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NVME SSD workaround is a run around

On a Precision 7510 - the following does not work. Has Dell Engineering solved the problem? Is there a solution - cannot use the NVMe drive at all. Had to install the OS on the SATA drive and skip access to the NVMe drive completely.

Windows 10 install with NVMe SSD and SATA drives


This article provides the information on "Installing Windows 10 on systems that contain both NVMe SSD and SATA storage options present".

Windows 10 Install Fails
The current Dell Windows 10 media will fail to install on systems that are configured with both Serial ATA (SATA) Hard Disk Drives (HDD)s and Non-Volatile Memory (NVMe) high performance Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) Solid State Drives (SSDs).
There is a incompatibility between the Current Windows 10 recovery environment (WinRE) storage drivers and the NVMe high performance SSD drivers when there is a combination of SSDs and HDDs on the same system.
NVMe SSD drives are available on select Dell systems such as:
⦁ OptiPlex 7440, 7040, 5040
⦁ Latitude E7470, E7270, E5270, E5470, E5570
⦁ Precision 3510, 5510, 7510, 7710
⦁ XPS 9350, 9550, 9250
⦁ Alienware X51, 15 R2, 13 R2
Note: As previously mentioned this issue and workaround is only valid for systems that have NVMe SSD AND SATA Storage Drives installed.
If you follow these steps and the system only has a SATA Drive present then turning off the device will result in no storage options being detected.

Workaround
The current workaround is to disable the SATA Storage device (HDD/SSD) in the system Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) before performing the Windows 10 install to the NVMe SSD from Dell media.
After disabling the SATA Storage Device, you also have to make sure the BIOS is setup correctly by following these Steps:
1. Enter the BIOS by pressing F2 multiple timnes while the Dell Logo is shown.
2. Navigate to Boot Sequence and set Boot List Option to UEFI
3. Navigate to SATA Operation and choose AHCI
4. In Advanced Boot Option you click on Enable Legacy Option ROMs
5. Set Secure Boot to Disable
Once the Windows installation is completed, the SATA Storage Device can be re-enabled without any issues and both the NVMe drive and the SATA drive(s) will function normally.
Dell Engineering is addressing this issue a fix will be incorporated to the next Dell Windows 10 media release.

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