Is my Alienware M18xR2 dead? SATA connector fried

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  1. Maxware79

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    This exact thing happened to my M18x too. The board is currently in with a repair guy who is trying to solder a new connector to the board. Unfortunately he has lifted a connector pad while removing the old connector so I could be in trouble.
    Fortunately you still have the mSata and DVD bay as options. I am also speaking with a few guys about an MXM NVMe Adapter for the slave GPU slot. I think this will be the best option.
    You will need a new sata cable and they are rare and expensive
     
  2. Azther

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    ah right, i forgot the r2 variant has the msata slot (i only have the r1 model which doesnt have it as reference lol)
     
  3. I_AM_MUSTANG

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    The cheapest one I could find was £65, is that about right?


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  4. I_AM_MUSTANG

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    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/264837830352


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  5. Azther

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    unless u can fix the connector on the board, getting the cable would be rather pointless. Maxware did make a good point tho, ur other option is also an mSata SSD (forgot the r2 had that slot)
     
  6. I_AM_MUSTANG

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    How do you configure the mSATA though, I think mine is a 32GB and it’s a cache?

    How do you set up an mSATA to boot from?


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  7. Azther

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    i would assume it would show up as a regular sata device in the bios, at least thats how it worked on my old clevo. 32gb is rather small tho, u would need a larger one to install windows onto.
     
  8. I_AM_MUSTANG

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    How much do you think it would be for the connector on the board to be fixed?


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  9. Azther

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    that would be a question best aimed at Maxware, thats out of my field of knowledge and expertise lol
     
  10. Maxware79

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    The guy is trying to fix my connector for $50 but you'll need to find the connector on eBay.

    You should just be able to slide the mSata in and use a Windows 10 USB and it should install. That's what I did with a 512GB mSata
     
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