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This is baffling since—if what you are saying is true—the M.2 mounting screw being fused makes no sense; it should simply be a standoff with a small screw in it. Looking through the official ASUS Z97I-PLUS manual doesn’t help much either. The only thing I can glean from all of this is your motherboard can handle 2242, 2260 and 2280 sized SSDs; 22mm is the ...


mSATA is the same as standard SATA port, but uses the physical form of the mini-PCIe connector. There is no performance difference, just a physical size difference. On some laptops, the connector can be set in the BIOS to act as either a mSATA or mini-PCIe slot (you cannot plug an mSATA in a mini-PCIe slot or vice versa, it won't work). mSATA "drives" are ...


I had the same problem once (I own the same notebook model and use multiple operating systems). Try to enter your BIOS and disable "Fastboot", further enable CSM with all options and you are fine. "Fastboot" disables external boot media, therefore you were unable to run Win7 setup. AHCI drivers are part of any Windows setup (since Windows Vista, older ...


Will A PCIe Sata Controller help me circumvent AHCI woes? It might. I does not need to. I should though. Now a bit more verbose: AHCI needs to be supported and enabled on the device and its support. This includes the BIOS. Several older chipsets (ICH7 era) did have AHCI capability but not the necessary support in the BIOS to actually use it. Using a ...


I figured it out!! The hard drive casing can be pulled forward about an inch, and then released with pressure down and to the left. Now I have the box pulled out. NOTE: In the image above, I already removed a screw in the metal face just above the case. You see the hole in the top center of image.


If you are trying to connect your laptop HDD to your PC permanently, then you should probably connect it directly the same way as you connect your desktop HDD. No need to cut any wires. I've tried this and it works just fine.


Having briefly looked at the SATA spec, I was initially hopeful as SATA doesn't only talk to disk devices, it can also talk to drive enclosures. However it looks like it is not possible to use SATA to connect two computers together, mainly because it is a host/device topology. This means the host sends a special "host-to-device" command, and the device ...

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