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Q: msata slot

My notebook comes with a 1 TB hdd .I was wondering if there's any way to add another sdd alongside this hdd ( so i wont lose capacity ) in a msata slot .does my notebook come with an msata slot ?

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I just ordered a Mushkin m.2 ssd. I thought I had an m.2 slot on my laptop but it looks like a msata slot. Will the m.2 sata ssd fit into msata slot?I have a E5-575-51GG laptop.  

A:Does my m.2 ssd fit into msata slot?

Hello, Hmmm... it's a M.2 slot on your motherboard.

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I recently bought the Satellite P70-B-10T laptop and I would like to upgrade it with an SSD. Does it maybe have an mSATA or M.2, or even a spare SATA 3 slot so I could add an SSD to speed it up a bit?

A:Satellite P70-B-10T mSATA or M.2 slot?

just adding in an SSD won't speed it up at all, you'll still be stuck with a slow-ass mechanical boot drive. if you want to speed it up, use the SSD for boot. Nice laptop by the way
There will be an mSATA slot, but it will be used up by a wireless card, either that or the slot may be PCI or PCI-E based.

I reccomend getting something like this and using the drive caddy it gives you for cloning the HDD to the SSD for that big 2TB HDD of yours, and run it attached through the USB3.0 Bus, It won't make much of a difference in performance at all, and you then have a speedy and responsive laptop with a large amount of portable storage.

Oh, and battery life, heat output, noise etc improve when you go to SSD. No moving parts, no worry.

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Hello Everyone, I have a HP Envy Notebook and I was thinking of upgrading the HDD to the SSD but the SSD's I can afford are really small in terms of storage.So I opened the upgrade tray and I saw a ''msata'' SSD slot which was empty... So I just wanted to ask that will Samsung 850evo MSATA SSD will work on my notebook or not??? And If yes then how can I install OS on the SSD and still keep the HDD for mass storage I saw some other post and they were unclear....or too advaced that i couldnt understand them So If You Guys Can Help Me That Would Be Great THE SSD I WANT TO TRAY IS: SAMSUNG 850EVO 250GB SATA||| 

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Hello everyone,
Has anybody successfully installed an mSATA drive in the WWAN slot of a Latitude XT3? Is this even possible?

A:XT3 mSATA in WWAN slot

mSATA requires a different type of electrical connection - which the socket isn't designed for, so it will not work.

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I am going to add a SSD to my Zbook. Ideally, I would like to add a Crucial M550 512GB SSD in the mSATA slot and keep the hard drive where it is for music and videos. I would really like to add a Blu Ray writer in the optical bay so I dont want to move the hard drive there. Can I use the mSATA slot for running the OS and programs? Or is it designed for hard drive caching only? If I can run programs from the mSATA slot, will it run slower than if I had it installed in the SATA III slot? Thanks much! 

A:Using the mSATA Slot in a ZBook 15

Hi, Firstly the " Crucial M550 512GB SSD" won't fit physically. Secondly please read the following discussions:     http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Hardware-Upgrades-Replacements/set-msata-as-boot-drive-in-bios/td-p/281...     http://blog.laptopmag.com/install-msata-ssd-tutorial Regards.

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HI All,
I have a dell XPS 2720 AIO. I have upgraded the mSATA slot to a 1TB SSD and was wondering if there is any way I can use the second slot (MINICARD_TV) to add another SSD.

A:XPS One 27 (2720) 2nd mSATA Slot

No.  That's wired for communication cards only.

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Hi, Sorry if this has been asked before, but I have tried to search in here and only found the confirmation for W520, and not for P50. I just got to ask prior of buying one, can I put and use mSATA SSD on P50 WWAN slot just like how it works on W520? Thanks.

.W510, S110, W530, E330, E440, Q190, another E440, another Q190, Yoga2, P50, W520... and selling out all Q190s

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I tried to set a stand alone hard drive for boot drive in the 1/2MC slot in my M4700. However it doesn't recognized the mSATA mini card.
Can i use the 1/2MC slot for mSATA mini? if so, how?

please help

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I'm interested in getting an mSATA SSD in the WWAN slot in e7240. Apart from the LITEON SSD (which doesn't seem to be available in my location), what other SSDs can be used? If you are using an SSD in this slot, I would love to know the brand/model and any additional effort/issues you faced?

A:mSATA SSD in WWAN slot in e7240

Replying to my own post in case someone else has the same question. The Samsung Evo mSATA fits fine. Unfortunately it doesn't come with a screw and the seller didn't have a spare one either (!). So I went with the Plextor M6M (which is the same as the LITEON SSD Dell puts in as the default SSD). Works fine.

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Dear support, notebook contains two mini PCI-e slots, in one is wifi card and second is empty. My question is, if is possible insert to second free mini PCI-e slot mSATA SSD disk? Is it supported in this notebook type? Product number: 5CD2447GF0 Thank you.Michal

A:mSATA SDD disk to mini PCI-e slot

@Kikman? Supports 32 GB and 24 GB mSATA for use with computer models with IntelCore processors, with system memoryup to 8 GB.  Your manual here. http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c03733729 REO

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I bought a HP 350 G1 laptop in order to use the mSATA slot. My surprise was when i wanted to install the SSD in the slot, I saw that the slot was not even soldered on the motherboard altought the mSATA "word" is there. I saw in the manual that the models with Intel processor have the support for mSATA and the ones with AMD processor don't support mSATA. I have Intel I5 processor but as I said the mSATA slot is missing. Please someone who has this model to take a look at the slot to see if is there, and please an HP moderator to help me with this problem. The model is in the picture attached. Thank you.

A:hp 350 g1 laptop does not have mSATA slot soldered on the mo...

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I cannot find any info on whether it will work with this model?
Can anyone confirm either way?


A:Can you put a mSATA SSD in a WWAN slot of a Precision M4400?

No, you cannot - not on this model.

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I have a Lenovo Z500 with the folowing specs: i5 ivy, 8 gb of ram, 1TB HDD and Nvidia GT740. A saw that some models of Z500 came with a small mSATA SSD for cache, mine didn't. My question is if there is a mSATA slot on any Lenovo Z500, because that would be in handy. Thank you and have a nice day. (sorry if I wrote something wrong, english is not my native language)

A:mSATA slot on a Lenovo Z500 notebook

hi CostyBrook,
Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums!
Yes I believe th board supports Msata SSD

Port ner the RAM Slot
SSD Card is optional but the Port should be there
Solid Cruver

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Hello Could someone please advise of the location of the msata slot on HP Envy 17 n152na and is it easily accessible?  I have ascertained that one exists because the crucial website states that their drive below is compatible with The HP 17 Thanks  505501Crucial MX200 250GB M.2 Type 2280 (Single Sided) Internal SSDCT8019666M.2/NGFF (2280) Single Sided ? 555 MB/s Read, 500 MB/s Write

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On page 3 of the HP ENVY 17 Notebook PC Maintenance and Service Guide (http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c04091762) it states there is ?One full-size mini-card slot for Intel mSATA Cache?. However, the manual does not describe the location of this slot. Where can I find this?


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A:Location of mSATA slot on HP ENVY 17-j184na

I had a close cousin of that model a few years back and the mSATA port is not accessible except by removing the motherboard from the chassis. You can't see it by opening the access panel, and the Manual does not expressly show it. And before you spend a lot of time and money you should know that an mSATA mSSD in this machine can only be used as an Intel Rapid Storage acceleration cache disk working in tandem with a mechanical hard drive. That is why HP only offered 24 and 32 gig mSATA disks on some models in this series, for that purpose.   You can see where the slot is on the motherboard in the diagram on p. 77. The mSATA plug is under the "3" and the two screw holes are to the right of that, with the right one just next to the corner chassis screw shown by item "5".   This is the kind of mSATA disk it uses; now just about obsolete:  If this is "the Answer" please click "Accept as Solution" to help others find it. 

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I have a HP ENVY Touchsmart 15-j109tx.. and i want to upgrade my laptop with 500GB mSATA drive. preferably Samsung 850 EVO 500GB (mSATA). Will it work? 

A:Whats the maximum supported capacity of MSATA slot on HP ENV...

Hi, Your machine currentl has 8GB, it may have 24GB of mSATA on the mSATA slot for IRST:          Support for 24 GB mSATA SSD (not available on computer models equipped with 16834 MB or 12288 MB system memory or with a 256 GB or 512 GB SSD) Does your machine run RST ? If no, you can use mSATA slot. Regards.  

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Would it be possible to insert a small mSATA SSD (3x2.6 cm) in the WWAN slot on a X1C 1st gen like on the X220 and T420? I want to use it as an extended hard drive. someone has tried this yet ? My bios version G6ETC1WW (2.81)Thanks for your reply,

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I have aa mSATA SSD which supports hardware 256 Bit AES FDE (Built in Hardware Encryption). I wanted to know if the W520 BIOS or UEFI permits the use if it's hardware encryption. And if so, how to enable it.  

ThinkPad X220 ? i7-2640M ? 16GB (2x8) Corsair Vengeance RAM ? 80GB Intel X25-M G2 MSATA SSD ? 2TB Samsung Sinpoint HDD ? Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 WiFi ? LG IPS LCD

A:Does the W520 mSATA slot Support Hardware Encrypted Drives (FDE Drives)?

If it is hardware encryption in the drive, there is nothing special for the laptop to do. You need to set an ATA password or someone could simply move the SSD to another computer

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I don't want to do a clean install but clon my OS & Apps  to the 500gb ssd & keep my 2TB Hd for files. I'm a new to this and need step by step instruction if this is possible. 

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My Dell XPS 8500 has an MSATA slot in which I have a 64 gb msata board which acts as the system and boot drive. I have just purchased a 128 gb msata board I want to install in place of the 64gb unit. My system also has a 1 tb main hard drive.
I have tried a system restore DVD and Back/Restore, neither has worked at all. All I want to do is find a way to do a complete copy of the 64gb msata now installed and then replace it with the 128gb unit and copy over all of the data that was on the 64gb one. This way all I have done will be to have more storage available on my system drive, the msata drive.

Any help much appreciated.


A:How can i copy the system from my 64gb msata to a new 128gb msata?

Hi and welcome to the SevenForums!

One solution I can suggest to this is to use imaging software to create an image of your current Windows installation. Acronis True Image is one of the popular ones on here, but there are other programs that can do it such as Macrium Reflect.

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I'll be getting a new laptop soon and I'm wondering what the differences are between these two SSDs. I'll probably be putting them in a Sager NP9377 from xoticpc.com. Both SSDs cost the same price but the Samsung 850 EVO has 120 GB vs Micron M600's 128 GB (both for $100) or Samsung 850 EVO with 250 GB vs Micron M600 with 256 GB (both for $160). I know it's a small difference but this is my first experience with an SSD so I just want to make sure I make the right decision. I'll be putting the OS on the SSD so what capacity do you recommend? Thank you.

A:Micron M600 mSATA SSD vs Samsung 850 EVO Series mSATA SSD

The only difference is form factor and speed.

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I have a AMD 7870 Dual slot video card on my Asus M5A99X-Evo Motherboard. It is installed in the first 16x slot...and I also have a PCI-e 1x XF-I Titanium Sound card. The problem I am having is that one of the 1x slots is covered by the video card, and the 2nd one is open, but right smack below the Video card. My Video card is the Sapphire 7870 GHz Edition non OC.. Attached is a picture of what I am trying to explain. My other question is: Will this cause issues since one of the GPU fans is semi covered? Its it recommended? Last question: If I move this to one of the 8x slots below on my motherboard, will it cause my 16x PCI-E slot to slow down? Thanks ahead of time for any help you can provide.

Computer Specs -

Asus M5A99x-Evo Motherboard (AM3+)
AMD FX 8350 8 Core (4Ghz)
Sapphire AMD Radeon 7870 GHz Edition (2GB)
8GB DDR3 1600 Kingston HyperX memory (2x 4GB)
500GB WD Black Edtion SATA HD
1TB WD Black Edtion SATA HD
Sound Blaster XF-I Titanium PCI-E 1x Sound Card
Thremaltake 750 80+ Bronze PS (Smart Series)

A:Question about PCI-e slot below dual slot video card

My opinion ...

Yes, setting up like that will have an impact. The air flow to your GPU will be restricted so it will more than likely run hotter than it did. It may still stay withing recommended specs, but it will run hotter.

The motherboard has onboard sound (RealtekŪ ALC892 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC ), any particular reason why you don't use that? Onboard sound is perfectly good for gaming and the like now, its not like older machines where you needed a dedicated card for decent quality. In my opinion, you only need a dedicated card if you are doing a lot of detailed audio work (mixing, remastering and other specific audio work). This would totally remove the issue.

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i have had trouble with my computer after cleaning it (can of compressed air) it would boot to log in screen then go black on the monitor or it would blue screen and restart.

after figuring out it was a RAM problem i tried another stick of RAM but same problem so i guess its the actual slot it goes into, i only have 2 on my motherboard lucky one of them is working still.

has anyone had this problem or know of a way to fix it, i am wondering if some of the canned air/gas became a liquid from spraying to close and got in it.

any help would be appreciated thanks.

A:RAM slot/DIMM slot? blue screening me!


ok so i have been looking into my problem more, when booting i press tab to show the POST?? or somthing and it says that 1 of the RAMs wouldnt/couldnt R/W (read write?? i dont know)

then i get the screen saying that windows has had hardware changes and asking to how i want to start windows (normal, safe mode, etc) i have tried all but it just restarts.

now its only with 1 of the 2 dimm slots this happens and i have tried differend RAM in there but only the 1 slot works

any help would be appreciated


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hi there,
i need to know which know which graphic card will fit for my computer. Ie i want to know which type: DDR ,DDR1 or ddr2 i bought my computer in 2007, but thats not enough to tell.
so please let me know how do i know which pci slot i have?

A:which graphic card slot do i require for my PCI slot

The type of memory doesn't matter, its the type of interface the computer supports among a few other things to watch for.

You likely have a PCI-Express slot, as long as it a x16 slot it doesn't really matter if its a version 1.1 or 2.0 slot.

Is this for your Dell or another computer? Whats you budget and what needs do you have for the video card?

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This is the strangest thing I've seen in the past 10 years of using computers. I have an Acer Aspire 7535-5020 laptop that came with windows 7, but I'm very picky and I wanted Windows xp back so I went onto Acer's website and downloaded all of the windows xp drivers and then formatted the laptop to Windows XP with intergrated Service Pack 3.

The computer works just fine except for one very strange oddity - the USB mouse I'm using only works when plugged into the first USB slot, it will refuse to work in the other 3 USB slots.

I'm using a Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer 3.0 USB which is my favorite mouse and I have 3 of them at home. When I was formatting the laptop, I had the mouse plugged into the first USB slot and now that is the ONLY slot it will work in. If I plug it into the other usb slots, the red laser will come on which means it's getting power, but it will not move the cursor and clicking either of the mouse buttons won't do anything.

When I have the Device Manager open, and I plug the Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer 3.0 mouse into the first USB slot, the 'Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer 3.0' entry will appear in BOTH the 'Human Interface Devices' tab and also the 'Mice and other pointing devices' tab.

However, when plugging the mouse into the other 3 usb slots, the 'Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer 3.0' entry will only appear in the 'Human Interface Devices' but NOT the 'Mice and other pointing devices' tab.

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A:USB mouse only works in first USB slot, but won't work in any other USB slot

Hi NukesGoBoom,

I have seen a similar problem, but it was all USB ports that weren't working.

First, check the BIOS to make sure all USB ports are enabled, which they probably are.

Are all drivers installed and up to date? Do any yellow question marks or exclamation points show up in Device Manager?


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ok the lady I got this comp from says the comp the video card its reading now is not as good as the one in the PCI slot so Im wondering how do I make it so it reads the PCI slot

The AGP vid card though comes out with a Adaptor to make it so you can plug in moniters

Anyway Should I leave my moniter plug in the AGP slot video card or put it where no video card is but goes right into the computer

and no there is no plug that goes into the PCI slot

I hope this is understanable


A:How to switch the comp from reading your AGP slot to PCI slot

Jimboson said:

Anyway Should I leave my moniter plug in the AGP slot video card or put it where no video card is but goes right into the computer
Click to expand...

That's known as integrated graphics, now do you have a PCI video card and an APG video card or an Integrated video card and an AGP card?

Also what are they Radeon xxxx? or Nvidia xxxx? we need to know the model numbers to tell you which is the better on to use.

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yah just a question, and if so give me a price range please for a pci


A:can I add a AGP slot or PCI slot to a comp that doesnt have one?

You can't add a slot to a motherboard.

How old is this computer that it doesn't have a PCI slot? Those have been around for quite a while. Are you sure it doesn't have one? Even AGP is not new technology.

EDIT: After seeing your other thread, are you asking if you can purchase an AGP or PCI video card? That's a totally different question, and the answer would be yes depending on which slot your motherboard has. How much it costs depends on what you plan to use the computer for. A simple one is cheap, and high-end gaming cards can get expensive.

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I am Using Dell Inspiron N5010. Can I Use Only Single Module 8GB RAM in Single Slot (With One Empty Slot)

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Hello All, I'm looking under the hood of my 1st gen Thinkpad X1 Carbon, and I'm trying to identify the PCIe slots.  In particular, the following page states that I should have 2 PCI Express Mini slots:  https://support.lenovo.com/au/en/solutions/pd027202 Now I see the WLAN card and the WWAN card, and my natural assumption is that these are both in PCIe ports, but on closer inspection I see that the WLAN card's slot is only 19mm wide, whereas the WWAN card is the standard 26mm width of normal PCIe Mini ports. This raises some questions:  1. Is the WLAN connected to a proprietary slot, or is this just a different type of PCIe standard?  2. If the WLAN is connected to a proprietary slot, where is my second PCIe slot? Any help would greatly be appreciated. Regards,Adam Zebrowski-az  

A:Why is my WLAN card slot narrower than my WWAN card slot (PCIe mini)?

On closer inspection, it looks like my SSD connects to a similar-looking slot as my WLAN card.  I guess this means my WLAN card uses a SATA connection or something? I normally work with desktop PCs, so I'm unfamiliar with a lot of these laptop hardware standards. Regards,Adam Zebrowski-az- 

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I was hoping to boot from the SD card a live linux, but it appears there may not be a way to do this?  If it's not possible, is there a way to boot from a small portion of the regular drive, then load into the sd card? Basically I don't want to have a USB slot being taken up by a drive and the SD card slot is just really convienent. 

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Is this a kensignton slot? Where I can attach a little security cable...

"found on 99% of laptops"

A:Kensington slot (k-slot)

Looks like it to me

Wikipedia has a picture of a Kensington lock slot on the side of Apple Powerbook laptop, and of the business end of the lock cable

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Basicaly iv'e run out of PCI slot.

So im left with a choice.

Either Sacrifice a PCI card and start buying USB hubs an devices

Or find a way to convert this lovley empty AGP slot into a PCI slot.

The question is can it be done?

Gie me a simple YES, NO or ITS REALY HARD AND EXPENSIVE answer please

A:Can i convert an AGP slot into a PCI slot

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I have a new Dell 7800 Win 8 desktop computer with 2TB HD.
I found that it also came with a mSATA drive (32 GB: Samsung SSD).
I have no idea what is mSATA for.
I have a plenty of space in my hard drives.
Please advise me the use of mSATA.
I see that its smaller size 32 Gb) is not that useful either.

A:The use of mSATA

IRST acceleration cache

Intel links.
IRST acceleration cache
Intel? Cache Acceleration Software
New and Innovative Caching Solution

Dell tutorial links:

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Okay, so I think I made a little screw up... I bought myself a Crucial m4 64GB mSATA SSD and when opening the packet I noticed it was very mini... I'm not completely sure but I think it's for laptops only, can somebody confirm this for me so I can send back if necessary in time?


It's for laptops or special motherboards that use mSATA caching or some all-in-one units.

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Hi all, Just want to figure out a couple of points with an existing R61 that's been a real champ over the last few years.The thinkpad is a R61 8918-5KM series. From opening the unit up to do a maintenance routine, I came across that this particular model has 3 x mini pcie connectors without the headers. It is basically a T61 bar some. Anyways, I was thinking into soldering some headers and extending the unit to its full potential. In doing so, I thought of connecting msata mini pcie modules via that process. Has anyone managed to do such a mod, and if so, what are your recommendations in the mod? cheers

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Q: Msata

Hi would i be able to install a msata harddrive in my  probook 6540b

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Hello!I want to a little upgrade my AiO PC HP ENVY 23 TouchSmart AiO PC (p/n: 23-d254er).Is this AiO PC support  mSATA Samsung 850 EVO SSD disk Samsung MZ-M5E250BW ?I found one free MINI_CARD2 slot on motherboard (see atteched photo).I don't know to buy or not this SSD.Thanks! 

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Hey so I bought an mSata ssd (Crucial M500 240Gb) for my Clevo W230ST, I have an ssd already installed as my boot drive but needed more space. I took the back off plugged the mSata in and expected it to appear in my computer as a data drive like an external hard drive - I love technology but I'm not so good with software and making things work. Can someone talk me through what I should do to get it running? Do I need to install an OS on it? If so how do I do this when my laptop has no disc drive? Any help is appreciated.

A:mSata ssd help

Definitely do not need to install an O/S to it if it's just a storage drive. But you do need to go into Disk Management and Initialize, Partition, and Format it just like any other drive.

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I am looking for mSATA related compitable issues with my laptop.I own an HP ENVY 15-j049tx Notebook PC and i just wanted to know the list of mSATA devices that supports this laptop 

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I'm working with a Lenovo Y580 - 59359513. It comes with windows 8 preinstalled, uefi and all that other jazz. I've made my recovery usb drive, I've made my system image. The msata I installed is an m4 msata 256GB CT256M4SSD3. This drive is recognized in the bios. The disc shows in windows 8 install process. This drive formats and partitions in disk management. The 1 TB HDD is removed. I'm contemplating using it in another system possibly. Was originally going to keep it as a storage drive but I realized my ps3 could use the storage upgrade.

After not being able to recover via a lenovo provided recovery solution, I decided to Download en_windows_8_x64_dvd_915440.iso and checked it against the hash SHA-1: 1CE53AD5F60419CF04A715CF3233F247E48BEEC4

I make a DVD and a bootable usb both of which boot just fine. It seems to accept my bios stored key as it doesn't prompt for one. Everything is good until I choose my SSD partition. I get:

"Windows can't be installed on drive 1 partition 4. (Show details)"

partition 4 is the primary partition the installer creates for me when I delete all partitions and have it repartition for me. Showing details gets me:

"Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu."

I've heard of many people booting off of their msata. One person I remember having the same exact model as me. Sata controller i... Read more

A:Msata does not boot.

Take a look at this post about Lenovo PC' s with Preinstalled Windows 8.
Moving pre-installed Windows 8 from HDD to SSD

How to Migrate OS to new Hard disk.

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Can I upgrade my laptop with an ssd any kind? Preferably mSATA ssd .

A:mSATA ssd for my laptop

Here's the Service manual: Manual See p. 78. It does support a SATA type M.2 mSSD, but you have to remove the motherboard to install it. You have a 1 TB 5400 rpm mechanical hard drive and it would be a little easier to install a 2.5 inch SATA SSD in place of the hard drive but 1 TB and larger SSDs are pretty expensive.  Post back with any more questions.  If this is "the Answer" please click "Accept as Solution" to help others find it. 

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can i install samsung ssd msata 500gb with hp envy 14-1205tx?

A:mSATA SSD upgrade

JohnDaleI wrote:
can i install samsung ssd msata 500gb with hp envy 14-1205tx?

The 2011 Envy 14-1205tx Beats edition notebook does not have a slot to accept an mSATA SSD disk.
You can upgrade to a SATA SSD. 

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I have been looking around for information about using a onboard msata ssd as a boot drive for fast start up etc.
I have found information about loading windows directly to this drive (setting this drive as c and lists of ways to move the my music files etc to another partition so that when windows starts it only reads program information. However it sounds as if all or most programs would be saved to the drive not windows only.
Other information has described setting this up as a cache via srt with the cache automatically recognizing whats used most often and storing it there saving the issue of less frequently programs slowing it down.

Does anyone use this system? Do you know of a good msata ssd?
Is it possible to set up a drive as a boot drive and only store windows there?
Can you use onboard msata as a boot drive for windows and another small ssd for srt caching?

Sorry about all the questions a total noob to msata and ssd caching. My mobo will have srt / onboard msata capability and Id like to use it.
If a thread already exists about this please let me know what to search by as I haven't found anything on mSata here.


A:msata caching

Found some more info about this pros and cons etc. If anyone interested stumbles across this. To high level for me though ive only ever had 1 hdd or sdd and used ext hdds at home and at work its all servers.



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Several people have asked about using the Samsung 1TB EVO mSATA SSD (840 EVO MZ-MTE1T0BW) with the Yoga 13 and Yoga 2 Pro, but after hours of searching I can't find a definitive report that either a) it works! or b) specific reason why it doesn't work. I purchased this mSATA drive and had a professional install it into my new Yogo 2 Pro i7, but I tap the "recovery/bios" button next to my power button, boot into the BIOS, and see that the SSD hard drive is not recognized. I've been a PowerBook/MacBook user for the last 15 years, but the 3200x1800px touch screen, 2 in 1 touch Win 8.1 interface, and mSATA option that I thought would allow a 1TB connection attracted me away from my 11" MBA with 500GB SSD. Just a bit bigger, big heavier, but far more powerful... I'm very happy to move on to a new environment, just hope that I can get this SSD working. Lenovo's authorized service center here in Shanghai claims that the 256GB SSD that my 8GB i7 Yoga 2 Pro shipped with is the maximum sized SSD that will work in my laptop, and claims that this is because it's the "chinese version" even though my BIOS is in english... There is tons of information online that almost answers my question, for example: Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro Hardware Maintance Manual (pdf) only lists drives up to 512GB, the largest drive listed is the Samsung PM841-512GB mSATA SSD (not the Samsung EVO series or the Crucial 512GB)Amazon reviewer Adam C reports he's using the Samsung 256GB ... Read more

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I've done some additional testing on this today. First, I purchased an external mSATA SSD enclosure and mounted my 1TB Samsung (840 EVO MZ-MTE1T0BW) inside the enclosure, connect via USB3, and other machines read it just fine. So my 1TB drive is definitely good. No problem here --- yet that drive still isn't recognized by my Lenovo Bios. Second, I purchased a 512GB mSATA SSD, the Samsung PM841-512GB mSATA SSD, the exact model number listed in the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro Hardware Maintance Manual (pdf), but this drive isn't recognized by my BIOS either, even though this drive also works fine inside my external mSATA SSD enclosure. Third, I installed a 128GB mSATA SSD into my Yoga 2 Pro and it's immediately recognized.When I switch back to the 256GB mSATA SSD that came with my Yoga 2 Pro, of course it's still recognized and works just fine. Product Name: Lenovo Yoga 2 ProBios Version: 76CN31WW (seems to be most current version)EC Version: 76EC25WW (why doesn't embedded controller version match BIOS version?)CPU: Intel(r) Core(TM) i7-4500U CPUSystem Memory: 8192MBHard Disk: Unrecognized (when I use 512GB or 1TB mSATA SSD)Windows License: STD I've isolated that it's not a bad SSD, and it's not a problem with the way the SSD is installed. The SSD is seated correctly each time. My same problem still remains. After hours of searching I can't find a definitive report that either a) it works! or b) specific reason why it doesn't work.&n... Read more

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Hello finally I got my L440 and made RAM upgrade to 16GB and I also want it to have an SSD. After reading all the manuals and forum messages I think that it have  a sutiable port for an mSATA SDD which will solve my problem in a great way without replacing anything.
My question is, my machine didn't come with an mSATA or WWAN option. While making the RAM upgrade I checked the ports and there is only one seems to be suitable for mSATA but since area is too small I couldn't be sure if it is the one. Can you please check the attachment and tell me if any mSATA will fit in that port? Or maybe it is not for mSATA and I should go with the traditional SSD solutions by replacing the disc?
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A:msata SSD for L440?

According to the Hardware Maintenance Manual, page 70 that slot is for a WWAN card or M.2 SSD.  An mSATA SSD will not fit.
From what I read here in the boards, finding a high capacity SSD in the right physical size is  a problem.  There are multiple sizes - IIRC the 42mm version is used in Lenovo laptops.

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