Thinkpad X220 won't detect mSata ssd

Nobokomo

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I recently bought a thinkpad x220, and since it was one of the business stripped models all over ebay, it didn't have a battery or hard drive. I decided that I would use an msata ssd as a boot drive and an old hdd as a storage drive. Long story short, the computer and the ssd arrived today, so I went to plug the ssd into the msata port, and found a 3g card. I removed the card, fired it up, and found that this ssd isn't showing up. The boot options list doesn't see it, windows installation doesn't see it, and a live linux usb doesn't see it. I think it might be doa, but I'm hoping for a second opinion. Any tips or advice would be appreciated. Oh, and it's an adata 24gb ssd.
 

Nobokomo

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Thanks for all the help, guys. I've managed to solve the problem. Turns out I needed to flash the BIOS, and the problem is now solved.
 

Nobokomo

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I don't have another computer that has bootable mSata slots, and the other person I know who has thinkpads has a t510, a gen too old, and a t440p, a gen too new. However, and I know this isn't much indication, when I put a standard 2.5" hdd into the laptop, it detects and boots the drive.
 

Nobokomo

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Ok, so an update. It turns out that the Latitude e5440 has msata capability, and I've been able to load windows on to the ssd on that computer. However, when I put the drive back into the thinkpad, once again the drive doesn't show up. Am I missing something in the bios?
 

hang-the-9

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It should see the drive, although I have never tried using an mSATA in an X model, I know it works in both T420s and T430s as I currently have them running in that.
 

Nobokomo

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Thanks for all the help, guys. I've managed to solve the problem. Turns out I needed to flash the BIOS, and the problem is now solved.
 
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