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Your system is not intel optane memory ready "unsupported drive"


I can not get Intel Optane working the above error just comes up all the time.


I have formatted and tried various bios settings to get it working about 10 times.


My PC specs are:



Gigabyte Z370 gaming 5 (Intel Optane memory ready)

EVGA 1070 Superclocked


Corsair vengeance 2x 16gb

512GB Samsung PM961 Polaris M.2 NVMe (22x80) PCIe 3.0 (x4) SSD (With windows 10 pro 64 installed on)

2tb Seagate barracuda mechanical.


Intel Optane 32gb memory (in the correct port)

"Originally had two 1 TB drives in raid to bought a single drive, thinking that would solve it"


Bios I have


Disabled CSM


Enabled RST on the Optane m.2 port


List Disk, cleaned and manually set my 2tb drive to GPT.

RST legacy Orom is disabled


Sata mode is: Intel RST Premium with Intel Optane system acceleration.


Updated my Bios to the latest version.


Iv been trying to resolve this for about 3 days and have run out of information that I can use to resolve it.
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Community Manager




Thanks for being part of our community. We understand that you're receiving an "unsupported drive" message when trying to enable Intel® Optane™ Memory.



The problem is that you're booting from an NVMe SSD. The Intel® Optane™ Memory requires a single SATA boot drive with Windows 10 * to work. The rest of the settings seem to be fine.



You can find more details about Intel® Optane™ Memory requirements in the following article:



- Frequently Asked Questions for Intel® Optane™ Memory



Best regards,


Eugenio F.

Can the mechanical drive be modified to make optane believe it's a sata boot? Seems like a waste of a good bit of technology having to use it that way, since m.2 nvme is as cheap as it's sata SSD counter parts now. But the use of high storage drives is still in high demand it really limits optanes potential.

Community Manager




Thanks for your reply.



At the moment, booting from a SATA drive is the only supported configuration for Intel® Optane™ Memory. Other users have pointed out this and it has already been suggested to our business unit for consideration.



Best regards,


Eugenio F.