Edit: I'm so sorry, I just realized I mistakenly re-installed the same RSTe 3.0.03011 (the latest drivers available from Asus on their site for my motherboard as of today) instead of RSTe 184.108.40.2068, so this second BSOD happened using the same drivers as the first time. As soon as I realized this, I deleted the post to avoid confusion, but then I realized proper feedback would be more useful, so I decided it would be better to repost it with this note at the beginning.
I have now installed RSTe 220.127.116.118 and will report if the system BSODs again. Everything else I said in the post still stands - stuck in RAID mode; Intel SSD optmizer not available, S.M.A.R.T. values neither.
I have already posted in this thread, but I have had another BSOD, this time with the newer RSTe drivers.
Here is the BlueScreenView screenshot showing the two BSODs I have had, the first time using RSTe 3.0.03011, the second using RSTe 18.104.22.1688 (See note above).
Both BSODs occured a few minutes or hours after having played a game, and both during mostly idling (was watching a Youtube video the first time, and wasn't even at the computer the second time, the browser was just idling.
What is going on with Intel's drivers ?
I'm using Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium
The motherboard is an Asus Sabertooth X79 with BIOS 1104 from the 10th of April 2012
CPU: Core i7-3820
Note: I am NOT running the system in RAID mode, no matter what RSTe says.
I have set the BIOS to AHCI mode since the beginning and S.M.A.R.T. is enabled.
I have an Intel 320 Series 120 GB SSD and two WD Caviar Black HDDs, one 1TB Sata 3, and one 500 GB Sata 2, all of which had been running flawlessly with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit for more than a year on a Gigabyte EP45-UD3LR motherboard with a Core 2 Quad Q9550 in the exact same configuration (SSD as boot drive), and using Intels RST drivers.
I'm using only the SATA ports the X79 chipset provides. The 320 Series SSD is connected to SATA 3 port 1 and the WD Caviar Black 1 TB SATA 3 is connected to SATA 3 port 2, while the WD Caviar Black 500 GB is connected to SATA 2 port 1. I also have the additional SATA controller provided by the motherboard disabled in the Bios given that I don't need more SATA ports.
And no matter what, I still can't use Intel's SSD Toolbox properly. I can't run the SSD Optimizer and S.M.A.R.T. data is unavailable, to the extent HD Tune also can't access it.
Do I really have to manually force the installation of Intel's RST (non enterprise) drivers to get rid of all these problems ?
What is Intel planning to do ? This is the enthusiast platform and it is more than 6 m onths old and bugs like this still exist ?
I have heard TRIM is not available in RAID mode on the X79 platform, but I'm not using my system in RAID mode, and yet the RSTe GUI says the system is in RAID mode.
What gives ?
This missing support for Intel SSD optimizer and S.M.A.R.T. with RSTe 22.214.171.1248 is likely due to the broken CSMI pass-through support. The page http://www.hwinfo.com/forum/Thread-IMPORTANT-Known-Issues--412 suggests that this may be fixed in some RSTe 3.2 driver. This version is probably not published yet.
I went through the same issues with the 3.x driver and ended up rolling back to the MS AHCI driver until this is resolved. In other words, I feel for ya tpi2007.
I keep checking for a new version that resolves this issue, it looks like the 3.2 release has some promise to it.
I'm having these same problems using the Intel RSTe 3.5 Driver. I've read in other forums that using version 3.0 or 3.1 solves the problem of the BSOD. I have not tried this yet, so I can not verify whether this is indeed the case.
I noticed this thread is several months old. Did you ever find a solution to this issue?
You can find the version 126.96.36.19920 here: intel_rste_188.8.131.5220.7z
It could be very nice to access the complete history of drivers on Intel's download area, specially in such case.
Google shows that RST and RSTe are well known to cause random BSOD (always involving storport.sys or iastora.sys)
Some posts around recommend to stop any anti-virus software, but I did not try yet.
I'll try to find RSTe 3.1 since versions 3.0.x are very old now.
Richc123, if you try installing v3.0, let us know.
I recommend using the latest version of the Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology that should not cause any more Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) at the link below: