Create your own compact and portable M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD-based external drive with the Techly I-CASE USB31C-NVME enclosure. Simply plug your device into a USB 3.2 Gen port to transfer data at up to 10Gbps. How to carry a fast and large 512 GB, 1 TB or more device in just 11 centimeters of space.

To connect the SSD drives generation uses the PCIe interface (PCI Express). Initially designed to enable high-speed data transfer with graphics cards, PCIe it was also chosen to speed up data transfer with data storage units: the limitations of the SATA interface are in fact known. It is not possible to go beyond 500 MB/s.

The solid state drive based on PCIe 3.0 can instead transfer data up to 3,500 MB/s; with PCIe 4.0 up to 7,000 MB/s; with PCIe 5.0 SSDs (there are still few on the market, they are expensive and characterized by a still inadequate quality-price ratio) you can reach up to 16,000 MB/s (16 GB/s) using four lanes (PCIe x4).

In another article we have seen how to check if the PC is compatible with PCIe NVMe for connection SSD M.2. Thanks to a external boxhowever, the same format can now be used to connect high-speed SSD drives and maximize performance when transferring data.

USB 3.2 Gen 2 Enclosure for M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD

The old SATA interface represents a bottleneck not only for connecting SSD drives inside the PC but also when you want to use external storage media.

The USB 3.2 Gen 2 M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD Enclosure lets you sweep away any limitations.

As we saw in the article on the differences between USB ports and cables, the interface USB 3.2 Gen 2 allows you to transfer data up to 10 Gbps which equals 1,250 MB/s. Why, then, connect an old to the PC storage unit that doesn’t allow you to make the most of the interface you have available?

USB 3.2 Gen M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD Enclosure: Data transfers up to 10Gbps

Il box esterno USB proposed by Techly is an extremely compact product (it measures just 110 x 37.5 x 12.5 mm), it is made of aluminum and is robust but at the same time very light.

The sliding housing can be easily removed to insert a M.2 SSDs in 2230, 2242, 2260, 2280 formats very quickly.

The figure 2230 refers to SSD drives length equal to 30 mm; 2242 to those 42 mm long; 2260 (60mm); 2280 (80mm). The first number “22” instead means that the card containing the SSD unit is always 22 mm wide.

Newer M.2 SSDs use the schema M (M-key): After the notch or groove, this type of M.2 card has 5 pins or electrical contacts.

As well as with M.2 drives M-keythe Techly external box I-CASE USB31C-NVME it is also form factor compatible B+M key while still allowing the connection of SATA media.

USB 3.2 Gen M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD Enclosure: Data transfers up to 10 Gbps

After inserting an M.2 SSD into the Techly enclosure, simply secure it to the chassis – depending on the specific form factor – using a gel eraser supplied.

Then connecting the device with a porta USB-C free, the SSD contained in the external box is immediately recognized, for example, on Windows and macOS machines. The M.2 SSD unit housed in the Techly box can also be formatted with any file system supported by various operating systems.

USB 3.2 Gen M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD Enclosure: Data transfers up to 10 Gbps

The Techly box does not require any diet external: the power returned by the computer’s USB port is sufficient. With a device that is slightly larger than a USB pendrive but equally porttherefore, data transfer speeds unreachable with other more traditional storage solutions can be achieved.

When the USB port on the PC is also capable of supporting USB 3.2 Gen 2, the Techly I-CASE USB31C-NVME box allows data transfer in both directions up to 10 Gbps, depending on the SSD inserted in the slot internal.

In data transfers it is in fact always important to understand which are the fastest USB devices to avoid slowdowns: if the PC uses an old port USB 2.0 o USB 3.0 obviously it will not be possible to reach the highest speeds because the slowest device is always “in control”.

The good news, however, is that the Techly I-CASE USB31C-NVME enclosure is backward compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 3.0: this means that reading and writing data to the M.2 SSD is still possible, albeit with lower performance than the maximum possible.

A product like the one offered by Techly looks to practicality and is extremely versatile: theinstallation or removing any M.2 SSD from the internal bay takes less than 60 seconds. This means that when needed you can unmount a storage drive and insert another one, regardless of the capacity and any data contained therein. The LED placed on one side of the box Techly indicates when there is activity in the SSD unit.

The NVMe compatibility ensures faster data transfer speed on the PCIe interface and high efficiency: stands for Non-Volatile Memory Express, the NVMe protocol works at a low level and has been specifically designed for SSD drives in order to optimize data storage performance. The advantages are significant, for example, compared to older communication protocols such as AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface), used with SATA SSD drives.

Currently the NVMe 2.0 specifications are the latest, in their most up-to-date version NVMe 2.0d presented in November 2021 (brings significant improvements in terms of energy management, safety and reliability).

To order the Techly I-CASE USB31C-NVME M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD aluminum enclosure, simply refer to the data sheet published on official store. The purchase of the M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD to be inserted in the Techly box is charged to the user.

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