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Raspberry Pi with SSD through NVMe - What went well. What went wrong!

Raspberry Pi have released their new NVMe HAT+ which allows you to connect a SSD through the PCIe connector on a Raspberry Pi.

There are also third party boards that do the same. I decided to try with the Pimoroni NVMe Base compared with the Raspberry Pi M.2 HAT+.

Unfortunately, it didn’t go quite to plan and I spent much of my time trying to work out what went wrong. The video below explains why it went wrong and how I fixed it. It then goes into the review of the Pimoroni NVMe base and the Raspberry Pi M.2 HAT+.

In summary. When buying an SSD make sure you buy one that is NVMe and NOT SATA.

Another useful lesson is that it’s not always user error, it could be a faulty Raspberry Pi.

  • The Pimoroni BASE is a great design, but does not fit the standard Raspberry Pi cases
    • If buying the Pimoroni base consider buying with a drive from their website for guaranteed compatibility
    • This can accommodate the physically larger (and often cheap) 2280 drives
    • Easy access to GPIO pins
  • The Raspberry Pi M.2 HAT+ fits the Raspberry Pi case, but doesn’t fit larger SSDs
  • Fits 2230 and 2242 drives, but not 2280
  • You may need additional M2.5 screws

Make sure you buy a M.2 NVMe SSD with M-Key

Raspberry Pi 5 with NVMe SSD on PCIe adapter

Did I say “Make sure you buy an M.2 NVMe SSD and not a SATA SSD”?