How to install an m.2 SSD

Sayem Ahmed
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Don’t know how to install an m.2 SSD? Don’t sweat it. We’ve got a comprehensive guide to walk you through the process.

If you’re looking to boost your PC’s performance, replacing a regular disk drive with an m.2 SSD should be on the top of your list.

Unlike traditional SSDs, the M.2 SSDs are compact, efficient, tangle free, and connect to the motherboard directly, thus saving space within the computer’s chassis.

The only downside is that the M.2 SSDs don’t come cheap. For those looking to invest in better hardware to enjoy all its various benefits, the good news is that M.2 SSDs are very easy to install.

If you own a prebuilt PC, this might be uncharted territory, but even DIY PC owners could potentially find some handy tips here. Plus, for those eyeing up a Steam Deck or PlayStation 5, we’ve put together separate guides for you.

Identify what kind of m.2 SSD you require

Samsung 990 Pro SSD box

Not all m.2 SSDs are born the same, there are several types to watch out for, and you will need to figure out which one you need for your device. The most common m.2 SSD is a 2280 SSD, which will fit into most computers and devices. However, for more compact things like the Steam Deck, you might need to pick up a smaller size.

From here, you need to also figure out what generation of m.2 you want to pick. Right now, the most common is a PCIe4 SSD, which has blazing-fast transfer speeds, but in most cases, a PCIe3 SSD will also do just fine, but it will be a bit slower. No matter what you pick, it will be a significant upgrade over a mechanical hard drive.

We’ve recommended some of our favorite m.2 SSDs below.

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How to install your m.2 SSD

JSAUX M.2 dock with SSD showing

The port of an M.2 SSD will be keyed, meaning that you can simply slot it in, making sure to keenly align it with wherever the gap in your SSD might be. You might find that it sticks up after insertion, and that’s totally normal, and you shouldn’t worry about it. Then, you’ll need to secure the SSD down.

Most likely, with your device, you will have some kind of screw to attach here. Be sure to check your manuals and boxes. These can be pretty tiny, so equip yourself with the smallest Phillips head screwdriver you can find.

Then, push down on the SSD where the notch on the end lies. then, secure the screw at the notch, and then firmly screw it in, but be careful to not fasten it too tightly.

Then, your SSD will be ready for use on your chosen device. It’s really as simple as that.

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About The Author

Dexerto's Hardware Editor. Sayem is an expert in all things Nvidia, AMD, Intel, and PC components. He has 10 years of experience, having written for the likes of Eurogamer, IGN, Trusted Reviews, Kotaku, and many more. Get in touch via email at