the storage performance and upgrades reaction time for everyday consumption such as office productivity, video loading, and photo editing.

Solid State Drive

Dynamic storage accelerator increases the performance of SSD (solid-state drives) by dynamically managing the power management system strategies to deliver the performance of 15% faster as compared to default power management during heavy multitasking. 

Fast Access to Frequently Used Files and Applications

Intel Smart Response Technology is an aspect of Intel rapid storage technology. It acknowledges and automatically caches the commonly used files, applications, and data into high-performance SSD while giving you the full approach to the huge storage capacity of the HDD (hard disk drive). It allows a small-capacity SSD to be used with the high capacity HDD. It permits the system to perform faster than a system that contains just an HDD.

This technology also carries SSHDs (solid-state hybrid devices). By informing the SSDH, about the most frequently used data this technology increases the performance of SSDH. So that it can store the data into the built-in SSD and the most frequent data can be accessed easily.

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Performance with Protection

Almost everyone does not plan backup. Hardware collapse can be destructive because it results in irreparable content. RAID technology provides features that enhance the performance and data dependability for disk-concerted recovery applications like editing videos.

This RAID technology can unite from two to six drives in an order known as RAID 0, for the fastest performance. So, the data on each drive can be accessed at once by speeding up the reaction time. This technology includes the following levels of performance and dependability:

RAID Level 0:

It is also known as strip set or strip volume. This level provides the fastest access to a large number of files where speed is a serious issue but not the loss of data. Typically it is used to improve the performance, even if it can be used to build a large logical volume out of two or more physical disks.

RAID Level 1:

This RAID level consists of the actual copy of data on two or more disks. Intel recommends putting any kind of serious data on RAID 1. This level is convenient when read performance is more important than write performance.

RAID Level 5:

This level contains block-level striping with distributed computing. This level of RAID requires at least 3 disks. In the case of a single drive failure, the result reads can be calculated from the distributed computing, so that no data will be lost.

RAID Level 10:

It is a nested or hybrid RAID configuration. This level consists of both RAID 0 and RAID 1. This RAID level protects by copying all the data on secondary storage devices and at the same time uses stripping across every set of drives to increase the speed of data transfer.

Rapid Data Recovery:

Intel Rapid Recover Technology is an attribute of Intel rapid storage technology. It gives us a recovery point. This point can be used in case of, a hardware failure or data loss. To allow the users to recover the file individually, the clone can also be arranged as a read-only volume.


It required two hard drives. It provides serious protection of data for mobile systems. This technology uses RAID 1 capabilities to copy data from a nominated main drive to a nominated recovery drive. This technology has more control over the process of copying data from the main drive to the recovery drive and vice versa.  The main drive data can be copied to the recovery drive by two methods:


As the system is not docked, some changes are made to the data on the main drive. These changes are automatically copied to the recovery drive when the system is re-docked.

On Request:

The data of the main drive is retrieved to its previous form when it is copied from the recovery drive to the main drive.

How to Update Intel Rapid Storage Technology (RST)?

Most of the people ask about “How to update Intel RST?” Here are the following steps to upgrade the Intel RST:

  1. First of all, you have to download the latest version of Intel RST.
  2. Then double CLICK the icon of the downloaded software to install it.
  3. In the end, restart your computer.

Note: You are not required to uninstall the previous software.


In a nutshell, Intel Rapid Storage Technology (RST) is a program that provides us the upgraded performance of the system. It also provides us the complete dependability on the system facilitated with serial attachment disks for the different types of hardware. The rapid data recovery technology is a feature of Intel RST. This technology adds to the valuation of Intel RST.

Many other features of this technology help to improve the performance of the system. We have also discussed the method of updating the Intel RST. Hope you will find help from this article. If you have any question, or you know more about this, please leave a comment and we include in this article. Thank You.

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