|Hard Drive||128 GB|
Lite On Plextor M5M 128GB mSATA Solid State Drive (PX-128M5M)
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- Read/write speeds of 80,000/76,000 IOPS
- Sequential read/write of 540/320MBs
- 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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This item Lite On Plextor M5M 128GB mSATA Solid State Drive (PX-128M5M)
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|Data Transfer Rate||6 Gb per second||750 MB per second||6||6||600||750 MB per second|
|Device Type||Solid State Drives||Solid State Drives||Solid State Drives||Solid State Drives||Solid State Drives||Solid State Drives|
|Digital Storage Capacity||128 GB||250 GB||128 GB||120 GB||128 GB||275 GB|
|Flash Memory Installed Size||128||250||128||120||128||275|
|Hard-Drive Size||128 GB||250 GB||128 GB||120 GB||128 GB||275 GB|
|Hard Disk Form Factor||2.5 in||0.85 in||1.8 in||2 in||0.85 in||2.5 in|
|Hardware Connectivity||SATA 6.0 Gb/s, SATA 1.5 Gb/s||SATA 6.0 Gb/s||SATA 3.0 Gb/s||SATA 3.0 Gb/s||SATA 3.0 Gb/s||SATA 6.0 Gb/s|
|Hardware Platform||mac||PC; Mac||laptop||PC||laptop||PC & Mac|
|Item Dimensions||1.2 x 2 x 1 in||1.18 x 0.15 x 2 in||1.18 x 2 x 0.14 in||1.18 x 2 x 0.15 in||0.55 x 5.24 x 3.11 in||0.5 x 3 x 2 in|
|Item Weight||0.32 ounces||0.32 ounces||0.32 ounces||1.6 ounces||0.25 ounces||0.42 ounces|
|Memory Storage Capacity||128 GB||250 GB||128 GB||122,880 MB||128 GB||275 GB|
|Optical Storage Read Speed||540MB||—||520||550||410||530 MB/s|
|Writing speed of the optical memory||430MB||—||150||520||180||510 MB/s|
|Size||—||250 GB||128 GB||120GB||128 GB||275GB|
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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Details on the Thinkpad x131e install:
Remove the battery. There is a big panel on the bottom of the x131e that covers all common user replaceable parts (memory,network, wwan, msata ssd, hard drive). Loosen three screws on the panel on the bottom of the x131e but leave them in the panel itsself. Then pivot the panel up from the screw end and remove it. Download the thinkpad service manual from lenovo to see a step by step on how to open the bottom. Very simple.
With the bottom open the WWAN slot is directly accessible. The x131e I was modifying had a 4G modem installed in the WWAN slot. That gets removed by lifting straight up on the antenna wires where they attach to the 4G modem. The wires stay in the thinkpad. The WWAN card gets removed by removing one screw and then lifting the 4G modem up at the screw location pivoting at an angle around the slot.
Once the WWAN slot is free insert the Plextor M5M mSATA drive into the WWAN slot at an angle with the contact edge of the card in teh slot and the opposite end higher. Once the card is sliding into the slot lower the other end of the card. When the card is flush to the motherboard screw one screw in the upper right corner (where slot is on the bottom). I used the screw that was holding down the 4G modem I removed, however the Plextor drive comes with two screws in the package. The Lenovo manual says to only use one screw, so that's what I did.
With the mSATA drive installed, close the bottom up (insert tabs on the side away from screws into slots on teh bottom of the x131e, then flatten the lid in place and tighten the 3 screws that stayed attached to the lid.
Reinstall the battery and Power up. The BIOS showed the mSATA drive and so did device manager.
Install a copy of Windows on the mSATA drive. I used windows device manager to discover the spinning hard drive in the x131e was a seagate then went to the seagate site to download their free disk cloning software (an OEM version of acronis true image). I used the seagate software to move and resize the partitions on the spinning disk to the mSATA drive. This gave me a bootable copy of windows on the mSATA drive.
Then I shutdown, and powered up to BIOS. In the BIOS startup tab you need to click the word 'boot' to get the boot order. This was *not* obvious. Once there, set the mSATA drive ahead of the spinning drive in the boot order. The easiest way for me to do this was to move the existing drive lower rather than to move the mSATA drive higher. Not sure why this was the only way that worked for me, but that's how I did it. SAVE and startup. The x131e booted nicely off the mSATA drive clone copy of windows.
The boot time was faster. I re-ran the 'window experience' benchmark (right click computer, click properties then click windows experience). The Plextor drive maxed the win7 disk benchmark at 7.9, and has not given any trouble so far.
NET: I ended up with 100GB of SSD and the larger original spinning hard disk both installed at the same time in a small notebook. NICE.
I purchased this to put in a Drobo 5N in order to speed up transfers of "Hot Cached" files. I believe it does fill that role, but without with / without testing, I can't confirm for sure if it is giving me the huge increase that I would most certainly love to have.
That being said, it is working fine, and if there is any problem -- it is not with this mSata -- overall I am very happy with both the Drobo product, and this role this plays in it.
Windows 8 x64
8 GB RAM
4th Gen i7
4500 RPM HDD (bottleneck!)
Plextor makes phenomenal products. This is one of, if not the very best msata SSD that you can purchase right now. If your system lags due to hard disk performance, this will solve it haha.
**ONE MAJOR TIP***: Use Paragon - Migrate OS to SSD. It's only 15 bucks, and if you have a uEFI system (on most lenovo machines with windows 8) it is a MUST HAVE. I tried acronis, easus, and about 8 others and none worked until I used Paragon.
After getting everything sorted, the SSD has worked beautifully. Windows 8 loads super fast and opening firefox doesn't take painfully long (compared to my old laptop with a 5400rpm hdd)
Plextor tends to update firmwares regularly, which I recommend doing before installing the OS. This can be easily done by pointing plextor's bootable ISO (sorry, no windows firmware updates!) to the utility called Unetbootin to make a bootable thumb drive. Once booted from the thumb drive, select the second option - updating will commence automatically.
The score got by AS SSD Benchmark is only 547. If you got a M5M and installed in the SATAIII slot, that may get more scores.
The Plextor test software can't be used for this mSATA SSD.
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