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Dell Precision T7910 Boot from PCIe SSD?

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Hi I just bought a Dell Precision T7910 and an Intel P3600 PCIe SSD. Does anyone know if I can set the boot order to boot from the PCIe drive?
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by:bigeven2002
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Hello,
I read elsewhere that it should work as long as the BIOS is in UEFI mode and the card is placed into a PCIe 3.0 x8 slot.  Then go into the UEFI BIOS and verify it is set to boot first after install media.
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by:BCDave
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Thanks for the reply!
It shows up in the BIOS and able to load the drivers to see the drive for the install but Windows gives me an error that it can't be installed because the drive is not in the boot order. When I try to add it, it doesn't show.
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by:bigeven2002
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Are you installing Windows 8.1 or a prior version?  I don't think it works on versions prior to 8.  Also, is Secure Boot turned on or off in UEFI?
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by:nobus
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is the drive set as first one in the boot oorder - as bgiven asked?

i had problems on Asus boards for selecting the first  drive also
i really needed to go to the boot options, and select it there
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by:BCDave
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Secure boot is turned off and am trying to install Windowss Server 2008 R2. The drive shows up in the BIOS but no option to set it as first boot device as when adding a UEFI boot device, only the ROM and SATA drive is selectable.
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by:nobus
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so it looks like your bios can't see it as a boot drive
are you sure that pci-e drive is bootable?  check the specs
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It may be also be that Windows Server 2008 R2 doesn't support it as it is the Windows 7 platform.  If Service Pack 1 is slipstreamed then that may be different, but if you can, download an eval of Server 2012 R2 and see if that recognizes the drive.  If so, then that likely indicates it is not supported on any OS older than that.
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