Welcome to addlink Support
How do I install Microsoft Windows 7 on a PCIe NVMe SSD?
Do addlink NVMe M.2 SSDs work with any M.2 slot?
Do addlink NVMe M.2 SSDs work under Linux?
addlink NVMe SSDs are compatible with Linux.
How should a NVMe M.2 SSD be installed on a PC?
Installation of addlink NVMe M.2 SSDs is essentially plug-and-play. Simply insert the NVMe SSD in an M.2 PCIe slot, tighten the SSD in place with the screw and spacer provided by your mainboard manufacturer, and boot up your system from an external source before proceeding with a fresh install of your operating system. Windows has an in-box driver that ensures your addlink NVMe SSD is operational from the start.
Can I move data from an HDD or SATA SSD to a addlink NVMe M.2 SSD?
Can I plug a NVMe M.2 SSD in a traditional PCIe slot?
Yes. Many add-in-card adapters exist, but for optimal performance and compatibility addlink recommends using an original M.2 slot for your NVMe SSD.
My system is a little older and I'm not sure if addlink M.2 PCIe is compatible. Is there a compatibility list?
Will addlink M.2 PCIe work in any M.2 slot?
addlink M.2 PCIe will work in any M.2 slot that supports PCIe NVMe. Not compatible are systems that use M.2 with only legacy SATA or PCIe AHCI. mSATA slots, which are easily mistaken for M.2 slots, are incompatible as well. The same is true for M.2 WWAN slots which are usually compatible with wireless WAN modules only.
Can I use addlink M.2 PCIe in a MacBook (Pro) with M.2 slot?
No, Apple utilizes proprietary slots that will not work with standard M.2 drives.
Are addlink NVMe M.2 SSDs delivered with a screw?
addlink NMVe M.2 SSDs are not delivered with a screw. This is because mainboard manufacturers typically provide the specific screws and spacers that fit the proprietary needs of each mainboard.
BIOS/UEFI Configuration for Optimizing M.2 PCIe NVMe SSDs
Can I use a NVMe M.2 SSD at the same time as s SATA SSD or HDD?
Yes. There are no technical limitations in using an NVMe M.2 SSD concurrently with a SATA SSD or HDD. Please make sure your mainboard has a sufficient number of interfaces to accommodate multiple storage devices.
Can NVMe M.2 SSDs be RAIDed?
Yes. the NVMe M.2 SSDs can be grouped into a RAID formation. Please ensure that your mainboard has a sufficient number of NVMe M.2 slots and that sufficient PCIe lanes are available for maximal performance.
I'm unable to boot from my M.2 PCIe. What can I do?
How do I install a M.2 PCIe as a boot drive?
Platform won't wake up from Sleep Mode after Windows Update？
My M.2 PCIe doesn't work as expected! How do I fix this?
What is the sector size of the addlink S70 M.2 NVMe PCIe Gen3x4 2280 SSD?
S70 default sector size is 512Bytes.
INSTALLATION & OPERATION
Why does my M.2 NVMe SSD not achieve its prformance specs in benchmark tests?
Why does the performance of my NVMe drive decrease as the workload increases?
Why are my benchmarking scores lower than expected for my NVMe drive?
How can I enhance SSD performance if my operating system does not support TRIM?
For operating systems that do not support TRIM command, the SSDs utilize an intelligent garbage collection algorithm to help manage data and maintain peak performance.
What is the physical size of a addlink M.2 NVMe SSD? Will it fit my PC?
addlink NVMe SSDs use the M.2 (2280) form factor. M.2 is an industry standard, and M.2 SSDs typically measure 22mm in width. Various standardized lengths range between 30mm and 110mm, with the 80mm solution used by addlink being the most common. This means that addlink NVMe SSDs are 22mm wide and 80mm long, and should physically fit in the majority of M.2 slots on mainboards.
What is an "M-key"? What is a "B-Key"?
What is M.2?
M.2 is a form factor that enables expansion, contraction, and a higher integration of functions onto a single form factor module solution. M.2 SSD includes a smaller form factor with larger capacity than that of mSATA and Half-slim.
What is PCIe Gen4, and how is it different than PCIe Gen1/2/3?
PCIe Gen4 is a new standardized data transfer bus that will double the data transfer rate per lane of the prior Gen3 revision from 8.0 GT/s (gigatransfers/second) to 16.0 GT/s. This means that a single PCIe Gen4 interconnection will allow data rate transfers of up to 2GB/s (gigabytes/second), and a full 16 slot PCIe Gen4 interconnection for graphics cards and high-end solid state drives will allow data transfer rates of up to 32GB/s.
This increased data transfer rate will facilitate the demanding data transfer rates of new servers and data farms as cloud storage, services, and software become more and more prevalent. It will also allow mobile devices to transfer information super quickly, thus reducing power consumption during downloads or data synchronization activities.
PCIe 4.0 SSD delivers incredible storage performance, delivering up to 10 times the sequential read and sequential write speeds of some SATA SSDs and up to 50 times the speed of some traditional HDDs and is also fully backwards compatible with current PCIe 3.0 platforms.
*Please use PCIe 4.0 motherboard for the best performance, performance may vary based on system hardware and configuration.
*Please make sure that your computer has a M.2 slot. Backwards compatible with PCIe 3.0 platforms.
PERFORMANCE & SPECIFICATION