Adapter that connects M.2 drives to SATA cables

I'm looking for some adapters that will allow me to connect and boot from M.2 drives by connecting these drives to Serial ATA (SATA) cables.

What adapters or connectors will allow this to be done?
IT GuyNetwork EngineerAsked:
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andyalderCommented:
Do you mean something like this?
https://www.startech.com/ca/HDD/Adapters/M-2-SSD-2-5-in-SATA-Adapter~SAT32M225
Note this is M.2 SATA, not M.2 NVMe.

What form factor do you need?
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IT GuyNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
Yes that looks like a good match as long as it will allow me to connect the M.2 drives that are used by Lenovo T470 and Lenovo Yoga computers to a desktop computer using a standard SATA cable.
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andyalderCommented:
they also make a 3.5 inch one, bigger so they put four M.2/SATA sticks in.
https://www.startech.com/uk/HDD/Brackets/4-M2-SATA-mounting-adapter~35S24M2NGFF
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Jonny BTech (CEO)Commented:
I have used this adapter to interface with the M.2 Drives with the SATA
StarTech M.2 NGFF SSD to 2.5in SATA Adapter Converter (SAT32M225)

This one is M.2 to USB in case the need arises
StarTech.com M.2 to SATA SSD Enclosure - USB 3.0 with UASP - External M.2 SSD Enclosure - Aluminum
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nobusCommented:
check if they say that adapter allows you to boot from it - they did not mention that
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IT GuyNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
Do these adapters that have been mentioned so far in the previous postings allow a computer to boot from the M.2 drive that is connected to the SATA cable with the adapter?
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andyalderCommented:
Yes, they all do, it's the same as having a SATA drive connected to the motherboard. (in fact it is a SATA drive connected to the motherboard, just a different form factor). Note: that only applies to M.2/SATA sticks, not M.2 NVMe sticks which those adapters won't handle anyway.
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IT GuyNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
Are there any adapters that will allow M.2 NVMe hard drive sticks to be connected to regular SATA cables?
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andyalderCommented:
I don't think there are any because the market would be too small, one or two techies may want them for convenience but NVMe/PCIe to SATA and then back to PCIe/chipset just kills the purpose of NVMe.

There are M.2/NVMe to 2.5 inch carriers, but the output is still NVMe/PCIe, see http://www.delock.de/produkte/G_62710/merkmale.html for example. (have fun trying to get picture 5 to show up in the zoom window). Note: booting from this requires support on the motherboard/chipset/BIOS so may not be possible just like with NVMe internal M.2 carrier cards.
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