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MSI Z270 M7 + Samsung 960 Evo M.2 Issues

Hello,

I'm about to lose my mind with this issue as I literally have tried everthing.

I have a MSI Z270 M7, Samsung 960 Evo M.2 on the second slot and a 2TB WD Black on the Sata 3 port. When I first installed windows, everything went smoothly until one day my PC prompted me with the "reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press" message. I rebooted me PC, pressed F11 for boot options, selected my 960 Evo and it booted. No problems. But it kept doing it a few times, randomly. So I entered the BIOS, made sure the 960 Evo was the first option, rebooted and then again, the issue persisted.

So at this point I decided to do a clean install again. Except in the middle of the instalation, when the PC reboots itself to complete it, it prompted me that message again. I manually selected the SSD eveytime it rebooted at least until the installation was completed, but it was in vain.
When I entered the "format and partition disk" settings I realised my HDD had some boot partitions, which didn't make any sense, and I started to imagine what the issue could be. I unplugged my HDD, re-installed windows, and again, this freaking message started haunting me.

So at this point the only thing that makes sense is that, for some reason, sometimes is is as though the SSD doesn't "boot up" fast enough when the motherboard is making the decision where to boot, and so it doesn't have any boot partition to choose from, because this issue never happens when, once the PC booted, I click on "restart".

I don't know if it even makes any sense.

Please, I hope you guys have some much needed answers for this annoying issue.

Edit: BIOS, Drivers, Hardware, etc, everything is up to date, installed, checked.
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  1. Best answer
    Hi, It might be a drive issue. Can't you RMA it?
  2. alexoiu said:
    Hi, It might be a drive issue. Can't you RMA it?


    Hi,

    I bought it from Amazon, yes I could RMA it. But how knows if that's really the reason.. :(
  3. Don't sit on it.
    I have zero problems with mine as the boot option. I love it.

    RMA it and see if that fixes it.

    The system doesn't "decide" if there's anything in the boot drive. It looks to it and hands over the boot process. If the drive reports back there isn't an operating system, it hands it back to the motherboard controller. Then it goes down the list.
  4. The_Staplergun said:
    Don't sit on it.
    I have zero problems with mine as the boot option. I love it.

    RMA it and see if that fixes it.

    The system doesn't "decide" if there's anything in the boot drive. It looks to it and hands over the boot process. If the drive reports back there isn't an operating system, it hands it back to the motherboard controller. Then it goes down the list.


    Thanks. Will do.

    If the issue reappears, what should I do? Could it be a Mobo issue?
  5. At that point that's what I would say.
  6. The_Staplergun said:
    At that point that's what I would say.


    Thanks.
  7. Zoken01 said:
    Hello,

    I'm about to lose my mind with this issue as I literally have tried everthing.

    I have a MSI Z270 M7, Samsung 960 Evo M.2 on the second slot and a 2TB WD Black on the Sata 3 port. When I first installed windows, everything went smoothly until one day my PC prompted me with the "reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press" message. I rebooted me PC, pressed F11 for boot options, selected my 960 Evo and it booted. No problems. But it kept doing it a few times, randomly. So I entered the BIOS, made sure the 960 Evo was the first option, rebooted and then again, the issue persisted.

    So at this point I decided to do a clean install again. Except in the middle of the instalation, when the PC reboots itself to complete it, it prompted me that message again. I manually selected the SSD eveytime it rebooted at least until the installation was completed, but it was in vain.
    When I entered the "format and partition disk" settings I realised my HDD had some boot partitions, which didn't make any sense, and I started to imagine what the issue could be. I unplugged my HDD, re-installed windows, and again, this freaking message started haunting me.

    So at this point the only thing that makes sense is that, for some reason, sometimes is is as though the SSD doesn't "boot up" fast enough when the motherboard is making the decision where to boot, and so it doesn't have any boot partition to choose from, because this issue never happens when, once the PC booted, I click on "restart".

    I don't know if it even makes any sense.

    Please, I hope you guys have some much needed answers for this annoying issue.

    Edit: BIOS, Drivers, Hardware, etc, everything is up to date, installed, checked.
  8. Had a problem on a MSI Z170 MOB getting it to recognize a 960 Evo m.2 drive. Some people have been successful, but an editor in PC Magazine I think it was the march issue recommended not to use a an M.2 Drive for the boot drive. After messing around with it I decided to return it and use a standard SSD drive could not be happier. M.2 drives may not be quit ready for prime time yet. Even if I could get it to work at this time I do not want to risk it.
  9. reapra3 said:
    Had a problem on a MSI Z170 MOB getting it to recognize a 960 Evo m.2 drive. Some people have been successful, but an editor in PC Magazine I think it was the march issue recommended not to use a an M.2 Drive for the boot drive. After messing around with it I decided to return it and use a standard SSD drive could not be happier. M.2 drives may not be quit ready for prime time yet. Even if I could get it to work at this time I do not want to risk it.


    I finally RMA'd the SSD and it has been working flawlessly since then, but thanks for your input nonetheless :)
  10. Thank you for the update.
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