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How to use NVMe SSD as a system boot disk for Windows 10?

Droidnews - all about Android 17.03.2019 at 12:21

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So, you've updated your hardware, for example, buying the most expensive motherboard Asus TUF H370 Pro Gaming. It is a reasonable choice that will give you the opportunity to assemble a new PC using the latest Intel processors, if you want to use the achievements of the company in the field Optane memory, and also to supply high-speed NVMe SSD instead of a hard disk or is still relevant, but the classic slow SATA SSD. In the case of NVMe, you can trap the problem.

Speed SSD in the first place is to use to install the system to fly, and toys, and installed software and Windows itself. The idea is Windows 10 has long been able to work with such hardware, but in practice it turns out that it is not. The network can be seen on many forums discussing the problem, when Windows wants to install on the SSD NVMe, but it is easy to put on a regular hard drive or SATA SSD. The situation, in our opinion, absurd, as with the zooming interface, if you have a resolution above 1080p. By the way, the problem with zoom we decided.

That's the trouble with SSD? To blame the motherboard?

the Background is that having possession of motherboard Asus TUF H370 Pro Gaming, we decided that she will easily make friends with a modern SSD, the benefit of the M. 2 slot is available, here for two. Yes and in the description of the product States that it can be:

1 x M. 2 Socket 3*2, , with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (SATA & PCIE 3.0 x 2 mode)

1 x M. 2 Socket 3, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (PCIE 3.0 x4 mode)

there it was. For the test we decided to purchase not the most expensive, but one of the most nimble SSD ADATA XPG ASX8200. About the price, we also wrote a little earlier. In our audit for the box of the product States that it develops speed read/write to 3500/1200 MB/s. Impressive!

But after several hours of messing around it became clear that this SSD to work together with the motherboard wants. Of course, the BIOS was updated to the latest version. And this is not the fault of hardware manufacturers. Although ADATA is reported that this module is not listed among the compatible for TUF H370. But later we will be able to make.

the Experiment was continued through several days, when we have a chip-simpler memory — ADATA XPG SX8000. Here speed read/write already 1900/1100 MB/s. Again a caveat. On the compatibility page listed motherboard Asus TUF H370 Pro Gaming Wi-Fi on Sha without wireless support, it is logical to assume that this moment will not in any way affect the compatibility of a modern SSD, because the rest of the motherboard Asus is identical. But again failure.

Attempt number 3 was taken with the "player" Western Digital Black SN750. Speed for it according to the manufacturer 3470 MB/s read and 2600 MB/s write. Failed again.

All three SSD managed to make it work as a second drive in the system but the system were still traditional SATA SSD. The denouement was unexpected, the problem was Microsoft.

the problem

the Catch was clear. The brainchild of Microsoft doesn't know how to work with the NVMe storage drive, best driver, which would explain a lot, no, but because the installer cannot start the process on the desired disk. The Intel RST driver that is downloaded with the second stick, did not help. Here also, curiously, the Windows installer recognized the driver compatible with your hardware and even tried to use it, but to no avail.

Even when was given to move one step in the installer until you select a hard disk and partition to install (by formatting and binning using Diskpart NTFS, GPT, private status to Primary, and then the introduction of the BCD with the application of Easy BCD and then run Repair-installer), he said he can't install Windows 10 on any selected partition was on the SSD from Western Digital. But the installation could continue on other drives that already had the previous Windows installation.

again, it became clear that the eccentricities of Microsoft, when we decided to try to install Linux Deepin on a new SSD. A few mouse clicks, a few minutes of the installer — the system has started successfully.

the network was able to find tips on what you should insert a bootable USB flash drive with Windows into a USB 2.0 port and not 3.0, as it solved the problem.

tips about using the CSM compatibility mode selected in the BIOS. Some of it helped.

failed to find even instructions on modifying the BIOS, not too complex and generally logical, but to do this it would still last.

the minute more a thousand years!

the Cure was sudden. Despite the fact that we tried to install Windows from a flash drive created with Rufus based on the original image (version 1809), downloaded the official Windows Media Creation Tool (by the way the flash drive created by this program, we also used, but failed), I shot an older flash drive, again, created in Rufus, but with the way Windows 10 version 1803.

do not have to Do anything. We just unplugged all SSD and HDD, not to confuse the installer and booted with the old flash drive with the build 1803. He immediately made friends with NVMe SSDS.

These things.

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