JesperTreetop
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Optiplex 9020 NVMe-aware?

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I am considering getting a new NVMe M.2 SSD like the Samsung 950 PRO and a PCI Express M.2 adapter card (something like this) and using it as a boot drive in my Optiplex 9020. I understand that this requires support in the BIOS. Is the Optiplex 9020 BIOS capable of this? Does it require a BIOS update?

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rboynton
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RE: Optiplex 9020 NVMe-aware?

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Really old post, but thought I would throw my 2 cents in. I have a 9020 and purchased a Toshiba OCZ NVMe drive. Box is running on the latest A16 BIOS. Unplugged my current SATA HD's and installed the new card. Installed Windows 10 to the NVMe using a flashdrive. After the first reboot during the Windows installation, got a message saying no hard drive was found. Going into BIOS, boot devices the NVMe was not listed. Clicked add device and not system files were found. Looks like that MB does not permit booting to the new drive. 

I left the drive in and reconnected my SATA drives. Windows sees the new drive, and I can use it, but just cannot boot to it. Kind of defeats the purpose of having the drive. Hope this helps.

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jokerone
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RE: Optiplex 9020 NVMe-aware?

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I would like to know exactly the same thing

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rboynton
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RE: Optiplex 9020 NVMe-aware?

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Really old post, but thought I would throw my 2 cents in. I have a 9020 and purchased a Toshiba OCZ NVMe drive. Box is running on the latest A16 BIOS. Unplugged my current SATA HD's and installed the new card. Installed Windows 10 to the NVMe using a flashdrive. After the first reboot during the Windows installation, got a message saying no hard drive was found. Going into BIOS, boot devices the NVMe was not listed. Clicked add device and not system files were found. Looks like that MB does not permit booting to the new drive. 

I left the drive in and reconnected my SATA drives. Windows sees the new drive, and I can use it, but just cannot boot to it. Kind of defeats the purpose of having the drive. Hope this helps.

storagejohn
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RE: Optiplex 9020 NVMe-aware?

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Awesome, so i can use it as datastore and nested VMware .

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Pennstater2013
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I know this is an old post but I was wondering if any of the BIOS updates released by Dell since this topic's original date may have enabled this feature?  

I see that the latest BIOS version is now A23 released early in July 2018. I read through the release notes but didn't see anything in the way of this feature being added (I doubt it has; I think these BIOS updates are just bug fix type releases, but thought I'd check anyway).

 

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apsoprano
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A new BIOS revision is available and I was wondering if someone tried the trick again..  I bought this M.2 SSD to PCIe NVMe AHCI card to use it on my i7 optiplex 9020 ... ready to pull the trigger on a Samsung 970 PRO.. but not sure if it will support it.. 

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rguisinger
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Just tried - no worky, shows up as mass storage device, but cannot select as a boot method

Hot-Dell
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RE: Optiplex 9020 NVMe-aware?

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Same here even after a UEFI/BIOS update to A24 (Nov. 2, 2018 release).

System Information shows my device only as "SLOT4= Mass Storage" and not as a bootable device -- even with the UEFI Boot Option enabled, and with or without Secure Boot enabled. I would like to see Dell update the next UEFI/BIOS to include support for bootable M.2 drives. I tried it with both an M.2 NVMe SSD and an older M.2 AHCI SSD. I would think that the AHCI blade would work even in Legacy BIOS mode, but it did not.

Just last month (Oct. 2018 as of this writing), even Apple updated its Boot ROM to support NVMe drives on my nine-year-old Mac Pro! Dell should do the same with a firmware update to their older machines.

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hope_glory
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I'm running an Optiplex 990 and WD Black 500GB NVMe PCIe WDS500G2X0C with a PCIe adapter along with BIOS A24 and am getting read/write speeds of 1632 MB/s / 1496 MB/s. The computer recognizes the drive for reading and writing but I cannot boot from that drive (BIOS doesn't recognize the drive in UEFI mode, or in legacy mode).

After spending a week researching options, including using alternative boot software that boots from USB and other options such as modifying the BIOS with third party tools, I've come to the conclusion that modifying the BIOS is the easiest and most effective method but it risks bricking the computer. For this reason, I echo Hot-Dell's request to release an official A25 BIOS update to include an UEFI boot option for NVMe PCIe SSDs. Thank you!

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Dell.uded
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I also echo Hot-Dell's request to release an official A25 BIOS update to include an UEFI boot option for NVMe PCIe SSDs. In fact it's just like a 'boot from SCSI' option in BIOS (which used to be quite common) only this time the 'SCSI' is an NVMe SSD.

Thank you!

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