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3-Port M.2 SSD (NGFF) Adapter Card - 1 x PCIe (NVMe) M.2, 2 x SATA III M.2 - PCIe 3.0

Mount both PCIe (NVMe) and SATA based M.2 SSDs inside your computer using this PCI Express adapter card

Product ID: PEXM2SAT32N1

  • Expand the storage and improve the performance of your computer, with slots for two M.2 SATA SSDs and one M.2 PCIe SSD
  • Supports PCI Express 3.0 (x4), ideal for a high-performance M.2 PCIe SSD (NVMe)
  • SATA slots feature a passthrough design, so your drives can connect to the SATA ports on your host PC
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  • Full bandwidth is available for each M.2 drive simultaneously (up to approximately 40Gbps for M.2 PCIe drives, and up to 6Gbps for M.2 SATA III drives)
  • Wide installation compatibility, with support for a range of M.2 drives (2280, 2260, 2242, 2230)
  • Adjustable stand-offs and multiple mounting holes support 80 mm, 60 mm, 42 mm, and 30 mm SSDs
  • OS independent with no drivers required, for a fast, hassle-free setup
  • Equipped with a full-profile bracket, includes a low-profile (half-height bracket) for installation in small form-factor computers
  • Installs into x4, x8, or x16 PCIe slots
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Overview

This 3-port M.2 SSD adapter card is one of the only cards that supports both PCIe and SATA-based M.2 SSDs (solid-state drives). It’s a versatile way to expand the overall storage capacity of your desktop PC or server. Plus, because it supports a high-speed PCIe M.2 drive, you can increase the speed and performance of your computer.

Increase the storage of your desktop PC

If you need a simple and discreet way to expand your computer’s storage, then this card can help. The card provides a platform for adding up to three M.2 SSDs to virtually any computer that has a PCIe slot. It supports common M.2 SATA SSDs, as well as newer high-performance M.2 PCIe drives. Now, you have a simple and effective way to expand the storage of your computer, regardless of the M.2 drive types you are using.

Optimize your computer’s performance

When you couple this card with a PCI Express based M.2 drive, you can give your computer’s performance a noticeable speed boost. With support for PCI Express 3.0 (up to approximately 40Gbps), you can install the latest high-performance M.2 PCIe SSDs inside your computer. With faster performance, you can get more work done in less time.

Peace of mind, with simple and cost-effective data recovery

Due to their performance and size advantages, M.2 drives are commonly used in laptops. If your laptop has failed, but its M.2 drive is still functional, then this card can help with data recovery. Once the M.2 drive is installed and the data recovery is complete, you can continue to use the drive for storage and backup purposes.

Leverage the size and speed of M.2 drives

This M.2 card lets you take advantage of the size and performance benefits of NGFF M.2 SSDs. M.2 drives are smaller than typical platter drives or mSATA-based SSDs, so you can install them in small form-factor PCs and servers, or in tighter areas within your computer case.

Supports a wide range of drives

You can rest assured that your M.2 SSDs are compatible with the adapter card. It supports the most common drive sizes, including, 2280, 2260, 2242 and 2230.

The PEXM2SAT32N1 is backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.

Applications

Increase the internal storage capacity of your standard or small form-factor computer

Access and recover data from almost any M.2 SSD, such as drives pulled from laptops and other computers

Optimize your system for I/O intensive applications such as office suites, photo and video editing, and media players

Install the card as a vital hardware component when upgrading or building your computer

Technical Specifications

Warranty Information
Warranty 2 Years
Hardware
Bus Type PCI Express
Card Type Standard Profile (LP bracket incl.)
Industry Standards Serial ATA 3.0 specification - SATA I/II/III (1.5/3/6Gbps)
PCI Express 3.0
Interface M.2 SATA
SATA
M.2 PCIe
Port Style Integrated on Card
Ports 3
Performance
ATAPI Support Yes
Bootable Yes
MTBF 50,000 Hours
Port Multiplier No
RAID No
Type and Rate SATA III (6 Gbps)
Connector(s)
Connector Type(s) 1 - PCI Express x4 Male
Internal Ports 2 - M.2 SATA (NGFF, B-Key) Receptacle
1 - M.2 (NGFF, M-Key, PCIe x4) Receptacle
2 - SATA (7 pin, Data) Plug
Software
OS Compatibility OS Independent; No additional drivers or software required

Note: When installed in a compatible operating system, the card is natively supported and doesn’t require any additional drivers or software. However, your operating system must natively support PCIe SSDs (NVMe - Non-Volatile Memory Express).
Special Notes / Requirements
Note The maximum throughput of this card is limited by the bus interface. If used with PCI Express Gen 1.0 enabled computers, the max throughput is 2.5Gbps per lane. If used with PCI Express Gen 2.0 enabled computers, the max throughput is 5Gbps per lane.
System and Cable Requirements A computer enabled with PCI Express (PCIe), and an available PCI Express x4, x8, or x16 slot
One or two SATA host ports on the host computer (for example, the SATA controller card, or the motherboard SATA ports inside of your computer)
An operating system that natively supports PCIe SSDs (NVMe), such as:
- Windows® 7 and later
- Mac OS 10.10.3 and later
Indicators
LED Indicators 3 - M.2 drive status/activity
1 - Power
Environmental
Humidity 20%~80% RH (Non-condensing)
Operating Temperature 5°C to 50°C (41°F to 122°F)
Storage Temperature -25°C to 70°C (-13°F to 158°F)
Physical Characteristics
Product Height 4.7 in [120 mm]
Product Length 4.7 in [120 mm]
Product Weight 1.6 oz [46 g]
Product Width 0.8 in [20 mm]
Packaging Information
Shipping (Package) Weight 4.3 oz [122 g]
What's in the Box
Included in Package 1 - 3-port M.2 NGFF SSD adapter card
1 - low-profile bracket
3 - M.2 mounting screws
3 - M.2 mounting standoffs
3 - M.2 mounting nuts
1 - screwdriver
1 - quick-start guide
Supports any operating system.
No additional drivers or software required.

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Product Support

Frequently Asked Questions

Before You Buy

Both SATA and PCI Express M.2 hard drives can be used with this device, but the drives must be placed in specific slots. For more information about where to place drives in this device, refer to the product manual.

This device does not support the ATA Packet Interface (ATAPI) protocol. ATAPI is required for optical drives, including CD-ROM drives, DVD-ROM drives, and Blu-ray players. Because this device does not support ATAPI, optical drives are also not supported over any IDE, SATA, or eSATA connections.

For a list of products that do support ATAPI, refer to the following FAQ: https://www.startech.com/faq/hard_drive_controllers_atapi_support.

Installation

This hard drive adapter is plug and play. You do not need to install any drivers or complete any additional setup tasks other than installing it in your computer and connecting a compatible SSD. 

Note: Depending on the SSD you are using, you may need to install drivers, update firmware, or update the motherboard’s BIOS. Refer to the manufacturer of your SSD or motherboard for more information.

Troubleshooting

When you troubleshoot issues with a hard drive controller card, there are some quick tests that you can complete to rule out potential problems. You can test to make sure that the following components are working correctly and are not the source of the issue:

  • IDE, SATA, and eSATA cables

  • Hard drives

  • Hard drive controller card

To test your setup components, try the following:

  • Use the IDE, SATA, or eSATA cable, hard drive, and hard drive controller card in another setup to see if the problem is with the components or the setup.

  • Use a different IDE, SATA, or eSATA cable, hard drive, and hard drive controller card in your setup to see if the problem persists. Ideally, you should test a component that you know works in another setup.

When you test your cables, it is recommended that you do the following:

  • Test each cable individually.

  • Use short cables when you are testing.

When you test the hard drive and hard drive controller card, it is recommended that you do the following:

  1. To open the Device Manager, press the Windows key + R, type devmgmt.msc, and press Enter. Check the IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers (for IDE) section, or the Storage controllers (for SATA) section.

  2. Do one of the following:

Note: Formatting a hard drive erases all of the data on it. Make sure that you back up all of your data before you reformat the hard drive.

  1. To check Disk Management, press the Windows key + R, type diskmgmt.msc, and press Enter. Check to see if your hard drive is listed.

  2. If the hard drive is listed as healthy but does not have a drive letter, for example, C:, right-click healthy and click Change Drive Letter and Paths. Click Add, assign a drive letter, and click OK.

Note: A formatted hard drive does not show up in Computer or My Computer until it has a drive letter assigned to it.

3-Port M.2 SSD (NGFF) Adapter Card - 1 x PCIe (NVMe) M.2, 2 x SATA III M.2 - PCIe 3.0

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