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Volans Aluminium USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C (10Gbps) to M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD Enclosure $29 Shipped (Was $49) @ Jiau277 via eBay

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Volans Aluminium USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps) Type C to M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD Enclosure
This compact M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD enclosure lets you add highly portable data storage to any laptop or computer with a USB-C™ port – such as MacBook, Chromebook Pixel™, Dell™ XPS laptops, and many others. It turns your M.2 drive into a high-speed storage solution over a USB 3.1 Gen 2 connection, at up to 10Gbps throughput.

Features
Designed for M Key or B+M Key based on PCIe NVM Express (NVMe) M.2 SSDs only
Support USB Super-speed Gen2(10Gbps) / Super-speed Gen1(5Gbps)/High-speed(480Mbps)/Full-speed(12Mbps) operation.
Support windows 2000/XP/ VISTA /7/8/10, Mac10.x, Linux 2.4.2 and above
Supports M.2 modules in format 2280, 2260, 2242 and 2230, up to 2TB
Fits size: 30x22mm, 42x22mm, 60x22mm, 80x22mm
LED power/status indicators
Easy installation

WEBSITE: https://www.volans.com.au/product/vl-ucm2/

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  • +1

    How is this one different to all the $16 - $20 generic ones on ebay that look almost identical?

    • HI, I think you meant those enlcosues only support M.2 SATA, not NVMe with USB3.1 Geb 2.

      • +1

        That would be the $14 ones, my $15.50 one supports one of each. You may be better stating the advantages of the USB 3.2.1, which aren't really that high given that it is just the old USB 3.1…

        https://www.cnet.com/how-to/usb-3-2-explained-making-sense-o...

        • hi, even it is not USB3.2 which i doubt any supplier yet, it is the Gen2 which gives you 10Gbps which is more than enough for the SSD speed.

        • Where did you get one $15 one that supports nvme. I have a spare nvme ssd I need and enclosure for

  • +2

    Thanks OP. Use code BLUE5 (if you haven't already) to get it for $24

    • +2

      That code doesn't work with this

    • +1

      "BLUE5" code works for an extra $5 off!. Cheers OP and megawatt

  • +1

    Is this bootable?

    • +5

      That will depend on your motherboard. Most motherboards do support boot from USB. However, Windows 10 licensing is different for booting from USB. Microsoft treats this as Windows on the go, so you may need a different license (or another license).

        • +2

          Are you just purposely picking on me? I did write most motherboards do support boot from USB (I did throw away a laptop that doesn't support boot from USB recently). It is the Windows 10 licensing that can be a bit tricky. BIOS, if configured to enforce UEFI, can be a bit tricky. Even Windows 10 USB install flash drive, if created incorrectly, wouldn't boot when UEFI boot is enforced.

          Let's not assume it is easy to install Windows OS onto an USB device. Now, this uses a m.2 SSD. Even if you use disk cloning software, are you certain Windows 10 license will work? Have you actually booted Windows 10 from an USB device (not just the Windows 10 install software, but actual fully installed Windows 10 on USB)? How about on a Mac? How about linux?

          Ask yourself this question: Why would someone interested buying this ask whether this thing is bootable? You expect people asking this type of question to have done Windows 10 install many times themselves?

          Also, if you have done Mac Windows 10 bootcamp on an external HDD, you would know that you don't actually need to boot Windows from an USB to prepare that external hard drive. Just prep the whole thing inside Windows, much quicker.

          • @netsurfer: I don't think the initial question implied a specific OS? So going into windows 10 licensing kind of confuses things.

            • @Elijha: It's pretty much implied a Windows based OS (Windows 10 most likely). Anyone who runs linux wouldn't ask that question. Windows 10 licensing is something I didn't realise when I tried that type of setup. I know some people just get eBay Windows 10 licenses, but I use proper licenses.

              Honestly, having OS installed on a USB is generally just for fun, other than perhaps for Mac users wanting to do bootcamp, but not willing to re-partition hard drive.

          • @netsurfer: ha ha.
            sorry mate. honest mistake, i read it as 'most motheboards do not support usb boot.

            yea, i know, dont ask me how lol

          • @netsurfer: As someone who was in this boat very recently I can explain why…

            My laptop (Razer Blade 15) has a single SSD slot. Trying to migrate it to a new larger SSD has been a very painful experience since none of the free/included migration software seems to work with USB enclosures. Furthermore, even using Macrium/other free software often led to a crash halfway through the process (maybe too much writing to the m.2 NVMe drive). Vice versa, I tried booting from the USB enclosure but it never made it to boot and ended up either not reading at all, or with tinkering, the Recovery mode.

            I ended up using another laptop which happened to have two m.2 slots to run the Samsung Data Migration, and was willing to boot the Razer's SSD even though the hardware wouldn't have matched.

  • +4

    I have a few of these enclosures. The current design all involves the pcb sliding in and out of the enclosure, which makes it very difficult to use thermal tape to turn the enclosure into a heatsink.

    Also, these require your USB port to output enough current. The Surface Pro 's USB port doesn't output enough. May be worth looking at a USB Y splitter cable to boost the power source using a powerbank.

  • +6

    Based on the chipset used, this is a NVMe PCIe 2X to USB 3.1 gen 2 enclosure. Assuming it works as expected, it should provide better sequential read/write than Samsung T5.

    Review (same chipset):
    http://www.thessdreview.com/our-reviews/nvme/jmicron-type-c-...

    Do bear in mind that this won't work with SATA m.2 SSDs and if you don't have USB 3.1 gen 2, you are basically wasting money getting this.

    • thank you for the info.

    • +1

      You need USB 3.1 for it to hit above 900 MB/s sequential. If you use a USB 3.0 type A port, then it drops to about 450 MB/s.

      • +1

        You need USB 3.1 for it to hit above 900 MB/s sequential

        With the way PC M/B makers name things, it is best to indicate you need USB 3.1 gen 2 (or as it now has been renamed: USB 3.2 gen 2). USB 3.1/3.2 gen 1 is the same as USB 3.0. Port type doesn't mean much. It is possible to have an USB 3.1/3.2 gen 2 Type A port and on the other side, it is possible to have an USB-C port only capable of handling USB 2.0 - like a lot of previous gen mobile phones.

        • is there a crash course for usb naming ?

          • +2

            @phunkydude: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB_3.0#USB_3.2

            USB 3.2 Gen 1×1 = USB 3.1 Gen 1 = USB 3.0 = SuperSpeed USB = 5Gb/s
            Can use connectors USB-A, USB-B, USB-micro B, USB-C

            USB 3.2 Gen 2×1 = USB 3.1 Gen 2 = SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps = SuperSpeed+ = 10Gb/s
            Can use connectors USB-A, USB-B, USB-micro B, USB-C

  • +1

    heres $5 off, expires tomorrow: YAUEC2NJCZWY7QM

    • Neither this or BLUE5 work….so l passed

      • I wonder if they're Ebay Plus only codes?

  • BLUE5 code worked for me $5 off, therefore $24 includes delivery

  • Hi OP,

    Any chance you can extend the sale for another day?

    • hi, it has been expired.

      • Just would like to ask whether you can provide a similar deal in the future ? A group of my university friends missed out and they would all like to buy one soon. Thanks.

        • It is uncertain whether the deal will be repeated or not at this point.

  • Mine arrived but it does not come with retail packaging, just the various parts in a padded envelope. Is this the same for everyone else?

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