SSD Installation Guide
More storage in only a few steps
So you decided to purchase a TREKSTOR M.2 SSD Module or have already purchased one? For that, we would like to gratulate you upfront. Due to the module you will be able to upgrade your devices' storage with a few simple steps, ultimately extending ist capabilities to suit your personal needs.
In case you never mounted a SSD drive and therefore have open questions, please refer to our two video guides. They should be able to answer all of them.
In general, TREKSTOR M.2 SSD Modules are compatible with all M.2 connectors based on the so called B or M Key. Naturally, we content on this website focussed on the installation process for TREKSTOR devices with SSD extension slots. For thar we ask for your understanding.
Step 1: Compatible Devices
TREKSTOR is the first manufacturer to offer a wide variety of devices with SSD extention slot. Please refer to the following list to gain an overview.
As mentioned before, TREKSTOR M.2 SSD Modules can also be installed in devices from other manufacturers. Please check if a certain device fullfils the requirement by reading the manual.
Step 2: TREKSTOR M.2 SSD modules
Right now, the following TREKSTOR M.2 SSD Modules are available:
Step 3: Installation
Mounting the SSD
Every TREKSTOR M.2 SSD Module comes with a illustrated installation guide, that can also be downloaded at the bottom of this page.
Apart from that, we recommend watching the following video, which showcases the whole installation process.
Cloning the operating system
Some devices from TREKSTOR come with a version of Acronis True Image 2018, a software that allows you to copy your operating system from the fast eMMC storage to the even faster M.2 SSD Module.
This process is called cloning because no data is lost and your system - once the process is done - looks exactly like before. Again we recommend watching the video below, as it depicts all the right steps necessary to successfully clone your system.
In case you installed your TREKSTOR M.2 SSD Module into a system without Acronis True Image 2018, we offer a trial version for download at the bottom of the page.
In some cases, the M.2 SSD module may not fit into the slot. The solution to this is simple and complex at the same time.
A compatible M.2 SSD module has a B&M key, which means there are 6 pins on one side (B key) and 5 pins on the other side (M key). First, identify the position of the bar in the mounting base. Often the B key with the 6 pins is on the left side while the M key with the 5 pins is located on the right side – but in some cases the opposite can occur.
Attention: Please note that under certain circumstances, the expansion slot in the device can only be recognized by an oblique view in the housing due to its design.
Now try to insert the M.2 SSD module with the B key located on the left side. But be careful: Apply only light pressure here. If the connection does not work then you should not increase the pressure, as this could damage the module or the socket.
If the connection between the module and the slot does not work, this is often a sign that you should turn the M.2 SSD module (= B key with the 6 pins now on the right, M key with 5 pins on the left). Try again to connect the module to the slot.
Sometimes it may be necessary to insert the SSD not slightly obliquely into the socket, but first lay it flat in the mounting slot, then align it horizontally and gently push it towards the socket until the SSD slides into the socket.
Take a closer look to see if the SSD is in and not above or below the socket. When properly inserted, the semicircular notch on the other end of the SSD curses with the bushing for the mounting screw.
Please note: M.2 SSD modules from TREKSTOR are always compatible with TREKSTOR hardware. M.2 SSD modules from other manufacturers should also be compatible in most cases. If the insertion of such an SSD module does not work during the first try, this does not necessarily mean that there is an error here.
In individual cases the SSD module might need to be initiated manually. To do so, please right click the Windows icon in the bottom left corner of your screen and select the "Disk management" option. In there you will find a volume called "Disk 0" with the note "Unallocated". Right-click it and select "New Simple Volume" following all the steps prompted. Once done, the SSD module will be available as drive D:.
TREKSTOR offers modules up to 512 GB of capacity. In general, the M.2 interface build-in allows for higher capacities up to 1 TB. If you decide to use an untested off-brand SSD module, please be aware that TREKSTOR cannot warrant any problems.
No, the existing warranty isn't touched by adding a SSD module.
For the activation of your Acronis True Image license, please refer to the Acronis FAQ located here: https://kb.acronis.com/content/60146