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Postby computercowboy » Tue Dec 14, 2010 06:05

bulletboy102 wrote:thanks for the help really appreciated


No problem... that is why we are here

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Postby Braindead » Thu Dec 23, 2010 08:23

I agree that using a zif drive is the easy way to go and more ssd's are available for a reasonable price these days.
But having said that...:) there is always another option...:cool:

I have been looking into using a micro-sata ssd because it is cheaper. Problem is/was finding a suitable sata to zif adapter.
Two attempts have been made so far and the first one is very hard to do because it involves replacing the zif connector on the adapter. The second one is easier because you only need to worry about the height.
Downside with both adapters is that the UX will run udma2 after booting.
This can then be corrected with hdparm and the baredit procedure if you need the higher sequential read/writes.
Udma2 gives seq. read/write 32/31 and 4K blocks 11/6. forced to udma5 you get 83/56 and 14/6. At udma2 this solution is still much faster than the original harddrive.:D

Price for a fast 128gb microsata ssd can be as low as 180 US$, 256GB 380 US$. The adapter used in the second attempt was 15 US$. Do the math...:D
Yes, you do need some soldering skills and some tools, but the reward is not just in the money saved, it is also in the satisfaction you get from making things work.

For this setup i used the Samsung Thin microsata ssd, because after removing the sataconnector you have a drive that is only 3mm thick. This leaves enough room for a modified sata2zif adapter. So be carefull about choosing the sata-ssd that you will use!

Only question left is the powerconsumption, test shows it is equal to the Mtron 32GB.
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Postby blaster » Sat Dec 25, 2010 05:43

Not bad thats a little tempting. The only problom i have is the extra power use and the delay from the adapter. The adapter in the p uses 0.8watts. That means the ssd as a hole uses more power than the hdd vertion
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Postby bigs » Fri Nov 25, 2011 19:31

hey i know this thread is old, but based on what both blaster and Braindead have said the combined power used from the sata to zif adapter compared to mtron 32gb are the same! this would mean mtron uses alot of juice to power its slc 32gb drive. Although rated a faster drive than the original slc samsung, the samsung will beat the this modded zid to sata and the mtron slc 32gb hands down in terms of power efficiency.
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Postby ceehoppy1st » Sat Nov 26, 2011 00:03

There was never any question about power. We've said Samsung ssd are the most power efficient that we know of. The mtron uses at least as much as the OE hdd.

The point of the sata-zif converter is to assemble a large capacity zif ssd for cheap. I did one of these for my Dell XT laptop. A 128GB drive cost about $150 total (ebay).
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Postby bigs » Sat Nov 26, 2011 02:42

tru true , u know me and power is very important for us mobile ux users on the run. Guess for point to point ux application where there is a power source. ie. bring ux to work and dock, bring ux home and dock, this method of getting high capacity ux is the way to go.

The ux internal battery is really quite small compared to the likes are larger standard sized laptops, hence why every watt does count. For me to get higher capacity I can fit an external 2.5" drive 1tb capacity, but hey that really sucks the juice if you are not connected to a power source.
micropc hardware: sony ux17gp with 390N mainboard with Anh u7700 upgrade core2duo 1.33ghz 1024mb (now upgraded to 64gb SLC SSD Samsung), Intel 4965 agn wireless, upgrade addon 3rd mini aerial, UX37GBN blue housing incorporating improved keyboard

OS: Linux Ubuntu 10.04 lucid & now 12.04 Precise Pangolin!

sony 380N stock 1.33ghz, 1gb ram, and 40gb rotational drive OS: windows ultimate

light slim notebook: toshiba r200 1.3ghz 1.2gb ram 64gb photofast v1 ssd oS: linux ubuntu 7.04 feisty fawn

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Postby dezign7 » Mon Aug 13, 2012 11:40

Seagate and WD have 1Tb 2.5" HDD, but they are about 4mm taller than standard 2.5,wich is a problem for a laptop.The only trouble in this mod,would be the HDD will need a few mm from downside,wich could be solved adding 2-3mm feet.


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