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A form factor for solid state drives (SSD) without a shell like classic SSD's. Typically 22mm wide, and either 42mm, 60mm, or 80mm in length. Utilize either SATA or PCI Express BUS types.

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Does my laptop supports m.2 nvme ssd?

I have a asus vivobook r542uf laptop.Does it supports nvme ssd? I’ve searched the specs but no info about it.
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Does B+M Key slot support M Key SSDs?

My laptop is Asus N552VW which runs Intel 6700HQ for the CPU, it comes with a M.2 SATA SSD model: MZNLF128HCHP-00004 128GB and from what I see, my laptop's M.2 slot is a B+M key slot: More pictures: ...
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Is this B&M key SSD SATA or NVME?

I have a B&M key M.2 SSD which I want to use as an external storage device (via USB) but I'm not sure what technology it uses. My research online says that B&M key SSDs use SATA, but on the ...
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SSD performance falls off a cliff

I have a Samsung MZVLQ1T0HALB 1TB M.2 SSD which came pre-installed with my laptop, the MSI GP66 Leopard 11UG-018. When copying a 6 GB Windows ISO from My Documents to the Desktop it goes from about 1....
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MSI z390 gaming edge ac m2_1 not detected NVMe

I have a MSI Z390 GAMING EDGE AC with core i9 9900k CPU, 48GB ddr4 3200 G.SKILL (2x 8GB, 2x 16Gb), 2x Samsung Evo Plus 970 (250GB, 2TB), 1x 6T SATA HDD without PCIe graphic card (yet) just onboard GPU....
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Can someone please identify this SSD slot

(Please look at the image) : I want to upgrade my laptop with an SSD but I can't identify the type of slot it has, It looks like it is an m.2 NVMe slot but most of the SSDs I have seen online have 5 ...
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NVMe drive is only using 1x PCIe lanes when 4x are available

I have a HP ENVY Desktop - 795-0017na which I have upgraded with a Samsung 970 EVO Plus 500GB drive, using a Silverstone ECM22 adapater to fit it into a PCIe x4 slot on the motherboard. The ...
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How to remove a M.2 Wi-Fi module that seems to be secured by a non-standard fastener?

I've bought a new Lenovo IdeaCentre 5 14ACN6 PC with a AMD Ryzen 5 5600G processor. I want to detach/remove the M.2 Wi-Fi module card for security reasons. It seems to be a generic Intel Wi-Fi card. ...
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How to access "C:" from "x:\windows\system32>" if Windows is installed on laptop's M.2 ssd and no SATA disk?

Is it possible to select "C:" from "x:\windows\system32>" if the only drive of the laptop is an M.2 ssd. I understand the M.2 ssd is PCIe SSDs which do not use the Motherboards ...
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Thinkpad T450s WWAN M.2 slot - M or B key?

My Thinkpad T450s has an unpopulated M.2 slot that can be used to install a WWAN card. As far as I can tell, it's an M-keyed slot - the tab that divides pins is on the left, and the shorter section ...
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Clone m.2 drive windows boot drive [closed]

I am looking for a free way to clone the contents of an existing drive to a larger one. I would like to replace the current drive with a new one 4 times larger and have it boot windows without ...
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What is difference between PCIe, mini-PCIe, M.2 m-key and e-key connections?

Do PCIe, mini-PCIe, M.2 m-key and e-key use the same protocol but are in a different form factor? If not, can I have the pinouts and the controller chip to convert PCIE to mini-PCIE and M.2?
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Is there any benefit to multiple M.2 SSD drives for Audio/Video Production (hobbyist/pro-sumer) level)?

I found this previous related question was a bit too general to receive good answers: Multiple vs. Single M.2 NVMe SSD I would like to ask more specifically about multiple M.2 drives in A/V ...
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nvme to sata adapter

Is there a m.2 nvme to sata 2.5" adapter? Or hasn't it been invented yet? I have an nvme SSD left over and I have a notebook that needs an SSD so I'd like to avoid buying another one. It is ...
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Can't get the GPU recognized through the M.2 riser

I need help connecting my GPU through the M.2 port. I am using the M.2 to USB 3.0 adapter. The adapter is connected to a riser with USB, and the riser is connected to GPU with PCIe 16x. The riser and ...
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Installing Windows 10 onto M.2 drive from EFI shell

I am currently trying to install Windows 10 from a flash drive onto a laptop without any previous operating system. When booting I can easily get into the Windows 10 boot menu, however when choosing ...
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PCIe NVME SSD works in bios, but not in operating system

I have a Thinkpad E485 that came with a hard drive installed. It also has a M.2 slot and the manual for the E485 says it accepts NVME. I bought the Crucial P2 500GB 3D NAND NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD. When ...
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Will Samsung EVO 860 work if WD green work on my laptop?

My system is Acer e5-575-59fd (Core i5 7th Gen 7200u CPU, Intel HD Graphics 620) which I'm trying to upgrade from HDD to SSD and it supports WD Green (m.2 SATA 2280) as I saw a video of it. I want to ...
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Will an M.2 M Key motherboard connector always support NVMe, or does NVMe support need to be explicitly stated in the manual?

Apologies this may be a basic question, but after much reading of sometimes contradictory information I wanted to check whether my understanding is correct. I'm upgrading a PC, and want to add M.2 ...
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Understanding supported SSD specifications for a laptop

I have Lenovo "S145-15IIL Laptop (ideapad) - Type 81W8" (as stated when I check warranty page by logging in to Lenovo site). It has 1TB SATA HDD and an empty PCIe slot. I am wondering what ...
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What is the theoretical-terminological difference between M.2, SATA, PCIe?

SATA : is a bus interface PCIe : is a bus interface M.2 : is a physical connector If that's the case, how could something be both SATA and PCIe at the same time? Also, U.2, SATA and SATAe are all ...
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M.2 SSD socket has connectors floating above board, requires heat shield to push it down, is this defective?

In the 5 contact side of this M.2 socket, there are 4 connectors just floating above the board. An SSD plugged into the socket is only detected if a heat shield is screwed on top, which pushes down ...
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M.2 SSD not working on HP Elitebook x360 830 G6

Today I removed an M.2 SSD from another PC and tried to install it on my HP Laptop. Thing is, when I boot to Windows, the SSD is not recognized. Not even on Diskpart. I also tried to modify anything ...
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Is "critical medium error" and system (GNU/Linux) suddenly going into read-only mode symptoms of hardware failure?

I bought a M.2 last month and have used it with no issues for about a week or two, however, since last week there have been a couple of instances when the file system would suddenly turn read-only ...
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What does "Connectors with shared bandwidth" mean on a motherboard?

I have a z590-E with the following in the manual... The problem is there is no context given to the "configurations" and I am not sure what it is trying to tell me. I seem to not be able to ...
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M.2 NGFF vs NVMe - compatibility

Are there M.2 controllers, that do not support NVMe? I am trying to understand, if an external m.2 USB controller will work with the M.2 NVMe drives I have. The drive spec says "Supports M.2 (...
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Can't format M.2 SSD as ext4

I'm not able to format my new M.2 as ext4 or xfs I tried using the Kubuntu installer as well as GParted live CD with no luck What could be the cause? Drive info
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M.2 SATA SSD not recognized by anything - any chance of data recovery?

A couple days ago my mom's laptop's SSD became unbootable. I thought maybe this was just a corruption of the boot partition, but when I checked the BIOS the disk wasn't listed anywhere. I tried ...
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M.2 SDD drive doesn't appear on Boot Order but it appears on Linux

I have installed a 970 EVO Plus NVMe M.2 SDD drive with 500GB on my GA-Z97X-Gaming 7 (rev. 1.0) motherboard. This unit doesn't appear on the BIOS and either on the boot order list, but I can find it ...
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Can anyone tell if it is m.2 PCIe gen3x4 port?

Can anyone tell is it PCIe gen3x4 m.2 ssd port? Will it support m.2 nvme ssd? Thanks.
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moving Windows 10 from SSD (UEFI/GPT) to m.2 NVMe PCH PCIE (or PCH SATA)

I am trying to move Windows 10 from a SSD to a m.2 NVMe 980 PRO. I have tried countless different ways to get it to work, but can't get my cloned partition running. In this last attempt I even got ...
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Can I insert an M.2 pci-e 3.0 x4 on an M.2 slot that only supports pci-e 2.0?

My motherboard is an Asus prime h310m-c and the ssd that I wanted to buy is xpg spectrix s40g m.2 2280 m.2 2280 . Will this work on my pc?
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What is the purpose of M.2 key M config pins?

I am designing a device that shall use PE on the PC via M.2 key M socket, and I cannot find info about how to connect it properly. In different sources I see different info regarding M.2 config pins (...
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Addition of PCIEX4 NVMe M.2 expansion card disables graphics card

Problem Purchased HP EX950 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD and Orico NVME M.2 EXPANSION CARD (PCI-E 3.0 X4) When installed into PCI-E slots, graphics card seems to be disabled Display only comes from onboard/...
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Why are SSDs usually screwed in place in external cases? [closed]

It seems most external (USB) cases/readers for M.2 SSDs seem to opt for the design of screwing the SSD in place. It is also seemingly, somewhat irritatingly, often pointed at an angle away from the ...
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Replacing an NVMe SSD with a M.2 SATA drive in an Alienware Aurora R8

I bought a 2TB Samsung 860 EVO M.2 SATA SSD to replace a 512GB NVMe drive in my Dell Alienware Aurora R8 to get larger storage capacity. Will it work properly?
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PCIe 4.0 NVMe Bottleneck on Asus ROG Crosshair Hero VIII

I have an AMD RYZEN 5800x and AMD RADEON 6900 XT atop an Asus ROG Crosshair Hero VIII occupied with one M.2 SSD in the top M.2 slot and four 2.5" SSDs in the top 4 of 8 SATA ports.    Also, I ...
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Why is Lenovo P620 slow when compiling MSVC 2013 C++ ARM project on M.2 drive?

Update [Jan 20, 2021]: I reported a drop in the PCIe SSD performance -- this was user error and I posted correction below. I opened a new question regarding how to verify compiler performance and will ...
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I need to choose an SSD to suit my motherboard, either M.2 or SATA III [closed]

I admit upfront my ignorance of modern PC architecture, I stopped building a few years ago, but I want to add an SSD to my own system, either M.2 card (SAMSUNG 970 EVO 'MZ-V7E1T0BW' NVMe 1TB, or a ...
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Is there any performance difference between Gigabyte AORUS m.2 NVMe SSDs with & without heat-sink [closed]

I have one doubt regarding AORUS NVMe SSDs. I would like to purchase 1 TB Gen 4 m.2 NVMe, and I came though AORUS. I was able to see two SSDs, one with a copper heat sink and other without. I would ...
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Is ASUS X99 Deluxe motherboard compatible with a WD 2280 M.2 SSD?

I have a WD Blue™ 1TB M.2 2280 SSD, and an Asus X99 Deluxe motherboard. I noticed the M.2x4 slot on the motherboard and have read the specs, so I called the manufacturer and they confirmed that it ...
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NVMe PCIe x4 SSD on M.2 PCIe x2 slot?

i'm about to get a new SSD for my PC, and before spending the money i have some doubts about my decision i would like to clarify First, my mobo is a B450 Aorus Pro Wifi, it has 2 M.2 slots, one of ...
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Do adaptors exist to connect SATA hard drives to M.2 slot

Do adaptors to connect a classical spinning hard drive, such as Seagate IronWolf NAS drives, to an M.2 slot exist? I am looking to the motherboard ASRock A520M-ITX for an upgrade of my NAS/VM server. ...
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M.2 storage slot AxB/C

E.g., M.2 Card Slot (storage): 22x42/80 - what means 22, 42 and 80? (That's from NUC spec page.) I've read that M.2 cards vary in width and length but I can't find any information what that third ...
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300GB of phantom data on my Samsung 970 EVO M.2 and no option to format: Is there anything else I can do?

The problem: So something really weird is going on with my Samsung 970 EVO M.2 SSD. Opening the drive and ensuring hidden files are shown, it's empty: but looking in the properties panel it's also ...
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Samsung 970 EVO NVMe only using 2x PCIe gen3 lanes

Today I bought a Samsung 970 EVO 500gb NVMe drive, installed it and everything went smooth. Drive showed up, and works. However, when I went to benchmark it, I saw it was only pulling about half of ...
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Why my M.2 NVMe Drive isn't being detected on BIOS after a BSOD?

I'm having an issue with my M.2 NVMe SSD of my laptop. I have an Acer Aspire A515-43 R19L, and the NVMe Drive is the default one, SK Hynix 128GB. The thing is, it's not being detected on the BIOS. ...
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Is there a way to convert a M.2 SSD slot on a motherboard to a normal SATA port?

On my Dell Optiplex tower PC it has a spare M.2 slot on the motherboard for a small SSD and I need to install an additional hard drive. I already have a SATA drive but the only slot free is the M.2 ...
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Does the number of available PCIe lanes affect M.2 speed?

Situation I'm currently looking to use SBCs to fill a few server roles I want available on my home network. While looking at different SBC options I came across KHADAS, a group that sells SBCs that ...
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How to receive phone calls using a data only card without using third party online service?

I’m needing a 5G nsa card for my laptop no larger than 42mm×30mm. The only one I found is the MV31‑W from Gemalto (the manufacturer). But there are maybe other options. After a call to the ...
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