Solved What are the BIOS settings for Nvme SSD?

Dell Inspiron 17-7737 intel core i7 4500...
May 26, 2019 at 17:31:07
Specs: Windows 10, Intel i7 7700/16gb DDR4
Got a hold of a Dell G3 Gaming model 3579 with an Intel Core i5-8300H cpu, 16gb of DDR4 ram, Intel HD 630/Nividia GTX 1050 graphics, an SK hynix Nvme SSD 256gb hard drive, Intel wireless,AC-9462 network adapter and Realtek(R) audio. It's CrystalDisk6 benchmark(s) are -----------------------------------------------------------------------
Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 554.507 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 495.864 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 8,T= 8) : 377.099 MB/s [ 92065.2 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 8,T= 8) : 320.112 MB/s [ 78152.3 IOPS]
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 277.870 MB/s [ 67839.4 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 230.540 MB/s [ 56284.2 IOPS]
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 30.030 MB/s [ 7331.5 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 70.890 MB/s [ 17307.1 IOPS]

Test : 1024 MiB [C: 64.4% (152.4/236.6 GiB)] (x5) [Interval=5 sec]
Date : 2019/05/26 20:25:46
OS : Windows 10 [10.0 Build 17763] (x64)

In the BIOS, the drive settings are set to RAID and maybe AHCI. I know that Nvme drives are much faster than SATA SSD's. Are these benchmarks accurate? All replies and opinions are greatly appreciated and respected.

Loretta


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May 28, 2019 at 20:43:56
Set UEFI Configuration

If the boot mode in the BIOS is disabled, some drivers may not work properly. Enabling Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) boot mode enables UEFI drivers.

1- Enter system setup.
2- Use the arrow keys to highlight Boot menu option and press Enter.
3- Use the arrow keys to highlight Boot Mode or Boot List Option and press Enter.
4- Select UEFI and press Enter.
5- Boot mode allows you to select Legacy or UEFI boot mode. Legacy boot mode if selected, enables booting to devices that support Legacy BIOS. UEFI boot mode if selected enables UEFI drivers. Changing boot modes require that your boot storage device be partitioned to match the boot mode compatibility. Changing boot modes could result in an incompatible boot storage device, which may prevent your computer to boot. Restoring the boot mode may resolve an incompatible boot storage device failure and recover your operating system.
6- Use the arrow keys to highlight Secure Boot Control or Security Boot and press Enter.
7- Select Enabled and press Enter.
8- Use the arrow keys to highlight 1st Boot and press Enter.
9- Select UEFI : Windows Boot Manager and press Enter.
10- Press Esc to exit the BIOS.
Select the option to save the changes and exit.

From here:
https://www.dell.com/support/articl...

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#1
May 26, 2019 at 21:01:54
You should be in AHCI, UEFI, Enable CSM, Option ROM, Boot UEFI First.

Here is how I enabled Windows 7 to optimized for NVMe drive:
https://www.computing.net/howtos/sh...
Windows 10 is easier to do. Easier to load Windows directly onto NVMe drive but if running well still possible to clone it over.

Here is something that I pulled up from Crucial:
https://www.crucial.com/usa/en/bios...

There are other tips out there if you Google for them and your new drive should also have a manual to install t, even if you have to download it. There also should be software available for download to clone the old drive over to the new one if you want to just copy it over. Make sure that you clone the entire drive, not just the C drive or it will not be bootable without the old drive installed. There should be an option to make it fit into the new drive and use the larger or smaller drive (assuming it fits). Note that SSD drives really need a substantial amount of free space to work well, I would say to try to keep it to a minimum or 25% free if possible or at least 20% free.

And, NVME drives are typically 3X faster than SATA SSD drives. Stay with Samsung or Western Digital Black Series in my opinion. WD Black NVMe drives are very close in performance and lower in price.

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May 26, 2019 at 23:47:13
Thanks for your reply. I apologize for not including the fact that it has Windows 10 home 64 bit installed as the operating system. So it looks like I need to disable RAID in the BIOS and just have AHCI checked? My understanding as far as RAID is concerned has always been that you need 2 hard drives for it to perform correctly. Correct me if I am wrong. All replies and opinions are greatly appreciated and respected.

Loretta

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May 27, 2019 at 17:58:09
Gotcha. Again, been coming here for years and I know I can always count on you guys for the best answers to my tech questions. Keep up the good work! Grazie mille!

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May 28, 2019 at 17:06:14
Okay, I spoke too soon - not that you guys aren't the best - but I didn't check the BIOS before making my reply. There are no settings in the BIOS that I could find concerning X2 or X4 options. There are no options for the Nvme drive. Maybe I am not looking in the right place. Please 'school' me in this matter. Thanks.

Loretta


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May 28, 2019 at 20:43:56
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Set UEFI Configuration

If the boot mode in the BIOS is disabled, some drivers may not work properly. Enabling Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) boot mode enables UEFI drivers.

1- Enter system setup.
2- Use the arrow keys to highlight Boot menu option and press Enter.
3- Use the arrow keys to highlight Boot Mode or Boot List Option and press Enter.
4- Select UEFI and press Enter.
5- Boot mode allows you to select Legacy or UEFI boot mode. Legacy boot mode if selected, enables booting to devices that support Legacy BIOS. UEFI boot mode if selected enables UEFI drivers. Changing boot modes require that your boot storage device be partitioned to match the boot mode compatibility. Changing boot modes could result in an incompatible boot storage device, which may prevent your computer to boot. Restoring the boot mode may resolve an incompatible boot storage device failure and recover your operating system.
6- Use the arrow keys to highlight Secure Boot Control or Security Boot and press Enter.
7- Select Enabled and press Enter.
8- Use the arrow keys to highlight 1st Boot and press Enter.
9- Select UEFI : Windows Boot Manager and press Enter.
10- Press Esc to exit the BIOS.
Select the option to save the changes and exit.

From here:
https://www.dell.com/support/articl...

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