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mSATA SSD (mSATA solid-state drive)

An mSATA SSD is a solid-state drive (SSD) that is designed for use with portable, space-constrained devices such as laptops and netbooks.

An mSATA SSD is a solid-state drive (SSD) that conforms to the mSATA interface specification developed by the Serial ATA (SATA) International Organization. 

The mSATA SSD has a smaller form factor than a standard SSD and is designed for use with portable, space-constrained devices such as laptops and netbooks. The mSATA specification maps SATA signals onto a PCI Express mini-card connector to enable use with a wide range of applications.

The SATA International Organization referred to the specification as mini-SATA at the time of its announcement in 2009. However, the "m" no longer stands for "mini," and the specification is simply called mSATA.

This was first published in May 2014

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