Can Gigabyte M/Bs boot off M.2 drives?


I installed a Samsung 960 NVMe SSD EVO M.2 1TB drive into a system with a Gigabyte Z97X-UD3H motherboard, with the intent that I could boot from it.
I'm not seeing anything in the BIOS setup though after the fact that this is going to be the case.  Apparently it only wants standard SATA drives as boot devices.

I installed Windows 10 on the M.2 SSD drive w/ no issues but it doesn't recognize that as a valid boot source.

Can anyone verify this for me?  Would a BIOS update (currently BIOS F7 dated 6/17/14) correct this issue?


Ben ConnerCTO, SAS developerAsked:
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Which revision, and are you seeing the ssd after you boot up using the install media, are you able to see the resources ?

Look at the manual for your version, page 11 see whether you have m.2 and Sata Express connected. the two as well as SATA3 ports 4 and 5 are mutually exclusive. m.2 connected disables the SATA3 ports 4 and 5.
potentially if you have something connected to the SATA express port, the M.2 is disabled..

There are also newer BIOS updates, F9 you might want to skip F8 as it indicates once applied you can not roll back...

Read respective documents. no indication that a bios update will make a difference.

download and prepare the drivers for the MB on a USB and see after booting the system, load the sata/AHCI drivers to determine whether the storage from the M.2 is available.

If you install on a SATA ssd, does the M.2 ~1TB seen in disk management view?
the whole puropose of an m2 connector is to be able to boot from the drive - so yes - it should boot from it
you can verify that by checking in the classic view of the bios if the drive is seen - pg 36
i have the same drive, and installed it on a an Asus board - i needed to update the bios
but in your case, from the initial page of the MB - it seems you would not need an update (since it adverts ver 1 )

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Ben ConnerCTO, SAS developerAuthor Commented:
Looks like the revision is 1.0 on this m/b.  I unplugged the other drives (except the DVD) when I did the install to the M.2 drive.  I'm not seeing an option to boot to the M.2 drive in the boot selections after the fact.  See below.  If I boot to the Windows SATA drive, it shows up fine.  I just downloaded the F9 BIOS update for this revision  I don't see a downside to applying it and seeing if it shows up after the fact.  ?


W10 install w/ BIOS snapshots
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check in the bios the SATA Controller is set  to AHCI Mode
Ben ConnerCTO, SAS developerAuthor Commented:
The BIOS update was indeed the issue.  I had read through the update descriptions but didn't see where they mentioned fixing a boot from an M.2 drive.  Could have missed it.  I have to give them credit--the update process is SO much easier than the last time I did that a decade or two ago.  Wow...

The SATA controller was already set to AHCI.  

Thanks for all the help!  

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