• IB-1817MC-C31
  • IB-1817MC-C31
  • IB-1817MC-C31
  • IB-1817MC-C31
  • IB-1817MC-C31
  • IB-1817MC-C31
  • IB-1817MC-C31

Enclosure for 1x M.2 NVMe & SATA
with USB 3.1 (Gen 2) Type-C® & Type-A interface, write protection and heat sink


  • NVMe & SATA: The ICY BOX IB-1817MC-C31 is the right choice for your M.2 SSD. Our enclosure is compatible with NVMe and SATA SSDs alike and offers space for storage in standard sizes up to 2280
  • FAST DATA TRANSFER: the ICY BOX M.2 case IB-1817MC-C31 uses USB 3.1 (Gen 2) with data transfer rates up to 10 Gbps. So you can complete copying processes with large amounts of data quickly
  • EASY TO INSTALL: the installation of the M.2 memory is done quickly. Housing and SSD are secured with a few screws, which can be loosened with the enclosed screwdriver
  • CABLE INCLUDED: the included cables from USB Type-C to Type-C and Type-C to Type-A make connecting to the computer really easy. The right connection is always at hand
  • WELL PROTECTED: the IB-1817MC-C31 is equipped with integrated write protection. This protects your data from unwanted loss. The writing protection can be easily activated and disabled via a switch

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External enclosure
External enclosure

for 1x M.2 NVMe & SATA SSD with M-Key socket

Passive cooling
Passive cooling

High-grade aluminium in innovative cooling fin design

USB Type-C®
USB Type-C®

USB 3.1 (Gen 2) Type-C® & Type-A interface

Write protection
Write protection

Activation of write protection via switch


LED for power and access

More possibilities

More possibilities

The USB protocol version 3.1 (Gen 2) achieves twice the data speed with 10 Gbit/s compared to the lower USB version. A special feature of this external enclosure is the combination of SATA and NVMe. Finally, both technologies can be operated in one enclosure!

Perfect cooling

Perfect cooling

This enclosure features three cooling characteristics: the cooling fin design of the aluminium enclosure, the silicone thermal pad that is applied to the data carrier and the heat sink that covers both inside. In this way, heat generated by the high performance of the enclosure is optimally dissipated.

Click - Safe

Click - Safe

Anyone who decides on a great enclosure with a high data capacity also wants their data to be well secured. Therefore, the IB-1817MC-C31 is equipped with a write protection function. With a small tool supplied, a switch is flipped between write-protected and unsecured.


Technical data
Model IB-1817MC-C31
Article no. 60913
EAN code 4250078172451
Colour Grey
Material Aluminium
Interface to host computer USB 3.1 (Gen 2) Type-C®
Transfer rate Up to 10 Gbit/s
Length of cable 20 cm
Socket M-Key
M.2 card size 22x 30/42/60/80 mm
M.2 interface PCIe x2 / SATA III
SSD capacity Up to 2 TB
Plug & Play Yes
Cooling Passive
LED Power, access and write protection status
Chipset RTL9210B
Power supply USB powered
Operating system Windows®, macOS®
System requirements One free USB 3.1 (Gen 2) Type-C® or Type-A port on your host computer
Logistical data
Packing content 1x IB-1817MC-C31 (drive not included), 1x Type-C® to Type-C® cable (20 cm), 1x Type-C® to Type-A cable (20 cm), 1x Silicone thermal pad, 1x Heat sink, 1x Tool for write protection switch, 1x Screw driver, 1x Set of screws, 1x Quick installation guide
Packing unit: 40 pcs. / carton
Total weight: 9.3 kg
Gross weight (with packing): 0.213 kg
Net weight: 0.092 kg
Dimension/carton: 500x220x300 mm
Dimension (with packing): 27x105x200 mm
Dimension of article: 104x40x15 mm
Country of origin: China


Firmware Update v1.29.12.011122




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.
The enclosure becomes warm during use.
Slight heating of the enclosure, especially when writing and reading data, is completely normal. The enclosure is designed for passive cooling of the SSD. Especially PCIe NVMe SSD enclosures can have higher temperatures.
How to cool my SSD?
Basically, all ICY BOX enclosures are able to transfer heat passively to the outside via the enclosure. Both via the material aluminium, which is very heat conductive, and via integrated cooling fins on the enclosure, which increase the surface area of the enclosure and thus achieve improved heat dissipation. If your SSD is used internally, it is possible to mount the ICY BOX heat sinks on the SSD to improve heat dissipation and cool the SSD. Note that the heat sink requires space that may be limited in your system.
What happens if I plug an M.2 SSD PCIe 3.0 x4/NVMe into a port that only supports PCIe x2?
Basically the M.2 SSD will still work, but only with the data transfer rate of PCIe 3.0 x2 with maximum 16 Gbit/s instead of 32 Gbit/s.
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
• 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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