Is it possible?

  1.    3 Weeks Ago #1

    Is it possible?


    I decided that I would quite like an NVME SSD even though my PC is quite old. i7 Sandy Bridge, 24Gb RAM.
    So I have installed a PCIE NVME card with an XPG sx8200 ssd. I think that it is not possible to boot directly to this from BIOS so I thought "No problem, I'll leave the EFI partition on the SATA SSD and do a clean install on the NVME". So I did that.......it came up as dual boot as expected but when choosing the Win on the NVME I got an error "Windows installed incorrectly, trying to repair". (or words to that effect). And it will not repair.
    Anyway I've gone back to the way it was but I'd still really like to put Windows(10 Pro) on the NVME. Is it possible?
    Thanks.
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  2.    3 Weeks Ago #2

    More for interest and confirming you won't be able to do this directly with an older PC, being predicated on having a BIOS that supports NVME, quite a good article:
    How to boot Windows 10 from NVMe based PCIe storage, featuring Samsung 950 PRO M.2 SSD in a Supermicro SYS-5028D-TN4T | TinkerTry IT @ Home
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  3. Cliff S's Avatar
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       3 Weeks Ago #3

    Does your BIOS have an IRST(RAID) option?
    Set SATA to RAID and see if you can see the M.2 in the BIOS.
    Inside of Windows you can use IRST there to use an NVME drive.
    It is a little slower than using an NVME driver(Windows also has a default version of this too), But if RAID is set in BIOS, you'll need to use IRST driver in Windows, I tested this once.

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       3 Weeks Ago #4

    Oh!
    And two more things to do before trying out RAID drivers:
    1. Make a system image of Windows.
    2. Make a backup of your BIOS profile if possible.
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  5.    3 Weeks Ago #5

    I am shying away from trying anything in BIOS as I did that the other day and had a brick for 24hrs! Thanks for your suggestions though.
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       3 Weeks Ago #6

    Ok you're welcome.
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  7.    3 Weeks Ago #7

    I think I might have found the problem...or a problem anyway. I decided to run some benchmarks on the NVME which whilst way faster than my other drives was not quite what I was expecting. Given that I only have PCIE v2 I expected about 1500MBs read and write. I think PCIE2 max is 2000MBs so allowing for overheads. So I have had a look with ADATAs util and HWInfo and it seems the temperature sensor is not working/faulty. Adata give the temp at 65253C which would be quite impressive if true. LOL. HWInfo detects it as -273C which would also be impressive! I think this is causing it to throttle. I'll get it replaced and start again.....
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       3 Weeks Ago #8

    DreadLord said: View Post
    HWInfo detects it as -273C which would also be impressive! I think this is causing it to throttle.


    Yeah, that's right at absolute zero. . . .

    That's even colder than it gets here in Montana, so it sure could cause some kind of throttling process. . . .

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       2 Weeks Ago #9

    If your adapter came with a DVD with drivers, you can try starting the Windows 10 setup (clean installation, boot from the Windows medium). When you reach the screen to select the partition, put the DVD on the drive and browse for the drivers. Now Windows Setup should be able to see the SSD and allow you to perform an installation there. Remove any partitions on the SSD and proceed.
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