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  1. I hadn't thought about trying to cover the pins. Looks a bit difficult. I'll probably go with the pci adapter. I completely forgot about switching an existing drive over to the ports in question. I'm an idiot. I'll check that. The manual seems to be an adaptation of a manual for another board. There are one or two things in it that don't match any version of the BIOS that is actually on the board (there's no NVMe configuration). Thanks all
  2. I've run out of available SATA ports on my motherboard, and I've also run out of storage space. If I can get my Intel 600p NVMe boot drive to run at PCI x2, that will enable two SATA ports on my motherboard that I can't currently use (according to the manual). SPECS: Ryzen 5 1600 Gigabyte GA-AB350M-Gaming3 running the f22 firmware Intel 600p 256GB M.2 NVMe PCI x4 SSD boot drive various storage drives The motherboard has 6 SATA ports and 1 M.2. I'm using the M.2 and 4 SATAs. The manual states the following: With a PCI x4 M.2, 4 SATA ports are enabled. With a SATA M.2, 5 SATA ports are enabled. With a PCI x2 M.2, 6 SATA ports are enabled. If I can run my 600p at x2 speeds, then those extra 2 SATA ports are freed up, but the problem is that I would need to actually buy a new harddrive to test whether it's possible, as i have no extra SATA devices. I can't find anything in the BIOS about limiting the M.2 speed, but It does list those two ports which the manual says are disabled as having no drive installed (exact message: APU PORT0 [and 1] NOT INSTALLED, ports in use by contrast are labelled CHIPSET SATA PORT0 SEAGATE xxxxxx... etc). The possible solutions to increasing my storage capacity I've worked out are: upgrade to an X370 or X470 MB for the extra chipset PCI lanes get a PCI SATA expansion card replace a perfectly good existing drive with a larger one get my 600p running at PCI x2 This last solution is preferred. Is it something that's possible? Even if you're not 100% certain about the answer for my specific hardware, a 'probably' (or 'probably not') would be very helpful.