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12-20-2017 02:17 PM
I would like to know, whether I can use a Samsung 960 Pro M.2 SSD with 2 TB as second drive in the M.2-Slot of my new Z240 workstation?
Will the BIOS and Win10 identify the SSD correctly?
Will everything work fine or will there be any problems?
Thanks for your feedback!
12-21-2017 03:58 AM - edited 01-04-2018 07:14 PM
99% yes, HP is using Samsung SM951/961 as M.2 SSD drives, SM961 is OEM version of retail 960 pro
Only difference will be that your drive is missing factory integrated heatsink, which you get with genuine HP M.2 turbo drive bought as original accessory or factory integrated
12-31-2017 06:19 AM
- Installation without problems (mounting screw was available in the Workstation, not included with Samsung-SSD)
- Freezed during first boot (on screen with HP logo and "Protected by HP Sure Start")
- After shut down and second boot SSD properly detected
- Without problems: partitioning / NVMe driver / Magician software / firmware update
- Performance benchmark with Magician software:
Sequential R/W: 3339/2054 MB/s // random R/W: 440401/311350 IOPS
I use the M.2-SSD just as data-disk, I didn't try booting of it.
09-23-2018 07:16 PM
Any chance you can take a pic of which slot/bay you installed your m2 drive? I installed an nvme in the pci 3 slot to boot. But now I'd like to have an m2 ssd for storage and when I spoke to a tech at HP he told me the m2 slot was only for wifi bluetooth cards....
09-23-2018 11:09 PM - edited 09-23-2018 11:13 PM
just a quick note, the zx40 (z240/z440/z640/z840) line and newer do have bios support for booting from nvme drives
older hp workstations like the z220/z420/z620/z820 and older do not have bios support for nvme and as such can not boot from nvme devices (but can still access them as data drives) they must use (SATA)
a good rule of thumb is that x99 and newer chipsets will support nvme older ones such as x79 and lower will not
the HP pci-e SSD carrier board has been found to only work (so far ) in the hp line of workstations
the "HP Turbo" board uses a SATA SSD
the "HP Turbo G2" board uses a NVME SSD
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