Identifying compatible storage upgrades for your system can be a challenge with SSDs that are available in multiple form factors. As technology gets slimmer and more lightweight, 2.5-inch SSDs are often too large for cutting-edge systems.
The M.2 form factor is a much smaller SSD that’s about the size of a stick of gum and designed to deliver the near-instant performance of an SSD in space-constrained tablets and ultrabooks. However, it's not compatible with every system.
And is it compatible with my system?
An extremely valuable tool for determining if an M.2 SSD is compatible your tablet or ultrabook is the Crucial System Scanner. In just a few clicks, it displays Crucial SSDs that will work in your system – plus, it guarantees compatibility when you use it and order on Crucial.com.
Will a Crucial M.2 SSD work if I have a PCIe connection?
No, you cannot use a SATA drive in a PCIe socket. SATA and PCIe connections are not interchangeable, even though they look very similar and can easily be confused. A PCIe SSD may fit into a SATA slot, but it will not work.
Will a Crucial M.2 SSD work in my Mac® system?
No. According to Apple® manufacturer specifications, Mac systems are not compatible with Crucial SATA M.2 SSDs.
Are single-sided and double-sided M.2 SSDs interchangeable?
No. Single-sided M.2 sockets on the motherboard support only single-sided M.2 SSDs. However, double-sided M.2 sockets support both double-sided SSDs and single-sided SSDs.
How can I make sure a Crucial M.2 SSD is supported by my system?
The best way to ensure compatibility when you purchase an M.2 SSD on Crucial.com is by using our Crucial Advisor tool or Crucial System Scanner. Using either tool guarantees compatibility when you order on Crucial.com.