1. It seems that Intel RST will not let go of my SSD drive! And to get it to let go... "Going into the Intel RST screen at boot (via CTRL-I) I was able to select OPtion 4 "Set disks to non-RAID) and change the SSD drive from a disabled RAID0 caching volume to a non-RAID device. Meanwhile, I left the BIOS setting for my motherboard set to RAID for SATA devices. After this, I was able to boot up, go into the Intel RST software and see that it no longer viewed the SSD drive as in use on an unusable volume." 2. Apparently there is a different between Intel RSTe drivers, and Intel RST drivers Post #6 here says "Ran into the same issue as well- Intel RSTe 3.2.xx drivers are a joke. You need to head into the Device Manager after uninstalling the RSTe software and manually remove the driver from your computer (check the box that says 'Delete the driver software for this device'). Restart your computer. If you want the most out of your storage devices- download the 11.6.xx RST (non 'e') drivers from the Intel site and install them manually. It should come in a zip file with no installer/additional rubbish. Head into the Device Manager, find the default Microsoft AHCI controller (under IDE/ATAPI controllers), then select 'update device driver' and point Windows at the directory you've unzipped the drivers to.Alternatively, you can use the RSTe 3.1.xx drivers (available on Intel website as well)- however these do not support S.M.A.R.T. monitoring from within the OS." Post #8 Best way to remove RST drivers and revert to the MSAHCI ones is as simple as this. "Reboot and hit F8 before Windows screen loads up, boot into Safe Mode. When in Safe Mode, uninstall the RST drivers and then reboot. Load Windows normally and from there it should restore to using the MSAHCI drivers" Quick note, it looks like as if intel RST and similar programs are a MUST, to get the 555mbs read / 545mbs write speeds out of that blazing fast SSD that was purchased. If it is uninstalled, SSD's will still perform really fast, but perhaps not as blazing fast. However, the tradeoff of could be no more system lag. In the above, it does mention that it could be a good idea to drop RSTe 3.2.xx and install RSTe 3.1.xx or just 11.6.xx RST (non 'e') drivers. In a windows install, the catch up lag could be occurring right off the "get go" due to one's single SSD drive set up as a RAID in the bios, so I think it might be interesting to give these ideas, though a bit more risky, a try.