Question Question about switching SSDs in M.2 slots

Dec 12, 2019
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Okay so I have an ASUS ROG MAXIMUS X HERO. When I built my computer I bought a WD BLUE M.2 512 GB SSD for windows and maybe some games like total war: warhammer 2. So I just bought a Samsung M.2 NVMe 970 EVO PLUS 1TB. So, when I bought the WD Blue drive I didn't notice it wasn't a NVMe drive but still installed it in the M.2_1 slot which could take advantage of using PCIe instead of SATA. Now, I have three questions. 1) Can I switch my WD Blue drive from M.2_1 to M.2_2 without it messing with windows? 2) If I download windows onto a USB and then install it onto my EVO PLUS while windows is still installed on my WD Blue drive, will it mess things up? 3) What is your recommendation for the easiest/best way to have my EVO PLUS drive installed in the M.2_1 slot with windows installed and the WD Blue drive installed in the M.2_2 slot without windows being installed on it any more? I think I have the steps I'm going to take to get this done but wanted to see your ideas first. Thanks in advance.
 
Only one M.2 slot on your board supports sata M.2 drives.
So - no, you can not move sata WD blue drive to second M.2 slot.

Leave WD Blue sata M.2 in current slot. Install 970 Evo in remaining M.2 slot.

If you want to install windows on 970 evo, then remove wd blue drive first.
Alternatively you could clone wd blue to 970 evo (and avoid reinstall).
 
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Only one M.2 slot on your board supports sata M.2 drives.
So - no, you can not move sata WD blue drive to second M.2 slot.

Leave WD Blue sata M.2 in current slot. Install 970 Evo in remaining M.2 slot.

If you want to install windows on 970 evo, then remove wd blue drive first.
Alternatively you could clone wd blue to 970 evo (and avoid reinstall).
Okay, yes, I stand corrected sir. You are right. For some reason I did not notice that. Thank you, you are a gentleman and a scholar.
 

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