How to install Windows 7 / 8.1 on the Samsung SM951/XP941 (X99 system)

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“In this video we show you show how to install either Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 on a Samsung SM951 or Samsung XP941. This video is specific to the ASUS X99-A motherboard but can be applied to most other systems.

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  1. What the fuck man? You didn't even show us how to select the thing in windows setup, if we need to load drivers in windows setup or not or any of that. You just fly over it and assume it goes smoothly. Why the fuck did you not show this?

  2. Ever heard of someone (like me) who's attempting to add a third PCIe NVMe M.2 drive to a RAID 0 array; this being on a Z270 chipset board (an ASUS Z270A in my case). I've already got two Samsung 960 250GB EVO drives running in RAID with Windows 10 installed, both being installed in the boards (2) available M.2 slots. Works like charm… very fast in many ways. That said however, why stop at two? I've purchased a 3rd drive as well as a PCIe M.2 adapter which I've installed into an available Gen 3, PCIe x16 slot and it's delivering identical benchmarks to either of the other two SSD's when they're benchmarked as individual (non-RAID) drives in their respective M.2 board slots. Now, if I can get the UEFI's RAID utility (Intel Rapid Storage Utility) to recognize the 3rd drive and allow for a 3 drive RAID 0 configuration, that I'm not sure of. BTW, two of these in RAID 0's just about as good as it's going to get in terms of performance as these (striped) SSD's don't scale well at all, especially at anything above a two drive RAID array. It's more of an experiment than anything else and at a minimum (if all else fails), the 3rd drive can serve as additional super-speedy storage. Sorry for all the typing, WAY too much caffeine!

  3. Hey Rod – I’ve looked through the thread and I see where you’re talking about installing win7 on an NVMe drive, and you’ve pointed people to the official MS iso download. Is the Win7 NVMe hotfix in that image?

  4. So I followed the guide word-for-word, but when I go to boot through the UEFI USB with my win7 iso and rufus on it, it just sends me back to the BIOS. I'm using a Samsung 950 Pro with an ASUS Maximus VIII Hero.

  5. great vid. I'm having problems though. installing win10 on to the nvme version. i'm installing this using a Gigabyte 990fx-Gaming ..
    I keep getting
    "Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the BIOS menu",., I am sure it is though!!

  6. Great vid…however after 2 days of hair pulling all I needed was a pure nvme driver from here (scroll down to samsung, not the installer at the bottom, not the third – it didnt work (not a signed driver), not tried the second – I used the first) put the driver on a usb, Install windows anyway you want – browse and select the appropriate driver trying to find the M2
    🙂 Happy days
    I used on Asus Z97M Plus with Samsung SM951 M2 NVMe MZVPV128HDGM

  7. Hey Ramcity. Nice video. I'm trying to do the exact thing you are describing and nothing seems to work.

    Originally I tried installing to SSD and it would try to install and the installation would fail. Switched some settings around and then as a last resort installed to HDD which worked. Trrying again to install with this method to SSD and took the step of formatting and removing the partitions from the HDD. Now it won't let me even attempt as the installer says that both drives, the SSD and HDD, can't have windows installed on them even though they are listed as unallocated. Is there a place you would recommend I go to trouble shoot this problem?

  8. RamCity. Thank you for the vid. I have been wrestling with this unsuccessfully all day long. I am on my now like 6th-7th bootable USB installer. The latest is using the method in this video. However I get the exact same results with this method as I get with the DVD/CD installation disk. I am able to see the M2, able to make a new volume and format it but I always have the message and can't continue further past that screen in Windows installation. It prompts me "Windows cannot be installed to Disk 0 Partition – Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu."
    If I manually try to boot to the UEFI on the USB via F8 on post the system goes directly to BIOS, it never goes/gets to a Windows installation. I assume it only goes to the Windows installation via the non-UEFI on the USB (not even sure why this matters but this is the behavior). Any ideas how to get this darn OS installing??? Thank you!

  9. can you make a video or can you help me tell me what do I have to change in BIOS if I am using MICROSOFT WINDOWS 7 HOME PREMIUM CD instead USB?

  10. Hey Rod,
    I am upgrading to a SM950 M.2 with an ASUS X99-A Mobo (just like what you say you're using). This is great step-by-step guide and I understand everything that is happening here up until the CSM part. From other guides I've read / watch they require the drivers to be added via a USB first before Windows will see the SSD. Does CSM option to change the "Boot from PCI-E/PCI Expansion device" from Legacy only to UEFI drive first take care of this? If so, do we need to change that back to legacy only?

  11. No workie. 🙁 ASUS X99-M & Samsung SM951 ACHI booting from a Sandisk USB. Get to the point of installing Windows and the "New" option is grayed out. "Windows cannot be installed to Disk 0 Partition 1. " Click for details and it shows, "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk.

    Any ideas? I've tried it numerous times with the same result. Thanks!

  12. Thank you very much for the video. Since the SSD and motherboard where identical in my case it was a big help.
    The only thing I am having with my new system is that when I power it up, it boots for about a second, then powers down for about 2 and then again starts to boot all the way to windows. And the system does that every time when I cut power on my multitap and turn it back on the next day. Might I have to reset any of the boot options in bios?

  13. I managed to get ATI to send me UEFI compatible vBIOS for the Fury X. Then I discovered the hard way that I had the NVME version of the SM951, and since I was installing Windows 7 which doesn't natively support NVME (nor does its installer) it took some doing to get it to work. TomsHardware had a guy who figured it out. Short version: slipstream the Win7 NVME hotfix into your Win7 install using NTLite. Extract Win10 installer from a Win10 iso and paste it over the installer on your Win7 USB drive. Somehow it all works.

  14. Hello again. Please help me. I followed steps but computer does not see the m.2 ssd. When I got to the "Select the driver to install" window during the Windows Setup, an error message came up which read, " No signal device drivers were found. Make sure that the installation media contains the correct drivers, then click OK." I can see the thumb drive and something that says "Boot (X:)", when I click on "Browse". Please help me if you can.

  15. One extra problem that some users may come across is a lack on functionality with any USB powered mice or keyboards during the Windows installation process. Two steps tend to rectify this issue in my experience:

    a) plug your USB mouse and keyboard into a USB2.0 slot rather than a USB3.0 slot
    b) within the BIOS/UEFI, find the option to enable legacy USB2.0 support (or, alternatively fiddle around with the UEFI's various options/settings for mobo USB ports)

    alternatively, if these steps don't work, you can usually be saved by using an old PS/2 mouse and keyboard (assuming your mobo has a pair of PS/2 ports on the back of it)

  16. i recently bought 2 sm951 s..
    one of them worked perfectly..
    the other one wont boot, wont let me boot. and even spoiled my bios for some reason

    the two systems i used are identical
    asus e-ws x99
    32gb ram
    titan x
    ax1500i psu

    is there a way i can contact you guys for some help? thank you.

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