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Boot/Device Config NVME+SATA drive confusion

Please redirect me if this is a redundant topic I haven't found the golden jewel on it yet.

Old Config: (worked fine for what it was)

Patriot Blaze SSD AHCI SATA mode etc...

New Config:

Samsung PMP961 NVME Boot (+ SATA3 storage)

My NUC 7i5BNH has worked great with my old Patriot Blaze SATA III SSD (which is why I initially went with the BNH model to keep this drive in use for a bit longer). Now I'm replacing/adding a Samsung Polaris PM961 and it is blazingly fast in RST mode. Now my drawback...

Anytime I attempt to enable the SATA3 drive, my PM961 disappears. How can I get my PM961 to run at top speed & still use my SATA3 drives?

It's pretty easy to swap the SATA3 drives in the NUC. I somehow munged my Grub bootloader (deleted Linux volume long back) and messed up my boot on the old drive, or I can't see it... I just want to validate I have everything I need to save from the old drive as I plan to migrate it to the family laptop eventually. I may not even need the SATA 3 beyond that but would like to know how to make use of the port should the need arise.


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Community Manager

Hello jtrainer01



Thank you for joining the community.



In order to help you better, I would like to gather more information about the configuration you have on the computer. Please attach to this thread the TXT file the Intel® System Support Utility will generate:


Steps to save the report:
  1. Run the utility.
  2. Click on "Scan" to get the scanned system.
  3. Once the scan is complete click on "next".
  4. Use the "save" option, save the report to your desktop.
  5. To attach a file, you must click the "Attach" option on the bottom right-hand corner of the response box.


If you access to BIOS are you able to see both of your storage devices?





Leonardo C.


Community Manager

Hello jtrainer01



I was checking your case and would like to know if you need further help. If so, please do not hesitate in replying back.





Leonardo C.