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    Pimoroni NVMe Base for Raspberry Pi 5

    Manufacturer: Pimoroni
    Add super-fast storage to your Raspberry Pi 5 allowing for lightning fast boots, NAS use, and snappy applications! NVMe Base is a PCIe extension board for Raspberry Pi 5. Simply populate it with an M-key NVMe SSD (2230 to 2280 sizes supported) and mount it under your Pi for a compact and fast storage solution - It even comes with rubber feet!

    It's the perfect solution for turning your Raspberry Pi 5 into a file server, media centre, reverse proxy, etc. - really any task that benefits from large amounts of fast storage, especially with random high operations per second (IOPS) workloads. In short it's a game changer!

    NVMe base follows the new "PIP" design guidelines provided by Raspberry Pi ensuring that it will be easy to use and be supported long term by updates to Raspberry Pi OS - though it is very early days and things are improving rapidly there!

    Base Kit
  • NVMe Base PCB with M.2 Slot (M-Key)
  • 'PCIe Pipe' Flat Flex Cable
  • 4x Rubber feet
  • M2 bolt and 2x nuts for SSD mounting
  • 4x 7mm M2.5 standoffs for base mounting
  • 8x short M2.5 bolts for base mounting
  • 4x long M2.5 bolts for 'pass-thru' mounting with a HAT

  • Compatible with:
  • Raspberry Pi 5

  • SSD card for use is the Verbatim Vi3000 PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD 256GB
    SKU: PIM 699
    Availability: 8 in stock
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    Getting Started

    Video: Installing the Pimoroni NVMe Base on Raspberry Pi 5 📹

    Learn: Getting Started with NVMe Base for Raspberry Pi 5  💾


    For the most hassle-free experience, make sure your Raspberry Pi OS is up to date, and your RPi 5 firmware is updated to 2023-12-06 (Dec 6th) or newer. This supports all the features of the RPi PCIe spec and means you don't have to mess with config files to get started.

    Software update on the RPi OS should do this for you, but to force it you can:

    open a Terminal (Ctrl-Alt-T)

    run sudo raspi-config and choose 'Latest' under Advanced Options > Bootloader Version.

    Running sudo rpi-eeprom-update in the Terminal will tell you which version of firmware is running.

    PCIe 3 Mode

    To enable experimental and not-officially-supported PCIe 3 mode, add the follow line to the [all] section at the end of your Raspberry Pi /boot/firmware/config.txt file like this:


    Save and reboot - your drive is ready to use!

    Formatting the NVMe and booting from NVMe

    If you want to boot from the NVMe drive, follow these extra steps:

    1. Make sure your firmware is updated as above!

    2. Format the drive using Raspberry Pi Imager

    3. You can do this with your NVMe Base installed by booting the RPi 5 from SD card and running Raspberry Pi Imager from the start menu.

    4. Open a Terminal (Ctrl-Alt-T).

    5. Run sudo raspi-config

    6. Choose NVMe/USB boot under Advanced Options > Boot Order.

    7. Reboot your RPi 5.


    Always power off your RPi and disconnect the power supply before installing or uninstalling the NVMe Base.

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