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Msata slot?

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December 13, 2012 11:46:56 AM

When I opened up my laptop (Acer Aspire 7551g) this morning to add another RAM card, I noticed an empty slot next to the RAM slots.
After some searching on the internet I found out that this is probably a mini pcie or msata slot. Is that right?

A picture of it can be found here
It's the slot in the bottom right corner.

Can anyone confirm what kind of slot this is and, more importantly, maybe tell me what I can stick in it?

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December 13, 2012 12:05:03 PM

mSSD for express caching most likely.
December 13, 2012 12:09:37 PM

Thanks for the reply. Now I'm very new to this stuff.

I use my laptop for casual gaming, some sound and video recording/editting.
Is there a hardware part that can be of any use to me in this slot?
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December 13, 2012 12:31:05 PM

its for Adding extra hdd or ssd to get more space.
December 13, 2012 12:32:16 PM

So extra disk space is the only use for it?
December 13, 2012 2:02:48 PM

SSD won't add much storage but caching will speed up boot and access times.
December 14, 2012 12:09:21 PM

Ok so I've got myself a Crucial m4 64GB, Sata 6Gb/s mSATA SSD. Put it in the right slot, started up my laptop, but it doesn't seem to recognize it.

Can someone help me out here?
December 14, 2012 1:06:16 PM

Can you see it in BIOS?
December 14, 2012 1:53:01 PM

Nope I can't see it in my bios, that was the first thing I did.

However, I did some more research and found out that I'm actually dealing with a mini PCI express card slot. Which means mSATA cards won't even work here.

I saw a tutorial about connecting an external gpu to a laptop using this slot.
So that's something I'm gonna look into.

Thank you all for the helpfull comments!