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Can M.2 SSD be installed into Laptop Wifi 1x1" Pci-e Minicard Slots?


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#1 F-1DeskLamp

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Posted 30 December 2017 - 03:40 PM

I'm working on two laptops, and the Wifi card in one is a 1x1" and the other is a 2x1."  

 

Can anyone tell me about installing an M.2 card in there if that is even possible, and if it is not possible, why not? 

 

 

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Posted 30 December 2017 - 04:12 PM

Its not possible, the form factor is different.

If you must install a SSD use a standard laptop sized one.


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Posted 30 December 2017 - 06:15 PM

Be careful what things you plug in there. The M.2 cards cannot be installed into mPCIe slots because they are physically different. However technically it is possible to install an appropriate card into the slot, so long as the card fits and speaks the same protocol as the slot. The slot is basically just that - a slot. But the protocol may not always be the one you expect. For example the slots used for mPCIe can also be used for mSATA. I have a router board by the name of "PC Engines APU2", and it comes with three identical slots - two of them are mPCIe and the third is mSATA. If you have a mPCIe slot then technically you could use a mPCIe SSD that fits into the slot. But be careful that you actually get the mPCIe SSD (if any models exist), not the mSATA SSD, as the majority of the disks are of the latter type.

I'm not sure, if any WiFi cards use the M.2 slot as I've only ever used the mPCIe models.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M.2
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PCI_Express#PCI_Express_Mini_Card
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MSATA#Mini-SATA_(mSATA)

Edited by Vectron, 30 December 2017 - 06:15 PM.





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