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What is a M.2 2280 Solid State Drive (SSD)?

Posted by HPE Storage Specialist on Apr 13, 2023

What is a M.2 2280 Solid State Drive (SSD)?

M.2 2280 SSD: Compact, High-Speed Storage for Modern Computing

An M.2 2280 SSD refers to a specific form factor of M.2 solid-state drive (SSD) that has dimensions of 22mm in width and 80mm in length. The "2280" designation represents the size of the SSD in millimeters, with the width (22mm) listed first and the length (80mm) listed second. M.2 2280 SSDs are one of the most common form factors for M.2 SSDs and are widely used in laptops, desktops, and other computing devices.

M.2 2280 SSDs use the M.2 form factor, which is a small, rectangular shape that connects directly to the motherboard of a computer using an M.2 slot. The M.2 interface provides both data transfer and power to the SSD, making it a convenient and space-saving storage solution. M.2 2280 SSDs typically use NAND flash memory to store data, which is a type of non-volatile storage that retains data even when the power is turned off.

M.2 2280 SSDs are available in various storage capacities, ranging from 32GB to several terabytes (TB), and they can use different types of interfaces, such as SATA or PCIe. SATA-based M.2 2280 SSDs use the SATA interface, which is similar to the interface used in traditional hard disk drives (HDDs) and SSDs, while PCIe-based M.2 2280 SSDs use the PCIe (Peripheral Component Interconnect Express) interface, which provides faster data transfer speeds compared to SATA-based SSDs.

M.2 2280 SSDs are known for their compact size, high-speed performance, and reliability, making them a popular choice for use as primary storage devices for operating systems, applications, and data in modern computing devices. It's important to check the specifications of your system and choose the appropriate type of M.2 2280 SSD that is compatible with your system's interface and requirements.