My old NUC7i5 is being replaced under warranty and I'm expecting a new one to arrive this coming week (problem on the NUC was no video out at all).
The Old NUC originally had a 1TB HDD and 16GB Optane( that I had replaced with a Samsung EVO Pro 970 256GB M.2 SSD that is/was in good working order with Windows 10Pro installed and upgraded from Home to Pro).
When I returned the NUC Intel asked me to reinstall the Optane and return the unit as it was originally shipped. I'm expecting an Optane bootable NUC with windows 10 Home edition back from Intel. So here is my questions
Can I install the EVO SSD on the new machine and boot up directly from my Old setup(I plan to do all driver updates on the new NUC before I do anything else) is there any reason why it would not boot?
For Windows Authentication I think my Pro edition is valid for 5 PC's so should I upgrade the New PC first with The same Pro key or should I downgrade the Windows on the M.2 SDD using the Key on the New one and then update with my Pro Key?
I had UEFI mode in BIOS on the old machine so changed nothing there when installing the EVO.
Thank you for your reply.
I also was set to try the way you are describing in section 1.
I cannot remember how I set up the the OLD NUC when I uninstalled Optane I remember disabling Optane and uninstalling the Optane software and then removing the hardware but I cannot for my life remeber in I changed anything in BIOS before installing the EVO SSD. I know I did a clean install on the EVO and it resulted in three partitions two small ones and one for windows if that's any hint. A little guy sitting on my right shoulder says AHCI rings a bell...but not very loud.......
If i set it to AHCI before installing the EVO in the M.2 slot will the result be damaged boot also if it previously was installed using RST?
When you say damage windows boot do you mean that I will have to format the EVO and do a clean install?
One more thing, I decided to create a bootable USB/ISO for a clean install should that be necessary(on a very OLD PC that I'm using while I wait for my replacement)
Im using a USB stick that I've used on my Old NUC and using RUFUS to create the image. So I've used this to do a clean install before.
RUFUS detects the following about mu USB stick.
Has GPT Partition Scheme
UEFI (non CSM) Target System
I'm not sure if this info can point you towards anything useful regarding my BIOS setting?
Thank you Leon for those detailed instructions. I will follow them to a tee.
Now I will wait for the NUC, hopefully here by midweek.
Will update when all is done and dusted.
Again Thanks a lot for your time and effort.
I'm not sure if we have a misunderstanding here my SSD is an Samsung EVO 970 Pro M.2 SSD its not a SATA ssd.
It goes into the same slot as the Optane memory.
I do not have an M.2 slot on my old computer............
OK i got my NUC back, I tried to boot it but it came up with a green screen. Checked Bios and SATA was set to AHCI(maybe they did that over at intel because they new about my SSD and figured I would put it back?
Anyhow removed Optane and installed Samsung EVO and it booted up in my windows!!!
Had to reactivate my windows(new Hardware) and also reset my PIN.
I Formatted the 1GB HDD so there is nothing on it.
Now I have one irritating thing left and that is, I cannot remove Any device from the UEFI and legacy BOOT Priority list and sometime depending on what I'M doing (boot from USB for example) it switches the UEFI priority devices
I have the Samsung on top and I guess its the 1TB drive below but when the 1TB drive ends up on top I get green screen(you cant boot from an empty device)
How can I remove the device in BIOS?
I fixed it, the 1TB HDD still had a Boot partition on it so I used AOMEI Partition Manager(they also have a great backup/restore solution, both have a free version) to remove it and with that the drive disappeared from boot options in UEFI.
Thank you for all your help
From a happily up and running