M.2 2280 SATA III SSD for Raspberry Pi 4 Model B and Raspberry Pi 400
We, at Cytron Technologies, are pretty excited with the stable release of USB boot firmware and have also released a reliable SSD in M.2 2280 (B+M Key) form factor. We called it MakerDisk! A Disk from Makers to Makers :) It is an M.2 2280 NGFF, SATA III (6.0 Gbps) Solid State Drive (SSD) with a capacity of 120GB.
Everyone is booting the preferred Operating System for the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B from USB :) The USB Boot firmware for Raspberry Pi 4 Model B is now officially released as a stable version. Check out this video by Jeff Geerling talking about the stable release of this firmware:
Booting Raspberry Pi OS and opening Apps/Programs from MakerDisk SSD is faster than the microSD card. Here are the speed test results that we get using Raspberry Pi Diagnostics: (The MakerDisk is connected to Raspberry Pi in Argon One M.2 Case).
- Sequential write speed 315076 KB/sec (target 10000) - PASS, over 31 times faster than the target
- Random write speed 12690 IOPS (target 500) - PASS, nearly 25 times faster than the target
- Random read speed 12840 IOPS (target 1500) - PASS, nearly 8.5 times faster than the target
Here is a comparison table between the 128GB Phidisk microSD and MakerDisk 120GB M.2 SATA III SSD:
Note: Raspberry Pi Diagnosis result depends on many factors (New memory or used memory, interface, SATA interface, USB interface, USB cable, etc). It should be taken as a reference only.
This M.2 2280 MakerDisk SSD has a maximum sequential read and writes speed of up to 550MB/s and 460MB/s respectively. The above results are limited by the USB3.0 to SATA interface. It works perfectly and boots up without any issue in Argon One M.2 Case.
Note: This MakerDisk SSD is PRE-LOADED with the Raspberry Pi OS, so you can use it with Raspberry Pi 4 Model B or Raspberry Pi 400 right out of the box (if the Raspberry Pi is ready with USB boot). Of course, you will still a SATA to USB bridge such as Argon One M.2 Case or USB3.0 to M.2 NGFF SSD Expansion Board.
Is Your Raspberry Pi 4 Model B or Raspberry Pi 400 Ready with USB Boot?
Most of the latest Raspberry Pi 4 Model B comes with the latest USB bootable firmware. In case you have an older version of the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B board, or you are not sure, just check it using one of these methods:
Option 1: Do it from Raspberry Pi OS desktop with a monitor, keyboard, and mouse, going into the raspi_config, by leepspvideo:
After the Raspberry Pi Imager loaded the EEPROM firmware into the microSD card, insert it into your Raspberry Pi 4 Model B's microSD card slot and power it up. After just 3 seconds, the EEPROM is updated with new firmware and it is ready for USB boot.
Option 3: Boot it directly if your Raspberry Pi 4 Model B comes with the latest firmware in the EEPROM, nothing needed to be updated :)
In any case, you can always reload the image/Operating System into this SSD using an M.2 to USB3.0 Adapter. We recommend using the official imager: Raspberry Pi Imager. Please check this video out on how to use the Advance features:
- Brand: MakerDisk
- Form factor: M.2 2280 B+M Key SATA Solid State Drive
- Pre-loaded with Raspberry Pi OS
- NOT NVMe Drive
- Low power consumption
- Low heat generation
- High level of ability to endure shock, vibration, and high temperature
- SMART & TRIM support
- Host Interface: SATA III
- Capacity: 120GB
- Read: Up to 550MB/s
- Write: Up to 460MB/s
- Shock: 1500G/0.5ms
- Operation temperature: 0°C-70°C
- Up to 20X faster than a typical hard disk drive
- Boosts burst write performance, making it ideal for typical computer workloads
- Faster boot-up, shutdown, application load, and response for Raspberry Pi
- 1 x 120GB M.2 2280 NGFF MakerDisk SATA III SSD with Raspberry Pi OS