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Good morning,
I have good news, because the problem is solved !!
The cause was, as I suspected  8), the SSD disk firmware: corrupt or too old.
I had to work on it a lot, because Samsung Magician didn't detect the SSD disk and that was the only way to update the firmware. The reason for the non-recognition was due to the fact that the SSD was part of a storage pool (probably an automatic setting of O.S. ??).
I deleted the pool with "Storage Spaces" utility and immediately the disc was recognized by Samsung Magician. I updated the firmware to the latest version.
Then I tried to reinstall Windows from scratch.
I loaded the standard BIOS options with CSM disabled, cleaned the disk with diskpartition.
On restarting Windows recognized the SSD disk as a UEFI boot device and the installation finished perfectly.
I thank Shadowsport for the valuable suggestions and patience  :) :) :)
Francesco
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Notebooks and netbooks / Re: Add a second SSD
« Last post by Leo21 on August 19, 2019, 11:07:28 am »
I use the samsung evo 970. Shop around, huge price variations.

If it is your first time, watch a youtube video before you do it.
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Notebooks and netbooks / Aero 17.3 release date
« Last post by Leo21 on August 19, 2019, 11:06:11 am »
Does anyone know the Aero 17.3 release date ? Specifically the 144hz screen with the 2060 graphics card.

I have only found one website that is selling it in the USA and it says in stock Sep 6th. Anyone know the UK release?
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Believe you can test the drive using the Magician software.  Of course you have to have a working system "catch22".


Sorry you're having so much trouble.  I don't see anything wrong based on your descriptions or screen shots. 
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Hello, thanks for the reply and for your patience.  :)
If the system is starting and entering BIOS, (no boot device found) I would check for its presence in Boot Devices and adjust accordingly. 
If I enable CSM and reboot, the SSD disk appears in the BIOS, but it is not marked UEFI and therefore does not boot from that disk. (see screenshot #1)
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If the above, doesn't work, download the following driver from Gigabyte
http://download.gigabyte.us/FileList/Driver/mb_driver_intel_bootdisk_irst_64_17.2.11.1033.zip
I downloaded the driver, cleaned the partition of the SSD disk and installed the driver. Then I proceeded with the installation of Windows, but upon reboot the dico SSD is not bootable.  :(

I have done other tests trying to change other options in the BIOS:
- setting "Windows 8/10 Features" to "Other OS"
- doing "Reset to Setup Mode" in "Secure boot"
but the result does not change. (see screenshot #2 and #3)

I also went to see what is on the SSD disk at the end of the first installation phase (with Shift F10) and I noticed that, unlike the USB pen drive, there is no EFI directory here. Maybe it's in the "System" partition, but I can't read it.

I'm thinking there might be something corrupt in the disk firmware. On the Samsung website there is no firmware for this disc (there is the one for the 970 EVO Plus, but I don't think it's good). I wrote to Samsung to send me the correct firmware. Let's see...
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Good Morning,
Thanks for all of your images, and for confirming the presence of Secure Boot which I knew had to be present. 

If the system is starting and entering BIOS, (no boot device found) I would check for its presence in Boot Devices and adjust accordingly. 

For diskpart, I've never tried opening it from the initial set up screen (language) selection.  I always do it from the disk "target" screen.  If it worked, however that is fine.  If diskpart displays success after convert gpt command, you are good.

It also sounds like you have chosen/started the windows install from the correct UEFI suffix'ed boot device.

I still feel your issue is related to a BIOS setting, but am not there to see which.

If the above, doesn't work, download the following driver from Gigabyte

http://download.gigabyte.us/FileList/Driver/mb_driver_intel_bootdisk_irst_64_17.2.11.1033.zip

Unzip and copy the contents to a folder (you create) name it "AHCI".  Now copy this to the root of your windows USB stick.  It will just be an extra folder. 

Perform windows Set Up.  Shift+F10, select the disk, perform the clean command.  Then list disk and verify their is an asterisk for this drive in the GPT column.  Now the drive is clean and formatted GPT.  Next select the Load Driver option.  Navigate to the AHCI folder you created.  Select the "iaAHCI.inf" which will add the IRST AHCI driver to your install.  Select the disk and proceed with Windows install.

There have been a small number of cases reported when this step was needed to get 960/970 NVMe drives to install successfully.  This is typically only required when the install does not see the disk connected to the storage controller.

Let me know the result.     




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