Intel is one of the most innovative companies in the world and they do have the best ideas in the industry. I am very disappointed that they don’t support this new storage platform. I’m not sure that I would want my data stored on something other than a SSD. The new storage system does not support memory-based RAID, so there is a risk that data stored on the new Intel SSD will become corrupted.
Intel’s own SSD Technology will be available for free to all Intel-based PCs starting May 3rd for a limited period, but that does not mean that all Intel-based PCs will be able to use this new storage technology. What you have to do is ask your computer to boot from a “Live CD” or “Windows Installer” or some other USB drive that has the Intel SSD technology.
Intel’s new Intel SSD will be available to all Intel-based PCs. But it is not supported by Intel’s own storage technology. With the Intel SSD technology, you have the option to use the technology or buy a brand new SSD.
Intel’s SSD is the same technology that IBM uses for the SATA SSD drives now. You can buy a SATA drive that can do the work for you, but Intel’s SSD is more of a boot drive. You can use a Linux Live CD or Windows Installer or some other USB drive to install the Intel SSD technology on your computer, but it won’t be supported.
Intel may be using the same SSD technology as the company that originally came up with the SATA drive in the first place. And it’s not even supported on some of their new SSDs. So if you are buying an SSD from Intel, make sure that it is not supported.
If you look at the Intel site, you’ll see that you can buy an Intel SSD at a massive discount. The SSDs cost about $100, whereas a SATA drive costs $200. The SSDs have a much faster transfer rate (2MB/s vs. 1.5MB/s for SATA drives), but they do cost a lot more. While an SSD will be a more powerful storage device, it will also be slower than a SATA drive.
On top of that, the process of moving data between two hard drives is pretty slow. SSDs can move data up to 2.5GBs per second, compared to 4.8GBs for SATA drives, so there is a huge benefit to SSDs in terms of speed.
Intel’s latest technology (called Intel Rapid Storage Technology) is an alternative to SSDs that allows data to be moved in a much more efficient way. However, Intel’s RAID products only support SATA drives, and Intel’s own products only support SATA drives.
It’s not like Intel RAID is hard to use, but you may want to pick up some SATA drives. If you have a SATA-based hard drive, the RAID will be slower than it would be with a different type of hard drive, since the technology is still in its infancy.
I haven’t been able to confirm if Intel RAID supports SATA drives, but I do know that Intel offers the RAID with both SAS and SATA drives. I know SAS drives are not recommended for desktop computers, but I expect this technology to become the default option for computers that don’t need a lot of additional storage.