Product ID: PEXM2SAT32N1
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Warranty Information||Warranty||2 Years|
|Connector(s)||1 - Connector Type(s)||PCI Express x4|
|2 - Internal Ports||M.2 (SATA, B-Key, NGFF)|
|1 - Internal Ports||M.2 (PCIe, M-Key, AHCI/NVMe, NGFF)|
|2 - Internal Ports||SATA (7 pin, Data)|
|Environmental||Operating Temperature||5°C to 50°C (41°F to 122°F)|
|Storage Temperature||-25°C to 70°C (-13°F to 158°F)|
|Humidity||20%~80% RH (Non-condensing)|
|Bus Type||PCI Express|
|Card Type||Standard Profile (LP bracket incl.)|
|Port Style||Integrated on Card|
|Industry Standards||Serial ATA 3.0 specification - SATA I/II/III (1.5/3/6Gbps)|
|PCI Express 3.0|
|Indicators||3 - LED Indicators||M.2 drive status/activity|
|1 - LED Indicators||Power|
|Packaging Information||Package Height||32 mm [1,3 in]|
|Package Length||13 cm [5,1 in]|
|Shipping (Package) Weight||127 g [4,5 oz]|
|Package Width||16,2 cm [6,4 in]|
|Performance||Type and Rate||SATA III (6 Gbps)|
|Hardware Raid Supported||No|
|Physical Characteristics||Weight of Product||65 g [2,3 oz]|
|Product Length||12 cm [4,7 in]|
|Product Width||20 mm [0,8 in]|
|Product Height||12 cm [4,7 in]|
|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||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)|
|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||An operating system that natively supports PCIe SSDs (NVMe), such as:
- Windows® 8 and later
- Mac OS 10.10.3 and later
|What's in the Box||1 - Included in Package||3-port M.2 NGFF SSD adapter card|
|3 - Included in Package||M.2 mounting screws|
|M.2 mounting standoffs|
|M.2 mounting nuts|
|1 - Included in Package||screwdriver|
This high quality SATA cable is designed for connecting SATA drives even in tight spaces.
Latching SATA connectors, for securely fastened hard drive installations.
Make a left-angled connection to your SATA drive, for installation in tight spaces
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.
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 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:
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.
Do one of the following:
If you do not see the hard drive controller card in Device Manager, refer to the following FAQ: https://www.startech.com/support/faqs/technical-support?topic=expansion-cards#pci-pcie-cannot-boot-os-or-detect-windows.
If the device is listed with an error, reinstall the drivers by completing the instructions on the website.
If the hard drive is listed with unallocated space, the hard drive needs to be formatted. Right-click unallocated and click New Simple Volume. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the reformatting.
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.
To check Disk Management, press the Windows key + R, type diskmgmt.msc, and press Enter. Check to see if your hard drive is listed.
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.
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.
Check out our review guidelines.