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2101 Error: X220 with Kingston 64GB msata

Question: 2101 Error: X220 with Kingston 64GB msata

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

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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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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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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, 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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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:                   ... Read more

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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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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My Dell XPS 8500 has an MSATA slot in which I have a 64 gb msata board which acts as the system and boot drive. I have just purchased a 128 gb msata board I want to install in place of the 64gb unit. My system also has a 1 tb main hard drive.
I have tried a system restore DVD and Back/Restore, neither has worked at all. All I want to do is find a way to do a complete copy of the 64gb msata now installed and then replace it with the 128gb unit and copy over all of the data that was on the 64gb one. This way all I have done will be to have more storage available on my system drive, the msata drive.

Any help much appreciated.

thanks,
Michael

Answer:How can i copy the system from my 64gb msata to a new 128gb msata?

Hi and welcome to the SevenForums!

One solution I can suggest to this is to use imaging software to create an image of your current Windows installation. Acronis True Image is one of the popular ones on here, but there are other programs that can do it such as Macrium Reflect.

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Hello once again and sorry to bother you all. I recently bought and an ssd and its fast it this actual ssd right here http://www.frys.com/product/6170909?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG things is i defraged it about 5 times i know i shouldn't have but what would be the outcome i know the kingston websites says its safe but isn't recommended and that an ssd doesn't need to be defraged ever. Will those 5 times i defragged it cause it to be slower or would it die faster. Thanks
 

Answer:Solved: Kingston SSD 64GB Defrag

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I brought this Kingston flash drive off Ebay for £52:00, a few days later the seller e-mailed me to say he had a problem with his own one, so had refunded the money to me but still sent the flash drive as it just might work for me. The seller said his would stop when it had x amount of data installed on his, well I've found that I can put data on but there's no way it will let me take it off, it comes up with a dox with a BOXthat has a big red X and say's Error Deleting File or folder, cannot delete file.Even a file that has nothing within it will not delete it, is this Flash drive only fit for the bin or can it be fixed????I don't think I could send it back to the makes as it come from Ebay? yet it has a 5 yr garrantee on the card that come with it. Any idea's

Answer:Kingston 64GB Flash Drive:

Send it back to Kingston and log a complain that the drive is not workingSeeing that it comes with a five-year warranty They don?t have to know that you bought it of ebay Kingston DataTraveler 64 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive DT150/64GB (Red/Black)click hereclick here

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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 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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Hi all,

I am having a problem installing windows on the above SSD drive. I currently have a 300gb velociraptor as my system drive but have bought the above drive.

I am trying to do a fresh install of Windows 8. It seems to get ad far as installing updates but just hangs. I have also tried windows 7 and it gets as far as finishing installation, but again hangs.

Just to note I disconnected all of my other drives during the installation.

I've gone back into Windows on my existing drive and gone into disk management and it picks the ssd drive up and shows the expected size.

Am I doing something wrong? Is there any software that could detect a possible faulty ssd drive?

Thanks in advance for any help / suggestions
 

Answer:Solved: Problems installing Windows on a 64gb Kingston SSD now

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Hi Everyone,  I just saw a great deal on ebay for a KingSpec 128GB 4CH MLC NAND Flash mSATA Support TRIM NCQ SSD Solid State Disk Does anyone know if this would work in my beloved x220?  Thanks! John

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HiI owns x220 4290-BH7 model.I recently installed msata (MyDigitalSSD 128GB 50mm Bullet Proof mSATA) on x220.I did a fresh installation of Win7 32-bit on the msata with all the windows update and Lenovo - Updates and Drivers. When i dock or undock the x220 on ultrabase 3, the win7 freezes. I do not have this problem when i boot from my other/previous ssd (1.8") on regular hard drive slot. Is there any suggestion to fix the problem? Thanks.

Answer:x220 - computer freezes when x220 docks/undocks on ultrabase 3 with msata ssd

fyi.my other drive is intel x25-m sata ssd.

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I have Y560P:i7, 6gb, 750gb HD.... I just installed "MyDigitalSSD 64GB 50mm Bulletproof mSATA (Mini SATA PCI-e) SSD - MDMS-5064"I wiped the platter drive and installed a fresh copy of Windows 7 Professional.  I installed all needed drivers.  I then ran CrystalDiskMark and the write speeds are all way too slow for the SSD.  The Read speeds are fine, just not the write.  The sequential writes are actually slower than the platter.  I can't seem to find any answers online.  I am hoping it is something simple as a certain driver/setting/whatever that can be easily changed.  Thanks for any help! 

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Hello guys;
 
I've a Lenovo Y500 with 1 TB HDD + 16 gb mSata SSD.. But i am not satisfied with this hybrid performance. I want to change my mSata ssd to 60 or 120 gb mSata SSD and installing whole windows on it.
 
But i don't know if any mSata drives compatible with my computer. Is there a list for this? 
 
I'm planning to buy Kingston 60 GB SSD Now SMS200S3 mSata SSD Drive.
 
Link to picture
 
You can see on this page:
 
http://www.kingston.com/en/ssd/s/
 
 
Any idea about compatibility this drive with Lenovo y500 ?
 
Thank you!
 
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Answer:Upgrade mSata to 64gb SSD and installing windows?

I think with compatibility is no problem but:- with upgrade by yourself you may void warranty- install windows tothis ssd is in my opinon not very good idea- for cache in my opinion is 32gb enough - if you wanna instal OS on ssd i think 60GB is not enough for OS.- ssd is write cycles limited and windows have lot of writes during run- you will lost intels technologies as cache and smart start





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Hi,Just got my new x220 in the mail yesterday along with a 64GB mSata SSD from myDigitalSSD. I have two questions: 1) What would be the preferred way to install win7 on the SSD drive? Should I first create a 'recovery disk' from the original HD and try to install this on the SSD? Should I download a Win7 image from the microsoft webpage and use my product key (then I wouldn't have the Lenovo stuff on there, not sure if this is a big deal)? 2) Is there a way to reduce the size of the win7 install that would be applicable here? The 64GB should be fine for me, but if I can shave off a few GB it would be nice. I saw some tutorials about using a program called vLite but this seems to be pre-install tweaking, and it's not clear if it would work using a 'Lenovo install disk' which I guess is what will be suggested for question (1). Any help or pointers would be greatly appreciated!Thanks,Dave 

Answer:Installing Win7 on 64GB MyDigitalSSD mSata Drive

I would suggest going the recovery route its easier that way. If windows asks you if you want to format the drive before the instal you should do so.

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Hi, I have installed new KingSpec mSATA 64gb SSD in my Y460 laptop. But my laptop is very slow and there no performance improvement after SSD installation. I also tried creating rapid drive, but it never succeeded it fails with RUN FAILURE error. Please help me to configure SSD properly. MY SSD :MY HDD :

Answer:mSATA KingSpec 64gb very low read / write speed

HISee this articlehttp://forums.lenovo.com/t5/IdeaPad-Y-and-U-series-Laptops/Installing-mSATA-SSD-In-Y560p/ta-p/418343





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http://www.asiatechtrade.com/runcore/runcore-v-msata.html I might get this but I'm not sure about the compatibility as certain X220's are having problems with the msata port..

Answer:Will this msata work with the X220 / X220 Tablet?

I was keeping an eye on those too, but I'm sure they won't work on the X220s that have the mSATA recognition problem.Also, I would like to know the mSATA speed on the X220. Is is 3Gbps (Sata II) or 6Gbps (Sata III)?





---------X220 4286 CTO, i7, 8GB RAM, 320GB HDD+Intel mSATA 80 GB, IPS display, BT 3.0, Intel 6205 WiFi, Win7 HP

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Hey everyone! I just got an ideaPad Y500, and I replaced the 16GB-mSATA SSD with a 120GB Kingston SSD.Now I am curious how I can get a fresh Win7 installation on it. It seems that the BIOS-options are somewhat limited on these models?I can't change the boot-drive etc. So, is there a guide/info, how I can install my Win7 Pro on it? Thanks in advance!  

Answer:Fresh Win7 install on Y500 with aftermarket mSATA SSD (Kingston)

If you use a disk cloning program and copy the OS that originally comes with your Y500 and copy it to your mSATA drivce, then format the mSATA drive, it will uefi information for it to be able to be booted to. You'll just have to bump the mSATA up in the boot order.





___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Lenovo Ideapad Y500 | Intel® Core? I7-3630M @2.4GHz | 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 RAM | Nvidia® Geforce? GT 750M | 120GB Mushkin Atlas Deluxe mSATA SSD | 1TB Samsung Spinpoint M8 5400RPM HDD | 1080p Lenovo Display | Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260

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i recently bought a kingston ms200 and installed it into my e320's msata port. i restarted computer and enteredd to bios. however, it is not shown in bios settings. and windows also cannot see it. Any suggestions or advices ? Thanks.

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Question: X220 i7 Msata SSD

Hi guys,First post here. Had my X220 for 2 years and decided to upgrade the HDD to Msata. I bought Plextor M5M 128 GB MSATA SSD and it won't slot into the PCI express slot. I assumed that all Msata SSD should have standard hardware physical dimension. I was wondering if anyone here have x220 working with Plextor M5M Msata. Thank you













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Answer:X220 i7 Msata SSD

This msata card should fit.  Perhaps you were shipped the wrong card or that the slot on your x220 is damaged or clogged with something.  Here is a youtube video of an msata being installed into an x220. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQ48LTWo9CI

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This is actually a previous topic I posted that nobody showed interest in. I spent the last two days investigating into these problems again and got some very disappointing results so I decide to post here once more to elevate this to Lenovo engineers' attention.  There are actually two issues under this X220 with mSATA SSD does not go with Win 8 x64. The two issues are: 1) Under legacy boot, Win 8 x64 installed on mSATA SSD on a X220 will only load Windows for more or less one tenth of all the boot. 2) Under UEFI boot, Win 8 x64 installed on mSATA SSD on a X220 will show error when perform "sfc /scannow" command (Windows System File Check), that usually autochk.exe will be shown to be corrupted along with none or some other system file. And for sure scheduled boot time file system check will not perform (since autochk.exe is the program to perform the file system check). The two issues are mutually exclusive, that is to say under legacy boot SFC will show no problem, and under UEFI boot the system will boot for sure. For the past two days, I've performed all kinds of experiments I could do to make sure the symptoms are related to that configuration. But since I don't dare to temper with my system too much, I didn't remove any other hardware from my X220. My X220 is a 4286CTO produced about May 2011, it comes with most possible in-machine accessories like fingerprint reader, BT, camera, IPS screen. It has i7 2620M CPU so it also has USB 3.0. Wire... Read more

Answer:X220 with mSATA SSD won't go well with Win 8 x64

Are you using the same source installation media for all your tests?

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Please help.. I just placed the mSATA ssd (Renice X3) into my X220. Could someone please give step by step instractions on what i do next? I have read the other relative posts, but i still can't understand what i should do. Till now i only get "Invalid partition table..." every time i boot. In Network Boot   i can see ATA HDD2: RENICE X3, ATA HDDO: HITACHI HTS7232.... (must be the main 7200rpm hd). I don't have optical drive, only external hd where i have made a Factory image through Vantage toolbox...













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Answer:HELP installing mSata ssd in X220...

After doing some research, I am not yet a user of ThinkVantage utilities (my tablet has not shipped yet), I have a question for you.Just to be clear, you used the ThinkVantage Rescue and Recovery to make a backup of your system to the mSATA SSD you wish to boot Windows from correct?





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I have a x220 tablet with SSD.Need a little more space, so was thinking of adding a mSATA SSD. Will want to continue to use my "regular" SSD as my boot and just use mSATA for storage (run VMs off it so need speed). I don't think there are any issues but figure was worth asking.  Moved to correct forum. 

Answer:X220 Tablet - SSD and mSata SSD

no real issues. But the mSATA is only SATAII, whilst the main hdd bay operates at SATAIII.

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Question: Lenovo x220 mSata

Hello, I would like to know if Lenovo x220 4291OL3 supports msata. Regards.













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Answer:Lenovo x220 mSata

HiSure, combined wwan/msata slot supports SATA II specification.

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Question: X220 mSATA screws

Hey, I disassembled my laptop, however, I realized I do not have screws to mount the msata drive. I assembled it back, but I've read somewhere that screws should be there... maybe I missed them. Well, the question is: were the screws for mounting the msata drive added to the X220i? Or do I have to acquire them myself?

Answer:X220 mSATA screws

There is one screw M2x3 mm, which is twisted into its place for 3g card or msata drive installation in laptop from factory. Of course you can find it in any household shop yourself.

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Hi all! I'm just choosing an mSATA SSD for my x220 (80Gb or greater) and that's what I've found: Runcore T50     120Gb    320$ Renice X3         120Gb     300$ Runcore I50      120Gb     250$ OCZ Nocti         120Gb     250$ MyDigitalSSD    128Gb     210$ Intel 310             80Gb      180$ Someone has tried any of these SSDs (except the 310 that is proven to work)? How they work in the x220? I'm concerned for the Sandforce reputation to cause BSODs (practically all but Intel 310 and MyDigitalSSD are Sandforce drives), any experience?

Answer:mSata SSD options for x220

runcores are good but cost alot.there a niche drive.you shoud look at the new ready boot models there alot cheaper.i think that nocti is one but kinda high price.your also picking to big of a drive.

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Hi guys, I've already scoured through the boards and could not find an updated answer on this topic so I was wondering if someone could clarify whether or not the Samsung Evo mSata range of SSDs would be compatible with the X220. The only results I've found is that crucial and intel were compatible but no definite mention of the samsung evo msata range. Sorry it's a bit of an outdated machine, just looking for a basic upgrade whilst i wait to purchase a new system. Thanks guys!













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Answer:X220 compatible msata ssd

Welcome to the forum!
 
Any mSATA drive - including Samsung's EVO - will work just fine in X220.
 
 

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Hey,I've bought an OCZ Nocti for my X220 but it doesn't work. The BIOS sais on startup: 2101: Drive detection error on hdd2 (mini sata).I have updated my BIOS to 1.31 (8DET61WW) ? But it doesn't helped.I have the X220 with the Core?i7 2620M, 4+4GB RAM and without the WWAN module (4290-W4H)Is there any possibility to get the SSD working?Thank you.This is a Crosspost in English from here

Answer:Problems with my mSATA and the X220

i got the Nocti to work in my X220, and Edge laptops, but it BSOD all the time. This problem is quite common for the OCZ Nocti drive in many laptops. The best course of advice is to just return the Nocti drive to OCZ or its retailers.

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I read the numerous threads on this topic, but given my level of understanding I am still unsure about what and how to approach adding an mSATA. I have an x220/i7/8gb/128GB SSD running WIN7. I am running out of space and would like to add a second drive in the mSATA slot to be used for additional data space. I will keep WIN on the original drive. I am looking at this drive Intel 525 Series Lincoln Crest SSDMCEAC120B301 mSATA 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD).  Here're my questions: 1. is it ok to install SATA III on the slot which is only SATA II?2. I saw a youtube video showing how to install such a drive and it seems within reach. But what do I do after I install it? Will the system recognize it? if not, what exactly do I have to do? How do I upgrade firmware for this new drive?3. Anything else I will need to do? Thanks in advance and apologize for duplicating some of the questions.   













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Answer:mSATA for x220 - questions

Hello,
 
In response to your questions:
 

SATA specs are backwards compatible, so if you connect a SATA-III drive into a SATA-II interface, it will work fine, just at SATA-II speeds (which are still quite fast).
After the new drive is installed, power up the computer and Microsoft Windows 7 will detect it, just like any other new hardware.  Windows may (or may not) ask you to reboot once after the new hardware has been discovered?I don't recall the exact behavior.  If it does, perform a reboot and then you'll be able to use the drive.After the drive is installed, you can partition and format it using the graphical Disk Management utility (filename:  DISKMGMT.MSC) or the command line-based DiskPart program (filename: DISKPART.EXE).  Another possibility might be to format it using whatever software Intel provides, I believe it is called Intel SSD Toolbox, or something very similar to that.You would typically run a utility from the manufacturer to upgrade the firmware (the aforementioned Intel SSD Toolbox software).  It may have the firmware bundled into it, or query Intel's web site and download the latest firmware from there and flash it onto the SSD.
I think that pretty much covers it; once you have it installed, the firmware updated and the drive formatted, you can begin using it like any other drive on the computer (copy files to it, install software there, etc.).

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Hi guys, I know this topic has been around for few yrs already, what I want is just an up to date suggestion - which mSATA SSD should I buy (early next month) for my Lenovo X220? I did a lot of searching, most guys seemed to be recommending Intel 310 (40 or 80GB), but that was almost year ago, anything more suitable on the market these days? I'm just your typical daily user so standard criteria of price vs quality vs performance would apply. Cheers!M.

Answer:mSATA SSD for my beloved X220...

OCZ Norco would be on my avoid list. Adata,Intel, Samsung are all pretty reliable.

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I'm going to order a X220 and was wondering if the Display Type (Antenna) options or Integrated WiFi options matter in my ability to add a mSata Card?I want the i7 processor, premium Screen and best Wifi that will allow me to use a mSata card. Thanks 













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Answer:Ordering a New X220 (want to use mSata SSD)

No, the only thing that would restrict you from using mSATA SSD if you order a WWAN card (Cell 3G internet), because it uses the same slot.

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Hello Board,we have some i7 based X220 Notebooks here, equiped with integraded USB3.0 Controller. While we successfully upgraded the smaller variants of the X220 with mSATA SSD Drives from Intel, these aren't recognized in the i7 Configurations.We tried this with multiple SSD Drives and multiple Notebooks, so I don't think we're talking about faulty units here, this seems to be a general problem. We also tried different bios versions, up to 1.16 Has anybody else made similar experiences ? My simple assumption is the following: All WWAN Cards which share the same socket are USB based devices, while the mSATA SSD Drives are PCI Express baesd. My first guess is that the PCI Express Lane connected to the mini Express Card socket in the smaller configurations is wired to the USB 3.0 Controller Chip. If this is right, i guess there is no solution to our problem. Any Input appreciated. Greetings!Hibbelharry  













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Answer:X220 with USB3.0, no mSata SSD possible ?

Hi Hibbelharry, and welcome to the Lenovo User Community!
 
Interesting. I only have an i7 X220 without mSATA to look at here. Can you compare what you see for the USB 3.0 controller and mSATA in Device Manager>View>Devices by connection on the i7 and i3/i5 types?

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Thank you for taking the time to read this. I came across a statement that the x220's mSATA was SATA II, and not III. I have been looking for definitive proof that this is the case, such as Lenovo documentation, however I haven't come across any. Lenovo's "Detailed specifications" simple state that the x220 has an mSATA slot, not its specs. Does someone here have a link to something other than hearsay that states the specs of the x220's mSATA slot?  













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Answer:x220 msata is SATA II?

HelloThe proof is x220 schematic.In general, x220's chipset QM67 has 2 SATA III channels. One of them is routed to the primary HDD slot, another one to the docking port.So, mSATA slot matches SATA II specification.

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I installed a Intel 310 80GB mSata drive in my X220 and used the system restore discs to reinstall the factory installation to it. I've also installed the latest Intel SSD Toolbox and Intel RST. My questions are: 1) When I goto device manager it says the SSD driver provider is Microsoft instead of Intel, is this correct? I thought when I installed Intel RST it installed Intel drivers? 2) When I open the the SSD Toolbox and goto System Tuner it says my current storage driver doesn't support DIPM and the I should consider changing drivers, change to what? Should I do what is mentioned here http://www.abxzone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=120968 ? I've attached some screen shots of what I'm talking about.
 
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Answer:X220 mSata Driver and DIPM ?

Do these look correct?

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Hello, I recently purchased a used X220 and want to upgrade it with an SSD. I would prefer a mSata SSD over a conventional 2.5" SSD, however I wonder about the implications for fan noise and temperature. I guess running a mSata SSD in the x220 is a pretty common thing, is it not? Do you guys experience heating problems, especially with higher capacity SSDs (I am thinking about buying a 250g or 500g Samsung 840 EVO). Thanks!

Answer:x220 mSata SSD heating considerations?

Hello,
 
I have noticed no heating/thermal issues using a MyDigitalSSD BP4 240GB mSATA SSD in my X220 for over a year now.  I would imagine that even newer mSATA SSDs draw even less current and radiate less heat than it.
 
Regards,
 
Aryeh Goretsky
 

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Hi All, I'm enjoying my first ever thinkpad X220 for the last couple of months and love it. It's beautiful and powerful machine. The machine is top of the line in x220 series. The only thing missing is an SSD. 1. System has Ericsson GSM/GPS card. So, does this mean I cannot install mSATA?2. I would like to replace my HDD with SSD. What other SSDs other than lenovos any of you have successfully tested and using? lenovo SSDs are **bleep** expensive.3. What 54mm expresscardis are useful for me? I would like to increase storage. What brand/models do you recommend? I too have noticed the screen light bleeding. It's not bugging me much. But I've seen many complaining about this. Is there a resolution to this problem? Thanking you in advance. regards,Shereef













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Answer:X220 mSATA, SSD & ExpressCard Questions

Hello,
 
The X220 has two MiniPCIe slots, one accepts a "full-height" card that is ~51mm long.  The other accepts a "half-height" card that is ~28mm long.  In the X220, the half-height slot contains the Wi-Fi (802.11n wireless) adapter, while the full-height slot contains the WWAN (3G modem) adapter.
 
The full-height slot on the X220 is designed to acccomodate either a MiniPCIe or a mSATA card.  I do not know whether the half-height slot will recognize a mSATA card.  If you wish to use a mSATA SSD in your X220, you will need to remove the Ericsson GSM/GPS card.  You could then use something like a 3G hotspot for connectivity.
 
The X220 has a 2.5" hard disk drive bay, but this bay only accepts a 7mm high drive, not the more common 9.5mm high drives.  There are, however, numerous hard disk (up to 500GB, 7200 RPM) and solid state drives (up to 600GB) that fit into the drive bay.  I have not used a 7mm high SSD before, but did see a few for sale on U.S. retailer NewEgg's web site.
 
I have used a Wintec 48GB ExpressCard SSD in my W510 for storage and it worked fine, although it did get warm after being in the system for a while.  64 ,96 and 128GB models are now available as well.  I would imagine these work identically in the X220, though I do not think they are bootable.  These are 34mm cards, so you might want to get a little plastic spacer bracket that fills the remaining 20mm if having that open is an iss... Read more

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1. Does the x220 thinkpad support SATA III 6Gb/s for the mSATA slot or through the 2.5" drive?2. If so, is it possible to connect the mSATA via PCIe in a way it will support 6Gb/s ?2. Is the mSATA limited to 80GB capacity as said here:"80GB mSATA SSD fits in the WWAN slot. As a result, it is not available with WWAN"( from http://shop.lenovo.com/ISS_Static/ww/wci/us/ww/pdf/X220_datasheet.pdf ) I haven't encountered any official answer throughout the web. I would really appreciate one. Very thanks.Avi










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Answer:X220 mSATA, SSD & ExpressCard Questions

Good day and welcome to the community.
 
1- The mPCIe slot that can accept either WWAN cards or mSATA SSDs is limited to SATA II (3Gb/s).
2- Not that I know of or have ever heard reported. SATA III is supported on the main bay and the dock connectors.
3- I, and others, are running 256GB mSATA SSDs quite successfully. My X220 hasn't stuttered once in over 2 years.
 
Hope this helps.
Regards.

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Hello,I have fitted a MyDigitalSSD 64GB mSATA to my X220. I installed Windows7 from a USB stick onto this (eventually) and all seemed to be working OK. However, I ran a check and the SSD is not performing well (see picture). I since discovered that a driver is needed for this card, which I have found (PhisonFW-S5FAM012). I have set up a USB stick with the relevent files, but the X220 will not boot to it. I managed to get Windows7 to boot from USB by copying the BOOTX64.EFI as described in another thread. Any idea how I would boot the mSATA drivers? (By the way, I realise this will wipe the mSATA drive - never mind!) Many thanks and best wishes. 

Answer:install mSATA drivers on X220

Have you gone into your BIOS and changed the boot order to make the mSATA drive your 1st boot drive (or 2nd after the USB stick)?  If not maybe that will work. Matt

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Hey guys! Just wondering if someone might have some insights into my issues: I have a Type 4294-CTO X220T 1) I dissassembled the Keyboard and Palm-rest assembly to take a look at the mSATA / mPCI-E area today. I have a 3x3 Centrino card, but only 2 of the 3 connectors are connected. There are 4 antenna wires black, grey, red, blue. Only the Black/Grey ones are connected. Can I just connect one of the other two in order to get 3x3? I DID order a 3x3 screen! 2) Since I have 4 antennas does that mean I have a WWAN configuration, therefore I cannot use a mSATA SSD? Here is my system configuration:          0A59723       SBB ICI7-2620M(2.7GHZ                                    45M3090       VBB GENUWIN7PROFES.64                                    0A59804       SBB GEN WIN7 PRF64 ENGLISH                                    0A59715       ** SBB 12.5MHDLD BT DLMBR3X3ANT                     &... Read more

Answer:X220 Tablet Antenna and mSATA SSD...

Come on.. someone HAS to have something to add!

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Hey everybody, I am loving my X220 greatly, and haven't felt like it's inadequate in any way, except now I need a little bit more storage space. Right now I have: 160GB Intel SSD (came with it)60GB OCZ SSD in the mSATA port I'd like to replace it with a much larger mSATA SSD, and then use the Intel SSD for storing backups or other things along those lines. The question I have, is the mSATA port SATA3 or SATA2?  If it's SATA3, I'd like to take advantage of it by using an SSD like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226321 Right now my boot time from the bootloader to the login manager in Linux is 4.6 seconds (very customized Archlinux install), and it's very snappy, but I can't help but wonder if I can make it faster ;-) I have the Core i7 version, if that makes a difference. Thanks!













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Answer:X220 mSATA; SATA2 or SATA3?

mSATA port is SATAII.

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Lenovo x220Winodws 7 64bit, up todateMyDigitalSSD Super Cache2 50mm SATA III (6G) mSATA SSD I have installed my mSATA card as instructed and that part went fine. Like a couple of other folks the drive is not being recognized by Windows 7. I have checked the storage management in windows 7 and the drive is not there in any form. I have disabled all caching as suggested in some posts in the polices for the drive in windows 7. Again no drive being recognized. Any help you could provide would really be appreciated.thanks













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Answer:mSATA card not being reconized on X220 - Help

Hi camjohnston,
 
There are quite a few threads on this subject on this board, and a knowledgebase article for you to check.
 
Tell us what you find!

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Hello,I have decided to upgrade RAM to 16GB and replace WWAN modem with an mSata disk in my Lenovo X220 laptop.RAM: GoodRam GR1333S364L9/8G x 2, DISKamsung 850 EVO 250GB (MZ-M5E250BW). The OS used on the laptop is Windows 10 Professional. What I have done:- used a new single RAM stick -> worked -> 8Gb RAM detected- used 2 new single RAM sticks -> only 8GB was detected (checked in BIOS and Windows)- used 1 new 8GB stick + old 4 GB stick -> 12GB was detected- tried combionations of 4GB stick with the other 8GB stick, and RAM slots combinations -> the 8GB sticks are okay when working single or with 4 GB- I decided to leave RAM at 12 GB and continue with mSata part- unplugged and removed WWAN modem and installed mSata- powered on the laptop and entered BIOS -> mSata and 12 GB RAM detected, and because the mSata got higher boot priority that the old 2,5" SSD I changed boot order, and also decided to select the option in BIOS to disable WWAN, and also disabled some beeps (eg when laptop starts, or battery runs out) which annoyed me- saved changes -> laptop died (now nothing gets displayed on the -> keybord lamp blinks for a second, few seconds nothing happens, then there are beeps: 1 beep, 3 beeps, 3 beeps, 1 beep. I have not found the description of this particular beep order.- returned to initial configuration (installed WWAN, old RAM), tried also combination without WWAN or mSAta; and also removed old SSD disk; also unplugged CMOS battery twice ... Read more

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Hi all,I tried to upgrade my x220 and I've successfully install my "Crucial M500 480GB mSATA SSD" .I can see it when press F12 on the bios screen, and I've update my bios to 1.39 firmware.However, I cannot see the harddrive after I enter win 7.Does anyone have some suggestion? Also, I just burned my recovery disc into an USB harddrive and try to recovery it to default.when I press F12 on the bios screen and click "enter" on the USB harddrive, it showed "Invalid partition table"(I can open the recovery harddrive without an issue)What should I do? Thank you all.

Answer:x220 msata ssd 480GB? and recovery

Hi Swancloud, Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums! As per the query we understood that you are facing issue with msata SSD on your ThinkPad X220. I am sorry to inform you that the Crucial M500 480GB mSATA Internal SSD is not supported for your system and please check with below link for further details. Not compatible, Compatible Hope this helps.
 
Best regards.
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I have been using my x220 and it's been working great, but I'm slowley runnig out of space. I'm a field tech and our company is picking up a 3rd line and that means more manuals. Right now I'm running a 120gb SSD for the OS with 8gb of ram and a 64gb SD card for the storage. I have 2 opptions in my budget. pickup a 120gb mSATA and run the OS on that and the 120gb SSD as storage, or put back the original 320HDD for storage. I'd love to put in a 240gb mSATA for the OS but at over $200 cant swing that right now. 

Answer:X220, storage options. mSATA and SSD?

'afternoon.
welcome to the community!
 
imho, a great configuration for the X220 is an mSATA SSD for os/swap/temp paired with a fast platter drive in the main bay for data/documents/personal files. others like an all-SSD solution and i don't disagree... i'm just waiting for the 512gb SSDs to come down a little in price, though they're already under $1/gb.
 
my personal X220 is set up with: 256gb m4Crucial mSATA SSD + 512gb 7200 Hitachi Travelstar (7200rpm/32mb cache) + 16gb ram, configured as above.
 
in your situation, where you've already got an SSD in your main bay, i'd probably try to sell the 320gb platter drive to raise funds to allow purchase of the bigger mSATA SSD to use as the data drive and leave your OS on the 120gb main bay SSD. then, as budget/price allow, you could upgrade the main bay to a bigger SSD, reconfiguring the contents as apprpriate.
 
cheers.

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Hi, I have just ordered a X220 with the i5-2410m, and was about to also order a 64GB msata SSD. At first I thought i would be fine because the msata problems were only on i7 models, but now i have found a few people saying it also affects some i5 models, however no one lists which ones. Is there a definative list anywhere on which models can use msata anywhere? Also, if i need to wait for bios update, can i install that prior to intalling windows? Or do you need operating system installed to flash bios? Also, does using one 250GB 5400 HD plus msata use much more power? Does anyone know the model of 250GB drive the X220 comes with, so i can check the power draw? Thanks everyone.....looking forward to my new travelling powerhouse. Was origannly going to by samsung series 9 but am glad I found out about this, should be more reliable for travelling the world, and much less likely to get stolen. ( It looks just like my Dad's first laptop 15 years ago 

Answer:X220 i5-2410M msata work or not?

gwicks_56 wrote:Also, if i need to wait for bios update, can i install that prior to intalling windows? Or do you need operating system installed to flash bios?Yours won't come with Windows pre-installed? Anyway, the BIOS can be flashed either with a bootable CD or from Windows with a .exe program (both downloadable from the Lenovo website). gwicks_56 wrote:and much less likely to get stolen. ( It looks just like my Dad's first laptop 15 years ago  LOL, you're right about that. At first glance, it's hard to tell whether a ThinkPad is new or 10 years old. The X220 is a stealthy machine with its combination of old styling and diminutive size. At my office, I was using my X220 to show a colleague how to do something and he said, "You have that installed on your netbook?"

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I figured installing an MSATA drive would be simple.  The hardware installation went well and I ran the Factory Recovery Disks program to create a recovery USB drive. It all seemed so simple. After disconnecting my spinning media, I found that I couldn't boot from the USB drive. Something about an invalid partition table. I ready a couple forum posts and figured the USB partition wasn't marked as 'active'. No problem. I popped it into another machine and opened Disk Manager. Unfortunately, the option to mark the partition as Active was grayed out. No problem, i figured, I'll just start the process all over again and mark it as active on the X220 before I remove it. I formatted the USB drive. Now, I find that I can no longer create a recovery drive since (apparently) only one copy is permitted. Sigh. OK - how do I get a fresh copy of the OS installed on the MSATA drive? I *could* drive copy from the spinning media with another machine, but then I lose the sector alignment benefits of a fresh OS install.  What are my options?  Thanks!!













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Answer:X220 MSATA Install - how bad am I hosed?

Hi, x220_guy, and welcome to the Community!Refering to the unbootable usb stick I'd assume it depends of many factors like stick' vendor and model, the size, condition (new or used), even file system during boot media creation. The needed size is less then 16 gB, my advice isn't to use SanDisk drives.If you still need in advice how to create bootable usb flash drive follow the page below http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/detail.page?LegacyDocID=MIGR-74246As for the OS installation onto the msata. You can clone the whole "old" HDD, do the fresh install or recover from the Lenovo Recovery Media. Purchase Recovery Media for your preloaded OS reduction or do it again. Recovery.ini is a key file for that task.

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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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I was wondering how to install a msata ssd into my lenovo x220 laptop. I was also wondering if there are any msata ssds that are reliable and perform well.  My specs are:ThinkPad X220, i7-2620M CPU,8GB RAM,320GB7200RPM HDD, IPS screen,USB 3.0, BT, Cam,FR, Win7x64

Answer:HOW TO install an msata ssd into lenovo x220 laptop.

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Dear Colleagues, I have an X220 device with sata disk on board.I want to install an mSata SSD disk 256 GB into it.Is there a list compatible mSata disks? Thank you in advance

Answer:X220 - list of compatible mSata SSD disks

Hello,
 
I have had good results using MyDigitalSSD, Patriot Memory and Samsung mSATA SSDs in my various ThinkPads, including my X220. 
 
I have never heard of one brand being particularly worse than another, and as they are standardized parts, you should just be able to pick a brand and model you like based on performance, price, characteristics, etc., just like you would a conventional hard disk drive.
 
Regards,
 
Aryeh Goretsky
 

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Hello Forum,in my x220 (win7x64, 16GB) a Samsung 850PRO 512G SSD is working flawlessly since about 6 months. Some days ago I have bought a Samsung mSATA 850EVO 512GB to add it in the mSATA-slot.Result:- After adding the mSATA 850EVO, the BIOS posts "Error 2100: Dectection Error on HD0", which means the SATA 850PRO is no more recognized.- When I remove the SATA 850PRO, the mSATA is still recognized - but thats not the config I want to use.- When I replace the SATA 850PRO by the original SATA-HD (Hitachi), at the _first_ start the BIOS posts an error for the mSATA (HD2).It still can boot and start Win7, but freezes after some seconds. And after a restart (2nd Boot) I get Error2101, HD0 incompatible.Status:- the x220 has the recent BIOS from October 2016,- the 850PRO the recent firmware EXM03B6Q,- currently there is no firmware update for the 850EVO.Obviously the 850EVO is disturbing the SATA-Handshaking. Any suggestions what I could do to make it work?And finally, who has a working combination of SATA + mSATA:- which SATA-SSD works with- which mSATA-SSD ?Thanks, Thilo

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Hi,My new X220 arrived two days ago and my 128GB MyDigitalSSD mSATA SSD arrived today. I am trying to transfer the operating system from the HDD to the mSATA SSD.I did the following:- Installed the mSATA SSD- Initialised it (MBR)- Gave it a letter ( D: )- Created factory recovery disks (to USB HDD)- Removed the HDD- Plugged-in the USB HDD- Booted my computer- Selected the USB HDD to boot from- Got a Windows Boot Manager error: "Windows failed to start", File: \Boot\BCD, Status: 0x0000001, Info: An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration dataI am using the default BIOS configuration.What am I doing wrong? Help!

Answer:X220 - mSATA SSD and Factory Recovery Disks

Your scenario looks a little strange.From my expirience even built-in laptop's hdd with Recovery partition can't boot up as an external usb drive.I think you should make the Factory_Recovery media like cd or usb stick.

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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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I do have a msata II 60gb in my x220, but would like to upgrade it with a bigger model from http://www.crucial.com/store/partspecs.aspx?IMODULE=CT120M500SSD3  that one is msata III but claims to be SATA 2 compatible.  Will this combination work with my x220? In another blog post I read that it has major drawbacks (much slower)  to use a msata3 drive in a msata2 slot. Is that true?

Answer:x220 msata slot compatible with SATA III

Good day and welcome to the community.
 
I'm using the Crucial 256gb m4 mSATA SSD in my X220. I have Win7Pro64 and my apps on it. I use a platter drive in the main bay for data. No issues whatsoever.
 
You should be fine.
 
Regards.

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I'm now on my fourth mSATA SSD in my x220. The first was a Renice X3, which died. The second was a Crucial M4, which started showing bad blocks. The thirs was a Crucial M4, more bad blocks. Now I am on a Plextor M5M. I've got a lot of other SSDs running in other machines with no issues. Has any one else experienced an abnormally high number of mSATA SSD failures? Thanks!

Answer:x220 mSATA SSD failures - system problem?

i am using a mSATA in my X220 and so far it has no problems (8 months of use). Do you still warranty?

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I plan to install an mSATA SSD as a boot drive on my X220, but I'm wondering if this will void the warranty in any way. I have about 2.5 years left on it, and don't really want to waste it. Thanks for the response(s).

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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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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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HelloI just bought a mydigitalssd 128GB mSATA ssd. After I installed it windows no longer starts. It posts and I can access the BIOS menu but after that it freezes on a black screen for a long time and then flashes a BSOD and restarts. While it is frozen the battery indicator light (next to the bluetooth light) gets stuck on (normally it flashes during boot up).I have a day one pre-ordered x220 with the i7 processor. I updated to the 1.28 BIOS and nothing changed. Windows 7 x64 is installed on my primary drive (vertex 3 ssd). I only want to use the mSATA ssd for more storage. I don't want to install an operating system on it or anything. Right now it is not recognized in the BIOS menu.Any ideas for something to try? Is there some BIOS settings that I need to change? Does this sound like the behaviour of a defective mSATA ssd (strange that it would only prevent windows from starting)?Any help would be greatly appreciated! I need to figure this out quick since I may have to send the drive away for return. Thanks!

Answer:x220 installing mSATA SSD causes Windows to fail to start!

I have some new information that might help someone to understand my problem. It turns out that the mydigitalssd is recognized in the BIOS menu. It is listed as "SATA SSD" (there is no brand name or anything so I didn't notice it). Does anyone else have this mSATA SSD? If so, what is it named in the BIOS menu?When I start my computer it still freezes right when Windows should be starting. When I start it again it asks if I want to run Windows Error recovery. If I run it, it doesn't find any errors. After it ran though I used the advanced options and opened a command prompt. I was able to format the mSATA ssd, assign it a drive letter, etc. This means that the ssd works and that my computer can see it yet it still prevents Windows from starting! (If I take it out, WIndows boots normally). This is really frustrating. Any ideas? Do I need some different drivers? Also, when it freezes it flashes a BSOD before it restarts and I managed to take a picture so I could read the message. It is a Stop error (0x0000007B). If anyone can be of any assistance, please reply. I live in Japan and I don't speak Japanese well enough to get help from a computer technician here.

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Hello guys, today, I installed a new OCZ Nocti 60GB SSD into my x220's msata slot. parallel, i got a hitachi 320gb 7200rpm stock lenovo drive running.the ssd is being perfectly recognised by the bios. i use verison 1.22. now, I want to install win7 on my ssd, which was previously installed on my hdd.I put my win7 copy on a usb thumb drive, boot it up, select install windows.However, upon reaching the "Select the driver to be installed." screen, I get an error thrown at me:"A required CD/DVD drive decive driver is missing. If you have a driver floppy disk, CD, DVD, or USB flash drive, please insert it now."I do not have any driver concerning my hd/ssd and the ocz website states that a) none is needed and b) that none is provided.I tried to install without having the hd attached aswell, same error. Do any of you guys have any ideas on how to possibly solve the problem? Cheers!













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Answer:x220 mSata SSD OCZ Nocti Win7 Install fails

Is the thumb drive plugged into the USB 3.0 port? I had the same problem on the other notebook when the USB drive was plugged into the USB 3.0 port. Inserting it into the USB 2.0 port solved the problem.

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My X220 came with the original 320 HDD AND a 160 SDD.Running out of space. I am looking into 240 and 480GB SDD. But I read that teh X220 is using another (under keyboard) drive, mSATA. a) How can I look up the size of that drive?b) What is it normal used for?c) How can I access/check what is on there?d) Does it make sense to upgrade the capacity of this mSATA?

Answer:x220 4290 - mSATA: current size? upgrade?

x220 can't be equipped HDD and normal SSD at the same time as there is one slot for 2,5" 7 mm in hight drive, which supports sata II specification.Also there is combined full size mini pci-e/msata slot for wwan card or msata SSD in mini pci-e formfactor, supports sata II specification.Correct msata drive is visible within BIOS Setup or any disk management tool like the system one. The size of unformatted drive is shown within BIOS Setup also, the real size is a bit smaller (the difference is about 8...10%).msata SSD drive in combination with installed HDD can be used for cache purpose using cache sw like Lenovo ExpressCache. Usually the drives with limited size of 16..24 GB are using for that. It's a good choice to use the msata SSD with bigger size (at least 64 GB) for OS and programs and HDD - for data.

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I have a mydigitalssd msata card that I just got and it's not detected in my laptop.  It's the smart series 256 gb with the sandforce controller.  the laptop is model 4286cto with the i7 CPU and usb 3.0.  I have worked with mydigitaldiscount and am continuing to work with them but in the mean time I want to see if anyone else has had a similar issue or has any ideas.  I have thus far had good interactions with them and their support. I have upgraded and downgraded the firmware various time, from 1.31 to 1.19 and i'm on 1.28 right now.  I did this because i know the X220 with the i7 used to have issues with msata that was fixed in bios 1.18.   the msata card has 2 led's on it, they both momentarily light up on boot, then one of them stays solid on blue after that.  The bios does not seem to detect anything for this device.  If i go to the diagnostic splash screen it does not detect it, if I hit f12 for the boot manager I don't see the msata ssd.  If i go into windows device manager i don't see the ssd.  If i do an lspci in linux I don't see the ssd, if i do an fdisk -l i don't see it, nor do i see it in the dmesg. MyDigitalDiscount was great and cross shipped a replacement to me right away, they got my old one back and tested it and said it worked fine, the new one exhibits the exact same problem and they tested it before shipment. I'm at my wit's end here.  I'm down to thinking the ssd is incompatible with ... Read more

Answer:i7 X220 won't detect MyDigitalSSD SandForce based msata

[Edited 20120715 to fix a typo.  AG]
 
Hello,
 
I was not able to install Windows 7 Professional x64 using the recovery media obtained from IBM on an X220 (M/T: 4286-CTO) with BIOS v1.31 to a MyDigitalSSD 128GB BP3 Bullet Proof 3 mSATA III (6G) SSD Solid State Drive - MDMS-BP3-128, which uses the PHISON S8 controller, I believe.  However, I had no problems installing Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 to the SSD using an ISO downloaded from MSDN.
 
I know this is not exactly helpful, but perhaps the folks at MyDigitalSSD will let you swap the part with a model using the PHISON controller and you can install Windows 7 using a genuine Microsoft ISO/DVD.
 
Regards,
 
Aryeh Goretsky
 

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I just bought the following X220. (Choices In french)After years, I was dreaming for a small lenovo old fashion style, which make me chosse the X220, as the X1 seems to have a lot of lack, and not the old fashion design, and the T420 not so good battery, and bigger one.So my first LENOVO, and I am so excited, so long to wait for it..   I have a few question, after readings page and page about this laptop. - Is the mSATA port installed by defaut on every X220 ? (can not find this answer in PDF and forums) I did not took the Ericsson option, and leave the default choice, which was "Large band integrated, option". So can I buy a mSATA drive before receiving my X220, and be sure that I have the mSATA port to install it? In the lenovo site, I don't have option to select a mSATA drive. - It seems that the Intel 310 80Go is the standard reference for everybody. I presume it is the more stable one, but not the most quicker. As the ssd technology goes quick, I would like to get your "actually" return about the other option, like the Renice or MySsd or other one, at reasonnable price (<250EUR Max), for the OS only. I saw theses models:- 80GB INTEL 310 STABLE BUT SPEED--- 64/128GB MyDigitalSSD 50mm (old ???) Bullet Proof - SEEMSTO BE GOOD COMPROMISE STABLE AND SPEED- OCZ Deneva 2 / Intrepid SPEED SPEED, STABLE?- Samsung PM810 64GB, seemsgood speed, stable ? - I read some people installed a Intel 510 2,5, replacing the 320 SATA, installing it from the ins... Read more

Answer:X220 - mSATA + 320SATA and resumed comments for new buyers

The Intel 310 SSD with firmware FW 02HD or later does have TRIM.  Intel provides a SSD Toolbox that helps to optimize their SSD drives.  I have the X220 with I7 processor and bios 1.21 and have good performance, generally completing booting in about 20 seconds.  The msata slot can also be used for wireless cellular service, so if you one installed the msata slot will not be available.  Jim

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Hey all. First off-- I'm Miz Black Crow, it's my first time on the Lenovo boards, because before tonight, I had never owned a Lenovo. But I have to say, this community seems incredibly awesome in every single way, and you guys have been a MAJOR asset in deciding what laptop to buy and how to make it, well, better. I'm the proud momma to a new-to-me, factory-refurbished X220 with an i7 2.7Ghz, 320GB 7200RPM HDD, 6GB RAM (now 16GB RAM, because yesssss), IPS screen, the works. Even came with unexpected bonuses of the webcam, fingerprint scanner AND the dock (none of which Lenovo mentioned in the listing... sweeeeeet). So, being a tinkerer, I swapped for 16GB RAM (booted fine, win7 recognized all of it), made recovery disks, pulled the HDD out, installed a 120GB OCZ Nocti mSATA drive, booted the system. The BIOS recognized the drive but, since it's a new drive, no OS. Dropped the bootable recovery disk in the oh-so-handy dock's DVD drive, ThinkVantage Product Recovery started right up. Asked me for the first data disk, which I happily obliged it with, and now it's.... ...sitting. Laughing at me. Silently. Specifically, it seems stuck on "Current Progress: preparing hard disk" (caps/nocaps Lenovo, not me). It's been sitting like that for 40 minutes. No blinking lights, no progress on the progress bar, no changes at all to tell me if it's working (and since it's an SSD, no drive spin to listen for). The only reason I haven't rebooted and tried again is that the Track... Read more

Answer:X220 mSATA recovery disk install hangup...

....so OMFG I'm an idiot. Not two minutes after posting this kuestion (keyboard issues, no W-but-left-one key) I solved my own idiot, idiot problem. What happened -- I had gotten a popup asking for the 1st data disk. I obliged. I heard the DVD drive spin when I put it in and the popup went away without me clicking the "Okay" button. Because, with the sensitive touchpad, I clicked on the larger Product Recovery window. Which hid the popup. Which stalled my progress. I discovered this by "testing to make sure the trackpoint worked" by moving the Product Recovery window around, uncovering the popup, and clicking okay. The recovery is now going smoothly. **HEADDESK** This is why I shouldn't be allowed to work on computers at 4 in the morning... ~MizBlackCrow

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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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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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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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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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When I try to dock or undock the X220, the laptop freezed, nothing esle you can do but reboot the computer.It's really annoying. the laptop works fine if you don't do the dock/undock when it's running.I think the BIOS should be the latest one. Docking: ThinkPad 0A33932 for X220Laptop: X220I5-25404G80G(msata)+320GWin7Pro-32 Is anyone here who have the same problem or any suggestions?Any reply appreciated. Regards,Sven

Answer:X220 with mSATA ssd always freezes when docks/undock from the docking station

Hello,
 
A few things to check:
 

Make sure that both the X220 and the mSATA SSD have the latest BIOS/firmware installed
Make sure X220 has latest ThinkVantage device drivers and Microsoft OS updates installed
Try running a CHKDSK on the SSD

 
Even if those don't solve the problem, knowing that you've checked them will help rule those out as issues.
 
Regards,
 
Aryeh Goretsky
 

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Hello, Has anobody tried to install a half-size mSATA SSD into a WiFi/Bluetooth slot (half size mini pci) on a ThinkPad X220?http://www.amazon.com/128GB-mSATA-Mini-Half-SATAIII/dp/B00BMV4B7O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1374701412&... I already replaced a 3G/GPS modem with a full size mSATA SSD, it would be awesome to have dual mSATA SSD drives (think like 2 x 128GB), a large 2.5" drive + Bluetooth/WiFi/3G connections using tiny USB dongles on a single tiny machine like X220...

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What is the easiest way to copy the Lenovo image to a mSATA drive so that my X220 will boot from the device?
 
Should I just burn recovery discs, install the mSATA while leaving the 2.5" port empty, and run the recovery process?   I'm only getting a 32GB mSATA drive so maybe copying an image may not work unless the space required is signifcantly less than 32GB for Win 7 64 bit.
 
Thanks in advance.
 
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Answer:Easiest way to copy X220 Lenovo image to a mSATA drive

I must say that Win7 might run out of space very fast on a 32 gig drive. On a brand new X220:Win7 takes up 29 GB, Lenovo Recovery is 12GB..  

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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 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, 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 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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The "Help Me decide" link says the following :  Boost your notebook's performance by up to 5x that of a standard 5400RPM drive alone.The Micro Solid State Drive (SSD) works in tandem with your PC's standard hard disk drive (HDD) to deliver both the storage capacity of a HDD and the snippy responsiveness of a solid state drive ? all at a cost significantly lower than standalone SSD notebook models. The 64GB Micro SSD occupies the notebook's PCIe Mini Card slot.  With a micro solid state drive, will my computer still boot faster than a regular plate drive?  What about compared to a SATA SSD?? Will the operating system be loaded on the Micro Solid State Drive when the system is delivered?  Edit : A Lenovo rep just told me the following : "With the Micro SSD drive your system will boot up a lot faster-very similar to having an SSD drive.   The OS however is not loaded on the drive however a lot of the loading files are which helps the system to boot up faster."  Now another Lenovo customer service rep is telling me something different.  Not surprising.  He says getting the SSD will not improve boot time.   Why do people make up answers?   Who is correct?  Why wouldn't they just install the OS on the SSD?  64GB should be enough.  





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Answer:M92Z : Micro hard drive option > 2.5" 64GB SSD mSATA Hard Drive

I got the M92z 23 inch AIO with Touchscreen recently (well i am using it right now). 
 
-> mSATA -> basically a SSD that fits into the mPCIe slot. 
 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/7782185634/  <-- this is the mSATA i took out of mine M92z AIO. 
 
Operating system won't be loaded onto the mSATA from the factory, but you can do it yourself using aftermarket Win 7 ISO. 
 
The reason why OS is not installed on the mSATA is due to space restriction, with the recovery partition and the OS + drivers installed it is already 40 gigs gone from the 60 gigs mSATA, which makes it useless as a main drive. 
 
Lenovo m92z uses the mSATA as a cache drive for the main hdd, it does boot faster if optimised properly. But it is never going to be as fast running the OS from the mSATA or from the SSD installed into the system. If you don't use the optical drive, i suggest you get an aftermarket ultrabay adapter (12.7 mm thick) and install a ssd into that slot, i am planning to do it. 
 
Alternatively, go and get a really big mSATA SSD like 128 gigs or 256 gigs mSATA, and install the OS on that. The 64 gigs mSATA shipped M92z is too small, unless you choose to install only the OS on the mSATA, and all the applications on the main hdd. 
 
The only reason i got my M92z with the 64 gigs Samsung mSATA was the fact that it was only a 10 dollars add on (a pricing error). 
 
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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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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 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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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.
 
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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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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,I wanted to ask If you know whether the msata slot is sata II (3Gb/s) or sata III (6Gb/s) in my x220i. If it is only sata II, is it clever to buy the cheaper Crucial M500 240GB for only 91??It has read: 500MB/s, write: 250MB/sOr should I buy the Crucial M550 256GB or Samsung SSD 840 EVO 250GB for 115/123? nonetheless.They have read 550MB/s  write: 500MB/s respectively read 540MB/s  write: 520MB/sI know there will be no noticeable difference while using it. What is your opinion?













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Answer:x220 msata ssd Crucial M500 or more expensive Crucial M550, Samsung SSD 840 EVO

mSATA slot on the X220, X220t, X230, X230t are SATAII (3 Gbps).What you buy depends on whether you want to use the mSATA in another system with SATAIII capability (in the near future).

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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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Answer:Kingston 8GB USB pendrive format error

Pendrives have limited life which involves only a certain amount of writes/rewrites. Your drive may well be at the end of its useful life. They are not that expensive... suggest you invest in another one.

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Hi guys. I have recently purchased 2 SSD drives - 1x64gb & 1x128gb. I have the 64gb hooked up to the home pc and is running as the C:\ system drive. I wanted to hook up the 128gb drive to my notebook, but I keep getting an initialisation error (2100) - I have tried AHCI and Compatibility Mode, as well as look up various firmware upgrades and hdd firmware upgrade options via Lenovo. I was just curious if anyone has had problems with this on there system, and if so, how did you overcome it. I have tried both drives on my notebook, both providing the same error, but both work on the desktop system. I have a strong feeling it is to do with a firmware upgrade through Lenovo (ibm), as I have the most recent upgrade which is already a few months old... Hope to hear something good soon... Thnx guys in advance.

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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?

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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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