I've been digging a little deeper into this and found that irstrtsv.exe is a service with the description "Flushes dirty pages on entry to standby" (whatever that means..) that can be disabled. So I disabled the service, which made my hard disk sleep again as it should. Even the sleep action went OK, but now the wake-up action took forever, it took maybe a minute with a lot of disk activity before my login-screen appeared.
irstrtsv.exe must do something with the amount of data written to the hibernation partition to make wake-up from standby much faster.
Question remains: Why is it accessing my secondary hard disk?
Edit: I see that my theory above is confirmed here: What is Intel® Rapid Start Technology? | Intel® Developer Zone
Done some experiment:
Installed the previous driver version (220.127.116.118, could not find anything in between for windows 7 x64) and the problem is gone! irstrtsv.exe no longer accesses my drives, and my secondary stays asleep (saving 5 Watt, which is a lot, when the rest of the system only uses 19 Watts!)
Intel, please fix this bug which seems to have been introduced somewhere between version 18.104.22.1688 and 22.214.171.1246.
Thank you very much for the information. I will pass this to the corresponding department for future considerations.
I have a related problem on a new Dell Latitude E7440. Intel's Instant Start was causing, intermittently, CRITICAL events resulting in an unexpected system restart when emerging from sleep. At the suggestion of a Dell tech, I disabled "instant start" in the BIOS. So far (1 week) the problem has gone away. But, per my event logs, irstrtsv is still causing ERRORs, to the tune of 102 in the past 7 days, 12 in the past 24 hours. One thought is to remove the "instant start" program from the computer. Is there a way to disable it so it doesn't cause these administrative errors?
I’m sorry but I am not familiar with the Intel® Instant Start. Do you mean Intel® Rapid Start?
I am having this problem of IRSTRTSV.EXE waking my external Seagate Backup Plus USB 3.0 3TB hard drive. It happens even when I "turn off" Intel Rapid Start Technology using the Intel Rapid Start Technology Manager icon in the system tray.
The external hard drive sleeps after 3 minutes of inactivity. Intel Rapid Start wakes it up 2 minutes later. Goes to sleep in 3 minutes, then woken up again in 2 minutes, etc.
My system is a Dell Latitude E7440.
When is the expected resolution?
Please note our drivers are generic drivers for OEM system so my best recommendation for this issue you are having is to get the latest drivers from the Computer Manufacture since those drivers are designed and created specifically for your computer.
From our side, I would also recommend you updating the BIOS of your computer.
The system is running the latest BIOS and drivers available from Dell. What was the outcome of your telling the original poster on December 31, 2013 that you would forward this thread to the "corresponding department"?
I passed the information to development because all feedback is important from our side. At this point, we have not been able to replicate this issue. We have received other type of feedback related to the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology drivers but not is not that similar to this one.
The best option is to contact dell and have their drivers installed and configuration provided specifically for your computer.
It is Intel Rapid Start Technology, not Rapid Storage. Big difference. Please make sure you sent the information to the right department!
I can replicate this problem all day long, and would be glad to work directly with an engineer, if they wish.
I understand you have problems with the Intel® Rapid Start technology so I would like to get more information about your computer.
Please provide the following:
- Attach your dxdiag report. How to get it?
Dxdiag Report: Type dxdiag in Start Menu> open> Save> Attach using Advanced Editor Options.
- Run the System Identification Utility and provide the code generated:
- What version of Intel® Rapid Start are you using?
- what is the exact external HDD model and firmware installed on it?
DxDiag (64 bit) report is attached.
Intel System Identification Utility code: 0272 7517
Intel Rapid Start version: 126.96.36.1996, which is the same version as the person who originally started this thread, andrej
Samsung 256GB SSD model PM851, firmware EXT49D0Q (latest available)
DxDiag.txt.zip 8.4 K
Thank you for the information provided. I have been testing a Dell XPS15 with External WD 2TB USB 3.0 device, all drivers are up to date and with latest Intel® Rapid Start Technology software and so far it has been working fine for me.
Based on the driver version you have, it seems you may be running the OEM version so please uninstall the driver you have and install our driver at this location: https://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?DwnldID=21612&lang=eng
In the case you are still having problems the support on this feature will be provided by Dell.
That link is for desktop motherboards. I am running a Dell Latitude E7440 Ultrabook.