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Hello,

 

I'm trying to get my Z Turbo Drive G2 up and running in my HP Z420.

 

The Z-Turbo Drive is installed and visible in Windows 7 (x64) as A-drive letter. BIOS has been updated, Windows hotfixes installed, formatted, visible in Windows and I made a clone of my C-drive and copied it to the Z-Turbo drive.

 

When I disconnect the C-drive, my Z420 won't boot up from the new Z Turbo drive. Anyone any suggestions what I do wrong?

 

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Hi,

 

W7 has lots of hot fixes so we don't know what you have applied.

 

Windows 7 doesn't have native drivers for PCIe NVMe SSDs.  Review this HP manual.

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This is the package I installed:

 

Package:
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KB Article Number(s): 2990941
Language: All (Global)
Platform: x64
Location: (http://hotfixv4.microsoft.com/Windows%207/Windows%20Server2008%20R2%20SP1/sp2/Fix487764/7600/free/47...)

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Hi,

 

Please post the HP product number for your PC. How to Find the HP Model Number and the HP Product Number or let HP automatically find your PC model number and HP network attached printers. This will allow others to review your issue, make suggestions and review your responses. This is usually the best way to get assistance.

 

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HP product number: E0G38UP#ABA

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Hello,

 

were you able to get this running  with the z420?

 

When I read the Z Turbo Drive G2 Documentation, it was stated that these newer (Generation 2) drives supposedly only work with the hp zx40 Line of workstations. I have a z820, unfortunatelly I can't find a place that still sells the older G1 version of the Z Turbo Drive.

 

Now I found this post about the newer drive almost working in a z420. I think your only issue seems to be related to the OS. As I would be using Windows 10, I shouldn't have the same issue.

 

Please, can someone confirm, that newer G2 drives actually work with the hp z820 (or z620 or z420). 

 

Thank you !

 

 

 

 

 

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Now I just purchased and sucessfully installed an Intel 750 Series 400 GB NVME as my boot drive. For me it was convincing that this drive uses a large passive cooler. Competition from Samsung always shows the naked NVME chips, and I just guess they might get smoking hot without any metal attached. To me this looks this might cause problems in the long run. But that's just a guess.

 

To bad HP doesn't seem to be interested in selling G2 drives to their existing customers. Anyway, what matters to me is that there are NVME drives out there that work as a boot drive with the z820 (using Windows 10...but there should be ways to get this up and running with Windows 7 as well, I guess...although manual driver installation during OS installation makes it slightly more complicated)

 

After having trouble accessing the BIOS of my z820 (I was using the DVI connection instead of DP...weird, but this made accessing the BIOS Setup impossible), the installation actually went quite fast.

 

AS Speed Test is reporting slower read rates, but when using Intel IOMeter software (the one Intel is acutally using for their advertising on the back of the Intel 750 Series box), I got the expected speeds, when setting IOMeter to the same settings as Intel did. Around 2000+MB/s read, around 1000+MB/s write.

It's important, that the NVME controller uses the drivers Intel provides. The drive itself will use drivers from Microsoft which is fine(at least with Windows 10). Make sure you get the latest BIOS update for your workstation before starting with the installation.

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