Does an M.2 SSD need the screw to work properly?

Discussion in 'Computer Memory and Hard Drives' started by Snecho, Nov 21, 2019.

  1. Snecho

    Snecho New Member

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    Trying to troubleshoot a bad SSD connection but I know nothing about M.2

    Does the end with the screw need to make any kind of electrical contact to work?

    Asked on Dell.com and no one responded
    Asked Best Buy Geek Squad and they don't know anything about M.2

    Lmao
     
  2. AlienMenace

    AlienMenace Well-Known Member

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    I wouldn't think so, it's just to hold it in the place where it won't come out.
     
  3. Darren

    Darren Moderator Staff Member

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    Absolutely yes it does.

    Geek Squad doesn't know anything about M.2? I have low expectations for them but damn.
     
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  4. BulldogBuzz

    BulldogBuzz Member

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    Yes it does it holds it in place as well as when it gets screwed down the screws connect in place
     
  5. Snecho

    Snecho New Member

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    So it does, in fact, need to make a connection to the screw for contact? I've included a picture of the area I'm talking about.

    Yeah lol, the guy said he "had no experience with M.2"
     

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  6. Darren

    Darren Moderator Staff Member

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    Correct. It applies pressure onto the board and makes the pins have contact with the slot. Pretty sure you have to slide the card in at an angle and then screw it down to make contact, been a while since I've done one honestly.
     
  7. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    Yes you have to insert the M2 at an angle and then lower it down to screw it. Basically just like laptop ram. I'm pretty sure the screw isn't needed for operation but only to hold it in place.
     
  8. beers

    beers Moderator Staff Member

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    Your question implies you're just trying to rig something.

    Why not simply do it correctly?
     
  9. Snecho

    Snecho New Member

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    Thanks Darren.

    Ok it seems as though my question was a bit misunderstood.

    Yes, the M.2 has the main pins which go into the slot at an angle and then the screw holds it down.

    What I want to know is, does the screw also make or need to make electrical contact in any way. I'm trying to troubleshoot why my SSD has a poor connection in my laptop. I ask because I didn't think it did need to make an electrical connection, but the plastic holder the SSD screws into was lined with a fine silver foil. Since I don't have much experience with M.2, I was confused.

    Pardon my ignorance.
     
  10. revolution221

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    m.2 owner here, this is correct but like johnb35 said it's needed to hold it in place
    It works without the screw but you DEFINITELY want it in there to keep it in place, otherwise you risk having problems with your new drive
    Also Snecho, what exactly is the problem with it? Is it not showing up in windows or BIOs?
    If it shows up in BIOs, it still needs to be initialized (when I set mine up I used case 2 in https://www.easeus.com/storage-media-recovery/ssd-not-showing-up-windows-10.html)
     
  11. Snecho

    Snecho New Member

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    Thank you very much!

    That's what I thought too, that it just physically holds it in place and that's it. The holder was lined with foil so that's what threw me off. I guess I can move on to the next stage of troubleshooting this.
    As for your question, for a while the laptop would BSOD a few times a day if you nudged it in anyway. I tracked to problem down to the SSD had a poor connection causing a bump to make it dissconnect momentarily and cause a BSOD. But about two weeks ago, now the computer won't boot at all. It either says there is no boot drive detected, or it will stay on the Dell logo indefinitely upon startup. When I run diagnostics, it states there is no drive detected.

    As per the next step when I have the chance to take pictures, I think there is a problem with the main connectors on the SSD PCB.

    Thank you all for the help and info!
     
  12. Intel_man

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    Do you have the stop code generated by the blue screen? The code is very helpful to figure out what is going wrong.
     
  13. Snecho

    Snecho New Member

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    Yes I know the stop code.

    AKA, I've gotten every single one there is ;)
     
  14. Intel_man

    Intel_man VIP Member

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    Are you going to post it?

    Or waste everyone's time with unnecessary remarks?
     
  15. Darren

    Darren Moderator Staff Member

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    Yeah that was not well conveyed by your OP haha. It's there just as a physical piece, it could be rubber or whatever as long as it held it at the same angle.
     
  16. Snecho

    Snecho New Member

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    Actually I'd waste everyone's time BY posting them.

    What you comprehended as an "unnecessary remark" was actually me stating that I've gotten every error code there is, therefore there isn't "the stop code" and posting them would be useless.
    Yeah, I mean I did mention electrical contact in the OP but I'm very thankful we were able to sort it out!
     
  17. Intel_man

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    FWIW... what may appear to be useless data to you may actually be fairly useful information for some that may have ran across the same trends of stop codes you're running across.

    You do you. I'll let others deal with you. I'm out.
     
  18. Snecho

    Snecho New Member

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    Good.
    Thanks for wasting everybody's time with a completely unrelated topic and your unnecessary rudeness though

    No escaping from the forum trolls it seems.
     

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