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    Installing a PCIe SSD as boot drive.

    I'm confused!

    I've been out of the PC building game for a while now but the time has come to upgrade my straining system.

    I saw this SSD on ebay : ebay.co.uk/itm…AIT

    Micron Technology 240GB M500 mSATA SSD 6Gbps MINI-PCI-E MTFDDAT240MAV-1AE12ABYY

    Can that be installed as a boot drive with Win10 installed? If so how do I know if my motherboard would support it? (seems crazy cheap for an SSD!)

    Many thanks.

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    It can be used to to boot Win10 but you will have to see if your motherboard is compatible with the mSATA. If it isn't you can buy an adapter card. to use as a SSD or HHD.

    ebay.co.uk/itm…t=0

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    McGloney97

    It can be used to to boot Win10 but you will have to see if your … It can be used to to boot Win10 but you will have to see if your motherboard is compatible with the mSATA. If it isn't you can buy an adapter card. to use as a SSD or HHD.http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/322307233882?chn=ps&adgroupid=39613511478&rlsatarget=pla-279121855881&abcId=923836&adtype=pla&merchantid=101461006&poi=&googleloc=9045509&device=c&campaignid=737386489&crdt=0



    Thanks! That's brilliant, I thought that might be the only way as no msata slot on my mboard, would it then treat it just like an SATA drive?

    It is cheap, but it is mSATA, not a standard 2.5" SATA connector.

    Do you have an mSATA connector? Most desktop motherboards don't have mSATA adapters and if you need to convert you will lose most of the cost benefit: scan.co.uk/pro…ame

    If your motherboard does have mSATA then I'd guess that the BIOS would recognise it, although you might have to use UEFI rather than legacy BIOS settings with Windows 10.

    Looks like McGloney97 beat me to it! Once you use an adapter it should recognise it as a standard SATA drive.
    Edited by: "Spod" 10th Apr

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    Spod

    It is cheap, but it is mSATA, not a standard 2.5" SATA connector. Do you … It is cheap, but it is mSATA, not a standard 2.5" SATA connector. Do you have an mSATA connector? Most desktop motherboards don't have mSATA adapters and if you need to convert you will lose most of the cost benefit: https://www.scan.co.uk/products/lycom-st-168m-msata-ssd-to-25-sata-drive-converter-with-25-frameIf your motherboard does have mSATA then I'd guess that the BIOS would recognise it, although you might have to use UEFI rather than legacy BIOS settings with Windows 10.



    No I don't have an mSATA slot, the board supports SATA 3 6.0gb/s. Would converting it see a worthwhile improvement over the SATA HDD I currently use?

    The advert claims 500 MB/second read and 250MB/second write with 72000 IOPS on random 4KB read and 60000 IOPS on random 4KB write. That's not particularly quick for an SSD, but it should still be much faster than a standard spinning disk. Try googling IOPS on the disk you have to see how bit the speedup should be. (IOPS gives a far more realistic idea of disk speed than raw "internal" MB/s).

    Suggest proceed with caution. The unusually low-priced listing seems out of character with the seller's trading history, additionally: "Postage: Free Services from outside UK Item location: Dagenham, United Kingdom."

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    Spod

    The advert claims 500 MB/second read and 250MB/second write with 72000 … The advert claims 500 MB/second read and 250MB/second write with 72000 IOPS on random 4KB read and 60000 IOPS on random 4KB write. That's not particularly quick for an SSD, but it should still be much faster than a standard spinning disk. Try googling IOPS on the disk you have to see how bit the speedup should be. (IOPS gives a far more realistic idea of disk speed than raw "internal" MB/s).



    This is the IOPS for my current Windows drive - 7207.7I, does that mean I won't see much difference?

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    AndyRoyd

    Suggest proceed with caution. The unusually low-priced listing seems out … Suggest proceed with caution. The unusually low-priced listing seems out of character with the seller's trading history, additionally: "Postage: Free Services from outside UK Item location: Dagenham, United Kingdom."



    Agreed, I only just noticed the "outside the UK" bit. Having been stung before with foreign sellers I am not keen to be buying something so integral to my system. Hmmmm

    Satan_Claws

    This is the IOPS for my current Windows drive - 7207.7I, does that mean … This is the IOPS for my current Windows drive - 7207.7I, does that mean I won't see much difference?



    Is that the 4K read/write IOPS rate? 60000 compared with 7208 (rounded to nearest whole number)? You should notice a lot of difference there!

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    Spod

    Is that the 4K read/write IOPS rate? 60000 compared with 7208 (rounded to … Is that the 4K read/write IOPS rate? 60000 compared with 7208 (rounded to nearest whole number)? You should notice a lot of difference there!



    Oops I misread your post as 6000! That is the average IOPS, that's all I could find on a quick google.

    Yes that would be a lot faster!! oO

    AndyRoyd

    Suggest proceed with caution. The unusually low-priced listing seems out … Suggest proceed with caution. The unusually low-priced listing seems out of character with the seller's trading history, additionally: "Postage: Free Services from outside UK Item location: Dagenham, United Kingdom."


    Yes, I'm smelling a rat too, wouldn't trust this one bit.

    Satan_Claws

    Agreed, I only just noticed the "outside the UK" bit. Having been stung … Agreed, I only just noticed the "outside the UK" bit. Having been stung before with foreign sellers I am not keen to be buying something so integral to my system. Hmmmm


    Not sure if you have grasped my overall point. The UK-based seller has recently listed a Transit van. Now the same seller has listed qty 10+ mega-cheap mSATA drives available to be despatched from outside the UK... in Dagenham. Such situations could plausibly indicate hijacked account, hence suggestion to proceed with caution.

    AndyRoyd

    Not sure if you have grasped my overall point. The UK-based seller has … Not sure if you have grasped my overall point. The UK-based seller has recently listed a Transit van. Now the same seller has listed qty 10+ mega-cheap mSATA drives available to be despatched from outside the UK... in Dagenham. Such situations could plausibly indicate hijacked account, hence suggestion to proceed with caution.



    And it does seem too good a price to be true. It looks like the seller hasn't used the account for over a year and suddenly it is selling cheap goods from abroad. You are right. Definitely fishy.

    Given all that I would avoid, but if you do want to go ahead, at the very least try to make contact with the seller first.If they make an offer outside the ebay system then definitely avoid. At least you get some protection when ordering directly through ebay with Paypal.

    Spod

    And it does seem too good a price to be true. It looks like the seller … And it does seem too good a price to be true. It looks like the seller hasn't used the account for over a year....


    Listed transit van within last two weeks ebay.co.uk/sch…e=1

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    Spod

    And it does seem too good a price to be true. It looks like the seller … And it does seem too good a price to be true. It looks like the seller hasn't used the account for over a year and suddenly it is selling cheap goods from abroad. You are right. Definitely fishy. Given all that I would avoid, but if you do want to go ahead, at the very least try to make contact with the seller first.If they make an offer outside the ebay system then definitely avoid. At least you get some protection when ordering directly through ebay with Paypal.



    Yeah I think I will avoid, I did message the seller earlier and have heard nothing back so not looking good.

    At least I have a better idea of what I am looking for now so cheers for the help.

    AndyRoyd

    Listed transit van within last two weeks … Listed transit van within last two weeks http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/j80j80/m.html?item=152504831364&LH_Complete=1


    Well spotted. Sorry I missed that one.
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