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Dear fellow MSI enjoyers,

I have been the proud owner of a MSI Z97 GAMING 3 + an MSI Gaming Geforce GTX 970 along with a Samsung 850 Evo SSD for more than a year..

Now Ive bought a Samsung 960 Evo M.2 SSD yesterday and placed it in my motherboard, but it's not recognized by windows 10? I even downloaded the Samsung driver which says that it's not recognized + nowhere in my bios (which I have also updated now) I can find the options for this.

Can anyone help me ?! ;-((

Thank you in advance and with kind regards,


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« Reply #1 on: 20-April-17, 11:30:44 »

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« Reply #2 on: 20-April-17, 13:13:32 »

Sorry, done! Can you please help me now?
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« Reply #3 on: 20-April-17, 13:18:30 »

Hi

Is your OS installed in UEFI mode? Or Legacy?
Did you check Board Explorer in BIOS?
Are you able to test different M.2 drive in your PC OR your M.2 drive in different PC?
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« Reply #4 on: 20-April-17, 13:23:13 »

Hi

Is your OS installed in UEFI mode? Or Legacy?
Did you check Board Explorer in BIOS?
Are you able to test different M.2 drive in your PC OR your M.2 drive in different PC?

1. How can I check that? In my bios i saw UEFI + Legacy and I changed it to UEFI now (enabled the Windows 8/8.1/10 feature).
2. Yes. It does not recognize it..
3. I dont unfortunately..
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« Reply #5 on: 20-April-17, 13:25:41 »

Ok...
Try enabling Win 8.1/10 WHQL support. Save BIOS settings, reboot and enter back to BIOS. If still no sign of the drive in Board Explorer, then you might need to RMA the drive. As far as I can tell from this board specification, it should work at PCIe x2 Gen2.
Did you clear CMOS after BIOS flash? >>Clear CMOS Guide<<
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« Reply #6 on: 21-April-17, 07:26:22 »

If Windows is not setup in UEFI mode (what it apperently isn't if you switched Win8 mode just now) you can't access the drive. It is only available in UEFI mode. Also it is not visible in board's boot options. In pure UEFI mode you should be able to install Windows on it and also access it.
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« Reply #7 on: 21-April-17, 07:58:39 »

Thanks for your answer, i will give that a try. However, i was wondering! What if i remove all drives and only insert the new m.2 and want to freshly install os? Thats also not possible?
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« Reply #8 on: 21-April-17, 07:59:31 »

That should be possible as said (in pure UEFI mode).
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« Reply #9 on: 21-April-17, 08:04:12 »

How do you mean? Lets say i remove all my harddisks and only insert the m.2.

My bios still wont recognize the m.2? So how do i put "what" exactly in pure uefi mode?
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« Reply #10 on: 21-April-17, 08:37:27 »

Em, you don't put a drive in UEFI mode but the system. Enable Win 8 feature and fastboot and start the Windoes installer. PCI-E M.2 drives aren't visible in boot menu.
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« Reply #11 on: 21-April-17, 10:32:28 »

Sorry for my stupid questions, but how do I set my motherboard to pure UEFI mode? And is it smart to remove all harddrives except for the m2 to install windows?
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« Reply #12 on: 21-April-17, 22:40:01 »

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Sorry for my stupid questions, but how do I set my motherboard to pure UEFI mode?

Flobelix already answer you, but here it is again, in BIOS Setup, set those options:
"Windows 8.1/10 WHQL Support" to Enable
also you can enable "MSI Fast Boot"
and make sure Boot Mode is set to UEFI or UEFI + Legacy

then boot from Windows Installer under UEFI Mode and proceed with installation
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