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Enclosure for 1x M.2 SSD
with USB 3.0 Type-A interface

IB-182aMU3

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Host interface
Host interface

USB 3.0 transfer rate up to 5 Gbit/s

mSATA SSD
mSATA SSD

Enclosure for one mSATA SSD

LED
LED

LED for power

Easy
Easy

Supports Plug & Play and HotSwap

Small and good lookings

Small and good lookings

The IB-182aM2 is a enclosure for a M.2 SSD. It is entirely built of aluminum with a sand-blasted surface. This looks good and gives stability. With a size of only 10x4 cm, it fits in any Pocket.

Fast mover

Fast mover

The IB-182aM2 reaches data transfer rates of up to 5 Gbit/s via USB 3.0. So you never have wait for your data.

Small storage is mobile storage

Small storage is mobile storage

SSDs in the M.2 format are suitable for more than just installation in PCs and laptops because of their small size and high speed, they can be installed in much smaller devices as well. With the IB-182aM2 you can take your SSD anywhere safely and use it via USB 3.0.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Technical data
Model IB-182aMU3
Article No. 60513
Colour Black
Material Aluminium
SSD interface 1x M.2 SATA
External data interface 1x USB 3.0 Type-A
Transfer rate Up to 5 Gbit/s
Chipset JMS578
SSD capacity Unlimited
HotSwap Yes
Plug & Play Yes
Operating system Windows®, macOS®
LED Power and HDD access
Power Supply USB buspowerd
Logistical data
Packing unit: 40 pcs./carton
Total weight: 5.4 kg/carton
Gross weight: (with packing): 0.120 kg
Net weight: 0.041 kg
Dimension/Carton: 500x300x220 mm
Dimension (with packing): 25x105x200 mm
Dimension of article: 80x45x9 mm
Country of Origin: China

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FAQ

What is M.2?
M.2 is a specification for internal expansion cards and was introduced under the name NGFF (Next Generation Form Factor), then officially renamed M.2. This standard is especially useful for compact and mobile devices such as notebooks and tablets due to its small size and different dimensions. M.2 SSDs are available in different versions. On the one hand there are different lengths of the SSDs and on the other hand two different protocols and interfaces which are used with M.2 SSDs. On the one hand the M.2 SSDs can be connected via PCIe and on the other hand with SATA.
What form factors are available?
The size of a M.2 card is given by width x length in millimeters. If there is a form factor of 2280 (22x80), the card is 22 mm wide and 80 mm long. M.2 allows widths of 12, 16, 22 or 30 mm and lengths of 30, 42, 60, 80 or 110 mm. Mainly widths of 22 mm are used. The most common M.2 SSDs are offered in lengths of 42, 60 and 80 mm.

M.2 SSDs are rectangular and have a male connector on each short side and a small recess on the other side to fix the SSD to the corresponding slot with a screw. Depending on the storage capacity, the SSDs are available with single-sided or double-sided PCBs.
What are M.2 Keys?
There are one or two notches at specific points on the connector (male). The M.2 connections are different according to these recesses and therefore also according to the transmission standard used. This special arrangement of the recess then defines the corresponding key. The most common keys for M.2 SSDs are the B-Key, M-Key and the B+M-Key. The B-Key is used for SATA (AHCI) SSDs, but can also use PCIe 3.0 with two lanes. The M-Key supports PCIe 3.0 SSDs with NVMe and four PCIe 3.0 lanes. The B+M key supports both standards, similar to the B key. Here either SATA (AHCI) or PCIe 3.0 x2 with NVMe are possible.
Compatibility to the host computer?
Make sure that your SSD supports the same connector/key (male) as the socket (female) supplied by ICY BOX in the case or expansion card. For example, if you are using an M-Key PCIe SSD, make sure that the case also has an M-Key socket. Please refer to the product description, data sheet or manual for more information.
Is a M.2 PCIe SSD with NVMe protocol faster than a M.2 SATA SSD with AHCI protocol?
Yes, the SATA interface theoretically achieves a data transfer rate of up to 6 Gbps. The PCIe 3.0 x2 interface achieves a data transfer rate of up to 16 Gbps, PCIe 3.0 x4 up to 32 Gbps.
How do I know which M.2 drives work in this device?
Although M.2 SSDs are available in similar form factors, only an M.2 SATA (AHCI) drive with a B+M or B-Key connector will work with this enclosure. M.2 drives that support PCIe (NVMe) or use a different key are not compatible with this enclosure. Check the specification of your M.2 SSD. If the key and interface match, the combination of enclosure and SSD will work.
Is a special driver required?
No, because SATA and PCIe M.2 SSDs use the standard integrated AHCI drivers in the operating system. Also the NVMe protocol is supported from Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. Ideally you should still check if your drivers are up to date.
How do I install the SSD correctly?
•Make sure that the socket and your SSD are compatible. (e.g. M.2 M-Key socket and M.2 M-Key PCIe NVMe SSD) Carefully insert the SSD into the socket at an angle of about 30 degrees.
•Make sure that the socket and the SSD fit together perfectly and without resistance (principle: tongue and groove).
•Now carefully push the SSD down onto the PCB and fix the SSD with the included screw.
•If you use a heat sink, place the heat pad on the heat sink and place the heat sink on the SSD.
•Make sure that the heat pad and the heat sink do not protrude over the SSD.
How do I activate write protection? (Not all enclosures are equipped with write protection switch)
• Disconnect the enclosure from the host computer.
• Using the supplied tool, slide the write-protect switch to the left, to the closed lock.
• Then connect the enclosure to your host computer.
• The write protection is now activated. This is indicated by the red status LED.
Can the enclosure also be connected to USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 ports?
Yes this is possible. Please note, however, that the data transfer rates are much lower in this case.
Everything is connected, but no function.
To avoid possible problems, there are some quick tests that you can use. You can test if the following components work correctly and are not the cause of the problem:
• Cables
• SSD
• Enclosure
To test your components, follow the steps below:
• Use the cables, SSD and enclosures in a different configuration to see if the problem is with the components or the configuration In your setup.
• Use a different cable, SSD and enclosure to see if the problem persists. Ideally, you should test a component that you know works in a different setup.
The SSD is not recognized by the operating system.
• Drives must be initialized and have active partitions so that they are immediately recognized as data media in the operating system. If this is not the case, initialize the drives in the disk management of your operating system.
• Please check if the driver software is installed (USB).
• Sometimes it can be possible that the M.2-SSD slot has to share the PCIe lanes with other devices. In this case one of the interfaces may be deactivated. Please refer to the documentation of your motherboard and activate the M.2 SSD in BIOS mode.

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