Just experienced the same problem on a NUC5i5RYH with a Kingston SM2280S3/120G. Installing on a normal 2.5" driver worked but failed on the M.2 disk. I got error when copying the files during the Windows 10 installation (booting of USB stick). Both BIOS 350 and 348 had the same problem but it worked with BIOS 249.
Just want to mention regarding the above problem I had. Turns out, during the following week, I was getting random bluescreens a few time a week. This escalated to daily and then I couldn't boot nor reinstall Windows no matter which BIOS I had. Turns out - the NUC was faulty. It has now been replaced (and I'm keeping the default 350 BIOS it came with) and I could install Windows without a problem. Let's just hope it stays stable.
I would like to point out that the latest 3.53 version also won't boot my existing Windows 7 installation (SM-951)...
Flashing back to version 2.46 worked for me. Windows 7 is booting as normal again.
I am VERY happy to keep it this way and don't mess with any bios versions anymore...
Is there any way to let us know when there is a new bios that works with Windows 7 on the M.2 pcie ssd?
There are a number of threads on this subject, like:
There are multiple issues:
1. There appears to be a batch of NUC's with issues,
Depending on Manufacture Date & BIOS rev gives various issues
2. There are "NO" drivers for M.2 NVME in Win 7,
and MS Hot Fixes are required, 1 on the linked page,
and another 1 that is referenced on the above page.
I basically installed Win7 to the regular 2.5" SATA HD in the NUC in Legacy mode,
then applied the MS Hotfixes, then cloned from HD to M.2 drive. Win 7 booted fine.
I then booted Linux Lite Live, installed it, and let it's GRUB take over dual boot.
See my thread on installing Win7 & Linux Dualboot in Legacy Mode.
Just to let everyone else know. I had problems with Kingston SM2280S3/120G on my NUC5i5RYH running BIOS 350. Sometimes I could not install Windows (7 or 10) and sometimes I could but it would start blue screening on me after a few days. In the end I got my Kingston M.2 disk replaced and now it's been working for 2 weeks. I'm not saying this is the problem for you, but just to let you know.
Adding my voice to the choir as another customer affected by this.
- Intel NUC5i5RYH
- Samsung SM951 128GB M.2 PCI-e ACHI SSD
- Existing install of Windows 7 Pro (with SP1 & latest updates)
When the NUC's BIOS is updated to a version beyond 0249, the OS ceases to be able to boot and instead there's just a black screen with a blinking underscore cursor.
We have seen similar problems and this has been reported already, you can see it here:
Try downgrading to the previous version to see if that solves the problem; try doing the BIOS recovery method.
Actually if you read the post #12 XS was able to solve the problem going back to BIOS version 0246.
If this does not solve your problem please bear in mind that this issue was escalated already and it is under investigation.