installing NVME M.2 SSD in Gigabyte GA-AB350-Gaming 3

So i got a new NVME SSD M.2 1TB to upgrade my PC storage, i was using a 120GB SSD earlier but that was limiting how much i can store on that SSD, so upgraded to this. Few imp Pointers though

  • Know your SSD, Is it M.2 SATA SSD or M.2 PCIex4 or x2 SSD – this is imp.
  • mine was M.2 PCIex4
  • Check your SATA connections, Once you install the M.2 drive your below connections will be disabled , refer below : Since mine is M.2 PCIEx4 i had to reconnect my Hard Drive from ASATA3.0/ASATA3.1 to SATA3.0/SATA3.1 respectively, Worth checking before you install SSD
https://download.gigabyte.com/FileList/Manual/mb_manual_ga-ab350-gaming3_e.pdf
  • Remove your Graphics Card
  • Slide in the M.2 Drive carefully, you will need to push it forward a bit so that it goes inside the slot properly refer below Pic: the back part will pop up at an angle, at this point tighten the screw to put it in place.
  • Reboot the PC
  • You can clone with Acronis imaging software which comes with the Kingston or use some other as well like mecrium – I used Mecrium, as Acronis just exited (there were some FS errors on C: Drive)
  • After cloning , Boot the system, change the boot drive to SSD, then boot
  • To Confirm you are in SSD< check under properties for C: -> Go to Volumes

Click on Populate, might have to repeat those again

As you can see above C is on Kingston A2000

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