External M-Key 22x110 Enclosure

WANg

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No, that's a Key B adapter, and you're not likely to find one that will work for Key M. Key M is PCIe x4, and there are no USB-C bridge chip out there will mediate between USB and PCIe, unless it's part of an actual machine (and they tend to be x86 - ARM doesn't use PCIe for the most part unless they are the enterprise stuff). You might have to get clever, like buy something low wattage with a PCIe x16 -> M.2 Key M adapter and read it off that. Maybe an HP T620 Plus thin client with an adapter like this one that can talk to your NVMe SSD while housing a piece of cloning software (like Partedmagic).

Oh, and P.S: I know that adapter can only do up to M2. 2280, but for quick and dirty jobs, some masking tape will do.
 
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There are now a couple of USB-NVMe adapters (though it seems there are numerous compatibility issues and they only fit up to 2280):
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DHM6PFK
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FQNH3QF

Not much of a point to them, though, as the USB interface (even 3.1gen2 10 Gb/s) severely limits the throughput to not much more than what a SATA SSD would provide. Only practical purposes I can think of for such adapters are data recovery and imaging.
 

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There are now a couple of USB-NVMe adapters (though it seems there are numerous compatibility issues and they only fit up to 2280):
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DHM6PFK
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FQNH3QF

Not much of a point to them, though, as the USB interface (even 3.1gen2 10 Gb/s) severely limits the throughput to not much more than what a SATA SSD would provide. Only practical purposes I can think of for such adapters are data recovery and imaging.
*eeeeh* yeah, looks like someone did create an NVMe to USB bridge chip, which is the JMicron JMS583. Several things to note:

a) It's PCIe 3.0 x2 (instead of the x4 used by most NVMe drives)
b) NVMe drives give off a lot of heat (and most of those enclosures don't wick it away effectively and it'll just cook the drive off after a short period of use)
c) hypersensitivity to electrostatic discharges (ESD), so unless your enclosure has a few caps to protect against that...ehh...not a great idea.

Honestly, unless you are doing data recovery or whatever, just use a Key B M.2 drive.
 
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What are you connecting it to? Any chance it supports thunderbolt? There's quite a few enclosures you could use if it does.
 

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What are you connecting it to? Any chance it supports thunderbolt? There's quite a few enclosures you could use if it does.
Yes thunderbolt 3 is support but did not want to got that route due to cost of the enclosures but it may be the only option. But performance would definitely be a big +.