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Quite simply; is there anyway to do this?

I have an HDD now, but I'm sure theres room in the laptop somewhere for an mSATA (the HDD compartment is happily oversized.), I was wondering if it was possible to use something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812200468&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleAdwords&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleAdwords-_-pla-_-SATA+%2f+eSATA+Cables-_-N82E16812200468&gclid=COfgpcuSzbcCFcZAMgodRWQAKg

To split the SATA into two, and then connect a nice lil mSATA like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226368

Or even a full-sized SSD if possible.

Can this be done?
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If your laptop supports mSATA, there is no need to purchase any adapters, you just need to by an mSATA SSD, such as:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Crucial-CT128M4SSD3-128GB-mSATA-Internal/dp/B0085J17KA/ref=sr_1_2?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1370446596&sr=1-2&keywords=msata+ssd

It should be very easy to install with just 2 screws, and there is no need to remove the original HDD, or change any connections.



The adapter that you have linked to splits a SATA Power connector into 2, so you can power 2 SATA devices from 1 connector, and is only needed in Desktop systems with ATX PSU's, so it has no use in a laptop.


Alternatively, you could do what I have done, and swap out your laptops optical drive for a caddy where you can install a full size 2.5" SSD.
You'd need to purchase something like this:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/EiioX-12-7mm-Universal-DVD-ROM-storage/dp/B008V66RDY/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1370446890&sr=8-4&keywords=optical+drive+to+ssd

You then replace your optical drive with that enclosure, with a standard 2.5" SSD installed into it, and you have 2 drives in your system.

However, if your laptop definitely has an mSATA slot, then just buy an mSATA SSD and install it, there will be no need to remove your existing SATA HDD.


Hope that this helps!
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In theory it can be done, but you would need a cable that converts from mSATA to SATA+Power as well as having the SATA+Power available for the HDD.

Alternatively you could buy a product like THIS and then 2 large mSATA SSDs and put them in there so you have 2 drives in the same bay. While this is more expensive it will probably be easier to pull off.

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Originally Posted by Kyronn94 View Post

If your laptop supports mSATA, there is no need to purchase any adapters, you just need to by an mSATA SSD, such as:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Crucial-CT128M4SSD3-128GB-mSATA-Internal/dp/B0085J17KA/ref=sr_1_2?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1370446596&sr=1-2&keywords=msata+ssd

It should be very easy to install with just 2 screws, and there is no need to remove the original HDD, or change any connections.



The adapter that you have linked to splits a SATA Power connector into 2, so you can power 2 SATA devices from 1 connector, and is only needed in Desktop systems with ATX PSU's, so it has no use in a laptop.


Alternatively, you could do what I have done, and swap out your laptops optical drive for a caddy where you can install a full size 2.5" SSD.
You'd need to purchase something like this:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/EiioX-12-7mm-Universal-DVD-ROM-storage/dp/B008V66RDY/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1370446890&sr=8-4&keywords=optical+drive+to+ssd

You then replace your optical drive with that enclosure, with a standard 2.5" SSD installed into it, and you have 2 drives in your system.

However, if your laptop definitely has an mSATA slot, then just buy an mSATA SSD and install it, there will be no need to remove your existing SATA HDD.


Hope that this helps!
Very good information as well.
Edited by NameUnknown - 6/5/13 at 8:47am
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Thank you guys for the information; very informative!

- My current laptop DOES have a disc drive that I can swap out for an extra HDD. Though, my current laptop isnt the laptop I want to change.

- Now, i am asking this because I am thinking of getting a new laptop that is on the smaller side (11.6-13.3) and I was wondering if this would be possible to do since I'd ideally have a small mSATA boot drive and a large HDD for lost of storage. Finding room for said mSATA would probably take little to no effort at all. I'll look into the splitter cables.
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If its for a new laptop, I would advise doing the research (read articles, look at teardown instructions and the Motherboard when exposed) and finding out if you have an mSata port already on the board. Otherwise if you dont, you are going to have an mSata drive floating inside your case somewhere and with the motions laptops go through its possible it could shift and short out the drive, wireless card, mobo, or anything else it touches. Thus I would advise trying to find a way of mounting it securely like onto the motherboard if possible.
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