Amazon.com: Customer reviews: 2.5" to 3.5" Drive Converter Internal Solid State SSD Card Hard Drive Bracket Adapter SATA SSD Enclosure Caddy Dock Desktop Mac PC 2.5 to 3.5 Mounting Hardrive for Samsung Crucial SanDisk ect SSD
This allows a 2.5" drive to match a 3.5" drive in *all* characteristics - the screw holes are correctly placed and the right size (6x32 - NOT M3! Yay!) and the connectors are located exactly where they would be on a 3.5" disk, allowing the use of toolless carriers and sleds like Dell Optiplex and PowerEdge and Mac Pro machines use. If you can get away without it, use a regular bracket, not a converter. This avoids introducing problems associated with the connector extension, but honestly, it works great and I haven't had any issues, so I may be tilting at windmills here. Get SSD'ed up - this thing makes it easy.
This product page is actually for three completely different products. I was looking for an adapter to plug a 2.5" SSD into my 2010 Mac Pro. The product description and reviews said it would work great for that, so I bought the bracket for $7. The Drive Bracket DOES NOT fit a 2009-2012 Mac Pro. I had to return it and buy the Drive Converter for $11, which DOES INDEED fit my Mac Pro. It works great, and will buy the same thing again when I upgrade another of my drives to 2.5". Amazon should NOT be aggregating reviews for multiple products, and sellers should not be grouping multiple completely different products on the same product page. For that, I took off a star.
Not much to say, other than it did the trick. The chassis really is all metal and has a heft and quality you rarely find in aftermarket parts nowadays. It came with plenty of caddy screws but only one screw to latch the m2 drive's tail to the frame (so don't lose it). It also came with its own little philips precision driver, which was unnecessary but a nice touch. Someone said they are not getting SATA III throughput through its controller. I will test that and report back soon.
It's definitely SATA III. Here are tests of my Samsung 850 EVO m.2 250G drive. hdparm for read test: Timing cached reads: 15158 MB in 1.99 seconds = 7604.33 MB/sec Timing buffered disk reads: 820 MB in 3.01 seconds = 272.77 MB/sec dd for write testing: 1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB, 1.0 GiB) copied, 2.33463 s, 460 MB/s
There are 3 products on the same page. To be clear I am reviewing: Dual 2.5" to 3.5" HDD & SSD Converter Bracket Converts 2.5" Notebook Hard Drive to 3.5" Desktop Hard Drive Bay Mounting Bracket Adapter
This product is well enough built and has holes matching 2.5" drives. However it only mounts into the 3.5" bay via side screws. If your 3.5" drive mounts into the drive sled via the screws on the bottom of your drive this product will not mount. Some brackets for sale have all the standard 3.5" mounting holes and some don't and unfortunately the ads don't specify.
I liked the light weight and rigidity of this product. It felt very solid when working with it and installing it in my computer's internal rack. I actually bought two of them along with 2 1 TB Western Digital Blue Caviar SSD drives making my computer completely SSD except for the backup drives; very fast and responsive. A complete virus scan without the backup drive in took less than 15 minutes to run. With the 1 TB HDD backup drive in it took a little over an hour. Used to take over 4 hours with 3 1 TB HDD.
When you get the drive in place and screwed down and after you've hooked up the SATA and power to the bracket make sure to push your SSD drive against its connectors inside the bracket to make sure of a tight connection. While maneuvering the bracket into place in a confined space it's easy to get the SSD drive out of place a bit. The only thing I might like to see added to this bracket is a firm clip of some kind to hold the SSD drive solidly in place once it's installed inside the bracket.
Comes with everything you need (including the several different screws needed and an appropriately sized -ie tiny-screwdriver).
I presume this device does not work with ALL m.2 drives. I had trouble figuring out of my drive was appropriate (it was).
I added it as a buffer to my NAS - wow! The speed change is amazing. Doing incremental backups, it zips through file comparisons too fast to read via FTP. Previously, it was easy to see what was being transferred.
The Seller was also readily available to answer questions (which in the end, I did not need). Due to my error I did not fully seat the SATA connector. When I replugged it I solved my problem without need for support.
This adapter will give you better performance than the sabrent adapter hands down! This adapter looks to be made of better materials and looks to give a direct Sata to Sata connection. The sabrent has some clock chip on the board which makes me wonder if that’s what’s slowing it down. Also other manufacturers have step down regulators blow up and take out the drive in the process. This one has great reviews and the Chinese company that manufactures this also makes VERY good products. Every item from this electronic district in China has always impressed me in terms of quality and robustness.
This item is used in a plex server. I need the performance to be 1:1 and reliability as it stays on 24/7. Don’t use sabrent! I was nervous about it while away from home. Now I don’t worry.
This bracket worked perfectly in my Mac Pro 5,1. I used to to install a Samsung EVO 500GB SSD. This allows you to mount the SSD into the standard hard drive trays in the Mac Pro, which I think is a better solution than replacing the entire tray itself. It's the cheapest bracket I found and it works perfect, so I'm not sure why you'd need to spend more money on any other product.
But, the holes for the screws that mount the bracket to the case is the same as those which hold the SSDs to the bracket. So, they are not the same as the screw holes in a 3.5 inch HD. So, I could not install the bracket in the shock absorbing HD bay of my case. I ended up installing the bracket in the floppy drive bay, which of course, was empty.
I am debating whether to take a star off for the screw hole. Maybe, the bracket deserves 4.5 stars.
Upgraded a Dell E6430 with a M.2 ssd. The inter face is really fast. It is a tight fit in the Hard Drive " caddy " system my Dell uses. I may regret not taking time to grind it down a bit if I ever need to take it out. Note: I have used several of these and found out that a Crucial MX500 M.2 SSD will soak up anything a SATA interface will put out . The SATA interface is the bottle neck not the adapter or M.2. No need to buy a faster M.2