What is the location of the mSATA port on the new Alienware 17. That is one of the only parts not listed in the manual.
Thanks for reaching out with your query. If you are referring to the new Alienware 17 R1, you will need to remove the below mentioned parts to reach the mSATA module. I believe it was not mentioned in the service manual as this is a technician replaceable unit.
Remove the AC Adapter
Remove the Big Door
Remove the Battery
Remove the Primary Hard Drive
Remove the Secondary Hard Drive
Remove the Optical Drive
Remove the MXM Fan
Remove the MXM Thermal Module
Remove the CPU Fan
Remove the CPU Thermal Module
Remove the Palmrest Assembly
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Check out my post in this forum, I added pictures:
This is not easy and it's not considered a Costumer replaceable unit, so proceed at your own risk, if you are not tech savvy, take the computer to a shop or have someone help you.
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Does it void the warranty to do this?
EDIT, I did see your tag, but you also mentioned this is not a consumer replaceable part, so it kind of conflicts...
I called dell beforehand and they stated that it would not void the warranty. Of course if you break something in the process - that is on you and not dell.
I installed mine and it was not too bad. Just follow the directions to a T.
What did you use for thermal paste when you put everything back together?
I'm not nervous about the job, I'm a tech by trade. I was just concerned about the warranty.
Nevermind, just watched this video, no need to remove the heatsinks: