Windows 10: Install Win10 on a non-bootable NVME SSD

Discus and support Install Win10 on a non-bootable NVME SSD in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; Hi, I want to install Win10 on a system with a NVME SSD, but the BIOS does not recognize the drive as a bootable device. I have already done this... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by lindetpj, Feb 23, 2021.

  1. lindetpj Win User

    Install Win10 on a non-bootable NVME SSD


    Hi,


    I want to install Win10 on a system with a NVME SSD, but the BIOS does not recognize the drive as a bootable device.


    I have already done this with Linux, just put the EFI Partition and the /boot mount point on the HDD and the root / and /home folder is on the NVME drive.


    Can I do the same with Win10? Put the EFI Partition on the bootable device and Windows on the NVME?


    Thank you.

    :)
     
    lindetpj, Feb 23, 2021
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  2. xkm1948 Win User

    Migrating Win10 to NVMe SSD

    I am going to migrate my Win10 to my NVMe SSD. Installation wise there should be no problem. However I cannot seem to be able to erase the old Windows 10 on the SATA SSD. If I boot from USB Win10 Installation media it only ask me whether I want to repair the SATA SSD Win10 or not. Any ideas on how to complete erase the SSD that currently have Win10 on it? I tried sanitize drive and PSID revert in Win10, neither would work. The SATA SSD is Crucial MX200.
     
    xkm1948, Feb 23, 2021
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  3. xkm1948 Win User
    Migrating Win10 to NVMe SSD

    I am going to try what you suggested. I just tried using Linux Mint boot cd to hopefully erase the SSD. Unfortunately there seems to be some sort of encryption on the SATA SSD that prevents Linux from managing the SSD. Funny thing is I never used bitlocker on the SATA SSD.
     
    xkm1948, Feb 23, 2021
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  4. Install Win10 on a non-bootable NVME SSD

    Windows refuses to install on NVME SSD (Samsung 960 EVO)

    First, thanks everyone who copy-pasted the first relevant results they found in Google. I found those before I asked the question.

    The solution that I got to work is as follows:

    • Disable CSM / UEFI
    • Enable Secure Boot
    • Now the installer can access the NVME SSD
      • Format the drive
      • Restart the machine

    • Enable CSM / UEFI

    • Disable Secure Boot

    • Proceed to installer and now Windows will allow you to install to the NVME SSD drive
     
    MikeIsMike, Feb 23, 2021
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