Here is how to fix SSD m2 error on Windows with ease

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SSD detection error

Modern laptops either comes installed with the latest generation M2 SDD or has an empty slot for the user to upgrade. However, at times you may encounter SSD m2 error while turning your computer on. This is a common error and can occur due to several reasons including loose SSD screw or defective SSD. Several other users have reported similar SSD detection error in the Reddit Community.

Yesterday for the first time I got a SSD m.2 detection error after powering on the laptop.
I have the same error as this screen shotposted on the Lenovo forums.
I have shutdown the laptop, waited a couple of minutes and powered on again. My Linux distribution then booted fine but I started to have my journal filled with messages like:
And the system was unusable. I powered off (hard shutdown) again and on again and everything is fine now. I do not seem to have loss any data but I can tell you that I was very afraid.

In this article, we have listed a couple of troubleshooting tips that can help you resolve SSD m2 error in Windows computers.

How to fix SSD m2 error

1. Reseat the SSD

fix SSD m2 error

  1. First thing first, check your SSD for loose connection or if the drive has slipped from the slot.
  2. Shut down your system
  3. Open the back cover of your laptop.
  4. Unscrew the SSD.
  5. Carefully unplug the SSD from the M2 slot.
  6. Clean it with a cloth and then reseat the drive. Make sure you screw the SSD all the way down. If the screw is loose, the SSD may cause blue screen errors.
  7. Close the back cover and reboot the computer. Check for any improvements.

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2. Update BIOS

fix SSD m2 error

  1. The SSD m2 error can also occur if the BIOS is refusing to detect the SSD. You can usually resolve this issue by updating your laptop’s BIOS.
  2. If the error is occurring on a Lenovo laptop, you can download the latest version of BIOS from the website here.
  3. Alternatively, you can also use the Lenovo Vantage software that comes pre-installed on your laptop to download the BIOS update as well.
  4. After installing the update, reboot the computer and check for any improvements.
  5. If your computer fails to boot/start, move the BIOS to a DVD or USB drive and update it from the Boot menu.

3. Check for Hardware faults

fix SSD m2 error

  1. If the issue persists, it is possible that the laptop hardware or the SSD itself is defective.
  2. In any case, contact your laptop’s manufacturer to claim the warranty. They will probably replace the laptop or the SSD drive in it to fix the problem.
  3. If you had installed the SSD yourself, try to claim the warranty for your SSD.


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