Win 10 Pro install on NVME PCIE drive: My nightmare

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  1. 3080FE's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro install on NVME PCIE drive: My nightmare


    My respects masters,

    I would need your support to exit from an installation nightmare. The original idea is quite simple, install win 10 Pro on a fresh SFF build with only 1 NVME PCIE Drive in it.

    Mobo: Asus Rog Strix Z-490-I with latest BIOS version installed
    Drive: Samsung 980 Pro NVME PCIE installed in M.2_2 slot
    USB Win10 bootable flash drive created with Microsoft tool

    My issue: Windows installer is NEVER able to see the NVME drive to create the necessary partitions. I can see my flash drive but it disappears after a refresh.

    The drive is always seen as a storage device in the bios.
    As a NVME drive if I disable SATA controller or if if enable it and set it to ACHI
    As a RAID unit if I enable SATA controller and set it to Intel RST

    The drive is seen in the boot menu only if I disable CSM.
    if the USB Win 10 flash drive is plugger it appears also in the boot as both UEFI and normal drive

    Any suggestion is welcome,

    Many thanks in advance,

    Pierre
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  2. ThrashZone's Avatar
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       #2

    Hi,
    Seems the flash drive was not formatted properly for uefi only boot
    I'd try rufus
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  3. 3080FE's Avatar
    Posts : 17
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #3

    ThrashZone said:
    Hi,
    Seems the flash drive was not formatted properly for uefi only boot
    I'd try rufus
    Thanks Sir,

    Do you mean that the fact that my usb flash drive appears both in UEFI and normal in my boot section is an issue ? (priority is given to UEFI)
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  4. Posts : 99
    W10
       #4

    I am recommending Rufus too. It is much better than Microsoft's tool.

    Enable the SATA controller and put it to Ahci mode
    This should not matter for the NVMe drive as it doesn't use SATA, however you would create very different configurations with them.

    The raid mode should only be used if you are setting up a raid configuration (multiple hard disks working together) or using Intel Optane, which this ssd won't support so that's a no.

    Leaving it in RAID mode Will cause problems for you as you won't be able to install proper storage controller drivers or nvme driver
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  5. 3080FE's Avatar
    Posts : 17
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Many thanks guys. I will try to create a new USB drive with rufus tool selecting UEFI only.

    Can you give me your recommendation in terms of bios settings:

    [Advanced Menu]
    PCH Storage Configuration>SATA Controller(s) Disabled/Enable ?

    PCH Storage Configuration>SATA Mode Selection AHCI
    [Boot]
    CSM>Launch CSM: Disabled/Enable ?
    Secure Boot>Secure Boot state: Setup (cannot change, it is gray)
    Secure Boot>OS Type: Other OS
    Secure Boot>Key Management: Install Default SBK (they have been cleared)


    Cheers

    Pierre
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  6. ThrashZone's Avatar
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    Hi,
    Sort of
    m.2 you have to be in uefi only boot to install on one
    Thing is secure boot needs to be disable, on an asus board you can do this with uefi only boot enabled not many that I know of this config is possible.
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  7. MisterEd's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit v20H2
       #7

    The only time I ever used Rufus was when I just happened to have the ISO.

    The MediaCreationTool is by far the easiest way to make a Windows 10 install on a USB flash drive. Just a few click and then wait for it to finish. I have never had a problem doing it this way.
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  8. ThrashZone's Avatar
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    Hi,
    OS type not other os that is for win-7 legacy install.
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  9. Kellymac35's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
       #9

    Try this tutorial by Kari it worked perfect twice for me. DISKPART - How to Partition GPT disk | Tutorials (tenforums.com)
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  10. TairikuOkami's Avatar
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    Windows Home Dev 21xxx x64
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    3080FE said:
    I will try to create a new USB drive with rufus tool
    Rufus is trouble, try https://universalusbinstaller.com Windows 10 Installer (format USB as NTFS)
    3080FE said:
    CSM>Launch CSM: Disabled/Enable ?
    Secure Boot>Secure Boot state: Setup (cannot change, it is gray)
    Secure Boot>OS Type: Other OS
    CSM>Launch CSM: Disabled
    Secure Boot>Secure Boot state: UEFI
    Secure Boot>OS Type: Windows
    UEFI
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