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Is the Intel SSD 750 bootable with Windows 10 x64 in a C602/X79 board?

hi,

I wonder if the Intel SSD 750 will be bootable in my PC with Windows 10 64x.

It is a Fujitsu Celsius M720 (bought in 2012), the mainboard is "Fujitsu D3128-A1x" with a Intel chipset C602/X79 (Intel Xeon E5-1620 3.60GHz).

It is no problem to boot with a Windows 10 64x USB stick in the UEFI mode and to install Windows 10 64x on a hard disk formatted with GPT.

But will it be possible to install Windows 10 x64 on a Intel SSD 750? (the SSD is only intended for the operating system, not for the data files).

I read about the requirements for using the Intel SSD 750. And I read the http://www.intel.com/support/ssdc/hpssd/ssd-750/sb/CS-035483.htm Intel® SSD 750 Series — Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), the Information 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, http://www.intel.com/support/ssdc/hpssd/ssd-750/sb/CS-035496.htm Intel® SSD 750 Series — Before You Buy as well as some hints by jonathan_intel, aleki_intel and other Intel support members here in the discussion board.

- PCIe Gen3 x4: There a two free PCIe x4 Gen3 slots on the board (and a free PCIe x16 Gen3 slot).

- NVMe boot: Does anybody know, it the C602/X79 chipset is able for a NVMe boot? I thought, this is only a requirement for the operating system (Windows 10 x64 has a build-in device driver for NVMe), but not for the main board?

- uEFI 2.3.1 BIOS: Unfortunately, I don't know how to determine the version of the UEFI BIOS. The BIOS firmware was last updated in July 2015. When entering the BIOS setup, no version number for uefi is shown (only for the the actual BIOS version). With the utility HW-Info, the following information can be identified:

- BIOS Manufacturer: American Megatrends

- BIOS Date: 05/06/2015

- BIOS Version: V4.6.5.3 R1.16.0 for D3128-A1x (the same is shown with the cmd command "wmic bios get smbiosbiosversion")

- UEFI BIOS: Capable

But there is no information about the version of the UEFI-Bios. How can I find out the version of the UEFI Bios?

I asked the Fujitsu support here in Germany some days ago, I got no answer so far.

I read also about the other Intel SSD's like P3500/3600/3700, but they are too expensive for me.

Thank you for your help.

Greetings from Germany :-)

ciao

h-o

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Hello Hans-Otto,

The Intel® SSD 750 Series have been tested with selected motherboards. Using this drive as boot device requires Intel® Z97 Chipset or an Intel® X99 Chipset. Please note that even some motherboards with these chipsets may have limitations to work with these drives, as noted in the document: http://www.intel.com/support/ssdc/hpssd/ssd-750/sb/CS-035484.htm Intel® SSD 750 Series — Tested Motherboards

Boot capability of the Intel® SSD 750 Series in systems using the C602 and X79 chipsets was not tested. Intel does not support nor recommend using the drive as boot device with these motherboards.

We strongly advise you to contact back the http://www.intel.com/support/oems.htm Computer Manufacturer Support to confirm any system limitation related to NVMe* drives, as well as the uEFI version of your motherboard.

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Yes, It is possible with C602 chipset. Even the BIOS is critical. The BIOS in my machines supports it. I am using it as a boot drive. Mine is a HP Z820 workstation.

Couple of things I found is,

You should use original Microsoft DVD to install. The altered images do not work well in EFI mode.

The Intel NVME driver should be in a USB stick in a USB 2.0 port. The driver did not load when I tried it in a USB 3.0 port.