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    Posted: 28 Jun 2017 at 10:18pm
I recently purchased an A88M-G3.  I have been combing the internet to find an M.2 PCIE2 x 4 SSD.  I am having significant difficulty finding any.  I can't seem to find a recent compatibility list from ASRock.  Does anyone have a compatibility list?  Will it work with PCIE3 x 4 SSDs?  Anyone have a decent recommendation for a 120GB or larger drive.

I'm using, or rather, planning to use this as a NAS with 8 drives already so the m.2 slot is ideal for the boot drive.

Thanks in advance.
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I tried a WDS500G1B0B and it is not seen in BIOS.
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I have created a support ticket to see if there is an answer here. I also found this table in the manaul:


 M.2_SSD (NGFF) Module Support List *Please note that the M.2 Socket on this motherboard supports M.2 PCI Express module up to Gen2 x4 (20Gb/s). For the latest updates of M.2_SSD (NFGG) module support list, please visit our website for details: http://www.asrock.com Vendor Size Interface Length P/N Kingston 480GB PCIe2 x4 2280 SH2280S3/480G Plextor 256GB PCIe 2280 PX-G256M6e Plextor 512GB PCIe 2280 PX-G512M6e Samsung 256GB PCIe3 x4* 2280 SM951 (MZHPV256HDGL) Samsung 512GB PCIe3 x4* 2280 SM951 (MZHPV512HDGL) Samsung 512GB PCIe x4 2280 XP941-512G (MZHPU512HCGL) SanDisk 128GB PCIe 2260 SD6PP4M-128G SanDisk 256GB PCIe 2260 SD6PP4M-256G
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As far as we know there is no compatibility issues with any PCIe/M.2 SSD.

There is though a Sticky describing How-To:
http://forum.asrock.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=1236&title=how-to-install-windows-on-a-pcie-ssd
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Thank you for the link. I am not sure how I missed it during my searches before posting. I will try again as per the link and post the results here.
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I am giving up. I have gone over and over the guide. I have gone though just about every setting there. I have attempted the windows 10 install a few dozen times and every time with the same result. The drive is just not seen. I have ordered a more standard SATA SSD for this system and I will be building another M.2 based system next week so I will test the SSD there.
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Following parsecs words there it doesn't show up until making a change after the OS installation.

Not seen, but is it booting to the OS?
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I was not able to install Windows at all. I got a response from support that sums it all up.

Your M.2 is SATA 6GB interface, it is not compatible it.

Please use NVME PCIE interface M.2 (Samsung 960 Pro/Evo, 950 Pro, Corsair MP500, OCZ RD400, Intel 600P.


So that's bit folks NVME works SATA does not.
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WDS500G1B0B is a SATA M.2....your a88m has only a pci-e m.2 slot...they are not compatible. You need to buy a Pci-e drive.
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Lol beat me to it.
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