Product ID: SM21BMU31CI3
Add high-performance external data storage to your USB-C laptop, tablet or desktop computer, with this SATA M.2 SSD enclosure. It lets you use your SATA M.2 drive as an ultra-fast external storage solution over a USB 3.1 Gen 2 connection. It’s ideal for your MacBook, Dell XPS, Chromebook Pixel or other USB Type-C device.
The compact M.2 SATA to USB adapter is easily portable and gives you high-speed access to your data, wherever you go. The integrated USB-C cable (6"/15.2 cm), means you’re always ready to plug it in, without having to remember to bring along a cable.
The sturdy aluminum and plastic enclosure encases your M.2 SATA SSD and features built-in ventilation that improve heat dissipation to help keep your drive at a suitable operating temperature.
Easily use your M.2 SATA drive as external data storage. This M.2 NGFF SSD enclosure provides a simple connection to your M.2 SATA SSD over USB 3.1 Gen 2. You can transfer files quickly, without bottlenecks, using a SATA M.2 SSD as your external drive.
The enclosure supports common M.2 SATA SSDs and multiple drive lengths, including: 42 mm (2242), 60 mm (2260), and 80 mm (2280). The USB to M.2 SATA enclosure works with USB-C host devices and is also compatible with Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports.
SM21BMU31CI3 is backed by a 2-year StarTech.com warranty and free lifetime technical support.
|Warranty Information||Warranty||2 Years|
|Connector(s)||1 - Drive Connectors||M.2 (SATA, B-Key, NGFF)|
|1 - Host Connectors||USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C (24 pin, 10Gbps)|
|Environmental||Operating Temperature||5°C to 35°C (41°F to 95°F)|
|Storage Temperature||-20°C to 50°C (-4°F to 122°F)|
|Humidity||20% ~ 80% RH|
|Hardware||Interface||USB 3.1 Gen 2|
|Bus Type||USB 3.1 Gen 2|
|Number of Drives||1|
|Drive Size||22mm - M.2 SATA|
|Compatible Drive Types||M.2 (SATA, B-Key, NGFF)|
|M.2 (SATA, B+M-Key, NGFF)|
|Supported Drive Height(s)||2242|
|Chipset ID||JMicron - JMS580|
|Indicators||1 - LED Indicators||Power & Activity|
|Packaging Information||Package Height||1,2 in [30,0 mm]|
|Package Length||6,9 in [175,0 mm]|
|Shipping (Package) Weight||0,4 lb [0,2 kg]|
|Package Width||5,7 in [14,5 cm]|
|Performance||Maximum Data Transfer Rate||6 Gbps|
|Type and Rate||USB 3.1 Gen 2 - 10 Gbit/s|
|Type and Rate||SATA III (6 Gbps)|
|General Specifications||Not compatible with M.2 NVMe or AHCI PCI-Express SSDs|
|Physical Characteristics||Product Height||0,5 in [1,3 cm]|
|Product Length||4,3 in [110,0 mm]|
|Weight of Product||3,7 oz [105,0 g]|
|Product Width||2,0 in [5,0 cm]|
|Cable Length||6,3 in [160 mm]|
|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||1 - Included in Package||M.2 SATA Enclosure with Integrated USB-C Cable|
|Set of Drive-Mounting Hardware|
|4 - Included in Package||Assembly Screws|
Before you can access a new or formatted drive in your operating system, you need to initialize it first and then create a partition on the drive. A partition defines an area of the drive to use for storing data. The partition uses a file system (for example, ex-FAT, NTFS, and so on).
Note: You typically only need to initialize a drive if the drive is new. If you cannot find an uninitialized drive in Disk Management, skip the following steps and try to partition your device.
Press the Windows key + R, type compmgmt.msc, and click Run to open Computer Management.
Navigate to Disk Management.
When prompted to, initialize your disk(s). If you are running Windows® 7 or later and are using a drive larger than 2TB, initialize the disk(s) with GPT. If you are running an earlier version of Windows, initialize the disk(s) with MBR. For more information, visit the following FAQ: https://www.startech.com/support/faqs/technical-support?topic=hard-drives#mbr-vs-gpt.
Note: The following steps create an NTFS partition that uses the entire drive space. To use a different file system, select a different option in step 6.
Right-click Unallocated or RAW volume, and select New Simple Volume.
In the New Partition Wizard, click Next.
Select Primary partition.
Leave the partition size set to default, and click Next.
Assign a drive letter or leave it set to the default, and click Next.
Enter the following settings to format the partition:
The new drive should appear in Windows Explorer.
Before you can access a new or formatted drive in your operating system, you need to initialize it first and then create a partition on the drive. A partition defines an area of the drive to use for storing data. The partition uses a file system (for example, HFS+, ex-FAT, NTFS, and so on).
Mac OSX detects a drive that needs to be initialized and automatically prompts you to initialize the drive. If you are prompted to initialize the drive, click Initialize. If you are not prompted to initialize the drive and you cannot find the drive in Finder, you will need to create a partition on the drive.
Note: The following steps create an HFS+ (Mac OS Extended (Journaled)) partition that uses the entire drive space.
To create a partition on a new drive, complete the following:
Navigate to Applications and click Utilities.
Open Disk Utility.
Select the new drive and click the Partition tab.
Click Options and verify that it is set to GUID Partition Table.
Enter a name for the partition.
The drive should now be accessible in Finder.
For products related to this article, click here.
Check out our review guidelines.