NVME M.2 PCiE Old Desktop and Laptop Motherboards with Clover and BootDisk Utility 2019 Guide

By | November 3, 2019

NVMe M.2 SSD boot from any old motherboards.

How to boot from a nvme m2 ssd’s on your old uefi or legacy motherboards from this will work on a laptop or desktop computers.

If you already have an older motherboard installed in your PC, but still want to boot from fast NVMe SSDs, there is a pretty easy way to upgrade this feature. All you need is an NVMe SSD, an NVMe PCIe adapter card and a USB stick or alternatively a SATA SSD.

Since old motherboards usually do not support the direct booting of NVMe SSDs, they first work with a specially prepared SATA SSD or a USB stick. The computer accesses this storage medium immediately after the start and receives the information there that it must load the actual operating system via the NVMe SSD. This method is about 3 seconds slower to boot than if your board supported the NVMe boot natively.

To create a storage medium with the Clover Bootloader, we first download the BDUtility.exe . This software can format your desired storage medium and place the appropriate Clover bootloader on it.

Once you have started the so-called boot disk utility, you can plug your desired boot USB stick into your computer. Now we activate the checkbox under Options> Configuration> Enable Fixed Disks> OK . Then we can start the whole process by clicking on “Format”.

As soon as the stick has been successfully created, we open Windows Explorer and access our storage medium.

Now we copy the file:

EFI \ CLOVER \ drivers off \ drivers64 \ NvmExpressDxe-64.efi

in the following folders:

\ EFI \ CLOVER \ drivers64 \

\ EFI \ CLOVER \ drivers64UEFI \

Then we change a configuration file to make the automatic boot process faster. To do this, we call the file “\ EFI \ CLOVER \ config.plist ” and search for “Timeout” using the key combination CTRL + F. Now we can edit the seconds indefinitely and finally save:

5 to 1, 2, 3, 4 or more this will indicate the time the boot menu from clover app will be available to choose another option.

Change boot order
After that has been done, we restart our PC and switch to the BIOS / UEFI. There we choose the pure UEFI boot method if possible, set the USB stick as the first boot medium and disable all other options:


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