Can I boot from M.2 NVMe SSD with Adapter on Asus P8Z77-V LX?


I've been looking around trying to find some answers but i only seem to keep coming up with more questions as i look.

I've got an ASUS P8Z77-V LX Sandybridge motherboard with 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 and 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 slot. I'm thinking about getting Samsung PM961 256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe to use a a boot drive (by cloning my current SSD drive to it). I don't think I have windows installed as UEFI from what I can see. Would this be a possibility or would it require me to format and reinstall windows?

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    I highly doubt you can boot from an M.2 PCIe drive on the Z77 chipset..... I believe that only started to becoming a 'thing' around Z97.

    *EDIT* Yeah, native support just is not there. You could use it as storage, but not as a boot drive......natively at least.

    I can't confirm whether this works for sure, but supposedly there's a tool that'll insert the functionality via a mod the the latest BIOS.
    At your own risk, of course:

    As for the clone vs clean install, I would always recommend a clean install.
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  2. If i did the BIOS mod, wouldn't i still need to have a UEFI install of windows?
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  3. Unless you want to get further and further into modding, yes, it would need to be UEFI.
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  4. Ok, I think i will leave it until i build a new pc at some point, it's not worth the hassle at the moment for a bit of extra speed. Thanks for your help!
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