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PCIe SSD's are solid state drives which do not use the Motherboards SATA Chipset interface to communicate between the SSD and the Windows File system.

They have their own storage controller built into the SSD, which should not be confused with the standard SSD controller chip that all SSDs use. The storage controller in PCIe SSDs uses a driver that is either provided by the manufacturer or by the OS itself. It has to be installed by the SSD user.

PCIe SSDs are not SATA drives, though some may share one or more aspect with SATA drives.

There are a number of ways you can connect a PCIe SSD to your Motherboard:

A Standard PCIe slot. (One that is at least x4)
An M.2 slot.
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Hi there,

I was reading through the Original Post about installing the Nvme driver provided by the manufacturer. I was wondering how can we install the Nvme driver before installing windows 10 on M.2 PCIe ? Thank you
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Curiosity got the better of me.

I got a NVME as it was only a bit more than a SATA so tried it.

I didnt need to enable UEFI oprom, I only needed to make sure its booted in UEFI mode, and UEFI mode doesnt require UEFI oprom to be forced. So I can still use MBR usb sticks.

So the only requirement is that any OS that needs to access the m.2 NVME device has to be booted in UEFI mode. It doesnt require "uefi only" oprom.

With microsoft's nvme driver apparently broken (No FUA support?) I couldnt get a working nvme RST driver because intel seemingly have abandoned win 8.1 completely. So I am using samsung's nvme driver.

It bench's extremely fast but real speed is currently slower, slower boot, slower shutdown, slower system tray load up after login.
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Thanks OP.

I was on the edge to replace my system SATA SSD with a nvme SSD. But I have a requirement that I need to be able to boot into MBR USB sticks, and also I believe windows once installed you cannot switch the oprom mode.

So sadly it seems to have a bootable NVME device its incompatible with my requirements, a, though it is is possible your instructions are only required for the windows installer and not for been able to boot an existing windows install that has been migrated to nvme. I decided to not chance it.

however I may buy a smaller NVME later in the year and do some testing with it to see exactly where things stand.
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My first suggestion with any SSD - forget about RAID. It will create more headaches than it is worth - you also lose the TRIM function of the SSD with RAID.

The way I install on all SSDs - I remove all drives from the PC except the SDD (new OS drive) and optical drive. Boot from the Windows DVD (or you can use a USB stick), and install on the blank drive. After installation is complete - add back the other drives.

If you are using multiple SSDs, the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc should all be separate volumes. If you setup the drive in RAID 0, and there is an error on any of the drives/SSDs - you lose absolutely everything on every drive.
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I'm planning to buy an ASUS Z87-PRO or an ASUS Z87-v. it's an old 1150 chipset with:
2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8)
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 mode) *3
4 x PCIe 2.0 x1 *4

I want to use a PCIe ssd (500 to 1tb). what are my options if any? Are there any Raid options with this board?
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First double check that your board allows booting from m2(it probably does).

To put it simply:

Have your windows installation media on a usb.(download from Microsoft if you don? have it)

Remove all drives from system.

Install just the new NVMe SSD.

Boot to windows install.

Install windows to NVMe ssd.

Once you reach desktop, power down.

Reinstall all drives.

Boot to bios.

Change boot priority to the NVMe drive.

Boot to desktop.

Remove old windows files. This can be a PITA. If you have issues with this step, google them. There? several ways to solve it.

Then you?e set. I may have missed a minor detail, but this is the gist of it.
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I followed this guide to Modify my BIOS to boot off the NVMe:
[Guide] How to get full NVMe support for all Systems with an AMI UEFI BIOS
https://www.win-raid.com/t871f50-Guide-How-to-get-full-NVMe-support-for-all-Systems-with-an-AMI-UEFI-BIOS.html

Hi! Just confirming I was successful at Modding my BIOS to boot off my NVMe on the PCIe bus and successfully flashing and it works!   

MB: Asrock Z77 OC Formula
BIOS modded: 2.40 Beta
NVMe SSD: Samsung 970 EVO Plus 1TB
PCIe x16 adapter: SIIG Full Speed M.2 NVMe SSD to PCIe Adapter with Heatsink
OS: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit from Rufus Tool (which makes a bootable USB with window setup image on it)

Here's my modded BIOS, only added latest NVMe dxe (full version, not the smaller compressed version) in and did not remove anything out of the BIOS.
Here's my link to my post with mod BIOS attachment compressed zipped to my post at the Guide's site:
https://www.win-raid.com/t871f50-Guide-How-to-get-full-NVMe-support-for-all-Systems-with-an-AMI-UEFI-BIOS-311.html#msg81646
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