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Jan 13, 2021 00:05:16   #
farwest Loc: Utah
 
I have a Dell XPS 8930 which I installed a Crucial Nvme M2. It wouldn't boot up and showed critical error. Took the Nvme out and it rebooted. In setup the Nvme did how up. Any suggestions?

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Jan 13, 2021 09:53:34   #
TriX Loc: Raleigh, NC
 
Are you trying to boot from the NVME? If so, go into the BIOS and look in the boot options. Is the NVME drive listed and selected? If so, was the OS properly installed (or cloned) on the NVME Drive? If so and you unplug the HD, will it boot from the NVME?

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Jan 13, 2021 10:32:06   #
Ourspolair
 
Probably needs to be recognized in Windows disk management...

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Jan 13, 2021 11:50:14   #
farwest Loc: Utah
 
There is nothing on the NVME drive. I was going to clone it when everything was up and running. The NVME was way down on the boot options but it was showing up in the bios.

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Jan 13, 2021 13:22:18   #
TriX Loc: Raleigh, NC
 
farwest wrote:
There is nothing on the NVME drive. I was going to clone it when everything was up and running. The NVME was way down on the boot options but it was showing up in the bios.


Then why don’t you clone it now and set up the BIOS to boot from it - it’s certainly faster than anything you have now. Both Acronis and Macrium Reflect have a free version of their cloning SW that will work. When you clone the old drive, if the NVME is larger, be sure you understand how to configure the new drive so you have all the usable space, or you’ll end up with the same problem you have now. Watch a UTube video of the process before you do it.

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Jan 13, 2021 15:14:09   #
farwest Loc: Utah
 
How can I clone it if I can't get to the program to do it.

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Jan 13, 2021 15:47:27   #
TriX Loc: Raleigh, NC
 
farwest wrote:
How can I clone it if I can't get to the program to do it.


So was there an m.2 SSD in the memory slot before you inserted the Crucial? If you can’t get the machine to boot with the Crucial correctly installed in the m.2 slot, my guess would be that this is a BIOS configuration issue or the Crucial card is bad. If you had an m.2 to PCIe adapter (they’re very inexpensive), you could try it in a PCIe slot, but lacking that, I think a call to Dell is in order. Anyone else have any ideas?

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Jan 13, 2021 19:46:51   #
farwest Loc: Utah
 
No m.2 SSD in slot before. Wanted to clone to it after it was in. There is nothing on it yet.

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Jan 14, 2021 08:07:35   #
Ron 717 Loc: Pennsylvania
 
farwest wrote:
How can I clone it if I can't get to the program to do it.


Using your original HD that is still operating, you can download a program such as Carbon Copy and use that to clone your existing internal HD to the new NVME SSD using a Sata to Usb Cable. After doing that you should then be able to switch out the drives and boot up into the new drive and all of your apps will be on the new drive.
Hope I explained this ok for you.

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Jan 14, 2021 08:48:06   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
TriX wrote:
If you had an m.2 to PCIe adapter (they’re very inexpensive), you could try it in a PCIe slot, but lacking that, I think a call to Dell is in order. Anyone else have any ideas?


I got one of those M.2 adapters, but I never used it. A call to Dell might not help because they didn't deliver the computer with the M.2. I also have an XPS 8930, but I was surprised that it didn't come with an optical drive, and I can't add one. I had to buy an external drive.

I suspect the PCIe adapter would be a good way to activate the M.2. Using "diskpart" might also get the computer to recognize the M.2. Maybe it will boot with the PCI adapter.

https://smile.amazon.com/s?k=m.2+pci+adapter&ref=nb_sb_noss_2

Possibilities:

https://www.google.com/search?q=computer+will+not+boot+with+m.2&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS925US925&oq=computer+will+not+boot+with+m.2&aqs=chrome..69i57j33i160l2.8838j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

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Jan 14, 2021 10:07:40   #
wireloose
 
jerryc41 wrote:
I got one of those M.2 adapters, but I never used it. A call to Dell might not help because they didn't deliver the computer with the M.2. I also have an XPS 8930, but I was surprised that it didn't come with an optical drive, and I can't add one. I had to buy an external drive.

I suspect the PCIe adapter would be a good way to activate the M.2. Using "diskpart" might also get the computer to recognize the M.2. Maybe it will boot with the PCI adapter.

https://smile.amazon.com/s?k=m.2+pci+adapter&ref=nb_sb_noss_2

Possibilities:

https://www.google.com/search?q=computer+will+not+boot+with+m.2&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS925US925&oq=computer+will+not+boot+with+m.2&aqs=chrome..69i57j33i160l2.8838j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
I got one of those M.2 adapters, but I never used ... (show quote)


Agree with Jerry, have done this a number of times over the last few years and the external adapter is by far the easiest route. Sounds like your laptop is trying to boot from it so once cloned and installed you should be off and running

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Jan 14, 2021 10:24:10   #
TriX Loc: Raleigh, NC
 
Ron 717 wrote:
Using your original HD that is still operating, you can download a program such as Carbon Copy and use that to clone your existing internal HD to the new NVME SSD using a Sata to Usb Cable. After doing that you should then be able to switch out the drives and boot up into the new drive and all of your apps will be on the new drive.
Hope I explained this ok for you.


Except the drive isn’t a SATA interface, it’s an m.2. He needs an m.2 to PCIe adapter card such as the one Jerry mentioned above. They’re inexpensive (<$15) and from my testing don’t introduce any speed loss, so he can just leave the drive in place that way if there’s an issue with the m.2 slot on the board. The cloning SW will take care of the partitioning and formatting of the new drive.

Again, when you get to the cloning, if the NVME drive is larger than the existing HD, pay careful attention to the configuration screens or the cloning SW will create a partition the same size as the HD and the unused space can be difficult to partition and make usable.

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Jan 14, 2021 10:59:45   #
farwest Loc: Utah
 
TriX wrote:
Except the drive isn’t a SATA interface, it’s an m.2. He needs an m.2 to PCIe adapter card such as the one Jerry mentioned above. They’re inexpensive (<$15) and from my testing don’t introduce any speed loss, so he can just leave the drive in place that way if there’s an issue with the m.2 slot on the board. The cloning SW will take care of the partitioning and formatting of the new drive.

Again, when you get to the cloning, if the NVME drive is larger than the existing HD, pay careful attention to the configuration screens or the cloning SW will create a partition the same size as the HD and the unused space can be difficult to partition and make usable.
Except the drive isn’t a SATA interface, it’s an m... (show quote)


Thank you that was what I was wondering if there was an adapter. Now that may work. The thing is the main drive has been partition into to drives. One C and I think the other is F. Hoping the software will just let me only clone C.

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Jan 14, 2021 12:01:05   #
TriX Loc: Raleigh, NC
 
farwest wrote:
Thank you that was what I was wondering if there was an adapter. Now that may work. The thing is the main drive has been partition into to drives. One C and I think the other is F. Hoping the software will just let me only clone C.


I used Macrium Reflect to do mine, and it clones partition for partition, so you can select to only clone C. But Dell and others often create a small recovery partition for recovery points, and since it isn’t typically very large, you may want to go ahead and let the cloning SW clone that also. Just make sure to address what I mentioned about about the size of the new partition or you’ll end up with unformatted unused space that Windows may not allow you to make active and format. Btw, if your drive came with free cloning SW, just use that - you may find a link to it on Crucial’s website.

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Jan 14, 2021 12:04:29   #
rck281 Loc: Overland Park, KS
 
If the drive doesn't show up, it likely needs to be partitioned and formatted. Use Disk Management to preform thesebactions.

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