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Haturee

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Okay so I have a pile of parts waiting for to put together at home
Among them is an Asus Rampage V Edition 10 and a Samsung 950 512Gb M.2 SSD.
My question is will I be able to plug the M.2 into the motherboard and install
Windows 10 on it without any issues? Or is there another route I have to take?
I remember seeing in some reviews of the M.2 that people were having issues with
formatting the M.2 and I'd like to know what the best approach I can take is.
Any help is much appreciated!
 

dominick32

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Only one of two things happen with this new and impressive technology . #1 it goes smoothly
OR...
#2 it's not recognized during install. In that case go to this link and download NVME Drivers for Windows 10 /8/7clean install and put them on a USB stick. Install them during fresh install from USB stick and voila, you will see your drive and be able to format and direct install.

https://www.reddit.com/r/techsupport/comments/3rvoop
 

LutaWicasa

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You should have few to no difficulties. Just your settings in BIOS that kinda thing.
But, after installed be sure to update to the Samsung NVME driver....it'll improve performance a fair bit.
 
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Haturee

Haturee

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Thank you very much!
I'll save this link for future reference :)

- - - Updated - - -

I did read somewhere that there were some BIOS changes that possibly need to be made.
I'll make sure I look that up before I try as well.
And thanks for the info on updating that driver!
 

c627627

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Are there drivers for non Windows OS for M.2 drives, or expired OS like Windows XP, if non-Windows OS and WinXP are dual booting with Windows 10?
Motherboard: Asus Z170-A Skylake
Drive: OCZ RD400 bare M.2, no PCIe card.
 

LutaWicasa

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Are there drivers for non Windows OS for M.2 drives, or expired OS like Windows XP, if non-Windows OS and WinXP are dual booting with Windows 10?
Motherboard: Asus Z170-A Skylake
Drive: OCZ RD400 bare M.2, no PCIe card.

At Samsung all I find are Win7-10 drivers.
 

c627627

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Since M.2 drives came out after the expiration date of Windows XP, this would be a custom driver, that I am wondering if someone came across anywhere? People sometimes make unsigned drivers. I have some for cards that officially had no drivers for Windows 7/8/10 and they work!
 

LutaWicasa

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Well...as long as you'd be running in sata achi mode, wouldn't XP natively support them?
There might be a small speed hit using win drivers though.
However...if I should run across any tried unsigned drivers, I'll certainly let'cha know.