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Enclosure for 1x M.2 SSD
with USB 3.1 (Gen 2) Type-C® interface


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External enclosure for one M.2 SATA SSD


USB 3.0 - transfer rate up to 5 Gbit/s


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LED for power and HDD access

Small and good looking

Small and good looking

The IB-183M2 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-183M2 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 a mobile storage

Small storage is a 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-183M2 you can take your SSD anywhere safely and use it via USB 3.0.



Technical Data
Model IB-183M2
Article No. 60083
EAN Code 4250078164296
Category External M.2 enclosure
Color Black
Material Aluminum
Internal interface 1x M.2 SATA B-Key or B+M-Key
Host connector 1x USB 3.0 Type-A
Transfer rate USB 3.0 up to 5 Gbit/s
M.2 SSD size 22x30/42/60/80 mm
SSD capacity Unlimited
Chip set JMS 578
Power connector USB bus-powered
Operating system Windows, Mac 10.7.4 or newer version
Logistical Data
Packing unit 50 pcs./carton
Total weight 8.8 kg/carton
Gross weight (incl. packing) 0.162 kg
Net weight 0.057 kg
Dimension/carton 375x335x355 mm
Dimension of packing box 200x100x25 mm
Dimension of article 99x35x11 mm
Country of origin China


Data Sheet


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 an 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, datasheet, 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 by 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 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.
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:

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.

SKU: IB-183M2