How To Install an M.2 SSD: Installation Tutorial with Samsung 960 Pro M2 SSD Drive

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M.2 solid state drives (SSD) are replacing SATA Gen 3 drives with their insane performance. Learn how to install an M2 drive with this how to / tutorial video!

To install an M.2 Drive do the following. Turn off your PC. Unscrew the small phillips head screw from the proper M.2 slot on your motherboard, make sure you remove the correct screw to accommodate the length of your M2 drive. Insert the M2 drive gently at a 30 degree angle and slowly slide it in until it stops. Then push the drive down flat on the mobo, reinsert the phillips screw, and tighten it down with light force. Then open up your BIOS and ensure the drive is enabled and being read. That’s it! Installing an M.2 SSD is easy and can be done in about 5 minutes.

**NOTE: If your motherboard or SSD comes with an M.2 spacer/standoff you should install it into the motherboard under the screw. Mine was already installed in this video.**

High end M.2 SSD drives are over 6 times faster than the world’s fastest SATA drives! These drives are awesome and I highly recommend them for Windows boot drives, video editing, or any very fast read / write performance applications.
The drive being installed is a Samsung 960 Pro 512GB M.2 SSD drive into my MSI M7 Gaming Desktop motherboard. Links to the 960 pro and the lower cost, but still very fast Samsung 960 Evo are below.

Product Links (some are Amazon affiliate):
▶ Desktop Screw, Standoff, and Screwdriver:
▶ Laptop Screw and Screwdriver:
▶ Samsung 970 Pro 512GB:
▶ Samsung 970 Pro 1TB:
▶ Samsung 970 Evo 250GB:
▶ Samsung 970 Evo 500GB:
▶ Samsung 970 Evo 1TB:

▶ Samsung 960 Pro 512GB:
▶ Samsung 960 Pro 1TB:
▶ Samsung 960 Evo 250GB:
▶ Samsung 960 Evo 500GB:
▶ Rosewill ESD Anti-Static Wrist Strap:
▶ Wiha Precision ESD Screw Drivers:
▶ Wiha Soft Grip ESD Screw Drivers (shown):

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34 COMMENTS

  1. the m.2 placement part is confusing no clue how to read the charts my manual has or what the explanation they provide means.

  2. 1. Why you touch the SSD with your bare hands? you could easily grab it by the sides

    2. Why don't you show in Windows how the SSD is detected/what we have to do in order to be detected?

  3. Hey, me and my brother did it and a new drive appeared with 500GB space opened now did it work or it just opened 500GB

  4. Hi ive installed a m.2 evo plus into my gv72 7rd msi gaming laptop but can't seem to boot from it even though the clone seems successful and i can acess it. i used the samsung data migration program. Is there a fix for this?

  5. What if the ssd doesnt spring up like that and stay at 30 degrees? Mine just kind of went in and stayed flat pretty much

  6. Yo, i just want to asked that if you use the ssd in the first m.2 slot like what you did in the vids, can you still use the 1x pcie slot next to the ssd together? Thank you!

  7. Very perfectly fit with innocence and smartness thanks will get m.2 asap i have b450 board, and do need to make any bios change or let be default and can sata drive and m.2 both works read same time lastly were to install windows m.2 or sata.

  8. HELP! I have gigabyte aorus Pro WiFi motherboard and it has 2 M.2 slots. Idk where to put my M.2 ssd. (My ssd is same as yours btw, 1 notch). Should I put it at the top or the bottom slot?

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