My Intel NUC DN2820FYKH doesn't seem to like SSD's. First the background:
Memory Used: 4GB DDR3L-1600 Kingston p/n KVR16LS11/4
SSD 1: Crucial M500 120GB (CT120M500SSD1) doesn't work (see below)
SSD 2: Samsung 840 EVO doesn't work either, same symptoms
SSD 3: Samsung 830 - same symptoms
Firmware tested on Intel NUC: 0015, 0021, 0025 and 0028.
Firmware SSDs have been updated to latest versions from supplier
- Crucial M500 120GB (CT120M500SSD1) doesn't work (see below)
- Samsung 840 EVO doesn't work either, same symptoms
- Samsung 830 doesn't work, same symptoms
- Seagate Momentus XT 500GB HDD 2,5" SATA (hybrid) does work.
What doesn't work:
Windows 8.1 doesn't want to install (UEFI, GPT disk, Intel's recommended BIOS-settings applied), but is giving errors in installation destination screen (0x80300002). Diskpart is giving strange errors (unable to perform 'clean' and 'convert gpt' for instance, throwing an I/O error). Both SSDs also sometimes suddenly disappear from the disklist (diskpart | list disk). A powercycle brings them back. BIOS mode doesn't work either.
Diskpart does work though with the same disks in my other (desktop) Windows 8.1 machine. Those disks work fully on that Machine (install Windows 8.1 from same USB-stick used in NUC), cloning, cleaning etc...
After creating the partitions manually (following these instructions: Sample: Configure UEFI/GPT-Based Hard Drive Partitions by Using Windows PE and DiskPart, recommended configuration) other strange things start to happen: Windows installer won't load properly anymore and hangs in the screen telling me setup is being started.
Strange thing is that the 'old' Seagate Momentus (normal HDD) doesn't give the same problems: Windows can be installed (in UEFI/GPT mode) and seems to work.... Installed from the same USB-stick (other sticks tested as well) so the USB-stick isn't to blame..
I've spent now over 4 nights trying to get this to work, including two long drives to a store to replace the SSDs. Unfortunately without any satisfying results. Since this problem doesn't occur on my other PC, my guess is that this is a Intel NUC firmware related problem (UEFI/GPT related)
My question is: What can I do to solve this problem, or do I need to wait for a firmware update from Intel? Any ideas are welcome!
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April, 7: updated with newly tested hardware (Samsung 830 SSD)