The unit is actually an Intel X18-M SSD in a 1.8″ to 2.5″ SATA adapter.
It only cost $149, so I got one.
I had high hopes for improved disk performance and faster startup & shutdown.
Well, my hopes were dashed.
There were two problems encountered …
- While the unit LOOKED like it would fit fine in a standard 2.5″ SATA drive bay, it didn’t. Whenever I installed it into my laptop it was quite loose. And the SATA connectors never locked into the laptop. I couldn’t get the laptop to even recognize the drive was installed.
- I underestimated my storage requirements … my current drive is 160gb, divided up between Windows 7 & Ubuntu Linux. I thought the Ubuntu partition was a lot larger than it really is. I was planning on moving the Ubuntu partition to another drive (to go in the modular bay), but 80gb was not large enough to hold all my data.
Initially I thought problem 1 might have been a manufacturing defect … so I tried to arrange a replacement return with NewEgg. They gave me an RMA, but they apparently didn’t have enough in stock, so they just issued a refund.
I still like the idea of getting a SSD for my laptop, as I suspect I’m going to have to keep it for a while (until I find a new laptop that I like).