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How can I tell if my PCIe supports mSATA?

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I have a Dell Studio 1555.
I purchased it in August of 2009.
I checked out the PCIe slots yesterday because I was thinking of purchasing a Intel 310 SSD. The slot for the WWAN is empty.

So, is there a way that I would be able to tell if that PCIe slot is compatible with mSATA?
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mSATA and PCIe are very different things, you won't be able to plug a mSATA SSD in the PCIe slot. There are some PCIe SSDs you could try though, but they aren't much of an upgrade over the HDD.
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For the Intel 310, it's described as "mSATA (mini PCIe form factor) MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)". Does the form factor refer only to the actual shape of the drive and the mSATA refer to the connection type?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167039

On top of that, the interface category the card is in is: Mini PCIe (SATA)
So, can you at least understand why I'm confused?

I'm mostly looking to extend battery life rather than increasing performance.
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Just to make things a little more unclear, it's listed as being in the mSATA 'form factor' category.
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Are you planning on using the SSD as a boot drive? It might be a good idea to first make sure your BIOS allows you to boot from the slot before purchasing or you might get stuck with it being just a storage drive. I cannot speak for your model but I have a dell XPS and the intel 310 is not compatible but i've found that the Super Talent CoreStart MV series are, but im just waiting on my next BIOS update which is suppose to allow for a bootable SSD in that slot to test one out.

http://www.supertalent.com/products/ssd_category_detail.php?type=Netbook
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I'd probably put the Grub bootloader on the MBR of the HDD and then have it boot to Ubuntu on the SSD and have just Windows 7 installed on the HDD. That way I can game on AC power on the HDD and boot into Ubuntu on the SSD when I'm in class to extend battery life.
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