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Questions tagged [m.2]

A form factor for solid state drives (SSD) without a shell like classic SSD's. Typically 22mm wide, and either 42mm, 60mm, or 80mm in length. Utilize either SATA or PCI Express BUS types.

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RAID 0 m.2 Drives and RAID 1 SATA Drives on Z390 chipset

Ok so I am a bit of a RAID and storage nut with my personal rig. I'm about to build a new computer, and I want to do this: Two SATA SSDs in RAID 1 as my boot drive with two M.2x4 SSDs in RAID 0 for ...
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M.2 Drives not appearing after reset of Windows 10 machine

I recently, mistakenly uninstalled a driver which forced me to completely reset my machine. I have a Dell Precision Tower 5810 running Windows 10. I have a standard internal hard drive as the C: drive....
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T470 - Dual M.2 SSD's in WWAN slot?

I'm new here! I have a T470 which I purchased with no WWAN card, and a 512gb M.2 SSD installed ... I also have a secondary M.2 SSD which I would like to install into the T470 as well. Is it possible ...
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M.2 direct motherboard connection vs. M.2 to PCIe adapter with heatsink

Suppose I have a motherboard that has a direct connection for a M.2 NVMe and that same motherboard has PCIe 3.0 x16 connectors and that it can be configured to boot through NVMe. So technically both ...
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M.2 SATA SSD not found by ASrock B450m pro

For the life of me I can't get my motherboard to recognize that there is a SATA stick in the M.2 slot of my ASRock B450m Pro4. This is an entirely fresh build, I'm unsure if there are special steps ...
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Browsing C (m.2 drive) drive and i hear my backup drive of 4tb spinning and c: looks slow

My computer is new, most of the parts are from 2018 including new motherboard, new everything and the oldest part is a gtx 980ti. it uses a 500gb M.2 drive that has more than 60% free. d: is a 240gb ...
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M.2. PCIe adapter with two M.2 SSDs only shows one

I have just finished my (first ever) server build. Everything seems to work ok. Except I only see one of the two NVMe M.2 SSDs that I installed via a PCIe adapter. (At least, it shows as 500 GB, ...
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SSD shows up at first but after a restart it dissappears?

I just got a Samsung 970 evo 250gb ssd to put windows and a few games on. My motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-B85-HD3 so it did not have a m.2 slot so I am using a m.2 to pcie adapter. At first right ...
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How to format old disk after installing new boot disk? [duplicate]

I just installed a 250 GB m.2 SSD as a Windows 10 boot drive on an Acer Aspire E15. The computer previously had Windows 10 installed on a 1 TB HDD. This is what my current configuration looks like: ...
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Bootable PCIe slot options on older computers?

On everything I have researched, everyone has said they have had success and it is no problem to get a PCIe SATA controller and boot from it on an older computer. 3-in-1 PCIe controller example. 2 ...
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Can I install Windows on M.2 SSD in HP 15-bs564ur so built-in HDD provides extra storage?

Can I install Windows on an M.2 SSD in an HP 15-bs564ur, and have its built in HDD serve as extra storage? This laptop provides an M.2 slot but I'm not sure which form-factor (like 2280, etc.). Is ...
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How do I make M.2 PCIe SSD drives non-removeable in Windows 10?

For the first time, I've built my own computer. I bought a M.2 SSD (specifically the ADATA XPG SX6000 M.2 2280 PCIe Gen3x2 SSD - 512GB) and slipped it into the Ultra M.2 slot on the back side of my ...
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Easy way to determine whether bottom side of M.2 module is populated?

When buying an M.2 module it's sometimes important to know if the bottom side of the module has any components on it because of height constraints. In a quick reference to M.2 referenced by the M.2 ...
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Is the M.2 B+M, B and M key electrically identical for SATA?

I'm buying an adapter for a MacBook Air (2012) to be able to use an M.2 SSD in it. I'm assuming that the (very niche) slot in the MacBook itself only supports SATA and nothing else. My question is, ...
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Can a Toshiba HG6 128 GB M.2 be upgraded to a Samsung 970 PRO 512GB M.2 in an MSI GL72-7RD laptop?

My MSI GL72-7RD laptop has a Toshiba HG6 128 GB M.2 (2280) SSD Drive, and I want upgrade it with a Samsung 970 PRO 512GB - NVMe PCIe M.2 2280 SSD (MZ-V7P512BW), but I don’t know if it will work since ...
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Can't choose Boot Order in Asus UEFI BIOS - detecting M.2 NVME clone as SATA

I have just bought an Asus FX504GD laptop, which had a 1TB HDD installed and a free M.2 slot. I have taken the HDD out of it, mounted it on my PC, wiped it using diskpart, clean, and reinstalled the ...
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Troubleshooting “Hard Drive Not Installed”

I have a Dell XPS 13 laptop that has stopped recognizing the hard drive. The hard drive is a SK Hynix 256 GB SSD (PCIe NVMe M.2) [1]. I have having an extremely difficult time determining whether ...
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Motherboard UEFI doesn't detect M.2 SSD drive

I'm building a brand new PC with an ASUS PRIME Z370-A motherboard and a Samsung SSD 970 EVO NVMe M.2 250GB. However, my motherboard does not seem to be able to recognize the drive as the it neither ...
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Asus Maximus X Hero boots to setup screen on boot or restart instead of ssd

A couple of days after coming back from a trip out of state I noticed my personal tower I built a few months ago started doing something odd. Whenever I boot now my Asus ROG Maximus X Hero motherboard ...
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Switching OS by just switching M.2 SSD in my dell INSPIRON 5577?

I actually have a DELL laptop with a 100GB M.2 SSD with windows 10. All the OS partitions are in that disk. Also, the computer have a regular 1TB 7200r HDD that is used for DATA. What I want to know: ...
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Why do Windows file transfer speeds top out at around 1.5 gigabytes /second?

I noticed that file transfers on the same machine between a fast nvme m.2 ssd (general read speed 3.2GB/s and writes 2.7 GB/s) and a ram disk top out at around 1.4-1.5 GB/s. Why is that the case? I ...
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Install Windows 10 32 bit on M.2 drive

I have an M.2 drive that I'm currently trying to install Windows 10 x32 on (we need the 32 bit version for work apps). Installing Windows 10 x64 works just fine, but trying to install the 32 bit ...
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How many m.2 slots on asus x370 pro? [closed]

I want to buy a new SSD but I don't know is it support another m.2 slot.
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Windows 10 update 1709 fails on M.2 SSD

I have a brand new PC with Windows 10 and since the last month, I receive error messages about the 1709 update. The error code is 0xc1900200 which means that "machine does not meet the minimum system ...
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Cannot make my Samsung 960 EVO M.2 a boot drive

I have an issue with boot drives. Hardware: SSD's: Samsung 960 EVO M.2 SSD/Toshiba 128GB SATA SSD Motherboard: MSI Z370 Gaming M5 Processor: Intel Core i5 8600k When I "side-graded" from a Core ...
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Can I use eGPU over m.2 port?

Can I use an eGPU setup on my laptop (Lenovo IdeaPad 320-14ikd) which only has m.2 (currently used my Bluetooth and WiFi)? it doesn't have Thunderbolt so it won't be possible to use USB C.
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Where are M.2 USB devices?

The M.2 wikipedia page states that M.2 supports PCIe 3.0 (up to 4 lanes), SATA 3.0, and USB 3.0. Why is it, then, that despite seeing PCIe and SATA devices I never see any USB 3.0 M.2 devices?
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Boot m.2 SSD PCIe - Gigabyte mobo and B85M chipset

Is there a way I can boot in my m.2 SSD? I was able to recognize the drive in Windows and also start installing Win 10 on it, but I can't see how to boot! Hardware configuration: Mobo model: GA-...
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Broken Screw Inside 2280 Riser on MOBO

I bought a 500GB M.2 Samsung EVO and tried to install it on my Asus Z170S and ended up using a screw with the wrong threading and it snapped inside the riser. Lesson learned the hard way. Does anyone ...
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add secondary SSD in WWAN/LTE m.2 slot on Latitude 7480

I have new Dell Latitude 7480 laptop with one primary m.2 sata SSD disk, and one free m.2 slot, where normally the WWAN or LTE card would be: Can I use this free slot to add a second SSD disk ? ...
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M.2 drives: difference in performance when plugged into different PCI lanes

A M.2 SSD can be plugged either into the PCI lanes that go straight to the CPU (if you're using a CPU that supports more than 16 lanes), or into the PCI lanes that go to the chipset. Is there any ...
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DPC Latency issues caused by storport.sys

I have been having an issue with DPC latency. I have spent hours trying to figure out how to fix it, but I have failed to find a solution. To begin, I first noticed this issue after I cloned my ...
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Should I install NVMe M.2 ssd in M.2 socket or in PCIe slot using PCIe adapter?

I have an asrock z170 pro4s motherboard and I need help with understanding where I should put the samsung 960 evo. http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z170%20Pro4S/index.us.asp http://www.microcenter.com/...
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Can I plug M.2 into a live machine

TL;DR Is it possible to plug M.2 into a live system without blowing things up? The general consensus seems to be that M.2 is not hotswappable. But I just want to plug it in after boot. Background ...
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If M.2 share bandwidth with my SATA, does that make it slow as SATA?

I'm new to this whole PC building thing and while shopping for a motherboard, I've found that the M.2 slot, if used, will disable a SATA port (or 2). After further research, I've found that it might ...
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M.2 Compatibility for Dell 7559

I just wanted to check if the M.2 SU800 M.2 2280 from ADATA would be compatible with the Dell Inspiron 15 7559. I'm pretty new to the M.2 standard (I've never had one) and it confuses me a bit. ...
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booting an m.2 SSD (Intel 520) using m.2-to-PCIe adapter?

so I have an Intel 520 m.2 card. It's my OS disk. I am currently using an m.2-to-SATA adapter so I can connect it to my Intel X58 motherboard. I want to connect it an m.2-to-PCIe adapter so I can ...
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Lenovo Legion Y720-15IKB SSD replacement

Hi I currently own the Lenovo Legion Y720-15IKB, which has a 1TB hard drive and a 128GB SSD. I want to replace my current SSD with a Samsung M.2 960 EVO 500GB SSD. I understand how to actually replace ...
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m.2 SATA to PCIe adapter [closed]

I bought two m.2 SATA SSD SanDisk SSD x400 128Gb. But my motherboard Asus Maximus IX Hero has only one m.2 SATA port m.2.1. Second m.2 port m.2.2 accept only PCIe devices. Now I want to buy m.2 ...
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Inspiron 7559 not detecting Samsung 960 Evo M.2

My Inspiron 7559 is not detecting Samsung 960 Evo M.2. I have updated the BIOS and also intel drivers and Dell drivers. I have also tried to disable SATA (as I read this might help) however in BIOS '...
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What types of m.2 cards are there?

I just got a new motherboard with a couple of m.2 slots. I've read about the tech and how modular it is and how it can accept so many different interfaces. That got me thinking, what can I put in ...
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How to switch from 256GB to 500GB M.2 SSD on a new Windows 10 laptop?

I'm planning to purchase a Windows 10 laptop that has 256GB M.2 SSD. However, I would like to have more storage capacity and I believe 500GB M.2 SSD is much better for my applications. I don't know if ...
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M.2 Sandisk x400 not recognized by Win10 install

A few others had the same problem; no hardrive is found by install: fixed with Bios SATA mode configuration set to M.2 (my Bios does not have this option) Windows 10 install not recognizing Samsung ...
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Is booting from M.2 SSD faster than Hybrid drive?

I have a HP All-in-one with Windows 10 home installed on the Hybrid Drive. I plan to attach a M.2 SSD drive (option is available on the motherboard) and install my OS on it. Now, is it worth doing ...
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Win 10 install failing with 0x80070570

Just putting together a new build and trying to install windows 10 but getting 3% into coping files and getting the message "Windows cannot install required files. The file may be corrupt or missing......
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Windows 10 install not recognizing Samsung 850 Evo m.2 hard drive

I just built a PC from scratch and I'm trying to clean-install Windows 10 on the Samsung 850 Evo m.2 on my motherboard. This is my only hard drive connected. I'm trying to install via Windows 10 USB ...
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JetDrive 520 to M.2

I have a Transcend SSD JetDrive 520 from my old Macbook. Now I bought the Asus Z170 Pro gaming motherboard with M.2 slot for SSD. Can I connect the JetDrive to this socket?
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sata drives are not detected in bios after windows 10 install on samsung 950 pro m.2 ssd

I just installed windows 10 on a new Samsung 950 pro m.2 ssd. I had disconnected all sata drives prior to the installation. I was running windows 7 on an ssd with 2 other sata hard drives connected (...
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Can m.2 form factors be converted?

I recently bought an Intel 8260 wireless network card marked m.2. I have a NUC with an m.2 slot. I expected plug and play. And I quickly found out the m.2 form factor is fairly rich. In this case,...
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Latitude E7250 second SSD [duplicate]

I have a Latitude E7250. I want to add a second SSD. Has anyone attempted or had any success with this? There is an m.2 connector that is labeled WWAN HCA. Any help would be greatly appreciated.