[SOLVED] Can windows boot from nvme SSD on PCIe

kerangovender

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Let's say I am going to get a PCIe card that allows me to use an nvme SSD.
Can I install windows 7 to it
And will it boot from the PCIe card
 

Barty1884

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Some Z97's won't boot an OS from NVME.
I have never heard of this DLoT.... any board you're aware of specifically? I've successfully done so with boards from MSI, Gigabyte and ASUS (all boards that didn't have an onboard M.2 so used a PCIe adapter). Not saying you're wrong, but this is news to me.

The question is can windows boot from a PCIe slot
I have one PCIe x16 slot and 2 x1 slots
My PC is quite old
Specs:
Cpu: i3 2130
Mobo : Fujitsu D2990-A3
500gb hdd plus 120gb hdd
8gb DDR3 RAM

If it won't work then I could just use nvme for additional storage
"Can Windows"? Window's doesn't care. It's the BIOS support that dictates whether the motherboard/system will allow it to be bootable.

Natively, a board of that era (and a Fujitsu at that!) isn't going to be capable of booting from an NVMe SSD without a modded BIOS - and I do not recommend going that route.

As for using as secondary storage, that seems a bit of a waste if you don't already have the drive + adapter?
Surely a SATA3 SSD would be a cheaper route to go.
 

Barty1884

Titan
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Depends on your specific specs.

It's mostly (not exclusively) going to boil down to era of the motherboard.
Native PCIe/NVMe booting was first a "thing" (at a consumer level) from Z87 onwards from Intel... anything older, and probably not, at least not natively.
 

kerangovender

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The question is can windows boot from a PCIe slot
I have one PCIe x16 slot and 2 x1 slots
My PC is quite old
Specs:
Cpu: i3 2130
Mobo : Fujitsu D2990-A3
500gb hdd plus 120gb hdd
8gb DDR3 RAM
 

Barty1884

Titan
Moderator
Some Z97's won't boot an OS from NVME.
I have never heard of this DLoT.... any board you're aware of specifically? I've successfully done so with boards from MSI, Gigabyte and ASUS (all boards that didn't have an onboard M.2 so used a PCIe adapter). Not saying you're wrong, but this is news to me.

The question is can windows boot from a PCIe slot
I have one PCIe x16 slot and 2 x1 slots
My PC is quite old
Specs:
Cpu: i3 2130
Mobo : Fujitsu D2990-A3
500gb hdd plus 120gb hdd
8gb DDR3 RAM

If it won't work then I could just use nvme for additional storage
"Can Windows"? Window's doesn't care. It's the BIOS support that dictates whether the motherboard/system will allow it to be bootable.

Natively, a board of that era (and a Fujitsu at that!) isn't going to be capable of booting from an NVMe SSD without a modded BIOS - and I do not recommend going that route.

As for using as secondary storage, that seems a bit of a waste if you don't already have the drive + adapter?
Surely a SATA3 SSD would be a cheaper route to go.
 

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