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Q: Boot from mSATA

I have the dell inspiron 15r 7520. I am planning of installing an mSATA drive into the laptop(I'll have to change the daughterboard and in the process of doing the same). So my question is what is the process of making my laptop boot from the mSATA drive and if I'm successful in doing so, will I be getting the genuine windows 8 OS that came pre-installed with my laptop?

Preferred Solution: Boot from mSATA

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A: Boot from mSATA

It could be done but Dell doesn't recommend it. Whether your recovery disks will work, I do not know. You may question this on the Dell forum

Clean install of Windows MSARTA
How to clean install Windows 7 or 8 on MSATA(SSD) drive - Desktop General Hardware Forum - Desktop - Dell Community

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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'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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Hi guys and girls, Is it possible to add an mSATA (NGFF) SSD in the Hp Probook 650 G1 (F1N78EA) and boot from it? The technical manual does desribe that there is a slot for a mSATA flash cache module for Intel SRT, and that mSATA SSD's are expected later. So I assume it should work? From the specsheet: "32 GB M.2 (NGFF)Optional 32 GB mSATA flash cache module* support for Intel Smart Response Technology. (Available only with standard non-SEDhard drive.)*mSATA SSD is planned to be available in August 2013." Thanks a lot.

A:Boot from mSATA SSD in Probook 650

I bought the same notebook probook 650 g1. I ordered a 128GB MyDigitalSSD SC2 Super Cache 2 42mm SATA III 6G m2 NGFF Solid State Disk. This type is working as full SSD Drive.

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Hi, everyone!I'm about to repair my y570 chasis, and I desided to also get a mSATA Intel SSD 530.The only consirn is if it is going to boot from it, since I prefer to take out the 5200 rpm drive anyway.So,does it? Thanks in advance!

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I have an Asus VivoBook that came with a 24GB mSATA (separated into two partions) cache drive and a 465 GB spinning drive partitioned into half. After basis setup, I appear to be using about 40GB.

I've done some homework and it appears that because of Bios limitations that replacing the mSATA drive with something bigger is not an option. I'd also prefer to not replace the spinning drive for cost reasons.

I'm evaluating the benefit of pruning my boot drive to its essentials and moving everything unessential to the its own partition on the spinning drive, then cloning this and moving it to the mSATA drive and rejiggering the boot sequence.

Would love to find a guide or utility that walks through this step by step... or any other guidance.

A:Want to Migrate Boot to 24GB mSATA?

What came preinstalled on the Asus -- Win7 or Win8?

You've got what some folks refer to as a Hybrid drive setup -- SSD + HDD. What makes you think that it is not already configured for optimum performance -- by the vendor?

Also, if the SSD is indeed a "cache drive", there may not be any way to install anything permanent on it.

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Hey all, I thought hardware the right place for this since it is what I am confused and worried about. A little info- I've ordered a new laptop rig coming preloaded with Windows 7. The hardware setup in question is a Raid 0 (2x500 7200hdd) with 64g mSATA caching SSD. I plan to shrink the volume with windows management and then install Windows 8 on the new partition.

How will this setup behave? Will the mSATA caching disk be shared by the two OS's and programs? Could this lead to conflict or degradation in performance? Or will it be ok since I will probably be using the same programs and files from one OS to the other? Or is this not even possible...

Thanks everyone!


A:64g mSATA caching SSD and Win Dual Boot

If the cache drive requires drivers downloaded, it may require these drivers to be loaded seperately onto each OS. The cache SSD's that I have read about have only one usable copy of the software per drive. Also I believe that only Sandisk cache drives will work with RAID. Other makes only work with C partition only. This subject requires very careful research before proceeding, My knowledge of this is limited and may be wrong.

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One of the warehouse techs brought me an Elitebook 8770w. I installed a 256GB mSATA and installed W10 64-bit. I just added 2 750GB SATA driver and now the system will not boot. Keeps saying BOOTMGR is missing. Does anyone know if this configuration will work??? Thanks. REO

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I have an HP envy 15 touchsmart laptop, and i upgraded the msata ssd so i could use it as the boot drive.  How do i change the boot order so the SSD boots first.  In bios, it just has generic options such as HDD, cd/dvd, usb or external drive, but doesnt give options for specific drives.  How do i go about doing this, the MSSD is viewable in windows file explorer, so it is working properly.  Thanks for the help!

A:set msata as boot drive in bios?

krobmedia wrote:I have an HP envy 15 touchsmart laptop, and i upgraded the msata ssd so i could use it as the boot drive.  How do i change the boot order so the SSD boots first.  In bios, it just has generic options such as HDD, cd/dvd, usb or external drive, but doesnt give options for specific drives.  How do i go about doing this, the MSSD is viewable in windows file explorer, so it is working properly.  Thanks for the help!Hi,This might help:http://forum.notebookreview.com/hp-pavilion-notebooks/676213-definitive-guide-clean-install-os-mssd-...

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I'm thinking of installing a mSATA SSD as the boot drive on my MSI GE60 0NC-498US. I'm reasonably confident that it has the capability to install a SSD (It has a PCIe Slot labeled SSD and is about the right side for one). I'm planning to clone my HDD (Current hard drive) onto it and use it as the boot drive, but looking through the disk manager gives me 2 "mysterious" boot manager/configuration partition stubs (Or I think that's what they are?).
I'm wondering:
1) Will Macrium Reflect Free(Or any other disk cloning tool? I have Macrium installed.) will copy them over (I can't select the stubs?)
2) Will this cause any issues?
3) If possible, any tips or a guide on how to set up the SSD as my boot drive, etc.
4) Any alternatives ? Preferably with as little loss of data as possible, and not having to reinstall windows? I'm not sure if I can even reinstall windows properly, being an OEM and all.
Attached is a screenshot of the disk manager. My guess is that the smaller one is the boot config partition stub thing and the larger one is some sort of windows recovery partition? (I had a data partition instead of what seems to be the standard D:\ recovery partition from OEMs?

A:Installing mSATA SSD as my boot drive

Hiyya Zenith Look mate I can't say too much about your set up as you don't state the GB size of the new drive but personally I have had problems cloning from large drives to small drives in the past.

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Hi, I have a T460p (the modal without a dedicated graphic card) and is trying to make use of my old Crucial MX100 mSATA SSD. There is no mSATA port on T460p so I got a mSATA-to-SATA adapter and plugged it in. Weird things happened. BIOS is able to recognise the drive (or at least it shows up in the power-on self-check, in the bulit-in diagnostic tool and in the boot order list). However, it would not boot from the mSATA drive, ending in a BSOD of Windows Boot Manager, complaining that "NO_BOOTABLE_DEVICE". If I try to boot from an outside Windows installation media (say, an USD stick), it simply would not recognise the mSATA drive and thus could not continue. I am not quite sure if this is a Windows problem or a BIOS/laptop problem. I've tried an alternative adapter with voltage regulators but still got no luck. I'll probably try some other Linux distributions and see if they work. Meanwhile, I wonder if anyone has had similar experience/problem here and is willing to share their solution. O, forgot to mention. BIOS is up-to-date. Laptop runs Windows 10 version 1703, build 15063.296. No insider. Cheers!

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I have an HP ENVY TouchSmart 15-j063cl that originally came with a 1 TB drive with Windows 8.

Goal was to move the system drive over to a 256 GB mSata and keep the original drive for data, VHDs, etc., and I have completed most of the work to get there.

Basically I wish I had just started with a clean install on the mSata, but that's not what transpired. I wanted to try to leverage the current installation with HP drivers in place. So I went down this path...

I used Macrium to clone the 1 TB drive to the 256 and that succeeded with a little finagling. But then I couldn't get UEFI to boot into the new drive. I finally performed a "refresh" from the MS Win8 install media (and unfortunately left the data drive in during the process).

To my surprise, everything worked and all was well. however, I later discovered that I couldn't back up to the 1 TB because the EFI partition on that disk is being used as the UEFI boot (as per MiniTool Partition Wizard data).

I've tried everything to get the (cloned) EFI partition on the mSata to be the boot, but all attempts have failed. I've tried to use EasyBCD to copy the boot environment (error), windows repair to repair the boot environment (can't repair), but nothing works. system is dead without the 1 TB drive installed and b/c it contains the active / boot EFI partition at runtime, I can't use any imaging tools to backup the mSata to the data drive.

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A:Cloned OEM drive to new mSATA, but have boot issues

How to Migrate OS to new Hard disk.

1) Remove the HDD after cloning.

2) Set UEFI/BIOS firmware to boot from mSATA.

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Hi Folks,
Please help me, I have pulled my hair out trying to make a 256 gig msata a true boot drive with no other hard drive in system.
However I can get it to work by having the msata boot but the system reserved partition sets on a nother hard drive. which when I pull the hard drive out of system it will not boot. but if I put a windows os disk in dvd drive and let it find it first it will then go ahead and boot from msata.
I am sure other people has had this problem and some body has figured it out, but not me.
If I use Dells directions it does work but it puts the system reserved on a hard drive rather then msata


A:msata as boot drive on Dell 7720

Whether you installed Windows anew on the SSD or cloned the existing drive, be sure you REMOVE the original hard drive from the system until after Windows has fully booted for the first time - do not leave the original drive in the system until then.

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Purchased an Inspiron 17R Special Edition (7720) this week to replace my beloved old Inspiron 5100 that died last Thursday after nine years of being the best computer I ever owned.  Decided to upgrade the 32GB mSATA chip to a 128GB and use that as the OS drive, reserving the 1TB HDD for storage because running exclusively from the mSATA is much faster than using it as cache for the platter. 
As has been discussed on the dozens of threads (here and elsewhere) that I've read today, the Dell BIOS does not recognize the mSATA as bootable, either from UEFI or legacy.  So, editing out the dead ends I went down, here's what I did to get it to work:
1. Acquire new mSATA drive.  Mine is a Crucial m4 128GB.  (I don't know whether or not the rest of this would work with the default 32GB board, but 32GB is awfully small for a modern OS.)
2. Acquire a Windows 8 install DVD.  (That Dell doesn't include this with the package is the only complaint I have about my purchase.  OS install media should ALWAYS be included with an OEM PC.  A-l-w-a-y-s.) 
3. Flip over the laptop, remove the battery, remove the bottom cover (just 2 screws, well done, Dell).  Now, remove the 1TB HDD (4 screws, but slides out easily) and set it aside.  Then replace the existing 32GB mSATA drive with your new, larger mSATA drive (1 screw).  I have a 128GB, but it should work just as well with a 64GB or 256GB.  Replace the cover and bat... Read more

A:Inspiron (7720) Boot from mSATA Instructions

Yea Im so happy it worked, I put in a 128GB Plextor M5M in the msata, blazzing fast it hits 500 but since Sata II is capped, my SSD is maxed out in HDTach, then in bay 1 I have a new HGST Hitachi 1tb travelstar sata-iii 7200 rpm drive i got for 69.99, and in bay 2 the original 5400 rpm drive, I will probably be selling that one and putting in another HGST, these are fast and super energy efficient. Then I went ahead and got 16gb  (8gbx2) of patriot signature ddr 1600 memory. Its the 3d version too with the blu ray player, at the end the stats are sick
i7 3630QM Quad Core
17" 1920x1080 3D with TruLife Screen
Nvidia GT 650M Video Card
1xmsata 128gb
2xsata III 1TB Hard Drives
I mean damn, 2tb, 16gb ram, and it can play most games high graphics? and you can watch 3d blu ray movies and play 3d games? im rocking it, hell yea Dell rules! got a great deal on this laptop too

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HelloI had installed SSD drive to mSata slot.After Windwos 10 instalation to SSD PC could not be booted (no boot device screen) but if I will exclude HHD from old slot everything will be fine.How could I boot system with both drivers in laptop?

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Hi all,
yesterday i bought an PLEXTOR MSATA SSD 128M5M to be install in my Lenovo laptop Y460. Installed in my MSATA bay, BIOS are able to detect and show correct SSD Model. Go into window are able to detect SSD, initialized and install MBR.

When installing window 7 pro 64Bit it will prompt me for driver, i ignore it and it still can detect the SSD so i proceed to install the win7 on SSD, after finish install window reboot to exit the setup mode. first time try to load window it freeze at boot screen so I restarted and was able to go into win7.
update the win7 and restart, it freeze again at bootscreen (this time have to restart few times in order to get into window). proceed to install driver (chipset, lan etc). restart the computer still freeze at boot screen.

at this point I thought could be 64bit issue, so i reinstall with win7 32bit. same issue encountered prompting for the driver, I canceled it and proceed with win7 install. after finish install still freeze at boot screen but this time worst cant even get pass boot screen no matter how many time I restarted the system.

what have been done
-updated to latest BIOS
-BIOS Setting for harddisk already set to AHCI
-re-sit the MSATA SSD
-install 32bit and 64bit win7
-install chipset driver, intel storage driver, etc

Thank you in advance for any help.

Window prompt for driver during installation, which i never encounter before
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A:Problem boot up win7 for new MSATA SSD installation

The error almost always means the installer is bad. Where did you get Win7? How is it burned to DVD or written to flash stick installer? Try another from Steps 1 and 2 of Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 which will also show you how to get a perfect install.

Does your laptop have a UEFI BIOS, look at the settings in BIOS Setup by tapping the key given for that at boot. If so you'll need to follow special steps for UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Forums.

If not reset BIOS to defaults, set SATA controller to AHCI to try install. Unplug all other HD's and peripherals to try install. Delete all partitions on HD to create and format new. If that fails wipe the HD first with Diskpart Clean Command.

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I saw a 2013 forum discussion about adding an mSata drive to the W540 and using it as the boot drive and primary OS drive.  They discussed the Lenovo basic claim that using an mSata as the OS drive is not recommended and would likely be unreliable.  I have an M82 refurb and the HDD is noisy as heck.  I use this machine for narrating audio books.  Not a good match.  Now, 5 years later, are mSata drives reliable enough to use as OS drives?  If so, would leaving the original HDD in place as a storage drive be OK or would it cause a problem trying to use the mSata as the primary drive? ........ or should I just get a new machine?  Many thanks!

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Hi all, I'm terribly confused and I hope someone can help me figure out what I"m doing wrong.

These are the steps I've taken-- OS Win 8, pre-installed by Acer.

1) Make recovery USB using the Acer recovery wizard, with the laptop in stock configuration.
2) Install msata as secondary drive
3) Go to Computer management and initialize the msata and format with GPT style. Format the drive, assign a drive letter. (I only see 1 partition). I did this as NTFS/default allocation size. Is this where I went wrong?
4) Remove the factory HDD (listed as HDD0 in BIOS)
5) Boot to BIOS
5a) in BIOS, disable secure boot.
5b) Go to legacy mode
5c) Set msata (HDD1 in BIOS) as #1 in boot order

6) boot to USB recovery drive, follow steps to restore from USB (clean install, make partitions as it wants)

7) remove USB, reboot.

error message-- no bootable device. I can basically load the USB again or the BIOS.

It's my first time with Win 8 and this kind of system. Thanks in advance for the advice.

A:New mSata install from Acer recovery USB- in bios, no boot

1) YES.

2) t0 5c) NO.

6) Base of YES.(with unformatted drive.)

7) YES.

I would recommend you making the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or USB drive.
Windows 8 - Create a Factory Default Backup - Acer Recovery Management - YouTube
Windows 8 - Create a Drivers and Applications Backup - Acer Recovery Management - YouTube
Windows 8 - Restore Windows With a USB Recovery Drive - YouTube
You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.
You can Order Acer recovery disks from here:

Acer | Recovery Media
Check in Accessories
or check the main web site.
Acer Worldwide - Select your local country or region

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Hi Guys, Previously installed mSata with my envy ts 15-j173ca with Windows 8.1 and boot directly with the mSata where windows reside. Take note even when the old HDD is installed as a data drive, with BIOS version F.66. With this configuration everything works and boot directly via mSata and love it very much because it is truly very fast.  Until I upgraded by BIOS to F.68 and reinstalled windows 8.1. Now I can no longer directly boot via mSATA w/o going into the F9 Boot Menu option. Take note that removing the internal SHHD drive fix the issue and boots normally. Tried every combination in the boot menu via BIOS but have no luck at all. Is it possible to downgrade my BIOS to F.66 - and how am I gonna do that? Any recommendations pls.....? Many thanks,Gerry  

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Dell Insiron 2350 AIO upgraded to Windows 10. I Had a Power failure while shutting down my computer.When trying to reboot, computer posts:
No Boot device availableSATA1: InstalledmSATA: NoneF1 to retry F2 for setup
Did Dell's ePSA diagnostics, all hardware passed, Tried backup and recovery usb drive, computer booted to drive, tried the 5 minute repair, could not repair partition. I do not want to lose all my data by reformatting and replacing the system.This is information using the Mini-tool Partition Wizard Boot Disc 9 
Partition     Capacity     Used       Unused       FileSystem       Type        Status Disk 1 System 99.98 mb 29.54 mb 70.44 mb Fat32 GPT (EFI System Partition) Active and Boot System 128 mb 128 mb 0 B other GPT (Reserved Partition) None OS 918.15 gb 576.75 gb 341.40 gb NTFS GPT (Data Partition) System 450 mb 357.34 mb 92.66 mb NTFS GPT (Recovery Partition) None PBR Image 12.35 gb 11.75 gb 620.57 mb NTFS GPT (Recovery Partition) None 350.00 mb 289.48 mb 60.52 mb NTFS GPT (Recovery Partition) None Disk 2 29.82 gb 0 B 29.82 gb Unallocated Logical None Disk 2 is a mSata Samsung SSD PM83 which was used as a cache disk. I tried to perform the Partition Recovery Wizard on this drive with no success. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what all these partitions are for, and how I get my computer to working again. I am not sure what the GPT type means either.Any hel... Read more

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For a several years I use DELL Precision laptops. First M4500 and from 2012 M4600.
My Precision M4600 configuration comprises of: i7 qqd proc , 16GB RAM, 2GB Nvidia quadro and 3 hard drives:
1st is SSD DELL Samsung mSATA PM810 128GB - Linux system
2nd SSD Intel ultra speed 520 - 240GB - Windows system
3rd HDD Seagate 7200 - Data
For 4 years I didn't have any problem with my Precision configuration. Suddenly a week ago problems on boot started.
Namely, every second time BIOS during update do not recognize my mSATA PM810 disk and cannot boot up the system. That means: all 'odd' times (1st, 3rd, 5th ...) I start computer or reset the mSATA disk is recognized under other name and not as MiniCard while all 'even' (2nd, 4th etc) everything is OK.
Problem description: I start computer, After passes BIOS the screen is blank nothing happens blocked. I restart, all fine. I restart again, again blank screen nothing, I restart again - all fine, and like this goes around. 
I absolutely didn't do anything with machine it just started at once behaving like that.
Things that I have unsuccessfully tried:
Change Boot order in BIOS leaving only MiniCard - does not work. I've seen that each odd time BIOS changes the name of mSATA in disk order and when I restart it brings it back to normal. It does that if SATA is set as Raid-on or as AHCI device.
Downgrading BIOS to A15 - nothing and back to A16 nothing.
Remove other hard drive leaving only mSATA. Then it wor... Read more

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Hello, I'm fairly new to these forums but would like to request help for upgrading my laptop. I am thinking of adding a 120GB Msata and 1TB HDD to it (to replace 500GB). My question is how would I go about transferring my dat,a(Pictures, music, videos) to the new hard drive and setting the Msata as a boot drive(for OS and programs)? I would also like recommendations on which Msata/hdd to put in it? I have been considering these:

Amazon.com : MyDigitalSSD 128GB (120GB) 50mm Bullet Proof 4 BP4 50mm mSATA Solid State Drive SSD SATA III 6G (120GB)(128GB) : Computer Internal Solid State Drives : Computers & Accessories

Amazon.com: Seagate 1TB Solid State Hybrid Drive SATA 6Gbps 64MB Cache 2.5-Inch ST1000LM014: Computers & Accessories

but would like to know if there are better options available? Thanks in advance

A:How to migrate data to bigger hard drive and set Msata as boot drive?

I don't think you can use the Msata SSD as boot drive. It is configured in Raid with the spinner and serves solely as cache. It is just a fancy SSHD.

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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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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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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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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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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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Q: Msata

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

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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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I saw in a Youtube Video, that the SSDs that come as standard are mSATA ones and that there's space for a 2.5'' drive beneath.

So my question is: If I buy a Toshiba Tecra Z50-A-12R, which comes with a 500GB HDD, can I install an additional mSATA SSD as my system drive and use the 500GB HDD as a second drive?


A:Tecra Z50 - mSATA SDD + 2.5'' HDD?

Well, some models are are equipped with an mSATA Solid State Drive (SSD) instead of a
hard disk drive. The computer seems to supports a 128GB, 256GB and 512GB SSD drives?

but as far as I know there is only one SATA controller in order to connect SSD or an HDD.
The mSATA SSD drive is connected to the controller using mSATA HOLDER ASSY.

So such holder assy is needed if you want to use an mSATA SSD drive.
Of course, you don?t need it if you use common 2.5? SSD drive or 2.5? HDD

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Just got two new X230 laptops. Will this model take an mSATA SSD? Is the mSATA slot 6 Gbs or 3Gbs? Any recommendations are appreciated.


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yes it takes the mSATA in the WWAN mPCIe slot under the palmrest. mSATA speed is 3Gbs.

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120GB mSATA SSD I am trying to decide between two choices for my W520. Currently, I am running two HDD. 1) Buy the 120GB mSATA SSD (see above link) for $140. 2) Buy the Crucial 512GB 2.5" SSD for $400 and replace one of the HDD Which way do you recommend? Thanks in advance.

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I'm probably not telling you anything you didn't already know.  The mSATA slot (pci-e) is SATA II as compared ot your 2.5" SSD which is SATA III.  The crucial will have better performace.  I'm not sure how big your HDDs are and how much you store on your computer, but if they are sufficient in size for you I would recommend one of these two options.   1. By a 30GB mSATA and use Intel Rapid Boot Technology to turn your HDDs effectively into hybrid SSD/HDD.   2. Use the $140 to replace one of your HDDs with a 120GB-200GB (depending on how good of a shopper you are). Put your OS and most used programs on it.  Store music, pictures, and less used programs on the HDD.  This option will give better performance than your option 1) and won't break the bank like your option 2).  If you do it right, this will give you just as good as performance as your option 2) most of the time.    

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When I purchased my flex 2 15d I saw that there was an option for an msata ssd, however, now that I've opened mine I see no msata port.  I checked with tech support who could not give me any help.  There is a you tube video of someone adding an msata drive to his 15 D, but my motherboard is different than his.  There is a port attached to what appears to be a field replaceable unit,but it is not msata.  I have attached a picture of the MB with the FRU circled and a X on the port.  I have two questions: 1.  Is there an msata port which I have perhaps missed (not likely) 2. Is there a part that I can order for the motherboard that will provide an msata port?

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A:Flex2 15d msata ssd

[email protected] Gfrenkel1   What indicas is not an mSATA port unless it is the other way around, you could indicate the model of your computer to see the features and verify that no, or a slot, I leave an image for yours da mSATA port.  On changing the plate with mSATA port, you should know that possibly cost you more than a new team, it is one thing you must think about it. Regards.

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The 1st mSATA SSD I got to know is Intel 310, but they only offer 40GB and 80GB model, for me, a 120GB one would be my 1st choice.
Later in many forums, I saw Renice has their X3 mSATA SSD 120GB, it is the 1st mSATA based on SF controller, I got mine from here 2 weeks before, speed is fast, its reliability still asks for longer time use to evaluate.
Benchmarks attached below:


Woops, I got my Renice mSATA 120GB from B2CIT last week, back to their site today, they are holding a 10days group buy of only USD249.9 for the mSATA 120GB including the adapter. My mSATA 120GB cost me USD299.9 and the adapter cost me another USD15.

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Hi all,

I have the following toshiba laptop and want to upgrade it with an additional mSATA SSD just for the OS [/COLOR][COLOR=#333333]


I'm almost 100% sure that this model does not support mSATA interefaces, but would like to check with you guys as well.


A:Satellite L50-B-1P1 - mSATA ?

The port is for wireless cards, SSD's wont work.
Only solution is to replace the HDD with a 2.5" SSD.

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Hi,I have a W520 - 42844MG - bios 1.42I would like to add a msata hd like the Samsung 840 evo msata or the crucial m550 msata, both 512gb.- I didn't understand if my computer support these hd capacity.- I cannot find which speed support my msata connector 3gb/s, 6gb/s.Please help me!Thanks in advance for your kind helpMA

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A:W520 ssd mSATA 512???

mattia_albicini wrote:Hi,I have a W520 - 42844MG - bios 1.42I would like to add a msata hd like the Samsung 840 evo msata or the crucial m550 msata, both 512gb.- I didn't understand if my computer support these hd capacity.- I cannot find which speed support my msata connector 3gb/s, 6gb/s.Please help me!Thanks in advance for your kind helpMA
The mSata port in the W520 is SATA2 (3gb/s). There is no problem using either the Samsung 840 EVO or Crucial M550 in the system (I have the Crucial M550 512gb mSata installed in my personal system)

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Hello, my question for all you is if I can't take advantage off a msata ssd in my laptop dv6910el. I have an ssd on the hdd bay and a second hdd on the cd/dvd bay.Thanks and sorry for my english.

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A:Make use of msata ssd

Hi Paul, how are you doing my friend ? Check the hard drivers supported for this model:Unfortunately it doesn't work SSD. I hope that helps !I would give a great kindness ...If the question is clarified, mark my answer as "resolved" and click on the icon of the "hand" to provide "congratulations" in gratitude.Have a nice day my friend !

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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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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

A:1TB msata SSD in Yoga 2 Pro?

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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A:Is it possible to install mSATA in any of the P50 ...

Good day.
I suppose you could install an mSATA SSD into the 2.5" SATA space with something like this: https://www.amazon.com/Micro-SATA-Cables-MSATA-ADPT-Adapter/dp/B004YKJ5TE
And while there appear to be mSATA-to-m.2 adapters, like this: https://www.amazon.com/mSATA-Mini-PCI-Adapter-Converter/dp/B00OQ1Y5UA, I think that the extra width of the mSATA wouldn't work in either of the m.2 slots without impinging on something.
(Disclaimer: I don't have a P50. Just going by what I see in the hardware manual: https://download.lenovo.com/pccbbs/mobiles_pdf/p50_hmm_en_sp40j71944_01.pdf)

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So, my current computer is an MSI GP70 2PE Leopard "gaming" laptop (notice the quotes around gaming), and it's sufficed for the past 3 years with me. However, it's beginning to be the time for me when I retire this laptop as games from 2016 are much more complex than games back in 2013 in terms of graphics, memory usage and their load on the CPU/GPU.

So, I've decided to get a new gaming PC, and it does have two SATA port for SSD's, but the SSD in my laptop is an mSATA SSD, which has a different pin setup. In order to transfer my SSD from my laptop to my new PC, would I need to get an mSATA to SATA adapter, or would I need to do something different?

A:Moving an mSATA SSD to a new PC?

a mSata to Sata adaptor will work, there are loads available, the only consideration is the size of the adaptor and if it will fit into your new laptop. They are pretty inexpensive so just buy one and see how it goes.

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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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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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Hello Community, just subscribe to the Forum. I bought one week ago a B580 Notebook with i-5, 1TB, 4 GB and added 4 GB and a 60 GB mSATA.It was configured with Windows 8 and only a big partition for use. The other hidden parttitions belongs to Win8 and LENOVO. First I had to repartition the drive: Using a SW to backup the installation of Win8 to an external drive ( size was appr. 20 GB), with the same tool I deleted the installation and set up new partitions as my house standards (4). Afterwards I restored the Win 8 installation and did an upgrade to Win8 Prof. Those were the simpler tasks. I got a lot of problems as I tried to install SW to use the mSATA drive for acceleration, I spent almost two days to search appropriate drivers at the LENOVO drivers site for B580 and Win8, but none of the available drivers did work (h4iv07ww.exe).Even the BIOS did not show the mSATA drive. To checkout the function of the mSATA I removed the hard disk, installled Win8 Pro to the mSATA. It was working very fast a expected. Setting back the hard drive the notebook did work only with the 1GB drive. Sometimes I could boot from the mSATA drive (F12), but that's not what i like to do - it saves no time during boot! Is there an expert from LENOVO who could help? The Lenovo support on phone was not able to help.   


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A:B580 mSATA

hi LuigiMunich,
Welcome to the Forums.
Upon checking the specs on the B580 Notebook, there's an optional 16GB or 32GB mSATA SSD that uses Diskeeper's Expresscache software for data caching.
If you have a Sandisk SSD, check these articles:
ExpressCache & IFFS Partition Recreation
ExpressCache software is not installed (this is for Thinkpad units but same aspects applies to Ideapad)
If you have different brand of mSATA SSD, the Expresscache software may not work (haven't tested this yet as there's no available unit here in the lab) 
Hope this helps

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