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using mSata SSD on a Dell e6420

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I bought an mSata ssd [micron real ssd p400e]

installed it, bios sees it in raid mode but when reinstalling win7, windows doesn't see the drive.

i tried using ahci and bios doesn't see it even.

any thoughts on how I could make this work? i've read several articles online saying that dells arent msata compatible even when using a caddy.

HELP!!!

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I bought an mSata ssd [micron real ssd p400e]

installed it, bios sees it in raid mode but when reinstalling win7, windows doesn't see the drive.

i tried using ahci and bios doesn't see it even.

any thoughts on how I could make this work? i've read several articles online saying that dells arent msata compatible even when using a caddy.

HELP!!!
Are you trying to use it as a cache drive or to install the OS on it?
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Are you trying to use it as a cache drive or to install the OS on it?
the e6420 has only 1 hdd.

i was trying to make it my sole hdd and install win7 on it.
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why is it in raid mode if you don't want it to be in raid?

and I assume you are using something like this [newegg.com]? (or are you using a PCIe [amazon.com] version?)

have you tried using sata 2 ports instead of sata 3 (if you have any)?
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why is it in raid mode if you don't want it to be in raid?

and I assume you are using something like this [newegg.com]? (or are you using a PCIe [amazon.com] version?)

have you tried using sata 2 ports instead of sata 3 (if you have any)?
when I bought the laptop, default in bios was raid. i did try changing it to ahci and it gave me an error.

the caddy I am using is this...http://www.amazon.com/Micro-SATA-...sd+adapter

no on the ports...
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I have found that formatting the drive may help.
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I have found that formatting the drive may help.
format it before installing it? I have no way to do this.
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format it before installing it? I have no way to do this.
I get the picture now.
As a rule, most mSATA drives are the PCI slot type.
What you have is a SATA SSD, not mSATA.
Anyhow, as mentioned by others, sometimes a drive has to be brought online and/or formatted, before being recognized,
Are you installing the OS from a DVD, a USB drive, or maybe cloning?
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I get the picture now.
As a rule, most mSATA drives are the PCI slot type.
What you have is a SATA SSD, not mSATA.
Anyhow, as mentioned by others, sometimes a drive has to be brought online and/or formatted, before being recognized,
Are you installing the OS from a DVD, a USB drive, or maybe cloning?
256 gig ssd 1.8 in micro sata micron p400e..

installing win7 from a dvd





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256 gig ssd 1.8 in micro sata micron p400e..

installing win7 from a dvd





When you get to the part where you're asked to choose which hard drive to install to, does anything appear?

PS: The picture below shows what an mSATA drive looks like.
Often times, high end laptops have a slot for an mSATA drive which can be used as a caching drive and sometimes for the OS.
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When you get to the part where you're asked to choose which hard drive to install to, does anything appear?
nothing..
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nothing..
The solution itself is easy, but it requires some hardware.
You can bring it online by plugging it into a PC, or you can generally do it with a USB to SATA adapter like this [amazon.com].
Once you have it connected, you go to Disk Management to bring it online/format.
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The solution itself is easy, but it requires some hardware.
You can bring it online by plugging it into a PC, or you can generally do it with a USB to SATA adapter like this [amazon.com].
Once you have it connected, you go to Disk Management to bring it online/format.
I've read conflicting stories online that this type of ssd doesn't work on dells.

I am about ready to return it as I got no more hair to pull...Big Grin
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I've read conflicting stories online that this type of ssd doesn't work on dells.

I am about ready to return it as I got no more hair to pull...Big Grin
There's no reason at all for it to not work and you could buy another model/brand and have the same issue.
Lots of hard drives and SSD's come to the consumer in that raw state.

Maybe we can trick it.
Did the SSD come with cloning software?
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There's no reason at all for it to not work and you could buy another model/brand and have the same issue.
Lots of hard drives and SSD's come to the consumer in that raw state.

Maybe we can trick it.
Did the SSD come with cloning software?
no software came with it.

looks exactly like this..

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Crucial-M...1c4173583c

with a similar looking caddy..

http://www.ebay.com/itm/MTFDDAA51...3ce33e685d
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