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raymond91105
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Can XPS 8920 boot from M.2 NVMe?

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Hi,

I have inserted a Samsung 250GB 960 EVO NVMe M.2 Internal SSD in the M.2 slot of a XPS 8920 (XPS8920-7666BLK ) and then tried to install another win 10 or ubuntu 16.04 on it for dual boot. I was able to install the OS but could not boot with them. I tried many different BIOS/UEFI configurations but none of them allowed me to boot.

My question is whether it is possible to boot from a M.2 NVMe drive? If so, are there posted instructions?

Thanks!

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okwon
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RE: Can XPS 8920 boot from M.2 NVMe?

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I just went through the same thing with similar hardware.  Here was what I found to work.  The dell instructions needs to be updated for how to boot from m.2.

  1. Make sure in the BIOS that you are still set to use SATA RAID (not AHCI)
  2. Make sure that you only have the m.2 disk installed.  The other disk are disconnected
  3. Go download the driver Intel® Rapid Storage Technology and put it on an USB (you will need this later)
  4. Install windows 10 as normal
  5. When you get to the screen to select your disk nothing will be available
  6. Plug the USB with the RST driver
  7. Click on load drivers and find the RST driver on USB
  8. Disk will now appear.
  9. Proceed as normal here on out

This works with the onboard m.2 slot or a card for the pcie x4 slot.  Here are some of my other notes for you.

  • Don't bother with any of the other samsung driver or magic software after windows 10 loads up.  They will just say no device detected
  • I updated my BIOS to the latest at the time 1.0.4 and these steps still applied
  • No issues with the drive so far and the speed seems fine with the intel nvme drivers

RE: Can XPS 8920 boot from M.2 NVMe?

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I am struggling trying to get a SAMSUNG 960 Pro M.2 installed in a Dell XPS 8920.

1. What specific Intel RST driver are you using.

2. In the BIOS I only have AHCI and RAID as options for the M.2 disk. The Dell technical support person had me try AHCI which resulted in the Drive not found error on boot. If I leave is set to RAID it will not use the INTEL RST driver that I downloaded from the Dell site.  The file name was Serial-ATA_Driver_F2JN7_WN32_15.2.2.1030_A02.exe. I extracted the files to a USB drive and point the Windows 10 install to the 64 bit folder.

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vtoy116
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RE: Can XPS 8920 boot from M.2 NVMe?

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I am curious. Intel Rapid Storage Technology seems like something that is optional (improves data reliability and delivers greater levels of performance, responsiveness, and expandability). Why is the RST driver necessary to make a M.2 NVMe bootable? RST is not required for a normal SSD (non M.2 NVMe SSD). There have been other posts here of folks having problems getting the Samsung 960 EV) M.2 NVMe to boot..

Also I don't understand what you mean by "Make sure in the BIOS that you are still set to use SATA (not AHCI)"? Do you mean SATA Operation to RAID or AHCI? There is only one disk controller/disk interface type and it is SATA.

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RE: Can XPS 8920 boot from M.2 NVMe?

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Can you go to Device Manger and post the driver filename, version number and date for the Samsung SSD.

According to Samsung the proper setting for the SATA port is AHCI.

I tried both RAID and AHCI and could not get it to work.

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raymond91105
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RE: Can XPS 8920 boot from M.2 NVMe?

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I just want to say that I never got a chance to try what @okwon suggested before returning both XPS 8920 and Samsung 960 EVO. IMHO Dell is to be avoided like a plaque if you want flexibility. Their support is a joke.

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vtoy116
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RE: Can XPS 8920 boot from M.2 NVMe?

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Since Dell sells the XPS 8920 with an M.2 NVMe SSD the XPX 8920 can obviously boot from an M.2 NVMe SSD just not the Samsung 960 EVO M.2 NVMe which leads me to believe there is a compatibility issue between the XPS 8920 and the Samsung 960 EVO M.2 NVMe. Since the Samsung is one of the most popular M.2 NVMe SSDs you would think that Dell is working to solve the problem or at least acknowledge it.

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okwon
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RE: Can XPS 8920 boot from M.2 NVMe?

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1.  I am not sure if the link will come through here, but you need to download from Intel website -> downloadcenter.intel.com/.../Intel-Rapid-Storage-Technology-Intel-RST-

Download the zip file and unzip to a USB

Optional: One of the following F6 Driver Diskettes (depending on your operating system):

f6flpy-x86.zip - For 32-bit versions of the operating system

f6flpy-x64.zip - For 64-bit versions of the operating system

2.  Now when using the BIOS SATA option you will be able to load the driver from #1 and see your drive to install the OS.

I have a Samsung 960 Pro as well.

Other notes:

- If you buy a M2 PCIe card these steps will apply for it as well if you want to boot from the drive.

- Do I think this is an issue with Dell's BIOS?  Yes, but I found this to work pretty.  No issues so far and I am getting full speed from both drives on the motherboard M2 slot and my storage M2 drive using a PCIe card.

- My OS (Windows 10 pro) is currently installed on the motherboard M2 slot.

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vtoy116
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RE: Can XPS 8920 boot from M.2 NVMe?

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Could you please explain what you mean by the the BIOS SATA option to lead the driver? What is the exact name of the BIOS option you are using and what is the BIOS entry for it? Thanks.

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RE: Can XPS 8920 boot from M.2 NVMe?

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Thank you for the update. You may have provided the missing information that I needed. I just download the "F6 Driver Diskettes" and this should provide the ability to add the drivers during the OS loading.

What Dell hardware did you install the SSD's on?

I may re-purchase the Samsung 960 Pro SSD and five this is a try.

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