I'm in the market for a new SSD. I had a bad experience with a M.2 drive, where I had to use an adapter for the PCI slot because the board didn't have a M.2 slot but the bios never recognized the drive so it would never boot to it.
The Intel 750 SSD appears to be a PCI only type drive not a M.2. Here are the specs on the machine I'd like to install it on, my question, will I be more successful to get it recognized as a bootable drive or not?
X99 Motherboard (MSI) but it is not out of the box board. Board came on the Area 51 PC that I bought last December.
PCIe is Gen 3
So will this drive be easier to recognize by the PC? I'm curious what configuration settings may be required in the bios. That may be my determining factor is if the settings that need to be changed to support this drive are not available. (hope that makes sense)
Any links or experiences would be helpful.
We appreciate you confidence in Intel products, here is some reference information that you can review before buying and installing an Intel® SSD 750 Series.
All the Intel® SSD 750 Series drives are PCIe® Gen3 x4 devices and they are available in 2 form factors: the Add-in Card (AIC) that uses a single slot x4 connector and the 2.5-inch that uses the U.2 connector. They are not SATA devices, and there are actually some requirements for proper operation, and to use them as bootable devices.
Using an NVMe device to boot a computer system requires the following:
- A system BIOS configured to enable uEFI* version 2.3.1, and support NVMe boot
- A system based on an Intel® Z97 Chipset, or an Intel® X99 Chipset
- A 64-bit operating system that supports uEFI; Microsoft Windows* 7, 8 or 8.1
- For Windows* 7, the CSM in the system BIOS might need to be set.
Here is a document that summarizes the common questions about this drive: http://www.intel.com/support/ssdc/hpssd/ssd-750/sb/CS-035483.htm Intel® SSD 750 Series — Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
In the following advisory, you will find the Motherboards that were tested using the Intel® SSD 750 Series as boot drive: http://www.intel.com/support/ssdc/hpssd/ssd-750/sb/CS-035484.htm Intel® SSD 750 Series — Tested Motherboards
* Note that this was tested using the Add-in card (HHL, half-height, half-length). Using the 2.5 inch model requires the motherboard to support NVMe* drives with a U.2 connector.
The steps required to configure your system to boot from this drive may vary depending on the Motherboard and BIOS version, however, you can check this document to view some examples of Z97 and X99 boards: http://www.intel.com/support/ssdc/hpssd/sb/CS-035481.htm Intel® High Performance Solid-State Drives — Booting an NVMe* PCI Express* Solid State Drive