Looking for NVMe to SATA Adapter

Discussion in 'SSDs & Data Storage' started by muzicman82, Mar 13, 2019.

  1. muzicman82

    muzicman82 [H]Lite

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    Hi all,

    I'm still chugging along with my desktop (specs in sig). I realize it is a 6 year old build but it I honestly don't have any performance / speed issues for what I use this for. I have much faster laptops these days.

    However, I am finding myself needing a larger primary SSD. Sure, I could buy a Samsung 860 PRO or EVO for pretty cheap, but I am wondering if anyone can recommend a NVMe to SATA adapter.

    For starters, I have a 512GB NVMe sitting around that I pulled from my Dell Precision 7710. It would be nice to just put it to use. Secondly, if/when I ever upgrade this motherboard, I'll just move this NVMe drive to the board. I'd rather not buy another SATA drive, if you get my drift.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. BlueLineSwinger

    BlueLineSwinger Gawd

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    Not going to happen. You'd basically be converting the mainboard's PCIe to SATA (as done by the chipset) and then back to PCIe to accommodate the NVMe SSD.

    About the only choice is to get a PCIe-NVMe adapter, such as this. However, given the vintage of that system you probably won't be able to boot from it.

    And there's nothing wrong with SATA SSDs. Real-life they perform just as well as NVMe units for virtually all common desktop usage.
     
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  3. kirbyrj

    kirbyrj [H]ard as it Gets

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    Any chance that board was updated to support NVMe booting via bios? I know Asus had NVMe bioses for the 990FX Sabertooth and the X58 Sabertooth, and they were both older than that board.

    You can always get a NVMe drive to work if you want to play around with Clover or Duet. Or get a Samsung 950 Pro as it had its own Option ROM to tell older bioses it was bootable (like a RAID card).
     
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  4. muzicman82

    muzicman82 [H]Lite

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    Well, my only PCIe slot is tied up with a GPU. I am not sure about the Samsung PM961 NVMe SSD that I have, but I thought some M-keyed M.2 NVMe drives have SATA mode on them?? So it seems to me it shouldn't take much of an adapter to convert it to a SATA 6GB/s drive.
     
  5. kirbyrj

    kirbyrj [H]ard as it Gets

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    M.2 is the form factor. SATA and NVMe are the interfaces. They aren't compatible. You'll see NVMe M.2 drives and AHCI (SATA) M.2 drives, but not both together on the same drive. The PM961 is NVMe.

    Realistically, I'd just sell the PM961 and buy a SATA3 drive. Drive prices are dropping. I picked up a 512GB NVMe drive (Intel 660p) for $65 the other day. By the time you upgrade your whole setup, you could likely get a better performing drive cheaper (or larger) than that PM961 you have now.
     
  6. westrock2000

    westrock2000 [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Does the BitFenix Prodigy case also prohibit you from getting a used motherboard with additional PCI slot? Is it specifically made for the tiny motherboards?