Solved Need M.2 SATA Drive Caddy for Add'l Memory


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I just bought an M.2 drive caddy that I will have to return. Here is my review, and if anyone has info about a caddy for my particular needs let me know.
REVIEW:
I was hoping this thing would work, but I'll return it. It looks good, it says it takes both NVMe and SATA drives, its made of aluminum, and works with USB 3.2 and only cost $20. But it wouldn't work for me. I recently upgraded my HP Spectre laptop with a 480GB M.2 SATA Solid State Drive, and had also bought a Micron 256GB drive that was taking too long to arrive (Amazon's 3rd party seller in California - I'm on the East Coast), and found myself in possession of 2 extra SSD's just wasting away in a drawer. So I thought this caddy would be great to put them to use as removable drives and extra memory. But the thing would not recognize my drives. They both have the Spectre's drive information on them (the Windows 10 operating system and all my documents and music) so all I had to do would be to put them back in the machine and power-on and the laptop would be good to go just as it was before removal. But when I put each in the caddy they weren't recognized, the drives just didn't appear in Windows Explorer. So I ran Windows Disk Management as well as Mini Tool's Partition Magic to see how the drives appeared while they were in the caddy (I did this one at a time, of course). And in both utilities they appeared as empty drives that needed to be initialized in order for the drives to be used. (Initializing a drive deletes any information on a drive.) I really didn't want to overwrite the data that I knew was still on them, but I chose the older SSD to try to initialized, the original ADATA 128GB SSD that came with the laptop. Initialization refused to work giving me an error in Disk Management. In Mini Tool the option to initialize the drive was grayed out so I didn't even have the opportunity to initialize the drive even if I wanted to. Obviously there's a problem with the caddy. After this I did go ahead and put the OEM disk back into the laptop just to reassure myself that all the data was till there, and sure enough, the laptop booted and everything I had on it was still there and OK, close to 90GB of data.

The SSD drives both were able to be inserted in the caddy fine, there's only one way for them to be inserted. One design flaw I noticed is that the hold screw that secures the drive to the board was too far away from the end of the SSD's to secure it!

The user guide does mention that when a drive is placed in the caddy it will need do be initialized, but as I said, that destroys any data currently on the drive, which is fine for a brand new drive, but not for a drive already used! The Amazon page should have made this clear so I would have known that I could not use this seller's caddy!

So I can not recommend this manufacturer's SSD M.2 caddy for purchase.
 

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I;m wondering if the problem with this enclosure is that my existing drive is a regular M.2 SATA 2280 SSD. Because the enclosure says it is for an NVMe drive even though they state this in terms of "M.2 to USB NVMe SATA SSD Enclosure Reader." But isn't an SATA drive NOT the same as an M.2 NMVe drive?
 

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But isn't an SATA drive NOT the same as an M.2 NMVe drive?
No, not the same, they do not mount the same way.

SATA 2.5" drive

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NVME drive

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There's different lengths of NVME drives, a case to hold them may have 3 threaded holes to hold them, the USB Case I got can handle 3 different lengths.

SATA drives are 2 sizes, 2.5" usually for Notebooks and 3.5" for Desktops. Some Desktops now come with NVME drives and also have bays for mounting 3.5" and/or 2.5" drives, my Dell Vostro 5890 is like that with a 512GB NVME and I added a 2TB 3.5" SATA drive. My Dell Vostro 3400 Notebook has a 256GB NVME drive and appears to have a place for a 2.5" SATA drive.

SATA refers to a Serial ATA drive, both 2.5" and 3.5" while PATA Parallel ATA is the older 3.5" IDE drive.
 

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No, they do not mount the same way.

SATA drive
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NVME drive

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There's different lengths of NVME drives, a case to hold them may have 3 threaded holes to hold them, the USB Case I got can handle 3 different lengths.
I'm sorry, I should have writtten my post with more clarity. I should have compared 2 M.2 drives, 1 an M.2 SATA drive like this one I bought and this one, as I know there is a difference, see this Kingston article; but you all know this information.
 

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You also have to look at the notches on the tip of the ssd m.2 drive.

I have two of these but, they are for the my m.2 with M key configuration.
They say that it will also support the B key configuration.


 

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Which one did you get, if you don’t mind me asking?
Mine is a black Sabrent, similar to the clear plastic type. I misspoke, mine takes 4 different lengths.
 

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Both SATA and NVMe drives are available in the M.2 form factor. Some M.2 enclosures support both SATA and NVMe drives. They can be differentiated by the keying of the SSD. You need to look at the specs of the enclosure to determine if it can support both types of drives, but the key would prevent you from inserting a drive that it does not support anyway.

Take a look at the "Form factors and keying" section of this Wiki for details:

 

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I;m wondering if the problem with this enclosure is that my existing drive is a regular M.2 SATA 2280 SSD. Because the enclosure says it is for an NVMe drive even though they state this in terms of "M.2 to USB NVMe SATA SSD Enclosure Reader." But isn't an SATA drive NOT the same as an M.2 NMVe drive?
The M.2 drive in your link has the B+M notches, so it'll fit in the enclosure.

I'm surprised that the screw location for the 2280 length doesn't match the card. How are you holding the card in the enclosure without the screw?

I've never owned a SATA M.2 drive, so I can't comment from personal experience. I've used a different enclosure from the same maker, but only for NVME drives. Like yours, it's also supposed to be usable with SATA drives that have B+M slots.
 

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The M.2 drive in your link has the B+M notches, so it'll fit in the enclosure.

I'm surprised that the screw location for the 2280 length doesn't match the card. How are you holding the card in the enclosure without the screw?

I've never owned a SATA M.2 drive, so I can't comment from personal experience. I've used a different enclosure from the same maker, but only for NVME drives. Like yours, it's also supposed to be usable with SATA drives that have B+M slots.
Yes, I've read all about the keying and the notch differences between the 2 interfaces, the SATA and the NVMe. And the enclosure I bought indicated it accepted both. My SSDs are SATA with 2 notches
M2 Keys.jpg

It fit fine in the enclosure, didn't have to force it. And even though the retaining screw was placed outside of the end of the stick it held itself in the interface with no wiggling. My stick is the 2280 size, and the enclosure had screw holes for all the different lengths. The dang thing still did not work for me so I'm returning it.

EDIT: In this article this sentence seems to give the key to the problem: "In truth, the only time a M.2 drive shouldn't work at all even through the keying matches is if you try to use a M.2 SATA drive in a M.2 PCI-E only socket." And the enclosure link seems to indicate that it is strictly a PCI-E socket.
 
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The other important issue concerns the issue of requiring initializing the drive in the enclosure. Do all the caddies require this in order to access the drive, so that instead of just inserting the drive and plugging the caddy into a laptop and using it like a thumb drive, one has to destroy any data on the drive? Seems counterintuitive to me.
 

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I've only had to initialize a new drive or a fully clean drive then it could be partitioned and formatted. When the message is received by the Operating System it means it knows nothing yet about it, could either be new/never used or a faulty drive.
 

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I've only had to initialize a new drive or a fully clean drive then it could be partitioned and formatted. When the message is received by the Operating System it means it knows nothing yet about it, could either be new/never used or a faulty drive.
Cool, thanks. Even w/ the statement presented to me when using the enclosure I bought that I needed to initialize the drive before use, neither Disk Management nor Mini Tool would permit me to do so. DM gave me an error message and Mini Tool had the option grayed out. I'm strongly leaning toward the caddy being defective (either in interface management or manufacturing).

So I'm trying to determine if the next enclosure I buy will require the same "initialize disk before use" requirement. The SSK device I bought made no mention of this on the Amazon page. I'd rather not keep buying them on an experimental basis! :rolleyes:
 

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    Intel Core i5 5200U @ 2.20GH
    Motherboard
    Hewlett-Packard 802D
    Memory
    4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics 5500 on board
    Sound Card
    Intel Smart Sound Technology (Intel SST)
    Hard Drives
    ADATA SSD 128GB, model AXNS381E-128GM-B (SATA 6.0 Gb/s
    Keyboard
    Model # G01KB
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender
    Other Info
    born on date: 25 Feb 2016
  • Operating System
    Win 10 22H2 build 19045.3693
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus Desktop model M32AD-US019S (new 2015)
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 4th Gen 4790 (3.60GHz), Haswell 22nm Technology, SOCKET 1150
    Motherboard
    H81M-E/M51AD/DP_MB
    Memory
    16 GB (8GB in 2 modules)
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760, 3GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP EliteDisplay E241i LED; HP EliteDisplay E243
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 500GB SSD, 870 EVO (SATA 6.0 )
    Micron 250GB SSD, CT250MX500
    Toshiba HDD, 3GB (original drive w/PC)
    Case
    ASUS
    Keyboard
    ASUS-------------------------
    Antivirus
    MS Defender
The other important issue concerns the issue of requiring initializing the drive in the enclosure. Do all the caddies require this in order to access the drive, so that instead of just inserting the drive and plugging the caddy into a laptop and using it like a thumb drive, one has to destroy any data on the drive? Seems counterintuitive to me.
I've only had to initialize my NVMe drive that's in a 10Gbps USB enclosure one time and format it. I'm able to move it around from machine to machine at home and plug it in and just see all of the data like any other thumb drive.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Beelink SEI8
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-8279u
    Motherboard
    AZW SEI
    Memory
    32GB DDR4 2666Mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Iris Plus 655
    Sound Card
    Intel SST
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Asus ProArt PA278QV
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    512GB NVMe
    PSU
    NA
    Case
    NA
    Cooling
    NA
    Keyboard
    NA
    Mouse
    NA
    Internet Speed
    500/50
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    Mini PC used for testing Windows 11.
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Ryzen 9 5900x
    Motherboard
    Asus Rog Strix X570-E Gaming
    Memory
    64GB DDR4-3600
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA GeForce 3080 FT3 Ultra
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS TUF Gaming VG27AQ. ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27” WQHD
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    2TB WD SN850 PCI-E Gen 4 NVMe
    2TB Sandisk Ultra 2.5" SATA SSD
    PSU
    Seasonic Focus 850
    Case
    Fractal Meshify S2 in White
    Cooling
    Dark Rock Pro CPU cooler, 3 x 140mm case fans
    Mouse
    Logitech G9 Laser Mouse
    Keyboard
    Corsiar K65 RGB Lux
    Internet Speed
    500/50
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Defender.
I've only had to initialize my NVMe drive that's in a 10Gbps USB enclosure one time and format it. I'm able to move it around from machine to machine at home and plug it in and just see all of the data like any other thumb drive.
Good to know. So that one-time experience to initialize, your drive was blank prior to first use? That it was not a previously used drive with data on it?

I wonder if my experience with this first M.2 enclosure I bought is an anomaly, that I don't have to search for information on a seller's page with this kind of parameter explained. :unsure:
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home, ver 23H2 build 22631.2428
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Hewlett-Packard Spectre 13-4001 x360 convertable
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 5200U @ 2.20GH
    Motherboard
    Hewlett-Packard 802D
    Memory
    4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics 5500 on board
    Sound Card
    Intel Smart Sound Technology (Intel SST)
    Hard Drives
    ADATA SSD 128GB, model AXNS381E-128GM-B (SATA 6.0 Gb/s
    Keyboard
    Model # G01KB
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender
    Other Info
    born on date: 25 Feb 2016
  • Operating System
    Win 10 22H2 build 19045.3693
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus Desktop model M32AD-US019S (new 2015)
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 4th Gen 4790 (3.60GHz), Haswell 22nm Technology, SOCKET 1150
    Motherboard
    H81M-E/M51AD/DP_MB
    Memory
    16 GB (8GB in 2 modules)
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760, 3GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP EliteDisplay E241i LED; HP EliteDisplay E243
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 500GB SSD, 870 EVO (SATA 6.0 )
    Micron 250GB SSD, CT250MX500
    Toshiba HDD, 3GB (original drive w/PC)
    Case
    ASUS
    Keyboard
    ASUS-------------------------
    Antivirus
    MS Defender
Yes, I've read all about the keying and the notch differences between the 2 interfaces, the SATA and the NVMe. And the enclosure I bought indicated it accepted both. My SSDs are SATA with 2 notches
View attachment 74587

It fit fine in the enclosure, didn't have to force it. And even though the retaining screw was placed outside of the end of the stick it held itself in the interface with no wiggling. My stick is the 2280 size, and the enclosure had screw holes for all the different lengths. The dang thing still did not work for me so I'm returning it.

EDIT: In this article this sentence seems to give the key to the problem: "In truth, the only time a M.2 drive shouldn't work at all even through the keying matches is if you try to use a M.2 SATA drive in a M.2 PCI-E only socket." And the enclosure link seems to indicate that it is strictly a PCI-E socket.
These enclosures are supposed to work like other any drive enclosure or flash drive. You just plug them into your computer and use them. Nothing else needs to be done. If yours doesn't work this way then maybe there is something wrong with it.

This is from the web page for your enclosure. It does say that it will work with both NVME and SATA M.2 SSDs.

2023-10-18 12_19_43-Amazon.com_ SSK Aluminum M.2 to USB NVMe SATA SSD Enclosure Reader, Tool-F...jpg

BTW, I have two M.2 SSD enclosures. One is for NVME only and the other is for SATA only.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS TUF Gaming A15 (2022)
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 6800H with Radeon 680M GPU (486MB RAM)
    Memory
    Micron DDR5-4800 (2400MHz) 16GB (2 x 8GB)
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA RTX 3060 Laptop (6GB RAM)
    Sound Card
    n/a
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6-inch
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080 300Hz
    Hard Drives
    2 x Samsung 980 (1TB M.2 NVME SSD)
    PSU
    n/a
    Mouse
    Wireless Mouse M510
    Internet Speed
    1200Mbps/250Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom build
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
    Motherboard
    ASUS PRIME X370-PRO
    Memory
    G.SKILL Flare X 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4
    Graphics card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-RTX3060TI-08G-V2-GAMING (RTX 3060-Ti, 8GB RAM)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung S23A300B (23-in LED)
    Screen Resolution
    1080p 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    2TB XPG SX8200 Pro (M2. PCIe SSD) || 2TB Intel 660P (M2. PCIe SSD) ||
    PSU
    Corsair RM750x (750 watts)
    Case
    Cooler Master MasterCase 5
    Cooling
    Corsair H60 AIO water cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech K350 (wireless)
    Keyboard
    Logitech M510 (wireless)
    Internet Speed
    1200 Mbps down / 200 Mbps up
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge, Chrome
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes (Premium)
    Other Info
    ASUS Blu-ray Burner BW-16D1HT (SATA) || Western Digital Elements 12TB USB 3.0 external hard drive used with Acronis True Image backup software || HP OfficeJet Pro 6975 Printer/Scanner
I use a Sabrent enclosure that supports both SATA and NVMe SSDs. It worked so well for me that I now have 5 of them :-). I have never had a hint of a problem and I use these with many systems from desktops to laptops.

Another nice feature is that the thermal pad is permanently attached to the lid and gets pressed down against the SSD when the lid is closed. This makes it easy to swap SSDs without having to physically attach a thermal pad to each SSD. It also uses the Realtek chipset that people seem to rate very highly for these enclosures.

 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Home Built
    CPU
    Intel i7-11700K
    Motherboard
    ASUS Prime Z590-A
    Memory
    128GB Crucial Ballistix 3200MHz DRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    No GPU - CPU graphics only (for now)
    Sound Card
    Realtek (on motherboard)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP Envy 32
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    1 x 1TB NVMe Gen 4 x 4 SSD
    1 x 2TB NVMe Gen 3 x 4 SSD
    2 x 512GB 2.5" SSDs
    2 x 8TB HD
    PSU
    Corsair HX850i
    Case
    Corsair iCue 5000X RGB
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 chromax.black cooler + 10 case fans
    Keyboard
    CODE backlit mechanical keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1Gb Up / 1 Gb Down
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Additional options installed:
    WiFi 6E PCIe adapter
    ASUS ThunderboltEX 4 PCIe adapter
  • Operating System
    Win11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkBook 13x Gen 2
    CPU
    Intel i7-1255U
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Xe Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek® ALC3306-CG codec
    Monitor(s) Displays
    13.3-inch IPS Display
    Screen Resolution
    WQXGA (2560 x 1600)
    Hard Drives
    2 TB 4 x 4 NVMe SSD
    PSU
    USB-C / Thunderbolt 4 Power / Charging
    Mouse
    Buttonless Glass Precision Touchpad
    Keyboard
    Backlit, spill resistant keyboard
    Internet Speed
    1Gb Up / 1Gb Down
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    WiFi 6e / Bluetooth 5.1 / Facial Recognition / Fingerprint Sensor / ToF (Time of Flight) Human Presence Sensor
Yes, I've read all about the keying and the notch differences between the 2 interfaces, the SATA and the NVMe. And the enclosure I bought indicated it accepted both. My SSDs are SATA with 2 notches

(snip)

It fit fine in the enclosure, didn't have to force it. And even though the retaining screw was placed outside of the end of the stick it held itself in the interface with no wiggling. My stick is the 2280 size, and the enclosure had screw holes for all the different lengths. The dang thing still did not work for me so I'm returning it.

EDIT: In this article this sentence seems to give the key to the problem: "In truth, the only time a M.2 drive shouldn't work at all even through the keying matches is if you try to use a M.2 SATA drive in a M.2 PCI-E only socket." And the enclosure link seems to indicate that it is strictly a PCI-E socket.

You think that the vendor is lying about the enclosure being SATA compatible (for SATA drives with B + M slots)?
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 22631.2861
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    homebuilt
    CPU
    Amd Threadripper 7970X
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte TRX50 Aero D
    Memory
    128GB (4 X 32) Kingston DDR5 5200 (RDIMM)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte RTX 4090 OC
    Sound Card
    none (USB to speakers), Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Philips 27E1N8900 OLED
    Screen Resolution
    3840 X 2160 @ 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Crucial T700 2TB M.2 NVME SSD
    WD 4TB Blue SATA SSD
    Seagate 18TB IronWolf Pro
    PSU
    eVGA SuperNOVA 1600 GT
    Case
    Lian Li 011 Dynamic Evo XL
    Cooling
    Alphacool Eisbaer Pro Aurora 360, with 3 Phanteks T30 fans
    Keyboard
    Logitech K120 (wired)
    Mouse
    Logitech M500s (wired)
    Internet Speed
    1200 Mbps
  • Operating System
    windows 11 22631.2861
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    homebuilt
    CPU
    Intel I9-13900K
    Motherboard
    Asus RoG Strix Z690-E
    Memory
    64GB G.Skill DDR5-6000
    Graphics card(s)
    Gigabyte RTX 3090 ti
    Sound Card
    built in Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Asus PA329C
    Screen Resolution
    3840 X 2160 @60Hz
    Hard Drives
    WDC SN850 1TB
    8 TB Seagate Ironwolf
    4TB Seagate Ironwolf
    PSU
    eVGA SuperNOVA 1300 GT
    Case
    Lian Li 011 Dynamic Evo
    Cooling
    Corsair iCUE H150i ELITE CAPELLIX Liquid CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech M500s (wired)
    Keyboard
    Logitech K120 (wired)
You think that the vendor is lying about the enclosure being SATA compatible (for SATA drives with B + M slots)?
I wish I knew what the issue is with this particular device. With the retention screw being placed too far to the rear, and some kind of small blob near the front as if to secure the cover via friction, and a small square sticky pad on the bottom that gets hidden when the enclosure is closed, neither of these 2 things are mentioned in the "user guide", it just doesn't look right. And then, there's the "it doesn't work" issue. :cautious:
John
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home, ver 23H2 build 22631.2428
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Hewlett-Packard Spectre 13-4001 x360 convertable
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 5200U @ 2.20GH
    Motherboard
    Hewlett-Packard 802D
    Memory
    4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics 5500 on board
    Sound Card
    Intel Smart Sound Technology (Intel SST)
    Hard Drives
    ADATA SSD 128GB, model AXNS381E-128GM-B (SATA 6.0 Gb/s
    Keyboard
    Model # G01KB
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender
    Other Info
    born on date: 25 Feb 2016
  • Operating System
    Win 10 22H2 build 19045.3693
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus Desktop model M32AD-US019S (new 2015)
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 4th Gen 4790 (3.60GHz), Haswell 22nm Technology, SOCKET 1150
    Motherboard
    H81M-E/M51AD/DP_MB
    Memory
    16 GB (8GB in 2 modules)
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760, 3GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP EliteDisplay E241i LED; HP EliteDisplay E243
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 500GB SSD, 870 EVO (SATA 6.0 )
    Micron 250GB SSD, CT250MX500
    Toshiba HDD, 3GB (original drive w/PC)
    Case
    ASUS
    Keyboard
    ASUS-------------------------
    Antivirus
    MS Defender
I use a Sabrent enclosure that supports both SATA and NVMe SSDs. It worked so well for me that I now have 5 of them :-). I have never had a hint of a problem and I use these with many systems from desktops to laptops.

Another nice feature is that the thermal pad is permanently attached to the lid and gets pressed down against the SSD when the lid is closed. This makes it easy to swap SSDs without having to physically attach a thermal pad to each SSD. It also uses the Realtek chipset that people seem to rate very highly for these enclosures.

Yeah, I saw that one. I went the "economy" route as I won't be using it much, and bought this one which will be at my door tomorrow 10/19. Hopefully this will work as it is strictly an SATA device. "NOT Supoort PCIe NVMe/AHCI" "supoort"!! :p
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home, ver 23H2 build 22631.2428
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Hewlett-Packard Spectre 13-4001 x360 convertable
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 5200U @ 2.20GH
    Motherboard
    Hewlett-Packard 802D
    Memory
    4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics 5500 on board
    Sound Card
    Intel Smart Sound Technology (Intel SST)
    Hard Drives
    ADATA SSD 128GB, model AXNS381E-128GM-B (SATA 6.0 Gb/s
    Keyboard
    Model # G01KB
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender
    Other Info
    born on date: 25 Feb 2016
  • Operating System
    Win 10 22H2 build 19045.3693
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus Desktop model M32AD-US019S (new 2015)
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 4th Gen 4790 (3.60GHz), Haswell 22nm Technology, SOCKET 1150
    Motherboard
    H81M-E/M51AD/DP_MB
    Memory
    16 GB (8GB in 2 modules)
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760, 3GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP EliteDisplay E241i LED; HP EliteDisplay E243
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 500GB SSD, 870 EVO (SATA 6.0 )
    Micron 250GB SSD, CT250MX500
    Toshiba HDD, 3GB (original drive w/PC)
    Case
    ASUS
    Keyboard
    ASUS-------------------------
    Antivirus
    MS Defender

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