Switching to NVMe with the Force Series MP500

By Chris Stolze, on June 23, 2017

The Force MP500 provides the breakneck speed of NVMe SSDs in an ultra-compact M.2 form-factor that allows it to be installed in any current PC platform. Here's a quick how-to so you can hit the ground running while making sure your MP500 is performing at its best.

To install the Force MP500, you first need to have a motherboard that sports M.2 sockets. These will usually be between the PCIExpress slots on the motherboard (also double check your motherboard manual to ensure that the M.2 sockets support PCIe devices at 4x Gen 3.0, some older motherboards have M.2 sockets that only support SATA-based drives).

Remove the Force MP500 from its packaging, you'll notice that it's safely stored in a plastic clamshell.

Remove the screw from the M.2 standoff if pre-installed on your motherboard (some motherboards don't have the M.2 standoff and screw pre-installed, so check the contents of your motherboard's packaging in case they come packed-in, rather than pre-installed out of the box)

Gently insert the MP500 into the M.2 slot. The M.2 slot is keyed in such a way that the MP500 will only insert one way (if it doesn't go in, don't force it in or else you'll risk damaging the MP500 and/or your motherboard).

Press down on the MP500 so that the notch on the left of the drive lines up with the screw hole.

Secure the MP500 by reinstalling the screw.

And that's it! Now to make sure we've got it going on the OS side.

Boot up your PC and go to disk management.

You should get a notification that a new unformatted drive has been installed.

Follow the prompts and you're good to go!

Alternatively, you can use cloning software or do an OS reinstallation to migrate your OS to the Force MP500 if you'd rather have your main OS boot up from your new drive.


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