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Full NVMe support for HP Z820

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Hi! I've installed Samsung 950 PRO on HP Z820 and it works great - I can boot from the drive, and it's fast and so on and so on. But time passes, and I become to realize that it would be more difficult to purchase new Samsung 950, or the drive will be (and already is) overpriced on eBay. So, why I'm writing this - when I was looking into the issue of HP Z820 and NVMe compatibility back in the days here, many folks shared this link
https://www.win-raid.com/t871f50-Guide-How-to-get-full-NVMe-support-for-all-Systems-with-an-AMI-UEFI...


so, what I would like to know if anybody tried to do this with HP Z820?
any luck?

Thanks in advance!

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As far as I am aware, (and has been posted on the forum a couple of times), the HP workstations use a checksum BIOS preventing any modification of the code. If the boot code fails the checksum, the workstation will not boot.

 

I use a Samsung SM951 M.2. drive as my W7Pro boot drive, (Windows UEFI mode install), on my HP Z620. I actually have the AHCI version of the drive, not the SM951 NVMe version. I just bought another SM951 AHCI drive on ebay at the weekend as I want to try out W10Pro on my Z620. As with most of the earlier generation M.2 drives, availability is only going to get worse.

 

I also recently purchased a Sabrent Rocket 1TB NVMe to test out as a possible boot drive but I'm not having much luck. Windows 7 doesn't see the NVMe drive unless you apply the W7 NVMe hotfix, and the drive doesn't appear in the BIOS. I was not able to install W7 on the drive. I also tried with W10Pro, and although I was able to install the OS on the drive, the HP BIOS was unable to see a bootable disk when I restarted the computer. I have been testing this M.2. NVMe drive with 3 different PCIe adapter cards; ASUS HYPER X4 mini, Lycom DT120 and a HP Z Turbo G2. There is a recent post on the forum regarding 'compatible' NVMe bootable drives in the HP Zx20 workstations, and several models are listed, including the Sabrent Rocket 1TB drive. I will be sending the member a pm to see if he may able to assist me getting the Sabrent drive working as a boot drive.

 

HP Z620 - Liquid Cooled E5-1680v2 @4.7GHz / 64GB Hynix PC3-14900R 1866MHz / GTX1080Ti FE 11GB / Quadro P2000 5GB / Samsung 256GB PCIe M.2 256GB AHCI / Passmark 9.0 Rating = 7147 / CPU 17461 / 2D 1019 / 3D 14464 / Mem 3153 / Disk 15451 / Single Threaded 2551
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Thanks for the reply!

Can you please link to that list of bootable drives? thanks

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Here's the link. There appears to be plenty of conflicting viewpoints on this topic along with some mutal agreement regarding Samsung NVMe drives.

As I said, I'm still trying to get my Sabrent Rocket 1TB NVMe drive to boot into W10Pro but with little success at the moment.

https://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Business-PCs-Workstations-and-Point-of-Sale-Systems/The-truth-about-z6... 

HP Z620 - Liquid Cooled E5-1680v2 @4.7GHz / 64GB Hynix PC3-14900R 1866MHz / GTX1080Ti FE 11GB / Quadro P2000 5GB / Samsung 256GB PCIe M.2 256GB AHCI / Passmark 9.0 Rating = 7147 / CPU 17461 / 2D 1019 / 3D 14464 / Mem 3153 / Disk 15451 / Single Threaded 2551
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