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Windows 10 does not see my M.2 SSD.

Tue Nov 20, 2018 2:43 pm

Hello. I've built a system around a Gigabyte x299 Aorus 7 Gaming motherboard, and installed my first ever M.2 SSD - a 512GB Intel 760p. It appears that I did this correctly - there was no magic smoke, and if I navigate to my UEFI's Peripherals > Intel VIrtual RAID on CPU > All Intel VMD Controllers > Non-RAID Physical Disks, it shows up as INTEL SSDPEKKWS512GB with no issues. It is not enumerated under BIOS > Hard Drive BBS Priorities, and the Windows 10 installer does not see it, even if I install the drive controller drivers in setup. Can anyone give me an idea what's going on here? I don't want to get mad enough to scream at a brand new computer.
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Re: Windows 10 does not see my M.2 SSD.

Tue Nov 20, 2018 2:47 pm

Have you check computer management => Disk management? It is likely that you need to create a partition on the drive.
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Re: Windows 10 does not see my M.2 SSD.

Tue Nov 20, 2018 2:50 pm

Krogoth wrote:
Have you check computer management => Disk management? It is likely that you need to create a partition on the drive.


I can't really do that... This is a brand new build with a new SSD, and I'm trying to install Windows 10 Pro from a USB stick. I'd be happy to format it, but I can't really take the drive, pop it into another system, format it there, and pop it back into this one. I edited the original post for clarity.
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Re: Windows 10 does not see my M.2 SSD.

Tue Nov 20, 2018 2:55 pm

Try resetting CMOS, even if you haven't made changes.
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Re: Windows 10 does not see my M.2 SSD.

Tue Nov 20, 2018 3:00 pm

Concupiscence wrote:
Krogoth wrote:
Have you check computer management => Disk management? It is likely that you need to create a partition on the drive.


I can't really do that... This is a brand new build with a new SSD, and I'm trying to install Windows 10 Pro from a USB stick. I'd be happy to format it, but I can't really take the drive, pop it into another system, format it there, and pop it back into this one.



Make sure in the motherboard UEFI that M.2 ports are enabled and they aren't set to RAID mode. The settings are probably buried in peripherals section. There could also be a jumper that is disabling M.2 ports (forcing the motherboard to reserve PCIe lanes for 1x PCIe slots). Make sure that UEFI boot is enabled and not legacy BIOS if you are going to be formatting the drive with GPT.
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Re: Windows 10 does not see my M.2 SSD.

Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:49 am

Update: I feel a little silly, but moving the M.2 SSD to the first slot on the motherboard - which I didn't see because it was somewhat overshadowed by the heatsink/fan - fixed the issue right away. Thank you!
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