Third party NVME drives are natively supported in High Sierra, however there are still those having trouble getting their’s working and so this was written.
I’m personally using the popular Samsung 960 EVO as my NVME drive of choice as I knew it would work well as part of a hackintosh when I picked it up.
NVME Drive not showing in USB Installer?
When I popped in my Samsung 960 NVME fresh out of its plastic and loaded up my High Sierra USB installer I was shocked to see the drive not displaying, despite the fact that their should have been native support for third party NVME drives with High Sierra.
When SSD’s are bought they are unintialized meaning that they have never been formatted and that is why I believe it wasn’t displaying Disk Utility when I when format it. I then turned off the computer and connected another drive to one of the SATA ports and then the NVME drive mysteriously showed beneath the other drive.
To get an NVME to show properly in High Sierra’s Disk Utility do the following:
- Plug in another SSD or HDD in one of your SATA ports and the NVME will show along side it. This will be a problem if a NVME drive was never initialized before.
- In BIOS under the BOOT section make sure SATA mode in is set to AHCI
- Click Show All Devices in the upper left corner of High Sierra’s Disk Utility to display all Internal and External drives.
NVME Hackintosh Support on Sierra 10.12.X
NVME drives are natively supported on High Sierra, but not the older Sierra 12.X. To be able to install it on Sierra requires a patch to be set in place.