Patriot Scorch 256GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD Review

How to install and configure the Patriot Scorch 256GB PCIe SSD


Event the most experience PC Guru at some point didn’t know how to install an M.2 SSD or Windows on it for the mater.  In this chapter we go over both so that you can get up and running in no time.

So coming up next, let me show you how to install the Patriot Scorch 256GB PCIe SSD on to your motherboard, of course if your board contains an M.2 socket.

That was pretty easy right, well now that you have that installed, let me show you how to install Windows 10 onto it.  The motherboard I am using in this example is the EVGA Z390 Dark.

Also pretty simple, but if you have never done it before, it can be very intimidating, I hope I have helped you.

Now, not everyone wants it as a primary drive, some people want it as a secondary drive.  A secondary drive for storing pictures, music, videos and games, don’t worry you can do that too.

To set it up as a secondary drive, you would follow the first video on installing the physical drive.  Once it is installed and you have booted into windows using another drive as your primary drive, then you need to work within Windows 10 to get that working, I will show you that here.

In the examples I have provided below, I am not using this specific drive but the information would be the same other than the drive size.

First, right click on the Start button on the bottom left hand corner and click “Disk Management”.

I have a few drives, but towards the bottom you will see Disk 0, Disk 1, Disk 2 and Disk 3.  Notice that Disk 0, 1 and 3 all state that have information on them, and also state that they have some partition, to make it easy also they are lined in blue.

The legend on the bottom left hand corner also provides that information.

The 3rd drive, Disk 2 has a black line over it and reads “Unallocated” which means there are no partitions and no data written on it, its blank.  Let’s fix that.

Right click on the “Unallocated” space and you will see a drop down as shown above, click “New Simple Volume

Once you do, you will start the “New Simple Volume Wizard”, just click “Next” here.

On this second screen, if you want to make multiple partitions, you will want to change the size you are making this partition (size of the drive) but if want to use the entire drive as one partition, just click “Next

Here you can choose the drive letter you would like this partition to become, then click “Next

On this screen, you can choose the partitions, Allocation unit size, Volume label, if you would like to quick format it and/or enable file and folder compression.

For Windows, you are mostly going to want to be using NTFS as the file system.  Allocation unit size, it is probably safe to keep the default size unless you want to get down to specifics with the block sizes and tweaking performance to a grain of salt.  Volume Label is the name of the drive, in this example I will name it “GAMES”.

Perform a quick format will take seconds to format the drive to appear as a blank drive so you can fill it up, if you uncheck it, you will be waiting for hours for this drive to get formatted/cleared.

Enable file and folder compression” is a horrible trade off option.  In essence, you will save space (not sure exactly how much) by having your data compressed all of the time and when the data is needed, it will need to decompressed before it can become fully utilizable.  Because of the speed of today’s CPU’s, the time is little to nothing, you may not notice it but still, I never touch this option.

When you are done reading all of this, you can click “Next

Once you click “Next” the process begins formatting/clearing your drive getting it ready for use.  This takes only a few seconds but while this is occurring, you can click “Finish”.

When you are done, your “Disk Management” screen will look something like this, with all blue stripes.

Now if you open up “Computer”, you will find your newly formatted drive.  I circled it above, remember I named it “GAMES”.  She’s all yours but now let’s move on to the performance.

I am going to put all the performance all together for all 3 drives, to save you some time reading it instead of the way I used to do it.  With that said, let’s move onto Benchmarking and comparing the Patriot Scorch 256GB PCIe SSD.

Continue: Benchmarking and comparing the Patriot Scorch 256GB PCIe SSD

Iggy Castillo
I have spent many years in the PC boutique name space as Product Development Engineer for Alienware and later Dell through Alienware's acquisition and finally Velocity Micro. During these years I spent my time developing new configurations, products and technologies with companies such as AMD, Asus, Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA and more. The Arts, Gaming, New & Old technologies drive my interests and passion. Now as my day job, I am an IT Manager but doing reviews on my time and my dime.
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