Loading Ubuntu on Systems Using PCIe M2 Drives

Loading Ubuntu on Systems Using PCIe M2 Drives

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Hard Drive Not Seen

When booting to the Ubuntu 14.04 / 15.04 media on a system that only has a PCIe based m2 drive. You may see that the Installer cannot locate a hard drive (the installer only looks for /dev/sdx by default) (Figure 1).
Ubuntu Install Screen
Figure 1


Note: Users should go to the system BIOS (F2 on boot up) and change the SATA setting to AHCI. Should the drive still not be seen after this change. Users should then follow the instructions below.

Add the following kernel argument at boot time:

  • Press F12 when you see the keyboard prompt (Figure 2):
    Ubuntu Keyboard Prompt
    Figure 2
  • Press Enter to select Language
  • Press F6
  • Press Esc
  • Modify the boot option to add "nvme_load=YES" and remove "quiet splash ---"
    Before (Figure 3):
    Ubuntu Command Line
    Figure 3

    After (Figure 4):
    Ubuntu Command Line
    Figure 4

    Press Enter.

The NVME drive is now available in the installer (Figure 5):
Ubuntu Install Screen
Figure 5

  • Controller: Nvme0
  • Port: N1
  • Partition: Px

http://manpages.ubuntu.com/manpages/cosmic/man4/nvme.4freebsd.html External Link

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Article ID: SLN299303

Last Date Modified: 05/22/2020 04:46 PM

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