Windows 10: M.2 SSD not being able to boot from it, windows doesn't recognise. Solved

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  1.    18 Jul 2017 #1

    M.2 SSD not being able to boot from it, windows doesn't recognise.

    Good morning all

    Think this is my first post here, I recently upgraded my pc and I am having trouble installing windows 10 home on an Evo 500gig ssd m.2, the motherboard etc supports the m.2 but when I go into boot drive etc and choose to boot from disk, windows lists my m.2 as a drive, but gives the error "this is not a bootable drive" so my question is how to fix this or bypass the error.

    Ps: I have tried the following: On my motherboard clicked the setting to support wodows os, which according to the manual is for win 8 and up.
    I did a clean build and install on all parts, all parts are listed and according to motherboard test works.
    I tried it with the m.2 gene that the motherboard features, no luck.
    After the normal ssd was placed in and the m.2 removed, it installed perfectly, pc running as it should, just slower then I'd like as I can't use my drive I want.
    Oh, and I am not sure how to edit my system specs, so the ones listed in my profile is old, heres the new ones:

    Intel core i9 7900x, msi gaming pro carbon x299 motherboard, 32gig 2400mhz crucial ram 8x4gigs, corsair 250gig ssd, but this is where I'd like the samsung evo 960 m.2 to be, and if relevant, it's a 970msi gfx, will be replaced.

    Thank you, please excuse any stupid mistakes my made hehe
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  2. essenbe's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Pro Insider
       18 Jul 2017 #2

    First, welcome to the Forums. As far as system specs:

    Please fill out your System Specs
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    If you will go to your last post and click the 'System Specs' in the bottom left of the post, you will find a link to update your system specs. Please fill those out in as much detail as possible, making sure to click save at the bottom of the page. If you would like to know what we would like, you can click 'My System Specs' at the bottom left of this post to see mine. If you do not know what your components are, this will help you accomplish this task. System Specs - Fill in at Ten Forums

    You will need to install the Samsung M.2 driver first. Also, in your BIOS you have settings which will make the M.2 bootable. I'm not sure about the MSI bios. Maybe @Dude will be able to help there. It should be in the manual though.
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  3. essenbe's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Pro Insider
       18 Jul 2017 #3

    You can download the NVMe driver here 960 EVO | Consumer SSD | Samsung V-NAND SSD
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  4.    18 Jul 2017 #4

    You could try this:
    1.Install Macrium Reflect free(using normal SSD and without the NVMe SSD), create a full image backup in an external HDD, create a recovery disk(Rescue media)
    2. Remove the normal SSD, install NVMe SSD, boot with the recovery disk created earlier, recover the image from the backup(external HDD)
    Creating rescue media - KnowledgeBase v7 - Macrium Reflect Knowledgebase - KnowledgeBase v7 - Macrium Reflect Knowledgebase
    v5: How to create a disk image (Backup, Image, v5)

    v5: How to restore a backup image (Restore, v5)
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  5. essenbe's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Pro Insider
       18 Jul 2017 #5

    He still needs to make the drive bootable. I'm sure that is a BIOS setting. It was in mine.
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  6.    18 Jul 2017 #6

    Hi essenbe, I actually remember you from an old forum called sevenforums lol, my username was Alsisgevat years ago. But thanx I did update my system specs, and I did go through the manual, however it mearly states that I might need to do a bios flash update, which I never tried as it might go horribly wrong. But thought someone here might know of a quick fix or something I am missing. Thank you for your advice. In the link you provided it speaks of System Configuration WindowsOperating System shall successfully load the driver only when Samsung NVMe SSD 960 PRO, 960 EVO or 950 PRO is installed to PCIe slot directly connected to CPU or M.2 or PCIe slot connected to PCH. However, in the PCH case, Windows Operating System cannot load the driver under following BIOS configurations

    PCH Storage Configuration is set to Raid Mod, or NAND/Storage Remapping option
    is enabled

    And I do remember I had an option on my MSI board that said m.2 gene raid/achi mode. But yeah, not so sure what to do.

    Thanx Brummyfan I will use that assoon as I can install to the drive, will make it allot easier if I don't have to download all the win 10 updates again, I appreciate the answer.
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  7. essenbe's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Pro Insider
       18 Jul 2017 #7

    Yes, I recall you very well from Sevenforums. I'm still there too. I'm not familiar with MSI Boards and not with the X299 chipset so am not sure how much help I can be. But, I would set the M.2 to AHCI mode and see what NVMe options you have in your BIOS. There should be one or 2 there for the M.2. The X299 boards should be very capable of booting from an M.2. Make sure the slot the M.2 is in is set to at least X4 mode.

    I see you are still water cooling. I expect to see pictures of your rig in the Show Off Your PC thread too.
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  8.    18 Jul 2017 #8

    Thank you, no every comment or advise helps, only a fool rejects help, regardless of the weight it carries :). And yeah, still running the watercooling, however these days I see the closed loops you buy as a unit is allot cheaper then custom loops. But thanx, hope someone here has a MSI board that can give me the name of the setting I am missing, I agree it is probably in the bios, as the drive is picked up etc, just cant install to it.
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  9. slicendice's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 v1803 Build 17134.228 (Branch: RS4 Release Preview)
       18 Jul 2017 #9

    Use the MSI Windows 7 Smart Tool to create a bootable setup media that contains ALL drivers needed. Also make sure you haven't enabled RAID for your single M.2 drive. If I am not mistaken, you need the Intel RST drivers either way in order to make the M.2 drive Windows bootable.

    And READ THE MANUAL from start to finish. There is a lot of useful information in there.
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  10.    18 Jul 2017 #10

    Thanx, I did read the manual, however I will try the MSI Windows 7 Smart Tool and make sure all drives are up to date before starting the process.
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