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DELL Latitude 5500 2nd storage device

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Can a M.2 2242 NVMe be installed in the WWAN slot to be used as storage device on Dell Latitude 5500 ?

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I had guessed you were asking about an E5500, which cannot.  The 5500 does take M.2 format, but running an NVMe drive in the WWAN slot isn't something Dell supports --it may work, but bear in mind it will be slow going even if it does work (the slot is not wired for high speed operation, which isn't required by a WWAN card).

 

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NVMe is M.2, not the mini PCIe that the WWAN slot supports -- they're not physically compatible.

It may or may not be possible to add an SSD, but it'll need to be mini-PCIe, not m.2 -- meaning effectively mSATA.  There are not NVMe drives in non-M.2 format.

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Note I said M.2 2242 including a picture which is shorter than 2260 & 2280 are you saying it would have to be 2230 to use in WWAN socket ? 

Does the Dell Latitude 5500 even support a second storage, I currently have NVMe 2280 256GB wanting to install but I want a 500GB extra storage by the WWAN socket 

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The issue is not the physical dimensions of the card. NVMe drives use a form factor called M.2 (aka NGFF).  Your WWAN socket is an older half-mini PCIe card.  The two connectors are not compatible either physically or electrically.

There is an older type drive called mSATA that did use the older half mini-PCIe format.  That type of drive would fit the connector.  Whether it will work or not is another matter -- it might, but it's not something supported by the system specifications, and it will mean buying a used drive that's likely going to be appreciably more expensive per gigabyte of storage.  mSATA is pretty much dead as far as anything new is concerned, and you'll find 1T the largest ones made (and not very many over 512G -- most are smaller in capacity).

 

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My Laptop is 2019 I’m sure the WWAN socket is not mSATA:

this is a somewhat similar laptop 

https://youtu.be/l92BxOz4WbY

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are you 100% sure my Dell Latitude 5500 can’t use M.2 2242 via WWAN ?

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I had guessed you were asking about an E5500, which cannot.  The 5500 does take M.2 format, but running an NVMe drive in the WWAN slot isn't something Dell supports --it may work, but bear in mind it will be slow going even if it does work (the slot is not wired for high speed operation, which isn't required by a WWAN card).

 

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