Will This SSD (internal) Fit Into These Two PCs?

Happy Thanksgiving Experts.

Need your help to dtermine if this SSD internal (Samsung 960 EVO Series - 500GB NVMe - M.2 Internal SSD (MZ-V6E500BW)) is compatible with these twoPCs:

1. HP ENVY 700-215xt CTO Desktop PC

2. HP Pavilion p6180t Desktop PC

Both are on Windows 7, but can upgrade to Windows 10.

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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
#1 MAYBE - "PCI Express x1 half-length minicard" may work with the NVMe drive.  However, I'm not sure if the Samsung drive is "half-length".  With the same additional hardware #2 needs, it should work.  (Warning: I don't have any devices with the "half-length minicard so I don't know for certain if it's compatible.  The interface (pins) look compatible.

#2 Not without additional hardware.  M.2 was not a standard at the time.  Even now, most desktops don't have it built in.

You could get a PCI card that supports M.2 - most claim to boot systems (I've never used one).  NVMe is the fastest drive you're going to find today - 3-5x FASTER than SATA (on average).  But most NVMe drives are either for servers that are designed to use them OR for laptops that include an NVMe port.

You're probably better off sticking with SATA 1TB SSD drives instead if you're going to buy from a place that doesn't have easy returns.  Keep in mind, if it's not sold by HP *for* that HP model, it's not guaranteed to work.
and what OS will you use?  windows 7 does not run well on m.2 drives - and needs a special driver + bios to be able to handle it
so you need to use win10
Jackie ManIT ManagerCommented:

To summarize. Do not buy if you are going to install Windows 7 and there is little chance for you to make it work.

If your usage is not to use the SSD as the boot drive of OS, you can go ahead as there should be no problem as long as there is sufficient space to install the PCIe adapter card to put the M.2 SSD.

Otherwise, do not proceed.

nobus has good experience in trying what you want to do but it will be a difficult task even for experts as you will be facing unknown outcomes which might never have a solution.


If your time costs nothing and upgrading computer is your hobby, go with Samsung NVMe as driver support is better.

Besides, you need to do research on BIOS level on support of NVMe.

Good luck!

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allanau20Author Commented:
apology for the late reply; hectic weekend.

Thank you for sharing your experience and knowledge; do appreciate it very much!
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