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Question Asus P8Z68 cannot get SSD M.2 on PCIE Adapter to install

retiredat44

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Asus P8Z68 cannot get SSD M.2 on PCIE Adapter to install. I have M.2 SSD, it is an SP M.2 256GB SSD. It worked fine, pulled it out of my other newer motherboard to upgrade the size to larger. I wanted to put it in my older Asus P8Z68 motherboard in another computer with Win10. The P8Z68 does not have the M.2 slot so I put it in a PCIE adapter. No matter what I do, the computer Win10 will not recognize the M.2 SSD on the PCIE adapter. The Asus P8Z68 Gen 3 Pro doe snot have CSM to set in the Bios, and has the latest Bios. yes, it is about 5 years old now, but I should be able to use the PCIE adapter. I have a Sata SSD that I tried with it and no problems. But the PCIE adapter just will not work and I did everything I could using directions of several forums and websites. I have the SP SSD (Silicon Power brand SSD) Tool Box, and it does not see the PCIE M.2 mounted on the PCIE adapter with Win10 either. Anyone have any directions on how to get it to be seen by Windows 10 ? Thanx
 

Shmee

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If that SP m.2 is an NVMe drive, Z68 did not support NVMe. That said, you could possibly get it to work with a modded bios for NVMe suppport. Note this can be difficult and risky.

Also, what exactly do you mean by it does not work? Are you trying to install fresh Windows 10 on the m.2 and use it as a boot device? Or do you already have Windows installed on another drive and just want to use it as a secondary?
 

damian101

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You could probably also move the EFI system partition to a small USB drive and boot from there. Or flash rEFInd to a small USB drive.
 

retiredat44

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I am booting the asus p8z68 from a hard drive. Was just trying to ass the pcie with ssd, but it will not recognize it no matter what. Like I said, the m.2 ssd was working fine in a newer asus motherboard, and when I upgraded, I wanted to use it in my older asus p8z68 gen 3 pro. Yes, it appears it would never work without getting into the bios, and am not going to risk screwing that up. I thought I would ask, and see if other computer uses had got it working without to much trouble. No big deal, it is what it is. Thanx
 

Shmee

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Yeah it may be too much trouble. Best just to get a good SATA SSD as a boot drive. That should do fine.
 

Charlie98

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I'm still running 2 Z68 boards (and a total of 5 Sandy Bridges...) I've found that KISS is the way to go. We are at the point where tech has left even something as modern as a Z68 in the dust.
 

retiredat44

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I don't want to boot from it, just wanted to use it. thanx anyways,,, I know the drive worked as in the m.2 slot in the computer that has m.2 slot, but moved the m.2 ssd into a pcie adapter to use it just as a non booting drive
 

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