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    Default Z77 Extreme 4 IRST Version?

    I did a clean install of W10 v1511 on a ASRock Extreme 4 system. I did not install any version of IRST on this system and Network Discovery works ok. What's the latest version of Intel's Rapid Storage (IRST) that will work with the Z77 Extreme 4 MB and W10 Pro v1511? There is no version listed on the ASRock web site for W10. I have several ASRock Z97 MB's running W10 and they use a newer version of IRST than is available on the ASRock web site for the Z77 Extreme 4 MB running W8. Network Discovery works correctly on all of the Z97 systems.

    I have another ASRock Extreme 4 system running W10 that I let MS upgrade from W8 and it is running the "old" version of IRST. I don't know if it has anything todo with anything but Network Discovery does not work on that machine but as I said above does work on the one without IRST installed? Help appreciated!
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    Default Re: Z77 Extreme 4 IRST Version?

    The latest/newest IRST driver that supports the Z77 chip set is version 13.1.0.1058. For download take a look at this site: Intel's RST/RST(e) AHCI/RAID Drivers
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    Default Re: Z77 Extreme 4 IRST Version?

    Thank you for the information. I suspected that it was a bad idea to just install the latest IRST driver on an "old" system. You save me a lot of screwing around. I suspect that if I look back far enough that is why I could never get IRST to work properly on GA-EP45-UD3P MB's!

    Still does not explain why ASRock does not have an IRST driver under the Z77 Extreme 4 Windows 10 download list? Are we supposed to assume the version listed for W8 will work (and it does since I have it on one system)? Version 13.1.0.1058 was probably finalized before W10 was created? Does W10 have some magic built in that does not require or want an IRST driver for the Z77 chip?

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    Default Re: Z77 Extreme 4 IRST Version?

    Version 13.1.0.1058 is dated 05/03/2014, which means slightly more than one year before the release of Windows 10. Nevertheless all recent Windows versions (10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP) have an inbox generic sata ahci driver. It delivers not the most fastest speed and energy saving functions , but it makes the sata ports work.
    On the other hand, motherboard makers support their consumer desktop products only for a short time of one or two years. You are supposed to buy a new product...
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    I did, two ASRock Extreme 6/4790K systems and one Z97X Fatal1ty Killer/Xeon ES-1246 v3 system. Anyway, I'll install the IRST V13.1.0.1058 on the fresh install system and see what happens. Actually, the only reason I wanted/needed the IRST driver is to see what SATA port the disk drives are on. IRST shows Port Number and Volume Name. The BIOS only shows Port Number and Disk Drive identifier. Since I have 4 identical drives on the system I need to see the Volume Name too. I'm sure there are other programs out there that I could use but...I'm lazy and got used to IRST.

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    Default Re: Z77 Extreme 4 IRST Version?

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    Default Re: Z77 Extreme 4 IRST Version?

    I ended up installing IRST version 12.8.0.1016 on the fresh install of W10 v1511 and it works OK. The newer release 13.1.0.1058 would not install it wanted me to download and install some other stuff Net. something so I took the easy way out and went with the older version that I new worked. It looks like ASRock just "forgot" to include a version of IRST in the W10 list?!

    ProfJim,
    Your right, even with IRST installed the only way I could figure out which drive buy Volume Name (I have four 500GB raptors installed) was on which SATA port was by trial and elimination. That was relatively easy since I have them in an old Corsair 800D case that has the Hot Swap bays. I'll try downloading and running the free version of the Hard Disk Sentinel and give you an update. Your last suggestion Macrium Reflect was great. It has yet to fail me through the W10 update obstacle course and they are pretty active at keeping it updated and fixing problems.

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    Default Re: Z77 Extreme 4 IRST Version?

    I ended up installing IRST version 12.8.0.1016 on the fresh install of W10 v1511 and it works OK. The newer release 13.1.0.1058 would not install it wanted me to download and install some other stuff Net. something so I took the easy way out and went with the older version that I new worked. It looks like ASRock just "forgot" to include a version of IRST in the W10 list?!

    ProfJim,
    Your right, even with IRST installed the only way I could figure out which drive buy Volume Name (I have four 500GB raptors installed) was on which SATA port was by trial and elimination. That was relatively easy since I have them in an old Corsair 800D case that has the Hot Swap bays. I'll try downloading and running the free version of the Hard Disk Sentinel and give you an update. Your last suggestion Macrium Reflect was great. It has yet to fail me through the W10 update obstacle course and they are pretty active at keeping it updated and fixing problems.

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