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SGarc6
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how to fit two drives of same type in nuc7i7

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The nuc7i7bnh supports raid1, but Intel's "RAID Setup Procedure for Intel® NUC Kits" documents states that both drives must be of the same technology: either both SATA (AHCI) or both PCIe (NVMe). However, the nuc7i7bnh has one NVMe and one SATA connection for storage. How can one put two NVMe or two SATA drives in that chassis?

Steve

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n_scott_pearson
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The M.2 socket can hold either a NVMe M.2 SSD or a SATA M.2 SSD.

If you use a SATA M.2 SSD, you could put a similarly-sized 2.5" SATA SSD in the drive bay and use RAID0 or RAID1 across them. You could also put a HDD in the drive bay and use all or part of the M.2 SSD as a high-speed cache (this is Intel SRT and is akin to Optane Memory).

If you use a M.2 NVMe SSD, there is no way to use Intel RST unless the NUC has two M.2 sockets. Only the NUC6i7KY and the new NUC8i7HN and NUC8i7HV NUCs have two M.2 sockets.

Hope this covers it,

...S

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n_scott_pearson
Super User Retired Employee
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The M.2 socket can hold either a NVMe M.2 SSD or a SATA M.2 SSD.

If you use a SATA M.2 SSD, you could put a similarly-sized 2.5" SATA SSD in the drive bay and use RAID0 or RAID1 across them. You could also put a HDD in the drive bay and use all or part of the M.2 SSD as a high-speed cache (this is Intel SRT and is akin to Optane Memory).

If you use a M.2 NVMe SSD, there is no way to use Intel RST unless the NUC has two M.2 sockets. Only the NUC6i7KY and the new NUC8i7HN and NUC8i7HV NUCs have two M.2 sockets.

Hope this covers it,

...S

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SGarc6
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> The M.2 socket can hold either a NVMe M.2 SSD or a SATA M.2 SSD.

That was the key missing piece for me. If I ever knew that M.2 SSD's were available in SATA, I had forgotten.

Thanks!

Steve