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So I recently decided to grab myself a NVMe SSD, knowing that I'll be transitioning from my current mother board/cpu later this year. My current motherboard, in my build below, doesn't have an M.2 slot so I bought an adapter and plugged the M.2 and adapter into my bother boards PCIe 2.0 x4 slot.

I have the drive recognized, I was able to clone my current HDD into the drive and can still see it in explorer and device manager. However, whenever I go into the BIOS for my motherboard there is no option to boot from the PCIe/SSD and I'm currently at a loss as for what I'm doing wrong.

BIOS version is 0906 for the M5A97 R2.0
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...I bought an adapter and plugged the M.2 and adapter into my bother boards PCIe 2.0 x4 slot.
In you BIOS, does the adapter show up as a boot device?
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Originally Posted by Evancarr View Post

So I recently decided to grab myself a NVMe SSD, knowing that I'll be transitioning from my current mother board/cpu later this year. My current motherboard, in my build below, doesn't have an M.2 slot so I bought an adapter and plugged the M.2 and adapter into my bother boards PCIe 2.0 x4 slot.

I have the drive recognized, I was able to clone my current HDD into the drive and can still see it in explorer and device manager. However, whenever I go into the BIOS for my motherboard there is no option to boot from the PCIe/SSD and I'm currently at a loss as for what I'm doing wrong.

BIOS version is 0906 for the M5A97 R2.0
Looking at the manual for your board it appears that the 4x slot is directly connected to the CPU lanes and not the chipset, if AMD is anything like Intel generally except for newer chipset (X299) you cant boot from devices that are not connected directly to the chipset hence why the option is not there but it will show up in device manger smile.gif
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Originally Posted by Evancarr View Post

However, whenever I go into the BIOS for my motherboard there is no option to boot from the PCIe/SSD and I'm currently at a loss as for what I'm doing wrong.

BIOS version is 0906 for the M5A97 R2.0

Your motherboard doesn't support nvme booting

Your only option would be the samsung 950 pro , which has a legacy bios option rom, although it is becoming difficult to find and it is overpriced

Or you could just keep your 960 evo until your upgrade your motherboard
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