Is there an external enclosure/adapter that fits the imac nvme drives?

jwhazel

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So in order to get bootcamp working, I had to yank the paltry little 24gb nvme blade out of my 2017. I realize the connector traces are not 1:1 with a standard nvme drive. But is there any sort of enclosure or adapter that someone makes that would let me use this a usb3 or thunderbolt drive? Not terribly important since the size is so small, I just don't know what else to do with this thing other than toss it (the 24gb ones don't seem to be selling real well on ebay which isn't surprising).
 

chrfr

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So in order to get bootcamp working, I had to yank the paltry little 24gb nvme blade out of my 2017. I realize the connector traces are not 1:1 with a standard nvme drive. But is there any sort of enclosure or adapter that someone makes that would let me use this a usb3 or thunderbolt drive? Not terribly important since the size is so small, I just don't know what else to do with this thing other than toss it (the 24gb ones don't seem to be selling real well on ebay which isn't surprising).
Enclosures that fit those, if you can find one, will be more expensive than just buying a generic small external SSD.
Something like this would work (link removed because it is likely incompatible) but you could buy a 256GB external SSD for less than that.
 
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mikehalloran

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Enclosures that fit those, if you can find one, will be more expensive than just buying a generic small external SSD.
Something like this would work https://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/MAU3ENPRPCI/ but you could buy a 256GB external SSD for less than that.
Actually, that won't work on the one he pulled.

2. The OWC Envoy Pro enclosure is not currently compatible with Apple PCIe NVMe drives. Please see the Knowledge Base article on Envoy Pro (PCIe): Apple Stock Drive Compatibility for further details.
 

mikehalloran

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Strangely when I google SSBUX enclosure the OWC shows as compatible...
Why is that strange? If no one reads the disclaimer, they think it will work.

You can use an NVMe blade in a 2013-on Mac with that socket. The PCIe 2 busses in the older Macs do not have an NVMe blade, however — it’s AHCI and these are what work in the enclosure. Same pin-out and form so, while you can install an NVMe blade, OWC says that it will cause damage to the housing, blade or both.