Solved 2242 NVMe Drive not recognized by Direkt-Tek DTLAPY 133-1

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First, I apologize if this post is in the wrong place. If it is, please move this thread to the proper place.

Second, I have seen that there is one question about this exact laptop model and NVMe drives, however, it has been marked closed without any verification to what drive was used and if any extra steps had to be taken in order for the drive to be used.

With that said, I am trying to upgrade my Direkt-Tek DTLAPY 133-1 laptop with a 512GB Western Digital SN520 NVMe M.2 Drive (Model Number: SDAPMUW-512G). I have verified it supports NVMe drives by confirming the slot type and searching online where I found 2 users who have done this upgrade. No information is given in the manual (that I could find) as to what drives work, aside from a maximum of 512 GB drive is supported.

Windows 10, BIOS, Acronis Boot Image and my Windows installation media (a Sandisk Cruzer Glide 16 GB USB 3.0) refuse to recognize the NVMe drive is even inserted.


Is there something I am missing?


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Oddba11

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Ensure that you have the latest BIOS version. Aside from that, you likely just need a different brand/model.

Laptops seem to be especially finicky with drive support. So while it may be the correct type of drive, it could just be an incompatibility between the BIOS and drive.
 

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So with a compatible drive, it should automatically be recognized in Windows and the BIOS without changes to BIOS settings?
 

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Also, there is no BIOS downloads available from Driekt-Tek's website so I assume updates do not exist
 

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After getting off the phone with SanDisk tech support my MB has to support PCIe Gen 3. I went through the BIOS and the only options I have for PCI speeds are Gen 1 and Gen 2. I think it is simply incompatable.
 

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The slots for PCIe SATA and NVMe are different. I don't remember which one is which but look up M.2 M, B, and B + M keys. Those connector types determine the settings the drive will run in.
 

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But standard M.2 SSD drives have both B+M keys and can be used in both B or M keyed M.2 slots.
 

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And an M.2 SSD (NOT NVme) would work on a slot for PCIe Gen 1 and Gen 2? My main goal is storage. If there is a performance boost I would not be opposed.
 

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I can't tell you if it will work on your particular laptop, it depends on exactly what type of M.2 socket you have and if the Bios is designed to 'see' that type of drive. Only way to know for sure is to try it.
 

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Got it. Well, I just got off the phone with Direkt-Tek's customer service and they just informed me that, dispite BIOS saying NVMe is supported at Gen 1 and Gen 2 speeds, the slot was designed to be used with an M.2 SSD instead. So I am going to order one and post what happens.

Thank you everybody for your help so far!
 

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Thank you to everybody who has replied! I recieved and installed the drive last night and it works perfectly! No need for any extra drivers and no BIOS adjustment, just plug-n-play :)

For anybody else trying to do the same thing, any "M.2 NGFF" drive should work given it is 512 GB or less. The one I am using is the Transcend 430S 512GB M.2 SSD. I am using it as the boot drive for Windows 10. I hope this helps somebody!
 

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