SG-2440 - mSata not recognized



  • I purchased the SG-2440 device w/o an SSD to save a few bucks and purchase/install one separately.  I cannot for the life of me to get the drive to be recognized.  I purchased the following drive 64 GB http://www.transcend-info.com/Products/No-632 which says it supports TRIM etc.

    My dmesg log provides the following:

    uhub1: 4 ports with 4 removable, self powered
    ugen0.3: <generic>at usbus0
    umass0: <generic 0="" 3="" ultra="" fast="" media,="" class="" 0,="" rev="" 2.00="" 1.98,="" addr="">on usbus0
    da0 at umass-sim0 bus 0 scbus4 target 0 lun 0
    da0: <generic ultra="" hs-combo="" 1.98="">Removable Direct Access SCSI-0 device
    da0: Serial Number 000000225001
    da0: 40.000MB/s transfers
    da0: 3648MB (7471104 512 byte sectors: 255H 63S/T 465C)
    da0: quirks=0x2 <no_6_byte>SMP: AP CPU #1 Launched!
    Timecounter "TSC" frequency 1750043652 Hz quality 1000
    Trying to mount root from ufs:/dev/ufsid/55cb6efc82cac1e6 [rw]…
    WARNING: / was not properly dismounted
    WARNING: /: TRIM flag on fs but disk does not support TRIM

    Any ideas would be helpful.</no_6_byte></generic></generic></generic>



  • You where buying a mSATA drive that is also able to act as a caching disk only, and this can be truly realized
    by using a software tool from Intel, for activating and managing this function that is called ISRT (Intel smart
    respond technology) and the website you were linking is showing up this statement about that:

    _Intel Smart Response Technology
    Transcend's SATA III 6Gb/s MSA370 mSATA SSD supports Intel® Smart Response Technology (ISRT), which allows you to configure your computer system with an SSD used as cache memory between the hard disk drive and system memory. This provides the advantage of having a hard disk drive for maximum storage capacity while delivering an SSD-like overall system performance experience.

    ISRT works by monitoring which programs and files you access most frequently and stores them on the SSD. As a result, application launch speed and overall system responsiveness are significantly improved, while the large capacity of the hard drive is free to store all your other programs and files. In this configuration, only one drive letter is displayed; no additional drive letter is required for the SSD used as cache._

    So please find that tool from Intel or the vendor who was producing that mSATA drive and deactivate this
    function (ISRT) if this will be able to do with that software tool. And then try out a fresh and full installation
    of pfSense once more again please.

    One point more I was really finding out s the following;

    System Requirements Desktop or notebook computer with a mini-PCIe (mSATA) interface
    (A SATA 6Gb/s port is needed for best performance)
    Required OS:
    Windows XP/Vista/7/8
    Linux Kernel 2.6.31, or later

    Perhaps this might be only be for the installation of that tool or the monitoring part of that ISRT tool, but
    if this may be pending on a driver or other software related thing I would assume you should go and buy a
    ordinary and common mSATA that is not only for that caching pro purses and more for the usage of mSATA as
    a normal small SSD variant, as you were be thinking also first.

    Once from me personally on top to that, there are some mSATA drives on the market that are only
    for the usage as a caching memory if this will be also here the case, please aware of using that drive as a
    normal storage drive please.



  • Thanks BK.  Let me try that and will report back if it works.



  • @manabu123:

    I purchased the SG-2440 device w/o an SSD to save a few bucks and purchase/install one separately.  I cannot for the life of me to get the drive to be recognized.  I purchased the following drive 64 GB http://www.transcend-info.com/Products/No-632 which says it supports TRIM etc.

    That Transcend MSA370 mSATA SSD should work.

    Are you sure you installed it in the correct slot ?  Photos of that board seem hard to find, but one photo shows the mSATA slot next the the 4 ethernet ports.

    Note that placing the mSATA SSD in either of the two mini-PCIe slots will not work, and I expect that is what you did.



  • @lra:

    Are you sure you installed it in the correct slot ?  Photos of that board seem hard to find, but one photo shows the mSATA slot next the the 4 ethernet ports.

    Note that placing the mSATA SSD in either of the two mini-PCIe slots will not work, and I expect that is what you did.

    That's my guess as well.



  • Here is a photo of the right place for mSATA, modem & SIM cards and other miniPCIe cards such as WiFi ones.
    It is the miniPCIe slot near the SATA Port, its a so called shared port as I see it right and the mSATA storage
    drive must be inserted in there.

    ![pfSense SG-2440_2.png](/public/imported_attachments/1/pfSense SG-2440_2.png)
    ![pfSense SG-2440_2.png_thumb](/public/imported_attachments/1/pfSense SG-2440_2.png_thumb)



  • Slaps forehead.  Thanks all.  Works fine in the correct slot.


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