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GOliv6
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SSD mSATA 120GB Intel 530 series on PCIe

Hi there, anybody knows what's the best way to connect http://ark.intel.com/products/75613/Intel-SSD-530-Series-120GB-PCIe-Module-mSATA-6Gbs-20nm-MLC this drive on a regular PCIe bus?

I have read on http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/how-to/storage/3494565/install-msata-drive-in-pc-with-sata-connector/ this page that there are two kind of msata drive: those that use SATA and those which use PCI Express, although both use a connector, which is physically identical.

In the http://ark.intel.com/products/75613/Intel-SSD-530-Series-120GB-PCIe-Module-mSATA-6Gbs-20nm-MLC ark.intel page the drive have pcie in the name but SATA 6.0 specified as interface.

It's not clear to me what kind of adapter should I buy to use the drive on my motherboard.

Any suggestion?

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Silvia_L_Intel1
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Hello Pengol, thanks for contacting us through the Intel communities.

Regarding your question, in order to connect this SSD on a PCIe slot, this slot needs to have support for mSATA. This way you won't need to use an adapter.

For example our DZ87KLT board, has One PCI Express Full-/Half-Mini Card slot with support for mSATA, therefore an SSD should work without problems.

http://downloadmirror.intel.com/22677/eng/DZ87KLT-75K_TechProdSpec02.pdf http://downloadmirror.intel.com/22677/eng/DZ87KLT-75K_TechProdSpec02.pdf pag 58

GOliv6
Beginner
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Hi Sylvia,

thank you very much for your answer. Unfortunately my motherboard doesn't have a msata slot.

Is there any chance to connect my drive to the pcie slot?

Silvia_L_Intel1
Employee
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I understand Pengol. In that case you can try a PCI card. The following link will give you an example of it. However I would recommend you to do some investigation before making a purchase since we can't guarantee it.

 

http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other%20World%20Computing/PCIEACCELM/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=sh... http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other%20World%20Computing/PCIEACCELM/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=sh...

 

I suggest you to contact the product manufacturer for advice on compatibility with their system. They might have a tested adapter you can use.

GOliv6
Beginner
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Hi Sylvia,

after some searching, I found that board and bought it this afternoon .

I will let you know how it works, if you are interested.

Thank you very much for your help!

Silvia_L_Intel1
Employee
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I would really like to know if it work. Thanks

GOliv6
Beginner
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Hi sylvia,

unfortunately it doesn't work. I have installed the PCI card on a Asus AM1I-A motherboard. The board see the hdd in the bios, but any operating system I try to install fails when probing installed hdds (I have tried with Linux, Windows and BSD). It have no problems when the hdd is not plugged in the pci card and I boot from another hdd. The Asus support tell me that it can be some kind of incompatibility between the mother board and the hdd. I have also upgraded to the latest firmware both the disk and the motherboard with no improvement.

Regards

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