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05-20-2017 10:01 AM - edited 05-20-2017 10:08 AM
I want to add a M.2 ssd drive to my 870-244 omen i bought from best buy, but it only says that it is a M.2 socket 3, key M, it does not say the size of m.2 it will hold. i have found a 2280 & a 2260. nor does anything say which type it is, does it need a sata version or other type of M.2
any info would be great as i want to run the os on the m.2
05-20-2017 04:58 PM - edited 05-20-2017 05:07 PM
I see two screw points used to secure the M.2 drive to the motherboard. So it appears you can mount a 2242 or a 2260.
The 2280 would be too long.
Please see this article covering the M.2 interface.
I can't find any information if the M.2 slot on your motherboard is SATA, PCIe 3x4, or if it supports both. The Z170 chipset, which your MB has, supports M.2 SATA or PCIe 3x4.
The next unknown is if HP has included code in the BIOS to allow a device installed in this slot to appear in the Boot Menu.
I have a Samsung 960 EVO 22110 boot drive running great on a Z170 motherboard. So a PCIE 3x4 M.2 drive should run on your PC if HP added the option in the BIOS.
Maybe another forum member has verifiable experience with these questions.
05-20-2017 07:37 PM - edited 05-20-2017 09:05 PM
You are welcome.
Oh, I messed up on the drive measurements.
You were right, a 2260 will fit and a 2280 may fit. Check the measurement. I have a 2280, not a 22110.
Check the BIOS. There is not much info available from HP that I can find on booting to this device.
I have older HP systems, no M.2 slots. But I have a new Asus Z170 board with an M.2 PCIE 3x4 slot.
This setting could be in Storage, Device Security, Slot Security. The setting on an ASus MB is in Onboard Devices Configuration.
05-21-2017 07:48 PM
I found the setting to enable and disable the M.2 port, and it is enabled by default, so Now I Just have to buy one to try it out, because without one in it, the system wont reconise it and wont show up in the boot order. now to deciode how big of one to get.
07-06-2017 10:31 PM
I had the same question. I think I have it figured out.
Product specs of the motherboard: http://hp.care/2tCRm16 .
It says its a socket 3, key M
Wikipedia article about m.2 http://hp.care/2sGiO9Q
Furthermore, M.2 sockets keyed for SATA or two PCI Express lanes (PCIe ×2) are referred to as "socket 2 configuration" or "socket 2", while the sockets keyed for four PCI Express lanes (PCIe ×4) are referred to as "socket 3 configuration" or "socket 3"
So to me it looks like its PCIe x4 and the 2280 should be right. I think I'm going to order one and give it a try. You are right, you can't even see the slot because it's blocked by the video card.
I'm thinking of this one - Samsung 960 EVO Series - 500GB NVMe - M.2 Internal SSD (MZ-V6E500BW)