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  1. As Brian said, mSATA is a physical interface. By 2015 it was obsolete and today in 2017 it's basically impossible to find mSATA products, which is why everyone is so surprised to find it. The Crucial m550 that you have or are purchasing was (almost) one of the last consumer marketed models with an mSATA option released in 2014, and while I think the later Samsung 850 EVO has or had an mSATA version (the spec sheet shows it), I'm pretty sure that was the very last one in consumer space. Connectors (as you found) are incompatible, even if multiple physical interfaces do carry the SATA interface electrically.
  2. That appears to be an obselete mSATA setup. FWIW I've never heard of mSATA described as "M1". That's extremely confusing terminology. mSATA's also been mostly dead/obsolete for a few years now, how old is the hardware in question?
  3. I'm not familiar with an M1 drive. What make/model of laptop do you have?
  4. fastest 1.5Tb 2.5" HDD

    There aren't that many differences in the performance of available 2.5" hard disks these days. :-/ That's a pretty recent laptop tho, it should take drives greater than 2TB, so I'd grab whatever 2TB disk looks good. Where are you seeing a 1.5TB limit? Actually I don't think anyone makes a 2.5" 2TB 7200rpm disk anymore, your best choice if you're okay with a smaller drive is probably a WD Black 1TB 2.5" unit, or if you prefer a SSHD (which might be faster, given how dated the WD Black 2.5" units are) the Seagate FireCuda might be the way to go.
  5. Affordable 10TB drives availability?

    Considering 10TB is the top of the heap (or damned close), I'd say not for a while. When 12TB and 14TB drives become more common, maybe. 8TB externals are as cheap as $170 pretty often, I'd consider that to be about as big as gets affordable if you don't mind shucking drives.
  6. Intel Optane 900P vs Samsung 950 PRO

    IIRC early reviews for gaming (are there any?) would probably show no difference. I highly doubt Star Citizen would at this stage in its development, it smells like pure, 100% marketing. That may change-- a big issue now is that lots of software is coded expecting to have to deal with a harddisk for storage, so they design for high latency. In a future world where developers can assume everyone has a SSD, they can presumably expect less latency and hence design as such.
  7. If it's the exact same price, maybe. But I wouldn't pay significantly more for one. TLER, for example, is necessary for multi-drive arrays but actually a potential drawback in desktop use.
  8. New Samsung 850 and new Samsung 860

    You can read the Tom's Hardware article as well as the rest of us. It has some educated guesses in there.
  9. Intel Optane 900P vs Samsung 950 PRO

    That's impossible to say without knowing if your current tasks are disk I/O bound or not. If they are, then you might. If they're not, then you won't. Keep in mind that Optane appears to have its main benefits at very low I/O loads over conventional SSDs. If you want a more facetious answer: if you have to ask, the answer is no.
  10. Hmm, might want to check reviews then-- it's not necessarily the rated sound output, but the character of the sound that you'd be concerned about-- any irritating recalibration noises or whatnot? As far as reliability, I'd say in a single drive fleet (or even a half dozen) it's all going to be similar enough that you wouldn't be able to tell. Again the chances of a drive being mishandled somewhere along the way is probably going to do far greater damage to a drive's reliability than any differences between models. I don't think going for a nearline drive is going to actually buy you anything over a consumer drive given your requirements. For drives with a track record in the 2TB range, honestly, everything currently on the market is pretty is pretty established at this point.
  11. Also, for reliability, note that how a drive is handing during the picking/packing/shipping process probably matters more to its reliability than any make/model variation from the manufacturer. IIRC helium-filled drives might have slightly better acoustics than an equivalent platter count conventional drive, but you're probably barking up the wrong tree at that point, you should pay more attention to what's quiet regardless of technology.
  12. What exactly are you trying to do? How many Exchange databases do you have? This sounds very much like something you'd need to ask in an Exchange forum, not a storage forum, as it's fundamentally an Exchange implementation question.
  13. SATA or SAS - will it matter?

    You won't see a performance difference in actual use. Pick a type and standardize on it for ease of maintenance later.
  14. I think that's the same line we've been hearing from Seagate every year, only they keep adding a year to it every year...
  15. Is it a engineering thing to make it reliable, or is it a cost thing to make it cheap enough to mass produce? From what little I've read it seems like the former, given the strain on the substrate of 400C+ temps. (I realize it's a somewhat related set of questions!)