My new drivet is Intel SSD6 M.2 PCIe 1tb, P/N SSDPEKKW010T7X1. My Motherboard is Asus Z170-K with latest version 2003 bios. The drive is not detected by the uefi bios. The mb settings are "optimised default". Intel RST is left off. (turning it on didn't help, so I turned this back off). The drive shows up in Windows (Windows 7 sp1 64bit) as an unknown PCI device. I tried to install the Intel ssd drive toolbox, hoping for a workable driver. The drive toolbox installation hangs with starting VC_redist.x86.exe, forever. So no driver for windows can be installed. Is a separate driver available? Are there any suggested bios settings for the drive?
Hello DonC5,We understand you recently purchased an Intel® SSD 600p Series and would like to install Windows* 7 on it. While this is possible, it's not the simplest of procedures, and we only provide limited support. Our recommendation is to install Windows* 8.1 or above.The first thing to point out is that the 600p series was engineered to work using the inbox drivers provided with Windows*. However, unlike Windows* 8.1 or 10, Windows* 7 did not originally have native NVMe* support. This support was added at a later date through https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2990941 KB2990941.To use this drive as a storage device in Windows* 7, you simply need to add this KB to your current Windows* installation. Microsoft* provides a hotfix tool for this on their website.To install Windows* 7 on the 600p Series, we have published a step by step http://www.intel.com/content/dam/support/us/en/documents/solid-state-drives/Intel_6_Series_PCIeNVMe_... installation guide. Here are some useful links:- http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/solid-state-drives/000022378.html Frequently Asked Questions for Intel® SSD 600p Series- http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/solid-state-drives/000023002.html Windows* Installation Guide for Intel® Solid State Drive 6 Series- https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2990941 Update to add native driver support for NVMe* in Windows* 7- http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/solid-state-drives/000023121.html Motherboards Tested with the Intel® SSD 600p SeriesNote: Any links provided for third party tools or sites are offered for your convenience and should not be viewed as an endorsement by Intel® of the content, products, or services offered there. We do not offer support for any third party tool mentioned here.We hope this information clears up most of your doubts. If you need further asssistance, please let us know. We will be more than glad to help.Best regards,Carlos A.