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    I'm new to M.2 SSDs / how to set it up?

    Hey,

    I just got my first M.2 SSD (Samsung 970 Pro) ever and installed it on my Z370-F. BIOS seems to recognize it and set it to PCIe x2. In Windows 10 when I open Disk Management it says something about initialization and lets me choose between MBR and GPT. I'm lost.

    Do I need to change something in the BIOS and how do I need to configure Windows? Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dank Rafft View Post
    Hey,

    I just got my first M.2 SSD (Samsung 970 Pro) ever and installed it on my Z370-F. BIOS seems to recognize it and set it to PCIe x2. In Windows 10 when I open Disk Management it says something about initialization and lets me choose between MBR and GPT. I'm lost.

    Do I need to change something in the BIOS and how do I need to configure Windows? Thanks in advance.
    select gpt and then assign it a letter, windows tells you exactly what to do, what's so puzzling about it? btw if you need hardware encryption feature of samsung it won't work as asus doesn;t bother updating their bios so you-ll have to stick with software encryption

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    OK, thanks. And how about the BIOS? Is there anything I need to tweak?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dank Rafft View Post
    OK, thanks. And how about the BIOS? Is there anything I need to tweak?
    Secure boot = on
    Compatibility support module = off

    this enables you to use UEFI boot (GPT) instead of Legacy boot (MBR).

    https://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10...ow-about-uefi/
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    Thanks, that's good to know. How about the PCIe mode for M.2? Should I leave it at x2 or change to x4?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dank Rafft View Post
    Thanks, that's good to know. How about the PCIe mode for M.2? Should I leave it at x2 or change to x4?
    my first instincts is to leave it to [Auto].
    granted, i'm not too familiar with your system; and also, intel is notoriously stingy with their PCI-e lanes... so...

    i say: #yolo and x4 it, and see what happens. if something borks up, set it back to x2.
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    [Auto] isn't an option from what i can tell. I set it to x4 and so far it seems to work.

    Thanks again for all the help.

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