USB 3.1 (10Gbps) mSATA Drive Enclosure - Aluminum

Turn your mSATA or mSATA Mini drive into a portable, high performance storage solution over USB 3.1 Gen 2

Product ID: SMS1BMU313

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  • Add fast external storage to your laptop or desktop computer using an mSATA drive
  • Maximize the performance of your mSATA SSD with USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps) connectivity
  • Compatible with mSATA and mSATA Mini (full-height and half-height mSATA drives)
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€44,99 EUR excl. VAT
€55,79 EUR incl. VAT

Add high-speed data storage to your laptop or desktop computer, with this portable mSATA and mSATA Mini drive enclosure. It gives you fast data transfer speeds with USB 3.1 (10Gbps) in a solid aluminum enclosure.

Durable and portable

With its compact design and metal housing, the mSATA drive enclosure gives you a highly portable, high-speed storage solution. Slim and stylish, the enclosure makes the ideal accessory for laptop or desktop computers.

The ventilation holes help to dissipate heat and help ensure an optimum operating temperature

The mSATA enclosure provides dependable drive protection with its durable, solid aluminum housing. It also features ventilation holes to help protect your drive from overheating by allowing heat to dissipate and help maintain an optimum operating temperature. 

Ultra-fast data transfer speeds

With support for USB 3.1 (also known as USB 3.1 Gen 2) and SATA III (6Gbps) host connections, the drive enclosure lets you maximize the performance of your mSATA solid-state drives to achieve greater data transfer speeds. The mSATA drive enclosure also supports UASP for enhanced performance.

USB File Transfer Rates diagram shows USB 3.1 Gen 2 at 10 Gbps is twice the speed of USB 3.0  at5 Gbps

Compatible with all mSATA drives

This portable drive enclosure is compatible with all standard mSATA drives, including the mSATA Mini (Half-Size) form factor.

The SMS1BMU313 is backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.

Applications

  • Mobile professionals who need fast external data storage
  • Quickly add portable external storage to your laptop or desktop using an mSATA SSD
  • Move data quickly and easily between multiple workstations using a high speed connection

Partner Numbers

  • Ingram Finland V933655
  • UPC 065030863452

Compatibility

  • OS Independent logo
OS independent; No software or drivers required

Specifications

Warranty Information Warranty 2 Years
Connector(s) Drive Connectors 1 - mSATA (52 pin, Mini SATA) Slot
Host Connectors 1 - USB 3.1 USB Type Micro-B (10 pin, Gen 2, 10 Gbps)
Hardware Interface USB 3.1 Gen 2
Number of Drives 1
Drive Size mSATA (Full Size & Half Size)
Compatible Drive Types mSATA (Mini SATA)
Drive Installation Fixed
Supported Drive Height(s) Full Size (50.8mm)
Fan(s) No
Supported Drive Height(s) Half Size (26.8mm)
Chipset ID ASMedia - ASM1351
Indicators LED Indicators 1 - Power and Activity
Packaging Information Package Height 34 mm [1,3 in]
Package Length 16,2 cm [6,4 in]
Shipping (Package) Weight 0,1 kg [0,3 lb]
Package Width 12,8 cm [5,0 in]
Performance Type and Rate USB 3.1 Gen 2 - 10 Gbit/s
UASP Support Yes
4Kn Support Yes
Type and Rate SATA III (6 Gbps)
Port Multiplier No
TRIM Support Yes
Hardware Raid Supported No
Max Drive Capacity Currently tested with up to 1TB mSATA drives
Physical Characteristics Weight of Product 58 g [2,0 oz]
Color Black
Material Aluminum
Max Drive Height 50.8
Product Length 9,8 cm [3,9 in]
Product Width 40 mm [1,6 in]
Product Height 1,2 cm [0,5 in]
Power Power Source USB-Powered
Software OS Compatibility OS independent; No software or drivers required
Special Notes / Requirements Note Windows 7 and earlier Windows versions do not support TRIM with USB to SATA devices.
What's in the Box Included in Package 1 - USB 3.1 mSATA SSD enclosure - aluminum
1 - USB A to Micro B cable - 18.25 inches
4 - assembly screws
2 - sets of mSATA mount hardware (preinstalled)
1 - screwdriver
1 - quick start guide

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Frequently Asked Questions

Troubleshooting

You should not upgrade your device's firmware if you do not have any issues with the functionality of your device. The only time you should consider an upgrade is if you are experiencing a problem with the device, and you have confirmed that the firmware addresses this problem.  You can confirm this is the case by reviewing the documentation included with the firmware or by consulting with our Technical Support team. Incorrectly upgrading firmware can result in diminished performance so it is best to contact StarTech.com if you would like to perform this operation.

If your setup components support USB 3.1 but you are experiencing slower transfer speeds than you expected, consider the following:

  • A USB host connection with multiple USB 3.1 ports might not be able to support 10Gbps on each port simultaneously.
  • The type of port on a device does not determine whether the device is capable of USB 3.1 speeds. A USB-C port might not support USB 3.1 speeds, while USB-A and USB-B ports might support USB 3.1 speeds.
  • Any other devices that you include in your setup, such as an older hard drive in a USB 3.1 enclosure, might create a point of congestion and slow down transfer speeds.

To confirm the functionality of your USB host connection, its ports, and any other devices in your setup, refer to the information provided by the manufacturer.

Note: USB 3.1 is also known as USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps). Devices that support USB 3.1 should have the USB 3.1 symbol on them. If the USB 3.1 symbol does not appear on your USB source or device, refer to the information provided by the manufacturer to confirm whether the USB source or device support USB 3.1.

When you troubleshoot issues with a hard drive enclosure, 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:

  • Cables
  • Hard drives
  • Hard drive enclosure

To test your setup components, try the following:

  • Use the cables, hard drives, and hard drive enclosure in another setup to see if the problem is with the components or the setup.
  • Use a different cable, hard drive, and hard drive enclosure 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 the hard drive and hard drive enclosure, it is recommended that you do the following:

  • 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 with unallocated space, the hard drive needs to be reformatted. 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.​

  • 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 will not show up in Computer or My Computer until it has a drive letter assigned to it.

Before You Buy

Yes, this device supports the TRIM command. If the OS issues a TRIM command, the command will be passed to the connected device.

To transfer data at speeds of 10Gbps, you need to confirm that the following components in your setup support USB 3.1:

  • The USB host connection
  • The USB cable
  • The USB device and any subcomponents (for example, a hard drive docking station and the hard drives in the docking station)

Note: USB 3.1 is also known as USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps). Devices that support USB 3.1 should have the USB 3.1 symbol on them. If the USB 3.1 symbol does not appear on your USB source or device, refer to the information provided by the manufacturer to confirm whether the USB source or device support USB 3.1.

To determine if your hard drive will work in this enclosure, on the product page, click the Technical Specifications tab, and do the following:

  • Make sure that the enclosure supports the storage size of your hard drive. If the storage size of your hard drive is larger than what the enclosure was tested with, the hard drive will likely still work with the enclosure.
  • Confirm that your hard drive uses the same interface type as the enclosure. For example, IDE, SATA, or M.2.
  • Make sure that the enclosure supports the physical size of your hard drive, such as 2.5 inches or 3.5 inches.
  • Make sure that the enclosure supports the height of your hard drive. For example, 9 mm or 15 mm.
  • Verify that the power consumption of your hard drive doesn’t exceed the power output of the enclosure. If you’re using multiple hard drives, make sure that the combined power consumption of all of the hard drives doesn’t exceed the power output of the enclosure.

USB 3.1 is the most recent version of the USB (Universal Serial Bus) standard for connecting computers and electronic devices. It is capable of data transfer speeds up to 10Gbps, and while it can use the USB-C connector type, it can also use a variety of other connector types. To achieve USB 3.1 transfer speeds, your USB host connection, cables, and device must all support USB 3.1. USB 3.1 is also known as USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps). 

USB 3.0 is capable of data transfer speeds up to 5Gbps. USB 3.0 is also known as USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps).

USB 3.1 is backwards compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0, except in the following scenarios:

  • USB-B 3.1 cables are not compatible with USB-B 2.0 ports.
  • Unless you use an adapter, USB-C ports or cables will not work with USB-A or USB-B ports or cables.
  • Devices that require USB 3.1 transfer speeds of 10Gbps might not work with USB 3.0 or USB 2.0, or you might experience lower transfer speeds and impacted performance.
  • Bus-powered USB devices that requires more power than what USB 2.0 can provide are not compatible with USB 2.0.

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The included USB cable for this USB 3.1 Gen 2 device has been tested and verified to perform at USB 3.1 Gen 2 speeds of 10Gbps.

Compliance and safety

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Safety Measures

  • If product has an exposed circuit board, do not touch the product under power.
  • If Class 1 Laser Product. Laser radiation is present when the system is open.
  • Wiring terminations should not be made with the product and/or electric lines under power.
  • Product installation and/or mounting should be completed by a certified professional as per the local safety and building code guidelines.
  • Cables (including power and charging cables) should be placed and routed to avoid creating electric, tripping or safety hazards.
*Product appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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Random Disconnections during use

By: AndyK - 12/14/2018
I bought this to use with a Crucial 480GB mSATA drive. I found that when I used it fairly intensively it will randomly disconnect from the host computer resulting in data corruption and loss. It seems to behave better after updating the firmware and reformatting to GPT/NTFS But it's a bit late: I have lost confidence in using it... as the last thing you need is unreliable storage. Also I wish that this came with both USB C and USB B cables. USB B was the only cable supplied.
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Sam, Customer Support on 26/12/2018 14.42.10
Thank you for your feedback on SMS1BMU313. We're sorry for the unreliable performance you've had with it and hope to help. The firmware update for this enclosure is meant to add TRIM support for earlier versions of this product, so it may not affect the behavior you've seen. There are a number of things that can cause intermittent disconnections such as lack of power from the host USB port, faulty USB cables, and outdated USB controller drivers. We recommend reaching out to our Technical Advisors at 1-800-265-1844 or www.startech.com/chat for troubleshooting assistance. We should be able to help identify and fix the issue, or if needed, provide a replacement unit under SMS1BMU313's 2-year warranty.
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Outlasted every other adapter mSATA I've owned

By: jeremiah - 02/26/2019
I bought one of these two years ago, I use it every single day, and I have put thousands of terabytes through it, and it's still going strong. Please release a Type-C version of this and a Type-C version of the NVMe adapter, especially. An NVMe drive could use that extra 5Gb/s of throughput.
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Great Customer Service Great Products

By: MikeInHouston - 03/25/2020
I bought this two years ago. Worked great. Somehow the microUSB slot got messed up. Called support, connected immediately and they provided great information. Very knowledgeable. Filled out RMA and received the replacement product. I have bought quite a few of their products. Great quality. Long lasting. Great service. I would never hesitate to buy their product.
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