chezcarson
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Installing an SSD drive in m.2 and making it the boot disk

would it be possible to publish some rough guidelines for installing an ssd in the m.2 slot, verifying the integrity of the drive, moving Windows 10 boot drive over to the ssd and utilizing the hard drive as a data storage device. I have an xps 8910 i76700 16gb w/ 1tb hard drive and nvidia 750. I understand the m.2 slot on the 8910 has been upgraded from the 8900 to accept full nvme cards and I would like to install a standard Samsung 960 EVO Series - 500GB PCIe NVMe - M.2 Internal SSD as the primary boot drive. Is there a simple step by step procedure for this? Thanks
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effe
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RE: Installing an SSD drive in m.2 and making it the boot disk

I have a similar problem on XPS 15 9550.

Having boot problems I want to repair my Windows 10. Running Windows setup from an USB stick, I 'm stuck at: "A media driver your computer needs is missing etc". Probably the driver formy SSD.

I have been browsing around my C-disk and Intel drivers to no avail. Does anybody have an idea where to find the correct driver?

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JMowattH
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RE: Installing an SSD drive in m.2 and making it the boot disk

Same questions.  I got a 8910 on Friday and am trying to install an Intel SSD6 512GB drive as the boot drive.  I installed the drive and Windows recognizes it, but I'm having trouble converting it to the boot drive.

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dperry112
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RE: Installing an SSD drive in m.2 and making it the boot disk

Shut the system down and install the Samsung EVO in the M2 slot. If there was not a SSD before you will need to buy an adapter that screws into the motherboard and another that attaches the SSD.  Do this before trying to set up the system. I checked and you need a metric bolt size 2.0 x 2.5. There are sites located by Google that will sell you what you need.

When you get the card installed, disconnect the hard drive. Then, using a USB with Windows 10 you download from Microsoft, boot to the USB, install the operating system on the SSD then reboot from the SSD. Then you need to attach the existing hard drive to another SATA port (not the blue one) and you should be in business with the SSD booting and the hard drive with the operating system and other files on it. You can format the hard drive at that point to use as a data drive but if you have data on it, probably easier to just leave the operating system files in place.

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billp35
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Thanks for the tip. Could you tell me more about the adapter that screws into the motherboard and another that attaches to the SSD? I don't want to buy the wrong thing, but I don't know exactly what I'm looking for. Thanks. 

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escape-e
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Maybe it's a little late but you can solve this problem by using this link.

How to Install Windows on an M.2 SSD

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jaglex13
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I put a 970 evo plus in and used Samsung migration to clone my hdd to the m.2. after restarting the computer I cant find a way to change my bootdrive from the hdd to the new sdd. any help?

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