mSata SSD not working in PB G4

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  1. jbarley macrumors 68030

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    Do you have the jumper set as "Master" or Cable Select or whatever it needs to be to work?
     
  2. cw48494 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I actually just reseated the mSata a few times, now it shows up in disk utility but will not format. I get the "Input/output" error.
     
  3. MacCubed macrumors 68000

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    I say that it is the mSATA SSD, an I/O error is usually with the drive. Do you have any other computers to test the drive in??
     
  4. cw48494 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I sure do, I'm hoping it's just an issue with the disk utility and I can format it on a secondary machine.
     
  5. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    My understanding with mSATA and adapter cards was to avoid drives that were SATA III. I wonder if this might not be the case here. The sticker on that drive says SATA III…
     
  6. redheeler macrumors 603

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    The mSATA to IDE adapter claims to support SATA 3...
     
  7. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Verify operation on another computer and then look into other options. SSDs with bad controllers often exhibit these symptoms and checking with another computer will rule out a bad drive. Then you need to look into the adapter and jumper settings if everything with the drive checks out.
     
  8. weckart macrumors 68040

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    I have the exact same adapter (branded Lycom) in a couple of my PowerBooks running without issue. It has a Marvel chip and seems better reviewed than the more common JMicron based adapters. The one to avoid is the JMicron 20320 controller as that one is reported to be flakey. The 20330 revision fixed the stability issues.

    Either your adapter or the mSATA card is faulty. Incompatibility should not be an issue.
     
  9. MacCubed macrumors 68000

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    Yeah I used the same adapter the OP used and mine works without issue. I think that it is the SSD
     
  10. val1984 macrumors member

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    Just in case, did you try to format the SSD in a Firewire or USB enclosure?
    I did try that and I think I got an I/O error too but the adapter+mSATA drive did work as expected once in the PowerBook.
     
  11. cw48494 thread starter macrumors regular

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    It turns out to be a faulty drive. I've tried to format in a few different ways; in an IDE adapter, in a Sata adapter, in a USB adapter and as a standalone drive with different software and various operating systems.
     
  12. MacCubed macrumors 68000

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    Are you gonna contact NewEgg for a replacement??
     
  13. cw48494 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Exactly so, until then I'll just be using a 32gb mSata with adapter. I have a Toshiba Qosmio AV680 with two 256gb mSata drives but I'm unwilling to use one of them for my Powerbook.
     
  14. Czo macrumors 6502

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    Why you not buy one of current available PATA SSD's? i have a transcend 64GB version on my powerbook, and its working pretty fine.
     

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  15. Mnowell69 macrumors regular

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    You can use an mSata in any computer you like, if you buy a pata SSD you will be limited to old computers only.
     
  16. cw48494 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Not to mention I can get 32gb mSata drives for $11.
     
  17. MacCubed macrumors 68000

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    Yeah I'm gonna get another adapter and a 32 GB SSD for my G3 'Book
     
  18. weckart macrumors 68040

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    For real? Details, please.
     
  19. cw48494 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I buy them from StarMicro. You can get them off eBay or the home site.
     
  20. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Fantastic!
     
  21. weckart macrumors 68040

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    Yes but sadly US only. I was hoping for a Far East supplier. The cheapest I can find for the UK is double that for a far less auspicious brand. At $11 for a Samsung, I would ditch all of my spinning drives.
     
  22. Altemose macrumors G3

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    @weckart Those in the UK usually get nailed by US only sellers, but us in the US get nailed when those in the UK have what we need and can't or won't send it across the pond.
     

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