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I just bought a brand new HP probook 450 G2 with a broadwell i5 5200u cpu in it. it has a slot next to the wireless card for an ssd, which i had assumed was msata, but all of the msata drives I look at do not have the center screw for mounting, only 2 side screw holes and m.2 ssd's seem to have the center screw hole.
Can I assume the port is then M.2 if it only has the center mount, and not pay attention to the specific pin outs on the port?
Attached pics for a better understanding.



Edited by XanderTheGoober - 3/17/15 at 7:08am
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I just bought a brand new HP probook 450 G2 with a broadwell i5 5200u cpu in it. it has a slot next to the wireless card for an ssd, which i had assumed was msata, but all of the msata drives I look at do not have the center screw for mounting, only 2 side screw holes and m.2 ssd's seem to have the center screw hole.
Can I assume the port is then M.2 if it only has the center mount, and not pay attention to the specific pin outs on the port?
Attached pics for a better understanding.

Based on this pic, I think it's M.2. Not sure if the length is 60mm or 80mm. mSATA would be the same width as your wireless card and the free slot definitely looks thinner.

Edit:
Found it here: http://www.mydigitaldiscount.com/m.2-ngff-ssd-compatibility-list.html

It's M.2 2242. Huh. Looked longer in the pic.
Quote:
42mm SATA M.2 NGFF (2242)

Notebooks/Devices

HP ProBook: 430 G1, 430 G2, 450 G2, 640 G1, 650 G1

Edited by rui-no-onna - 3/17/15 at 7:33am
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Thing i don't like about the probook is the haswell model is the same model number. 450 g2. and the specific model number that is on my machine isn't even listed on HPs site. frown.gif

So this SSD should work in my machine? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820510042&cm_re=m.2_ssd-_-20-510-042-_-Product

+rep for the help thus far. I was looking into wikipedia already for m.2 and solved my confusion on the m.2 difference, the double keyed connector was throwing me but looks like you can flip it for different connector type.
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So this SSD should work in my machine? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820510042

Assuming the length is correct, then yes.

Incidentally, I have that exact same card in front of me right now. Got the 128GB version two weeks ago to upgrade the HDD on my Lenovo E540 (256GB was out of stock). Then the 256GB went back in stock so ordered that and I'm now cloning the 128GB to the 256GB. smile.gif

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Assuming the length is correct, then yes.

Incidentally, I have that exact same card in front of me right now. Got the 128GB version two weeks ago to upgrade the HDD on my Lenovo E540 (256GB was out of stock). Then the 256GB went back in stock so ordered that and I'm now cloning the 128GB to the 256GB. smile.gif

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Well if i wasn't so set on getting 256GB myself i would offer to buy that 128 off of you.
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Well if i wasn't so set on getting 256GB myself i would offer to buy that 128 off of you.

Nah. That 128GB M.2 is going into an Intel NUC build now. smile.gif
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Nah. That 128GB M.2 is going into an Intel NUC build now. smile.gif

Nice.
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Thanks again @rui-no-onna, the m.2 SSD is installed and working flawlessly in the new probook. thumb.gif
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If you add the SSD into the m.2 slot do you have to remove the wireless card from the HP Probook 450 g2? I cannot find any documentation saying that it is an EXTRA slot or if it requires losing wireless capability.

Thanks
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If you add the SSD into the m.2 slot do you have to remove the wireless card from the HP Probook 450 g2? I cannot find any documentation saying that it is an EXTRA slot or if it requires losing wireless capability.

Thanks

the M.2 is a second slot in the probook 450 G2 (broadwell version)
I installed the m.2 ssd as well as a dual band wifi card. On the wifi card I had to install a second antenna as HP did not include 2 antennas, only 1 for the piece of crap wifi card that the thing came with.
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