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Re: w520 & Intel mSATA drive CoreStore MV

2012-02-03, 17:47 PM
AFAIK, there should be no whitelist for the mSATA drives; they aren't wireless radio devices and hence aren't as strictly regulated.

W520: 2960XM, Q2000M @ 1091/1380, 32GB RAM, 500GB&750GB HDD & 500GB SSD, FHD&MB168B+
X61T: L7500, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, XGA screen, Ultrabase
W550s: 5600U, K620M at 1164/1281, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 3K touchscreen
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Re: w520 & Intel mSATA drive

2012-02-06, 10:43 AM

Hey everybody!

 

I am now running the Intel mSATA 80GB since last week and I am really impressed how fast this little peace of storage is!

I did a clean install of  an slimmed down Windows 7 SP1 x64 Professional and I now have only 15 seconds to wait till i see the desktop after pushing the power on button... this is fast if you imagine that the BIOS cycle takes about 5-6 seconds. :) so there are some 10 seconds to load windows - impressive!

 

I am currently running an antivirus (Avast! Free) and a Firewall (Comodo Firewall) as well as some other autostart programs.

 

I won't get back to my normal HDD in terms of speed.... ok as long as there are no problems coming up! :)

 

cheers

W520-4282W17, 16GB (2x8GB) 1866MHz Crucial, Quadro 2000, Intel mSATA 80GB SSD + HDD, Bios 1.33, all latest drivers
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Re: w520 & Intel mSATA drive

2012-02-09, 18:15 PM

I have used this setup with the Intel 80G mSATA as my boot drive since December, and it is as fast as the others say.  My only issue has been having to take care not to let other applications and files load into my C: drive rather then my D: storage drive.  Have you created a Lenovo Recovery DVD and pulled out your HDD before you try to boot up? 

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Re: w520 & Intel mSATA drive

2012-12-21, 15:33 PM

I have been running an intel 80 GB mSata in my X220 for over a year now, with no problems. 

 

For my W520 I run a 512 GB M4 in the Drive 1 slot and a 256 GB M4 in the caddy.  I am now looking to add a Crucial 256 GB mSata.  So was hunting for this question.  BTW, 2 SSDs does burn up some power so battery life is 3 hours rather than 6 hours.  (I just carry a spare charged battery on out of office work days)

 

There is something in my memory that says you can't use the 4G slot (same as the mSata slot) if you have an Intel 6300 wireless because it has 3 antennas.  But you can if you have the std wireless or the Intel 6250 wireless because it only has 2 antennas.

 

I suppose I could take off the keyboard and check but would rather find out with Google.  If anyone is certain please let me know.

Perry
W550s I5 QHCD, W520, I7 2720QM, M4 512 GB SSD OS/Program Disk, C300 256 GB Data Disk in Ultrabay Caddy; X220, I7 2620, Samsung 256 GB SSD, Intel 310 mSata Drv, T61, ancient but working, Asus MoBo, I7 2600k overclocked
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Re: w520 & Intel mSATA drive

2013-01-10, 8:09 AM

wrote:

There is something in my memory that says you can't use the 4G slot (same as the mSata slot) if you have an Intel 6300 wireless because it has 3 antennas.  But you can if you have the std wireless or the Intel 6250 wireless because it only has 2 antennas.


I don't know about 3G/4G, but you can definitely put an mSATA SSD in a W520 with the Intel 6300. I just installed a Crucial 256GB mSATA card in mine and it works fine. The three wifi antenna wires don't go anywhere near the mSATA slot. There are two WWAN antenna wires that you don't use, but they are taped down out of the way and the mSATA card can go right on top of them.

 

-Mike

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Re: w520 & Intel mSATA drive

2013-01-29, 2:01 AM

Thank you, for that.

 

I have two 512GB SSDs in my W520 now and would love to add a 256 GB mSata to further increase capacity.

 

Perry

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W550s I5 QHCD, W520, I7 2720QM, M4 512 GB SSD OS/Program Disk, C300 256 GB Data Disk in Ultrabay Caddy; X220, I7 2620, Samsung 256 GB SSD, Intel 310 mSata Drv, T61, ancient but working, Asus MoBo, I7 2600k overclocked
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Re: w520 & Intel mSATA drive

2013-01-29, 2:48 AM

Just so you know, there is a Muskin Atlas 480GB mSATA on the market now.  Micron/Crucial is bringing a 480GB mSATA to market as well.

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Re: w520 & Intel mSATA drive

2013-01-29, 2:59 AM

Perry,

I, like you, got a 80Gig mSATA in late 2011 -- for my new w520 -- and placed the programs (all the C:drive stuff) on the faster drive. I upgraded to a Hitachi 750 spinning HD at the same time. Now I have cloned the 73 Gig of C: drive off the mSATA to a Samsung 256SSD in the internal bay, moved the HD to a caddy in the UltraBay, and in my case I left the mSATA in the WLAN slot.

 

I wondered whether to get a bigger mSATA, and my desktop motherboard allows one, too.  To what uses are you going to put your new, bigger mSATA? I am thinking of temporarily placing images I am retouching in the mSATA. I shoot "tethered" and will direct the flow of images off the camera to the mSATA. What other ideas are there, anyone?

 

jonathan7007.

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Re: w520 & Intel mSATA drive

2013-01-29, 3:01 AM

Has anyone seen a date for the Crucial entry in this race? I looked about a week ago and did not find one.

 

jonathan7007

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Re: w520 & Intel mSATA drive

2013-01-29, 3:03 AM

"The M.2 and mSATA form factors are expected in the second quarter of 2013"

 

See http://www.crucial.com/company/media/releases/pressrelease.aspx?id=D24A603AEFA2B68E

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