OCZ Nocti mSATA SSD Review (2022)

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OCZ’s mSATA SSDs have long been used in OEM and other specialized applications. mSATA SSDs are finding a much wider audience now though, as notebook, tablet and even desktop PC vendors are finding creative ways to use the diminutive in size, but not speed, SSDs. Whether used as a boot drive, primary storage or caching mechanism, the OCZ Nocti has quite a bit of flexibility. Available in capacities from 30GB to 120GB, the Nocti offers top-end performance of up to 280 MB/s read speeds, 260 MB/s writes and random write 4K IOPS of 32,500, essentially saturating the mSATA 3Gb/s interface speed.

OCZ’s mSATA SSDs have long been used in OEM and other specialized applications. mSATA SSDs are finding a much wider audience now though, as notebook, tablet and even desktop PC vendors are finding creative ways to use the diminutive in size, but not speed, SSDs. Whether used as a boot drive, primary storage or caching mechanism, the OCZ Nocti has quite a bit of flexibility. Available in capacities from 30GB to 120GB, the Nocti offers top-end performance of up to 280 MB/s read speeds, 260 MB/s writes and random write 4K IOPS of 32,500, essentially saturating the mSATA 3Gb/s interface speed.

The OCZ Nocti is built around the SandForce SF-2181 processor and OCZ-branded 2Xnm MLC NAND and is meant for both use with OEMs and for enthusiast upgrades.The Nocti is available in 30GB, 60GB and 120GB capacities with street prices of $75, $130 and $230 respectively, and the SSDs carry a three year warranty. OCZ offers other mSATA SSDs as well, the Devena 2 mSATA SSD is designed for OEM duty, while the OCZ Strata mSATA SSD was a lower-cost alternative based on an Indilinx controller that has recently been discontinued.

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OCZ Nocti mSATA SSD Specs

  • Available in 30GB to 120GB capacities
    • 30GB: NOC-MSATA-30G
      • Max Read: up to 280 MB/s
      • Max Write: up to 255 MB/s
      • Random Write 4k: 12,500 IOPS
    • 60GB: NOC-MSATA-60G
      • Max Read: up to 280 MB/s
      • Max Write: up to 260 MB/s
      • Random Write 4k: 12,500 IOPS
    • 120GB: NOC-MSATA-120G
      • Max Read: up to 280 MB/s
      • Max Write: up to 260 MB/s
      • Random Write 4k: 32,500 IOPS
  • SandForce SF-2181 processor
  • 2xnm MLC NAND
  • Native TRIM support
  • Seek Time: .1ms
  • Dimensions –30 x 50 x 3.5mm
  • Weight – 6g
  • Operating Temp – 0°C ~ 70°C
  • Ambient Temp – 0°C ~ 55°C
  • Storage Temp – -45°C ~ 85°C
  • Power Consumption – 1.7W Active, 0.5W Idle
  • MTBF – 2 million hours
  • 3-Year Warranty

Aesthetics and Disassembly

The OCZ Nocti mSATA SSD doesn’t put any room to waste with its compact size. Measuring just 30mm x 50mm, this card is designed to fit inside the mSATA/mini-PCIe slots inside notebooks and some desktop motherboards to be used as a boot/cache drive. In notebooks such as the ThinkPad X220, ThinkPad T520, or ThinkPad W520 using an mSATA SSD leaves the primary 2.5-inch bay open for bulk storage.

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At the heart of the Nocti mSATA SSD is a SandForce SF-2181 processor. It is a SATA 3.0Gb/s model, unlike its SF-2200 brother which interfaces at SATA 6.0Gb/s speeds. The primary reason for this, besides cost, is that many mSATA deployments are limited to SATA 3.0Gb/s speeds.

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The Nocti uses four OCZ-branded 32GB (256Gb) 2xnm NAND pieces. OCZ branded NAND isn’t new, OCZ announced in October of last year that they had secured a bulk NAND buy as part of their plan to reduce overall drive costs, as well as extend the OCZ brand throughout certain SSDs. We saw the use of OCZ branded NAND in theOCZ RevoDrive Hybridand suspect OCZ will use more of their own stamped NAND over time.

Synthetic Benchmarks

In our review of the 120GB OCZ Nocti, we show benchmarks against the80GB Intel SSD 310,which uses an Intel controller, and the120GB Renice X3 mSATA SSD, which is based on the prior-generation SandForce SF-1200 platform.

For the 120GB Nocti capacity, OCZ lists a peak read speed of 280MB/s and a write speed of 260MB/s. To put these claims to the test, we used our 2MB sequential transfer test in IOMeter.

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With repeating data the OCZ Nocti mSATA SSD measured 258MB/s read and 246MB/s write, slowing to 106MB/s read and 77MB/s write with incompressible data.

Our next test looks at random 2MB transfers instead of sequential, showing what performance might look like during multiple file transfer requests.

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Switching to random large-block transfers, the Nocti measured 256MB/s read and 246MB/s write with repeating data and 107MB/s read and 77MB/s write with incompressible data.

Moving on to even smaller transfer request sizes, our next section looks at random 4K read and write performance at a queue depth of one, and later moves to expanded queue depth tests.

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While the Nocti showed some weakness in fast throughput speeds compared to the older generation Renice X3 with 3xnm NAND, it offered much faster QD=1 4K random write speeds, topping at 18,313 IOPS with incompressible data.

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In our 4K write latency test, which measures access times at a queue depth of 1, the OCZ Nocti scored very well with average response times of 0.0541ms with incompressible data and 0.0572ms with compressible data. Peak latency times were also excellent, measuring 32.74ms and 35.7ms for repeating and randomized respectively.

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Using CrystalDiskMark with randomized data, we noted similar read and write speeds as what we found with our incompressible IOMeter testing, although CDM did give slightly higher write speed figures.

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Our last group of consumer IOMeter synthetic benchmarks looks at mixed-load server profiles including Database, Workstation, File Server, and Webserver. Looking at the performance of the OCZ Nocti with repeating data, it scored above the Intel SSD 310 but below the Renice X3.

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Real-World Benchmarks

One thing we try to focus on with our reviews is how any given drive might perform under real-world conditions. For the average user, trying to translate random 4K write speeds into an everyday situation can be difficult. It helps when comparing drives in every setting possible, but it doesn’t exactly work out into faster everyday usage or better game loading times. For this reason we turned to our StorageMark 2010 traces, which include HTPC, Productivity, and Gaming traces to help readers find out how a drive might rank under their conditions.

The first real-life test is our HTPC scenario. In this test we include: playing one 720P HD movie in Media Player Classic, one 480P SD movie playing in VLC, three movies downloading simultaneously through iTunes, and one 1080i HDTV stream being recorded through Windows Media Center over a 15 minute period. Higher IOps and MB/s rates with lower latency times are preferred. In this trace we recorded 2,986MB being written to the drive and 1,924MB being read.

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In a HTPC environment the OCZ Nocti slipped behind the Renice X3 slightly, but offered a massive boost in performance over the Intel mSATA SSD.

Our second real-life test covers disk activity in a productivity scenario. For all intents and purposes this test shows drive performance under normal daily activity for most users. This test includes: a three hour period operating in an office productivity environment with 32-bit Vista running Outlook 2007 connected to an Exchange server, web browsing using Chrome and IE8, editing files within Office 2007, viewing PDFs in Adobe Reader, and an hour of local music playback with two hours of additional online music via Pandora. In this trace we recorded 4,830MB being written to the drive and 2,758MB being read.

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In our productivity trace, both the X3 and Nocti offered similar performance. Both drives far surpassed the Intel mSATA SSD.

Our third real-life test covers disk activity in a gaming environment. Unlike the HTPC or Productivity trace, this one relies heavily on the read performance of a drive. To give a simple breakdown of read/write percentages, the HTPC test is 64% write, 36% read, the Productivity test is 59% write and 41% read, while the gaming trace is 6% write and 94% read. The test consists of a Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit system pre-configured with Steam, with Grand Theft Auto 4, Left 4 Dead 2, and Mass Effect 2 already downloaded and installed. The trace captures the heavy read activity of each game loading from the start, as well as textures as the game progresses. In this trace we recorded 426MB being written to the drive and 7,235MB being read.

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In a read-intensive gaming environment, both SandForce-powered mSATA SSDs scored above 250MB/s average. The gap between these and the Intel mSATA SSD narrowed though, with the Intel measuring 204MB/s average.

Power

Applying the same read and write profiles that we performed at the beginning of this review, we measure the power used by the SSD during these read or write profiles. SandForce SSDs heavily rely on compression for faster speeds and less write amplification, as a result we measure power with both compressible and incompressible data.

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OCZ listed an active power rate of 1.7W and an idle 0.5W. We measured above to the idle power rate through our interposer card with a measurement of 0.71 watts and our active tests ranged from 2 watts up to 2.95 watts with a constant 2MB sequential transfer of incompressible data.

Conclusion

The OCZ Nocti mSATA SSD does its intended job very well, delivering just about all the mSATA 3 Gb/s interface can handle with large sequential reads and writes, though it does struggle a bit with large-block transfers turning from compressible to incompressible data. On the random 4K side the Nocti posts very impressive write scores, easily besting the other mSATA comparables by a wide margin. The drive’s 4K latency is also the lowest in the group and the Nocti held up very well across the board in our real world traces.

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For the enthusiast who wants to upgrade their system with an mSATA SSD, there are few options. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing though, as the Nocti provides an excellent blend of performance and price, along with the fact that it’s generally available in retail, where many boutique mSATA solutions are not. When we look at the Nocti head-to-head against the mainstream Intel SSD 310, the Nocti dominates on price, performance and capacity options.

Pros

  • Better $/GB than Intel SSD 310 mSATA and faster speeds
  • Easily available through multiple retail outlets
  • Strong 4K random write speed

Cons

  • Shows some weakness compared to SF-1200 and 3xnm-based mSATA offerings
  • Not SATA 6Gb/s

Bottom Line

The OCZ Nocti mSATA SSD comes in capacities up to 120GB and delivers in two key areas – price and performance. In the mSATA space there aren’t many generally available options, but thankfully the Nocti is one of them. Those looking to take advantage of an mSATA SSD for caching, boot or the like will find the OCZ Nocti to be a worthy companion.

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    FAQs

    Which is better SSD or mSATA? ›

    The main differences between an mSATA SSD and a SATA SSD are physical size and the connector. A SATA is thicker compared to an mSATA SSD with a 2.5-inch casing. Limited by the smaller form factor, an mSATA SSD typically has less storage capacity than a SATA SSD. However, their read and write speeds are similar.

    Are mSATA drives good? ›

    mSATA SSD Reliability

    Generally, mSATA SSD with SLC flash offers the best reliability for data storage, while those with MLC flash can offer greater capacity, but less reliability.

    What is mSATA SSD used for? ›

    mSATA is a small form factor flash storage device which is used like a hard disk drive in a host computer system. The host system must have a specific connector for the mSATA drive to be inserted. As with other flash storage devices, the mSATA can be used to store operating systems, applications and other data.

    Is mSATA faster than SATA? ›

    It's just a different connector, the link is the same. Any speed you can get with regular SATA, you can get with mSATA as well. Now, traditionally mSATA SSDs have tended to have lower performance (and capacity) than SATA SSDs, but that's not because of any restrictions in the interface.

    Is mSATA faster then SSD? ›

    Data transfer speed: Most M. 2 SSDs has faster speed than mSATA SSDs. Capacity: Most mSATA drives are around 500GB, while M. 2 SSDs have more capacity options available and some can up to 1TB.

    Can I use mSATA SSD on desktop? ›

    How to Install an mSATA SSD in a Desktop - YouTube

    What is the largest mSATA SSD? ›

    This honor goes to Samsung with their 840 EVO mSATA Solid State Drive (SSD). By using 64 of their own 128-Gigabit TLC (Tri-Level Cell) NAND flash die packaged in 4 components stacked 16 die high, they are able to achieve an incredible 1TB (Terabyte) of total storage in the mSATA form factor.

    How can I use mSATA SSD in laptop? ›

    How to Install an mSATA SSD in a Laptop or Ultrabook - YouTube

    How do I use mSATA SSD as a cache drive? ›

    Click Enable acceleration under either the Status or Accelerate menu.
    1. Select the SSD to be used as a cache device.
    2. Select the size from the SSD to be allocated for the cache memory.
    22 Apr 2021

    What is better than an SSD? ›

    HDDs are considered a legacy technology, meaning they've been around longer than SSDs. In general, they are lower in cost and are practical for data that does not need to be accessed frequently, such as backups of photos, videos or business files.

    Can you boot from mSATA? ›

    Your laptop should now boot off of the mSATA drive with its Windows partition showing as your C drive. The hard drive will be a huge blank partition you can use for data.

    What does M in mSATA stand for? ›

    (Mini-Serial ATA) A version of the SATA interface for solid state drives (SSDs) in mobile devices. mSATA uses the same plug and socket as Mini PCI Express (mPCIe); however, the electrical signaling is different. mSATA was superseded by M. 2 (examples of both are below). See Mini PCI Express and SATA.

    What is the 50 capacity of the mSATA drive? ›

    amp inc's 50mm mSATA SATA III SSD (Solid State Drive) is a high performance and high reliability storage device based on NAND Flash technology that is designed to solve the “bottlenecking” of computing system by traditional hard disk drives.
    ...
    mSATA.
    amp inc Part NumberCapacity
    AMPV5T256‐NM3VAC(I)256GB
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    Can I use M 2 SSD in mSATA slot? ›

    No, they are different; M. 2 supports both SATA and PCIe storage interface options, while mSATA is SATA only. Physically, they look different and cannot be plugged into the same system connectors.

    Can I plug mSATA into m 2? ›

    No; you can only use a M.

    How do I know if my laptop has mSATA? ›

    On Windows 10, go to Task Manager>Performance>Disk. You will see the model name of your HDD/SSD listed at the top.

    What is small SSD called? ›

    A smaller form factor SSD is called mSATA. mSATA SSDs are one-eighth the size of a 2.5-inch drive and are designed to plug into an mSATA socket on a system's motherboard. mSATA drives are used in ultra-thin and mini devices, or as a secondary drive in desktops.

    Does mSATA fit in PCIe? ›

    No, not all of the PCIe's are compatible with mSATA slots, and not all mSATAs are compatible with PCIe slots. In fact, they usually aren't. They're both two different types of solid state drives.

    Can I install Windows on mSATA SSD? ›

    You can install and run an operating system on an mSATA ssd. However, you would have to be able to access the motherboard's system BIOS. Once you have access you would have to disable Intel Smart Response to eliminate the ssd cache; select the mSATA ssd as the primary boot device; and make sure ACHI mode is enabled.

    Can I install Windows on mSATA? ›

    Dell does not recommend or suggest installing Windows on an MSATA drive.

    How do I format mSATA? ›

    Click on the Start or the Windows button and then go to Control Panel and then select System and Security. Here, select Administrative Tools and then click on Computer Management and Disk management. Finally, right-click on the disk you'd like to format and select Format and the computer will format it.

    Are mSATA and M 2 the same? ›

    M. 2 is a follow-up to mSATA, though mSATA is still in use across a huge range of devices. Both of these drives do essentially the same tasks, but they are not interchangeable, so you can't simply swap one for the other.

    Can I connect mSATA to SATA? ›

    The MSAT2SAT3 mSATA to SATA adapter enables you to connect a standard SATA drive to an available mSATA port. The adapter improves system capacity by enabling an mSATA port to host a larger SATA hard drive (tested up to 4TB).

    Is NVMe a SSD? ›

    NVMe (nonvolatile memory express) is a new storage access and transport protocol for flash and next-generation solid-state drives (SSDs) that delivers the highest throughput and fastest response times yet for all types of enterprise workloads.

    How do I initialize mSATA SSD? ›

    Tutorial: How to initialize and activate your newly installed SSD in Windows

    What is SATA and mSATA? ›

    SATA is thicker than mSATA and housed in a 2.5” casing, so it can only fit in larger devices. Capacity. Both SATA and mSATA meet SATA III speed guidelines of 6Gb/s. However, the size of mSATA means that it is usually used in drives with lower storage capacities than the full-sized SATA option.

    What is SATA SSD? ›

    (Serial ATA Solid State Drive) A solid state drive (SSD) that uses the SATA hardware interface. SATA hard drives have been used since the early 2000s, and as solid state drives (SSDs) became popular, they were designed with SATA compatibility.

    Is SSD caching worth it? ›

    When you use an SSD cache, you benefit from the faster speed and better responsiveness of the SSD compared to the slower, traditional hard drive. In fact, the SSD can be 10 times faster than an HDD when it comes to specific tasks like small disk reads.

    Is SSD faster than RAM? ›

    First, the memory chips in SSDs are slower than those in RAM. Second, there is a bottleneck created by the interface that connects the storage device to the computer. RAM, in comparison, has a much faster interface.

    What does cache mean for SSD? ›

    SSD caching, also known as flash caching, is the temporary storage of data on NAND flash memory chips in a solid-state drive (SSD) so data requests can be met with improved speed.

    How long will a SSD last? ›

    All storage devices eventually fail, and unfortunately, SSDs are no exception. That doesn't mean that they're unreliable — SSDs offer much faster data access than hard drives, and they're less susceptible to physical damage. A modern SSD can operate for upwards of 5 years under optimal operating conditions.

    What is the disadvantages of SSD? ›

    Top disadvantages of SSDs
    • Higher price. This is the main disadvantage of solid-state drives. ...
    • Less writing and deleting cycles. ...
    • Overwriting Speed. ...
    • Failure rate. ...
    • Difficult data recovery. ...
    • Shorter general lifespan. ...
    • Less availability and accessibility.

    What are the 3 types of SSD? ›

    • Type of SSDs.
    • SATA SSD. SATA SSDs are the first generation of SSDs. ...
    • NVMe SSD. NVMe is a protocol that allows you to reach even higher speeds than with a SATA SSD. ...
    • Types of connectors.
    • M. 2 connector. ...
    • PCIe connector. Video cards on the motherboard can also be connected by a PCIe connector. ...
    • Conclusion.
    23 Aug 2022

    Is NVMe faster than SSD? ›

    NVMe SSDs are about 3-4 times faster than SATA SSDs with read-write speeds of up to 2000MB/s compared to the only 600MB/s of SATA SSDs. Unlike SATA and SCSI, NVMe doesn't need a controller to communicate with the CPU, making communication with the CPU even faster.

    Which is better NVMe or M 2? ›

    Again, if gaming and standard computer use are your only concerns, you should be fine going with an M. 2 SATA drive. If, however, you want to squeeze every last ounce of computing speed out of your rig or you plan on doing anything that requires fast sequential read and write speeds, it's worth going for an NVMe drive.

    Can you put an M 2 SSD in a PCIe slot? ›

    Despite using PCIe technology, the PCIe slots on your motherboard can't hold an M. 2 drive. This is because they are designed for physically larger cards like Wi-Fi or graphics cards. There are adapters that let you connect an M.

    How long will an SSD last without power? ›

    Newer models of SSD claim to be able to retain data for as long as 50 years without power, that said the average consensus is somewhere between 5 to 10 years based on consumer data.

    How much SSD memory do I need? ›

    Bottom line: Get at least a 256GB SSD, or 512GB if you do more storage-heavy work.

    Can I use only SSD instead of HDD? ›

    You can also put your most frequently used software on there for a similar effect. The lifespan of an SSD isn't as long as that of an HDD, but you can certainly use an SSD as your only drive on a PC.

    Is m2 better than SSD? ›

    2 SATA SSDs have a similar level of performance to mSATA cards, but M. 2 PCIe cards are notably faster. In addition, SATA SSDs have a maximum speed of 600 MB per second, while M. 2 PCIe cards can hit 4 GB per second.

    Can I plug mSATA into SATA 3? ›

    Adaptor boards are available for both types. If your mSATA device supports SATA III, you should also make sure you get an adaptor which supports SATA III.

    How do I know if my SSD is m 2? ›

    M. 2 SSDs typically come in three dimensions, which may be deduced from the card name —2242, 2260, and 2280 — "22" represents the width in millimeters (mm), while the next two digits represent the length, also in mm. The longer the drive, the more NAND flash chips can be mounted; hence, more capacity.

    Are all m2 slots the same? ›

    M. 2 drives come in various different sizes. The most common formats are 2242, 2260, and 2280. The first two numbers correspond to the width of the drive — as in 22 millimeters.

    Will mSata work in mini PCIe? ›

    A mSata will work fine in a mini pci-e slot.

    How do I know if my motherboard has m 2 slot? ›

    New motherboard for the new gen of Intel and AMD CPUs all supports the M. 2 NVMe SSD. If you are unsure whether your motherboard has this slot, check their specification or use CPU-Z to find out.

    Can I use M 2 SSD in mSATA slot? ›

    No, they are different; M. 2 supports both SATA and PCIe storage interface options, while mSATA is SATA only. Physically, they look different and cannot be plugged into the same system connectors.

    What is the largest mSATA SSD? ›

    This honor goes to Samsung with their 840 EVO mSATA Solid State Drive (SSD). By using 64 of their own 128-Gigabit TLC (Tri-Level Cell) NAND flash die packaged in 4 components stacked 16 die high, they are able to achieve an incredible 1TB (Terabyte) of total storage in the mSATA form factor.

    How can I use mSATA SSD in laptop? ›

    How to Install an mSATA SSD in a Laptop or Ultrabook - YouTube

    What are the different types of SSD? ›

    There are two different types of SSDs: Serial Advanced Technology Attachment SSDs (SATA) and Peripheral Component Interconnect express SSDs or Non-Volatile Memory express SSDs (PCIe/NVMe/PCIe-NVMe).

    What is the 50 capacity of the mSATA drive? ›

    amp inc's 50mm mSATA SATA III SSD (Solid State Drive) is a high performance and high reliability storage device based on NAND Flash technology that is designed to solve the “bottlenecking” of computing system by traditional hard disk drives.
    ...
    mSATA.
    amp inc Part NumberCapacity
    AMPV5T256‐NM3VAC(I)256GB
    4 more rows

    How do I use mSATA SSD as a cache drive? ›

    Click Enable acceleration under either the Status or Accelerate menu.
    1. Select the SSD to be used as a cache device.
    2. Select the size from the SSD to be allocated for the cache memory.
    22 Apr 2021

    Can you boot from mSATA? ›

    Your laptop should now boot off of the mSATA drive with its Windows partition showing as your C drive. The hard drive will be a huge blank partition you can use for data.

    Can I connect mSATA to SATA? ›

    The MSAT2SAT3 mSATA to SATA adapter enables you to connect a standard SATA drive to an available mSATA port. The adapter improves system capacity by enabling an mSATA port to host a larger SATA hard drive (tested up to 4TB).

    Does mSATA fit in PCIe? ›

    No, not all of the PCIe's are compatible with mSATA slots, and not all mSATAs are compatible with PCIe slots. In fact, they usually aren't. They're both two different types of solid state drives.

    How do I know if my laptop has mSATA? ›

    On Windows 10, go to Task Manager>Performance>Disk. You will see the model name of your HDD/SSD listed at the top.

    Can I install Windows on mSATA? ›

    Dell does not recommend or suggest installing Windows on an MSATA drive.

    How do I initialize mSATA SSD? ›

    Tutorial: How to initialize and activate your newly installed SSD in Windows

    How do I format mSATA? ›

    Click on the Start or the Windows button and then go to Control Panel and then select System and Security. Here, select Administrative Tools and then click on Computer Management and Disk management. Finally, right-click on the disk you'd like to format and select Format and the computer will format it.

    Which brand of SSD is best? ›

    Best SSDs You Can Buy Today
    • SK hynix Platinum P41. Best Overall / Best M.2 SSD. ...
    • Kingston KC3000. Fastest SSD. ...
    • WD Black SN850X. Best M.2 SSD Alternative. ...
    • Crucial P3. Best Budget Drive. ...
    • Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus + M.2 NVMe Heatsink. Best PS5 SSD. ...
    • Crucial P5 Plus. Best Value PCIe 4.0 M.2 SSD. ...
    • Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus. ...
    • Samsung 970 EVO Plus.
    4 Sept 2022

    Does type of SSD matter? ›

    When shopping for an SSD for general computing use in a desktop or laptop, you don't expressly need to pay attention to the type of storage that's inside the drive. In fact, with most options on the market these days, you don't have much a choice, anyway.

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