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SoumenD
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mSATA SSD in WWAN slot in e7240

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Hi,

I'm interested in getting an mSATA SSD in the WWAN slot in e7240. Apart from the LITEON SSD (which doesn't seem to be available in my location), what other SSDs can be used? If you are using an SSD in this slot, I would love to know the brand/model and any additional effort/issues you faced?

Thanks.

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SoumenD
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RE: mSATA SSD in WWAN slot in e7240

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Replying to my own post in case someone else has the same question. The Samsung Evo mSATA fits fine. Unfortunately it doesn't come with a screw and the seller didn't have a spare one either (!). So I went with the Plextor M6M (which is the same as the LITEON SSD Dell puts in as the default SSD). Works fine.

wanjua2008
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hi,friend,i have the same question,thank you for you sharing.(from China).

molozx
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Awesome. Thanks for sharing! Was thing about the hard drive (mSATA) upgrade too.

Where did you put the wires from 3G antenna (I guess)?
The pictures attached.



Thanks

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SoumenD
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Once you install the 2nd SSD, you can tape the wires on top of it (or wrap them around the SSD). It requires a bit of careful placement, but quite doable and no issues after that.

molozx
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SoumenD, Thank you for a tip.


Recently upgrade with 2nd SSD drive.

Just keep the pictures here - hope it helps guys out there.


mSATA SSD with screws

Only 1 screw will be used

Wires with caps covers

Covers removed  to save space

Remove wires and install SSD

Screw time...

1 screw hole - 1 screw only

Wrap wires around. No plastic covers used to due lack of space.

Reboot machine. By default there are no changes in BIOS.

In Windows (Control panel -> Administrative tools -> Computer components -> Storage -> Disk management)


It will suggest - initialize disk (OK click)

Format your newly installed disk (NTFS).

Additionally as you can see you can easily you can upgrade with SD card (128GB works fine).

Happy upgrading and good luck!

Plauder
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Hi molozx

I tried the same with my E7240 and - by chance - got the same SSD (Crucial CT240M500SSD3), but unfortunately my e7240 does not detect the 2nd mSATA.

The device does not even show up in the F2 Bios setting, so Windows of course does not find it.

Interesting thing: when I switch the original Liteon mSATA to the WWAN port and install the new crucial mSATA in the 1st port, only the new crucial SSD shows up.

It seems the WWAN port simply does not detect a mSATA drive...
Already tried to update to BIOS A10, same issue.

Is there any way to force the WWAN port to go to mSATA?

Otherwise I think my WWAN port is simply broken...

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mizort1989
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According to Dell support , this shouldn't work. Have the guys worked with them have done anything special ?

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MrBoof
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I inserted a stock 128GB drive left over when we upgraded another E7240 to 256GB. It worked fine.

Now the other new machine has 2x128GB miniSSD drives in it. Detected and works.


If you miss a screw, take the left screw from the slide-lid.

Use it to lock the extra hard drive in place. The cables fit neatly ontop of the extra drive with the standard tape.


Use the remaining slide-lid-screw on the side where the cables are to keep them in place.

The battery will hold the RIGHT side in place.


No problems whatsoever. Smiley Happy

Bård Olsen

GE Oil & Gas Onsite Services, Sandvika, Norway.

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joeaenne
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I have successful slotted in the 500gb SSD in the first port and removing the old. I followed the process above and I am in the last stage . It regards the new SSD as Disk 0, Basic with the m465.64 online and unallocated yet I can't find it in 'my computer'. please help me out