09-25-2012 12:02 PM - edited 09-25-2012 12:06 PM
I have the Lenovo Y570 with the 64 GB SSD version. As most of you know the SSD is connected via a Mini PCI-e slot.
Due to the limited size of the SSD, I would like to replace it with a bigger one (about 256 GB), which should also be connected via the Mini PCI-e port.
I was thinking about the Crucial m4 mSATA 256 GB. I contacted the official Crucial support and I was told that this SSD and the Y570 are not fully compatible. So I searched through the internet and it seems like Lenovo has some kind of whitelist which restricts the mSATA port to only a few SSDs. (e.g. the Intel series 310 with 80 GB seems to be working fine.)
So I wondered if anyone can tell me, if there is a such whitelist and what mSATA SSDs are compatible with the Lenovo Y570?
If this question is allowed: If there's such a list, is there a way to surpass it, for example with a new BIOS or a modified BIOS?
(As far as I have heard SSD connected via a normal SATA controller are not restricted, but I don't want to replace the HDD or the optical drive with a 2,5'' SSD when there's a Mini PCI-e port available.)
09-26-2012 07:36 AM
I have Y560p and my laptop has two expanding slots. One is mini PCIe slot and the other is mSATA slot. As you can see in the link below you cannot install mSATA SSDs in mini PCIe slot, only in mSATA slot. That is why Crucial support couldn't give you the green light to install their m4 SSD. It is possible that your BIOS is not going to recognize that drive. Maybe there are some drives that are supported for Y570, but personally I don't think that they are bigger then 80GB, I read somewhere that this is an electrical issue, but it's only what I read online, not the exact statement!
Hope this helps a little.
09-26-2012 09:03 AM
09-26-2012 02:50 PM - edited 09-26-2012 03:32 PM
Well, I'm using my y570 with crucial msata 128gb ssd and everything is fine, so I wonder why did crucial representative tell you that it's incompatible :/
AFAIK there's no whitelist for SSDs, there's only whitelist for wlan cards.
09-27-2012 02:35 AM
Nice job with that Serbian "Pozdrav"! I still don't think that mSATA and mini PCI-e are the same. Electrically and physicaly they are but there are differences in the wiering so maybe that is the problem?!? Anyway, I think I will get me the 128 version and try it for myself, the only problem is that I can't get it from USA until mid October, we don't have them here... It's a gamble, but if it doesn't work I can always sell it in Serbia.
Here's a link to the explanation why they are not the same...
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