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NVMe boot with SuperMicro X9DA7

Discussion in 'Processors and Motherboards' started by awedio, Feb 10, 2017.

  1. awedio

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    Parts used:
    SuperMicro X9DA7
    Samsung 960 EVO NVMe - 500GB
    Angelbird Wings PX1
    2x Kingston USB flash drives

    Step 1:
    Create Win10 UEFI USB.
    I used the 1st part of these instructions: Windows 10 Tip: Create Windows 10 Setup Media the Right Way - Thurrott.com
    I added 2 folders to the USB drive:
    -Folder #1*: for the Samsung NVMe driver from here: Recommended AHCI/RAID and NVMe Drivers
    * I installed the NVMe driver right before starting the Win10 install
    -Folder #2**: Intel RST driver: Download IntelĀ® RSTe AHCI & SCU Software RAID driver for Windows*
    ** this fixes the yellow bang in Device manager

    This is what the contents of the USB stick look like after including the 2 folders:
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    Step 2:
    Create a DOS bootable USB stick (I used Rufus - Create bootable USB drives the easy way)
    **Grab the x9DA7 BIOS from Supermicro
    **I used this guide to modify the BIOS
    **I changed the Supermicro BIOS file extension from X9DA724.702 to .ROM (and back again when I was done with the mod)

    Step 3:
    Update the BIOS using the "modded" version (follow the SuperMicro instructions to upgrade)
    Power down system after successful "modded" BIOS upgrade

    Contents of modded BIOS USB stick (looks exactly the same at the stock BIOS):
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    Step 4:
    Power system back on & change a few BIOS settings, F4 to save, exit & reboot

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    Step 5:
    Power system on...F11 to invoke boot menu...Install Windows 10 (via UEFI)
    After Win 10 reboot, go back into BIOS & set system to boot from "Windows Boot Manager" (aka NVMe M.2)
    The NVMe drive will NOT show up as a boot drive.
    "Hard Disk : Windows Boot Manager" is the NVMe drive.

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