Frequently Asked Questions for Intel® SSD 600p/Pro 6000p Series

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12/07/2017

See answers to commonly asked questions about the Intel® SSD 600p Series and Intel® SSD Pro 6000p Series.

Terminology

Abbreviation Term Definition
NVMe* Non-Volatile Memory Express The next-generation specification used to access SSDs through the PCI Express* (PCIe*) bus with greater throughput and lower latency.
PCIe* Peripheral Component Interconnect Express A standard connection found on most systems that supports the high speed of the NVMe SSD.
UEFI Unified Extensible Firmware Interface A specification for system firmware, meant to replace legacy BIOS, that provides software layer between the operating system and the system firmware.
CSM Compatibility Support Module A UEFI firmware feature that enables legacy BIOS-style booting by emulating a BIOS environment.
 

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About
How do I use the Intel® SSD 600p/Pro 6000p Series as a data drive? For optimal NVMe support, we recommend having a UEFI enabled System BIOS.
Confirm the NVMe driver is loaded within the Device Manager > Storage Controllers. Initialize the disk in disk management, format, and use.
Device Manager -> Storage Controllers
 
Note Windows 7* doesn't contain an NVMe in-box driver. You must install the available Microsoft KB Hotfix or the latest Intel® RST driver.
How do I use the Intel® SSD 600p/Pro 6000p Series as a boot drive?Refer to the installation guide for requirements and instructions.
Is RAID a supported configuration using two or more of the Intel® SSD 600p/Pro 6000p drives? Yes, the latest Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST) driver supports RAID. Make sure you use the driver supported by your system configuration as noted on each driver page.

Hardware and software
What form factors are available for the Intel® SSD 600p/Pro 6000p Series? They are available in the M.2 (2280) form factor.
I have an M.2 SSD in my system. Can my system (hardware) support the Intel® SSD 600p/Pro 6000p series drives?The board must support the NVMe* specification and have an M-key M.2 socket enabled for PCIe. See the product brief.
Note Check with your board or laptop manufacturer to confirm compatibility and proper configuration.
Where can I find NVMe drivers for my Intel® SSD 600p/Pro 6000p Series drive?The standard NVMe in-box drivers that come with the operating system support the Intel® SSDs. We don't have a vendor-unique driver for these products. If you have a 6th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor with flexible input/output support in the system BIOS, you can also use the Intel® RST driver.

Operating system
What operating systems (OS) does the Intel® SSD 600p/Pro 6000p Series support as the primary boot drive?Supported operating systems:
  • Windows 7* (64-bit)
  • Windows 8.1* (64-bit)
  • Windows® 10 (64-bit)
32-bit operating systems do not support UEFI.
Is Linux* a supported operating system? No, Linux* is not a supported operating system.
How do I install the Windows 7* OS on the Intel® SSD 600p/Pro 6000p series drives as a boot drive?

Windows 7* doesn't contain the in-box NVMe* driver for the OS installation as Windows 8.1* and later do.

To see the NVMe* drive, depending on the system configuration:

The installation guide outlines both of these methods.

Can I migrate my operating system to the Intel® SSD 600p/6000p Series drive?You must use the UEFI drivers and BIOS settings with the NVMe devices. Existing OS installations may not have these settings. We recommend a fresh installation.