« on: February 27, 2015, 12:19:13 AM »
Two? If I Googled well, it appears M.2 and PCie are essentially the same throughput, different connections?...Thank you Rusty, M.2 is now on my list of things to do after moving. Sounds like two will be in order.
Sure, no problem!.......
Two? Two M.2 drives? Only way to use two would be to either have two PCs with motherboards in each one that support it or have one on the motherboard and install a PCIe card to support the 2nd one. Personally, I installed a 256GB M.2 and I use spinning platter HDs, each volume in a RAID 1 array hosted by the Intel RAID on the motherboard for everything else.
Do I have the slots?
I don't see an M.2 slot on that board nor do I see M.2 support in the feature list. But that's a fine board. You would just need to use a PCIe expansion board. The x1 slot is sufficient.
Resurrecting an old thread.........
M.2 had escaped my radar until you brought it up in this thread.
So I then had a want but couldn't justify it as a need.
Until, one of my Samsung 840 Pro drives, the boot drive with all apps, started causing random blue screens due to a write error. chkdsk was no help, I figured power cable, power supply, data cable, motherboard header and the drive itself were all possibilities.
Browsing Micro Center's site I came across a Plextor M6e Series 256GB PCI Express 2.0, googled some reviews, all were raves. A bit pricey around USD $1/GB, oh well.
Turns out to be an M.2 drive on a PCIe card. If one has an M.2 slot (I don't), the warranty voiding tape seal can be broken, the drive removed from the card and plugged into a proper M.2 slot.
Imaged the old C:\ with windows backup and created a repair DVD, minor fiddling and 20 minutes the PC was back up running fine from the Plextor.
Another minute or two re-assigning drive letters and the job was done.
Boy and howdy this thing is FAST. Boot time remains about 30 seconds from power switch to desktop with active mouse cursor, oh well.
But programs, everything now just snaps on screen, it's amazing. A day or two and I'll normalize to it, but right now, wow, wow.
Thanks so much for the heads up!