Z170A XPOWER GAMING - Drives Not Showing After Sleep Mode Post M2_2 NVME Install

jrsharif157202db

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Hello,

I'm currently running a Z170A XPower motherboard and am running the latest bios (7968v1E Release 2018-06-27). Running Windows 10 Pro.

Over the weekend I installed a 1 TB m.2 drive into M2_2 slot due to the location of my graphics card. My computer has multiple hard drives and I am using the following configuration. I've attached a picture of how these drives are setup and brief details about what they are. I additionally have one USB storage device.

The green drive is my boot drive and has my windows install. The yellow drives disappear appear upon boot; however after the computer returns from sleep mode they are not visible on my machine or in disk manager. Scanning for the drives in disk manager does not locate the drives.

At first I thought it was a drive lettering/assignment issue, and so I made everything seemingly random letters. Didn't seem to fix the problem.

I should also specifically mention that aside from updating the bios for NVME support and installing the harddrive in slot M2_2 that I did not specifically touch or modify any other settings (both in windows or the bios) and did not change any hardware.

I was wondering if anyone has had this experience and what the fix may be. Since this is a combination work and personal machine it makes me exceptionally nervous when the drives go missing.
 

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plutomate

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try M2_1 and see if it works, I do know WD SN series has problem with AMD chipset lane but never heard about Intel platform.
 

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try M2_1 and see if it works, I do know WD SN series has problem with AMD chipset lane but never heard about Intel platform.
M2_1 sits directly under an MSI 980 TI, which is a pretty large card that sometimes measures on the warmer side. I think the drive can fit if the heatsink that it came with is removed, but my initial thought was to avoid M2_1 due to heat dissipation (or lack there of). There is basically no gap for convection around the harddrive. Wanted to give the drive some room to "breathe". Do you think that overheating this drive would be a valid concern or have I talked myself into a doomsday scenario?
 

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the board is probably out of warranty so you want to avoid RMA with all all cost. Plug the SSD to M2_1 is for clarifying whether it's a bad SSD or M.2 slot. If it works on M2_1 but not M2_2, you know the problem is motherboard and if the thermal behavior is a big concern for you, you can get a cheap PCIe to M.2 adapter for your
nvm because it only happens after resume from S3 :( can you try couple earlier release BIOS?
 
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