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Please help! Laptop issues - m.2 SSD seen in BIOS but not in Windows, or able to install Windows...

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I've got a question and need some help terribly. I'm very confused and have literally no idea what is wrong. I've got a custom built laptop, and have had it since April. It's worked, for the most part, flawlessly. It's a barebones MSI kit with a desktop 7700k and a 1080 GPU.

Anyway, I listed my old Samsung 950 Pro m.2 SSD for sale on the local craigslist, and someone wanted some Crystal Disk screenies sent before we met up. I opened up the laptop, put it in, and booted up Windows 10 from my main SSD (a Samung 960 Pro m.2). Everything was fine, I got the screenshots, and while in Windows wiped the drive (950 Pro) via Windows built in Disk Management application.

I turned off the PC, took it out, and the system no longer boots at all. It goes to the built in Windows troubleshooting screen, and every single option gives me an error (System Restore, System fix, {System Reset isn't present}, Windows Rollback, etc....). The disc is seen in the laptop's BIOS, but it won't boot. So, I decided to just reinstall Windows 10, but when I get to the "Pick your drive" there are none available to select.

Turned off the PC and took the 960 Pro out, put the 950 Pro back in, with exactly the same issues. I expected this, as it was wiped, but when trying to install Windows it's not shown in the disk selection screen either. It shows up in BIOS, but nowhere else.

Took that drive out and put in my big storage SSD, a Crucial mx300. This one is a SATA III interface, not m.2 like the other ones. This one showed in BIOS, and allowed me to install Windows on it. Did so, loaded into Windows, turned off and put the 960 back in. System boots into Windows, but Windows cannot see the 960 Pro (or the 950 Pro for that matter). They both show up in BIOS, but I can do nothing with them. Both drives don't work in both m.2 slots.

What happened?

My brother walked me through some troubleshooting via the CMD prompt line, and neither drive is accessible there, even though they can be seen. I was unable to boot into safe mode with both m.2 drives. He thinks that somehow both drives got corrupted. I do not have another machine to test these in. '); }
Date: Dec 4, 2017   


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