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NVMe Imaging Problems - HELP

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Hi all,

I have a Dell XPS Laptop (Model P56F001) which has a NVMe PCIe SSD that I am struggling to image. I am hoping somebody in this community might have experienced this and can help?

I have tried various Forensic Boot Disks to image the device, but to no success (tried the latest version of Caine and Paladin).

I recently created a WINFE10 boot disk which I hoped would have worked, but unfortunately has not.

Like all Forensic Boot Disks I have used, the NVMe PCIe SSD doesn't appear when enumerating available disks to be imaged.

I suspect this to be a driver issue, but my research hasn't found an answer.

Has anyone out there had this issue as of yet?

Thank you.

Posted : 13/11/2017 8:48 am
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WinFE is based on WinPE which is a stripped down Windows installation. The most likely explanation for the problem with WinFE is that the drivers for the PCI-e are missing from the image.

You can download the drivers from Dell here


And then use DSIM to inject the drivers into the WinFE image. There is a walk through here for this procedure




Posted : 13/11/2017 10:25 am
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That or Linux can be your friend. A version such as Parrot Linux or Sparky Linux should have no problem finding a driver even in the live build. Then you can use gnu ddrescue to directly image the NVMe device. I've done it dozens of times without any issue.

Posted : 13/11/2017 5:08 pm
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Very informative thread.

Posted : 13/11/2017 5:11 pm
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Another imaging tool option https://www.osforensics.com/tools/create-disk-images.html

Posted : 13/11/2017 7:13 pm
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You can easily identify the necessary driver using the Computer Management Console. Attach the NVMe device and have a look at the devide properties. Then make sure you add the matching drivers to your Windows FE medium with the already mentioned "dism.exe" tool.

Posted : 14/11/2017 1:28 pm
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