mSATA SSD cards

Discussion in 'hardware' started by luciddream, Apr 2, 2015.

  1. luciddream

    luciddream Registered Member

    Mar 22, 2007
    I'm really liking these puppies ever since getting my first taste of them in the Dell Precision M6800 I recently picked up. The one that came with it was a Lite-On model. I replaced it with a Samsung 850 EVO with hardware encryption. And I thought the regular SSD's were quiet & compact, sheesh... it's amazing how they can fit 1 TB of data on something so tiny.

    I'm changing over everything to SSD. Laptops to mSATA, and desktops to regular 2.5". And I'm going with Samsung... I really like what they're putting out these days, especially in this medium. For the 2.5" SSD's I recommend the Samsung 850 Pro.

    To get the 2.5's to fit into desktop bays I recommend the converters made by "Icy Dock". I had them recommended by someone else in here, and they really do work well. And a mSATA SSD to 2.5 inch SATA adapter by "Syba" was very handy in using one mSATA drive to write zeroes to another one, among other uses. You can even double up and stick an mSATA card in that converter, and then that one into the 3.5" Icy Dock one to effectively use an mSATA card in a 3.5" bay for a regular desktop computer, if you wanted to.

    Anyhow I just wanted to point out how much I'm liking these cards, and to possibly start some discussion & share other experiences with them in here. I haven't seen any other threads about them off-hand.
  2. Keatah

    Keatah Registered Member

    Jan 13, 2011
    It's good to see the density of SSD exceed that of HDD.
  3. whitedragon551

    whitedragon551 Registered Member

    Sep 30, 2008
    Why would you use mSata vs a standard 2.5" SSD in a laptop? Why not use the 2.5" SSD instead consider the performance is better.
  4. Aryeh Goretsky

    Aryeh Goretsky Security Expert

    Apr 4, 2006
    United States

    In the notebook computer's I've used, the mSATA interface is stuck at SATA II (3.0Gbps) speeds, while the 2.5" SATA interface works at SATA III (6.0Gbps) speeds. Because there's usually a slight price premium for mSATA over 2.5" SSDs, I typically use a smaller 256GB mSATA SSD for OS and apps, and a 1TB 2.5" SSD for data. As mSATA prices achieve parity with their 2.5" brethren, I might try switching this and using a 1TB mSATA SSD and 256GB 2.5" SSD.


    Aryeh Goretsky