zBook G2 Owners - Alternatives to "Z Turbo Drive"?

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  1. Urr

    Urr Notebook Enthusiast

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    slnotebook Notebook Consultant

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    So will this procedure work for Windows 7 if it doesn't have a NVMe driver?
     
  3. UAcrimson

    UAcrimson Newbie

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    I've tried following along this guide as well as Lubomir Hozak's guide. However, I'm not able to recognize the SSD when in diskpart or when I run EFI_Shell of my Win-PE USB.

    I have the stock 1 TB HDD and my new Samsung 950 Pro installed in my computer (running windows 10, upgraded from 7 pro).

    Please look over what I did. Let me know if you see somewhere that I made a mistake or missed something important. I can't seem to post pictures directly so I'll provide links to the pictures.

    1. Plug in SSD, open Samsung's Data Migration, copy Windows and Programs over to SSD
    2. Re-Install SSD drivers
    3. At this point I can see on Files Explorer that my SSD is recognized as "Windows H:" https://postimg.org/image/80l5gn2pv/
    4. Set up USB boot drive using:
      copype x86 C:\WinPE_x86
      MakeWinPEMedia /UFD C:\WinPE_x86 J:
    5. Prepared the files as described in Urr's guide
    6. Run diskpart, notice only HDD and USB are recognized https://postimg.org/image/hu2ctg4ub/
    At that point I tried LH's guide. Running the EFI_Shell file then prompts me to load the files, as described in the guide. However trying to load those files won't work. I assume this is because the computer isn't recognizing the drive.
    https://postimg.org/image/xtl0d00w3/
    https://postimg.org/image/im50sn91f/

    Let me know if you need any other information. I'm pretty confused about what to try next.
     
  4. Urr

    Urr Notebook Enthusiast

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    In your screenshot drive H is 238GB and not 1TB
    I may state the obvious here, but it wouldn't hurt to say it again: You have to keep a regular HDD in addition to the new SDD. the startup.nsh script is running from a partition on your old HDD. Also, don't use map -r. it will reset all mappings and will break your script. Use 'map -u' instead and put 'set -v efishellmode 1.1.2' at the top of the script.
    I changed my script a bit. and added a file \efi\Boot\nvme.txt on the NDMe SSD drive. So my script looks like this now:
    Code:
    @echo -off
    set StartupDelay 3
    set -v efishellmode 1.1.2
    ;mode 120 36
    cls
    echo "+----------------------+"
    echo "|  Running from Disk 0 |"
    echo "+----------------------+"
    echo "Find file system with NVMe Driver"
    if exist fs0:\EFI\Shell\NvmExpressDxe.efi then
    fs0:
    echo Found NVMe driver module on fs0:
    goto FOUNDNVMEDRIVERMODULE
    endif
    if exist fs1:\EFI\Shell\NvmExpressDxe.efi then
    fs1:
    echo Found NVMe driver module on fs1:
    goto FOUNDNVMEDRIVERMODULE
    endif
    if exist fs2:\EFI\Shell\NvmExpressDxe.efi then
    fs2:
    echo Found NVMe driver module on fs2:
    goto FOUNDNVMEDRIVERMODULE
    endif
    echo "Unable to find NVMe driver module".
    echo "Please mount the drive with the NVMe driver module".
    echo ""
    pause
    goto END
    :FOUNDNVMEDRIVERMODULE
    echo =============================================================
    echo ""
    echo "loading the NVMe driver module"
    load \EFI\Shell\NvmExpressDxe.efi
    map -u
    echo "Find NVMe Drive Boot Loader"
    if exist fs0:\efi\Boot\nvme.txt then
    fs0:
    goto FOUNDNVMEBOOTLOADER
    endif
    if exist fs1:\efi\Boot\nvme.txt then
    fs1:
    goto FOUNDNVMEBOOTLOADER
    endif
    if exist fs2:\efi\Boot\nvme.txt then
    fs2:
    goto FOUNDNVMEBOOTLOADER
    endif
    if exist fs3:\efi\Boot\nvme.txt then
    fs3:
    goto FOUNDNVMEBOOTLOADER
    endif
    if exist fs4:\efi\Boot\nvme.txt then
    fs4:
    endif
    echo "Unable to find NVMe Drive boot loader".
    echo "Please mount the drive".
    echo ""
    pause
    goto END
    :FOUNDNVMEBOOTLOADER
    echo =============================================================
    echo ""
    echo "loading the Windows boot loader on NVMe SSD"
    \EFI\Microsoft\Boot\bootmgfw.efi
    :END
     
  5. aztec506

    aztec506 Notebook Consultant

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    Where are you folks finding Samsung PCIe drives that will fit in the limited space in a 15" Zbook g2?
     
  6. UAcrimson

    UAcrimson Newbie

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    Just to clarify, I've never been able to boot from my Samsung 950 Pro SSD. In my previous post, the 1TB HDD is the C drive. The H drive is the 256 GB SSD.

    I haven't had as much time to troubleshoot this as I would have wanted this week. I tried formatting the drive and restarting to follow your instructions shown in post 137. I put in the CD to install windows 8.1 Pro and came across the following issue: https://postimg.org/image/75bmxwbyb/

    The error message says "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu"

    Urr, are there any additional steps I need to take in order to install windows? Is the error message wanting me to have the proper boot script before I can install windows?
     
  7. Urr

    Urr Notebook Enthusiast

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    I understand you are stuck at the very beginning of the procedure when trying to install windows on the NVMe drive. I used a custom Windows Enterprise installer, created by the company I work at, so I didn't use the original microsoft installer, which apparently does some kind of a BIOS compatibility check. I do not really know the answer.
     
  8. A-A-Ron

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    Urr, since you were able to get this to work, i don't suppose you have the ability to upload a completed drive image of a fresh NVMe install that has all the NVMe boot sector and scripts worked out and all drivers loaded for the Zbook 17 G2 's?

    :) please say yes!?
     
  9. Blasqen

    Blasqen Newbie

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    Hi, I just got the Samsung SM951 256 GB NVMe version. Installed it and it worked just fine. It is indeed a bit too long, but I put some tape on it to hold it and prevent it from touching the case. I am not going to bother to installing Windows on it as I plan on selling this laptop, but am currently only using it to run some programs.
     
  10. A-A-Ron

    A-A-Ron Newbie

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    Unfortunately that doesn't help anyone who wants to boot from it:)
     
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