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OCZ Z-DRIVE 4500 2,900MB/s READ PCIE SSD Can I boot windows?

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Good Morning,

Do any of you guys have experience using a pci-e ssd as a boot drive with the rampage IV extreme? I want to use an OCZ Z-Drive to boot off of.

Currently I'm using the UEFI bios, after some discussion on the ROG forums they informed me I'd need to use a legacy bios, will it just show up as an option then under the boot priorities?

Thanks for your help and time really appreciate it. Excited for 2,900MB/s read on an enterprise quality drive >-) Just want to make sure it'll boot windows with my current mobo...

-d
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If the bios recognizes it, I don't see why not!
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currently on hold with ASUS customer support... hope they can give me a definitive answer. The mobo is listed on the OCZ support page along with a bios revision, I just wonder if I need to use the legacy bios, currently using the UEFI and loving it. The OCZ rep I contacted said he didn't think I needed to use the legacy bios but on the ROG forums they said I might have to.

From the OCZ rep:

" since most UEFI firmware images provide legacy support for BIOS services that should not be an issue. As far as the Rampage IV Extreme settings it is incumbent upon you to verify with ASUS as well. Should the system require the driver in order for the UEFI BIOS to see the drive, then the driver is available for download on the OCZ enterprise site. "

Hopefully it can be seen by the UEFI and I don't have to go legacy... theoretically it should work though, even though there's no official product documentation re: pci-e ssd booting for the RIVE mobo
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Hello

Seems there is a bit of confusion here. At the ROG forum I stated that the operating system would need to be installed in legacy mode. This has nothing to do with a requirement of using a legacy BIOS. At the drive level it makes no difference if the the motherboard is using BIOS or UEFI. If the motherboard is UEFI based the install will need to be done as a legacy install using the driver available at OCZ.com.
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Hey Praz,

Thanks for the responses and for clearing that up for myself and anyone else who wanders across this same issue with the RIVE board and pci-e bootable ssds.

The z-drive is currently in the post on it's way to me and I have the drivers on a usb stick ready to go for whenever it arrives. I'll tell you and the board how everything worked out or if there's any issues (I don't suspect there will be, everyone I've asked including yourself doesn't think there will be that much of an issue.. I just wanted to make sure before I bit the bullet and actually ordered the drive).

Will post again in a few weeks when it arrives to followup, thanks again!

-d
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Hello

You're welcome and let us know how you make out. smile.gif
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