I wish to report a problem I have encountered whereby a hard drive would regularly appear to disconnect (sometimes for 30-60 seconds or so and sometimes until reboot) whilst using both the (manufacturers recommended) Intel SATA RAID/AHCI driver 18.104.22.1689 and the more recent updated driver.
The motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-H110M-S2HP and the hard drive a Samsung 640GB HD642JJ (this is a secondary drive, the OS is on a Samsung SSD).
Each time the problem occurred I would need to wait 30-60 seconds to access the drive again (or sometimes reboot the system) and the SMART UMDA CRC error count would increment by one or two.
At first I assumed a hardware problem and changed SATA data cables, power cables, motherboard input locations etc. I even tried a different firmware for the drive. Then I stumbled across problems with the intel driver and tried switching to the standard microsoft AHCI SATA controller which solved the issue.
Unfortunately, benchmarks indicate I have suffered a slight performance drop with the SSD and would prefer to use the recommended intel driver if this issue did not occur.
I hope someone finds this information useful.
I do not have notifications on the driver release notes about this issue.
Are you getting any Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) after 30-60 seconds?
Please see the following information about known issues with the latest Intel® Rapid Storage version 14.8