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I'm trying to enable Intel SRT on my laptop. To do this, I need to change SATA controller mode from AHCI to RAID. The problem is that windows has no drivers for RAID and I can't install it while controller is in AHCI mode.

For now I have RAID driver in INF package (inf, sys, cat files). And I can load Windows recovery console with controller in RAID mode. The last thing to do is to intall this driver, but I don't know how to do it.

Google says rundll32.exe setupapi,InstallHinfSection DefaultInstall 123 <filename>.inf might help, but it doesn't.

Any help appreciated.

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use pnputil to add the driver to the driver store. Windows now detects the driver:

pnputil.exe -a C:\<filename>.INF 

And you should add the drivers before changing the mode.

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Thanks for the help. Still have BSOD after controller mode change. Guess, this drivers should be mirrired on windows boot partition or something like that... – Oleg Titov Jan 10 '13 at 12:01
can you change the Mode back to AHCI, boot to Windows and install the driver there? – magicandre1981 Jan 10 '13 at 16:54
Yes, But it does not help. Intel's GUI installer installs only AHCI since no RAID is present, and using .inf I have BSOD. – Oleg Titov Jan 10 '13 at 18:07
In Device manager select "add legacy device" and select the Intel RAID driver here. Now reboot and change the mode again. – magicandre1981 Jan 10 '13 at 20:52
Damn it! Safe mode boots normally with RAID mode. Further installation via normal graphical installer make posiible to boot without safe mode. So the real problem is solved. – Oleg Titov Jan 11 '13 at 3:05

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