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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 http://www.insidemylaptop.com/images/Acer-Aspire-7551G/...
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. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktUw2VTFyX4
So that's something I'm gonna look into.

Thank you all for the helpfull comments!
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