PCIe host adaptor card for SSD

Hi all,

I have been given this PCIe card so I can use it with a SSD, but the interface it's designed for isn't on my mainboard or any other I have checked, they are all either too small or too big.  As you can see from the two images there aren't any  labels or markings to indicate the make and type etc. so I'm a bit stuck.

Is this a new type of interface (New Gen) and which mainboard would I need for this to detect.

Many thanks
John
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rindiCommented:
A photo of your mainboard might also help. Generally it should be usable also in the larger PCI express slots (but many of them are dedicated for video cards), so depending on the board, using a x16 PCI-e slot may or may not work.

If your board has a PCI-e x4 or x8 slot, it should definitely work in those, and if it has an open ended PCI-e x1 slot, it would also work there. But many x1 slots aren't open ended...

The image below shows such a slot:

https://www.google.ch/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CAcQjRxqFQoTCMmi077sj8kCFUFeDwodU8gPXg&url=https%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FPCI_Express&psig=AFQjCNGq7tAUUvwszLGrQQYicLeUJmjoVg&ust=1447588217213571
nobusCommented:
best post a view of the other side of the card also - or it's model nr
JohnAuthor Commented:
Hope this helps.

Thanks
John
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rindiCommented:
No, your mainboard would be more interesting. But like I mentioned, if your board has a PCI-e x16 slote you can try it in there, or if it has a PCI-e x8 slot it would work there too, and if it has an open end PCI-e x1 slot like the one I posted a picture of earlier, it would work in there as well. PCI-e slots are generally upward and downward compatible in terms of their sizes.
JohnAuthor Commented:
Thanks Rindi,

I will post a pic later but I tried this in the X16 slot and it didn't detect the card.  I'm thinking of upgrading so from the information you've supplied me I should be ok with a mainboard that has x4 /8

Cheers
John
JohnAuthor Commented:
The mainboard is Asus M5A78L-M/USB3
rindiCommented:
The PCI-e x16 slots are often dedicated for GPU cards like I mentioned earlier. Sometimes you might also be able to change settings in the BIOS, although I wouldn't know what that setting would look like, to get non GPU cards recognized in them.
JohnAuthor Commented:
Thanks, this has given me a refresher on the PCI-e as it's been over 10 years since I have done any system builds etc.  I'll give this a shot later and keep you updated.

Thanks
John
rindiCommented:
Another thing, why are you looking for a new mainboard just to run that SSD in? Wouldn't it be cheaper to get a standard SSD for your current board? I think that would be more economical.

The SSD's that run with that Add-on card are usually meant for use in certain notebooks or netbooks, and those SSD's tend to have a not too large capacity and the performance might not be as good as what you get with a standard SSD.

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nobusCommented:
your board has :  frm its specqs : https://www.asus.com/be-nl/Motherboards/M5A78LMUSB3/specifications/
1 x PCIe x16
1 x PCIe x1
2 x PCI

it also supports
6 x SATA 3Gb/s port(s), blue
Support Raid 0, 1, 10, JBOD

so you don't need the card at all, just install the SSD, and connect it to the sata c able
rindiCommented:
The adapter the Author uses is for non standard SSD's. You can't connect those directly to SATA ports.
JohnAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your help guys. I mainly needed to know the compatibility side with different slots.  I am data erasing SSD's pulled from various laptops, MacBook's etc.

Regards
John
rindiCommented:
As far as I know the MacBooks use at least 3 different types of special form-factors for thei SSD's, so I don't know whether that one card will be enough. Maybe it is easier to erase the SSD's while they are still within the laptop.
JohnAuthor Commented:
Does this mean the Mac SSD's wont be electrically compatible with this card and if so, is there even such card that supports them as I have around 30 from MacBook's to erase.  These have already been stripped and I don't have the laptop unfortunately.

Cheers
John
JohnAuthor Commented:
Please see image with green tick that confirms the type of SSD I am erasing.
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rindiCommented:
Whether the card can be used I'm not sure, it looks as if it may work for the SSD with the green tick, but I'm not sure as the card doesn't have many details.
JohnAuthor Commented:
Ok thanks, its a work project so ill find out on Monday.  Have a good weekend.
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