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Replace Wifi Card with SSD?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hello Everyone!

 

I am new to the forum and computers so I don't know how things work around here... However, I still wanted to ask a question here: I have a relatively new skylake laptop by acer which has a 256 GB SATA m.2 SSD installed. It also has a wifi module that connects using an mPCIE slot as far as I know. Would it be possibile to replace the wifi card with an SSD (PCIE or SATA, don't mind which), if necessary using an adapter or similar? I am planning to upgrade my storage capacity to around 500 GB. If I can't replace my wifi card I will resort to just replacing my current SSD with a larger SATA SSD.

 

Thanks a lot for anything that you can contribute!

 

J

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8 minutes ago, GermanSausage said:

Hello Everyone!

 

I am new to the forum and computers so I don't know how things work around here... However, I still wanted to ask a question here: I have a relatively new skylake laptop by acer which has a 256 GB SATA m.2 SSD installed. It also has a wifi module that connects using an mPCIE slot as far as I know. Would it be possibile to replace the wifi card with an SSD (PCIE or SATA, don't mind which), if necessary using an adapter or similar? I am planning to upgrade my storage capacity to around 500 GB. If I can't replace my wifi card I will resort to just replacing my current SSD with a larger SATA SSD.

 

Thanks a lot for anything that you can contribute!

 

J

why would you want to get rid of your wifi chip? what if you go to a place you need internet, and they dont have ethernet? also, i dont think that it would work. i would just get a new m.2 for your laptop since ive heard nothing of the sorts of wifi ship changes. not sure m.2 is made that small since the nic's are usually pretty small nowdays on laptops

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4 minutes ago, ZeusXI said:

why would you want to get rid of your wifi chip? what if you go to a place you need internet, and they dont have ethernet? also, i dont think that it would work. i would just get a new m.2 for your laptop since ive heard nothing of the sorts of wifi ship changes. not sure m.2 is made that small since the nic's are usually pretty small nowdays on laptops

I was just going to use a USB dongle to replace my wifi card. So you think that any SSD that I would connect wouldn't be recognized?

 

Thanks for your reply :)

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If the Wi-Fi adapter is using M.2, then it's likely not keyed for SSD use (see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M.2#Form_factors_and_keying, it likely has an E key, which is not compatible with any M.2 SSD).

 

If it uses mini-PCIe, then your only option is probably https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA9Y13N49614&cm_re=mini_pcie_ssd-_-9SIA9Y13N49614-_-Product since most mini-PCIe Wi-Fi cards are of that size and SSDs of that size are incredibly rare.

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2 minutes ago, GermanSausage said:

I was just going to use a USB dongle to replace my wifi card. So you think that any SSD that I would connect wouldn't be recognized?

 

Thanks for your reply :)

Just get a USB SSD like this one from Samsung

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147512&cm_re=samsung_ssd_usb-_-20-147-512-_-Product

It'll be a lot simpler than replacing a Wi-Fi card, which I'm not sure that you can do.


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Posted · Original PosterOP
13 minutes ago, M.Yurizaki said:

If the Wi-Fi adapter is using M.2, then it's likely not keyed for SSD use (see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M.2#Form_factors_and_keying, it likely has an E key, which is not compatible with any M.2 SSD).

 

If it uses mini-PCIe, then your only option is probably https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA9Y13N49614&cm_re=mini_pcie_ssd-_-9SIA9Y13N49614-_-Product since most mini-PCIe Wi-Fi cards are of that size and SSDs of that size are incredibly rare.

https://www.amazon.de/Samsung-MZ-M5E250BW-interne-250GB-mSATA/dp/B00TGIVTP2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1493411107&sr=8-1&keywords=msata

Would this SSD work with an mPCIE slot as well (this one is available in germany)

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2 minutes ago, GermanSausage said:

That uses mSATA and is likely not going to physically fit even if it was mini-PCIe.

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Posted · Original PosterOP
Just now, M.Yurizaki said:

That uses mSATA and is likely not going to physically fit even if it was mini-PCIe.

I was half expecting that. :(

Thanks for your help though.

 

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13 hours ago, GermanSausage said:

Hello Everyone!

 

I am new to the forum and computers so I don't know how things work around here... However, I still wanted to ask a question here: I have a relatively new skylake laptop by acer which has a 256 GB SATA m.2 SSD installed. It also has a wifi module that connects using an mPCIE slot as far as I know. Would it be possibile to replace the wifi card with an SSD (PCIE or SATA, don't mind which), if necessary using an adapter or similar? I am planning to upgrade my storage capacity to around 500 GB. If I can't replace my wifi card I will resort to just replacing my current SSD with a larger SATA SSD.

 

Thanks a lot for anything that you can contribute!

 

J

It wont work. Its the wrong connector and pin-out. Ive tried it, it wont work with M.2 cards... Heck, my M.2 SSD didnt even show up in device manager

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There are too may people on this form and espeically this

On 4/28/2017 at 1:13 PM, njmyers3 said:

Just get a USB SSD like this one from Samsung

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147512&cm_re=samsung_ssd_usb-_-20-147-512-_-Product

It'll be a lot simpler than replacing a Wi-Fi card, which I'm not sure that you can do.

There are too many people on these forums and on this thread that do not know what in the hell they are talking about, asking why would you want to do something you already said you wanted to do.  And yes you can replace your Pcie wifi card with a Pcie ssd in that slot which is quite a bit faster than a msata or sata.  Then you can use a  USB dongle for your wifi connection if that is what you want.  Of course it makes your computer less portable so that is the trade off, but if you want to do it , fine, It can be done Period!! You can find the mini Pcie ssd to fit in that slot.  SIMPLE!!!

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