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    Default Re: GA-Z97-D3H bios can't "see" Samsung XP941 in M.2 socket

    Quote Originally Posted by maceo40505 View Post
    Update: Gigabyte finally gave me these settings to try and they worked with Windows 8.1. Apparently installing from an optical drive is a very important part of getting this combo to work. Still pressing for a Windows 7 solution.


    From Gigabyte Supprt:
    Peripherals:
    SATA Mode Raid
    Bios Features :
    CSM - Never
    make sure to choose UEFI as the boot type for your optical drive and make sure to supply the raid driver for the board during OS Installation.
    I was able to make the XP941 Bootable as AHCI on the Z97X-UD5H by adding the Samsung DXE driver to the BIOS, see:
    Clover General discussion - Page 285 - Clover - InsanelyMac Forum

    I cannot believe Gigabyte has not done that and I had to mod the bios myself.

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    Default Re: GA-Z97-D3H bios can't "see" Samsung XP941 in M.2 socket

    Nice job Julian getting that DXE driver (I'm sure it is the Option ROM) into your board's UEFI. The use of RAID as the SATA mode forces the Option ROM to be used, as long as it is the correct one, that is.

    One thing to consider about why Gigabyte does not include that Option ROM (which might not allow UEFI booting of ANY kind, which IMO is more unbelievable) is that the Samsung XP941 is not sold by Samsung at the retail level, at least in the USA. You won't find it on Samsung's website with their other SSDs, no information about it is available on their website. When you can purchase one, it is in OEM plain brown packaging, obviously not retail. Gigabyte may believe they have no reason to support a SSD that is not (yet) sold at retail, which is not unbelievable IMO.

    OTOH, simply using the appropriate and readily available Option ROM in their board's UEFI (as ASRock does) is really not difficult, and is yet another page in the weird Gigabyte BIOS/UEFI story.

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    Default Re: GA-Z97-D3H bios can't "see" Samsung XP941 in M.2 socket

    Quote Originally Posted by parsec View Post
    Nice job Julian getting that DXE driver (I'm sure it is the Option ROM) into your board's UEFI. The use of RAID as the SATA mode forces the Option ROM to be used, as long as it is the correct one, that is.

    One thing to consider about why Gigabyte does not include that Option ROM (which might not allow UEFI booting of ANY kind, which IMO is more unbelievable) is that the Samsung XP941 is not sold by Samsung at the retail level, at least in the USA. You won't find it on Samsung's website with their other SSDs, no information about it is available on their website. When you can purchase one, it is in OEM plain brown packaging, obviously not retail. Gigabyte may believe they have no reason to support a SSD that is not (yet) sold at retail, which is not unbelievable IMO.

    OTOH, simply using the appropriate and readily available Option ROM in their board's UEFI (as ASRock does) is really not difficult, and is yet another page in the weird Gigabyte BIOS/UEFI story.
    Yes, I got the Samsung DXE Option Rom from the AsRock Z97 Extreme 6 Bios and inserted it to the latest Bios from Gigabyte by using the AMI Aptio EFI MMTool, I don't need to force the boot in RAID mode, the BIOS finds the XP941 like a regular AHCI SSD. It is not a hard procedure, it is just that I have never done it before and playing with it seemed a bit dangerous for the first time.

    Makes sense what you mention about Gigabyte not including support for the X
    P941 for being OEM, mine came in the plain brown packaging.

    Cheers.


    Last edited by Julian Toledo; 09-30-2014 at 04:37 PM.

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    Hi :-)

    I am new to this forum so please excuse me if I am not following the required etiquette...I am hoping someone here can help.

    I have recently completed a new build of a Gigabyte GA-Z97X-GAMING-7 using a Samsung XP941 PCIE SSD 128GB (part number MZ-HPU128T) in the M.2 slot. I want to boot into Windows 8.1 from this SSD. However, cannot see drive in BIOS, although Windows 8.1 installer does see it but will not allow installation even after loading the latest Intel SATA RAID/AHCI driver from the Gigabyte. Installer states: "Windows cannot be installed on drive 0 partition 1 > Windows cannot be installed to this disk (I don't believe that!). Your computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure disk controller is enabled in BIOS"

    I have tried numerous BIOS setting combinations with no luck. Have tried booting with Active@Boot and creating partition on drive (both MBR and GPT) setting drive as "active", etc. Gigabyte M.2 Qualified Vendor's List includes my Samsung part number, and like the original poster of this thread stated, many other Z97 chipsets (ASUS and ASRock) are reporting success with this combination. Has anybody got this working on a Gigabyte Z97X board yet? Surely I haven't selected a Mobo in which you cannot boot from the M.2 SSD??

    There appears to be nil info on the web regarding booting from this SSD, and the Gigabyte website and mobo manual are about as helpful as an ashtray on a motorbike! So frustrating trying to solve this issue...I have looked at so many install guides and forums...now it's time to ask :-)

    Am hoping someone can assist me please...thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SmileyWilly View Post
    Hi :-)

    I am new to this forum so please excuse me if I am not following the required etiquette...I am hoping someone here can help.

    I have recently completed a new build of a Gigabyte GA-Z97X-GAMING-7 using a Samsung XP941 PCIE SSD 128GB (part number MZ-HPU128T) in the M.2 slot. I want to boot into Windows 8.1 from this SSD. However, cannot see drive in BIOS, although Windows 8.1 installer does see it but will not allow installation even after loading the latest Intel SATA RAID/AHCI driver from the Gigabyte. Installer states: "Windows cannot be installed on drive 0 partition 1 > Windows cannot be installed to this disk (I don't believe that!). Your computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure disk controller is enabled in BIOS"

    I have tried numerous BIOS setting combinations with no luck. Have tried booting with Active@Boot and creating partition on drive (both MBR and GPT) setting drive as "active", etc. Gigabyte M.2 Qualified Vendor's List includes my Samsung part number, and like the original poster of this thread stated, many other Z97 chipsets (ASUS and ASRock) are reporting success with this combination. Has anybody got this working on a Gigabyte Z97X board yet? Surely I haven't selected a Mobo in which you cannot boot from the M.2 SSD??

    There appears to be nil info on the web regarding booting from this SSD, and the Gigabyte website and mobo manual are about as helpful as an ashtray on a motorbike! So frustrating trying to solve this issue...I have looked at so many install guides and forums...now it's time to ask :-)

    Am hoping someone can assist me please...thanks in advance.
    I added the Samsung driver to the bios, so my case may be different. When I installed Windows 8.1 on the SSD I had to remove all other drivers from the PC to avoid errors, I guess that using RAID and having only the XP941 connected should help.

    Cheers,
    Julian.

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    Default Re: GA-Z97-D3H bios can't "see" Samsung XP941 in M.2 socket

    Quote Originally Posted by SmileyWilly View Post
    Hi :-)

    I am new to this forum so please excuse me if I am not following the required etiquette...I am hoping someone here can help.

    I have recently completed a new build of a Gigabyte GA-Z97X-GAMING-7 using a Samsung XP941 PCIE SSD 128GB (part number MZ-HPU128T) in the M.2 slot. I want to boot into Windows 8.1 from this SSD. However, cannot see drive in BIOS, although Windows 8.1 installer does see it but will not allow installation even after loading the latest Intel SATA RAID/AHCI driver from the Gigabyte. Installer states: "Windows cannot be installed on drive 0 partition 1 > Windows cannot be installed to this disk (I don't believe that!). Your computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure disk controller is enabled in BIOS"

    I have tried numerous BIOS setting combinations with no luck. Have tried booting with Active@Boot and creating partition on drive (both MBR and GPT) setting drive as "active", etc. Gigabyte M.2 Qualified Vendor's List includes my Samsung part number, and like the original poster of this thread stated, many other Z97 chipsets (ASUS and ASRock) are reporting success with this combination. Has anybody got this working on a Gigabyte Z97X board yet? Surely I haven't selected a Mobo in which you cannot boot from the M.2 SSD??

    There appears to be nil info on the web regarding booting from this SSD, and the Gigabyte website and mobo manual are about as helpful as an ashtray on a motorbike! So frustrating trying to solve this issue...I have looked at so many install guides and forums...now it's time to ask :-)

    Am hoping someone can assist me please...thanks in advance.
    The fix for this issue is described in the post just above yours, by Julian. The rest of this thread describes the situation, which you apparently did not read.

    The Gigabyte UEFI for your board and other Gigabyte boards does not have the appropriate UEFI SATA Option ROM (part of the UEFI/BIOS) required for the XP941. As Julian described, he had to modify his UEFI/BIOS by adding that Option ROM, which was sourced from an ASRock board.

    Sorry to say, believe that Windows cannot be installed to that disk, given your board's UEFI, since that is true. Of course, that is a generic error message, but at least the installation process is stopped at that point. It would failed soon after the installation began.

    There are at least two types of M.2 SSDs, ones that will work with most any board, and others that require certain things from the UEFI/BIOS of the board. The XP941 is one of the SSDs that requires certain things from the UEFI/BIOS of the board. That is one reason why it was not sold at retail until recently, Samsung knew many boards would not support it. Now some boards (a minority) have a UEFI that will support the XP941, but yours does not, at least at this time.

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    Default Re: GA-Z97-D3H bios can't "see" Samsung XP941 in M.2 socket

    Hi All,

    I have a Gigabyte Z97X Gaming 3 Motherboard BIOS ver F5, and i am booting from the XP941 256gb module in the M.2 socket.
    To get the XP941 to boot i had to first make it an 'active' partition. (as someone suggested in a post)
    After making it active, i installed win8 using a USB DVD drive (as i don't have an internal drive).
    I used this RAID driver to install it "Intel_RAID_Win7-8-8-1_VER13031001.zip". (As the one provided by gigabyte didn't work)

    My Bios setting are:
    1: Go to -> Peripherals - SATA Configuration
    2: Change 'SATA Mode Selection' to RAID. (M.2 PCIe SSD RAID Mode should be 'enabled' by Default, if not enable it)
    3: Go to BIOS Features
    4: Set Windows 8 Features to:

    Windows 8 Features = Windows 8
    CSM Support = Always
    Boot Mode Selection = UEFI Only
    LAN PXE Boot Option ROM = Enabled/Disabled (your choice)
    Storage Boot Option Control = UEFI Only
    Other PCI Devices ROM Prioity = UEFI OpROM

    Save this BIOS configuration.


    Insert the Window installation media (USB, DVD), when the PC is booting, just after the beep sound, press F12 to choose the device you wish to load from, choose the UEFI device you have windows installation on.
    (I just ran a test with win7 and win8, both installed with out any headaches using a USB bootable drive)

    When the installation begins you will be prompted to choose where you would like to install windows, the screen will shown no Drives found, You will need to load the Raid driver mentioned above, Click on where it says 'Load Driver'.
    Once you have installed the RAID driver, the XP941 will be in the list. Highlight the drive and click next.
    Then follow the onscreen instructions. Win8 will load in 4-5mins. Then you will be presented with a screen that looks similar to this:


    GA-Z97-D3H bios can't "see" Samsung XP941 in M.2 socket-win8-running-xp941-jpg


    Note: If installing from a USB ensure that you are using UEFI settings. A program called 'rufus-1.4.12.exe' will be able to create a USB installation of windows with these settings (you will need an ISO image of windows).
    Simply choose 'GPT partition scheme for UEFI computer' in the settings of rufus


    I hope this helps someone
    Last edited by Mitchman; 11-14-2014 at 08:39 PM.

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