I think the issue is this...
For the 970 drives to be recognised by Magician, they need the NVMe driver to be installed.
If like me you have a motherboard that supports Intel Optane, I dont seem to have a BIOS option to disable RAID. Its not using RAID, but the BIOS on my HP has that as the only option.
If the BIOS is set to RAID, you can't install the NVMe driver.
I might be wrong, but this looks like the most likely option.
I can't say for sure but my system uses RAID on a Asus X99A-II and has had no issues with the 960 Evo or 970 EVOs currently in it ( 960 on Riva PCIe Riser Board).....the caveat there though is the Bios has no hint whatsoever that either NVME Drive is installed....1st time I booted I thought I had an issue as 1st thing I did was enter the bios to see if it was detected but I couldn't find it....but windows had no Issues. Currently using the NVME V.3 Driver that was release for Windows 1803 in April.
Currently I have SM 5.2.1. installed but I don't use it actively for Over Provisioning etc.
It is telling me both the 970 and 960 have Firmware Updates available (860 too) but after the issues earlier this year with that, I am dubious about installing any of them since they are working and I don't need e-Drive or Bitlocker which is all I think the Updates are For?
I'm using SM 5.3 and I am having the same issue. I followed the instructons and have made the proper changes but SM is not recognizing my 970EVO(pm981). I have an ASUS Zenith extreme with 1601 UEFI bios. Any thoughts or updates on this issue? I am not looking to run RAID. I do have my Win10 OS installed on the drive and it runs great. Just want it to be recognized in Magician.
Thank you so much for this. This saved me a lot of frustration. I was about to start freaking out until I saw your post. I have done this multiple times, but with Optane this time it was different.
Thank you! I could not figure this out for the life of me and come to find out my Lenovo Yoga 730 defaulted to having Raid (RST) on in the bios. Now I have to reinstall Windows dang it Lenovo.