Mobile M.2 Complete KIT

MediaClone, Inc. is proud to announce the release of the Mobile M.2 Complete KIT.

The M.2 KIT includes many adapters with SATA and USB3.0 interfaces that enable the user to capture, clone, and erase data from different kinds and types of small form factors of flash digital storages such as mSATA SSD, Micro-SATA SSD, SLIM SATA SSD, special kind of SSD, and M.2 SSD with PCIE and SATA storage protocols.

The M.2 KIT: In order to help the forensic investigator in the field, we did collect and cataloged most of the adapters in the marketplace; from mini PCIE to NVMe adapters, and created a kit that can be very helpful.

The kit includes mSATA, Micro SATA, Slim SATA adapters and some other adapters that are not M.2Background:

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A long time ago laptop manufacturers were using SSD storage devices inside their laptops, with Mini-PCIE connectors, and with some propriety interfaces. (Asus PC900 for example)

The mSATA SSD was the next step in shrinking the size (~1”x2”) of the SSD and is being used with SATA protocols only, mostly on PC, gaming boxes, and laptops.

The M.2 NGFF (Next Generation Form Factor) solid state drives are the new generation of digital storage devices. They are very compact, and they come in a much smaller size than their predecessor; the mSATA SSD. They are extremely fast and widely used in the new slim lines of laptops and tablets. The M.2 standard allows module widths of 12, 16, 22 and 30 mm, and lengths of 16, 26, 30, 38, 42, 60, 80 and 110 mm.

The main challenge with M.2 storage devices began where there was no real standardization of the size and type of the interface connector that been used on that SSD. Most of the laptops manufacturers were using 2 types of M.2 connectors: B-type (used for SATA) and M-type (used for PCIE), and with 2 different storage protocols: SATA and PCIE.

The PCIE Sold Sate Drives (SSD)are supported PCIE 2.0 up to 4 lanes and they are much faster than SATA base SSD (SATA 3.0).

Apple Laptops: Prior to 2013 they were using SATA SSD with some propriety interfaces, and today they are using PCIE base SSD with M.2 (M type).

The latest in storage come from Intel with M.2 NVMe SSD, which is using PCIE 3.0 with 4 lanes, and there are only a few external solutions that enable the user to read from those drives (Otherwise the user will need to plug to a PC in order to capture the data).

There is a lot of confusion and misidentification of M.2 SSD. Choosing the right adapter to plug the SSD and connect to a PC or to any imaging device can be challenging.

Plugging the wrong SSD to the wrong adapter (even if it physically fits) can damage the SSD and compromise the data.

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