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Compatible M.2 SSD List

Discussion in 'NEO N42C-4 Guides & FAQs' started by MINIX - John, Jan 6, 2018.

  1. MINIX - John

    MINIX - John MINIX Team Member Administrator

    MINIX NEO N42C-4 includes 1 x 2280 M.2 slot, maximum support 512GB.

    Below is a list of M.2 SSD that we've tested and verify to be compatible with NEO N42C-4.

    Intel SSDSCKHW120A4 120GB

    Kingston SM2280S3G2 120GB
    Kingston SM2280S3G2 240GB
    Kingston SM2280S3G2 480GB

    Lenovo GXB0M41970 128GB

    Samsung MZ-N5E120 120GB
    Samsung MZ-NTY1280 128GB
    Samsung 850 EVO 500GB

    SanDisk SD7SN6S 128GB
    SanDisk SD8SN8U 256GB
    SanDisk SD8SN8U 512GB

    Transcend TS256GMTS800 256GB

    Western Digital Model WDS240G1G0B-00RC30 240 GB

    MINIX NEO N42C-4 only supports M.2 SATA, it does not support M.2 PCIe.

    See differences below:

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  2. MINIX - John

    MINIX - John MINIX Team Member Administrator

    Also, it is possible to boot from the M.2 slot on MINIX NEO N42C-4.

    You need to re-install the Windows 10 OS on the M.2 SSD, and disable the eMMC in the BIOS.
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  3. gufone

    gufone Big Owl Super Moderator

    This is a really nice feature.
  4. Gh0st

    Gh0st Australia's Finest Since 1981 Administrator

    Because this was going to replace it, I tried the RAM and SSD out of my NGC-1.
    Works like a charm!
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  5. morrisonpeter

    morrisonpeter New Member

    Where can I find the requirements for buying a M.2 2280 SSD?
    1. Is there a storage limit? 500 GB? 1 TB? More?
    2. Are certain types incompatible? I saw a youtube video that said you can’t use NVme SSDs. Does that mean SATA only? (I'm learning the difference now).
    The recommendations above are not available on Amazon Canada (at least with Amazon Prime).

    Thanks for the help. I wasn't able to find these specifications or a PDF/Web manual. If you know of one let me know.
  6. Villa

    Villa Administrator Administrator

  7. morrisonpeter

    morrisonpeter New Member

    Thanks Villa. I did read the first post but must have glanced over the first line with the maximum support of 512 GB. From extensive (over 1 hour) googling I was able to see that 2280 M.2 has three sections on the connection where NVme only has two. I assume that NVme is not compatible because of this.

    Is there any documentation, such as upgrading specifications, for this computer online?
  8. Villa

    Villa Administrator Administrator

    I took a quick look at Amazon Canada and the Samsung 850 EVO 500GB and the Kingston's are available!
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    Villa Administrator Administrator

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  10. MiniPCDB

    MiniPCDB New Member

    did anyone test with a WD M.2 SSD?
    I'm tired of waiting for the KingDian one I ordered from China and I'll order a WD one locally
  11. MINIX - John

    MINIX - John MINIX Team Member Administrator

    We've only tested what is on the list at the top.
  12. Alpheratz13

    Alpheratz13 New Member

    Hi ,
    The same question as before (see Compatible DDR3L Memory List) except this question is for SSD M.2.

    I like buy soon N42C-4 and i have also see video on Youtube of Roberto Jorge - New Minix N42c-4 | 3 Really Interesting Features and he use the Transcend TS256GMTS800 SSD interne 256 Go M.2 (Type 2280) SATA III, my question it's that okay ?
    (Roberto Jorge uses alots of Minix box like Android as Windows)
    Thank you for your help
  13. MiniPCDB

    MiniPCDB New Member

    Happy to report that the Western Digital Model WDS240G1G0B-00RC30 (240 GB) works as expected.

    so,one more SSD for the list ;-)

    Now I can also have Linux on N42C-4 - a tutorial will come in a few days
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  14. MINIX - John

    MINIX - John MINIX Team Member Administrator

    Yes, added to the list.
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  15. Alpheratz13

    Alpheratz13 New Member

    Thank you (again) John.
  16. Jack Huerkamp

    Jack Huerkamp New Member

    Did I get the right SSD? I purchased off of Amazon a Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 500 GB:

    I just opened up the N42C-4 to install it and on the motherboard the slot for the SSD has a single divider slot. The SSD has two slots. I would appreciate advice on whether or not I have to send this SSD back for a different one.

    Also there were two wires extending from the top of the 32GB ROM module. Do I have to just carefully push them down so they don't conflict with the 500 GB SSD?>

    Also, if the two slot SSD is correct, which way does the SSD get installed?

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  17. Jack Huerkamp

    Jack Huerkamp New Member

    Villa just commented that I have V-NAND SSD and it needs to be just NAND? How was I t know this important fact? I looked at the list of recommended SSDs and there was no mention of NAND versus V-NAND! I am really getting frustrated with my purchase of this device. One would think that it would be easier than this to acquire the additional pieces needed.
  18. Villa

    Villa Administrator Administrator

    Did you not notice I removed my post?
    I did a quick search and came up with conflicting results.
    I'm actually not sure!

    But all I would say is you need an SSD that fits. :)
  19. Jack Huerkamp

    Jack Huerkamp New Member

    Villa, I noticed that I could not find your post. I did a search to try to find the difference in V-NAND and NAND SSD's and did not get a definitive answer on whether or not they were interchangeable. Hopefully someone at Minix will provide guidance.
  20. Jack Huerkamp

    Jack Huerkamp New Member

    Was this M.2 SSD NAND or V-NAND? I received one that is V-NAND and someone mentioned that the SSD needs to be only NAND. Before I try to install the V-NAND SSD, I would like to know if it is one of the tested SSDs.
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