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Dell 8920 - Replacing the 250gb NVMe M2 drive that the machine came with, with a 1TB Samsung NVMe M2 960 Pro

Q: Dell 8920 - Replacing the 250gb NVMe M2 drive that the machine came with, with a 1TB Samsung NVMe M2 960 Pro

I have just purchased a new Dell XPS 8920 that comes configured with a 250GB NVMe M2 drive as the boot drive and I?d like to replace this with a Samsung 1TB 960 Pro MVMe M2 drive however I can find no way to load the Dell OS Recovery in a way that it can see the new disk and load Windows 10. BIOS sees the drive, but not the recovery tool. Has anyone got any suggestions or tried to do this?

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Preferred Solution: Dell 8920 - Replacing the 250gb NVMe M2 drive that the machine came with, with a 1TB Samsung NVMe M2 960 Pro

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Microsoft has released NVMe Hotfixes 2990941 & 3087873 that add native NVMe drivers to Windows 7.
However if I am say installing Windows 7 SP1 on say Samsung NVme drive and Samsung has released suitable drivers in the form of INF, SYS and CAT files, do I really need to integrate these MS Hotfixes in Windows 7?
Can Windows 7 SP1 supplied with Samsung NVMe drivers (Either slip streamed or during install) be able to detect Samsung NVMe drive and install itself on to it?
As the title says are those MS Hotfixes a must (sort of pre-requsite) to get NVMe drive detected during installation, apart from any vendor provided drivers?

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Has anyone installed a Samsung 960 into the PCIe-bus card place?
With success...'

I've seen from previous Dell-site that xps 8920 has been sold with 256 GB ssd pcie x4 dysk?!
What does "dysk" mean?
What type of ssd has that been?
Where has it been installed?
Is there a different bios-version for these PCs vs ones without ssd and only having a 32GB ssd cache onboard?

If successfully able ti install Samsung 960 (with OS and other programs onboard it) is there any use of still having the 32GB ssd cache to remain on the motherboards m2-place? Hence to still be directed to speed up the hdd as is now? Or can the ssd cache only function as intended if the OS is also on the drive to which the ssd-drive is directed to?

On the motherboard there are an m2-slot but Ive heard that this only supports sata-format and is not applicable for the nvme/pcie format?!


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My laptop: Inspiron 15 5577 gaming laptop with intel chip (7th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ Quad Core (6MB Cache, up to 3.8 GHz))
1. I disk cloned my 128GB M.2 SATA ssd drive using Macrium Reflect (v6.3.1812) by boot up using USB jump drive. 128GB clone->500GB thru usb 3.0 connection.  After the clone, I checked and see that all partitions are cloned successfully.
2. I swapped out my 128GB for Samsung NVMe SSD 960 EVO; I boot up using Macrium Reflect to clone my Samsung NVMe SSD  from my external usb 3.0 500 GB; after the clone, I disconnected all external devices and tried to boot up from Samsung NVMe ssd.  BUT IT FAILED.
I received the following error messages:
Rom image is not loaded
Rom image update denied.
Please let me know if someone had done this.
Thank you very much.

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I got an identical replacement Lenovo motherboard for my Lenovo M93p -Type 10A7 mini-tower Model # A01400 and now it works fine! ?I would like to upgrade the hard drive and to use a solid state device. Is it possible to fit and run a Samsung 970 EVO 250GB - NVMe PCIe M.2 2280 SSD (MZ-V7E250BW) or similarly fast SSD device in the M93p? Thank you,Philip 

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The compatibility list for SED NVMe support states that the DDPE tools will support SED (OPAL) hardware encryption for the PM961 but I don't see the SM961 listed and I thought the only major difference was TLC vs MLC.  On the 7480 it shouldn't make a difference at 2x, but the write speeds will be much better on the SM series.
Is it compatible?  The performance of the Toshiba XG4 is unacceptable.  The PM961 would get closer, but it'd be best to retrofit an SM961.  Thank you for any help offered.

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HiIs it possible to change my SSD to a Samsung 950PRO NVMe disk?Will BIOS find that SSD? If no, when will we have a new BIOS that could do that?www.samsung.com/.../overview.htmlBest RegardsUbbe1

A:Dell xps 13 9343 early 2015 NVMe M2 Samsung 950Pro drive

Samsung 950 Pro work and boot fine on XPS 9343 just make sure that you install Windows 10 in GPT partition for UEFI not MBR. The problem is XPS 9343 only supported PCI-E x2 not x4 max read speed is around 800Mb/s and write around 700Mb/s on ATTO.

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I setup the computer and did a Crystal Disk Mark Hard Drive Test
When I had the 8920 black front unit with octane memory the ssd 850 Pro did like 4000 on seq Q32Ti
This NVMe PC300 512 Gig SSD does only 1788 on seq Q32Ti
1/2 of what the other system did.
Also I activated the Overclocking and there is only 1 option picked it and I see no different with User Benchmark 
while the readings looks good I don't think the overclocking did anything
UserBenchmarks: Game 76%, Desk 109%, Work 78%CPU: Intel Core i7-7700K - 98.4%GPU: Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB - 71.5%SSD: Nvme PC300 SK hy 512GB - 152.2%HDD: Seagate Desktop HDD 6TB (2014) - 104.7%HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 3TB - 99.8%RAM: Micron 8ATF1G64AZ-2G3H1 2x8GB - 78.6%MBD: Dell XPS 8920
anyone get better results.
I even downloaded and installed the latest Intel rapid storage tech Program.

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I have already Toshiba NVMe 1TB NVMe M.2 (Model Number THNSN51T02DU7 NVMe Toshiba 1024 GB,Serial Number 76GS10MUT61V, Firmware 57DA4103),so do you think it will be beneficial for me in term of speed and accessing the data?

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If so can it boot off of it? I cant really get a straight answer yet

A:Can the dell inspiron 17 7778 support the samsung pro 960 m.2 pci nvme?

It's been bounced around a bit on the forum, but no -- this system uses the SATA version of M.2, not PCIe.
You can find the specs here:

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unable to detect Samsung NVMe 960 Evo M.2 SSD. on my Dell Inspiron 15 7560 
I upgrade the BIOS to latest available  1.1.6.
Any suggestions are most welcome :)

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We have 600+ Dell Latitude laptops, with 170 of them being E7470 laptops, which support NVMe drives.On a few E7470's & we added a Samsung 1TB 960 Pro M.2 NVME drives to them for testing. It is set to RAID on & legacy bios bootup in bios (not set to UEFI). I was able to load Windows 10 & everything is working as normal.However, in the Bios HDD password under security, & the option is not there so I can enable it.. The actual option in the bios --> Security --> "Internal HDD-1 Password" is missing. Since this & most SSD's have full disk encryption already enabled, putting this ATA password makes the drive encrypted compliant (the ata password gets stored in the non-volatile memory of the SSD & is encrypted).We have tried every option in the bios (setting admin/system password), changing to UEFI, AHCI, etc..I am running the latest version of the Dell bios. Running the latest firmware for the Samsung 960.When we put in another (non-NVMe drive) back into the E7470, the HD password option is there again. Dell is saying it is an issue with the Samsung 960 & that Dell supports ATA passwords on NVMe drives.Anyone else set HD passwordson this SSD; especially anyone with a Dell?Any ideas?Thx

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Will it work if the model originally has the sata3 ssd?

A:Will Samsung 950 pro nvme drive work as an upgrade...


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Just received my new XPS 8910. It only had a 1TB SATA drive out of the box, so I added a Samsung 960 EVO M.2 NVMe SSD to the M.2 SSD slot. Great performance benchmarks, working great as a second storage device.
What I would like to do is make the SSD my boot drive. I've read many older threads regarding this, but for the current version of the product, is it possible to make an SSD in the M.2 slot the boot drive. There was a BIOS workaround in a previous thread from late 2016 that indicated a fix was being worked on... is it available now?
Thanks for any assistance you can provide. 

A:XPS 8910 - Using a Samsung 960 EVO M.2 NVMe SSD as a boot drive

Yes, I installed a Samsung 960 EVO M.2 SSD a couple months ago in my XPS 8910 and made it the boot drive.
I installed the M.2 SSD and then just disconnected the SATA cord from the 1TB HDD. I then used USB recovery media drive to install Windows 10 and programs to the SSD. After everything was loaded onto the SSD and working fine, I reconnected the 1 TB SATA HDD, formatted and deleted the original partitions and made it the D: drive for general file storage.

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Before removing the HDD from my T470 I made a Clonezilla image.  I then installed the Samsung 960 and restored the image.  Unfortunately upon booting into Windows I was greeted with "Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart", so that did not work.  I have done many Clonezilla images and restores, but not between two completely different drive technologies.  So if anyone has been able to get this to work with either a T470 or similar laptop, what cloning software did you use, and did you do it with an image backup/restore, or direct clone with the HDD connected to the laptop with either a SATA to USB, or SATA to USB-c cable (If that's the case what cable worked OK)..

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I have inserted a Samsung 250GB 960 EVO NVMe M.2 Internal SSD in the M.2 slot of a XPS 8920 (XPS8920-7666BLK ) and then tried to install another win 10 or ubuntu 16.04 on it for dual boot. I was able to install the OS but could not boot with them. I tried many different BIOS/UEFI configurations but none of them allowed me to boot.
My question is whether it is possible to boot from a M.2 NVMe drive? If so, are there posted instructions?

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For my recently bought E5570 Latitude I bought an new/bigger/faster SSD.
It's the Samsung 950 PRO with the PCIe connection and NVMe support.
I have created an Windows 10 install USB to doe a fresh install but windows does not see/detect the drive.
-edit-I was able to install windows by loading the F6 drivers for Intel Rapid Storage.
But not the less funny part, I only hit about 1000Mb/s reading while it should be around 2500Mb/s.Now samsung has a special NVME driver but that states no NVME drive is installed.Also samsung magician does not detect the drive correctly. The name is all weird and it has 0Gb storage.
Did anyone already come accross this issue?And if so how did you solve it

A:Windows 10 does not see/detect Samsung 950 PRO M2. PCIE/NVMe drive

Here is the guideline from Dell: 

Im also interested in E5570, some questions:
1. Quite many user reviews complain about high-frequency noise coming from mobo or PSU unit. Can you confirm?
2. Would you know if any available Dell SSD option is actually NVMe?
Also, the trouble is, you have to buy M.2 SSD from Dell in order to get 6cell battery.

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I have an E7470 & I added a Samsung 1TB 960 Pro M.2 NVME drive to it. It is set to RAID on & legacy bios bootup in bios (not set to UEFI). I was able to load Windows 10 & everything is working as normal.However, I went to set the Bios HDD password under security, & the option is not there so I can enable it for FDE encryption. The actual option in the bios --> Security --> "Internal HDD-1 Password" is missing. I have tried every option in the bios (setting admin/system password), changing to UEFI, AHCI, etc.. I am running the latest version of the bios. Running the latest firmware for the Samsung 960.We have 170+ E7470 units. I have tested this out with 4 other units, with different bios versions. Same issue. I have also tested 4 other Samsung 960 Pro drives. Same issue. Missing option in the bios.Any ideas?Thx.

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My ThinkPad P51 with Lenovo supplied nvme system SSD (Samsung PM961 MZNLN512HMJP-000L7) is crashing lately during heavy I/O.  I don't know if it's a hardware problem or possibly a firmware bug. I'm looking for advice on how to troubleshoot. The system is under warranty.  I want to avoid spinning my wheels with service. I'm current with Windows 10 Pro and Lenovo updates.  I've got the latest BIOS. There doesn't seem to be any firmware updates available for that drive as it is supposed to be supplied by the OEM.  Samsung magician doesn't support that drive because it is the OEM edition. When the problem occurs the drive goes offline.  This causes Windows 10 to crash (blue screen) and reboot.   No windows system log entries are written since the drive went off line.  No dump is available. I first noticed the problem when trying to do a full backup. The built in diagnostics see no problem.  They do a quick scan that isn't enough I/O to trigger the problem.  A chkdsk to scan for bad sectors will cause the system to crash. If I boot into a Linux rescue environment, I can see the same problem occur just trying to do a sequential read.  Usually after reading about 60-100 GB the drive goes offline.  There are messages in dmesg about reseting the nvme controller and capacity going from 512 GB to 0. I wouldn't mind getting the drive replaced by the warranty, but I don't want to waste a lot of time ... Read more

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Hello everyoneI am seriously debating between two NVME drivesOn my HP 240Z system.1: SAMSUNG '' 960-EVO 250GB ''2: SAMSUNG '' 950-PRO 256GB ''In mey contry israel the price are Pretty similar:The '' 960-EVO 250GB '' is   298 $And the '' 950-PRO 256GB ''232 $ well is not similar exactlyIn terms of performance i Believe the are the same the '' 960-EVO'' win in a bitBut i'm thinking on the Futureproof you know,Let's say if you play in five years from now how the two drives will performBecause the '950-PRO' is 1 bit for sell '' SLC '' and 5 Year or 200TBW!And the '' 960-EVO '' is 2 bit for sell '' TLC '' and 3 Years or 100 TBW?I would be happy for any suggestionMany thanks

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Just what the title says - if I select the cheapest option of storage, will I be able to upgrade to a SSD with pcie level performance? Or is the slot/hardware different with the cheaper storage option?

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Hi all,Can I add  Samsung SSD 960 EVO 250GB M.2 MZ-V6E250BW to Aspire VN7-571G 59pm?Does it support NVMe and can I expect performance close  to :Sequential Read SpeedUp to 3,200 MB/sec**Sequential Write SpeedUp to 1,500 MB/sec**Thanks in advance!

A:SSD 960 EVO NVMe M.2 250GB on Aspire VN7-571G 59pm

Hi,No, it doesn't support NVMe, you can install M.2 SATA SSD(6Gb/s).

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Does the Dell xps 8900 fully support a Nvme ssd m.2 drive?

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So, initially this Dell came setup with a factory OS on the PCIE based NVME drive.
Recently we re-installed the OS, but the OS setup was not seeing the NVME drive, yet, Bios was reporting it. So we setup the OS on an EVO SSD. We then cloned it over to the NVME after realizing Windows was detecting its presence. Everything worked well, we removed the Samsung Evo and the PC had used the NVME based cloned OS for a few days, but now it decided to lose track of the NVME and only boots into start up repair. Nothing you do does anything; last known good config, restore(none created), chkdsk(doesn't find issues), SFC /Scannow doesn't run(Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation). I then noticed that startup repair fails with a Log file "D:\WINDOWS\System32\Logfiles\Srt\SrtTrail.txt.
Clearly the OS now thinks the secondary 2TB drive is now C. I can't help but wonder if this was the reason I couldn't natively install the OS onto the NVME in the first place. There must be some startup delay on the NVME where the order gets shuffled around. Yet, the NVME is still the first boot device in Bios. so nothing has changed there. Ran diags and both drives pass. I unplugged the secondary SATA-based 2TB drive and that at least causes the startup repair failure to end with "Log file C:\WINDOWS\System32\Logfiles\Srt\SrtTrail.txt"
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A:Dell Precision 5810 no longer recognizing Dell NVME PCIE card drive

If the drive was in RAID then that's probably why it doesn't like it. Probably since the PC does not see it as a logical hard drive but as a RAID drvie.

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Yesterday I installed a Samsung 950 pro 256gb m2 pcie nvme ssd into a Dell E7270
Older configuration was with a sandisk regular sata 3 ssd. After replacement did a bios reset twice, once factory reset, once custom. (I left sata on ahci.)
I chose to install windows 10 pro x64 by using the uefi/gpt methode. Legacy options off.
Installation went without a problem. Afterwards I installed the Samsung nvme driver
Also the Samsung magician software. It reports a link speed 8Gbps (is ok), link width 16 Gbps (should be 32?) .
Is there a way to change the pcie link width from 2x to 4x? I thought this ultrabook did support x4.
E7270 i5 6300U, 16gb ddr4, Samsung 950 pro 256
comment would be appreciated :-)  Thanks in advance!

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up until windows preview build 14986, the pcie driver "Mobile 6th Generation Intel(R) Processor Family I/O PCI Express Root Port #5 - 9D14" (v10.1.1.27) correctly detects the "Standard NVM Express Controller" storage controller and the Toshiba THNSN5512GPU7 NVMe disk attached to it. starting with windows preview build 15002 (and 15007), the included pcie driver has troubles detecting the storage controller - during bootup, it is detected 4 times, with each time on a different device id. subsequently, the drive is also added 4 times, resulting in boot controller errors & timeouts and failed sleep mode/shutdowns. the included chipset driver in these latest builds seem to have been bumped to v10.1.1.33. the problem can easily be replicated by using unmodified recovery boot usb sticks made from the official isos, and then checking in a recovery console. it is thus not related to anything installed in my system.

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Hi, in technical specs I don't see if the SSD is a SATA or an NVMe type. I understand there are PCIe ports, but didn't get if the SSD is connected to PCIe or not and if it is an NVMe or just SATA protocol. Thanks !!!

A:XPS8920 - NVMe SSD is in ? If not, is an NVMe disk compatible with this system?

Dell's sales site offers both 256 GB and 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSDs for the XPS 8920. So that should answer your question:

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Read conflicting reports that the Dell XPS 13 supports NVME drives. Considering its a SATA M.2 connection I find that hard to believe. So was wondering which SSD 512GB or greater drives are compatible with the XPS 9343 - 13 laptop ?


A:Does 9343 Dell 2015 XPS 13 i5-5200U support NVME drive?

If you want to know what it supports, go to the Dell download site and look at the specifications manual.  In the Storage area it will say SATA or SATA, PCIe  and note whether there is an M.2 option.
If it has the PCIe option it probably has the SATA option and a PCIe drive seems to be set up a SATA by Dell from the factory, depending on the system.
How old is your system?

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In this discussion, Amy from Lenovo recommends that we purchase Lenovo SSDs if we want thermal management: https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkPad-P-and-W-Series-Mobile/Can-I-add-a-Samsung-950-Pro-NVMe-SSD-to-... The link no longer directs us to a particular model. So I perform a search on the Lenovo site and see (among others) this model: ThinkPad 256GB SAMSUNG PCIe NVME TLC OPAL M.2 SSD http://www3.lenovo.com/us/en/accessories-and-monitors/memory-and-storage/storage/HDD-BO-ThinkPad-M-2... What is this? A Samsung SSD rebranded as a Lenovo SSD? Would I gain in compatibility with such a drive or not, and specifically regarding thermal management? Also, is there a misprint below concerning the read speed? "ThinkPad 256GB SAMSUNG PCIe NVME TLC OPAL M.2 SSD supporting PCIe 3.0 interface standard up to 4 lanes shows much faster performance than previous SATA SSDs. It's sequential performance is up to 300MB/s for read operation and 1700MB/s for write operation by 4 lanes. Test-Prove 100% Compatible with ThinkPad machines. " That has to be 3000MB/S, right? 

A:Thinkpad-Samsung or Lenovo-Samsung NVMe SSD? What is this?

My impression is that even Lenovo themselves does not have a clue.

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Hey guys,

I'm at my wits end here and hopefully someone can help me out.

I recently bought a Dell xps 8900, a Samsung 950 pro and Able Conn PCIe 3.0x4 for M.2 to install in a PCIe slot on my tower.

For the past two weeks I've been trying to either a clean install of Windows 7 from a thumb drive and by cloning using Acronis and have failed many times over.

I keep getting error messages but the drive is showing up in the bios and in system management so I'l not sure what the deal is.

I called Samsung tech support and the said their migration soft ware won't work because the sad is not install in the M.2 slot on the board and thats why i used Acronis.

When the system reboots, a line of code comes down cash but before it reboots to my other drive a see a few lines that read "ERROR" but that's about all I can read.

Hopefully someone on here can shed some light on what I'm missing.

Thanks in advance!

A:Help with Samsung NVMe 950 pro.

Well, the Ableconn M.2 adapters don't indicate support for Win7:

Windows 10/8, Windows Server 2012 R2, Linux series, Fedora, SUSE, Ubuntu, Red Hat native drivers support both PCIe-NVMe and PCIe-AHCI

Unless you can provide the actual content of the errors you're seeing it will be difficult if not impossible to help.

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Hello. I would like to know if the model  Dell Inspiron 13 7370 13.3" Laptop Computer - Silver; Intel Core i5-8250U Processor 1.6GHz; Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit; 8GB DDR4-2400 RAM; 256GB Solid State Drive accepts an NVMe slot or just M.2 standard. I know that there is a model with a 512gb NVMe drive, but I am not sure if the entry model does accept it.Thank you 

A:Does Dell Inspiron 13 7370 entry model accepts NVMe drive?

They'll all take either NVMe or SATA M.2 drives.

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Hello all, I have been trying to replace my NVMe 256Gb with an Adata SSD 1TB i bought. I did get the proper SATA wire to fit in.After trying multiple times to clone and image/restore from my NVMe ssd to the SATA ssd, here i am. Every time, it ends up with a blue screen saying "Inacessible Boot Device".At first i created the clone using a USB to Sata adapter multiple times.Then tried to create an Image to  another external SSD to then install my Sata SSD and boot using Macrium reflect's rescue usb key and restore the image into the normally plugged in Sata SSD.Each time i got to my beautiful blue screen "Inacessible Boot Device". For each attempt i did try an Auto-repair from Windows (Windows 10 is the OS) as well as Macrium Reflect's Boot repair tools but none is working. I am wondering if there is something i simply don't know or if there's an incompatibility with my new SATA SSD?When going in BIOS and looking for boot priorities, i do see my new SSD so i guess it is properly plugged in and the issue resides somewhere else. Is there a configuration i must change since it's going from NVMe to SATA ssd?

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I recently installed a Samsung 960 Pro M.2 NVMe on the motherboard and migrated the OS from the existing HHD.  I disconnected the HHD and the computer booted up and was operating normally with the M.2.  However, when I went to install the Samsung M.2 NVMe controller and the Samsung Magician software, both programs indicated that the Samsung M.2 was not connected.  I called Samsung and the technician informed me that the only time the system won't recognize the M.2 is if the BIOS is set to RAID.  He informed me that the computer would probably not boot up if I reset the BIOS to AHCI and I would have to perform a clean install of the OS.  Both circumstances were true.  Dell ships their computers with the BIOS set to RAID if it has a conventional hard drive! 

A:Adding Samsung M.2 NVMe SSD

There are ways to switch from RAID to AHCI without reinstalling -- that said DO NOT try without a complete backup of the system (or that fallback image -- you can always revert to RAID if it fails to work).

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I have a samsung 950 pro I am trying to install into my brand new Inspiron 15 7000 (7559) laptop. There was a 128gb M2 in the slot, but it is too small for my programs. I thought the greater speed of the 950 would be nice along with more storage.
The computer does not recognize the drive at all and I have searched and read until my eyes bleed and can't find any reason it should not (or should) work on this machine.
This is the Skylake  version, the specs from Speccy say the PCIe lanes is x16. Here is a screenshot of my mobo.
Has anyone had success with this in the Inspiron? I have updated the Bios to 1.0.3. What am I missing? No matter what I read and try this drive is not showing in bios, computer management, nowhere. Is the drive defective??

A:Samsung 950 Pro M2 NVMe not found

I tried the same with similar results using a Samsung 951 NVMe PCIe 3.0, expecting the Skylake Chipset that support it (checked Intel HM170 before buying) to work..
In fact I found out later is that only SATA III is supported on this machine, so no PCIe NVMe! Unbelievable as chipset should be able to and PCIe is way forward, hope it can be fixed with bios update still somehow. Can't keep my hopes up so I am selling my 951 PCIe!  

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Hello, I want to buy a SSD SAMSUNG 970 EVO PLUS, 500GB, MZ-V7S500BW, PCIE GEN 3.0, NVME 1.3 to put in Thinkpad P52 20M9. SSD Product code is: 'MZ-V7S500BW' on the website I want to buy from. I saw also that on other websites the ssd has code 'MZ-V7S500', without the 'BW' at the end. Don't know what those characters mean.. Could you please tell me if model  'MZ-V7S500BW' is compatible with Thinkpad P52 20M9? I heard that not all codes are compatible and also the person from the website that sells the ssd said the same.. Lenovo live chat did not help, so I thought to test my luck in here  Thanks a lot!

A:Samsung SSD NVME compatibility with P52

First, I would expect it to work, but the safest thing is to buy Lenovo-branded parts because those are the ones tested and certified for use.  When buying non-Lenovo parts, always confirm return policy of sellers.  When I have had problems with non-Lenovo drives, they have mostly been related to ATA passwords (set via BIOS), so I always test those features.

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I have read about 100 different explanations of this process all fraught with scary changes to BIOS and difficulties installing windows from scratch on the card from a sd card. I have a Dell xps 8910 with built in m.2 slot in mb. Currently using slow hdd.

I wanted to ask if this procedure would work.. Please correct my errors

1 Boot into safe mode from MSCONFIG. Hit f2 and go into bios and change from RAID to AHCI. Continue to boot into safe mode. run MSCONFIG again and set to normal boot. Now reboot computer. It should now be AHCI ready for ssd.

2 Shut off everything and unplug all peripherals then install the M.2 card in the empty M.2 slot. (BTW, is there already a screw in the hole on the MB so I can screw down the card after installation) Will I have to open the interior metal "cage" to access the m.2 slot)?

3 Boot back into Windows using the HDD as the boot disk. Will the SSD be recognized as present and empty? I hope.

4. Use the free Intel data migration tool to clone the ssd from the HDD. Shut down.

5 Open up the computer again and unplug the HDD leaving it in place but unplugged from power and sata.

6 Boot up computer. The SSD should be recognized as the boot disk right? or do I have to do something in Bios?

7 Assuming steps 1-6 work shut down and plug the HDD back in.

8 Boot into windows 10 again the ssd should now be the boot disk.

9. Format the HDD so I can use it to store old data.

10. Install faster Samsung driver for SSD.

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A:Installing NVME M.2 Samsung 1tb ssd

Before I start, is this a Samsung M2 or a Intel M2 ? I looked at step 10 and said ? Since I've never used the Intel tool, but I do know its from Acronis, Intel may lock out any other none Intel M2 drives. And this could be a problem that you want to avoid. If its an Intel M2 no problem.

In step 6 - You probably will need to change the boot sequence so that the M2 drive is first in line otherwise the system will want to boot from your HDD which is not installed. NOTE: This needs to be done before you replace your HDD.

Then you should be happy.

PS: I have not seen a USB to M2 external connection. If you where installing a standard SATA attached SSD, they do make them for that configuration.

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Hello guys,I need some help.. I'm planning to buy Samsung SSD Pro 960 M.2 NVMe. Is it usable on my HP Z820 /the BIOS is J63 v03.91/  ?I know that there is no M.2 slot on the motherboard, so I would need to use some adapter like Asus Hyper M.2 x4 Mini.I've read here that some people succeeded with adding Samsung Pro 950 via Asus  Hyper M.2 x4 Mini on HP Z620.I won't use the SSD as OS boot drive. Just I have heavy projects and need much faster loading.Thank you in advance, folks!

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Hello guys,I need some help.. I'm planning to buy Samsung SSD Pro 960 M.2 NVMe. Is it usable on my HP Z820 /the BIOS is J63 v03.91/  ?I know that there is no M.2 slot on the motherboard, so I would need to use some adapter like Asus Hyper M.2 x4 Mini.I've read here that some people succeeded with adding Samsung Pro 950 via Asus  Hyper M.2 x4 Mini on HP Z620.I won't use the SSD as OS boot drive. Just I have heavy projects and need much faster loading.Thank you in advance, folks!

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Hi, I am planning to upgrade my Lenovo V330-14IKB. What is the maximum RAM capacity could I add for it? What would be the best option for me?

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Can I use the mentioned SSD on X1 carbon Gen 6 notebook? It comes with 256 and would like to upgrade to 500gb  

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I own a Lavie Z 360, model 20FF0022US with a 5th gen i7. I came with a 250GB, but I would like to upgrade to a Samsung 960 EVO Series - 1TB PCIe NVMe - M.2 Internal SSD (MZ-V6E1T0BW). Will this laptop work, or am I limied to m.2 non-NVMe drives? Thanls,Dave 

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Can I replace the existing SSD in my  Thnkpad X1 Yoga 1st Gen (Model 20FRS2KG00) with this new Samsung Drive ? SAMSUNG 970 PRO M.2 2280 512GB PCIe Gen3. X4, NVMe 1.3 64L V-NAND MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-V7P512BW Thanks! 

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Can an HP Z620 version V1 boot its OS from  Samsung  SSD NVMe M.2 SSD Evo 960 on a PCIe 3.0 x4 slot ?with wich BIOS revision?thanks.Fabrice

A:Can an HP Z620 V1 boot its OS from Samsung SSD NVMe M.2 S...

I'm trying exactly what you're describing with no luck so far.  Windows installation sees the drive and installs without error.  However, when I reboot the machine will not see the drive to boot from.  This thread seems to indicate it should be possible, but three of the last four entries describe the same situation Im in where the machine simply won't boot.  

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Hi Tech Geeks,  I just purchased Thinkpad workstation P50. Here is my Custom configuration from Lenovo website:Processor: Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5 Processor (8MB Cache, up to 3.70GHz)Operating System: Windows 10 Home 64Memory: 64GB(16x4) DDR4 2133MHz SoDIMMGraphic Card: NVIDIA Quadro M2000M 4GBM.2 slot Storage 0: 256GB SSD SATA3 OPAL2.0 M.2 slot Storage 1: Nothing2.5 Inch Sata Drive slot: Nothing<I will upgrade all the storage with faster and larger capacity ssd's>  I read somewhere that to be able ro configure my P50 in raid-0 , I should order it in lenovo for the RAIDCARD to be added on motherboard if not RAID-0 is not possible for my laptop. Is this information legit? ( I really hope this is not true)I ordered my P50 not in RAID 0 to save money, since I am planning to upgrade it with the upcoming Samsung 960 PRO. My Question 2nd Question is, If RAID-0 is possible Can I configure the 2xM.2 slots in RAID-0 using 2x1TB Samsung 960 PRO PCIE SSD? Is there will be compatibility issue with the connecting ports/motherboard? I read somewhere that P50 does not support Samsung NVME SSD and recommended to use their own NVME. I saw some users that install Samsung P50 in their machines, but other users says that it is not recommended since it will cause harm with the samsung SSD since it is not supported by the motherboard? I just configured and ordered my P50 in lenovo US website  last friday (Nov 25) and will be ship on D... Read more

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While I found many posts for other products for this brand I can't seem to find any reliable information regarding nvme ssd support for V5-591G.  Currently I'm using a Samsung 850 PRO 512GB with my operating systems and my data on it and I've been using 500GB external USB 3.0 HDDs for persistent storage. Since my USB 3.0 data transfer rates are extremely low - as it seems of a windows driver issue - I'm looking for alternatives. Lately I've been thinking of getting an NVME drive and have both my win 10 and fedora installed on it while leaving my storage for my 2.5" ssd and the external drives only as backups, copied onto them regularly.So, can I safely buy a 950 PRO nvme SSD from samsung and boot from it in UEFI mode without major issues? I found a similar question but that was for VN7 and a bit older (1.5Gbps capped). Thanks for your helps!Cheers and happy weeked for you!

A:V5-591G nvme support (Samsung 950 pro)

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2899351/everything-you-need-to-know-about-nvme.htmlHere's a thread on nvme support on VN7-592G-71ZL in Nov. http://community.acer.com/t5/V-and-VN-Series-Laptops/Why-is-the-M2-PCIE-slot-speed-capped-to-1-5GBs-...No new bios for  V5-591G since Oct.

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