[SOLVED] NVME M.2 compatibility with Samsung NP930X2K

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I'm a bit out of my depth here...

I have a Samsung NP930X2K-K02US laptop running Win 10 Home. Currently it has the original Samsung mznte128hmgr SSD. I'd like to replace this with something larger and with the best performance possible.

However I can't work out whether the M.2 interface on the motherboard will support/boot from an NVME SSD, which would be my first choice of replacement drive type.

On inspection the motherboard socket is M-keyed and so will physically accept an NVMe drive, but whether the hardware/firmware will support it I can't ascertain, and neither can I find a service manual giving motherboard specification. I think I understand that it depends on what generation of PCIe support the motherboard/bios offers, but that's as far as I have got. Have had a poke around in Device Manager but didn't get anywhere. The bios hasn't been updated since new.

Any help with working out whether something like a Western Digital wds500g2b0c would be compatible with my machine would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you,
Edward
 

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Unless that existing drive is an NVMe, or you can find some specific documentation that the laptop can use one...it can't.
In a low end laptop from 2015, highly unlikely.

Just put in a M.2 SATA III SSD of larger size, and move on.
You'll not notice any actual difference in a low spec system like that.
 

USAFRet

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Mar 16, 2013
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Unless that existing drive is an NVMe, or you can find some specific documentation that the laptop can use one...it can't.
In a low end laptop from 2015, highly unlikely.

Just put in a M.2 SATA III SSD of larger size, and move on.
You'll not notice any actual difference in a low spec system like that.
 

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