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Windows 7: NVMe SSD on M.2 pci-e running Win7

19 Feb 2017   #1

Win7 pro x64
NVMe SSD on M.2 pci-e running Win7

I have an MSI Z270M motherboard and i7-7700k cpu running win7 pro on an old SSD, and everything is working fine. This board has an M.2 slot that I would like to use for a new boot drive, so here are my questions...

First the specs from my motherboard manual

Board has 1 x M.2 slot (Key M)
ƒ1 - Supports up to PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA 6Gb/s
ƒ2 - Supports 2242 / 2260 / 2280 / 22110 storage devices
ƒ3 - Supports PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe U.2 SSD with Turbo U.2 Host Card (Host Card not included)

I want to get a new Samsung 960 EVO NVMe ssd and use it as my boot drive. Based on the specs above, its unclear as to whether or not I need a U.2 Host Card. I am thinking I can just use the M.2 slot for the NVMe drive, but the fact that the word "NVMe" only appears on line three above, makes me want to check with you all to be sure. Shouldn't line 1 also say "NVMe" right after "PCIe 3.0"?

Based on other threads here I've learned how to install Win7 in UEFI mode, and already created a bootable UEFI win7 install USB drive using Rufus, which boots fine on my machine. But ny bios has two options listed under "boot mode select", both UEFI and LEGACY+UEFI. Do I have to choose the first one? It would be nice to choose the second one in case I want to boot from my old SSD. The UEFI win7 install USB drive appeared to boot just fine under LEGACY+UEFI modem, for what its worth.

Assuming this all works out and I get the new drive installed and all my programs added and windows customizations done, I plan to build a second machine that is an exact copy of the first one. I would love to be able to clone the 960 EVO onto a second 960 EVO rather than go through the whole install and customize process a second time. Does anyone know if its feasible to clone one NVMe onto another NVMe.? The motherboard only has one M.2 slot, is the problem. Thanks.

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 NVMe SSD on M.2 pci-e running Win7

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