HatDrive! Top Lite

Simplified variant of the HatDrive! Top. Support for 2230 and 2242 drives.
Compatible with Raspberry Pi 5.


Packaging contents

- HatDrive! Top Lite board
- 25mm PCIe FPC cable with controlled impedance
- 4 standoffs
- M.2 drive standoff
- 9 M2.5 screws

Assembly instructions

  1. Begin with inserting the FPC ribbon cable into your board. Use the alignment triangle to determine the proper direction, check the picture above for reference.
  2. Insert the NVMe drive using the provided standoff.
  3. Attach 4 metal standoffs to the board using M2.5 screws.
  4. Insert the PCIe cable into your Pi 5.
  5. Install the board on top of your Pi 5.
  6. Power on the board, the PWR LED should be now on. If this is not the case please update the firmware on your Pi 5 or enable PCIe (check tutorials below).


No drives are required for NVMe SSDs on the Raspberry Pi 5. We recommend regularly updating the firmware to benefit from constantly improving drive compatibility.


HatDrive! Top Lite is compatible with Raspberry Pi 5 and other Single Board Computers with the 16-pin PCIe connector (for instance the Radxa 5C/5C Lite).