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DVita2
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I have an Intel 545s SSD M.2x80mm Sata 3.0. I neeed an adapter card with a bracket to connect to my motherboard by PCI. The only adapters I see have NVMe or NGFF which only have 1 slot. What do I need and where can I find it?

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n_scott_pearson
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There are two paths to go here.

 

The first - and definitely more difficult to find - is an adapter that has a SATA controller IC on it and this controller exposes the M.2 SATA SSD to the system over PCIe. Here's the best example I could find: https://www.amazon.com/Ableconn-PEXM2-122-Controller-Express-Adapter/dp/B01D2PXV50 (obviously does some extra things).

 

The second - and more common - is a simple adapter that allows you to mount the M.2 SATA SSD and then access it using the system's existing (chipset) SATA controller. This comes in two forms:

 

  1. One that houses the M.2 SATA SSD in a case identical to that of a standard 2.5" SATA SSD. You would mount this drive as you would any other 2.5" SATA SSD. Here's an example of this: https://www.amazon.com/Sabrent-2-5-Inch-Aluminum-Enclosure-EC-M2SA/dp/B01N6PMZLW.
  2. One that mounts the M.2 SATA SSD onto a PCIe x1 card. The PCIe connector is only used for power. The card has a SATA connector that allows it to be connected to the system's existing (chipset) SATA controller using a standard SATA cable. Here is an example of this: https://www.amazon.com/JacobsParts-Adapter-Desktop-Express-Brackets/dp/B07PWB3G6K (obviously, does some extra things).

 

Hope this helps,

...S

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n_scott_pearson
Super User Retired Employee
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There are two paths to go here.

 

The first - and definitely more difficult to find - is an adapter that has a SATA controller IC on it and this controller exposes the M.2 SATA SSD to the system over PCIe. Here's the best example I could find: https://www.amazon.com/Ableconn-PEXM2-122-Controller-Express-Adapter/dp/B01D2PXV50 (obviously does some extra things).

 

The second - and more common - is a simple adapter that allows you to mount the M.2 SATA SSD and then access it using the system's existing (chipset) SATA controller. This comes in two forms:

 

  1. One that houses the M.2 SATA SSD in a case identical to that of a standard 2.5" SATA SSD. You would mount this drive as you would any other 2.5" SATA SSD. Here's an example of this: https://www.amazon.com/Sabrent-2-5-Inch-Aluminum-Enclosure-EC-M2SA/dp/B01N6PMZLW.
  2. One that mounts the M.2 SATA SSD onto a PCIe x1 card. The PCIe connector is only used for power. The card has a SATA connector that allows it to be connected to the system's existing (chipset) SATA controller using a standard SATA cable. Here is an example of this: https://www.amazon.com/JacobsParts-Adapter-Desktop-Express-Brackets/dp/B07PWB3G6K (obviously, does some extra things).

 

Hope this helps,

...S

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DVita2
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Thanks for you help Mr. Pearson. I was overwhelmed until You sent me to the last link about Jacobparts. My internal M.2 Sata SSD has 2 slots on 1 SSD card. Two keys are needed for the adapter card ( the M key and the K key). Jacobparts has a double board that has has one key on each ssd opton which can be used simultaneously. It is not for me. I need 2 slots on 1 SSD. I did manage to find a couple adapter cards on Amazon from Glotrends. Thanks again it really helped. Dan V.

 

n_scott_pearson
Super User Retired Employee
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Ok, I don't want to throw a wrench into the machine, but you need to understand that I picked these purely as examples and I have no actual experience with using them. I have used adapters that allowed me to connected my M.2 (SATA and NVMe) and mSATA drives via USB3, but that's it.

 

Regardless, let us know which adapter you pick and how it goes,

...S

DVita2
Beginner
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I found 2 adapter cards on Amazon.​

1. By YATENG Dual M.2 PCIE Adapter for SATA or NVMe SSD etc. or SATA (b key) etc.

2. GLOTTENDS 4in 1 M.2 NVME to PCIE 3.0 x4 M.2 SATA SSD to SATA lll Adapter Card(PA-12HS).

n_scott_pearson
Super User Retired Employee
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Either of those should work. Are you planning to (also) purchase an NVMe drive to be your speedy system drive? To use the NVMe portion, you need to make sure that the motherboard you use has NVMe support in its BIOS. Modern (9 Series or later chipset, 6th gen or later processor) motherboards have this capability for sure; older boards may not, however.

...S

 

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