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PostSubject: mSATA installation on my Lenovo laptop   Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:48 pm

Laptop was running slow on bootup. My suspicion is that Kaspersky antivirus loads virus signatures slowly... that and the fact I have so may local and network drives it needs to hand-shake with... AND I run a distributed computer app on bootup that calculates 3-D models of molecules.

It was taking a good 4-5 minutes to load everything. Waaaay too slow for me.

So, for $95, I bought a 128 GB mSATA card and installed it in a blank slot in my laptop. The original hard drive is now a "Z:" drive and the mSATA card... about the size of a business card... is my new "C:" drive.

The process was not Plug-N-Play by any stretch of the imagination, but I essentially cloned my operating system on the new mSATA and now the laptop boots from this Solid State (chip-only) drive.

This is what I had to do... http://blog.laptopmag.com/triple-your-speed-how-to-install-an-msata-ssd-boot-drive-in-your-laptop

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PostSubject: Re: mSATA installation on my Lenovo laptop   Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:54 pm

Here is a picture of an mSATA card.  You should NEVER hold a card by the contacts, BTW.

What a dumbass.

Oh, and my boot time is somewhere between 1/3 and 1/2 of my original boot time. Wake-up from hibernate is slightly under 30 seconds. (Still not blazing speed, I admit, but cheaper than going out and buying a new laptop.)


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PostSubject: Re: mSATA installation on my Lenovo laptop   Wed Jul 10, 2013 3:41 pm

Eric wrote:
Here is a picture of an mSATA card.  You should NEVER hold a card by the contacts, BTW.

What a dumbass.

Oh, and my boot time is somewhere between 1/3 and 1/2 of my original boot time.  Wake-up from hibernate is slightly under 30 seconds.  (Still not blazing speed, I admit, but cheaper than going out and buying a new laptop.)


An eraser was part of my tool box and every time I had to replace a plug in card such as this, I would take the eraser(per manufacturer's suggestion) and clean all the contact, then spray with trichlor and wipe with a lint free cloth before installing. So in light of this, I did not see any problem with handling these boards by the contacts especially since we had to clean them before installation anyway. I would be more concerned about electrostatic discharge before I would contact contamination.

FYI, yes we did use body grounding when working on delicate equipment.

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PostSubject: Re: mSATA installation on my Lenovo laptop   Tue Jul 16, 2013 11:50 am

Wow. If I ever decided to do this, I would take our computers to our Computer Guy. Heck, it took me forever to learn how to post a YouTube. I would NOT be good candidate for this, but it seems great!
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