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mikands
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Installing a M.2 drive as boot drive but not shown in bios in ENVY Desktop (860-160se CTO)?

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ENVY Desktop (860-160se CTO)
Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

I want to install an M.2 NVME drive as the primary boot drive for Windows 10. My bios does not list the drive however Windows 10 disk management does recognize it.

 

I can partition the drive fine in Windows.

I can even install Windows 10 from USB onto the M.2 drive.

 

However, after installing Windows 10, the bios cannot boot from it and the M.2 is still not listed as an option.

Why can't I boot from the M.2 drive and why isn't it listed in Bios?

 

I have an HP ENVY Desktop (860-160se CTO).

 

Some other info:

- I unplugged my other drives and left only the M.2 installed.

- Enabled legacy mode, the M.2 did not show up in bios.

- M.2 and PCI are all enabled (they are enabled by default).

- Updated Bios (BIOS (ROM Family 2B3A) to the latest.

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Grzwacz
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Hi,

 

You are experiencing a very unusual situation.

 

Your MB has a Key M, M.2 socket.

 

What specific "gum stick" drive did you buy? HP consumer PCs usually want a PCIe type gum stick drive, SATA drives usually don't work at all which means no BIOS and no Windows detection.

 

I don't know how Windows can see the drive if the BIOS does not see the drive.

 

Regards

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mikands
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I have the WD Black SN750 NVMe 500GB.

It's the right key. It fit into the m.2 slot.

 

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Hi,

 

I think you have a compatible drive, it should work.

 

I can't process the fact that this drive is not detected in the BIOS but you can work with the drive in Windows Disk Management.

 

This does not make any sense. Windows can only interact with devices enumerated by the BIOS.

 

You should be able to clone or reimage the existing HDD installation of Windows to the new SSD or install Windows clean on the new SSD.

 

The PC should boot to the new SSD. 

 

Maybe you have a motherboard problem. Try the NVME SSD on a different, compatible MB to see what happens.

 

Maybe a different forum member has additional insight.

 

Regards

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