PCIe SSD Installation Is Easy: Part 2

By Doug Rollins - 2014-01-15

In my last post, we debunked the myth that installing PCI Express (PCIe) SSDs is hard. In fact, it’s about as easy as turning a screw and counting to four. We’ve already turned the screw (see part 1), so now let’s finish up the installation in four easy steps.

"Counting to Four"

I’m using a Windows server in this example, but a Linux setup is easy too. Micron supplies the driver and a PCIe SSD management application in a single package. How cool is that?  So we’ll install both.

  1. Install the driver:
    • Find the Windows Driver folder in the support pack (note that both x86 and x64 are supported), and double-click the .msi file.

      The installation starts and the end-user license agreement (EULA) displays.

    • Read the EULA.
    • Accept the terms, and click Install.
    • Click Finish to complete the installation.
  2. Verify that the driver is installed:
    • Open Device Manager.
    • Verify that the PCIe SSD device displays. (Note: You may need to click Scan for Hardware Changes.
  3. Install the management GUI:

    The management GUI lets you easily monitor and configure the SSD, perform management tasks (like firmware updates), and securely erase the drive, which you might want to do if you’re moving the drive to a different server, for example.

    • Open setup.exe in the RealSSD Manage folder of the support pack.
    • Click Next when the wizard starts.
    • As with installing the driver, follow the onscreen prompts to accept the EULA and finish the installation.
      • You’ll have to decide between installing the CLI or GUI. I like the GUI because it’s easier to use. The CLI offers the same functionality, but it isn’t as pretty to look at.
  4. Program the OS to use the new PCIe SSD:
    • Open Disk Management, and initialize the drive.
      • Note: In Linux, you have to open a terminal window and run fdisk –l!grep rssd*. The drive should appear as /dev/rssd<x> device, where <x> is the associated drive letter (usually a for one drive).
    • Start the RSSDM GUI and query the drive.

And we’re done! (I told you it was easy!)

Your system now has access to incredibly fast, local PCI Express storage. How you use that power is up to you (because with great power comes great responsibility).

Please leave me any questions or comments about the installation process or PCIe SSDs below.

Doug Rollins

Doug Rollins

Doug Rollins is a principal technical marketing engineer for Micron's Storage Business Unit, with a focus on enterprise solid-state drives. He’s an inventor, author, public speaker and photographer. Follow Doug on Twitter: @GreyHairStorage.