Tutorials |Install an SSD into the Atomos Ninja V

HOW TO... Install an SSD into the Atomos Ninja V

Installing an SSD into the ATOMOs Ninja V

What you'll learn

  • How to install an SSD into a Atomos Master Caddy II
  • How to format an SSD for use in an Atomos

What you'll need

  • Atomos Ninja V
  • 2.5-inch SSD
  • iFix tool Kit or similar
  • Atomos Master Caddy II

One of the most common questions that I get asked about the Atomos Ninja V is about the storage media; what should you use, and once you’ve decided, how do you get it ready for use.

The easiest answer is to buy one of the Anglebird SSDs; these are off the shelf solutions and only require a quick format to make them ready for use.

They’re also extremely robust due to their metal build, but to be honest, they’re extremely expensive, and if you’re using your Atomos Ninja V and you’re on a budget, there’s a far cheaper solution.

In the box with the Atomos Ninja V is a 2.5-inch SSD caddy. This is designed to hold a standard 2.5-inch SSD like the Lexar NQ100, and it takes just a few moments to fit.

Once installed, you need to pop along to the Media options within the Atomos Ninja V menu and format it to the correct ExFat format.

It’s worth doing this in the Atomos Ninja V rather than on your desktop, as it seems to get a better result. The process is easy, but there are a couple of pointers that are well worth considering.

Firstly a small pot of Loctite 243, a small dab on the screw threads before inserting them will make all the difference to the drive’s use, mainly stopping the screws from coming loose. Don’t go for the high strength 638, as you’ll never be able to undo them.

The second tip is to get a decent set of mini screwdrivers. You can faff around with a cheap set but for this and many other projects, go for the iFix kit. The kit is great value and will make a real difference to your life.

Time needed: 10 minutes.

How to install and SSD into the Atomos Master Caddy II

  1. Install label up

    Install the 2.5-inch SSD into the ATOMOS caddy, ensuring that the SATA connector is in the correct position. This should see the label of the drive facing up.Installing an SSD into the ATOMOs Ninja V

  2. Tighten the screws

    Place the top of the caddy over the SSD and align the screw holes. Using a small Philips screwdriver, screw in the four small screws until hand tight. Installing an SSD into the ATOMOs Ninja V

  3. Format the SSD

    Now insert the drive into the Atomos Ninja. Boot the Ninja and then tap the settings options. Tap Media and then Format and OK, and you’re now ready to use the drive as Atomos storage media.Installing an SSD into the ATOMOs Ninja V

The whole process should take you no more than ten minutes to complete if that. Any questions or comments, please leave them in the box below.


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10 months ago

So just press format and done. No progression bar or anything. This process just takes the fraction of a second? I am very unsure if it actually formatted.

8 months ago
Reply to  Lars

Hi Lars, what if you can’t get past the red ‘Error’ screen? The unit will not boot at all and its virtually brand new. I’ve contacted support – No help – I even bought another SSD drive (the original was a Lexar and they blamed it on that). The new one is the small Angelbird. Expensive, Still will not boot. Both drives formatted as XFAT on computer as I can’t get into the Ninja V. – Any ideas?

5 months ago
Reply to  Roger