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Question Does the Samsung PM981a SSD have a driver to install?

D0M1N13

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Feb 2, 2013
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Hello Everyone,

I recently bought a new laptop with the Samsung PM981a SSD NVME M.2. I feel that the drive isn't fast, especially for this SSD and I don't see Samsung NVME driver in my Device Manager. I read online that the Samsung NVME driver is necessary to boost the performance of the drive. When I go to Samsung's website, there is no driver for the PM981a, at least I cannot find it. Anybody can help me to locate the driver for the PM981a SSD? Any info would be greatly appreciated.
 

Fernando 1

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Jul 29, 2012
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Although Samsung officially doesn't support NVMe SSDs, which are not designed for the consumer market, you definitively will be able to use a Samsung NVMe driver for the NVMe Controller of your PM981a SSD.
Which OS are you running and which NVMe driver are you currently using? By the way - the NVMe Controller is listed within the "Storge Controllers" section of the Device Manager.
 

CakeMonster

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Nov 22, 2012
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I've used Samsung SSD's since around 2014 and I never installed a driver, going on the advice from here and other places that the windows/intel driver would do just as good. I'm curious if that is still the case.
 

NewMaxx

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You can use the extracted drivers for it but it won't work with Magician. You can manually install them through Device Manager, under storage controllers as stated by Fernando. I got these drivers (host is my site) from Fernando's post over at the Win-Raid Forum. NVMe drivers are not required, but Samsung drives do tend to perform a bit better with them.
 

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