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I am a little late to the forum but I am very interested in getting this NVMe to boot. Or be usable.

So, I am now aware that it is very possible to get my Z77 Extreme4 board to recognize and boot to the NVMe drive via PCIe. I have a couple small questions, and hope that someone is still reading to answer.

I want to know what actual adapter was successful. I have a dedicated video card already installed on x16, but I understand that the x8 could still be a viable option, I just don't want to take away from the x16 lanes. I see some folks have had success with the x4 but before I do that I just wanted to know if that acceptable.

So, what adapter and what slot would be best.

Also I read the entire forum, did you all use a modified bios or was the most recent AsRock bios NVMe ready? Even though I read it this question stuck in my brain.

....thank you in advance.
AsRock z77 extreme4, i7, 32GB RAM, dual 500GB SSD via SATA...Gforce 970...liquid.

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I was able to install windows 10 and boot from pcie nvme ssd without any modification and problem with csm enabled.

I use this adapter --> AKASA m.2 to pcie
and this ssd --> sabrent rocket nvme ssd

after installing drive bios immediately sees sabrent inside boot menu. All you need to do is install windows10 (my version was 1903, GPT,UEFI).
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Hi,
This post convinced me it can be done, while I was just about to give up!

I bought some thime ago, the Sasung 970 EVO M.2 NVME card. Used it as a 2nd disk (in case it fails). At the same time I flashed my Z77extreme4 with beta 3.00 BIOS. It was running sweet.

I decided to make things NVME bootable at th weekend.
Since I'm rather a linux fan, I'm trying to set things up with use of GRUB at the moment but It's giving me a real head ache (yes, I'm aware of its compat. issues).

After reading your post, I downloaded the 2.90P BIOS. Flashed the board again, downloaded Windows 10 iso, set the ACPI CSM control to DISABLED. Having it done, I'm sure board starts the W10 DVD in UEFI mode. DVD installs okay. During 1st reboot, I entered setup screen and turned the CSM back to ENABLED, rebooted and it finished the W10 install like a charm...

I'm pretty sure, my box can be Tuxified now??;)

Thanks a lot for your post!

PS.
UEFI BOOT panel shows previously missing, Samsung 970 evo and MS boot manager entries.

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With 3.0 BIOS and grub (EFI-booted from SD card), when I entered grub's built in command prompt and issued 'ls' it showed (hd0)(hd0,gpt1)(hd0,gpt2)(hd1). All hd0* were my SD card entries and hd1 was the NVME. It wasn't able to see any partition on the hd1, though they were there (gpt layout, fat formatted EFI and reiserfs the others).
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote SodaPoPDima Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 May 2019 at 6:49am
Is there a possibility to get such a modification on the Extreme9 or Extreme11 series of this board?

I feel like an nvme WD Black would be my next upgrade I can possibly do.
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I only reg'd so I can tell after trying all the beta bios versions, I only managed to boot from NVMe drive (970 Evo Plus) with the 2.90Q which can be found here: https://www.overclock.net/forum/167-intel-bios/1598165-nvme-bios-update-asrock-z77-extreme-4-a.html
Otherwise, with all the other versions if I disabled CSM I got absolutely no options to boot from anything. If CSM is enabled, I could boot, but not from NVMe. If I overlooked something that may have caused this please let me know by replying here.
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@ Mr-Uve


Well I did exactly how you described and bingo everything is OK.
Hardware : Asrock Z77 Extreme4 with Windows10 Pro installed on an SSD .
Bootstick installed with new Build 1809 Windows 10 Pro.
BIOS is the P 2.90 actual on the Website of Asrock. Did not use the BIOS 3.0 because not shure if this one has the ability to boot from NVME SSD.

Only litlle problem : When I want to boot from my older SSD I have to push F11 to go in the boot option menu en choose the SSD I need.So that is not a real problem.

Verifying the PCIE slots :
PCIE slot 2 (with GPU) runs at PCIE 3.0 X 8
PCIE slot 3 (with Samsung NVME 970 Evo Plus) runs at PCIE 3.0 X 4.
Speeds are approximatly for read and write 2500 MB/s measured with Samsung software Magician. Speeds from my older SSD Samsung 850 evo are about 500 MB/s so a big difference.
Yes Asrock did a good job with this motherboard, I would recommend every owner to perform the upgrade to NVME. It is realy not complicated.
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Just found it in another Forum! Here is the address https://www.win-raid.com/t2210f44-OFFER-ASRock-Z-Extreme-NVME-booting-BIOS.html

The link is in the top post of the page. Thanks zazzn
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Originally posted by zazzn zazzn wrote:

however, if you don't want to go through the trouble you can use my pre-modified BIOS here



Can you please re-link your bios (it's not working)?
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There is no link to your pre-made bios. Can you please relink that for us?
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Finally just got windows 7 installed and working great! from Samsung 850 to the 970 NVME its quite noticeable very snappy

***only works with 2.90Q Bios firmware*** wouldn't work with 3.00

cant copy my MBR windows 7 partition so had to installed new.

my nLite Win7 usb wasnt bootable by UEFI so used rufus

i put my Samsung Drivers on the usb and when booting pressed F11 until i got boot menu and selected the usb stick with the UEFI heading and started installing.

once that was done i was fully installed in logged in in under 5 minutes
didn't have to change anything in bios settings it all just worked.
even left the usb in during install reboots until it had logged in
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