The 8 Best NVME External Enclosures
This wiki has been updated 12 times since it was first published in January of 2019. NVMe is the next big thing in PC storage, due to its incredible compactness and incredibly fast PCIe-based throughput, which far outstrips SATA-equipped drives. Now, thanks to ultra-high-speed standards, like USB 3.1 and Thunderbolt 3, as well as the highly convenient M.2 connector format, users can take advantage of this top-of-the-line flash memory in an external, fully portable configuration. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best nvme external enclosure on Amazon.
January 15, 2019:
NVMe allows for incredibly fast data access, and most of the best enclosures use the USB 3.1 standard. You'll find some, like the Netstor, with two or more M.2 connectors, which allow you to run drives in RAID 0, RAID 1, and JBOD configurations. RAID 0 combines both drives and methodically splits data between them, vastly improving read and write times, while RAID 1 makes multiple copies of identical drives, so if one fails, your data won't be lost. JBOD, which might be our favorite computer acronym ever ("Just a Bunch Of Disks" — really!) simply combines all the drives into one larger drive, with no performance effects at all. Most consumers will be satisfied with the Sabrent, Peng, or QNine, while A/V professionals should strongly consider the CY, NetStor, or GloTrends.