Highlighted
mkaresh
1 Copper

Anyone install WD Black NVMe SSD in Aurora R7? Suggestions?

We recently bought an Aurora R7 with only a 2TB HDD. I'm now trying to add a 500 GB WD Black M.2 NVMe. If I simply install the drive the BIOS (updated to 1.0.17), Device Manager, and Intel RST all see it, but Windows doesn't asign it a drive letter and Intel RST or something else then "disconnects" the drive, and it then only shows up in Device Manager as "hidden" and "disconnected."

1. First off, has anyone here installed this SSD in an Aurora R7? WD shows this model on their compatibility list, but you never know...

Ideally, I'd like to simply clone the HDD onto the SSD to maintain Dell's set-up. (Three partitions in addition to the main partition for recovery and whatnot--these must be good for something, right? Right?) 

2. Is it possible to clone with the SSD in the M.2 slot, or it must initially be done through USB with an adapter?

3. Is it stupid of me to attempt the clone? Should just be going with a clean install?

I did start to do a clean install last night, but the process of creating a recovery drive somehow fried the thumb. It was a new one, and possibly faulty. Now it shows up as "64MB" and cannot be reformatted...

4. For whatever works, do I have to make any changes to the BIOS, such was from RAID to AHCI? Do I need to disable anything in the BIOS? I've been making no changes to the BIOS?

5. Changing to AHCI will require a full reinstall regardless, or this can be done in conjunction with a clone?

6. Should I disable Intel RST? I don't think it's causing the problem, as the drive is never assigned a letter by Windows, and RST loads late in the boot sequence. It might be disconnecting the drive, but I think only because Windows isn't recognizing it.

I have removed the drive for now. With it installed the system would hang when going to sleep or shutting down. I did run diagnostics on the drive, and it passed all tests, so AFAIK the SSD is fine.

Tags (2)
0 Kudos
2 Replies
Tesla1856
6 Gallium

Re: Anyone install WD Black NVMe SSD in Aurora R7? Suggestio

All good questions, and most are answered here:

https://www.dell.com/community/Alienware-Desktops/M-2-NVMe-bootable-options/td-p/6073037.

With the large assortment of available retail SSDs ... it's not very likely that another Aurora-R7 will also pick WD Black SSD, and then see your post here.

 


Registered Microsoft Partner and Apple Developer
- Like many of you, I can appreciate a good game-engine.
- I answer questions here, but I'm not a Dell employee.
- Consider giving posts you like a "thumbs-up"
- Posting models-numbers and software versions speeds trouble-shooting.
- Click "Accept as Solution" button on any post that answers your question best.
0 Kudos
Tesla1856
6 Gallium

Re: Anyone install WD Black NVMe SSD in Aurora R7? Suggestio


@mkaresh wrote:



1. Is it stupid of me to attempt the clone?

2. Should just be going with a clean install?

3. I did start to do a clean install last night, but the process of creating a recovery drive somehow fried the thumb. It was a new one, and possibly faulty. Now it shows up as "64MB" and cannot be reformatted...

 

 

1. No

2. I would

3. Should have worked. Tests SSD in machine and the (temporarily disconnected) HDD is your safety-net "backup"


Registered Microsoft Partner and Apple Developer
- Like many of you, I can appreciate a good game-engine.
- I answer questions here, but I'm not a Dell employee.
- Consider giving posts you like a "thumbs-up"
- Posting models-numbers and software versions speeds trouble-shooting.
- Click "Accept as Solution" button on any post that answers your question best.
0 Kudos