The Answer above doesn't explain anything. In shopping for an external enclosure, I found the following are important characteristics to look for: * the enclosure supports USB 3.0 or 3.1, AND * the USB-SATA chip supports USB Attached SCSI Protocol (UASP or simply UAS). UASP will greatly increase peak transfer rate, reduce latency, and reduce host CPU usage. * The most reliable USB-SATA bridge chips are the newer ASMedia ASM1153E or similar, and JMicron JMS578, but the JSM567 is considered poor and should be avoided. If you use Linux, note that older kernels don't support UASP, and the UAS code doesn't support UAS on older ASMedia chips. * The enclosure is designed for 7mm height drives. Most are designed for 7mm-9.5mm heights, in which case the enclosure should provide screws (as Crucial does) or a foam pad to fill the space (as Inateck does). * Look for a solid USB connector on the enclosure, as this is a common point of failure. Checking customer reviews helps. The full-size USB-A and USB-C are probably most reliable connector sockets. Crucial's SSD enclosure looks good: its aluminum, apparently uses screws, (avoids drive movement inside the enclosure), but is bulky as an SSD enclosure, since it accommodates drives up to 12.5mm high. Crucial fails to specify where it supports UASP or the bridge chip used. Hope this helps.
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