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Turn Your M.2 SSD into a USB Drive with Help from Silverstone

A new enclosure from the PC case maker give old M.2 drives a new lease on life.

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The M.2 drive format has become very popular in recent years and has helped usher in a new era of thinner, lighter laptop computers. Desktop builders also enjoy the convenience they provide as no external power or signal cables are required to install them in your PC. The first few generations of M.2 SSDs used the popular SATA interface. The newest iterations of M.2 SSDs interface with your computer via the PCI-E express bus and are often referred to as NVME drives. These ultra-fast SSDs are coming down in price and some builders are replacing older SATA M.2 SSDs with new NVME drives. No longer will those SATA drives go unused as Silverstone is offering a new USB enclosure for the drives.

The Silverstone MS09 enclosure holds 2260 and 2280 form factor M.2 SATA SSDs. It features a retractable USB 3.1 Gen2 port and requires no drivers to operate. Housed inside the enclosure is a VIA VL715 USB controller. Once your drive is installed in the enclosure, everything is plug and play. The small and lightweight build makes the drive easy to stash in pockets or anywhere else a conventional SSD would be too large. The MS09 is available now and will set you back around 40 bucks.

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    October 10, 2017 1:15 PM

    Chris Jarrard posted a new article, Turn Your M.2 SSD into a USB Drive with Help from Silverstone

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      October 10, 2017 1:56 PM

      Every time I see one of those things, I think it's a vape rig.

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      October 10, 2017 1:58 PM

      ... why would you overspend on such a massive bottleneck? M.2 drives are overpriced overkill for most applications as it is.

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        October 10, 2017 2:38 PM

        USB 3.1 isn't too much of a bottleneck for a SATA based SSD. I use the 128gb SSD that came with my XPS as an external drive and it's great. Much faster than a flash drive or external HDD.

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          October 10, 2017 6:17 PM

          Honestly, I use a 500 gig ssd as a flash drive and it feel MUCH faster than any of my flash drives including some of the more expensive high end "windows to go" certified drives I have. I think it has to do with it having a full proper nand controller "sandfoce"

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        October 10, 2017 7:21 PM

        USB 3.1 Gen2 is not going to bottleneck a SATA SSD.

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        October 10, 2017 8:10 PM

        The SATA m.2 drives are the same price as the 2.5" drives. I don't think there are 1TB USB drives either.

        I wouldn't use this product but it does have its use cases.

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        October 11, 2017 7:24 AM

        SATA3 is 6Gbit/s, USB 3.0 SuperSpeed (not even USB3.1) is 5Gbit/s. It'd still probably do close to 350-400MB/s real world assuming the chipset isn't too shitty, hardly slow or a huge bottleneck to a SATA3 m.2 drive.

        As Crabs mentions, it's not a bad way to recycle an older m.2 SATA drive into a portable, but I'd probably not use it for an NVMe drive without seeing some good benchmarks.