Windows 7 | Acer Aspire Timeline 5820TD | Samsung mSata 128 GB | HDD Caddy
I have an older Acer 5820T laptop that I decided to try to boost the performance on. I also had an unused Samsung mSATA 128 GB SSD laying around that I would like to install into it and later put the operative system on.
The Acer 5820T does not natively have a port where I can connect an msata ssd but it does have an optical drive that I am not using. I found out that it is possible to put a (normal SATA) SSD in a "HDD caddy" and use the optical drive slot to connect a second drive on most laptops.
I also found an adaptor for msata to sata.
So I put the msata in the adaptor case, put the case in the hdd caddy and inserted it into the optical drive slot in the laptop.
Now the problem is that BIOS does not seem to recognize the msata at all.
I see "Boot priority order" as
- IDE1 :
- IDE0 : WDC WD74843726548364retc.
So it looks like it thinks the slot is empty.
I tried to run the Samsung magician program to see if it would find the drive but it did not find it.
I tried to remove it and put it back and also checked and doublechecked that it was properly connected.
Do I need to install drivers or is it the double adapter that messes it up, or any other idea on how to get it to work? Happy for help!
Bought (as recommended below) a Sata to USB cable. I just connected the Adapter with the mSata inside and it works. When I connected it, it downloaded and installed the drivers automatically. So the mSata works and the mSata to Sata adapter works.
Formatted the drive while it was connected with the cable (it had an old Windows install) and put it back into the HDD caddy and inserted the HDD caddy into the optical drive slot, and now it works :)
So in the near future I can install the OS and have a faster comp.