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Okay, I have Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 that has 720p screen.
Last week, I bought a mSATA SSD from Amazon.
http://www.amazon.com/MyDigitalSSD-256GB-240GB-Bullet-Proof/dp/B00B3X73EE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1395111929&sr=8-2&keywords=MyDigitalSSD

I couldn't get my laptop Bios to recognize my mSATA, and it was really annoying to me.
     
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Okay, I have Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 that has 720p screen.
Last week, I bought a mSATA SSD from Amazon.
http://www.amazon.com/MyDigitalSSD-256GB-240GB-Bullet-Proof/dp/B00B3X73EE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1395111929&sr=8-2&keywords=MyDigitalSSD

I couldn't get my laptop Bios to recognize my mSATA, and it was really annoying to me.

Check for BIOS updates.
Maybe you might try re-seating the card (it's a long shot, I know).
Otherwise, I would call Lenovo technical support. Have your SSD drive information ready (MyDigitalSSD-256GB, Phison S-Module III S8 controller, model number, firmware version).

I also noticed that the Y580 is not mentioned on the list of compatible laptops according to Amazon's product description.
    
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I also noticed that the Y580 is not mentioned on the list of compatible laptops according to Amazon's product description.

Well, someone in the review did mention that he or she actually use it on Y580, and it work flawlessly.
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Maybe you might try re-seating the card (it's a long shot, I know).

I have tried it, and it still doesn't work.
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Check for BIOS updates.

I might give it a shot and see if it'll work.
     
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Well, someone in the review did mention that he or she actually use it on Y580, and it work flawlessly.

As soon as I saw Phison controller, I shuddered.

Anyway, this link might help:
https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/IdeaPad-Y-U-V-Z-and-P-series/Y580-new-Crucial-M4-mSATA-SSD-not-showing-in-BIOS-Boot-Order/td-p/1157989/page/2
Scroll down to message 18 of 23

This thread also says the same thing (same OP who started both threads):
http://forum.crucial.com/t5/Solid-State-Drives-SSD/Crucial-M4-256GB-SSD-mSATA-not-showing-in-BIOS-Boot-Order-Lenovo/td-p/129000
    
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As soon as I saw Phison controller, I shuddered.

What do you mean?

As for the two links, I'll try and update my bios first to see if it change anything.
     
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What do you mean?

As for the two links, I'll try and update my bios first to see if it change anything.

Back in the day, Phison = abysmal SSD performance.
But that was a long time ago. Still, bad reputations are not easily changed.
    
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Back in the day, Phison = abysmal SSD performance.
But that was a long time ago. Still, bad reputations are not easily changed.

Oh I see.

Anyway, I already back up the system image on my external hard drive, however, one problem is the Paragon Disk Copy software.

I mean what the hell is that? I tried to find it on Amazon. It only gave me two different one but not the "Paragon Disk Copy".

Also looking back at my Y580 msata.
I did find my msata in the Information menu but not in the Boot Menu.

Okay, I change the bios to Legacy, and I did see my mSATA in the boot menu, but one problem is that I don't see it in the device and driver on the computer folder.
Edited by Ryou-kun - 3/19/14 at 6:40am
     
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Oh I see.

Anyway, I already back up the system image on my external hard drive, however, one problem is the Paragon Disk Copy software.

I mean what the hell is that? I tried to find it on Amazon. It only gave me two different one but not the "Paragon Disk Copy".

Also looking back at my Y580 msata.
I did find my msata in the Information menu but not in the Boot Menu.

Okay, I change the bios to Legacy, and I did see my mSATA in the boot menu, but one problem is that I don't see it in the device and driver on the computer folder.

It needs to be formatted before it shows Windows can recognize it as a drive volume.
http://forum.crucial.com/t5/Solid-State-Drives-SSD-Knowledge/How-to-initialize-your-SSD-Windows/ta-p/111492

At least this was what I needed to do when I added a second SSD to my desktop (with existing 128GB Crucial m4 boot SSD).

Let me know if you still having problems.
    
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It needs to be formatted before it shows Windows can recognize it as a drive volume.
http://forum.crucial.com/t5/Solid-State-Drives-SSD-Knowledge/How-to-initialize-your-SSD-Windows/ta-p/111492

At least this was what I needed to do when I added a second SSD to my desktop (with existing 128GB Crucial m4 boot SSD).

Let me know if you still having problems.

Thank you! It has work. Now, I need to get my OS onto my mSATA, however, how though?
I did backup the image onto my external hard drive. Do I drag and drop it in there or what?
     
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Thank you! It has work. Now, I need to get my OS onto my mSATA, however, how though?
I did backup the image onto my external hard drive. Do I drag and drop it in there or what?

You will need some disk image utility to image the mSATA (I think). (To be honest, I've never imaged a new SSD before, I always do a fresh install of Windows)
Something alone the lines of:
[Free] http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-drive-cloning-software.htm
[Paid] http://disk-imaging-software-review.toptenreviews.com/

Also, you will need to worry about SSD alignment when writing a hard drive image to SSD:
http://lifehacker.com/5837769/make-sure-your-partitions-are-correctly-aligned-for-optimal-solid-state-drive-performance
http://www.overclock.net/t/1226963/how-to-properly-re-align-your-ssd-hdd-partitions

Alas, joining the SSD revolution is not a completely painless process.
    
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