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Join Date: Jul 2009
Refitting wwan pcie for ssd - 07-29-2009, 05:44 PM
The wwan pcie slot only has usb routed to it.
My idea here is to use this : USB-DSC5 SATA/PATA/IDE Drive USB 2.0 ADAPTER CONVERTER CABLE , decased and disassembled as a bridge between the usb leads to the pcie port and wire the output of the bridge to the pcie pins such that you can plug in a sata or pata ssd board directly into the pcie slot and have it function.
Obviously, you're working over usb here, but it should let you use the ssd you otherwise would be letting collect dust or selling for near nothing since it's too small. It would also allow the use of sata or pata mini-pcie ssd's. A lot of soldering would be required, but in my head, it should all be workable. The bridge can be re-located anywhere there may be room for it, and obviously it helps to have the connector on the board, otherwise you would need to put that in there too.
This has other advantages over simply using a usb flash drive, or sd cards, as ssd boards have wear leveling routines and perform better at hdd related tasks than the simple flash drives do. As a bonus, it removes a little buyers guilt when you upgrade to the latest and greatest and your older crazy expensive 16/32GB ssd no longer has a home.
So, has anyone tried this yet ? The only thing i can think of that would stop you from being able to do this is the size of the pcb in that bridge connector. Though, there's gotta be a place to squeeze it somewhere.
Edit: forum seems to have lost endlines in input. Html is on despite it saying it's off. weird.
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