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ASUS Z170i Pro Gaming Download: Intel Driver AHCI/Rapid Storage

Steve_N__Mavron
Level 8
A month ago I built my first PC at home based around the ASUS Z170i Pro Gaming motherboard running Windows 10 64-bit. I never installed this Intel storage driver. I'm NOT running RAID on my SSD/HDD drives. Do I need this and/or is this safe to install since I'm in SATA AHCI mode? I don't want my drives to become unreadable if it resets partition information or something goofy like that happens.

Version 14.8.0.1042 update 2016/01/07


Intel AHCI Driver Path for Windows Win7 32bit & Win7 64bit &Win8.1 64bit & Win10 64bit.
Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver software V14.8.0.1042 for Windows Win7 64bit & Win8.1 64bit---(WHQL).
Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver software V14.8.0.1042 for Windows Win7 32bit---(WHQL).
Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver software V14.8.0.1042 for Windows Win10 64bit---(WHQL).


P.S. I also never bothered to install the onboard VGA driver since I already had my Nvidia 980 Ti installed...
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Legolas
Level 8
HI Steve,

For optimum performance for your drive, please install Intel AHCI/Rapid storage driver. It will not hurt to install it
Sincerely,
Legolas

Legolas wrote:
HI Steve, For optimum performance for your drive, please install Intel AHCI/Rapid storage driver. It will not hurt to install it


A month ago I built my first PC at home based around the ASUS Z170i Pro Gaming motherboard running Windows 10 64-bit. I never installed this Intel storage driver from the download support page yet. I'm NOT running RAID on my SSD/HDD drives.

Version 14.8.0.1042 update 2016/01/07
Intel AHCI Driver Path for Windows Win7 32bit & Win7 64bit &Win8.1 64bit & Win10 64bit.
Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver software V14.8.0.1042 for Windows Win7 64bit & Win8.1 64bit---(WHQL).
Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver software V14.8.0.1042 for Windows Win7 32bit---(WHQL).
Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver software V14.8.0.1042 for Windows Win10 64bit---(WHQL).

In Device Manager I have only the Microsoft Storage Spaces Controller listed.

I'm ready to install the IRST_Win7-81-10_V14801042 from the ASUS support downloads page for my motherboard. I want to make sure I'm installing both the drivers and the software on Windows 10 64-bit properly. The folder structure is as follows:

Install (w/AsusSetup.exe and SetupRST.exe)
Driver (w/AsusSetup.exe)
- Disk (w/AsusSetup.exe)
-- 32bit (w/AsusSetup.exe)
-- 64bit (w/AsusSetup64.exe)

I'm not sure if I only run AsusSetup from the install folder, and/or AsusSetup from the disk folder, and/or AsusSetup64 from the 64bit folder if you see what I mean?

I ran the AsusSetup from the Install folder and rebooted after it was done. I have the Intel Rapid Storage Technology app now so I guess it installed everything needed?

Do you think I need to install AsusSetup from the Drivers folder as well or did it already install the driver at the same time as the software?

[EDIT] Actually under IDE ATA/ATAPI there is the Intel(R) 100 Series/C230 Chipset Family SATA AHCI Controller, same version 14.8.0.1042

Steve_N__Mavron
Level 8
I forgot to follow-up. I have everything installed, thanks.