M.2 2230 SSD Slot Capabilities

Hello, all,

Quick question; are there any specific M.2 2230 SSD’s I should avoid installing in my Framework 16 running Windows? I was considering purchasing a cheaper option than what’s available in the Framework marketplace, such as a Corsair MP600 Mini 1TB M.2 2230, but I didn’t want to pull the trigger until I’m certain of what would or would not be recommended to install in the Framework 16.

Thanks!

~Nathan

There shouldn’t be any incompatibilities - I don’t believe they make SATA 2230s so any of them should be compatible.

That one looks compatible!

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@Nate_Williams
I have that in an SHARGE enclosure as external data drive.
Is working in Win10 Pro, Ubuntu, Lubuntu, Mint, MXlinux.
So, I’m assuming it’ll work in the laptop.
Edit: I forgot that I did have the Corsair MP600 Mini 1TB 2230 in the laptop as a storage drive, but swapped it out in favour for a Sabrent SB-2130-1TB nvme drive (also with 3 linux distros on it, for troubleshooting and experimenting, not my default boot OS drive, works as it should).

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There are probably three things to look out for.

  1. 2230 ssd is NVMe as the other people have said.

  2. Make sure the 2230 ssd is single sided (Maybe look at some reviews and check). Check the Framework Support page for height limitations.

  3. Check what PCIe version it is based on how fast you want the drive to be. PCIe 4.0x4 is the fastest supported by the Framework 16. You can also check some reviews to see the drive speed.

This is a silly question but, can we just use 2 2230s?

The main slot doesn’t have a mounting point at the 2230 location. So you could use a 2230, but you’d have to rig up a solution to hold it down. Not a lot of force is needed, so adhesive could work. Also, I think I read someone say that standard off-the-shelf extenders won’t fit.

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Yes, you can have a single 2230 in the second NVMe slot as your only SSD. That will work fine.

If you want to use a 2230 in the 2280 position then you will need to extend it using something like the appropriate one of these 3D prints.