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Asus Z97-Pro (WiFi ac) not see my M.2 SSD drive

trodas
Level 9
Guys and gals (?), I would certaily use some help / advices, on how to make my M.2 SSD device visible in bios of my new Asus Z97-Pro (WiFi ac) mainboard.

I bought this one recently, to get a new -QUIET- build for gaming and apart from 1T WD HDD I get a 128G Samsung SM951 M.2 SSD drive. Upon inserting it into the mainboard:



...it is getting reasonably hot (especially the first chip - controller), so it should work, yet it fail to show up in the Z97-Pro bios at all. So I cannot partition the SSD, nor start installing Win7 on it.

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I tried to set the setting in Advanced / PCH Storage Configuration - SATA Express(SATAEXPRESS) and M.2 Configuration to directly M.2 instead of Auto, but still no help. SATA is in AHCI mode.

Then I on youtube looked at this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7PEBscJbno

...but altrought it surely help people with the Z97 Maximus VII mainboard to make the SSD visible in bios:
Advanced / Onboard Devices Configuration and change the setting of PCI Express X4_3 Slot (Black) Bandwitch from Auto Mode to M.2 Mode. However I did not find such option in my bios...

Also I noticed this thread:
http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?53091-Rampage-V-Extreme-M-2-Setup-And-Windows-Installation-...

...but this is, once again, about different mainboard - about Rampage V Extreme 😞

So, a little help would go a long way there... Thanks!


PS. Looks like I'm not alone:
https://www.ifixit.com/Answers/View/213592/Nothing+will+make+the+Asus+Z97+Pro+M.2+device+boot,+any+i...
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trodas
Level 9
So you get the Samsung 950 Pro M.2 SSD to work? Win7? What mainboard? I'm very interesed! My email is trodas@seznam.cz or you can try gmail: liespleasestop@gmail.com - both will do just fine. Or upload it on Mediafire and provide link?

How can I put this driver into the Win7 USB install is my next question, of course.

trodas
Level 9
Slight bump...?

trodas
Level 9
*BUMP*

Even the "new" list of "supported" by Asus SSDs did not say a thing about M.2 SSD devices:
https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Z97PRO/HelpDesk_QVL/

OCZ: VTR150-25SAT3-240G and VTX460-25SAT3-240G and VTX460A-25SAT3-240G and ARC100-25SAT3-240G and RADEON-R7SSD-240G
Crucial: CT256MX100SSD1
Kingston: HYPERX FURY-240G
Panasonic: RP-SSB240GAK
Plextor: PX-256M6S and PX-256M6PRO
Samsung: MZ-75E1T0
Transcend: TS256GSSD320

trodas
Level 9
Help, pls...!

Breimeister
Level 9
Sorry, I don't check this website every day. I will send what I have to the e-mail address you provided above. I don't know if it will work with Windows 7 as I use Windows 10 Pro and I don't use this motherboard. If it help you fine, if not... nothing I can do about that. 😞

trodas
Level 9
Np, but absolutely nothing is found, not even in the spam folders, in abovementoned emails. So, could you upload the driver packed into zip archive in, for example, http://www.mediafire.com or http://www.mega.co.nz ...? There is obviously a problem with your email, as nothig get thru. Not even into spam folder...

And, IIRC? Seznam.cz emai should take 8MB attachments, so this driver is hopefully not that big...???

And pls mention on what mainboard you get the SM950 M.2 SSD working. It does not show up at all for me, not even in bios, witch is IMHO epic Asus fail.

Breimeister
Level 9
The driver is 17.8 MB. I think it best you download directly it directly from Samsung, see:
http://www.samsung.com/global/business/semiconductor/minisite/SSD/global/html/pc/support.html

I got it working on the Maximus VI Hero with an Asus PCI-e adapter card.

trodas
Level 9
Well, thanks for trying, but this is not a driver, this is a software tool (Samsung Magician Software) and I have zero idea, how that can help when the mainboard point-blank refuse to see the M.2 SSD.

The only way to use the software is to install it. That requre Windows. In situation, where OS drive is *NOT DETCTED AT ALL* I cannot proceed with install...

I did installed it on my another machine with Samsung SSD drive, but that is it. No help at all.

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The only way to run it, will be to install on classic HDD Win7 and then run the app... but what can it do to make the drive recognized by the damn mainbord?!

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I quess I give up. Toss the machine into cabinet, end of story.