NWmedapplicant
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Latitude e6540 and mSata advice please

Hello,  I will be recieving my e6540 and have a few questions that support was unable to answer in my online chat:

background preface:  The e6540 was not configurable at the time of purchase:  chip, RAM and Harddisk drive were not able to be customized.  the computer I recieved will have 8GB RAM and a slow 5400RPM drive.

I would like to install a mSATA drive and possibly replace the 5400rpm platter drive with an additional SSD drive.  Here are my questions that support couldnt answer:

1) Does the e6540 have a slot for the mSATA?  I believe it would be a WWAN slot and I know the computer isnt coming with a wireless card (so should be open if it has one)?  What data rate is this slot (SATA 3gb/s or SATA 6gb/s)?

 2)  Will installling a mSATA void the 3 year warranty I have purchased with my laptop?  I've never bought DELL before and I know some companies will immediatly void any warranty if the consumer opens up the computer.

3)  Similar to 2 above - If I chose to not install a mSATA and instead swap out the slow 5400 disk drive with a SSD drive - will the computer have the same warranty on the hardware (all except for the aftermarket SSD of course)?  

4) Assuming DELL is ok with me adding a SSD or mSATA card (not voiding warranty on original hardware aside from the new Drive) - what is the easiest way to clone the DELL factory install onto the SSD so all hardware support and features are exactly the same on the SSD as it was on the factory 5400 platter drive? (all the remote assist software etc etc)

5) Maybe it's easier to just do a clean install in the SSD card - and then add all dell software/drivers than a clone?

sorry for so many questions - I just want to be sure I'm not going to be throwing a $200+ warranty I paid for out the door due to unintentionally voiding the warranty by adding an upgrade.  Dell support was very wishy washy and unclear on these specific questions.

Thank you for advice.

Kind regards, S

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ejn63
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Re: Latitude e6540 and mSata advice please

If you look at the service manual, there appears to be only one slot, for your WLAN card - these usually will not support mSATA drives.  There doesn't appear to be an mSATA connector in the system (though physically just a PCI express slot, the mSATA connector is not electrically compatible with mini-PCI Express).

2.  See above.  Any damage done installing anything isn't covered by warranty;  other than that, the warranty should be unaffected.

3.  Yes, except for the drive.  You SHOULD keep the original drive, which you may need if service is required.

4.  There are a number of ways to do this - many drive makers provide cloning software.

Service manual is here:

www.dell.com/.../latitude-e6540-laptop

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schopen80
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Re: Latitude e6540 and mSata advice please

I successfully installed mSATA SSD drive in E6540 WWAN slot. It was recognized by BIOS and visible during Windows 8 installation - currently my operating system is installed on this drive. So far I don't see any issues.

Thanks, M

TheByteBoy
2 Bronze

Re: Latitude e6540 and mSata advice please

That is good news, can you tell us which brand/model msata SSD you used?

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schopen80
2 Bronze

Re: Latitude e6540 and mSata advice please

I use Mushkin Enhanced Atlas Series MKNSSDAT120GB-DX mSATA 120GB

Thanks, M

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TheByteBoy
2 Bronze

Re: Latitude e6540 and mSata advice please

Awesome, thanks.

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TheByteBoy
2 Bronze

Re: Latitude e6540 and mSata advice please

I just installed a Plextor PX-128M5M 128GB msata ssd in the wwan slot of my E6540 (bios A02) and so far it works beautifully.

CrystalDiskMark speeds indicate the wwan/msata slot is sata3 6gbps compatible. Finally a long lasting omission in the Latitude E65x0 series fixed, thank you Dell!

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cautery1
2 Iron

RE: Latitude e6540 and mSata advice please

I opened up my new E6540 to install a new wireless card and discovered what appears to be an open 1/2 height PCI-e slot and the WWAN slot in addition to the occupied WLAN slot (w/ 3 antennae available BTW).

I see that two folks have successfully put an mSATA in the WWAN slot...  Has anyone tried to put one in the slot between the WLAN and the WWAN?

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cuttingedge
2 Bronze

RE: Latitude e6540 and mSata advice please

Hi, great to hear that it works.

The speed and compatibility just worked like it is on a normal SATA 3 slot from your experience? Do you run a 2.5'' HDD simultaneously as well?

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TheByteBoy
2 Bronze

RE: Latitude e6540 and mSata advice please

Just plug het msata SSD in het wwan slot and it works, no speed/compatibility issues with the model I used. I did a clean Windows 8 installation on the SSD (since then upgraded to Win8.1), which works fine. I have been using the original 500GB SSHD in the 2,5" slot for mass storage. No problems.

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