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Enclosure for 1x NVMe
with USB 3.2 (Gen 2x2) Type-C® and Type-A interface

IB-1916M-C32

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Cardreader
Cardreader

High-grade aluminum enclosure for M.2 NVMe

USB-C
USB-C

Interface to host computer: USB 3.2 (Gen 2x2) Type-C® - up to 20 Gbit/s

USB
USB

USB Type-A cable for backward compatibility to USB 3.1/3.0/2.0

Heatsink
Heatsink

Innovative heat sink design with additional copper heat sink and silicone thermal pad for optimal passive cooling

LED
LED

LED for power and access

USB 3.2 (Gen 2x2)

USB 3.2 (Gen 2x2)

Motherboards and external enclosures that support USB 20 Gbps ports are gaining ground even before the new USB 4 standard becomes widely available. If you are keeping up with the times, all your hard drives will seem lazy now, because the new ICY BOX M.2 NVMe enclosure is faster and more versatile than ever before!

Perfect Symbiosis

Perfect Symbiosis

USB 3.2 (Gen 2x2)-capable connections on computers are far from being standard, even though some of the latest generations of desktop motherboards already have them. This makes it all the more important to pay attention to the new USB specification. If you want to be a technology pioneer, you will be surprised by the incredible data transfer rates of the IB-1916M-C32 and use the perfect combination with our IB-PCI1901-C32 expansion card!

Two for All

Two for All

Compare the contents of the package with the specific connections of your PC. If you only have USB 3.0 Type-A capable connections, the IB-1916M-C32 can still be connected and used but only a connection via USB 3.2 (Gen 2x2) will reach the full transfer rate.

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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Technical Data
Model IB-1916M-C32
Article No. 60729
EAN Code 4250078170655
Brand ICY BOX
Category M.2 enclosure
Color Black
Material Aluminum, steel, acrylic
Internal interface M.2 M-Key PCIe x4 (NVMe)
Host connector USB 3.2 (Gen 2x2) Type-C® or USB Type-A
Transfer rate Up to 20 Gbit/s
M.2 SSD size 22x 80 mm
Operating system Windows®, macOS®
Power connector Via USB
Logistical Data
Packing unit 40 pcs./carton
Total weight 11.4 kg
Gross weight (incl. packing) 0.269 kg
Net weight 0.138 kg
Dimension/carton 450x225x400 mm
Dimension of packing box 100x35x200 mm
Dimension of article 110x45x19 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), but then officially renamed M.2. This standard is particularly suitable for compact and mobile devices such as notebooks and tablets, due to its small size and various dimensions. However, it can also be ideally used with an ICY BOX enclosure as external memory. 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. In addition, the M.2 SSDs can be connected via PCIe or with SATA.
Which 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 differ 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) in the enclosure or the expansion card supplied by ICY BOX. For example, if you are using a B+M-Key SATA SSD, make sure that the enclosure also has a B-Key socket. Please refer to the product description, data sheet or manual for more information.
Is an M.2 PCIe SSD with NVMe protocol faster than an M.2 SATA SSD with AHCI protocol?
Yes, the SATA interface theoretically achieves a data transfer rate of up to 6 G bit/s. The PCIe 3.0 x2 interface achieves a data transfer rate of up to 16 Gbit/s, PCIe 3.0 x4 up to 32 Gbit/s.
How do I know which M.2 SSD works with this device?
Although M.2 SSDs are available in similar form factors, only an M.2 PCIe NVMe drive with an M-Key or B+M-Key connector will work with this enclosure.
Check the specification of your M.2 SSD. If interface and protocol match, the combination of enclosure and SSD will work. For example PCIe (interface) and NVMe (protocol).
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®. Please check nonetheless that 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 (tongue and groove principle).
•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 both now 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 a write protection switch.)
• Disconnect the enclosure from the host computer.
• Use the supplied tool to slide the write protection switch to the left, in direction of the closed lock.
• Then reconnect 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.
A slight heating up 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 get 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, as well as 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 a maximum of 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 perform. 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 with the components in another configuration persists.
• Use a different cable, SSD and enclosure one after the other 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 to 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 is 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 the BIOS mode.
My Samsung 970 EVO Plus is not recognized.
It is possible that the Samsung 970 EVO Plus has an outdated firmware and therefore cannot be recognized by the device. In this case, please update the firmware of the Samsung 970 EVO Plus first. After successfully updating the firmware, please test again whether the SSD is recognized.
You can update the firmware using the Samsung "Samsung Magician" tool.

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