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m.2 issues with NUC5i3RY



I've been using a NUC5i3RYH for about 6 years without issues, exluding a power button brakedown. I have used a 2,5" ssd for storage and OS. Now I added a m.2, which is the A-data 256gb XPG SX6000 Pro m.2, and I'm having issues. I can see the ssd in the bios and control panel and also using the a-datas' own SSD ToolBox on windows (hardware monitoring software for ssd's). It's there but I'm lacking a drive or partitioning. On my computer I can only see the c-drive.

I'm using windows 10. I updated the bios from RYBDWi35.86A.0354.2016.0120.0912 to RYBDWi35.86A.0386.2022.0705.1602.

On the a-data's SSD Toolbox I can see a message 'connection speed PCIe Gen2x4 (max gen3x4)'

The m.2 drive is PCIe Gen3x4, supports NVMe 1.3, and has 3D NAND Flash.

I wish I could use another PC to transfer the OS from the 2,5" to the m.2 but I can't.

Is there a fix for this or is it a compatibility issue?



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1. It can be combability issue, since this drive wasn't validated by Intel. This is the list of validated components for your NUC.  

2. However since this drive is detected in BIOS, I hope that it should be detected in Windows as well. Try the following:

  • If you don't see the M.2 drive in Disk Management, press Action in menu and then Rescan Disks.
  •      If your see the new drive but it is not initialized, Right-click the drive marked as "Unknown" and "Not Initialized," and select Initialize Disk.
  •      Select GPT (GUID Partition Table) and press OK
  •      Once the drive is initialized, right-click the Unallocated space, and select New Simple Volume
  •      Click Next.
  •      Choose the volume size or leave the default size if you're planning to use the entire drive to store files.
  •      Click Next.
  •      Select a drive letter from the drop-down menu.
  •      Click Next.
  •      Select the NTFS file system.
  •      On "Allocation unit size," leave the Default option.
  •     Type a descriptive name in Volume label field.
  •     Clear the Perform a quick format option.
  •     Click Next.
  •     Click Finish. Once you completed the steps, Windows will set up a new partition and properly format the hard drive.
  •     If your drive is initialized, you need only to format it.  Right-click the drive you want and click Format.
  •     Type a descriptive name.
  •     Select the NTFS file system.
  •     On "Allocation unit size," leave the Default option.
  •     Clear the Perform a quick format option.
  •     Click OK.
  •     Click OK on the warning message. Once the formatting process completes, you can then begin to store files on the drive.





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Thanks a lot Leon! I followed the solution 2 through and it worked. It's compatible.

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