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Clay_D_Intel
Employee
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External Drive enclosure for Intel SSD DC P3700 Series

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I looking for a single-bay drive enclosure for Intel SSD DC P3700. I need to pull 1 drive for our server and ship an external drive enclosure that a off-site computer can access the SSD via a USB connection.

The Intel SSD connector appears to be keyed slightly different that a normal internal SSD. I have tried a couple of external enclosures but the connectors do not match up:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MG9GNC5/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Amazon.com: StarTech.com 2.5" USB-C Hard Drive Enclosure – USB 3.1 Type C – with USB-C and USB-A Cable – USB 3.0 HDD Enc…

Can you recommend an external drive enclosure?

Thank you.

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idata
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Hi cwdavis4,

 

 

We understand your situation regarding the Intel® SSD DC P3700 Series with the USB enclosure.

 

 

We would like to inform you that the enclosure you informed does not support NVMe* and that is why you can't see the SSD.

 

 

We can not recommend you a specific USB enclosure. However, you need a USB enclosure that supports NVMe* and also supports the U.2 SSD's connector.

 

 

Please let us know if you have further questions.

 

 

Regards,

 

Junior M.

 

 

 

 

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idata
Community Manager
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Hi cwdavis4,

 

 

We understand your situation regarding the Intel® SSD DC P3700 Series with the USB enclosure.

 

 

We would like to inform you that the enclosure you informed does not support NVMe* and that is why you can't see the SSD.

 

 

We can not recommend you a specific USB enclosure. However, you need a USB enclosure that supports NVMe* and also supports the U.2 SSD's connector.

 

 

Please let us know if you have further questions.

 

 

Regards,

 

Junior M.

 

 

 

 

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Clay_D_Intel
Employee
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Hi - thank you for the reply.

Do you know of any industry solutions for a "USB enclosure that supports NVMe* and also supports the U.2 SSD's connector" ? Not a recommendation - but does this exist?

If so - I will continue to search. I contacted a couple vendors (Startech, etc) - but they do not have a solution for this.

idata
Community Manager
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Hi cwdavis4,

 

 

Thanks for the reply.

 

 

Since this is not a common configuration, we are not aware of any such adapter.

 

 

Regards,

 

Junior M.

 

 

SPolk
Beginner
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Hi,

I'm no expert, but NVMe drives are basically PCI express devices. No company to date has developed a PCIe to USB bridge chip. However, you can uses a Thunderbolt 3 enclosure to achieve something close to what you want. If your customer can get a Thunderbolt 3 laptop or desktop then this will work.

U2 to PCIe adapter:

https://www.startech.com/ca/HDD/Adapters/u2-pcie-adapter-nvme-ssd~PEX4SFF8639 U.2 to PCIe Adapter for 2.5" U.2 NVMe SSD | HDD Adapters | StarTech.com Canada

Thunderbolt3 enclosure:

https://www.akitio.com/expansion/node-lite Node Lite - Thunderbolt 3 PCI Express Expansion Chassis | AKiTiO https://www.akitio.com/expansion/node-lite

 

If you want something smaller, a SONNET fusion drive is pretty nice:

http://www.sonnettech.com/Product/fusiontb3pcieflashdrive.html Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash Drive | Sonnet

Cheers,

Stephen

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