You will only need Intel® Matrix Storage Manager if you want to create or manage a RAID array. You should be fine with just the AHCI driver.
Thanks Joe for the information.
OK, so the F6 AHCI driver is all I need.
I'm a bit confused on the process of installing the drivers for this MB. Question: A few years ago, wasn't there an Intel Software package that managed the drives better---or supposedly better. I think that was what I was thinking of..............and maybe that was only for IDE drives. Just curious.
Confusion on my part Joe.
First you said not to use it
In that last post you said to use it.................at least that is what I read above.
Clarify please, and could you point me to the link for the correct software for this system below:
OS: XP professional x32 or possibly Windows 7 x64
Intel 955X, ICH7R, 82801GR
Non-Raid, just 2 SATA drives
I am sorry for the misunderstanding. I did not take NCQ into account before. You can use the installer from the link you shared above.
This other version also supports ICH7R and the operating systems you mentioned: https://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?DwnldID=21854