Question Is my nvme drive dead?

Feb 20, 2020
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This morning I walked into my office with me computer in the bios.

Not thinking much of it, I discarded any changes and exited.

Ended up back in the bios again. I checked and there are no drives showing in my bootable devices (I only have 1 drive, the 1tb nvme ssd).

After jumping through hoops, updating to latest bios, changing bios settings etc I ultimately was ready to fresh install windows and see if that helped, but the drive doesn't show there either...

Is there something I am missing or is my drive dead?

Specs:

i7 8700k
Samsung 970 Evo plus 1tb nvme ssd
Rog strix 1080ti
Gskill trident z rgb ram 2x8
Rog maximus Xi hero (wifi)
 

Newtonius

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That's some high-end system to have in an office, but why was it in the bios in the first place? Someone had to be on your computer and pressing F2 in order to get on there.

Anywho, your board should have 2 NVMe M.2 slots, try installing it in the other one and troubleshoot again.

Also make sure you can see the NVMe in the bios
https://dlcdnets.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/LGA1151/ROG_MAXIMUS_XI_HERO_WIFI/E14964_ROG_MAXIMUS_XI_HERO_WI-FI_BIOS_EM_WEB.pdf
Page 55 of your manual shows how to check it and configure.
 
Feb 20, 2020
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That's some high-end system to have in an office, but why was it in the bios in the first place? Someone had to be on your computer and pressing F2 in order to get on there.

Anywho, your board should have 2 NVMe M.2 slots, try installing it in the other one and troubleshoot again.

Also make sure you can see the NVMe in the bios
https://dlcdnets.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/LGA1151/ROG_MAXIMUS_XI_HERO_WIFI/E14964_ROG_MAXIMUS_XI_HERO_WI-FI_BIOS_EM_WEB.pdf
Page 55 of your manual shows how to check it and configure.
HI there! It's my home office, so I know nobody else has tampered.

I have tried both m. 2 slots and neither the bios or windows installer recognize the drive as being there.
 
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Well if your GPU is outputting a picture then your PCIe lanes are fine, it's most likely a bad NVMe as you suspected.
How old is the drive/system?
The system is maybe 1.5 years old and the drive is about a year old. I think I have confirmed the drive to be dead. Went and bought an 860 Evo today and installed windows and everything seems to be working. Is there a way to test the nvme drive for failure without having another bench on hand?
 

Newtonius

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The system is maybe 1.5 years old and the drive is about a year old. I think I have confirmed the drive to be dead. Went and bought an 860 Evo today and installed windows and everything seems to be working. Is there a way to test the nvme drive for failure without having another bench on hand?
There are NVMe portable adapters that you can use like a USB stick. You can get one of those and try it out.
Something like this:
https://www.amazon.com/Plugable-Tool-free-Enclosure-Thunderbolt-Compatible/dp/B07N48N5GR
 

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