Question Help! Bought an m.2 ssd but PC can't detect it

Jun 21, 2022
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Hi guys,

I bought a Samsung 1 TB SSD 980 m.2 NVME - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-3-500-Internal-Solid-MZ-V8V1T0BW/dp/B08TJ2649W/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3GK9FV2LK71XD&keywords=Samsung+980+1+TB+PCIe+3.0+(up+to+3.500+MB/s)+NVMe+M.2+Internal+Solid+State+Drive+(SSD)+(MZ-V8V1T0BW)&qid=1658678119&sprefix=samsung+980+1+tb+pcie+3.0+up+to+3.500+mb/s+nvme+m.2+internal+solid+state+drive+ssd+mz-v8v1t0bw+,aps,74&sr=8-1

But I tried EVRYTHING, my pc didn't detect it.

My motherboard's manual states (for Storage):

Intel Z97 Express Chipset.
1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key, type 2260/2280 storage devices support (suppers PCIe interface only)


Can someone please advise if this m.2 NVMe ssd I bought can even work with my motherboard?

Thanks
 
Jun 21, 2022
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When I run the 'Crucial' compatibility checker, it advises this ssd will work for my motherboard: Crucial P2 1TB PCIe M.2 2280SS SSD
 
Jun 21, 2022
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That drive should be compatible with your board and BIOS version.

Does it appear anywhere? In the BIOS?
HI USAFret,

No nothing, I've tried for hours, everything you can imagine. Samsung Magician software doesn't pick it up. I've tried many computer restarts, going into the BIOS, nothing can 'see' the ssd. Tried going into disc management, it doesn't appear there. I'm lost for options. I know that SSD (Samunsg 980 linked above) is relatively new and my motherboard Asus Maximus Ranger VII is quite old now (I had got it in 2014).

It's so stressful. I was hoping to just install the m.2 ssd and be on my way.
 
Jun 21, 2022
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I found these forum discussions

https://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?126860-M-2-Issue-with-my-asus-maximus-VII-Ranger


Some as suggesting getting a 2.5" Sata SSD. But those only go up to 560/530 MB/s so a bit slow, isn't it? I was hoping for a fast m.2
 
Jun 21, 2022
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In a board like that, you will see pretty much NO difference with a SATA III SSD.

What do you use this system for?
Ah I see. I'll probably just to that then. It's too stressful trying to find a compatible m.2, Too much of a headache. I don't know if i should bother ordering the crucial ssd which they claim will definitely work.
 
Jun 21, 2022
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In that use, you'll not see any real difference.

The main benefit of a solid state drive is the near zero access time vs HDD.
This is for ALL SSDs...SATA III and NVMe.

Drop in a SATA III drive (Samsung 860 or Crucial MX500), and all is well.
Thanks USAFret!
 

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