SSD Form Factors: 2.5-inch, mSATA, M.2
Unsure which type of SSD to get? There are three form factors (types) of Crucial SSDs. Take a look at the difference.
The standard form factor for SSDs is 2.5-inch, which fits inside a computer’s hard drive bay. Since many users often replace their hard drive with an SSD, a 2.5-inch drive allows you to remove your existing hard drive and install an SSD using the same connection.
A smaller form factor for SSDs is called mSATA. Crucial mSATA SSDs are one-eighth the size of our standard 2.5-inch drives, and are designed to plug into an mSATA socket on a system’s motherboard.
The other small form factor for SSDs is called M.2, which is about the size of a stick of gum. Crucial M.2 SSDs are designed for space-constrained tablets and ultrabooks.
To determine which type(s) of Crucial SSDs are compatible with your system, use our System Scanner tool and find out in just a few clicks. Here’s more information to get you started.
|2.5-inch SSD||mSATA SSD||M.2 SSD|
|Specs & features||Same||Same||Same|
|Installation||SATA cable (located in hard drive bay)||mSATA socket (located on motherboard)||M.2 socket (located on motherboard)|
|Best for||Laptops, desktops, servers||Ultrathin laptops, Intel® NUC systems, mini ITX motherboards, desktops with an mSATA socket||Tablets and ultrabooks|
|Target application||Primary or secondary storage||Primary storage in systems noted above; secondary storage (cache drive)||Primary storage in tablets and ultrabooks|