Using NVMe SSD H-Series with Windows 11 (1/2)

Using NVMe SSD H-Series with Windows 11 (1/2)

Products mentioned in this article

  • NVMe SSD HN8E Series 


On February 3, 2022, we Hagiwara Solutions announced the launch of our M.2 form factor PCIe Gen3x4 NVMe SSD H series.

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Figure: NVMe SSD H Series (M.2 Type 2280)

In this regard, we installed Windows 11 on this M.2 SSD and confirmed its operation.

As a result, the installation of Windows 11 on the H-Series NVMe SSD was completed without any issues, and Windows 11 is functioning properly.

This article provides an introduction of H Series and summarizes the results of the operation verification of the H Series NVMe SSD through the installation of Windows 11.

Key Point

  • Successful installation of Windows 11 on NVMe SSD H Series
  • NVMe SSD H Series operates with Windows 11 standard device drivers, and no special device driver installation is required

Features of NVMe SSD H Series

The NVMe SSD H Series is an SSD equipped with 3D NAND flash memory for industrial equipment.

This product features compatibility with PCI Express 3.0 (4 lanes) and incorporates functions that improve the reliability of recorded data, ensuring long-term stable operation. It is an optimal storage solution for next-generation systems that require reliability for operating systems, system data, and user data, enabling high-speed data processing and transfer.

With a wide operating temperature range from -40℃ to 85℃ and long-term supply, it is being considered for use in applications such as sensing data recorders for autonomous driving development, image inspection devices for factories and hospitals, broadcasting recorders and transmission devices, as well as 5G communication-related equipment.

For this article, we used the SLC mode 640 GB model.

Suitable Storage Capacity for Windows 11?

Microsoft states that the storage requirement (capacity) for systems to install Windows 11 is a minimum of 64 GB.

However, Microsoft also mentions that 64 GB may not be sufficient for smooth Windows updates and system operation.

By the way, according to the storage capacity of Windows 11 compatible PCs mentioned in a blog post by Microsoft announcing the release date of Windows 11, the minimum capacity found was at least 256 GB.

This is because Microsoft concluded that, for continuous system updates, installation of application software, storage of various data, and comfortable system operation, a minimum storage capacity of 256 GB would be necessary.

Furthermore, it may be difficult to find an SSD with a capacity less than 256 GB that meets the cost requirements and has sufficient performance.

As NAND flash memory-based SSDs generally have longer lifespans and higher access performance as the capacity increases, products in the capacity range beyond 256 GB (from 480 GB to 512 GB) would be preferable rather than 256 GB.

Of course, it is undeniable that the capacity range closer to 1 TB than around 512 GB is recommended both in terms of performance and lifespan.

Installation of Windows 11 on NVMe SSD H Series

The following screenshot shows the result of installing Windows 11 on the NVMe SSD H Series.

Figure: Windows 11 screen installed on NVMe SSD H Series (some of the display contents have been erased due to the development machine)

As shown, the installation of Windows 11 on the H Series NVMe SSD was successfully completed, and it is functioning properly.

During the installation, we did not install any special NVMe drive-specific device drivers, so it was confirmed that the H Series SSD operates with the standard device drivers of Windows 11.

We also conducted benchmark tests using CrystalDiskMark. The results are shown in the following figure.

Figure: NVMe SSD H Series benchmark results with Windows 11 installed

It can be seen that the values are on par with the performance stated in the press release.


In this article, we introduced the features of our NVMe SSD H Series and provided the results of basic operation verification through the installation of Windows 11.

We hope this article serves as a reference for those considering the introduction or transition to Windows 11.

In the next article, we plan to present the results of obtaining S.M.A.R.T. information for NVMe SSD H Series on Windows 11.

Operating Verification Environment

Below are the main items of the operating verification environment used in this session, excluding storage.

CPUIntel Core i7-117008 cores, 16 threads, 2.50 GHz operation (4.90 GHz in Turbo)
motherboardASUS ROG STRIX Z590-F GAMING WIFIATX, Z590 chipset, 2 PCIe Gen4 M.2 slots
memory32 GBCrucial DDR4-3200 16GB (CT16G4DFD832A) x 2
OSWindows 11 Probuild 22000.318 (obtained from Microsoft Developer Network)
Table: Specifications of major parts for confirmed operating environment

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