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GTgamo
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P51/P71 Intel RST raid drivers for fresh win 10 usb install

Good Evening all, I am attempting to get info that seems to be quite a popular topic in the past although i haven't seen much content specifically related to the newer P51/P71 machines. I am also aware of the solution for custom image builds that contain the drivers. Can someone please point me in the direction of the driver file or *.inf itself so that i can load this on my USB and use a clean Windows image, then just point the Windows install directly at the USB with the inf? I have 2 - 960 Pro drives set up in a Raid 1 config, and i have already set the size at the Samsung recommend 10% less than full capacity. Thanks in advance, any and all help will be appreciated.

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Re: P51/P71 Intel IRST raid drivers for fresh win 10 usb install

Ok - I tried extracting the Lenovo drivers from the install file - No success. I then went to the Intel site and downloaded the latest driver file for RST and i successfully extracted the inf's from a cab within the install package. I copied all the inf files to a sub-directory on my USB drive and I then placed my P51 into legacy mode - How to boot to Legacy device or system configured with Microsoft Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit) or Win..., rebooted, and  I thus far pointed the driver to the inf files and a series of misc Intel drivers populated. I Selected the first one and it allowed me to select the Raid 1 partition and i was able to allow windows to create its emergency partions and continue with the installation. I will continue to post my progress. If anyone wants the INF files - They are attached here - in a inf.zip. I have now successfully connected to the internet and am currently downloading drivers. I guess the rest is history.. If anything unusual happens I will update.

 

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GTgamo
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Re: P51/P71 Intel RST raid drivers for fresh win 10 usb install

Hey Moderator, I dont know what i did wrong but i had posted a detailed account of everything i did and it dissapeared. Can it be restored?

 

Thanks Mod, I appreciate you restoring my post.

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Re: P51/P71 Intel RST raid drivers for fresh win 10 usb install

Well guys i can tell you it worked perfectly, i started with a clean Microsoft win 10 pro image from the Microsoft site directly, no Lenovo bloatware, and i got the OS connected to the internet and everything else was a cake walk. Working great..

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Re: P51/P71 Intel IRST raid drivers for fresh win 10 usb install

Thank you GTgamo, we could all thank you and benefit if you can tell what the control's name/version? ... where can these files be downloaded from (also how, if one needs to extract them)? ... also, if you know how to get drivers for Linux / VMware
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Re: P51/P71 Intel IRST raid drivers for fresh win 10 usb install

Dlownalod location is :

https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkPad-P-and-W-Series-Mobile/For-P51-RAID-using-two-SSD-M-2-PCIe-NVMe...

 

Any info about the RAID drivers for Linux and VMware?

GTgamo
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Re: P51/P71 Intel IRST raid drivers for fresh win 10 usb install

Try looking on the Intel site. I took a brief gander and came across this.

Link to the Intel Support Article Intel® RAID Controller Hubs—Linux*

www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/articles/000006040/technologies.html

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Zortapa
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Re: P51/P71 Intel IRST raid drivers for fresh win 10 usb install


@GTgamo wrote:

Ok - I tried extracting the Lenovo drivers from the install file - No success. I then went to the Intel site and downloaded the latest driver file for RST and i successfully extracted the inf's from a cab within the install package. I copied all the inf files to a sub-directory on my USB drive and I then placed my P51 into legacy mode - How to boot to Legacy device or system configured with Microsoft Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit) or Win..., rebooted, and  I thus far pointed the driver to the inf files and a series of misc Intel drivers populated. I Selected the first one and it allowed me to select the Raid 1 partition and i was able to allow windows to create its emergency partions and continue with the installation. I will continue to post my progress. If anyone wants the INF files - They are attached here - in a inf.zip. I have now successfully connected to the internet and am currently downloading drivers. I guess the rest is history.. If anything unusual happens I will update.

 


Thank you GTgamo!  I could not extract the driver from the Lenovo install file either, and I've spend the past few days wasting a ton of time trying to get my P51 working again after the BIOS update to 1.15 killed my RAID 1 configuration and, thus, my system.

 

 

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Re: P51/P71 Intel IRST raid drivers for fresh win 10 usb install

I have not had any issues with any updates breaking my RAID set - Were you set using RAID 0 or 1? and what exactly caused the RAID to fail?

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Re: P51/P71 Intel IRST raid drivers for fresh win 10 usb install

To summarize:  Received new P51 configured in RAID1 (2@ 500GB NVMe SSDs) several weeks ago and it had bios version 1.14.  Within a couple hours of booting it, I downloaded and read the guide.  I also installed System Update which indicated that 1.15 was available.  Since I had essentially just turned on the computer and had not yet begun to configure anything else on it, I decided to update the bios.  When it rebooted, it started *but* RAID was gone, and replaced with 2 500GB drives.  Interestingly, it booted even though it had copies of Windows, User, Program Files, etc. on both drives.

 

I was perturbed at losing RAID, so I entered bios, reinitialized RAID1, and after that everything was gone.  But worse yet, with RAID1 defined, I was not able to access the drives at all with an older bootable key that I had laying around.  Since I had not created recovery media, I obtained the P51/P71 recovery key from Lenovo, but it would not access the drives.  I also restored 1.14, but that didn't help so I reinstalled 1.15.

 

Eventually I removed RAID and was able to access the drives and install Windows, but I wanted RAID so I kept fighting it.

 

Ultimately, a couple weeks later, I found your post, obtained the iaStorAc.xxx files, created a Win10 bootable usb key using Rufus, reinitialized RAID1, and tried to install Win10.  It worked!

 

In summary, Lenovo's P51/P71 restoration key STILL is a *failure* for a P51 system with RAID.  And in regard to your question, I only know that upgrading from 1.14 to 1.15 coincided with my system losing its RAID1 configuration.  And since I spent many days trying to get the system working, I am not interested in doing any futher testing to see if I can replicate what happened.

 

ES

 

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