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2101 Detection Error with mSATA on W520 with Intel 310 installed

Question: 2101 Detection Error with mSATA on W520 with Intel 310 installed

I've read a lot about the 2101 Detection Error of mSATA issue on x220 with mSATA other than intel 310 installed. Last year I purchased a W520 and an Intel 310 mSATA. They worked fine together untill yesterday. I have windows 7 enterprice 64bit installed on the mSATA and linux installed on an SSD. I have a 500GB HDD installed in the ultrabay, as a shared data volume shared by Windows and Linux. Everytime I try to boot windows, it fails. And during the next reboot, the "2101 Detection Error" shows up. To try to solve this problem I have the mSATA reseated and the 2101 error disappears, until I try to boot windows again. Everything works fine IF I ONLY BOOT LINUX. 2101 Detection Error shows up everytime I TRY TO BOOT WINDOWS UP. I've updated the UEFI BIOS to the latest version which is 1.36 but the problem is still there. I've used the lenovo diagnosis tool (bootable usb) to run a set of quick tests and no error detected (except for drive self test either not supported or not passed). Please find the configuration of my laptop below:======================================W520-4270CTOCPU: I7 2720 QMMEMORY: 16GB (4GB SAMSUNG X 4)VIDEO: QUADRO 1000MDISK 0 (INNER): OCZ VERTEX III 120GB (SSD)DISK 1 (ULTRABAY): ST MOMENTUS X 500GB (HDD)DISK 2 (MINISATA): INTEL 310 (SSD)OS: WINDOWS 7 64BIT ENTERPRICE, GENTOO LINUX.

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Answer: 2101 Detection Error with mSATA on W520 with Intel 310 installed

Is the mSata card first in the boot order?

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Hi, I just received my T430 about 4 days ago and it's working perfectly until I was trying to install important windows updates. As I was rebooting my laptop after the installation (which fails everytime I don't know why), my computer gave me a loud beep and a error code of 2101 detection error. So I searched this forum and found this solution http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/downloads/detail.page?DocID=HT074404 from another post that had the same problem as mine.As i was following the steps,( i did cmd, uninstalled express cache, and did disk managment) but as i went on my disk management i could not find my mSATA. I have a 16 gb mSATA and it was working perfectly fine before. I've noticed on my reboot that it took longer to load and the error message would then come up.So my problem is that I cannot view my mSATA disk on my disk managementThankyou!

Answer:2101 Detection Error: Cannot view my mSATA

The Error 2101: Detection error on HDDx miniSata is a BIOS error. This has nothing to do with the operating system you have installed or any drivers. During the POST, the system does not see the miniSata drive. I (like some others) received my new T530 recently, setup it all up and then a few hours later received this error. The solution is simple. You must open up your ThinkPad. Remove the two keyboard screws and remove the keyboard and RE-SEAT the miniSata drive. There is 1 screw holding the board down. Remove it, re-insert it in. Screw everything back up and voila, no more issue. Go to the Lenovo / ThinkPad Guides and Manuals page for your device (http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/guides-and-manuals/default.page?) and download the Hardware Maintenance Manual for your ThinkPad. There are clear instructions (for those less inclined) on how to remove the keyboard. You do NOT need to disconnect the ribbon cable. Simple / carefully slide the keyboard forward and the miniSata drive will be visible and accessible. You can also use the ExpressCache program to get stats on the miniSata drive and see how it is working. Open a Command Prompt (in Administrator Mode) and issue the command: eccmd -info   -   Display ExpressCache activity informatio eccmd -?   -  Will show you all options eccmd -format   - Will reformat and clear the cache drive. Hopefully, this will help out those out there with this issue. Ju... Read more

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Hello! I just recieved a new T530 I7 and also a Crucial M4 mSata SSD (CT256M4SSD3). The issue I have is sometimes the system will give a 2101 detection error at Post and the only way around it is to power off again, remove the battery/AC and try again. Ive seen other posts regarding this error but no clear resoution. 













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Answer:Intermitent 2101 detection Issues with new T530 and mSATA

Called Crucial support.   They had me change the Intel 7 AHCI controller driver from Intel to the Standard Microsoft driver.  They suspect that the Intel driver is causing the drive to not shutdown properly.  I'll see how it performs with the generic driver for awhile.

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I get the following message when I turn on the laptop: 2101: Detection error on SSD (M.2) The laptop (T560) is new and was only received on the 13 May 2016.  When it occurs I run thediagnostics and can usually get the machine to boot up. However, the error then reoccurs at a later stage, usually if the machine has been idle for a while.  I have lodged a service call with Lenovo but thought I would share my experience here and see if anyone else has the same issue? 

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Hi AllHave installed Windows 10 on ADATA SP600 120Go SSD M.22 on my T440. All was ok for month (10 month exactly).Recently i updated the bios to the latest one : 2.44 (I don't know which version I had before :-( ).And know the laptop reboot regulary with the error message : 2101 detection error on SSD M.2 Any suggestion are welcome.My first Idea is to downgrade the bios but offically it is not possible. I did not find the way to do.Thanks for your helpChristophe 

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Hi guys im loving my W350 but on start up I get an error message saying 2101 error miniSata drive not detected. It has also done this once whle in use which is more worrying. I have taken the keyboard off, removed the 16gb mSata and replaced it, but it still is not being detected. If anyone has any thoughts Id be really grateful. Cheers, Al.

Answer:W350 2101 mSATA not detected, anyone else getting this error?

Oh actually, after i put the drive back it it booted up and was visible in the  device manager, but dissappeared when clicked on.. thanks for your thoughts.al

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Hi Team.So my thinkpad t450s just crashed in the midst of playing some music.Then it rebooted and said 2101: Detection error on SSD1 (M.2)I cant come back to my OS because it is installed on the said SSD.Already read the manual and opened the thing up and cleaned and reseated the SSD. But does not help.Guess the SSD is broken? OR does anyone have any other ideas??Thanks a lot!

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So I've read through the history of the msata and the x220 (4286-CTO) and how the BIOS revisions were required during the middle of last year in order to get the Intel 310 and some others to work. Thinking that my little x220 with Bios revision 1.26 (i7, 8gb, 4286-CTO) would be fine, I purchased a Kingston SSDNow mS100 64GB mSATA Internal Solid State Drive SMS100S2/64G and installed it yesterday. The instal went without a hitch, but when I restarted the machine, I received a 2101: Drive detection error on hdd2 (mini sata) error.   I've seen that the 2101 error has been mentioned in relation to a couple of Sandisk msata drives on the forum, but those discussions didn't seem to go anywhere. I just got off my second call with Lenovo support (30 minutes today and 25 minutes last night), only to have them tell me that msata is not supported by my 4286-CTO.  That sounds incorrect, as others with the 4286-CTO seem to have luck with Intel and Renice. What am I doing wrong?  Is this something that another BIOS revision could cure?  At least on one of the sandisk discussions, the OP said that he/she had tested the drive in another computer without a problem, so I don't think it's a problem with the actual drives.   Somebody else mentioned that some drives are not compliant with the JEDEC standard, but that doesn't sound like an explanation to me either.  Thoughts?  Help! Best, sad x220

Answer:2101 Error: X220 with Kingston 64GB msata

I have the same issue with x220.  The mSATA I have is the Sandisk SDSA4DH-064G.  I can also add that the function of the mSATA is the same regardless of whether the mSATA is used in the mSATA slot or on an adapter card in the SATA hard drive bay (Error is 2100 rather than 2101, but the text is the same).  For this reason, I believe the Lenovo BIOS is unable to configure the mSATA drive appropriately.  I imagine that Lenovo could quickly resolve this with a new BIOS. I have tested this drive on a desktop consisting of a Asus P9X79 Deluxe + Intel 3960x running Windows 7, 64-bit.  Device is recognized by BIOS and WIndows Disk Manager. 

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Whenever I try shutting down my computer normally, it is extremely slow and displays the message: Error 2101  Detection error on HDD2 (mini sata). This causes some problems on my computer. My laptop is a Thinkpad T530 with Intel Core i7, 500 GB HDD, and 8 GB RAM. Any suggestions?

Answer:Error 2101 Detection error on HDD2 (mini sata) in T530

do you have mSATA installed on the system???

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running 1.40 biosthink I have WWAN model as there is a SIM slot and there are a red and blue wires ready for the 3G wireless card.all lenovo drivers etc checked to latest versionsInstalled 128GB Kingspan which failed to do anything and caused the whole system to be unbootable. Turns out the ssd was dead as it did not work in working usb enclosure.swapped in 64GB msata minipci from my old eee901 it is the correct size for the lenovo slot - it wasn't for the 901 and I am now getting 2101 Detection Error on hdd2 on boot up.I have tried reseating the card, cleaning the pins, reseating, booting to Hirens, Slacko, Gparted, Fedora and not been able to see it as the error code is pre OS... Anything I can do? - roll back drivers, roll back bios, buy specific brand msata any suggestions welcome :-)

Answer:Error 2101 Detection error on HDD2 (mini sata) X220

HiIt seems newer drive is needed or its firmware. Chek out SSD manufacturer site for fw update.Since x220 BIOS 1.16 or something like this one, msata SSD error detection has disappeared. Except of rare cases with some Crucial (or Corsair, didn't remember) and Samsung drives. Also do not use OCZ drives.

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I got my 430s, and it's with a 16Gb mSATA SSD cache inside.Now everytime when I open my PC, it shows Error 2101 Detection error on HDD2 (mini sata) and I need to press ESC to continue.Is there any software or driver's problem, or it just phsically got wrong?Any techician could help to solve, or I have to do it my own?










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Answer:Error 2101 Detection error on HDD2 (mini sata) in...

Have you ensured you are running the latest BIOS?  What version BIOS do you currently have? After pressing escape does the computer boot normally?

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Model: T450sEquiped as:Intel i54+4GB RAM256GB SSD (M.2) Configured as boot disk running Win 7 x64500GB HDD as additional storage Issue:Seemingly at random, approx once every one to two weeks while PC is on and at the desktop but not actively being used (meaning no user is sitting in front of it performing tasks) it will error and crash.  The error is a black screen with the following error: 2101: Detection error on SSD1 (M.2) Press Esc to continue. According to the user Esc does nothing and the only escape is to long press the physical power button until a power down occurs.  On reboot the system comes up without issue.  No user has actually seen the crash take place.   MY QUESTION(S):1st.  Is this most likely an issue with the T450s not being able to reliably boot from the m.2 slot or is this more likely an issue with the SSD installed in the m.2 slot?2nd.  Is this something altogether different?  Any (knowledgeable) advice or info appreciated.

Answer:T450s Thinkpad - ERROR 2101: Detection error on SSD1 (M.2)

It is hard to diagnose without seeing it, but my experience has been that the Gen4 and later CPUs (like yours) support a very low power state that is incompatible with some devices. (that would make it a problem with the card) Make sure you have the latest BIOS and power manager software installed. Look in the device manager and find the M.2 SSD. There should be a power management tab. Turn off the option to allow the system shut the device off to save energy.

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Hi guys, I fitted a 64GB Sandisk P4 mSATA SSD today in my week old X220 4287CTO & get this error, I thought it maybe the bios causing the problem as reported in the forum but the threads I have read seem to be the SSD not being recognized at all. Any help would be appreciated. Product SKU: 4287CTOProduct Name: ThinkPad X220 - 3 Yr Depot Topseller Warranty Intel Core i5-2410M Processor (2.3GHz, 3MB L3, 1333MHz FSB)7 Home Premium 64 English12.5" Premium HD (1366x768) LED Backlit Display, Mobile Broadband Ready, 2x2 Antenna2 GB DDR31333MHz (1 DIMM)Keyboard UKFingerprint Reader720p HD Camera20 GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpmNo Micro Solid State DriveThinkPad Battery 29+ (6 cell)Country Pack United Kingdom with Line cord & 65W AC adapterBluetooth 3.0Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 (2x2 AGN)Integrated Mobile Broadband - Upgradable

Answer:Error 2101 Detection error on HDD2 (mini sata)

Yeah I am getting the exact same error 2101. Also X220 but 4286-CTO which I brought from US. The BIOS version is 1.17(highest I can find now).Wonder if it is a compatibillity problem or simply the bios is not programmed rightly.

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I started getting this error everytime I reboot my machine. If I press ESC boot continues fine. Whats strange is I dont eve have a HDD2 Mini Sata, and if I do I have never known about it and I cant set it in device manager, etc. How do I get the machine from stopping to try and detect this? Very annoying. 













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Answer:T530, 2101: Detection error on HDD2 (Mini Sata)

Disconnect AC power, remove battery pack, wait for a while, then put everything back and try if 2101 disappears.

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I got this error out of the blue the other day on startup, and now I get it every time I restart.  I have tried a number of solutions that I found in these forums (which I'll outline below) but it seems like my system just can't find the drive anymore.  Here's what I've done: 1. ran the ExpressCache program via Command Prompt (eccmd.exe -info) and got this error:  "**ERROR** ECCmd Request device is not available"2. unistalled the ExpressCache software, shut down, pulled the battery opened up the memory module slot cover, removed the mSATA drive and then re mounted it.3.  reinstalled ExpressCache4.  I'm trying to reformat the drive, but I am receiving similar errors     a.  When I try to format the drive (eccmd.exe -format) I get the following error:  HFS Volume is not mounted  **ERROR**  ECCmd Requested device is not available     b.  When I try to create a partition (eccmd.exe -partition) I get the following error:  0x10df (4319).  I looked this up and maybe there are system files missing? I have also tried this but it then says "There is NO mSATA detected, please check mSATA attached" http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/research/hints-or-tips/detail.page?DocID=HT073737 If anyone has any advice, please let me know.

Answer:2101 detection on HDD2 (mini sata) error on my T430

Hello and welcome,
 
None of the symptoms you describe sound to me like software issues. There is something wrong with the mSATA SSD, or the controller that accesses it - or it needs to be re-inserted in its socket.
 
Is this machine under warranty?  I'd suggest calling support and running this by them.  They may suggest re-seating the device in its socket, or may offer replacement or some other option.  I don't speak for Lenovo, just offering my personal suggestion.
 
Z.

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I ordered the mSata mini 128GB card to go into the half size slot under thge keyboard.  However when I boot I get:  "2101: Detection error on HDD2 (Mini SATA)".  I thought that a half size drive would work, as it does it my Lenovo W520.  However it appears the BIOS does not recognize it.  It does however recognize it in my W520. Has anyone else successfully added a second drive internally to the X1 Carbon Touch? http://www.mfactors.com/msata-mini-half-size-sataiii-ssd-128gb-64gb/  













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Answer:X1 Carbon - "2101: Detection error on HDD2 (Mini SATA)"

Hello and welcome,
 
No personal experience here, but I do see this note on the page you linked:
 
Note: Only works with systems with mSATA standard connector. NOT compatible with Mini PCIe slot for WWAN/wireless cards
 
The way I read the Hardware Maintenance Manual  that slot is WWAN only, not a WWAN/mSATA combo slot.  Could be wrong.
 
Z.

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I recently bought an OCZ Nocti mSATA SSD for my w520 and after I installed win7 on it, the system started showing 2101etection Error on HDD2(mini SATA)...... does anyone know how to fix it?? thank you!

Answer:How to deal with 2101: detection error on HDD2(mini SATA)

I had this problem with w510 and corsair force SSD. but after update a laptop BIOS and SSD firmware I have this problem very very rare (may be one time per have a year)Stas

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Hello Lenovo Community, My laptop is as follows:Lenovo T430sMachine Type: 2352-CTOWindows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit Please let me know if there is any other necessary information. Problem:During startup, I receive the above "2101 Detection error on HDD2 (Mini SATA)" error. It is important to note that this problem is intermittent. I have a 16gb mSATA installed on my computer. I've attempted to do the following to fix this error: 1. Run several virus scans - no viruses apparent2. Earlier I ran "eccmd -info" and the command prompt indicated that everything was working correctly.3. I reseated the mSATA card last night.4. Today, when I run the same command as an administrator: "eccmd -info" ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------C:\Windows\system32>eccmd -ifnoExpressCache Command Version 1.0.86.0Copyright? 2010-2011 Diskeeper Corporation.Date Time: 7/8/2014 17:33:18:579 (STEVEN-THINK #0)HFS Volume is not mounted.USAGE:ECCmd [-NOLOGO][-INFO | -PARTITION | -EXCLUDE | -CLEAREXCLUSIONS | -FORMAT | -PRELOAD]-NOLOGO - No copyright message will be displayed.-INFO - Display ExpressCache activity information.-PARTITION - Create an ExpressCache partition.[DriveId] - Optional drive ID[PartSize] - Optional partition size in MB-EXCLUDE - Exclude a drive from being cached.DriveLetter - Drive letter-CLEAREXCLUSIONS - Clear all cache exclusions.-FORMAT - ... Read more

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Hi all, Does anybody know if the new 240Gb Intel mSata 530 is compatible with my Thinkpad W520? And will the full disk encryption work? I have seen others having issues with older Intel SSD drives with the encryption. I contacted Intel who said it would work as long as the BIOS of the laptop has ATA password option. But they said contact Lenovo to ensure compatibility. Thanks for any help, Richard

Answer:W520 mSata SSD Intel 530

Lenovo didn't ship this mSATA in the ThinkPad, and given past issues with some intel SSD, i don't think you will get an official answer from Lenovo. Also, I haven't seen anyone talking about this on the forum before.

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 Does anybody successfully using w520 with Intel mSATA SSD?It seems that it does not work for my machine (it is not even recognized by BIOS).Details:ThinkPad W520 (4282-A23)[chipset Intel QM67 Cougar Point / B3,  CPU i7-2720QM CPU  2.20GHz, 16 GB RAM]BIOS Version:                       8BET54WW (1.34 )MEBx Version:                      7.0.0.56Gbe Version:                        1.3VendorID:                              8086PCH Version:                       4FW Version:                         7.1.20.1119UNS Version:                      7.1.2.1043LMS Version:                  ... Read more

Answer:w520 & Intel mSATA drive

Yes, been running with the Intel 310 80gb mSata as boot drive since June.

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I want to get the crucial M4 msata 256MB to put windows on (clean install), then use my 1TB HD for main drive for data (I dont want to use the optical bay for a HD).  I know its only SATA II, but it will be a lot faster than my current mechanical HD. I cant find a single post of anyone getting an msata drive working with a W520, especially as a windows install (rather than as a cache). Does it work?













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Answer:anyone got a Curcial msata with windows installed working on W520?

Yes, I have this card installed in my other W520 which replaced an Intel 310 80GB mSata card. The speed of the Crucial SSD is 30% faster on read and 130% faster on write. The Crucial M4 mSata SSD uses a Marvell controller which is superior to the Sandforce controllers used in some  other SSDs. The card is Sata-III capable, but the mSata port on the W520 is only Sata-II.

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Hi.  I have a T430s (original owner). At boot-up, I receive a "2101: Detection error on HDD2 (mini sata)", BUT I don't use a Mini SATA!! Windows 10; All drivers current via Lenovo system update (incl. bios 2.69).I have a Crucial SSD drive; I have verified Crucial SSD has latest firmware.I do not have (and have not had) a Mini SATA card installed - this is why the error is so weird to me.I DID recently change the Wifi Switch and cable (which is when the error started showing)The wires that would feed the Mini SSD are still covered with tape from the factory (I forget the colors)I have removed the battery, internal battery and power (and rebooted).  I have reseated the SSD and the DVD drive (and rebooted).I do not have Express software installed; the software that would control the Mini SATA drive (I can't see any "express" software in Add / Remove programs) Can you help me with this annoying mystery?

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Hi, So I just got my T430 in November and recently it had been blue screening. I decided to factory restore and ever since the factory restore I have been receiveing a 2101 Error every time I restart, and only when I restart. I have no idea what to do, anyone have a solution?













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Answer:T-430 2101 Detection Every Time I Restart

Hi, mboon
 
I tried to do some research on your error, but Microsoft has little listed for a code 2101 error. Could you possibly reboot your machine at some point and copy down the error message in its entirety? With more information, we might be able to figure out a fix.
 
Best, 
Adam





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I tried very hard to find an official answer. I had my x220 bios updated to 1.40 version and installed the mSata 500GB EVO SSD drive to the laptop. It has never been detected successfully.  It was a big hard to insert the mSata drive to the slot and finally it was in the write position I'm pretty sure and the screw is aligned... Any idea?

Answer:mSata Samsung 850 EVO SSD in X220... 2101 Detectio...

Hello,
 
I have only tried a couple mSATA SSDs in my ThinkPad X220, but each one was detected immediately without any error.
 
Do you know if the 500GB Samsung 850 EVO mSATA SSD worked before you used it?  Perhaps you could try it in another machine, or with an mSATA to 2.5" adapter, just to verify that it works correctly?  Although it is pretty rare to occur, you could have gotten one that is just not working.
 
Regards,
 
Aryeh Goretsky
 

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I bought a 120G Crucial M500 mSATA ssd a while back and have been seeing fairly consistent boot errors saying it can't detect the ssd. This is my boot/root drive, and the laptop runs fine for days/weeks at a time without problem. Which is odd, because I can boot off that ssd just fine after pressing escape to ignore the error. Sometimes from a cold boot it doesn't happen, but pretty much 100% of reboots result in that error message. Is there a way to fix this? It's rather annoying to have to babysit the laptop on boot.













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Answer:W530 and mSATA detection error

Hello and welcome,
 
Have you checked with Crucial?  I had similar-sounding issues with an M4.  Sometimes the SSD is slow to come on-line due to internal house-keeping work.
 
Perhaps there's a firmware update or work-around.
 
Z.

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(i have updated the title. sounds more like it. ^_^) Greetings ! I am a proud (well, yes ...) owner of the E530 A3G-Model sporting a 16GB SSD.Yes, the one with the pulsy, noisy fan. ^_^  The Story: Last week i thought i'd need a change and try something new. As i'm not really a noob oncomputers, i thought i'd set up Win7 x64 SP1 on the SSD. That's ... not that easy,considering the size, so i've spent the weekend removing irrelevant components ...... like Natural Language, Speech Support, Language Packs ...... from the Win7 x64 SP1 Installation Disks. It took me two days to get it to work, with several testing sessions using VirtualBox,but then i got it right. I haven't removed any drivers, services or anything actually essentialwhich could break the system. (I promise!) So ... after a long session in VirtualBox and installing this system on a small partition on my HDDto verify it REALLY works, i went going on to install it on the SSD. Please note that RapidBoot is turned off in the BIOS and i have removed ExpressCache,which i had previously installed manually, but wasn't actually caching anything anymore,for reasons i don't understand. Maybe i have turned it off weeks ago, i don't know. So, i have set up a 3GB FAT32 partition at the beginning of the SSD for the pagefile. It's a habit.It's a good idea to do this on HDDs, so i kept doing it. Longevity of the SSD was no issue for me,as if it breaks ... well, then it breaks ... but the... Read more

Answer:ThinkPad E530 and the case of the vanished SSD (msata 2101)

Oh ... i forgot to mention that the 2101 error doesn't even show up anymore.

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I have a T420 and tried a Crucial M500 but kept getting the 2100 detection error.   I'm wondering if the mSATA version would be OK or if this problem is present on both the main SATA bay as well as the mSATA connection? Has anyone had this error when booting an SSD from the mSATA port? Thanks! 





T400 6475-8Q5 | 8GB RAM | WXGA+ | Seagate 500GB 7200 | Win 7 Pro 64-bit............T61 7658-CTR | 8GB RAM | WD Black 320GB

Answer:Has anyone had the 2100: detection error on the mSATA port?

I run a Crucial m4 mSATA 256GB in my T420.
 
As I mentioned in your other thread, I saw the error once or twice - IIRC on the very first power-up and again after a firmware update.  Once the SSD finished its internal housekeeping, it never happened again.
 
Z.

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I'm trying to install a Samsung 64gb mSATA SSD into my E420s, and encountering the following error:2103: Detection error on HDD2 (Mini SATA) System Configuration:4410CTOBIOS 1.11i5 CPU8gb RAM I've tried all sorts of combinations of BIOS settings (Legacy/UEFI, AHCI...) and nothing helps.  Am I just out of luck and the E420s is not compatible with this SSD?

Answer:Problem with mSATA SSD in E420s - 2013 detection error

im getting the same error with my e220s and a sandisk p4 32gb msata. i've updated to the newest firmware and also messed with the bios settings, i can only get the ssd to boot when the laptop is pluggged into the ac adapter.

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When I try to boot my W520, I get a BIOS boot up error : "2100: Detection Error on HDD0 (Main HDD)". I am using PNY XLR8 240GB SSD. It worked fine for a month. I also have PGP installed and whole disc encrypted. I installed an update of Intel Management Engine Firmware and Intel Chipset, both are the latest from lenovo site because I was experiencing expreme slowness from my harddrive. Programs would freeze. Webpages would take forever to load..The next time I rebooted, I got the error. If I leave the SSD out for a bit, and put the SSD back in, the disk will work for some time... but on next reboot, it is again detection error.. TRIM is enabled on my system. I am not sure how the SSD died so quickly. I am back to using my HDD but I am not happy. I want a solution... is this a intel chipset issue? Intel IMEI issue? Is  the PNY SSD just a bad model? I've googled plenty and dont really see a solution. Sometimes there is a firmware update.. PNY has no firmware updates for my drive.. I don't see anybody else using PNY on their W520, but plenty of people are experiencing Error 2100 with SSD on their W520.. somethings fishy.. help please! thanks in advance !

Answer:W520: PNY XLR8 240GB SSD with error "2100: Detection Error on HDD0 (Main HDD)"

Hello,
I don't have a ThinkPad W520 or a PNY SSD, but could it be simply that the SSD is coming loose inside the ThinkPad's chassis?  I suppose this could occur if a 7mm high SSD was inserted into a 9.5mm high 2.5" drive bay with a ~2mm spacer to "pad" the unused vertical space.
 
Regards,
 
Aryeh Goretsky
 

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Hey,I got a Samsung PM830 32gb off of ebay and put it in my w530. But I don't seem to be able to get it recognized by Intel's drivers.  It shows up in the bios and seems perfectly functional with the msachi driver loaded.  Did I manage to just get a funky chip or am I doing something wrong? I'd like to use intel's drivers which seem to be a bit faster, but the caching on my secondary hard drive is also desireable. Any insight or suggestions?  I've tried intel's 11.2, & 11.7 versions (in Win7 Pro)

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Hello everyone. I'm having random problems with my new disk Evo 500 Samsung 840 Gb The error I get is, "2100: Error detection on hdd0".I searched the forum responses to this error and can not find a solution to the problem. Apparently this error is due to the compatibility dell disk controller which uses "Samsung 3-core MEX Controller" with the team (W520 82844DG). I do not know if this is true and if you have easy solutions.Some of you can provide me a solution or a hint to solve this problem Thanks.

Answer:W520 samsung ssd 840 evo 500Gb: 2100 Detection error hdd0

Have you been able to figure this out.  I'm looking to upgrade either to the Samsung SSD 840 Evo or the Crucial M500.  Please let me know if the Evo ended up working well for you.

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On my W520 I am running a Crucial M4 512GB for the last 4 month. It was updated with FW 010G 10 days ago.When it stopped working with "2100: Detection Error on HDD0" I took the M4 out. It would not become active on  any other  port.While I tried to rebuild the system on another HDD-drive I left it in a //FREECOM HDD dock powered on, but not connected.When I finished the rebuild about 2 hours later I plugged the dock into the usb of another machine and it got recognized.So I took it back to the W520.It is now working in the W520 as before for about 2 * 10hrs without any problems. Can anyone explain what happened please?





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Answer:W520 + Crucial M4 512GB 2100:Detection Error on HDD0

Edit:  You have the latest firmware, didnt read

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hallo, Nach ca. 4 Wochen nach dem Kauf wird das 16GB mSATA SSD Cache Modul nicht mehr erkannt.Es erscheint folgende Meldung beim starten:"2102: Detection Error on HDD2 (Mini SATA). Press ESC to continue."  Kann das Cache-Modul einzeln zur Service-Stelle eingeschickt werden, oder muss das ganze Laptop eingeschickt werden? Viele Grüsse

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Hi, I've had my W520 since November or so last year, I swapped out the hard disk when I got it for a Crucial M4 256GB.  The machine has been fast and totally stable until now.  I'm using Win7 Pro and have not applied reg hacks or bois updates, it just worked. Now I am seeing the 2100: Detection Error on HDD0 sporadically after being unattended for about 30 mins.  Rebooting solves the problem.  The machine is set to never sleep or hibernate other than manually.  It hasnt yet occured when working at the machine but I suspect Windows is crashing, then this message appears as the machine tries to reboot.  When I reboot manually its detected and Win7 runs. Has anyone seen this or have any ideas? Could it be an overheating issue?Is my drive on the way out? It has been running far more than is strictly nessesary.The machine is set to never hibernate/sleep, so it cant be an error related to that.SSD Life reports the drive is in excellent health.  All files are stored on network shares, only program files on the SSD. RegardsMatt













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Answer:W520 + Crucial M4 256GB Fine for 10 months now 2100:Detection Error on HDD0

Try putting the old drive in and see if it does the same.Do note that SSDs tend to fail in unconventional manners compared to platter drives.

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i want to buy a 128gb msata drive, lenovo doenst seem to be able to know how to find the info ( pretty ironic to me!)  àanyone of you know how i can figure if the msata is 2 or 3? thanks





W520 4270CTO 2028QM WIN7 MSATA SSD 16GB

Answer:4270 CTO W520 = msata 2 or msata 3?

The slot is SATA 2. You may want to buy a SATA 3 SSD, in case you want to move it to one of the drive bays (via adapter).

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I have the OS running on the mSATA SSD, but i dont want my downloads to be saved to mSATA, but rather to my 1 TB HDD. Is there a way I can configure the laptop so it does this automatically?

Answer:installed mSATA Y580 -- auto directing downloads to HDD instead of mSATA?

According to your browser, please change the downloads location to your desired location on hdd. For chrome go to settings and change from there and in firefox change from settings popup and go to download tab.





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I see this is quite a common problem, judging by number of intel support posts, but unfortunately none has a valid solution, mostly they refer to OEM drivers.So my ethernet controller does not start when I power on my laptop, windows 10 (and windows 7 before) 64-bit device manager shows the 'error 10 the device cannot start' warning. if I disable and re-enable it the adapter works perfectly, same after restart, but whenever I turn the laptop off - the adapter does down. I tried installing the latest drivers both from intel and lenovo (http://pcsupport.lenovo.com/eg/en/products/laptops-and-netbooks/thinkpad-t-series-laptops/thinkpad-t...). Again, intel support refers to OEM drivers. I appreciate any help.

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hi all I need you assistance.I wantest to install windows 7 on my newly bought ssd but I always get following error msg on the windows custum installation screen: I have to translate it from german to english:Windows can't be installed on this drive. (...) Pls be sure that the controller of the drive is activated in the bios. Pls help me (I get the error also if I try to swtich to compatibility stata option (not ahci)) thxbest regards













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Answer:w520 windows 7 installation on intel 510 120gb ssd error

I fixed the problem yeah. It was the uefi mode which caused problems.

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Question: W520 mSATA SSD

120GB mSATA SSD I am trying to decide between two choices for my W520. Currently, I am running two HDD. 1) Buy the 120GB mSATA SSD (see above link) for $140. 2) Buy the Crucial 512GB 2.5" SSD for $400 and replace one of the HDD Which way do you recommend? Thanks in advance.











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Answer:W520 mSATA SSD

I'm probably not telling you anything you didn't already know.  The mSATA slot (pci-e) is SATA II as compared ot your 2.5" SSD which is SATA III.  The crucial will have better performace.  I'm not sure how big your HDDs are and how much you store on your computer, but if they are sufficient in size for you I would recommend one of these two options.   1. By a 30GB mSATA and use Intel Rapid Boot Technology to turn your HDDs effectively into hybrid SSD/HDD.   2. Use the $140 to replace one of your HDDs with a 120GB-200GB (depending on how good of a shopper you are). Put your OS and most used programs on it.  Store music, pictures, and less used programs on the HDD.  This option will give better performance than your option 1) and won't break the bank like your option 2).  If you do it right, this will give you just as good as performance as your option 2) most of the time.    




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Hi,I have a W520 - 42844MG - bios 1.42I would like to add a msata hd like the Samsung 840 evo msata or the crucial m550 msata, both 512gb.- I didn't understand if my computer support these hd capacity.- I cannot find which speed support my msata connector 3gb/s, 6gb/s.Please help me!Thanks in advance for your kind helpMA











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Answer:W520 ssd mSATA 512???

mattia_albicini wrote:Hi,I have a W520 - 42844MG - bios 1.42I would like to add a msata hd like the Samsung 840 evo msata or the crucial m550 msata, both 512gb.- I didn't understand if my computer support these hd capacity.- I cannot find which speed support my msata connector 3gb/s, 6gb/s.Please help me!Thanks in advance for your kind helpMA
The mSata port in the W520 is SATA2 (3gb/s). There is no problem using either the Samsung 840 EVO or Crucial M550 in the system (I have the Crucial M550 512gb mSata installed in my personal system)

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Question: W520 + mSata SSD

I recently changed out the Intel 310 80GB mSata SSD that I had installed into my second W520 with a Crucial M4 256GB mSata SSD. The WEI measurement for storage went from 7.5 to 7.8. The corresponding Read speed was 268 Mbs vs 203 Mbs, the Write speed was 220 Mbs 86 Mbs. The system feels significantly more responsive overall and the size of the SSD meant no need to fool around moving the OS and data. The SSD was cloned from the original 500GB Hitachi 500 GB HDD that I have previously partitioned into C:\ and D:\. Everything booted up properly aside from a glitch getting System Update to work properly which I fixed later. The SSD was priced at $219.
 
I highly recommend the addition of an mSata SSD to either the W520 or the W530 if you only have the original spinning hardware installed. The Crucial M4 mSata 256GB SSD uses a Marvell controller vs the Sandforce controllers that are found in most other SSDs. There is no difference in how compressible vs non-compressible data is managed, hence the increase in the measured write speed from the tests which use compressible data.

Answer:W520 + mSata SSD

+1 for the Crucial mSATA SSD.
I've got the same one and deploying it was just as you say. All gain, no pain.
 
Cheers.

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I have a Lenovo ThinkPad W520 with Windows 7-64 bit and am trying to connect to a NetGear PTV2000 Adapter for Wireless Display that works with other devices. When I attempt to run the Intel WiDi program I immediately get an error:  Unable to load the Intel My WiFi Technology DLL file. I have installed, uninstalled, and installed different Intel Wi-Fi drivers, ver. 14.3.1.1 to the latest version,  that do not work with the Intel WiDi program. Help resolvin this would be appreciated. Bob  













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Answer:W520 and WiDi Error: Unable to load the Intel My WiFi Technology DLL file

Version 3.5.40.0 is the latest Intel WiDi driver. If you are using the Lenovo drivers for your wireless adapter (Intel 6300 AGN?) I would suggest going to http://www.intel.com/support/wireless/wtech/iwd/sb/CS-031109.htm and downloading the appropriate software from Intel. You should be using the Intel drivers for your adapter and the Intel WiDi driver/softare package. Uninstall the Lenovo drivers and then install the Intel packages. Let the board know if that improves things. Good luck.

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I'm looking for suggestions on which mSata card everyone is using in their W520.  How big of a drive are you using? 40GB? 80GB? Larger? Thanks Josh

Answer:Which mSata card is everyone using in their W520?

80GB.  Are you seeing any larger on the market?

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Looking to add this SSD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148613 to my W520. Any body with experience and recommendations?

Answer:Adding mSata SSD to my W520

I've just bought this mSata SSD for my brand new W530 I'm still waiting for the parcel delivery from Crucial UK. This SSD should work perfectly on your W520.Several users on this forum use this SSD on their W520 without any issue.





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Just ordered a used w520 that I plan to run VMs on.  I'm going to wipe it and reinstall Windows 7 but I want to do that onto an internal mSata card [probably].  Is there any particular recommendations for mSata for these Lenovos?  Any ones to stay away from? Thanks!

Answer:[w520] mSata Question

Hi, I can't speak for mSata but on my W520 (use it for more than 3 years now) I love to use the crucial SSDs and hate OCZ. Latter just made issues Soko





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I have just purchased a Hypertec 240Gb mSATA board as an upgrade for my W520.  The issue I have is that after installing the mSATA card in the dedicated slot under the keyboard it is not recognised by the BIOS and therefore unusable. Does anyone know if there is a maximum size mSATA for the W520 or what the technical spec of the mSATA port are, i.e. speed 6Gb or 3Gb, etc Product Id: 4318CTOBios: 1.45  













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Answer:w520 mSATA not detected in BIOS

Hello,
 
I do not have a ThinkPad W520, nor have I user a Hypertec mSATA SSD myself, but the W520 is from the same generation as my X220, and I know that it works with mSATA SSDs from at least two different vendors, MyDigitalSSD and Patriot.
 
Therefore, I'd suggest checking a few things to see if any of them make a difference:
 

Verify the W520 has the latest BIOS/UEFI firmware installed.  I believe the latest version is 1.42.
Verify you have the latest firmware installed for the Hypertec 240GB mSATA SSD (which I'm guessing is either their SSD2S240FS-L, SSDM240SF1200SA2 or SSDM240FS-L model).

There could also be an issue with the mSATA SSD itself.  A couple of ways to test that would be to try using the mSATA SSD in another computer, both via a mSATA to 2.5" drive adapter or in another notebook computer with a known good working mSATA port.
 
Once you've done those troubleshooting steps and let us know the results we should have a better idea about how to proceed.
 
Regarfds,
 
Aryeh Goretsky

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Using the two pcix slots in w520 - can I install two mSata drives and perphaps even raid them? Thank you













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Answer:Can I install two mSata drives in a w520?

You can not. The W520 has only one full sized mSATA slot.

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Hi All, Just got my second Renice X3 (the first one completely died...) installed in my W520 and now its BSOD'ing with the hard drive light seemingly stuck on pretty much within 10-20 minutes of Windows loading. For those that had success with this drive are there any specific settings that caused the system to stabilize or should I just get rid of this POS hard drive and replace it with one from a vendor that I've actually heard of? I've upgraded to 1.34 BIOS. Thanks in advance!

Answer:W520/Renice X3 mSATA BSOD

I dunno. Is it SSD failure again?

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I bought 2 Thinkpad W520. On one of them I installed a (120GB Mushkin) mSata drive. The OS and all applications are now installed on the mSata (the HDD is actually still outside the machine as I removed it during install). As it works pretty well I would like to do the same configuration on the second W520 (for a friend of mine). The question is what is the best way to clone the entire mSata to another mSata, obviously to avoid installing all applications again? I do have a full set of recovery disks with drivers etc. but prefer not to spend that much time doing it from scratch again. Hardware seems to be very rare for these mSata drives (I was thinking of a mSata to USB adapter cable but could not find one on Ebay in the UK); should I just use a cloning software, create a copy on the HDD, then transfer that from HDD onto the new mSata? Would it be fully bootable with the OS? Thank you for your advice!  

Answer:mSata cloning for 2 W520 machines

I have found that the best way to place the exiting software on the mSata is to first image the C:\ and System_DRV volumes to an external USB HDD using Ghost 15. Then to start a cold restore of the system (from CD) with the mSata drive in place. Once all that is accomplished, restart the system and then change the drive letter on the HDD (which previously was the C:\ drive) to something else (I use W: ). All should be fine afterwards. The advantage of using Ghost 15 vs Acronis  is that Ghost will resize the existing C:\ partition to fit the smaller mSata drive. The restore process will also insure that the partitions are properly aligned.

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I've been using a 256 GB mSATA SSD in my W520. It works great, despite the SATA II limitations of the mSATA slot. Today I came across the following: 480GB mSATA SSD The Mushkin sure looks like it will fit in my W520, despite the additional height. I don't think were are height constrained in our machines. I found a comment on Anandtech that states that the Mushkin 480GB drive is not truly mSATA because of the stack height: "Mushkin uses a stacked daughter board to achieve 480GB. This is usually ok in a motherboard, but not in a z-height limited mobile device. While it's still electrically mSATA, it is technically outside the mSATA specifications which limit z-height (if I recall correctly)." BTW: I sometimes use a mSATA to 2.5" adapter to run my SSD. So this won't be a dreadful mistake regardless. Now if only Samsung would release the 840 Pro in this format.  

Answer:W520 and W530 - mSATA SSD 480GB

Hi in my W530 is a Samsung  500 GB properly working During the installation of W8 you have to decide between MBR ore GPTPartition stile. As i remember you can under MBR parition stile use SDD up to 2 TB (4 active partitions)and under GPT you can use more than 2 TB (up to 124 active partitions) with UEFII prefer GPT, because it starts faster and the startroutine is more secure. You have to chanche this in the BIOS GPT enables you to run hyperview, this is really cool  HTH Rainer Borchmann

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 Here is the benchmark for the ADATA 256GB SSD I just installed in my W520. I have a mSATA to 2.5" adapter, so i could move it from the mSATA slot and put it in the SATA III ultra or primary bay. Truth be told, I don't feel like taking her apart again, as the SSD is going to stay under the keyboard, no matter what. It seems to me that only the sequential read is bottlenecked by SATA II. Am I interpreting this correctly? Doesn't SATA II top out at a nominal 3Gb/sec? Thanks in advance.  

Answer:W520 mSATA SSD Crystal Disk Mark

It's Gb not GB.3 Gigabit theoretically equates to 384 MB/s.Include overheads etc with that and you will be lucky to break 300 MB/s.  

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I bought a Samsung SSD 850 EVO mSATA 1TB - my W520 does not see it. Is this device compatible with the W520's internal mSATA socket? And if not can I buy a mSATA controler? Thanks













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Answer:Thinkpad W520 - BIOS does not see mSATA Samsung SSD 850 EVO

Everything is working now - the drive was not seated properly

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January 10, 2013
New Micron and Crucial M500 SSDs Offer Affordable, High-Capacity Storage
New M500 SSD Reaches Terabyte-Class Capacity and Delivers Next-Generation Feature Set
Key Messages:

Offered in 120GB, 240GB, 480GB and 960GB capacities
First terabyte-class drive available for under $600
Utilizes Micron 20nm MLC NAND flash with a SATA 6Gb/s controller and Micron custom firmware
Includes hardware-based encryption, data protection against unexpected power loss, and an adaptive thermal monitoring system
Available in 2.5 inch, mSATA, and M.2 form factors for standard computing and next-generation ultrathin devices

SSD Performance 
Dramatically faster than a hard drive, the M500 SSD enables lightning fast boot-up, near instant wake from sleep, and fast application loading, creating a dynamic and engaging computing experience. The M500 SSD uses a SATA 6Gb/s controller combined with Micron's custom firmware to deliver up to 80,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS). The drive's sequential read and write speeds reach up to 500 MB/s and 400 MB/s, respectively
 
Compatibility and Availability
The Crucial M500 SSD is backed by a three-year limited warranty and is compatible with both PC and Mac® systems4. The 2.5-inch drive will be available in 120GB, 240GB, 480GB and 960GB capacities. The smaller M.2 and mSATA form factors will be available in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities. The 2.5-inch Crucial M500 SSD is expected to be available for purchase in the first... Read more

Answer:W520 - New Micron SSDs in 2.5" and mSata formats

I wonder that the 480GB mSATA device is going to cost me.

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Hi everyone! I just bought for my W520 a new mSATA drive, a Crucial M550 512Gb.However,  it seems there are quite a lot of problems :The startup is very very erratic when I try to boot from a USB key (it doesn't matter the key, if it's a windows or Linux image on it, it just stop and hang at some point). Even if I manage to get it booting, often the install fails or it won't boot afterwards.When finally I managed to get a Linux or Windows installed, it doesn't boot either and just hang during the boot.I definitely get past the bios and the drive is recognised. I tried to change the bios settings from AHCI to compatibility to no effect. I also tried to change the bios boot from UEFI to legacy and any combination of the two settings, equally to no effect. For the record, the previous mSATA SSD was an OCZ Nocti, and it has no problem at all booting, be it from USB (with any image I tried) or normal boot. As far as I can tell my bios is up to date (version 1.42 from 2013-07-26).  The only thing left now is to rma the drive, but I wanted to make sure I didn't miss anything obvious. I know some on this forum managed to get this drive to work in their system, so I figure it's not a compatibility issue... If anyone has an idea, please chime in! It may be linked to this comment : https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/W-Series-ThinkPad-Laptops/not-always-start-w520/m-p/2104800/highlight/t...   Thanks a lot!     ... Read more

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I wanted to purchase the thinkpad w520 model: 427637U.The url for the complete spec is: http://www.circuitcity.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=719466&CatId=4939 Please help me regarding the following - 1. Does the above model had a built in provision for placing mSATA SSD? 2. Which mSATA SSD's are recommended? I am looking out for the SSD capacity between (60GB-80GB). Thanks in advance. -imax98

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Hi everyone, recently I am willing to install a mSATA SSD on my w520, but I don't know if the mini PCI-E of this machine support the 6Gbps SATA III, or it can only run a SATA III mSATA SSD in a SATA II mode. Has anyone tested this before? Thank you.













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Answer:Dose w520 msata support 6Gbps SATA III?

I don't have the reference handy, but I'm pretty sure that I've read on multiple forums that the mSATA on the W520 supports sata 2 only, not 3.

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I have a Lenovo w520 with i7--2720QM.I am not sure if it is quadcore.But it can fit 4 x 8gbmemory.But currently it has 2x 4gb memory installedwith two Seagate Momentus 7200.4 ST9500420AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s in hardware Raid-1 setup.If I buy the Adata xpg sx300 256gb.http://www.adata-group.com/index.php?action=product_feature&cid=3&piid=181How do I transfer the windows OS there?Is putting the windows in msata, the fastest configuration?

Answer:Transferring windows OS on mSATA on Lenovo Thinkpad W520

The i7-2720QM is a quad-core and your W529 can support up to 4 x 8GB (total 32GB) RAM.That ADATA is a mSATA SSD and is to be installed under the W520 keyboard in the mSATA/WWAN PCI-Express slot, which supports SATA 3Gbit/s interface. The ADATA is backward compatible to this.To transfer your current Windows installation "as is" to the mSATA SSD, you can use a commercial application such as Acronis True Image -- back up Windows onto an external hard drive (as a file) and then restore from that file onto the mSATA SSD.

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Hi,I just received my brand spanking new W520 Thinkpad and the very first thing that I did was to install an Intel "soda creek" 80GB mSATA SSD in it.  Now I have found out that some W520 motherboards have B2 stepping QM67 chipsets and some have B3 (without the Sandy Bridge SATA bug) chipsets.  Since I am under the impression that both the chipset that I own is faulty and that the fault directly inpacts my SATA devices, I called Atlanta, Georgia and spoke with an IBM/Lenovo representative in the warranty department.  They asked me to contact a sales person since I have had the machine less than 21 days.  They also said that they were unaware of any B2 stepping W520 boards, but if you run CPU-Z or you open a cmd window and type in "wmic idecontroller get deviceid" you can see if your W520 board is B2 stepping or B3 stepping.  REV_04 as a result of either of these methods would indicate a B2 (buggy hardware) stepping whereas a revision 5 is a newer stepping without the bugs. So, will this B2 stepping motherboard have a negative effect on my mSATA card that I am using for my operating system?  How about my spinning HDD?  What about the DVD burner?   Why is Lenovo selling B2 stepping QM67 boards in new machines at this late date?  How come the W520 is not listed among the machines that have this issue as per this page on the Lenovo web site: Chipset Series 6 Announcement From what I have read, the QM67 chipset exhibits th... Read more

Answer:W520 with B2 stepping QM67 chips - HDD/DVD/mSATA affected?

I also have the affected B2 stepping chipset (=rev 04). You can check on Linux with  [[email protected] ~] lspci | grep SATA00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation Cougar Point 6 port SATA AHCI Controller (rev 04)The unaffected SATA ports 0 and 1 are the main harddisk bay and the ultrabay. The remaining SATA ports suffer from the Intel chipset bug and may show decreased performance and / or loss of function during the expected lifetime. This would be the external eSATA port and the mSATA internal connector (and only these two). 

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Hello,I just purchased new SSD ADATA Pro SP900 256GB SSD and when I want to boot my computer I got error2101  Detection error on HDD1 (mini sata).At the first start, there was no error and everything seems working but when I try to open SSD in windows, the disk was uninitialised. I tried to initialise it but without success, so I reboot the notebook and got this error. I installed lastest bios, try to remove SSD wait some time and reinsert it but the error still appear. Does anybody have solution? I figure that this error is quite common. Thanks

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Question: x260 Error 2101

I have a X260 with a Samsung 850 EVO SSD installed connected to the normal SATA cable. Recently, the system ran down in hibernate or sleep mode until the battery was completely drained. The next time I started it up, Iwas presented with an immediate error after the logo of "2101 Detection error on SSD(M.2)". Booting into BIOSor UEFI diagnostics doesn't show any options for diagnosing the SSD. What is odd is there is no M.2 SSD. ?Right nowI am traveling and don't have a SATA-USB cable or another drive to try, but is there any possibility this is something other than my SSD failing completely? System does not boot. Things I have tried already: Reseating the SATA cable, Resetting BIO S to default settings, "Power Cycling" the SSD. All checks in UEFI diagnostics pass.

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Hello,I just purchased new SSD ADATA Pro SP900 256GB SSD and when I want to boot my computer I got error2101  Detection error on HDD1 (mini sata).At the first start, there was no error and everything seems working but when I try to open SSD in windows, the disk was uninitialised. I tried to initialise it but without success, so I reboot the notebook and got this error. I installed lastest bios, try to remove SSD wait some time and reinsert it but the error still appear. Does anybody have solution? I figure that this error is quite common. Thanks













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Answer:E531 SSD error 2101

Hello, the problem was in faulty SSD drive. Seller told me that he probably got some bad series of this SSD because almost 60% of sold was not working, so I returned it and picked up Transcend MTS400 256GB which works like a charm.

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Hi all. I have a 1 month old t450s bought directly from lenovo. Standard HDD and ram, decided to go with the HD+ IPS monitor (very good) and opted out on the 16gb ssd. I've bought a crucial balistic 8gb stick and a Transcend MTS400 128gb ssd m.2. I've installed everything and it was all working well with the eventual 2101 error on boot after resuming from sleep. Since my OS is installed on the SSD I've disabled the sleep mode, because boot time is less than 5 seconds. Anyway, a week ago I've started experiencing random freezes doing regular tasks (browsing, documents...). Yesterday the computer was frozen, I've power cycled it and I was greeted with a 0xc0000225 blue screen (something on the lines of file system not found).I've tried everything, system repair, changing the UEFI settings, reseating the ssd, running the Lenovo bios diagnostics (all green). Nothing works. Any ideas? Thanks!

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Hi, I just updated BIOS ver. from 1.30 to 1.37. Had no problem with it. The system restarted and got the message that " 2101: Detection error on HDD2 (mini SATA)" This is a Crucial M4 256Gb SSD, which I'm using since 5 month. Changed it back to my old KINGSTON 64GB SSD , and it works. I've downloaded BIOS ver 1.3 , downgraded the system, but the problem still exists.It boots without any problem with the Kingston , but not with the Crucial. Currently I don't have another computer to test the Crucial SSD if it's broken, but I think it's rather BIOS related. Plese advise what to do now, because I had all my work on that SSD.  Regards,Gabor













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Answer:T420SI 2101 ERROR after BIOS update

Contact Crucial. If another drive works then it may be dying and the error is a result of the status.





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Hi there, After about month of use I suddenly got an error: "2101: Drive detection error on hdd2 (mini sata)". Simply while browsing the internet system hung up and after reboot the error appeared.I've read that people here had same error just after mounting their SSD's - mine worked fine for few weeks.The problem appeared short time after auto-updating BIOS but not just after flash. 2 or 3 restarts gone smoothly.Strange is that now my BIOS version is still 1.16 when on the web since last Wednesday hangs ver. 1.17 - the update went on Saturday.Any ideas how to avoid sending anything (Laptop and SSD) to RMA? I have already RMA ticket from OCZ but want to save some time and don't want to lose the data.Besides I'm not sure if it isn't issue of the new BIOS from Lenovo. Thanks in advance for any help.Gootchio 





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Answer:2101 Error: ThinkPad T430 and OCZ Nocti 120GB

Hello gootchio,
Welcome to the Lenovo Forums.
 
You should try and reseat the drive the computer is not detecting.  This should reset the code and hopefully correct the problem.





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-Windows 8.1 Professional x64
-I have (2) HDD's under RAID 1 {mirrored}
After fresh install I now have the (2) HDD's shown and was was notified to install chipset driver, so I did and ended up installing the Intel Rapid Storage Technology.

Now my (2) HDD's are mirrored {combined to one drive} but the problem is I get an error about recycle bin being corrupt, delete- yes or no?.... and nothing works trying both options and the message keeps coming up.

Answer:Installed Intel Rapid Storage now Recycle Bin error

** problem was a corruption with my RAID 1 config between two of my drives for windows to see it as (1) drive.
it happened when I changed my drive type in BIOS from RAID to AHCI. You shouldn't do this as it will leave you with a corrupted windows install as it doesn't know how your drives are configured.
PREVENTION: don't change drive type in BIOS when you still have an operating OS installed.

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I downloaded a video using Freemake Video Downloader. When I tried to play it with Windows Media Player 11 (file version 11.0.5721.5145/WMP_11.061018-2006--I copied what was displayed in the file version), I get an error message, telling me the Intel ITU H.264 (H264) codec is missing. The video is in AVI format (first time I've had a problem playing this format!). Where do I find this codec and install it so the video will play? Should I NOT convert videos downloaded with Freemake to AVI and let them in FLV format? Running OS Windows XP Professional with SP 3.0. BTW, I am able to play the video with Media Player Classic: Home Cinema.
 

Answer:Windows Media Player Error: Intel ITU H.264 (H264) codec not installed

Oh, guy, WMP can not play avi or flv format, you need to install the codec (google search "h.264 codec"), or convert them to wmv files.
Or download a VLC player, it supports playing a range of source video formats. try it.
 

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Dear Forum, I am about to buy the ThinkPad E130 (Pentium 977/KGB HDD/4GB/Win8).I could not find a reasonably priced version of the laptop with the Lenovo-branded 16GB cache (from SanDisk).So I intend purchase a Crucial M4 32GB mSATA and configure it as a read/write cache using the "Intel Smart Response Technology" (SRT) mechanism.Although the HM77 chipset supports it, it is up to the laptop manufacturers to configure the motherboard, UEFI/BIOS to support it or not. I failed to find any statement by Lenovo clarifying it. That is where I have questions about your experience with it:1. What software / mechnism does the Lenovo 16GB cache option use?2. Does Crucial m4 mSATA work with E130?3. Is Intel SRT supported on mSATA under Windows 8?Thank you in advance! --Lucas

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I am trying to install an MSATA SSD onto this laptop.  Simply installing the drive and enabling the RST technology results in a "cannot access boot disk" error-type blue screen.  I've managed to get into the intel RST screen by enabling legacy boot and using ctrl-I.  Once there I am only able to create a RAID array. I assumed the system would be set up already to use RST, however that doesn't seem to be the case.  The system will not boot with the MSATA drive installed.  Do I need to set the system into a RAID-0 disk in order to proprely install and use this MSATA disk as a cache on the hard disk?    The drive is a 32 gb drive that uses sata 3.0. Intel RST recognizes and shows the drive and it's capacity, but windows will refuse to boot from the regular disk while it is installed, and the hdd access light does not turn on when I attempt to boot with the MSATA drive installed. Is there a procedure or set of instructions I need to follow in order to get a system that was not set up with the RST technology and did not have the cache at all before?  I have an external hard disk I can back up onto, with enough storage to back up the current disk, if necessary.

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I just finished migrating the System partition on the 500GB HDD to the Intel SSD card. The Windows Experience Index went from 5.9 to 6.9. The Disk access component was 7.6. Physical installation was easy, but migrating the software was a learning experience.

Answer:Added Intel 310 mSata SSD 80gb

Did you use the Intel Data Migration Tool?





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FYI,
 
I installed an Intel 80GB mSata SSD in my W520  in June, 2011. Recently I ran a DiskMark performance check to see how the drive was performing long term in the system. Here are the numbers from then:
 

 
and here is the recent run:
 

 
Note that the write speed has degraded about 30% for sequential write operations, but the block write operations have degraded about 1-10%. The read operations have remained the same. I read in another forum that people were starting to experience significant slowdowns on the Samsung 830 SSD with one user reporting 3 x slower than when initally installed. The Intel SSD supports TRIM as does Windows 7. Additionally, I've run the Intel Optimizer as an added operation (Intel recommends running this even with the Windows 7 TRIM function enabled).
 
The volume is moderately fragmented at this point. Intel does not recommend periodic defragmentation to be run, so I have it disabled in Diskeeper.
 
Now, for the rest of the story. I ran Diskeeper against the SSD (normally disabled for defrag ops) and then re-ran the DiskMark test. Here are those results:
 
 
 
 
 
Note that the write operation performance has been restored to equal or better than the first run in June 2011 !! So, there appears to be a correlation between significant fragmentation on the SSD for WRITE operations, but little to no effect on READ operations.
 
YMMV

Answer:Intel 80GB mSata SSD Performance

Hi
 
Thanks For Your Post
 
You should install the Intel SSD Toolbox to run the optimizer every week to keep the drive at peak performance
 
http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=18455
 
"....Intel recommends running the Intel Optimizer once a day. Since the total execution time for running the Intel SSD Optimizer runs in a matter of seconds and there is no known risk of harm to the SSD due to continuous repeated use, Intel recommends scheduling the Intel SSD Optimizer to run on a daily basis. Overuse does not cause problems with the SSD but wastes system resources to run the optimizer more than is recommended...."
 
You may Refer below Post for more Info
http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/W-Series-ThinkPad-Laptops/Migration-steps-to-an-Intel-mSATA-unit/td-p/58...
 
 
 
Hope This Helps
Cheers!!!
 

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I'm trying to do a clean install on a Intel 525 series mSATA SSD on a Lenovo T520 via USB. W7Pro.

I've had the msata installed in the laptop, formatted, for a month. I wanted to make sure it was stable. Moved some files to it etc....ran Intel tools on it....stable!

Finallly decided to do a clean install via USB.
Removed HDD.
Booted to USB.
No SSD found (it is in the BIOS)
CMD prompt / disk part / list disk / clean
Back to setup
Disk is there but win refuses to install saying 'Computer may not support booting this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the BIOS.'

I don't see anything except SATA which is set to AHCI (w/no option to change it anyways)

Answer:Clean install on intel 525 msata

Unplug all other HD's and peripherals,

Boot into BIOS setup, reset to defaults, save changes. If an EFI BIOS you'll need to decide if you want UEFI BIOS vs. Legacy BIOS. If UEFI follow these special steps for Install, otherwise enable Legacy BIOS or Compatibility Support Module to proceed with normal install:

Set DVD drive first to boot, HD second, set SATA controller to AHCI, Save changes and Exit.

Then boot into Windows 7 installer DVD or flash stick burned or written using tool and latest ISO for your licensed OS version here. I would use a fresh ISO written with tool in Step 2 as yours is in question.

At first installer screen Press Shift + F10, or enter System Recovery Options to open a Command Box, type:

DISKPART
LIST DISK
SELECT DISK 0 (after confirming Windows 7 target HD #)
CLEAN
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
FORMAT FS=NTFS LABEL="WINDOWS 7"
ACTIVE
EXIT
EXIT

Next click Install Now, then Custom install to Clean Install Windows 7 to the partition you created. If it fails then report back at which step and the verbatim error message.

In addition read over these steps to understand the tools and methods which work best to get and maintain a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. The steps are the same for retail.

After install you can adjust partition size or Create new partitions for data, etc. in Disk Mgmt. You are creating the partition here for the purpose of wiping the HD and marking Active which overcomes certain install failu... Read more

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I've read that the X61s may not be compatible with Intel's 310 mSATA, but have been unable to determine if this is "fixable" with a Bios update. I would very much like to get an mSATA if it is compatible with this great machine.













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Answer:x61s compatibility with intel 310 mSata

Muggleborn wrote:
but have been unable to determine if this is "fixable" with a Bios update.

 
 
There's nothing "fixable". 
 
The X61s was built well before mSATA drives existed, and simply does not have the channel that an mSATA drive requires on the mini-PCI-E sockets.
 
Cheers,
 
Bill

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I accidentally set my r&r partion on the orginal hdd to active. Machine wont boot. The USB backup I made wont boot either even though all the files are on it like it should be and was made by the lenovo recovery media program.  Do anyone know why I can't boot from the USB drive?  ALso does anyone know how I can set the active partion back to the right partion on the C: drive?  Thank you very much for any help.  





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Answer:Installed new msata ssd screwed up R&R

i fixed teh active partition, just need help getting the recovery media to work. 





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Hi, I am buying a W520 right now and wanted to know which Intel SSD (160GB) comes with the W520? Thanks, Mike

Answer:Which Intel SSD comes with W520?

Most likely still the X-25M.

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I may soon take plunge on an SSD, but I was wondering, how bad is the battery life penalty for adding the mSATA SSD along with a traditional spinning HDD? And similarly, I've read there is actually a battery penalty--not benefit--when comparing the power draw of a high-capacity SSD to a modern spinning hard drive. Is it true? And if I go for the regular 2.5-inch 7mm SSD (Intel 320), would it make any sense to add an mSATA SSD also, or will the battery life hit just be too much?

Answer:Battery life penalty with mSATA SSD (or Intel 320 SSD)?

My Intel 80GB mSata SSD is much more energy efficient than any spinning disk; I also run a 256GB SSD Samsung and can run over 8 hours in presentation mode using virtual machines without AC power attached. My system is the Intel I7 with 9 cell battery. Jim

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Hello All:In a July thread in this Forum harrisb reported his experiences installing an "OEM" mSATA (Intel 310 80Gig unit. I never became clear to me whether forarmed with the Intel Migration Assistant software I would need to clone my current state of C:/. I have had the W520 for a couple of weeks and installed much of what will go on the system, but not yet the Adobe creative programs. Planning that soon... but perhaps I should wait until the little solid state energizer bunny is in there and settled in. 1. Can I download and use the Intel Migration sw even if I have the OEM drive? (I figured I could but have to know for sure...)2. Will that software clone the necessary OS files without trying to stuff my data in the SSD? Do I just tell the sw which folders hold only data? Could it be that easy?3. Does this all happen with the drives installed inside the W520 case or do I have to get an external enclosure/HD connector? (suspect the sw can do this without taking machine apart...)4. Is Intel able to align the sectors of the bits that get moved with their SDD hardware without a second step to do so? NewEgg selling the Intel 310 80Gig for $192. As a commercial photographer planning to use this for photo/multimedia editing and tethered shooting I hope for gains in speed. I might put a small scratch disk on the SSD during editing sessions. (If there's room!) Thoughts, suggestions? Thanks, in advance,jonathan 7007





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Answer:Migration steps to an Intel mSATA unit

Sorry-- Forgot to ask... 5. What capabilities are lost when the card already in that slot is removed? I don't use a cell-system antenna and account, which is what I understand the WLAN to refer to. I have seen pictures of the card that comes out, but don't know what everyone is giving up. Again, thanks for ideas and shared experiences. jonathan7007





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Hi Everyone, I am the proud owner of a new x220 with the following spec:* i7 2.70GHz* * gis mem* Bios version 1.21* running Win 7 64-bit professional.* 320 hd I am very proud of my self for installing the Intel Series 310 80 GB mSATA SSD by myself (not very technical).   1. If I hit F12 on boot up the drive is available.  2. Running Lenovo Think Vantage Tool Box and it sees the Intel SSDMAEMC080G2 drive... The question I have is that windows does not see this as a drive from my computer..ect.  My question is how to I get Win 7 to see this drive so I can move my win 7 to it and set as a the boot drive. What step am I missing???  Thanks everyone for your help!!! Chris

Answer:x220 with Intel Series 310 80 GB mSATA SSD (How do you get Win 7 to see drive

I have exactly the same problem, and i'm a step forward :You have to  run "Disk Management" to initialize, partition, and format the drive. After, you will see the drive in windows. But it is not a bootable drive, and the system is not here.I tried to use the thinvantage tool to create a bootable USB stick with the sytem : Don't work ! (message like " "impossible to find files needed by this program" ) only 500 Mo on the stick.I tried to use the windows backup system to have a full system image on an external hard drive : Don't work because Lenovo created a small partition (581 Mo) called SYSTEM_DRV and have only 230Mo free, and windows stop and say every time that for a volume bigger than 500Mo, it will need 320Mo free in this volume. And i can't remove this partition from the backup. I reduced this partition to 490 Mo and it is OK.Lenovo didn't tried this function in the computer before selling it ?After, i tried to create with windows backup possibilities a bootable DVD to use the backup image on the external HDD. but when i boot from it, with the backup HDD connected to be ready to use the backup, it start with "Windows is loading files..." and let me the choice for the OS language and keyboard (french for me) and say just after : "this version of system recovery options in not compatible with the version of windows you are trying to repair .Try using a recovery disc that is compatible with this version of windows ."I don't understand, as i created my backup wit... Read more

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Hi, I installed a Intel 310 40GB mSATA to the WWAN slot. I can see the disk when I go to the BIOS boot sequent (I saw Intel SSD with some serial number as an option. It is labelled as HHD2), and also in the device manager. However, I could not see it in "My Computer". Also, when I tried to use the Recovery Discs to install Windows 7 in the mSATA, I don't see mSATA as an option. I suspect that I did not install the driver or something like that probably. Any suggestions how I could install Windows 7 on the mSATA drive? Thanks. Yee Kan

Answer:Help to Install a Intel 310 mSATA to ThinkPads T420

Is your current Windows 7 the Lenovo preload?

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Hi, I know very little about computers. I recieved my T420 a few weeks ago and burnt my recovery disc (1 CD+3 DVD's). I also purchased an Intel 80GB mSATA. Can anyone give me some clear step by step directions on how to install it or a link to a page indicating what to do. Thankyou!!! Keep in mind I know very little about computers.

Answer:Adding Intel 80GB mSATA to T420

I burned my R&R to an external USB hard disk, but the steps should be similar.  Steps I took:http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/T400-T500-and-newer-T-series/T420-SSD-Self-Upgrade-or-Factory-Install/td... (0.  Inserted the mSATA.  To do this,  disconnect the power and battery, then open up the panel in the middle of the bottom of your T420.  The slot you need is at the left, with the two wires taped next to or inside it.  Ignore those wires, taping them out of the way if necessary; unscrew the single screw; insert the mSATA card; rescrew the screw; and replace the panel.  For more instructions, see the T420 Hardware Maintenance Manual at http://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/pc/pccbbs/mobiles_pdf/0a60007.pdf , p. 73, "1070 PCI Express Mini Card for wireless WAN".  Note that you will NOT be attaching those two wires to your mSATA drive.)1.  Used Rescue & Recovery to create recovery media on an external USB drive.2.  Removed the mechanical drive (this will make sure R&R restores to the mSATA, not the mechanical disk).3.  Used Rescue & Recovery to install the factory load on the mSATA.4.  Reinserted the mechanical drive.5.  Formatted the OS partition on the mechanical drive, but left the system restore partition just in case.6.  Deleted the system restore partition from the mSATA SSD, and resized the OS partition to reclaim the restore-partition space.7.  Made sure that hibernation a... Read more

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I can't run intel toolbox secure erase on my Intel mSata 310, it keeps saying it is locked (Security Freeze), help.I have the mSata drive as a second HD, I've erased the partitions on it, I've even taken it out and put it back in as Intel suggested (not knowing how this would do anything). Thanks 













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Answer:How to Secure Erase an Intel mSata 310 in a X220?

Maybe you could try HDDErase. It could attempt to disable the security freeze. If that fails, you could try hot-plugging.

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Since the 4th generation Intel processors are coming, that means they'll probably support the 4th generation chipsets, QM87 in particular for us.Since the QM87 chipset supports four SATA3 lanes, I hope this means I'll be able to run an mSATA SSD at SATA3 speeds instead of SATA2.The speed differences are negligible for humans, but it would be nice to get what I paid for.

Answer:New Intel Chipset and SATA3 mSATA SSDs

It would be a new type of mSATA called M.2 which will support SATAIII.

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For the past month or two, my Y580 has been locking completely, not allowing for any response and forcing me to do a hard restart. The only change was an installation of Crucial mSata drive and installing Windows 7 64 bit onto the SSD. My initial thoughts were overheating, however that doesn't seem to be the case as it freezes even when the machine is cool. Any thoughts on what this might be? I have attempted changing the BIOS from AHCI to IDE, but my machine refused to boot after that. The event occurs randomly, and I have not been able to find any sort of error associated with it. Any thoughts? Thanks

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HP ENVY 700-230qe CTO Desktop PC Motherboard description?Manufacturer: MSI?Manufacturer name: MS-7826?HP/Compaq name: Kaili Chipset ?Intel Z87 Disc 0 is currently 1TB HDD.  No SSD in mSATA port.  Considering adding 1TB SSD as primary drive and moving 1TB HDD to secondary position. QUESTION:I believe installing a 2.5 inch SSD on a standard SATA channel will operate at 6.0Gb/s.  If instead, I install a mSATA SSD in the mSATA port, 1) can I make the mSATA port with 1TB mSATA SSD the primary drive2) will it operate at 6.0Gb/s ?? 3) will the whole 1TB mSATA SSD be accessible?  This would save a HDD bay and make use of the mSATA port that probably wouldn't be used otherwise.

Answer:Kaili MS-7826 Intel Z87 - SATA SSD versus mSATA SSD

Hi, The following link shows the specs of the motherboard:      http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c03748942 1. It does not have mSATA slot therefore mSATA is out of the picture,2. It use Z87 chipset that means it supports 6Gb/s and the specs say it uses 6Gb/s already     http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c03983810 3. as #1. Note the PCI slot is occupied by the network card. mSATA is better than normall HDD but slower normal SSD. If you wish to use SSD you can swap with the existing HDD and move the HDD to the second bay, you can also add another HDD to the 3rd bay as mentioned on the above specs. Regards.

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All,Which re-format measure/process will take the least life out of my mSATA? Searching around the 'net doesn't turn up an answer, surprisingly. I just installed a Samsung 830 256Gig SSD as a boot drive to replace a gasping-for-space Intel 310 80Gig mSATA in my w520 purchased and modified November 2011. I left the mSATA in my machine as I use it for shooting photos tethered, and this mSATA will be the targeted storage space for those big RAW files as they come off the camera. This former "C:" drive will need to be formatted, I think, rather than going through it in Windows Explorer to delete everything, and Windows has sent it offline, anyway, as it has a "signature conflict" with the new SSD (which makes sense after a clone operation.) The HD went to a caddy in the UltraBay. That went smoothly. I have the newmodus (sp?) caddy which fit beautifully. Now I hope capacities on spinning 2.5-inch drives will keep rising. I use a Hitachi 750 bought a year ago as the caddied D: drive. Thanks in advance for suggestions. jonathan7007  





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Answer:RE-format my year-plus-old Intel 80GIG mSATA: best method?

All: I did some more reading and although nothing I found addressed my exact scenario I decided I knew enough to take a cautious approach of trying to delete everything through Windows Explorer. I know that this just changes flags on the files, allowing future overwrite, and I am hoping there are not too many folders at the top level (I haven't pulled the drive on-line as of the time I write this). I know the Windows folder is the most important one to get "out of sight" of the OS at startup. Yes, it's possible that the simple "Format..." on the Windows drop down meenu, with "Quick Format" checked, might have been about the same and easier, but I can't afford to have any future hiccup on startup. I have tried a bunch of cold starts and restarts (warm boot) so the cloning from mSATA to Samsung830 256Gig SSD seems to have gone off without a hitch. jonathan





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I'm thinking of installing an Intel mSata 310 SSD to the internal slot on my W520. What is the procedure for moving the OS from the HDD to the SSD? Do I have to do a complete reinstall of the OS and Apps on the C; drive or can I just relocate the information to the SSD?  Thanks

Answer:Moving Windows 7 preload to Intel mSata 80gb SSD

hey harrisbyou will need to do a complete reinstall.It is recommended that you create rescue/system recovery disc via the ThinkVantage Rescue & Recovery.





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Hi I have a Y470 that I upgraded to Windows 10 and then i got an 0x000021 error and couldn't get it to load windows. I used this as an excuse to install and mSATA (64GB) and then loaded Windows 10 on that drive.  So my computer loads now but I cannot get program files to run from the old drive, I get prompted to install the program on the new drive. I'd like to be able to just run the programs off the old larger drive. Is there someway to this short of reformatting the old drive and reinstalling all the software onto it?

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I just installed a crucial m550 on my V5-573p. I went to disk manager and only the HHD showed up. I removed the msata and reinstalled it again, with thesame results. I am on windows 8.1 Does anyone have any ideas on how to fix his issue?  Thanks

Answer:Installed msata on a V5-573p Windows will not reco...

There is some good info on this thread.http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/2181079 

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I will try to make a long story short.

Got my computer 1 month ago, and it had Windows 8 pre-installed on the 750gb HDD. I had heard it might have an mSata port on the motherboard, so I ordered a 256gb Crucial mSata SSD. Well, turns out my computer did not have the mSata port. Instead, I purchased an mSata -> Sata 2.5" HD caddy. I moved my 750gb HDD into an optical -> sata caddy, and put my 256gb SSD into the old HDD spot.

I loaded up Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on the SSD, wiped the partions on the 750gb HDD (but not the 500MB EFI System Partition or the 40mb OEM Partition), and all was well. I had an awesome SSD for my os / programs, and a solid storage drive.

Well my storage drive starting getting a random click...and it bothered me so Dell just sent me a replacement. I loaded up the replacement tonight and on reboot my computer couldn't find a bootable device.

I honestly thought Windows 7 installed on the SSD would have created a boot record.

I tried loading my Windows 7 DVD at boot to repair, and it gave me some incompatibility error.

I created a 500mb partition on my SSD, but haven't done anything yet. I thought about copying the EFI System partition over, but I also don't want to screw anything up.

Can anyone give me some advice. I have spent 3 weeks setting up all the programs, my preferences, etc.. I really don't want to reinstall Windows. I have done nightly backups using Acronis True Image.

The 750GB drive I believe is a GPT though i... Read more

Answer:Installed Win 7 Ult x64 on mSata SSD, EFI System Part on other drive?

I guess one possible option is to make an exact clone of the current D drive, using an SATA - USB adaptor with the new drive attached, or something.

Though I will "always" be locked to that drive being important for Windows to start.

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I have a ThinkPad W520 with an i7 i2720QM employing optimus to switch between a stock intel and an NVIDIA Quadro 1000M gpu. Optimus no longer appears to be working and I cannot get the Nvidia card to function even after reinstalling stock drivers cleanly in safe mode. For several months I have attempted to resolve this issue without success. I am running windows 10 but had the issue before making the switch. On one attempt I was able to get the nvidia control panel to deploy so that I could access the nvidia controls but that only lasted for a week and reverted back even after attempting the same configuration. When attemping to install current lenovo nvidia updates the installer displays an "installation package is corrupt" message. When attempting to launch the nvidia control panel the icon flickers and then does nothing. When I right click on the desktop only the nvidia desktop manager icon is displayed and then does not launch either. This problem started when I connected my machine to a projector and since then my laptop does not recognize any video device.  This seems like such a basic function -- connecting a laptop to a projector -- and I have never had this issue with my other machines. Especially since this is a W series machine designed for performance. It's basically useless to me now.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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I just received my new W520 and installed a new Intel 510 SSD. I did a clean reinstall of windows 7 64 bit and everything appeared to be working flawlessly until I attempted to "restart". Restarting will hang indefinitely but, strangely, if I do a complete shutdown an then power it up from a shutdown state, it boots fine. If I attempt a restart, and wait for it for a long period of time, it appears to hang on one of two issues, thinkpad active protection diagnostics or an intel boot agent error. I have reseated the new drive 3 times and reinstalled windows twice to no avail. Smells like a bios issue to me?!? Maybe. Firmware update on it's way to solve this? My thoughts were that either there is somethIng in the BIOS that is messed which I can't troubleshoot or that the BIOS is attempting to boot from a LAN or other network source despite the settings telling it otherwise. Anyone else having this issue and if so how did you solve it?!? Thanks, I am at the end of my rope here...

Answer:Restart Quirky with W520 and Intel 510 SSD

Removed link to thread about sandforce controller based SSD's since they are unrelated.  My bad.

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Hello, I would like to run ESX 5 on my W520. The installer does not recognize any NIC. Posted more information at: http://www.vm-help.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=3464 Intel 82579LM on Lenovo W520 - ESXi does not recognize NIC Any help greatly appreciated. (BIOS update to simulate an older version of the NIC which is supported by a driver, for example )Regards, C.

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