I hope someone can point me in the right direction, my current setup:
Intel NUC 7I5BNH (Bios 0076,latest Intel drivers)
16GB Crucial 2400mhz so-dimm
120gb Samsung EVO SSD
Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
No matter what I try I cannot get Windows to detect the Optane module and I am greeted with "no compatible disks" when I attempt to setup through the Optane application. I have disabled legacy support in the bios and installed windows via GPT. During the windows setup I chose load driver and attempted to install the F6 driver but still no Optane module is visible during the setup and in windows under disk drives and drive management. But here's the weird thing in the bios under sata configurations, when RST for Optane acceleration is selected then the M.2 slot state is listed as not populated. If I choose AHCI then the bios detects the module but again windows does not. When RST for Optane acceleration is selected, the Intel Rapid Storage Technology menu in the bios only detects the Samsung EVO and not the Optane module. Lastly the NUC is currently running windows with RST for Optane acceleration selected in the bios, if I remove the module or change mode to AHCI then windows stops functioning, I have my doubts that the module could be faulty and that this issue might be bios\driver related. I have spent a lot of time on this and cannot find a viable solution.
Your assistance will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your response, please see comments:
I fully understand the performance with HDD compared to SSD but thought Id try and see what benefit I will gain considering its quite an outdated SSD (EVO 750)
2.Enter into BIOS settings Advanced > Devices > Add-in Config and pressed on Configure near Intel Rapid Storage Technology field. Optane Volume Info page has been displayed.
I selected the Intel Rapid Storage Technology configure option, I see Non-Raid Physical Disks and only Samsung EVO is displayed, there isn't Optane memory detected nor is there an Optane option. As posted if I choose AHCI mode, the bios detects the M.2 slot as populated but I cant see the Optane module as physical storage in windows, the F6 driver was loaded during windows setup but again under Disk Drive and Disk Management there is no Optane detected. Windows detects the module as Intel Chipset Sata\PCIe RST Premium Controller and installs the driver successfully but that's as far as it goes.
Please see attached image, the bios is currently configured with RST Premium with Intel Optane
Yes there is.
I only see one physical Non-Raid disk which is the Samsung EVO 120gb, there is not Optane 16gb memory module.
That is correct, only the Samsung EVO 120gb is listed.
I even tried loading the F6 Optain driver manually from the Intel site, I did this during the windows setup to see if windows detects the module as physical storage but it doesn't.
I checked last night, if I select "configure" Intel Rapid Storage Technology, all I see is Non-raid disks which I cant select and under that is the Samsung EVO and if I select that, I just see the drive information. I have no option to change anything. Further more I got a colleague to test the module on a X299 motherboard and without changing anything in the bios, windows detects the module in the device manager under disk drives as "INTEL MEMPEK1W016GA" and "Intel Chipset SATA/PCIe RST Premium Controller" under Storage Controllers. This is what the NUC is supposed to detect but it doesn't. It only detects the Storage Controller.
This images where taken on NUC7i7DNHE, with latest Bios ver 0062. It was the same with previous versions of Bios. I'm updating my Bios using recovery method.
Please check in your Bios Advanced>Devices>Pci that the M.2 slot is enabled. I would start from settings Bios to default settings (F9, F10). Next from fresh Windows installation on Samsung Evo drive.