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pviolas
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Please Help with a NVME Samsung SM961 and Yoga 900-13ISK

I need help with an SSD nvm2 SM961 from Samsung. The bios of my Yoga 900 does not recognize the SSD. I bought the SSD and would like to use it as it is much faster. Please Lenovo the machine is recent you must be able to install recent components. 

Lenovo Helped with linux, do the same with the new NVD SSDs.

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Re: Please Help with a NVME Samsung SM961 and Yoga 900-13ISK

Hi pviolas ,

 

Greetings. 

 

Samsung nvm2 SM96 is not supported by the BIOS on the M.2 slot on the Yoga 900 13isk and may not be electronically active as it is not detected in the BIOS unlike the Yoga 900s that does have an NVMe interface support.

 

Similar discussions here and here.

For the Yoga 900 13ISK based from the hardware specification (page 27) :

SSD: • 256 GB or 512 GB, SATA 

Sample part number MZNLN512HCJH Model: PM871

Interface:  Serial ATA 6.0 Gbps   Form Factor:  M.2 

 

Hope this helps answer your query.

 

Regards



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Re: Please Help with a NVME Samsung SM961 and Yoga 900-13ISK

I'm sorry for insisting, but I would like to have a SSD with this performance. Unfortunately I already bought the SM961 and did not want to have to sell it. A bios update would not solve the problem. Linux was solved with a bios upgrade and this couldn't. There will be a lot of people interested in upgrading to a disk with perfomance. Thank you

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Re: Please Help with a NVME Samsung SM961 and Yoga 900-13ISK

Good day.

 

If the m.2 slot in the machine does not have the physical PCIe/NVMe bus lines, and I don't think it does, then no BIOS update will enable the use of an NVMe drive.

 

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Re: Please Help with a NVME Samsung SM961 and Yoga 900-13ISK

Hi, pviolas.

 

I also have the yoga 900 13ISK and I need to replace the "broken" SSD.  Like you, I want to get the highest performance SSD available for this laptop.  What did you end up getting?  Or did you stay with your previous purchase?  BTW, does it come with Windows 10 pre-installed?  How would I get Win10 installed if it's not?

 

If you don't know about the WIn10 part, that's fine.  I'm more worried about not getting the wrong SSD.

 

Thanks.

 

Kurt.

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Re: Please Help with a NVME Samsung SM961 and Yoga 900-13ISK

Hi spidey, my Lenovo yoga 900 is a 13ISK2 and therefore should support Nvme. I have installed the new Samsung 970 evo which is recognized but it is driven by Windows with SATA performance. When I try to install the Samsung driver it doesn’t recognize the SSD as a samsung NVMe one, so the driver doesn’t get installed. I have tried to follow some of these posts and it looks that the recommended option is installing the BIOS Linux version to chose AHCI instead of RAID interface. However Lenovo doesn’t recommend this BIOS for Windows and it seems it might give problems. Do you have a recommendation? It might be a question of selecting the right drivers in Windows 10 but it doesn’t seem easy. Thanks for your always good advice. 

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Re: Please Help with a NVME Samsung SM961 and Yoga 900-13ISK

Hi MMD1,

 

Greetings.

 

You can try installing IRST drivers similar to this discussion.

 

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Re: Please Help with a NVME Samsung SM961 and Yoga 900-13ISK

Thanks Spidey. That wouldn’t work. However, I was brave enough to try changing the BIOS to the one Lenovo has posted for Linux and once I did that I was able to change the drive mode from RAID to AHCI, maintaining the UEFI start up for Windows. Initially the system gave me a blue screen but after booting it a first time in safe mode it now seems to boot fine. Once that was done, I was able to install the Samsung original drives for the 970 EVO SSD and all seems to work fine, although the SSD performance looks half of what Samsung advertised (I don’t know whether I need to do some further configuration tweaking or that’s all I will get). Anyway, a convoluted path but it seemed to work. Is there any caution I need to take with this BIOS version (Lenovo said it didn’t recommend it for Windows for whatever reason, maybe this is why I am not getting full SSD performance)? Any further advice? 

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