How to Fix M.2 SSD Not Detected in Windows 10/11 (BIOS/Disk Management)

Can't detect M.2 SSD in Windows 10? Some users just replaced the latest M2 hard drive, but a sad thing happens - M.2 not detected or recognized in Windows. Here this guide comes. You can learn the details about how to fix M.2 SSD in BIOS or disk management.

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See case in Reddit: "Hi guys. I recently bought a new SanDisk m.2 SSD, installed it to my mobo and it's not being picked up by my BIOS. I have updated my BIOS to the most recent version and also tried disconnecting my other SATA drives but no luck. I am using a gigabyte z170 hd3p mobo and have a 120GB SSD for my OS and a 500GB HDD for storage. Hope someone out there can help me please."

Why your M.2 SSD is not showing up in Windows 10/11? Many users complained about M.2 SSD not detected on the forums like ASRock, Reddit, and tom's hardware. They've tried some methods but it doesn't work.

In this article, we will explain how to fix SSD not detected in Windows 10/11. Let's see details to handle M.2 SSD not detected in BIOS and disk management. Main contents of this page:

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Issue: Can't Detect M.2 SSD Your computer can't detect M.2 SSD when you haven't configured your BIOS setting or M.2 SSD is not properly connected...Full steps
M.2 SSD Not Detected in BIOS Laptop/PC To fix M.2 SSD not detected in BIOS, you can configure your M.2 SSD in BIOS or reinstall the drive...Full steps
M.2 SSD Not Detected in Disk Management When M.2 SSD is not showing up in Disk Management, update its driver, use Hardware and Devices...Full steps
Recover Data from M.2 SSD That is Not Detected You can use professional data recovery software to restore data from M.2 SSD to prevent data loss...Full steps

Can't Detect M.2 SSD

Before you using the solution, let's take a look at what causes disk failure. Many users talk about a method that doesn't work. Maybe you should look at the following reasons first and try more methods.

Causes of BIOS Issue:

  • You have not configured your BIOS setting. (M.2 SSD is not enabled.)
  • Your M.2 SSD is not properly connected to the computer.

Causes of Disk Management Problem:

  • Your driver needs to update.
  • Troubleshoot your hard disk.
  • Your drive letter is missing.

M.2 SSD Not Detected in BIOS Laptop/PC

For the BIOS issue, you can try two ways in this part. We advise you to use solution 1 first. Solution 2 involves disassembling the computer and reinstalling the hard disk, which may be hard if you are a beginner.

Solution 1 - Configure Your M.2 SSD

Step 1. Restart PC and press F2/Delete to access BIOS.

Step 2. Expand "SATA Configuration" and choose "Configure SATA Configuration as IDE".

enable m2 ssd in bios

Step 3. Press F8 to save and exit.

Solution 2 - Reinstall Drive to Fix M.2 Drive Not Detected In Windows 10/11

Step 1. Disconnect Your PC's power supply. (If you are using the laptop, you can take out the battery.)

Step 2. Use a screwdriver to open the PC's case. (Or disassemble your laptop's shell by removing some screws.)

Step 3. Disconnect the hard disk and cable. And reinstall it.

  • On desktop PC: Find M.2 connector on the lower middle of the motherboard > You can see a horizontal slot labeled SATA or PCIe > Remove the mounting screw opposite the slot > Insert the M.2 SSD > Secure the SSD with the screw.

install m2 ssd desktop

  • On laptop: Open M.2 slot > Slide M.2 SSD to the slot > Secure SSD with the screw

install m2 ssd laptop

M.2 SSD Not Detected in Disk Management

If the M.2 SSD is not showing up in disk management, you can update your driver, apply Hardware and Device Troubleshooter and assign a drive letter by this in-depth guide.

Fix 1 - Update M.2 SSD Driver

Step 1. Press "Windows + X" and click "Device Manager".

Step 2. Expand Disk Drives.

Step 3. Right-click M.2 SSD and choose "Update Driver Software".

Step 4. In the update driver software window, choose "Search automatically for updated driver software".

update disk driver

Step 5. Wait until the update completes and restart your computer.

Fix 2 - Use Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter.

Step 1. Type Hardware and Devices on the search box and click to start.

Step 2. Click "Next" and wait for scanning.

hardware and devices

Step 3. It will what problem you need to fix if your computer has.

Fix 3 - Assign Your Drive Letter

Step 1. Open Disk Management.

Step 2. Right-click your SSD and choose "Change Drive Letter and Paths..."

assign new drive letter

A Solution to Recover Data from M.2 SSD that is Not Detected

If the above methods can not fix M.2 SSD is not recognized in Windows 10/11, what to do next is to retrieve your data back via a data recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Otherwise, you can not access your valuable data.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is a robust hard disk recovery tool that can get your data back from corrupted, inaccessible, and RAW hard disks.

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Step 1. Scan the SSD

Open EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, select the SSD where you lost data, and click the "Scan" button.

select and scan the SSD

Step 2. View the results

When the scanning finishes, find lost SSD data by using the "Filter" and "Search" options after checking the "Deleted Files" and "Other Lost Files" folders.

Preview lost SSD data

Step 3. Recover SSD files

Select desired data and click the "Recover" button to get back lost SSD files.

recover data from SSD

Is the M.2 SSD Showing Up? Get Your Answer Here!

In this step-by-step tutorial, we have figured out 5 ways to fix M.2 SSD in Windows 10/11. For my advice, you can try solution 1 of part one and solution 1 and 2 of part two. Those methods have high success to solve your problem.

If those solutions do not work on your devices, recover your data now by EaseUS hard disk recovery software:

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