Sure, let me provide a more detailed explanation. I’ll use a generic motherboard as an example, but please note that the exact steps and settings might be different for your specific motherboard. Consult your motherboard’s manual for more accurate instructions.
Power on or restart your computer: If your computer is off, turn it on. If it’s already on, restart it. You need to do this because you can only access the BIOS settings during the boot process.
Enter BIOS: As your computer starts booting, you’ll see a prompt to press a specific key (usually F2, F10, F12, or DEL) to enter BIOS/UEFI settings. Press the indicated key quickly and repeatedly until you enter the BIOS setup. If you miss the prompt, you may have to restart your computer and try again.
Navigate to the M.2 settings: Once inside the BIOS setup, use the arrow keys to navigate through the various menus and options. Look for a menu related to storage, PCIe, or advanced settings. The M.2 settings are often located under one of these menus. Common menu names include “Advanced,” “Storage Configuration,” or “Onboard Devices Configuration.”
Enable the M.2 slot: When you find the M.2 settings, you may see options related to the M.2 slot(s) on your motherboard. These options might include enabling or disabling the slot, selecting the mode of operation (SATA or PCIe/NVMe), or configuring other related settings. Make sure the M.2 slot is enabled and set to the appropriate mode (SATA or PCIe/NVMe) based on your M.2 SSD’s specifications. If you have multiple M.2 slots, make sure to enable the correct one.
Save and exit: After making the necessary changes, save your settings and exit the BIOS. This is typically done by pressing the F10 key or navigating to the “Exit” menu and selecting “Save Changes and Reset” or a similar option. Your computer will restart, and the changes you made in the BIOS will be applied.
Verify M.2 SSD detection: Once your computer has booted into the operating system, check if the M.2 SSD is detected and functioning properly. You can do this by looking in the Device Manager (Windows) or Disk Utility (macOS). If the M.2 SSD is not detected, you may need to go back into the BIOS and double-check the settings or consult your motherboard’s manual for further troubleshooting.
Remember that the exact steps and settings names may vary depending on your motherboard’s manufacturer and BIOS version. Consult your motherboard’s manual for specific instructions tailored to your hardware.