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Boot from Samsung 970 evo NVME SSD. (Windows 10 installed on the drive)

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I just bought a Samsung 970 EVO NVME SSD for my Z820. I plugged it in with an adapter for the PCI Slot. the drive came up in my current windows installation. I then decided to fresh install windows on it and even though I can't see the drive in the bios I was able to see it in the windows 10 installer, the installation completed without error. 


My question is how do I make the computer boot from this NVME drive? I have tried looking around online but just gotten more confused. 




Bilal Yassine

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Greetings bilaly,


Welcome back to the forum.


I am not an HP employee.


You will not be able to use the M.2 drive as a bootable device if the Z820 motherboard/chipset does not provide baked in support for M.2 devices.


Do you have an M.2 socket on the motherboard? Since you installed a PCIe adapter I am guessing you don'have this.



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I had a Samsung 950 Pro NVMe m.2 SSD installed in my HP Pavilion 500-401a and worked fine as my bootable OS drive. I have now cloned it to a new Samsung 970 EVO NVMe m.2 SSD and I cannot get it to be recognized by the BIOS and will not boot the OS. Is the 970 not compatible with my PC??

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