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how can i install a mSATA SSD drive on my MSI GT70 Dominator-895

i purchased the MSI GT70 Dominator-895 on the impression i can add mSATA drive to it later,since it comes from amazon with no msata ssd Installed.
but when i opened the laptop , i couldn't find anywhere to install the drive! my drive is crucial m500 msata ssd 128 gb .and i can't even find a slot to install it on my laptop
here's some pictures of my laptop after i opened it , with the HDD bay and an empty bay shown .and a picture of my crucial msata SSD drive
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http://s16.postimg.org/w8sj0ockx/Spy_Photo_20140504_150501916.jpg

http://s16.postimg.org/sql4i112p/Spy_Photo_20140504_150605364.jpg
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  1. Looking through the specs: http://www.msimobile.com/level3_productpage.aspx?id=454
    ...there does not seem to be an mSATA port.
  2. so what can i do ? is there a slot i can buy to install on the laptop and allow me to insert the msata drive into it ? or should i get a normal ssd drive?
    if so , where would that normal ssd drive be put ? in the empty current bay or instead of the HDD bay ? because i think one of those bays is faster than the other
  3. Best answer
    You can buy a msata to 2.5 board, I think theyre around like $20-30 on amazon. It allows you to plug your msata into the board, and then the board itself then plugs into the normal 2.5 drive slot in laptop
  4. In your middle pic, that appears to be a regular laptop drive size bay.
    What does the Users manual say?
  5. can you kindly put a link to a product like that of amazon so i would know what does it look like ? i am from egypt and i want to be sure this time of what i am going to purchase
  6. But being so cheap, if they do fail or not work your just out like $15. And if they do fail, theres little very little chance it'll actually ruin anything. They'll just stop working.
  7. being in lovely egypt , the 10 dollar item costs me in general like 60 dollars.so the cheaper - and good - the better .
    so this one can do the trick ?
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0053G7YTQ?psc=1
  8. Its a mini sata, so make sure yours isn't a really long one. THen yes it works. Judging from all (3) reviews on it, make sure you get some foam with tape on one side, put that on the bottom of the 2.5' bay in your laptop and set the msata board card on the foam side so that its not wiggling back and forth as you carry around your laptop
  9. ok do the above ones that you put links to, fit properly on the 2.5 bay i put a picture for above? because as you said the one i put link to won't be stable in the bay because the holes aren't arranged properly .so any of the two that you referred to can be arranged in the bay in a right way ?
  10. Mizo Zizo said:
    ok do the above ones that you put links to, fit properly on the 2.5 bay i put a picture for above? because as you said the one i put link to won't be stable in the bay because the holes aren't arranged properly .so any of the two that you referred to can be arranged in the bay in a right way ?


    Oh I just picked two out of the tons on amazon. Either way your fine. Just get the foam with tape on one side. Use like 2 or 3 of the little squares on the bottom of the 2.5 bay and it'll be snug. I had to do that same thing with my asus, and that m.2 board screwed into the hhd sleeve/holder, it was still a little loose. Its foam that touches the board, but make sure that the foam touches th eboard and not the chips. The chips will heat, the board is a type plastic.
  11. ok thanks so much for your help.but my second question about which bay is faster,how do i know that ?
    and if the bay that the HDD installed into is the fastest,how can i remove it and install it on the empty other bay ? it looks like it's hooked into some kind of a board
  12. Mizo Zizo said:
    ok thanks so much for your help.but my second question about which bay is faster,how do i know that ?
    and if the bay that the HDD installed into is the fastest,how can i remove it and install it on the empty other bay ? it looks like it's hooked into some kind of a board


    You mean which bay out of the two is quicker? Theyre both the same. But if you have a hhd with windows in a certain bay now, then bios recognizes that as the os boot bay. You can change this, and it might change automatically. I just for sake of not experiencing any problems, just make sure that my boot bay is always the same one, even if it means moving everything around. But either way, speed wise, identicle. Both are sata 3. Sometimes the dvd drive is connected to sata 2, but for 2.5 hhd bays, theyre the same speed.
  13. can i get a msata to ssd case instead of the barebone card/board ?
    like this one :
    http://www.amazon.com/MyDigitalSSD-mSATA-Inch-Adapter-Enclosure/dp/B00ENIKHZS/ref=pd_sim_sbs_cps_3?ie=UTF8&refRID=0FKSZ6GRS2XRVQGS44C4
    will it fit ? as on the picture above,would i need a 9.5mm case or a 7mm case
    this is my last question i promise :)
  14. Generally, only ultrabooks need a 7mm thick drive. Yours should be fine with the 9.5mm
  15. i don't know what to say.you really saved my day :D thank you so much for your patience and cooperation
  16. Mizo Zizo said:
    can i get a msata to ssd case instead of the barebone card/board ?
    like this one :
    http://www.amazon.com/MyDigitalSSD-mSATA-Inch-Adapter-Enclosure/dp/B00ENIKHZS/ref=pd_sim_sbs_cps_3?ie=UTF8&refRID=0FKSZ6GRS2XRVQGS44C4
    will it fit ? as on the picture above,would i need a 9.5mm case or a 7mm case
    this is my last question i promise :)


    Yes, that link shows what I would think to be the best most secure option for your needs
  17. Top left where you have your existing HDD you can replace it with this. http://www.amazon.com/MSI-Triple-Adapter-supports-607-16F42-01S/dp/B00JDTUZUE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1412239996&sr=8-1&keywords=MSI+msata+board . Put the msata in there = ) PRETTY sure it's the right one.
  18. Hello,
    There is a simple solution to your problem, I have a GT70 to solve your mSata issue you will need to buy an adaptor to fit the Sata bay. Good new is that, It can be done, bad new is the adaptor is a rip off in price.. thats small pastic should cost more than $15
    http://goo.gl/2haf5R
  19. Hi guys,

    Im having sort of the same issue on my MSI GT-70. I have a standard 2.5 SSD as my main HD. I want to be able to run 2 msata drives also so I have a total of 3 HD. Each drive is 256 gb. I bought one of these adapters ($15) but for some reason I cannot get the laptop to recognize the 3rd drive. No matter what configuration I try it will only see 2 drives in the BIOS or in Windows. Any advise?
  20. Have you looked under your keyboard for the socket for an msata? They are sometimes there.
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