Hi JohnGrigius, it is possible that the freezing issue you are having is not related to Intel® Rapid Storage Technology because you do not have the same conditions described in the Release Notes document. You are not using Intel® Smart Response Technology since it requires the SATA controller mode to be in RAID.
You may use an Intel generic driver; however, I recommend trying to pinpoint the exact driver or application that is causing the issue. You can use a clean boot or simply uninstalling the program in order to determine the culprit software component.
Apparently, this indeed did not fix my freezing issue since the Metro UI just hung on me now. It has been a week now trying to figure out what might cause this issue.
A few questions:
1. What is the Intel generic driver you're talking about? Do you mean the standard Microsoft driver that installs by default?
2. I'm thinking of doing a clean install of Windows without installing RST. However I want to know if there are any advantages for using Rapid Start Technology if I'm using a single HDD in AHCI mode.
I read that the only benefit is having NCQ enabled. If that's the case, is there a way I can enable NCQ without installing the RST driver?
Ok, so I did a clean boot as you suggested and surprisingly, the freezing issue still occurred!
Are you sure that the Intel Rapid Storage driver and all of its services are completely disabled at startup when performing a clean boot as provided in that link?
For Intel generic driver I meant any version of Intel® Rapid Storage Technology downloaded directly from Intel (instead of getting it from the system manufacturer).
The clean boot usually helps discarding third party applications as part of the issue. You may also try uninstalling and not using Intel® Rapid Storage Technology for a while, just for troubleshooting purposes.
However, a clean operating system installation will discard any other software for sure. You may ask Microsoft* in order to verify if the Windows* inbox driver supports NCQ.
I believe you are confusing Intel® Smart Response Technology and Intel® Rapid Start Technology. Please read the following document for more details:
I have a question: Are you sure the freezing is only occurring while the Metro GUI is displayed?
It is possible for this to be an operating system or hard drive issue.
I'm sorry, the Intel Rapid Start Technology in my previous post was a typo; my question was what other benefits I would have if I install Rapid Storage Technology for a single HDD in AHCI mode if the Microsoft default driver already enables NCQ by itself (which I just verified in another forum).
About the freezing issue: I am pretty positive that the freezing is only occurring at the Metro GUI after login since this problem does not occur if I choose to log into my Desktop immediately (in the taskbar's Properties options).
If the clean boot surely rules out RST being the cause of my freezing issue, then I am left with 2 possible causes which doesn't have much to do with Intel drivers:
1. Enabling .NET Framework 3.5
2. One of the Windows Updates after October 2014 (when my problem started)
I just reformatted my PC and installed RST 126.96.36.1998 (which is hopefully the correct version for my Asrock Z77 Pro4 mobo) through the Device Manager. I have not enabled .NET Framework 3.5 just yet and so far the freezing issue did not occur. However, I shouldn't be cheering already since this problem is very random and thus requires quite a few tests (restarts) to be sure if it got fixed.