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For memory bars that are actually built into a PC, there are special M.2 SSD adapters, thanks to which they can be used as an external hard drive. However, there are many different manufacturers and models. Which criteria you should consider when choosing such an M.2 SSD housing and which of the devices are recommended, I have put together for you in the following. Do you have any comments, tricks or your own recommendations on the topic? Then leave a comment;)
From cheap to expensive, there is a wide variety of housings with which the SSD bar can be connected as an external hard drive via USB to the Apple Mac, Windows PC and Linux machine. But if you are already investing in such a memory expansion, you shouldn't shy away from the costs of a good M.2 SSD adapter. Here are three criteria that will help you choose:
Like many other hardware, accessories and gadgets, there is of course a selection of M.2 SSD adapters on Amazon. There is a lot here, from 8,99 euros to 39,90 euros. Here are the items that I rate the best from this product category:
On Product page of the FIDECO device you can choose two different models; one for memory bars with M-Key in the four sizes 2230, 2242, 2260 and 2280 and one for memories with B-Key with the same sizes. The good thing about the two offers: Not only does the adapter have a heat sink, through which the resulting heat is dissipated, there is also a USB-C to USB-A cable and a USB-A to USB-C cable. Adapter included. You can connect this external M.2 SSD housing to a wide variety of Apple Mac models and PCs.
This model comes from ICY BOX, which has a USB-C connection and a housing equipped with fins. This means that the heat generated during operation of the storage bar can be better dissipated. The connection to the accessory device is USB-C with USB 3.0 Gen 2 (up to 10 GBit / s). In addition to a transport bag, the scope of delivery also includes two cables - one to USB Type C and one to Type A. On the Amazon site you can choose three colors (black, anthracite and silver).
This model from ELUTENG does not come with an external power supply or a special heat sink; Nevertheless, the gadget equipped with a thermal pad has an average of 4,3 out of 5 stars as a customer rating (as of May 26.05.2020, 3). The set includes not only the adapter and a USB-2 cable for fast data transfer, but also the said thermal pad for heat dissipation and a screwdriver. M.22 SATA SSDs with sizes of 30 x 22 mm, 42 x 22 mm, 60 x 22 mm and 80 x XNUMX mm are supported. Further details, pictures and customer reviews as well as customer ratings can be found on the Product page on Amazon.
Sabrent has a model that allows you to install an M.2 flash memory in the computer via SATA III or by means of one corresponding adapter to be connected via USB. There is no direct cooling here, but the case is made of aluminum. It should therefore be able to dissipate enough heat if it is placed appropriately inside or outside the computer. There is no separate power supply and must be implemented via the given connection. On the Product page of the article you will find all the details and also some information on compatibility with different memory bars.
It is not intended for a USB connection, but for the PCIe interface in the computer Express adapter from ICY BOX. Here the memory bar is permanently installed and inserted into the computer hardware with a quick connection and without cable detours. The best thing about it: For only 19 euros you get the model with a heat sink. This means that the heat generated by the bar is dissipated via aluminum slats and carried away by the ventilation in the computer. This keeps the memory cool and lasts longer. Many reviews are good and very good for the article. A few complain about the construction or other small things - so it is worth taking a look at the customer reviews before buying;)
Wasn't the right M.2 SSD adapter for you among the presented articles? Then maybe you can help this search result list continue - or the bestseller list embedded below. This comes from Amazon and always shows the latest recommendations, which are made up of price-performance and customer ratings:
|1||NVMe to USB adapter, M.2 SSD to USB 3.1 Type A card, M.2 PCIe based M Key...||18,99 EUR||Buy it at Amazon|
|2||EasyULT M.2 USB Adapter (No Cable Required), M.2 SSD to USB 3.0 Adapter Supports NGFF ...||13,99 EUR||Buy it at Amazon|
|3||SSK Aluminum USB 3.1 to M.2 NGFF SSD housing adapter, external SATA-based ...||15,99 EUR||Buy it at Amazon|
|4||ELUTENG M.2 USB Adapter 5 Gbps M.2 Adapter supports NGFF SATA Based B/B + M Key...||253 Reviews||9,99 EUR||Buy it at Amazon|
|5||Aluminum M.2 NVMe SATA SSD Enclosure RSHTECH M.2 NVMe USB Adapter RTL9210B chip supports USB ...||29,99 EUR||Buy it at Amazon|
|6||M2 SSD Enclosure, 2022 Newest M.2 NVME SATA 10Gbps（USB 3.2 Gen 2）Aluminum USB Adapter for...||84 Reviews||27,89 EUR 26,89 EUR||Buy it at Amazon|
|7||SSK Aluminum M.2 NVME SSD housing adapter, USB 3.1 / 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps) to NVME PCI-E M-Key ...||17,93 EUR 17,48 EUR||Buy it at Amazon|
|8||glotrends M.2 NVMe PCIe x16 Adapter with 0,3cm Thick Heatsink for M.2 SSD, PCIe 4.0 | 3.0...||13,99 EUR||Buy it at Amazon|
|9||HATOKU NVMe Enclosure M.2 SSD USB-C 3.2 Gen2 Adapter 10Gbps, M.2 Enclosure for NVMe SSD M Key/M+B...||23,97 EUR 20,37 EUR||Buy it at Amazon|
|10||Inateck NVMe M.2 hard drive enclosure with 10 Gbps transmission, supports M.2 SATA and NVMe SSD ...||23,98 EUR||Buy it at Amazon|
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