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NVMe boot with SuperMicro X9DA7

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

  1. awedio

    awedio Member

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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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  2. awedio

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    Many thanks for all these work and details.

    Just modded Bios v3.2 of X9DRi-LN4F+
    => now 1TB 960Pro not only works but also boots perfectly W10 within kryoM.2 PCIe 3.0 x4
    :D
     
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    maybe also interesting (to save some time by preventing need for new install):
    before making boot possible on Supermicro X9,
    I migrated a sata ssd from MBR to GPT and than moved system partition to new Samsung (PCIe NVME)
    (all done with MiniTool Partition Wizard pro v10.2)
     
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    only downtime: in Benchmark Seq. Read is not perfectly fast - it's nearly the same as write (around 2,000 MB/sec, which matches advertised expectations).

    Are there any ideas on this?
    spec: 3GHz 10c ivy, W10, latest Samsung driver
     
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    hm just noticed that 2 GByte/s would be typical for PCIe 2.0 4x
    Faster speeds would only be possible when using 3.0 (which Ivybridge, the mainboard and of course 960 support)
    so have to check if this is the problem. Any ideas how to do this best in W10?
     
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  8. awedio

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    @mafrieger Feels good to boot from NVMe, SM support said it couldn't be done !!
    I have not touched my install since completing the mod.
     
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  9. Jon Can

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    I have an X10 motherboard with the same problem. I tried few NVME drives including the 960 PRO and EVO with no luck.
    On the other hand the 950 PRO with the latest firmware update (2B0QBXX7) worked fine. This NVME is backward compatible with Legacy bios.
     
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  10. Dave's Mayhem

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    I am attempting to get this same board to recognize a 960 evo 250GB. I would love to have a copy of your modded BIOS, or any hints. I have already modded a BIOS, following the instructions of the previous links, but the mod doesn't appear to change anything. Still can't install.
     
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