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installing an SSD into a HP DM4 laptop

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I have a HP pavilion DM4 best beats edition and it has a mini pcie next to the small wireless card (maybe its there so a normal sized wifi card can be put into it?) and was wondering if i can place an SSD into the hole (minipcie). At the moment i have an HDD 5400 rpms and i think its slowing the system down so im planning to run the operating system off an SSD and use the HDD for DATA storage.


I read that there are different types of miniPCIe slots:
1.whats are the different types?
2.how do i determine what i have?


I also read that there are different ssd interfaces
1. Can you tell me what they are (sata patta....) ?
2. Can you tell me how i work out what SSD interface i need?

thanks for any help you can give me iv read up on this and its getting really confusing. any help will be really appriciated smile.gif



you can see the slot im talking about in pictures on the net between the wifi minipcie and the ram.
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I'm no expert but I believe that the only means of connecting an SSD is through a SATA connector.
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I dont think soo but im not sure.
found this

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solid-state_drive

Host interface

The host interface is not specifically a component of the SSD, but it is a key part of the drive. The interface is usually incorporated into the controller discussed above. The interface is generally one of the interfaces found in HDDs. They include:

Serial ATA
Serial attached SCSI (generally found on servers)
PCI Express
Fibre Channel (almost exclusively found on servers)
USB
Parallel ATA (IDE) interface (mostly replaced by SATA)[41][42]
(Parallel) SCSI (generally found on servers; mostly replaced by SAS; last SCSI-based SSD introduced in 2004


i think there are also different types of miniPCIE's but i dont know what type of ssd to use and how to tell what type of mini PCIE slot i have.
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been reading more of wiki on pci E and some PCIE's are made to be compatable with esata. mine probably isnt though. there must be away of adapting an ssd to usb and then connecting it to the pcie or something!
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this is what im looking for but the link is broken http://hackaday.com/tag/ssd/ scroll down to msata to mini-PCIE
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