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gaz_0001
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mSATA SSD as Bootable Drive - Inspiron 17R 5720

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So,

I desperately need the SSD speed. 

I know i can use the intesl caching stuff, but i dont want to!!

  • Intel® Smart Response Technology: This technology utilizes the speed advantage of SSD in caching where the frequently used information is stored on the SSD instead of the Hard drive.
  • Intel® Rapid Start Technology: This technology enables the system to boot back with-in seconds after getting into hibernation.
What i am looking to do is, put a 128GB mSATA SSD drive in the slot, fire windows into in and use this as my OS & APPS drive, (Drive C:), and then use the existing drive, the 1TB mechanical drive as the storage drive (Drive D:). 
The dell site, say i can not use an MSATA SSD to boot with...i see no reason why!?
Can anyone advise?
Also, i cant find the spec of the mSATA...dont know whether its SATA 3 or SATA 2.
Thanks
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AveryFreeman
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RE: mSATA SSD as Bootable Drive - Inspiron 17R 5720

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You can book from the mSATA drive, no problem.  Here's how I did it:

1) Install the mSATA drive with your windows drive still plugged in

2) Use a cloning program (I used Macrium Reflect Free Edition) to clone the Windows drive to your mSATA SSD

3) Boot into the BIOS by restarting and pressing the F2 key repeatedly without any mercy of any sort

4) Go to the "boot" section and choose "Add Boot Option"

5) After naming your new option (e.g. mSATA drive") and leaving the first line selected for boot device, go to the "File Name" field and hit "enter"

6) Navigate to the "BOOTX64.EFI" file and select it

7) Hit + to put it at the top of your UEFI boot device priority

😎 Hit F10 and save, restart, and give yourself a hi-five.

Now you can wipe that  crawling 1TB and use it for your media library.

I adapted this information for the mSATA drive using another guide for creating a boot option for a USB thumb drive.  For further reference (with screenshots) please see this Dell Communities Post:  http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/laptop/f/3518/t/19503569

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Re: mSATA SSD as Bootable Drive - Inspiron 17R 5720

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Hi gaz_0001,

Since you have 128 GB of mSATA HDD you can install the operating system on the mSATA.  Before installing you will have to disable the Acceleration and also change the mSATA operation.

To disable the Acceleration follow the steps given below:

Step1. Launch Intel RST UI from system tray.

Step2. Select “Accelerate” Tab, click “Disable acceleration”.

Step3. Click “Reset to available” to reset volume.

Next restart the system and at the Dell logo tap the F2 key every two seconds. This will open the ‘Setup Utility’ screen. Click ‘Advanced’ tab, and then ‘Sata Operation’, from the pop-up box select ‘AHCI’. Click ‘Yes’ as you are installing the Operating system.

Now you can go ahead and install the Operating system on the mSATA drive.

Thanks and Regards,
DELL-Sujatha K
Dell Social Media and Community Professional
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Re: mSATA SSD as Bootable Drive - Inspiron 17R 5720

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Hi gaz_0001,

Unfortunately we have not received feedback from you on this topic. If you need continued support, please respond to this post. Other community members who need assistance please start your own topic in a new thread.

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DELL-Sujatha K
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gaz_0001
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Re: mSATA SSD as Bootable Drive - Inspiron 17R 5720

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Hi,

I think from the reply that it is possible.

The instuctions look like they are based on mSATA SSD already been installed??  I do not have the mSATA drive whatsoever, and never have!

Cheers

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Re: mSATA SSD as Bootable Drive - Inspiron 17R 5720

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Hi gaz_0001,  

Inspiron 5720 laptops are shipped with mSATA hard drive. You may check that in the BIOS screen. Restart the system and at Dell logo tap the F2 key every two seconds which will bring up the BIOS screen, mSATA device will be listed as shows in the picture below:

However to have the operating system installed on the mSATA drive, the size of the drive should be 128 GB and above.

Thanks and Regards,
DELL-Sujatha K
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bahfo8
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RE: mSATA SSD as Bootable Drive - Inspiron 17R 5720

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Hi,

I just went through the post above.

Just needed some clarification, Ive heard that mSata can't be used as a boot drive for installing OS?

Also, can I install a 128gb mSata drive on my Inspiron 13z (5323) and use it as a boot drive with OS and some other applications installed on it?

Thanks!

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RE: mSATA SSD as Bootable Drive - Inspiron 17R 5720

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Hi bahfo8

mSata can be used as a boot drive. 128gb SSD will work on your system, you should not be having any issues.

 

Thanks and Regards,
Shrikanth G
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hgrewal
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RE: mSATA SSD as Bootable Drive - Inspiron 17R 5720

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Can you help, I am having the similar issue with 17R 5720. 

- I have updated the BIOS to the latest version

- changed the Satta opearation to AHCI

- I can see the mSata from withing the Windows. but it is not available in the boot menu. On the BIOS screen, it shows the added drive as the mSata drive 

I would like to install OS on the mSata (crucial 240 Gb). So what do I need to do to make sure mSata drive is visible in the BIOS boot menu.

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istbno
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RE: mSATA SSD as Bootable Drive - Inspiron 17R 5720

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I made an exhaustive research of this matter and I can say, that at this time, whith the latest version of BIOS you can not make MSATA SSD disk bootable from BIOS on Dell Inspiron 5720. It can be used only as a cash disk or data disk.

BUT:
There is an option when you CAN boot from SSD disk. And it will really speed up your laptop, but this is the method that we call in Ukraine as "through the ass", sorry for my language.

You can install Windows on your standard hard drive, install all the drivers. Than clone the disk to your SSD drive with Acronis soft or any other. After that you have to edit your Windows Boot Manager by bcdedit.exe tool and make your Windows boot from SSD.

Windows will really boot from SSD, it will boot fast. After that you can install all heavy programs on your SSD and use your laptop with SSD as a boot drive and also have your 1TB disk as data disk.

BUT:
1) you can not delete Windows on your standard hard drive

2) windows will permanently read some data from your standard hard drive.

AFTERWORD

Actually when I bought Dell Inspiron 5720 I already had SATA III SSD Intell 60 GB drive. And first I installed it as a main HDD and at that moment I understood that I would never use standard HDD. Everything worked so fast, the laptop was quite (if you dont use heavy soft and the fan does not work, it is just no sound, cool). Soon I bought Intel MSATA 120 GB as I wanted to have it as boot disk and additionaly use my 1TB HDD which I had when I bought the laptop.

Having spent tow nights I found out the only way how to do it. I did it easyly. It took couple of hours.

BUT:
1) the system still uses standard HDD, which means that you loose your ultimate speed in comparison when you use SSD only

2) after two month of quite practise I understood that HDD noise can annoy

3) battery life became shorter (with SSD only laptop lived 4+ hours (office soft + Internet)

After ONE day of practise I gave up this idea and bought Intell SSD 240 GB, installed it as a main hard drive and also bought 2TB external HDD for heavy data and backup. Now Im just enjoying my laptop.

hgrewal
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RE: mSATA SSD as Bootable Drive - Inspiron 17R 5720

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Thanks a lot for the detailed reply. 

Actually This is exactly what I ended up doing last November. Laptop is working fine with new ssd 

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