#1 Asus Hyper M.2 x4 Mini with Samsung V-Nand SSD 850 Evo (250 GB) by BigRig 27.09.2016 05:27

Ladies, Gentlemen.

I've been drawn to your forum due to this post: X58 Chipset with problems to boot off a PCIe connected SSD

Multiple other forums have stated I can get a M.2 SSD working on a x58 chipset via products such a: http://www.addonics.com/products/adm2px4.php and http://www.ebay.ca/itm/ASUS-HYPER-M-2-X4...Z4FF&rmvSB=true

I have a Asus ROG Rampage III with a Intel i7 960 @ 3.6, 24 GB of RAM @1600mhz and the latest bios from ASUS which was required to run a HDD over 2 TB.
All 8 of my SATA ports are in use. the 6Gb/sec ports are used with my DVD Drive and 180 Corsair SSD (which has my Win7 OS installed). The remaining 6 SATA's all have 1-4 TB drives plugged into them.

I would also like to point out this post: https://forums.anandtech.com/threads/ful...ipsets.2437588/ done by no other than your very own Fernando. However, this is a project I would take on later, as reading it makes my brain hurt right now.

I purchased this SSD drive to put my 'usual' steam games on and at this point, I'm just trying to get my system to recognize it.

What I've tried so far:

Various PCIe slots, (3 x16 as well as the x4)
unplug all HDD's with exception of OS.
Moved the Jumper on the Expansion card
Ensure I didn't install the M.2 drive backwards (not physically possible, but this was my first go using m.2 so I wanted to make sure)

No matter the physical tinker, I can't seem to get this to recognize it. In BIOS, I don't even know what heading I would check under. All the help videos I've found use newer BIOS or that fancy pants UEFI. When I check under the suggested headings. I'll give more details on this if you believe this is where I should start looking.

Disk Management under Computer Management offers nothing....

What am I missing here guys?

All help is appreciated! Thanks!

#2 RE: Asus Hyper M.2 x4 Mini with Samsung V-Nand SSD 850 Evo (250 GB) by Fernando 27.09.2016 10:16

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@BigRig:
Welcome at Win-RAID Forum!

Your problem is, that X58 Chipset mainboards don't have an UEFI BIOS, which is required to get M.2 SSDs bootable, no matter whether they are connected to an M.2 port or via adapter card to a PCIe slot and no matter whether the SSD uses the AHCI or NVMe protocol.
The only chance for you to get an M.2 SSD bootable is, that the BIOS chip, which is inside the SSD, contains an Option ROM module, which is usable with your system.

Regards
Dieter (alias Fernando)

#3 RE: Asus Hyper M.2 x4 Mini with Samsung V-Nand SSD 850 Evo (250 GB) by BigRig 27.09.2016 16:51

Thanks Fernando.

Is there a list or some sort of resource available that's lists the SSD's with that ROM Chip??

#4 RE: Asus Hyper M.2 x4 Mini with Samsung V-Nand SSD 850 Evo (250 GB) by Fernando 27.09.2016 17:49

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Zitat von BigRig im Beitrag #3
Is there a list or some sort of resource available that's lists the SSD's with that ROM Chip??
I doubt, that such list exists. All I know is, that Samsung's 950 Pro NVMe SSD has such NVMe Option ROM module.
Either you ask the Samsung Support or try it yourself. If you should choose the latter option, you have to create a bootabe Win7 image, which uses the LEGACY installation mode by creating a Master Boot Record (MBR) instead of the GUIMode Partition Table (GPT).

#5 RE: Asus Hyper M.2 x4 Mini with Samsung V-Nand SSD 850 Evo (250 GB) by BigRig 28.09.2016 04:37

kk, Thanks for the information Fernando!

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