|Hard Drive||256 GB|
Lite On Plextor M5M 0.85-Inch 256GB mSATA Solid State Drive (M5M 256GB)
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- Read/write speeds of 80,000/77,000 IOPS
- Sequential read/write of 540/430MBs
- Supports SATA 6Gb/s standard for maximum transfer speeds and compatible with SATA 3Gb/s and SATA 1.5Gb/s
- Latest server-grade Marvell 88SS9187 controller guarantees fast and reliable operation under high loads.
- True Speed technology gives sustained long-term performance and prevents SSD speed drop, automatically returning performance to like-new speeds.
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|Data Transfer Rate||6||6 Gb per second||6 Gb per second||—||—|
|Device Type||Solid State Drives||Solid State Drives||Solid State Drives||Internal Solid State Drive||Internal Solid State Drive|
|Digital Storage Capacity||256 GB||250 GB||250 GB||250 GB||250 GB|
|Hard Disk Form Factor||0.85 in||0.85 in||0.85 in||1 in||3.5 in|
|Hardware Connectivity||SATA 3.0 Gb/s||SATA 6.0 Gb/s||SATA 6.0 Gb/s||SATA 6.0 Gb/s||—|
|Hardware Platform||mac||PC; Mac||PC||PC, Mac||—|
|Item Dimensions||2 x 1.2 x 1 in||0.15 x 1.18 x 2 in||0.06 x 3.16 x 0.87 in||2 x 1.18 x 0.19 in||0.87 x 3.15 x 0.9 in|
|Item Weight||0.8 ounces||0.32 ounces||0.25 ounces||2.88 ounces||—|
The Plextor M5M is a high-performance mSATA 6Gb/s SSD specifically engineered to give ultrabook, tablet PC, and other JEDEC MO-300 form factor users the speed and low power consumption benefits of the newest generation SSD technology. The M5M features the latest generation Marvell 88SS9187 , delivering market-leading mSATA speeds with a maximum sequential read/write speed of 540MB/s, and write speed of 430MB/s, and random read/write speeds of 80K IOPS/77K IOPS. With True Speed technology the M5M ensures real-world performance benefits over the long term and avoids performance slow down.
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I read in the manual that the system could optionally be configured with an MSATA SSD. It can, and this one works perfectly. Here's how I upgraded mine:
1) Installed everything I wanted on the original drive (Adobe CC, Autodesk PDS, utilities, and whatever, as well as current updates. (Bonus Points; move all your windows library locations to an external USB3.0 disk first before imaging).
2) Installed this new drive - NOTE, the screws that come with this drive will not fit the stanchions used by the A730; they are too small. Get a set of assorted PC mobo screws if you don't have a bunch laying around. Unsure of the OD of the screw, but they need to be the size between the "Mounts motherboard to the case" screw and "super-tiny screws packaged with this drive"
3) Used Acronis TruImage trial to create a backup image of the original drive (image the WHOLE disk, not using partition mode, to both backup and restore). Then, restored this drive image to the new drive.
With all the correct partitions mirrored, your drive's available space will be 212 total gigs (some are lost to the system and recovery partitions). After the OS, all updates, and Adobe CC, Office 2013, and Autodesk Product Design Suite (all likely the largest programs you'll install on a machine of this level) and required utilities (PowerISO, 7-Zip, etc) there are about 80GB free left on the drive.
4) Unhooked the cable to the old drive and rebooted the machine to confirm the system booted and that programs continued to function. They did; UPGRADE COMPLETE.
5) The old slot can either use the original laptop drive, after formatting, or you can replace that drive with something faster and better (in my case, a Samsung 256 SSD). If you replace the drive, you can simply keep the old platter0-drive for use as an emergency system backup drive.
6) Rerun Windows Experience scoring. It will still be a 5.7, due to the mobile 745GTM graphics - but your disk performance will go from 5.8 to 8.1. What this means is about a two-fold speed increase in opening things; photoshop in 3 seconds, win boot in 5-6.
I was surprised to seee how small mSATA is! I expected it to be small, but this is really small for 256 GB. With the mSATA SSD installed the Windows index for my system went from 5.9 to 7.1. It is fast for sure. The future will tell whether it is reliable as well, but people seem to be very happy with the Plextor and its chipset.
The benefits I have noticed are speed and extended battery times.
The reason I became interested in this upgrade happened when I was at a customer facility using the laptop to work and demonstrate progress on a project when the laptop received a hard bump while operating. The laptop shutdown and upon restarting it went into error checking and repair mode. I lost a small amount of data from the hard drive that could not be repaired. I back up data to the cloud and to my server, I would recommend backing up any computer whether it is a physical drive or SSD. SSDs have no moving parts but are still prone to failure electrically but are not prone to failure from shock like a physical drive is. SSDs are the best solutions for laptops because of the high probability of bumps/shocks while operating but are not often used by manufacturers due to cost.
I have Windows 7, Microsoft office plus pro 2010, 40+ gigs of games, plus a little bit of misc files and still have 155gb of 238gb usable space left, so still have plenty of space left for my 40 gigs of music.
Glad I bought this over the 128gb one.
Just FYI there are 2 screws in a very small baggy stapled to the inside that come with this, very small I over looked them at first and ended up taking a screw from another location in the laptop to secure this down, so now I'll have to go back in and fix that, but that's easy enough.
Overall good buy.
This drive formats to about 238 GB which is expected but I figured I'd give everyone a heads up on that. This is not out of the ordinary. (by the way 238 x 2^30 is approximately 256,000,000,000)
Great drive, if your computer has an mSata slot it is highly recommended. Also, this one has a GREAT price. And from all the reviews I could gather it offers the best marriage of performance and price in the 256GB range mSata ssds.