Why M.2 SSD Not Showing Up? Fix Now with Reasons


Last week, my friend bought a new M.2 SSD. Sadly, once he plugged it in, it wasn’t showing up. I did some research and came up with solutions. So just like my friend, are you also wondering why your M.2 ssd not showing up? The most common reason could be the driver remaining unformatted.

There could also be other reasons that might need fixations accordingly. And so, we have come up with content that gives you a detailed process on how to fix this issue for good.

M.2 SSD Not Showing Up [Reasons and Solutions]

We will start with a table that gives you a brief idea of the problems that could lead to a drive not showing up. This table will also include solutions but in brief. The in-depth detailed solutions step by step comes right after this table.

Probable ReasonsPossible Solutions
Driver not formattedFormat it by running the dialog box
M.2 SSD not showing in BIOSOpen the Device Manager and uninstall the channels one by one
M.2 SSD not showing in Device Manager/ M.2 SSD not showing in Disk ManagementGo to Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool and restart your device.
M. 2 SSD not showing in BIOS gigabyteSwitch to CSM mode and reboot.

M.2 SSD Not Showing Up In Windows 10/11

You plug your SSD drive right in your windows but notice that it is not showing up. That is because the drive is not formatted. In that case, just follow these simple steps:

  • Hold the Windows key and R key on your keyboard. Pressing them together will launch the run dialog box.
  • Type disk mgmt.msc into the dialog box and press Enter. Windows will bring you a list of all the drives it detected. Now take a look if any of these drives are labeled raw or unallocated.
  • In case your disk is not initialized, right-click on the drive and initialize it. We recommend using GPT as a partition tool. So once you detect the unallocated disk, you gotta format it. But make sure you don’t format the wrong drive as it will erase everything once you format it mistakenly.
  • Now right-click on the selected drive and select New Simple Volume. Name your drive in the labels section. Click Next and Finish to format. Your new drive will finally show up in My Computer.

Fix M.2 SSD Not Showing Up In BIOS Boot Property MSI/ASUS

If you are unsure about your BIOS key, search with model no. Fix this issue following these steps:

  • Now go to the Storage Section of the BIOS and check whether your inserted drive shows up. If it does, restart into windows.
  • And then, follow the above steps mentioned to open up the dialog box in windows. Type tevmgmi.msc and press Enter to open up the Device Manager.
  • On the top, you will see the Ide Ata controller. Expand its drop-down menu, and right button click on a channel. Click Uninstall Device. Do the same for all channels one by one.
  • Once you complete this, restart your device.
  • Now Check if the drive shows up.
  • Now go to the Storage Section of the BIOS and check whether your inserted drive shows up. If it does, restart into windows.
  • And then, follow the above steps mentioned to open up the dialog box in windows. Type tevmgmi.msc and press Enter to open up the Device Manager.
  • On the top, you will see the Ide Ata controller. Expand its drop-down menu, and right button click on a channel. Click Uninstall Device. Do the same for all channels one by one.
  • Once you complete this, restart your device.
  • Now Check if the drive shows up.

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If after following these steps, still your m.2 SSD not showing up in bios boot priority, the drive could turn defective. In that case, try plugging your device into another port or another PC.

If it doesn’t show up in disk management/device manager

When your SSD doesn’t show up in Disk Management,

  • Go to the Windows Memory diagnostic tool. This is a tool that lets you check your RAM.
  • Click on that, and there comes a small bar. Click on Restart and Solve the problem. This is gonna take a while.
  • After your device restarts, your SSD file will hopefully show up.

M.2 Not Showing Up In File Explorer/BIOS Gigabyte

If you are having a Gigabyte motherboard and your drive isn’t showing up in the Boot:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Make sure you are on the non-advanced window. And switch to CSM mode.
  • Save and Exit.
  • Now get back to BIOS. Go to Advanced and then Settings.
  • Go to Boot, and there will be plenty of options. Just click on one and check if your drive shows up.

M.2 Not Showing Up In ASUS BIOS

In case your SSD is not showing in ASUS BIOS settings:

  • Consider checking Storage Specification for your motherboard model on its official website.
  • Once you select the model, go to its Product Specification or User Manual and hit on Storage to check.
  • Finally, unplug and replug the SATA connections for your hard drive.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

This section is gonna cover all your queries regarding the m.2 not visible on your device. This is a random issue happening to most of us, so people come up with these frequently asked questions. I thought of sharing a few here:

Why is my NVME SSD not showing up in Disk Management?

This is a merry problem that you can solve instantly. When an NVME SSD fails to show up in Disk Management, that means either your SSD’s drive letter is faulty or missing. Thereby it gets in conflict with other disks. As a result of which, Windows fails to recognize or detect it. In that case, you need to assign your SSD a new drive letter.

How do I get my laptop to recognize my new M 2 SSD?

For your laptop to recognize your new M 2 SSD: Press “Windows + X” at the same time.
Click on “Device Manager”. Expand Disk Drives. Right-click on the M.2 SSD. Click “Update Driver Software”. Choose “Search automatically for updated driver software”.

How do I enable m2 SSD in BIOS?

You can simply enable m2 SSD in BIOS. First, go to BIOS settings and from there select advanced settings. After that, select the device configuration option. And from there, find out the PCI Express X4_3 Slot Bandwidth option. And set this to M. 2 Mode, and you’re done.

Conclusion

There you go! We hope that following these steps, you will be able to get rid of the m.2 SSD not showing up. However, if these steps don’t work out, unfortunately, consider calling a professional to seek his help. Your drive could also turn defective, so make sure to check that as well.

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The blending of his writing savvy with long-term technological practices with IOS and MAC programs always tickle him find out a quick fix to the problems. So, he wishes to share his fixes and discovers with all through these fixing guides. Also! He has won the market with his entrepreneurial spices backed by spurring paces to meet new challenges.

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