M.2 SSD (solid state drive) are the latest rage in the world of computers and thanks to their supreme performance, everyone wants to install them right away! The icing on the cake is the drop in prices that we are seeing. So, it is all about performance at a price that we can afford.
How to Install M.2 SSD?
Now, in the haste to grab the M.2 SSD, some of us are forgetting the basics and making common mistakes. These mistakes are ruining our whole experience for us! Let’s wait long enough to read this article so that we learn from mistakes that others made while installing M.2 SSD.
Mistake 1: Not checking compatibility
Not all motherboards support the M.2 SSD. If you rush to the store to buy without even checking whether your computer is compatible, you will deeply regret it later. Remember that only the latest motherboards are compatible and you need an M.2 connector on your PC.
It will be quite easy to find because it is usually labeled PCIe or SATA or PCIe/SATA. Remember this label and buying the matching M.2 connector.
Mistake 2: Buying the wrong connector
This is an extension of the first mistake. Some people just check compatibility and rush to get the connector without finding out which type to buy. The wrong one just won’t fit, and it will go waste!
Mistake 3: Assuming that Mac and Windows are the same in this regard
If you have a Mac, you will need to enable TRIM manually on it because it doesn’t come enabled by default. With Windows, it is slightly easier. So, don’t panic if you see something off in your Mac. You just need to check the settings!
Now, let’s learn how to install M.2 SSD without issues:
- Find the M.2 slot on your computer and unscrew the mounting screw.
- Insert the M.2 SSD into the slot carefully.
- You may have to push the SSD in gently, but that’s fine. Just don’t apply too much pressure because that may damage it. If you see that it is at an angle, don’t worry about it. That happens during installation.
- Once you have inserted it, press the SSD and replace the screw. Screw it in tightly so that it secures the SSD in its place.
- Now, boot the computer and enter BIOS by holding the Delete key when the computer starts. You will be able to configure in the Advanced Settings option. Here you will find Onboard Devices Configuration > PCI Express X4_3 Slot Bandwidth > M.2 Mode. Remember, this is needed only if your computer doesn’t identify the M.2 SSD automatically. Be sure to check that before going through this step.
Aren’t you glad you waited for a few minutes before making a decision? We are positive this guide helped you avoid common mistakes and taught you how to install an M.2 SSD with ease.
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