The new Intel RST 14.0 is available, you might want to try that: Intel® Download Center
Maybe then you can also check for my problem: New RST 184.108.40.2063 doesn't allow HDDs to spin down (bug?)
You could set your HDDs to spin down after 2 minutes in the energy savings plan / power management, and see if they do. Cause for me they don't do it anymore with the new RST.
Thank you Mike! I'll try it and after I'll give you my feedback.
Using RST 14.0 for one day and still no freeze but it's too soon...
Regarding the HDD power down if idle I can confirm also that now my disks never "go to sleep".
Thank you for the feedback. What time did you set for "Turn off hard disk after X minutes"?
I didn't change it, I left it with the 15 minutes that I have configured. To be complete in my feedback; my disks never went into standby with previous releases of IRST because I always had a tool reporting their temperatures at that time, so they were never completely idle because the S.M.A.R.T. metrics were being accessed. I've only stopped this tool after removing IRST 13. So for sure I only know that without IRST my disks go to sleep but with IRST I can't be sure of what is the normal behaviour...
Regarding the topic of this thread...so far with IRST 14 my PC still didn't freeze.
Good thing it doesn't freeze anymore.
Could you perhaps set the time to 2 minutes, just to be sure? I want to see if RST makes the HDDs shut down at all, or if the shutdown command simply doesn't get through anymore with RST 14.0. If the disks don't shut down no matter what, that would be a bug in these new drivers.
Well, I'm back again. My PC just froze again and I uninstalled IRST 14. For some reason my PC doesn't agree anymore with IRST so I give up. Yes, with IRST some disk accesses are faster but having my PC freezing just doesn't work for me...
And yes, without IRST the disks spin down after the configured idle time, the same thing doesn't happen when IRST is running.
Now there is a new RST 14.5: https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/25165/Intel-Rapid-Storage-Technology-Intel-RST-RAID-Driver
Sadly, it still has the same bug for me, it doesn't allow my HDDs to spin down. The RST software would prevent it anyway because it's constantly polling SMART data from the HDDs, but even with just the F6 driver, they don't spin down after the specified idle time.
I'm not too hopeful for your problem either. I'm now using the Microsoft drivers from Windows 10 (installed over the weekend), until Intel fixes their RST drivers some more...