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X230 mini PCIe mSATA

2018-02-15, 20:53 PM

Are there X230 models that have mini PCIe ports that aren't connected to a SATA controller? Would I be able to see it in Lenovo diagnostics (the F10 tool)?

 

I recently purchased a X230 model 2425BW1 and Samsung 128GB mSATA. Upon installing, I noticed immediately that it wasn't being detected in the BIOS. I've tested the drive and confirmed it is working.

 

When I messaged the seller I was told that the mini PCIe slot was for connectivity only (WWAN, WLAN etc.).

 

So I decided to look into the PSREF to show him that the port accepts a mSATA drive as well, but I couldn't find anything on my particular model (2425BW1). I also do not have access to a other mSATA drive nor do I have a WWAN card to try.

 

I'm trying to determine whether it is my drive that's incompatible with my X230 or a defective/malfunctioning mini PCIe port that isn't seeing the drive. I have updated to BIOS 2.70 and EC version 1.14. Couldn't find anyone else with an issue like mine. I thought ALL X230 with WWAN upgrade option could take an mSATA drive. 

 

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Re: X230 mini PCIe mSATA

2018-02-15, 21:44 PM

The HMM seems to think that an mSATA drive should work. Page 70:

 

Hardware Maintenance Manual

 

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