Lattepanda Alpha 864 failing to detect WD NVMe

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Commodore
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Tue May 19, 2020 5:32 pm

I recently purchased a LP Alpha to serve as a Media Center PC on a living room TV, and was hoping to add a Western Digital WD Blue SN550 NVMe for additional storage. The Alpha runs well on it's own, but doesn't seems to detect the drive in either the BIOS or in Windows. I have reseated the drive a couple of times, but it only goes in one way, so I don't think it's a connection issue. Is there a compatibility issue with that drive, or perhaps a BIOS update that it needs to work?

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calpin
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Tue Aug 11, 2020 9:39 am

Commodore wrote:
Tue May 19, 2020 5:32 pm
I recently purchased a LP Alpha to serve as a Media Center PC on a living room TV, and was hoping to add a Western Digital WD Blue SN550 NVMe for additional storage. The Alpha runs well on it's own, but doesn't seems to detect the drive in either the BIOS or in Windows. I have reseated the drive a couple of times, but it only goes in one way, so I don't think it's a connection issue. Is there a compatibility issue with that drive, or perhaps a BIOS update that it needs to work?
Have you check the "Disk manager" in the system? May be it just not show out and wait to format?

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Fri Aug 21, 2020 10:03 pm

NOt sure what's going on. However, you might want to check
(if there is) the boot (as well as OS install) issue on this DRAM-less type of NVMe device.

P.S. DRAM -less is trying to use non-standard memory resources for SSD indexing. I.e., such storage module itself is not standalone SSD device but needs help elsewhere.
E.g., POTENTIALLY BIOS boot code support, driver needs to be in kernel (not post-OS startup stage.)

Why DRAM-less NVMe SSD? <-- save the money (at least, the material cost on mfg side)

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