Drivers needed for a Samsung mSATA 512GB SSD (PM841 ??)

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    UEFI, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unifie...ware_Interface and https://www.google.ca/?gws_rd=ssl#q=...bios&*&spf=110

    I think the general consensus is if your device has UEFI then install in UEFI Mode.
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    alphanumeric said:
    UEFI, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unifie...ware_Interface and https://www.google.ca/?gws_rd=ssl#q=...bios&*&spf=110

    I think the general consensus is if your device has UEFI then install in UEFI Mode.
    Thanks. Although those links are a bit too specialist/detailed for me!
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    I just got some feedback from Intel. They are claiming that the Intel HM76 Express Chipset (which I think is what is on my laptop) only supports up to Windows 8.1!

    This is despite the fact that my laptop has be rock solid reliable running Windows 10 for the last 9 months

    J


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    I have ordered an mSATA to USB caddy, in order to test my 512GB SSD, but it will a couple of days to arrive.

    It occurs to me that whilst I have Windows installed on the 128GB SSD, maybe I should update any possible drivers/firmware/BIOS etc. I have a feeling that the original SSD had various Samsung utilities to help do this. Unfortunately Samsung offer no downloads AT ALL for my model NP740U3E-S04UK.
    13.3 Series 7 Ultra Notebook 128GB SSD NP740U3E | Samsung UK
    It will take me a VERY long time to forgive Samsung for that.

    Any thoughts?

    J
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  5. Posts : 14,576
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    There may be drivers there, but I couldn't figure out how to find them? I would expect Windows 10 drivers to be available for a device that shipped with Windows 10 from the factory. It's been my experience though that a lot of OEM's aren't in any big hurry to put drivers up for the next version of Windows if that device never shipped with it from the factory. They'd rather you bought a newer model.
    Most of my PC's are ASUS and drivers are easy to find on their site. They are outdated for my devices but they are there and not hard to find. I haven't seen a site as hard to navigate as that Samsung site in a while.
    Updating the BIOS is a tricky subject. It's not like a driver update, get it wrong and you run a very good chance of bricking your device. Most will tell you don't do it unless it fixes and issue your having. If you decide to do it, print out the instructions before hand. I also wouldn't do it from Windows (winflash). Do it from the actual BIOS menu, less chance of something going wrong. Check your current version first, you may already be running the latest version.
    The other drive was running just fine with the current BIOS, so flashing it likely isn't going to fix that issue. IMHO
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    I managed to install Samsung Update on the 128GB SSD. The guy from Samsung told me that it updates the BIOS if needed. The overall impression is that Samsung really don't like supporting products - they would much prefer that we go and buy their next shiny bit of hardware. In effect the much hated Apple model.

    Worse apparently the SSD that I have is an "OEM model" and therefore there is no telephone or webchat support - just email. And as a result it sounds like it won't have any "5 or 10 year" warranty either.

    I updated various things on using Samsung Update and on a whim tried to install Windows 10 on the 512GB SSD. Unsurprisingly the SSD was till not properly recognised. And the chances are 99% that it has failed, although I shall await my mSATA to USB caddy which should arrive tomorrow, to confirm this.

    OK I think I'm pretty well done here.

    I guess I'm just going to have to bite the bullet and buy a new 512GB SSD. Any recommendations? Is there much to choose between them? I don't think I'm going to buy Samsung again!

    J
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    Mine are all Crucial. I had one failure outside of the warranty period. Similar to what happened to yours. Windows went all funky and locked up. Then it wouldn't boot up. Tried to do a clean install and it showed up as RAW or something. I couldn't partition or format it.
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    OK I have now bought and received my 500GB Samsung SSD 850 EVO. I have installed it in my laptop and the good news is that Windows 10 Recovery did recognise it. :) I am running the Windows 10 update as I write this.One question - the SSD arrived in NTFS format. Is there any merit in converting it to GPT? And if I do need to format my new SSD to GPT what is the best way to do it?

    Should I take it out of my laptop and stick it into a USB to mSATA caddy and do it there or can it be done in situ in the laptop? And either way, how?
    On a different note the Microsoft Support guy told me that there is a major "upgrade not update" to Windows 10 itself called 1703 (rather than 1607), which is supposed to make a big improvement to speed. He said the roll-out had already started in the US but here in the UK it would be another couple of days yet. The support guy rather implied that I should go ahead with my installation and run all the updates in any case.
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    During setup select custom install. Then juts delete all partitions and install into the unallocated space. Windows 10 should set it up in GPT automatically if your doing a UEFI install.

    I've upgraded 2 PC to 1703 as I type this. Windows 10 Creators Update available through the Update Assistant
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    alphanumeric said:
    During setup select custom install. Then juts delete all partitions and install into the unallocated space. Windows 10 should set it up in GPT automatically if your doing a UEFI install.
    Oh dear. Although I did select "Custom Install" during setup, I see that in the BIOS that I had an OS mode of "CSM and UEFI OS" selected in my BIOS. Either way if I right click on the C: drive it says the my file system is NTFS, not GPT.

    Do you think it would be worth my re-installing Windows (at this point it wouldn't take THAT long) in order to get the file system into GPT?
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