How to make NVMe SSD work with LattePanda Delta?


It is an article about solving a problem with using new NVMe SSD with LattePanda on Windows 10, but it may be helpful for anyone who has a new NVMe SSD or other versions of LattePanda.


  • LattePanda Delta (432)
  • WD Blue SN500 NVMe SSD (NEW) but it should work for other NVMe SSD.

Bullet points as key points to take away

  • A new NVMe SSD is not usually initialized.
  • You need to initialize it and create a partition using the Disk Management tool in Windows.
  • LattePanda Delta M.2 Key M do not support SATA SSD.
  • Information about M.2 in LattePanda seems to incorrect.


I decided to buy LattePanda Delta because I want to have a tiny server at home and on the move. It should have a few functions like keep backup data from devices, Github and Dropbox. It should run a service that will collect data from sensors (that runs on Raspberry Pi, process them and store them. As 32GB on LattePanda is not enough, so I wanted to store software and server data on NVMe and keep backup on External HDD.

When I look on the website, I thought the difference between LateePanda Alpha and Delta are CPU, GPU and storage space only. As it turns out, there is quite a few more difference between LattePanda Alpha and Delta.

LP AlphaLP Delta
CPUCore m3-7Y30 1.0-2.6GHzCeleron N4100 1.1-2.4GHz
GPUIntel HD 615 up to 900MHz Intel HD 600 up to 700MHz
M.2(M)NVMe/SATA/PCIe 4xPCIe 2x (Compatible with NVMe!)
Differences between Alpha and Delta

One of them is an NVMe support. I believe that LP Alpha supports M.2 M+B while LP Delta supports M.2 M only, but it does not match standards. I can confirm that NVMe SDD does work on what LP Delta describes as “M.2 Key M” and it is “compatible via PCIe 2x”. I think that NVMe SSD that uses PCIe 4x and I guess it will be running with reduced performance.

It caused a lot of confusion among people. Many people complain that they NVMe SSD (like my WD Blue SN500 NVMe SSD) do not work with LattePanda Delta. At first, I thought i was one of the unluckily one, but I have noticed that my drive is detected in the BIOS just not by Windows Explorer. I opened Disk Manager (a tool in Windows to manage drivers and partitions) and noticed SDD is detected but not initialized and it means you need do it. How?


  1. Go to BIOS (press Delete button many many times when you power on LattePanda)
  2. Go to NVMe Configuration (in Chipset tab) where you should see your NVMe, if you don’t see then either you didn’t connect properly, or it is not supported.
  3. Start Windows
  4. Select Run (Win+R)
  5. Type: compmgmt.msc 
  6. Go to Disk Management
  7. You will see a pop-up window saying “You must initialize a disk before Logical Disk Manager can access it.” 
  8. Select GPT
  9. The good news is you in Initialized but you need to create a partition.
  10. Select SDD disk, press create a simple volume.
  11. Perform a Quick format
  12. DONE! Your awesome SDD (NVMe) is ready to use your LattePanda Delta 🙂

Abbreviations and Definitions

  • BIOS It stands for basic input/output system. It is the program that configure your computer after turn on.
  • UFEI It stands for Unified Extensible Firmware Interface. A replacement for BIOS.
  • MBRIt stands for Master Boot Record.
  • GPTIt stands for GUID Partition Table.
  • NVMeIt stands for non-volatile memory express.
  • M.2It known as the Next Generation Form Factor (NGFF) .It is replacement for mSATA standard using PCI Express (PCIe)
  • PCI Express (PCIe) – It stands for Peripheral Component Interconnect Express). It is a high-speeed an expension hub standard



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