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ICY DOCK has announced a new 4-in-3 SATA 6Gbps hot-swap HDD backplane module.  Read on for details.

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ICY DOCK has announced a new 4-in-3 SATA 6Gbps HDD hot-swap backplane module.  Here is what they announced:

Introducing the MB154SP-B, a 4-in-3 SATA internal RAID backplane for 3.5″ SATA hard drives. This is a lite version of the MB45X series by removing the monitoring features and reducing the overall cost, while keeping the same 3 year warranty and the core tray system for hot swapping and maintenance are kept for the best reliability in the market.

Slimmed Down Design
The MB154SP-B has been redesigned to be a lighter module, while maintaining the same level of quality, build, and service you’d expect from an Icy Dock product. While the design has gone through some changes, the space saving design is still established. The backplane module allows up to 4 x 3.5″ SATA III hard drives, while only consuming three 5.25″ bays. The module has also been redesigned for the type of power connector accepted. 15 pin SATA power is used to provide better accessibility for various host systems.
Efficient Cooling
Along with being a lighter package, the cooling has been improved to provide better air flow to your hard drives. The MB154SP-B uses a full metal body that allows for the best heat dissipation possible in various types of applications. In addition, our enhanced direct air flow design allows the included cooling fan to raise its efficiency to cool down your hard drives, by closing and rerouting any side vents to route incoming air directly to the cooling fan, as well as sealing any vents around the fan for better cooling efficiency. In addition, the backplane logic PCB has larger vents in key areas to allow more air to flow into and exit the MB154SP-B, making it an ideal system to store and cool your hard drives.

The included 80mm cooling fan also can be easily replaced and maintained, as the unit it can be fully removed and replaced with aftermarket cooling fans of the same size. To expand the range of compatible fans, both 2 and 3 pin fan power ports are available and can be easily accessed.

No Hassle Maintenance
The MB154SP-B has kept the same interchangeable EZ-Tray used in MB45X, MB559 and MB561 series. This allows you to continue to use the same trays from these series, or our compatible external 3.5″ models without any issues regarding switching to new designs. The EZ-Tray accepts most 3.5″ SATA hard drives and is very easy to install / remove to the device in two steps – press the release button and pull / push the lever. This allows for easy replacement in case of RAID failure or transporting of data.

 

Interchangeable hard drive tray with:

Key Feature:

  • 4 in 3 RAID backplane module.
  • Fits four 3.5″ SATA I / II / III (SATA 6Gbps) hard drives in three 5.25″ device bay & fully supports SATA Hot-Swap function.
  • 80mm cooling fan with full metal body for excellent heat dissipation for the most intense applications.
  • Compact and space saving to fit multiple drives.
  • Interchangeable tray design with MB45X, MB559 & MB561 series.
  • Enhanced Direct Air Flow Design – Shuts off vents while adding larger ventilation on the backplane PCB.
  • Uses SATA 15 power ports for best compatibility with the newest power supplies.
  • LED hard drive status notification.
  • Active Power Technology (APT) – individual led & cooling fan only powers up if there is a drive installed in the bay.
  • Removable EZ-Tray design for internal drive security, exchangeability, expandability and maintenance capabilities.
  • Replaceable rear cooling fan for easy maintenance or aftermarket replacement with 2 and 3 pin power ports available.
  • ICY DOCK 3 year warranty equivalent to hard drive manufacturer warranty to ensure maximum reliability and long life.

MSRP on this product will be $99.99.

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ICY DOCK has been in touch to let us know about their new 3-in2 SATA internal RAID backplane.  Read on for details.

 

 

 

 

ICY DOCK has been in touch to let us know about their new 3-in2 SATA internal RAID backplane.  Here is what they announced:

Introducing the MB153SP-B, a 3-in-2 SATA internal RAID backplane for 3.5″ SATA hard drives. This is a lite version of the MB45X series by removing the monitoring features and reducing the overall cost, while keeping the same 3 year warranty and the core tray system for hot swapping and maintenance are kept for the best reliability in the market. 
Slimmed Down Design
The MB153SP-B has been redesigned to be a lighter module, while maintaining the same level of quality, build and service you’d expect from an Icy Dock product. While the design has gone through some changes, the space saving design is still established. The backplane module allows up to 3 x 3.5″ SATA III hard drives, while only consuming two 5.25″ bays. The design has also redesigned what power connector is accepted. 15 pin SATA power is used to provide better accessibility for various host systems. 

Efficient Cooling
Along with being a lighter package, the cooling has been improved to provide better air flow to your hard drives. The MB153SP-B uses a full metal body that allows for the best heat dissipation possible in various types of applications. In addition, our enhanced direct air flow design allows the included cooling fan to raise its efficiency to cool down your hard drives, by closing and rerouting any side vents to route incoming air directly to the cooling fan, as well as sealing any vents around the fan for better cooling efficiency. In addition, the backplane logic PCB has larger vents in key areas to allow more air to flow into and exit the MB153SP-B, making it an ideal system to store and cool your hard drives.

The included 80mm cooling fan also can be easily replaced and maintained, as the unit it can be fully removed and replaced with aftermarket cooling fans of the same size. To expand the range of compatible fans, both 2 and 3 pin fan power ports are available and can be easily accessed. 
No Hassle Maintenance
The MB153SP-B has kept the same interchangeable EZ-Tray used in MB45X, MB559 and MB561 series. This allows you to continue to use the same trays from these series, or our compatible external 3.5″ models without any issues regarding switching to new designs. The EZ-Tray accepts most 3.5″ SATA hard drives and is very easy to install / remove to the device in two steps – press the release button and pull / push the lever. This allows for easy replacement in case of RAID failure or transporting of data. 
Interchangeable hard drive tray with:

 

Key Feature:

  • 3 in 2 RAID backplane module.
  • Fits three 3.5″ SATA I / II / III (SATA 6Gbps) hard drives in two 5.25″  device bay & fully supports SATA Hot-Swap function.
  • 80mm cooling fan with full metal body for excellent heat dissipation for the most intense applications.
  • Compact and space saving to fit multiple drives.
  • Interchangeable tray design with MB45X, MB559 & MB561 series.
  • Enhanced Direct Air Flow Design – Shuts off vents while adding larger ventilation on the backplane PCB.
  • Uses SATA 15 power ports for best compatibility with the newest power supplies.
  • LED hard drive status notification.
  • Active Power Technology (APT) – individual led & cooling fan only powers up if there is a drive installed in the bay.
  • Removable EZ-Tray design for internal drive security, exchangeability, expandability and maintenance capabilities.
  • Replaceable rear cooling fan for easy maintenance or aftermarket replacement with 2 and   3 pin power ports available.
  • ICY DOCK 3 year warranty equivalent to hard drive manufacturer warranty to ensure maximum  reliability and long life.

Check out the product page here.  This item is expected to be carried by NewEgg and should be available soon, and MSRP is $78.50.

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ICY DOCK recently released the Blizzard hard drive enclosure with 80mm fan.  Here is our review!

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ICY DOCK recently released a new hard drive enclosure, the Blizzard.  The company wanted a hard drive enclosure that delivered USB 3.0/esata/FireWire 800 speeds, no-tool hard drive installation and switching, nearly silent operation and cool hard drive temperatures.  Did they succeed?  We find out.

First, here is how ICY DOCK describes the Blizzard.

Elegantly Designed Hardware

The Blizzard has a uniquely designed front panel integrated with a massive 80mm fan for an elegant and nonintrusive design for the best ventilation, all in a single 3.5” hard drive that is installed into the front of the enclosure. There are two important reasons for the particular fan placement and design. First, the MB080U3S-1SB will be able to cool all sides of the hard drive and create only one direction of airflow from the front to the back, where the air then exits. This extends the life of the cooling fan as it only intakes cool cold air and increases the overall cooling efficiency of the hard drive, in comparison to other enclosure cooling designs. Second, the 80mm fan is integrated into the detachable front panel which allows to easily swap your hard drive without any screws or tools to worry about. On the sides, includes two slightly concealed button ejectors that when pressed, will eject the front panel enabling the user to swap the hard drive as needed, similar to popular hard drive docking stations.

Smarter Cooling Functionality

The rear panel comprises of a multitude of defining features coming all together from only the best ideas of our previous external enclosure models. The enclosure has a single LED brightness dial to effortlessly adjust the ambient LED brightness to your preferred liking. To increase the level of functionality, the Blizzard’s LED color will turn red when the hard drive temperature is over 50°C. The built in fan controller allows you to select low, high, and auto to properly cool the hard drive to help if such a case appears. The auto mode properly adjusts accordingly to your hard drive’s requirements by increasing or decreasing the fan speed as needed.

Lighting Quick Speed

Taking advantage of the new ultra fast USB 3.0 interface, users will be able to transfer at high speeds at a maximum of 5 Gbps or perhaps use the similarly fast eSATA interface for system when there is a lack of USB 3.0. The USB 3.0 interface is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 so using the MB080U3S-1SB on your legacy PC or Mac is not a problem. With tool-less drive installation, you can easily swap the drives in between systems. The Blizzard is perfect for users in the fields requiring the best cooling and performance on the market.

Key Features

* Unique & Elegant design.
* Massive 80mm fan for optimal cooling.
* Direct airflow design to completely cool all sides of the hard drive.
* Completely screw-less / tool-less design for any 3.5” SATA I/II/III HDD.
* USB 3.0 & eSATA interface for the fastest connections anywhere.
* Backward compatible with USB 2.0 for wide-ranging use.
* 3 Speed Adjustable Cooling Fan, including auto setting featuring.
* Smart Cooling technology. Smart Cooling Technology is active in auto mode
and accurately adjusts the fan speed according to your hard drive’s needs.
* Cool blue ambient LED with adjustable brightness control.
* Smart-Temp functionality – Front LED changes from blue to red when over 50° C.
* Supports SATA 6Gbit hard drive up to 3TB capacity.
* Great for Media and IT Professionals.
* Designed for PC & Mac systems.

Let’s look at each category.

Elegantly Designed Hardware

This is a really attractive design.  The LED indicator lights are visible up front but are reserved, and the fan on the front makes for a striking presentation.

They also used LED’s inside the unit, visible from the front, that glow blue when the drives are under 50 C and red when they hit 50 C.  This light’s brightness can be set to your liking.

The case is well-made plastic, and feels fairly heavy when empty.  Drives are installed by taking the front off of the unit and sliding the hard drive into guides, seating into the SATA connector without tools.  This unit should hold up well to switching out hard drives.

The visual design works well.  The overall design is well-executed, and is one hard drive enclosure that will look good next to your PC out on your desk!

Smarter Cooling Functionality

ICY DOCK installed an 80mm fan on the front of the unit.  In addition, they included settings to control the fan speed; I left it on Auto to let the enclosure control the fan speed.  Hard drive temps never were high enough to trip the LED’s red, and even after thrashing the hard drive with large file transfers, the drive was not overly warm to the touch once I pulled it out. Note that this unit also has a switch on the back so you can set the fan speed to high, low or auto and take control over the fan and cooling function.  Nice touch!

Lightning Quick Speed

I don’t usually expect too much from a BYOB hard drive enclosure as far as speeds go, as the performance of the unit will largely depend on the hard drive that you install in it.  I had several Seagate 5900 RPM green drives in 2TB flavor laying around, so I used one of these to test.  Using both the esata connector to my HP EX475 MSS and USB 3.0 connected to my desktop, speeds were very good.

If you are a Mac user, you’ll be happy to know that they also have a version that includes esata and FireWire 800, which is a pretty good feature set for Mac users.

Providing both esata and USB 3.0 connections, or esata and FireWire 800, ticks the right boxes from a speed perspective.

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ICY DOCK announced a new external hard drive enclosure with an innovative design and improved cooling solution.  Read on for details.

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ICY DOCK recently announced a new external hard drive enclosure with a unique cooling design.  It integrates an 80mm cooling fan on the front, and also uses screwless hard drive mounting features to make it easy to swap hard drives in and out.  The fan, mated to an automated temperature control mode, ensures that your hard drive stays nice and cool.  Here is a bit of the product announcement:

External enclosures are a great way to have high capacity data storage on the go. Data can also be a critical factor for media, backup, or music professionals. Some of the top tier hard drive companies have made their own all in one enclosure with hard drive included. However, one of the known major causes of hard drive failure is due to excessive heat buildup caused by a lack of a proper cooling system. Also, a majority of hard drive manufactures only allow a 1 year warranty on their all in one external hard drives. This can be fatal for someone who has just lost their data and has to spend a significant amount of money in order to recover their data. There are other external enclosures in the market that provide a cooling system to help prevent this, but the physical placement of the cooling system does not always allow for the optimal airflow to cool the hard drive. Going above and beyond, the MB080USEB-1SB Blizzard is the next generation of external enclosures dedicated for maximum performance in cooling.

Elegantly Designed Hardware
The Blizzard has a uniquely designed front panel integrated with a massive 80mm fan for an elegant and nonintrusive design for the best ventilation, all in a single 3.5″ hard drive that is installed into the front of the enclosure. There are two important reasons for the particular fan placement and design. First, the MB080USEB-1SB will be able to cool all sides of the hard drive and create only one direction of airflow from the front to the back, where the air then exits. This extends the life of the cooling fan as it only intakes cool cold air and increases the overall cooling efficiency of the hard drive, in comparison to other enclosure cooling designs. Second, the 80mm fan is integrated into the detachable front panel which allows to easily swap your hard drive without any screws or tools to worry about. On the sides includes two slightly concealed button ejectors that when pressed, will eject the front panel enabling the user to swap the hard drive as needed. Alongside our tool-less drive installation system, media producers can easily remove their hard drive from the Blizzard and directly transport their data to another location, ultimately removing the setup process of the enclosure.

Smarter Cooling Functionality
The rear panel comprises of a multitude of defining features coming all together from only the best ideas of our previous external enclosure models. The enclosure has a LED brightness dial to adjust the cool blue ambient LED brightness to your preferred liking. . To add more functionality, the Blizzard’s LED color will turn red when the hard drive temperature is over 50°C. The built in fan controller allows you to select low, high, and auto to properly cool the hard drive to help if such a case appears. The auto mode properly adjusts accordingly to your hard drive’s requirements by increasing or decreasing the fan speed as needed.

Everything but the Kitchen Sink
One of the most interesting features of the MB080USEB-1SB Blizzard is the Triple-Interface design. First off, the eSATA interface introduces increased performance which enables the user to transfer and get the job done much quicker with your laptops or PC system. Meanwhile, the USB 2.0 interface provides maximum compatibility while on your legacy PC or Mac to make sharing as easy as possible. Lastly, the Firewire 800 interface is perfect choice for any Mac system. With the MB080USEB-1SB supplying a variety of interfaces makes it the first and foremost choice for media professionals who are using different computer systems.Key Features:

  • Unique & Elegant design.
  • Massive 80mm fan for optimal cooling.
  • Direct airflow design to completely cool all sides of the hard drive.
  • Completely screw-less / tool-less design for any 3.5″ SATA I/II/III HDD.
  • FireWire 800, eSATA & USB 2.0 interface for maximum versatility.
  • Backward compatible with USB 2.0 for wide-ranging use.
  • 3 Speed Adjustable Cooling Fan, including auto setting featuring Smart Cooling technology.  Smart Cooling Technology is active in auto mode and accurately adjusts the fan speed according to your hard drive’s needs.
  • Cool blue ambient LED with adjustable brightness control.
  • Smart-Temp functionality – Front LED changes from blue to red when over 50° C.
  • Supports SATA 6Gbit hard drive up to 3TB capacity.
  • Great for Media and IT Professionals.
  • Designed for PC & Mac systems.

 

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Icy Dock has introduced the MB082SP, the newest product in their SSD/HDD bracket & converter line. Easy installation and Durability is the key to this product, perfect for users that require the best physical protection of their data, with the least amount of hassle of installation.

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The MB082SP made of metal and has a matte black finish, eloquently made to protect your SSDs or hard drives, while allowing one to use it in most PC cases. The screw placement is on both the sides and bottom of the bracket, which are of the exact locations of a 3.5” hard drive. The tool-less drive installation creates a simple way to install your SSD/HDD. Once that is done, then install as you would normally do with a 3.5” hard drive. All that is needed is to slide the SSDs or hard drives in and the drives will automatically lock into place and secured by an EZ-Lock mechanism. The EZ-Lock works just like the way you install a battery in a compact digital camera. The EZ-Lock design not only benefits when you first install a drive, but also when you need to replace a failed SSD or hard drive. Unlike other brand’s bracket, you are no longer forced to deal with 12 small tiny screws, with the EZ-Lock system, simply toggle the EZ-Lock, pop up the drive and replace the failed drive in no time. This is perfect for a system that uses RAID. To reduce the amount of vibration in the drives and the case the MB082SP has a built in unique anti-vibration technology for each bay of the device.

For system builders installing drives using the traditional screw mounting method can really slow your production down. The MB082SP features a quick screw less drive installation that cuts assembly time down. System builders, gamers, and DIY users, would benefit greatly from the MB082SP. The heavy duty solid metal construction and the simplicity of the drive installation make protecting and swapping your hard drives as easy as 1 2 3.

Feature:

* EZ-Lock mechanism for tool-less drive installation
* Heavy Duty Full metal construction with matte black finish
* Fits 2 x 2.5” SSD/HDD into one 3.5” device bay
* Compatible with SSD or hard drives up to 9.5mm height
* Anti-Vibration design for improved reliability
* Universally designed screw placement for maximum compatibility

Compatible Drive Type:

2.5″ IDE Hard Drive
2.5” SATA Hard Drive
2.5” SATA Solid State Drive
2.5” IDE Solid State Drive
Fits any 9.5mm height drive

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Icy Dock have released a 2.5” SATA SSD Xpander Hybrid Adapter which will combine your 2.5” SATA SSD and a 3.5” SATA HDD. It’s name – the MB882HX-1SB.

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Here is what Icy Dock have said:

Introducing the MB882HX-1SB 2.5” SATA SSD Xpander Hybrid Adapter. Using a high speed 2.5” SATA SSD and a high capacity 3.5” SATA hard drive, you can combine them to create a new breed of species.

Using our hybrid technology, we can take a moderate or 2nd generation 2.5” SATA SSD in combination with a mid to higher end 3.5” SATA hard drive which automatically creates “hybrid partition” and “storage partition”. The “hybrid partition” doubles the capacity of the SSD drive and provides high performance in transfer rates. The storage partition gives you the remaining capacity of the hard drive* (the size of the 3.5” SATA hard drive minus “hybrid partition” size).

This is the perfect upgrade solution without purchasing an expensive high capacity SSD. The Xpander Hybrid Adapter doubles the sequential transfer rates of the hard drive exclusively in the hybrid partition, it is great for people who move, play or edit large media files. Such as a video editor, graphic designer, HD movie enthusiast that use applications like Adobe Photoshop, Sony Vegas and Windows Media Center that require large file loads / transfers. For editing, you can use the hybrid portion as a sketch drive; move the working files to it for fast editing. When you are done with the file we recommend moving the file to a RAID protected archive drive. The “storage partition” is perfect for non-important applications or files i.e. games, movies, music, or other media files.

Features:

* Create a high performance “hybrid partition” that doubles the capacity of the SSD drive been used.
* Create a “storage partition” which gives you the remaining capacity of the hard drive minus
“hybrid partition” size.
* Increase the hard drive transfer rate by up to 2X for both sequential read/write speeds **
* Perfect for Media related applications.
* Airflow vents for heat dissipation.
* Screw-less design for quick & easy SSD installation.
* Universal mounting holes for most common PC case.
* The adapter is the same as a 3.5” hard drive in dimension and compatible with most
common PC cases.

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It is available now and retails for around $43.

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Icy Dock have been quiet for a couple of weeks and are now back with a new tray-less 4 in 3 SATA 3 Internal Raid Backplane called the MB974SP-B.

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Introducing the new face of Icy Dock screw-less technology, the MB974SP-B 4-in-3 SATA Backplane. This product allows the user to install 4 x 3.5″ SATA hard drives into a computer case’s 3 available 5.25″ device bays. Using our world renowned screw-less technology, no screws or tools are required to insert or eject the drives making hot swapping a completely hassle free experience.

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The front of the device includes childproof power buttons for each drive which require the button to be pressed slightly deeper than normal to ensure that a drive is not accidentally turned off by bumping into it or rubbing against it. These power buttons also act as an LED indicator showing drive power and activity. Similarly, each drive door has a multi-locking latch mechanism to prevent a door from being opened easily, making it an ideal solution for systems where IT and non-IT personnel have access. Also on the front are USB and eSATA ports to quickly and easily connect external storage peripherals, especially useful for cases that do not have front/top port access.

On the rear of the MB974SP-B is a monster 80mm cooling fan to pull cool air from the front ventilation slots, over the drives, and exhaust the warm air out through the rear ventilation slots. The fan also features an “on-demand” power system, so that the fan is only powered on if a drive’s power is on. So even if all 3 slots are filled, the fan will only spin if one of the drives is powered on. And if the included fan is not enough, it can be upgraded to use most aftermarket 80mm case fans that use a 2 or 3 pin connector, giving the user a wide range of choices according to their preferences. To further the user’s customization, a 3 speed fan control is built in letting the user choose between high, low, or auto. The auto setting uses our Smart Cooling Technology to adjust fan speed according to the cooling requirements of the drives. An internal SATA cable and USB header connector are also built into the rear for easy connection to the systems motherboard or add-on card.

Product Features:

* Fits 4 x 3.5″ SATA HDD into 3 x 5.25″ Device Bays
* Screw-less, tool-less design for genuine plug & play and hot swap use
* Compatible with SATA 6 Gb/sec
* Stylish aluminum construction for durability and heat dissipation
* 80mm cooling fan for maximum air flow
* On-demand power system – Fan power only when a drive is powered on
* Fan is replaceable with aftermarket fans that use 2-pin or 3-pin connectors
* 3 speed fan control including Smart Cooling Technology providing temperature
* Front and rear ventilation slots
* Front side USB and eSATA ports for convenient external storage connections
* Individual power switches and LEDs for each drive
* Child-proof power buttons to avoid accidental power shut down
* Multi-locking door latches to prevent accidental drive ejection
* Internal SATA cable and USB header cable built into rear of device

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Got some spare 2.5” SATA, SAS or SSD’s sitting around and want to use them in your desktop PC? You will need a hard drive convertor, so step forward another product from Icy Dock, this time the MB982IP-1S Hard Drive Converter.

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Here is how Icy Dock describe converter:

Icy Dock has changed the game yet again with the new MB982IP-1S 2.5” to 3.5” SATA/SAS SSD & HDD Converter. The MB982 is predicated off the incredibly popular MB882SP-1S-1B device, taking its general concept and improving it tenfold. This product is designed using the dimensions, connection locations, and mounting hole positions of a standard 3.5” drive, so that it can be used in any internal hard drive bay, as well as with backplane and hot swap modules.

The new converter utilizes a full metal design, creating a better environment for cooling, as well as giving it a rock solid construction, ideal for industrial, enterprise, and military applications. Improving upon the original, the MB982 can now handle both SAS and SATA drives, including the Western Digital VelociRaptor 10K RPM drives. To allow for 12.5mm and 15mm drive heights, we have included our SmartFit Technology, which secures the drive in its place whether it is a thin 9.5mm or thick 15mm.

The MB982 also includes most of the features that you already expect from an Icy Dock product: an effortless installation process without any tools or screws, plenty of ventilation slots to keep any drive used running cool and efficient, and a unique and stylish design. The top, front and rear allow air to flow through, and a special vent on the bottom gives the user visual confirmation that the drive has made a secure connection.

* Converts your 2.5” SATA/SAS HDD or SSD to a 3.5” SATA/SAS hard drive, for 3.5” SATA/SAS
drive bay usage.
* Full Metal and Heavy Duty with Easy Access to Drives.
* Airflow Vents For Heat Dissipation With Anti-vibration Design.
* Universal Mounting Holes For Most Common PC Cases.
* Compatible With Most 3.5” HDD Backplanes and Hot Swap Devices.
* Compatible With Mac Pro.
* Screw-less Design For Quick & Easy Installation.
* Perfect For System Integrators and IT Professionals.
* Compatible with 15mm height drives.

Specifications

Model Number : MB982IP-1S

Color : Silver

Compatible Drive Type : 2.5″ SAS & SATA HDD/SSD

Device Interface: SAS / SATA

Device Fit : 3.5″ SAS / SATA Drive Bay

Transfer Rate : Up to 6 Gb/sec. (depending on hard drive speed)

Material : SECC

Dimension (L x W x H) : 5.77″ x 4.0″ x 1.0″

Weight : 0.72 lbs

What’s In The Box?

Apart from the converter itself, you also get a manual and some screws.

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A Closer Look

The enclosure is very light, and very sturdy. The connectors on the back include the power and SATA connectors, an SAS connector if you want to use SAS drives and a button you press to open the lid of the enclosure (so no unscrewing required here, making it very easy to use). There are also a number of vents situated around and under the enclosure.

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Adding A Drive

As I said I above, to open the enclosure is just a case of pressing the button on the back – this springs open the lid.

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You then just pop the drive in and close the lid – the process of closing the lid actually moves the drive into place with the connectors. And removing a drive is just a case of opening the lid and then pulling on the small plastic tab to lift the drive out of the bay.

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Here is a short video showing just how easy it actually is.

Final Thoughts

So once again Icy Dock delivers exactly what it says on the tin!

There are plenty of enclosures and converters around at the moment, but this one is very good quality, extremely easy to use and looks good (which is an odd thing to say considering it will be INSIDE your computer)! The button to open the lid instead of screws is a welcome addition and makes it even easier and quicker to swap drives.

If you have spare drives or drives you want to use internally on your PC, then look no further than the MB982IP-1S.

Cost wise, it retails for under $50, but as usual, look around as a few moments of searching came up with places selling it for less than $25!

And check out the UWHS Store for this, and other great Icy Dock bargains.

You can learn more from the Icy Dock website.

Here is another video about the enclosure as well.

If you have a few spare 2.5” hard drives sitting around you might want to look at the MB994SP-4S hot swap backplane RAID cage from Icy Dock.

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Here is how Icy Dock describe the cage:

Introducing the Icy Dock MB994SP-4S Quad Bay 2.5″ SATA/SAS Mobile Rack for use in a single 5.25″ device bay. This product is constructed of heavy duty metal to hold up in the toughest of conditions. It includes ventilation slots on the front, back, top and bottom for maximum airflow to keep both SATA and SAS drives running cool, and an LED is placed on the front of each drive tray to give the user drive status at all times. Dual 4-pin power connectors are used to ensure a consistent power supply to all 4 drives, whether they are low power SSD’s or power hungry 15000 RPM SAS drives. Also included are dual 40mm cooling fans to keep the drives running in at optimal temperatures in even the most intense applications. The fans utilize Active Power Technology, so that the fans only power up if there are drives installed. If no drives are inserted, neither fan will power up. If drives are only inserted on the right side, only the right-side fan will power up, and vice versa.

The MB994SP-4S utilizes our brand new EZ Slide Mini Trays, making drive interchangeability and maintenance completely hassle free. The trays are built using full metal so that they are durable for many lifetimes, but will not weigh you down when transporting your data from system to system. And featuring a full cage design, the added top drive cover provides added protection while moving the drive. The trays are also designed to accommodate 9.5mm, 12.5mm, and 15mm drives giving you the ultimate universal 2.5″ hot swap bay.

Utilizing its small form factor, The MB994SP-4S is perfect for use in industrial PCs, servers, or any small form factor case where 5.25” bays are limited and large drive capacity is needed, especially compact RAID 5 systems. It is built to function in the most demanding environments including military and law enforcement deployment, as well as manufacturing conditions such as embedded control systems and factory automation systems. The heavy metal design makes it ideal for placement in rugged environments.

* Fits 4 x 2.5″ SATA I / II / III and SAS HDD/SSD
* Accommodates Drives with up to 15mm Height
* Fits 4 Drives into a Single 5.25″ Device Bay
* Status LED on Front for Each Drive
* Full Metal EZ Slide Mini Tray System with Full Cage Design
* Small Form Factor Perfect for IPC, Servers, and Small Form Factor Cases.
* Front, Rear, Top, and Bottom Ventilation Slots
* Dual 40mm Fans with Active Power Technology
* Heavy Duty Full Metal Construction
* Support SATA 6Gbps
* Top Cover for the Tray Adds Extra Drive Protection

Specifications

Item Number:
MB994SP-4S
Host Interface
7 pin SATA x 4
Drive Fit
2.5″ SAS or SATA I /II HDD / SSD x 4
Device Bay
5.25″ Bay x 1
Transfer Rate
Up to 600 MB/sec
Insert & Extract connection Via
15 pin direct hard drive connection
Structure
SECC
Drive Cooling
40mm rear cooling fan x 2 & Metal heat dispersion
LED Indication
Device Power & Drive Activity
LED Display Color
Green : Device Power ; Amber : Drive Activity
Dimension (L x W x H)
6.70″ x 5.75 ” x 1.63 ”
Weight
1.77 lbs

What’s In The Box?

The box contains the cage itself and a manual. According to that manual the box should also contain a number of screws, however our review box didn’t contain these.

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A Closer Look

The case is pretty sturdy – the front contains the four drive bays and rear houses two power connectors and four SATA connectors along with the fan vents.

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Adding A Hard Drive

Adding a drive is fairly simple, you just pop out the tray, and slide the drive in.

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I found that sliding the drive in was actually quite a delicate process. The back of the drive bay scrapes along the back of the drive, and I can see continually adding and removing drives could actually cause some damage if you were not careful.

Final Thoughts

As usual Icy Dock have delivered a product that does exactly what it promises. This is great if you have some spare 2.5” drives sitting around and you want to use them.

My only negative comment about the cage is that of the drive bays – I can just see damage to the connectors on the drive if you were not careful.

To be fair, I can see that the majority of uses for this cage is likely to be in servers rather than in desktops in the home, but it does what it says on the tin!

It retails for a little under $100 but as usual look around as there are bargains to be had!

You can learn more about the MB994SP-4S from the Icy Dock website.

If you have a 2.5” SATA Hard Drive or an SSD that you would like to use as a portable drive then you need an enclosure. If you want to get the fastest possible speed you need a USB 3.0 enclosure. Step forward the Icy Dock MB668U3-1SB.

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Here is how Icy Dock describe the enclosure:

Icy Dock is proud to announce a game changing product in its line-up: the MB668U3-1SB USB 3.0 Mobile Enclosure. This device handles most standard 2.5” SATA HDD and SSD and allows the user to connect it to their system using SuperSpeed USB3.0 for transfer rates up to 5 Gb/s! For systems which have not yet upgraded to USB 3.0, the MB668U3-1SB is backwards compatible to use with any USB 2.0 port on Mac or PC systems.

The MB668U3-1SB is predicated off the popular MB668US-1SB and MB668U-1SB, featuring an ultra light weight aluminum construction that draws away the heat, and a hassle-free installation method; no tools or screws are required to insert a drive into the unit. On the front of the device is a cool blue LED to notify the user of the drive’s status, and is seen through ventilation slots that maximize airflow across the drive.

Finally, on the rear of the device, a micro-USB 3.0 port and a DC in connection to use the USB-to-DC cable which is included with the device. This is to use with some larger capacity drives which may require additional power.

* Fits any standard 2.5″ SATA HDD or SSD
* SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connection for 5 Gb/s transfer rates
* Maximum transfer rate up to 480 Mbps via USB 2.0
* Backwards compatible USB 2.0 or 1.1 for universal connectivity on Mac and PC
* Plug & Play without rebooting the computer
* User friendly Screw-less design just plug in the hard drive and play
* Stylish aluminum construction provides protection, mobility, and optimal cooling
* Built-in blue LED. Less bright, less visible, less annoying
* Leather pouch included to keep your drive clean and scratch-free
* Included “DC to USB A Type” power cable for high performance HDD usage

Specifications

Number
MB668U3-1SB
Drive Fit
2.5″ SATA I & II HDD / SSD (9.5mm thickness)
Hard Drive Capacity
Up to 750GB
Drive Interface
SATA
Host Interface
USB 3.0
Transfer Rate
USB 2.0
Up to 480 Mb/sec
USB 3.0
Up to 5Gb/sec
LED Indicator
Device Power: Orange LED
Drive Activity: Blue LED
Structure
Aluminum body w/ partial plastic
Drive Cooling
Aluminum heat dispersion
Power Source
USB Bus Power
5V DC (Optional)
Dimension (W x H x D)
76.3 x 13 x 150 mm
Weight
.18 lbs

What’s in the Box?

The box contains the enclosure, instructions, USB 3.0 cable, USB power cable in case the computer you are connecting to doesn’t have enough power to run the drive, and also a neat little carry case.

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There is yet another new product released from Icy Dock – this time a dual 2.5” to 3.5” SATA HDD & SSD HDD RAID enclosure – called the MB982SPR-2S.

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Here is how Icy Dock describe the MB982SPR-2S:

Icy Dock is a household name for its high quality storage products for RAID applications, SSDs, and functional design. Now, all of those will be combined into one ground breaking product: the MB982SPR-2S. This little device packs a huge punch with features and performance, allowing 2 x 2.5″ SATA SSD/HDD to be converted to a 3.5″ SATA form factor for use in most internal drive bays, backplanes, external enclosures, and server racks. It transforms the 2 drives into a 3.5″ SATA drive with exact dimensions, mounting holes, and connection locations as a normal 3.5″ drive.

The device uses a full metal construction for durability and drive protection, especially for use in industrial computers and servers, as well as military systems deployment. Inside the case there is room for 2 x 2.5″ SATA SSD or HDD fitting the standard 9.5mm drive heights. Like our previous converters, the door mechanism moves a tray to connect and disconnect the drives as the door is closed and opened, respectively. This provides the user with peace of mind that the connection is solid. Also, similar to the previous converters, the installation process is completely screw-less and tool-less, saving the user time when first installing the drives, as well as any necessary maintenance throughout the product’s lifetime. On all sides of the box are airflow vents to provide adequate ventilation to the 2 drives inside, ensuring they operate in an optimal environment. On the door latch are 2 blue status LEDs which provide the user with drive activity, power, and RAID status.

The RAID controller gives users the option to choose RAID 0, RAID 1, BIG, and Port Multiplier mode, and it can be configured via software that is compatible with both PC and Mac systems. This allows the unit to be configured for blazing fast speed, system drive mirroring, extra storage, or just an easy way to dual boot a computer.

Product Features:

* Converts your 2 x 2.5″ SATA HDD or SSD to a 3.5″ SATA HDD, for 3.5″ SATA Drive Bay and Backplane usage.
* Full Metal and Heavy Duty with Easy Access to Drives
* Screw-less and Tool-less Design Saves Tons of Time For Installation and Maintenance
* Built in RAID featuring RAID 0, RAID 1, BIG, and Port Multiplier.
* Blue Status LEDs on Release Latch
* Airflow Vents For Heat Dissipation With Anti-vibration Design.
* Universal Mounting Holes For Most Common PC Cases.
* Windows and Mac Software for RAID Set Up
* Compatible With Most 3.5″ HDD Backplanes and Hot Swap Devices.
* Compatible With Mac Pro.
* Screw-less Design For Quick & Easy Installation.
* Perfect For Power Users, System Integrators and IT Professionals.

You can learn more from the Icy Dock website.

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It seems this week Icy Dock have a few new products, one of which is a 3 in 2 SATA backplane for adding 3 x 3.5” SATA hard drives into a case’s 2 available 5.25” bays. It’s called the MB973SP-B.

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Here is what Icy Dock has to say about the MB973SP-B:

Introducing the new face of Icy Dock screw-less technology, the MB973SP-B 3-in-2 SATA Backplane. This product allows the user to install 3 x 3.5” SATA hard drives into a computer case’s 2 available 5.25” device bays. Using our world renowned screw-less technology, no screws or tools are required to insert or eject the drives making hot swapping a completely hassle free experience.

The front of the device includes childproof power buttons for each drive which require the button to be pressed slightly deeper than normal to ensure that a drive is not accidentally turned off by bumping into it or rubbing against it. These power buttons also act as an LED indicator showing drive power and activity. Similarly, each drive door has a multi-locking latch mechanism to prevent a door from being opened easily, making it an ideal solution for systems where IT and non-IT personnel have access. Also on the front are USB and eSATA ports to quickly and easily connect external storage peripherals, especially useful for cases that do not have front/top port access.

On the rear of the MB973SP-B is a monster 80mm cooling fan to pull cool air from the front ventilation slots, over the drives, and exhaust the warm air out through the rear ventilation slots. The fan also features an “on-demand” power system, so that the fan is only powered on if a drive’s power is on.

So even if all 3 slots are filled, the fan will only spin if one of the drives is powered on. And if the included fan is not enough, it can be upgraded to use most aftermarket 80mm case fans that use a 2 or 3 pin connector, giving the user a wide range of choices according to their preferences. To further the user’s customization, a 3 speed fan control is built in letting the user choose between high, low, or auto. The auto setting uses our Smart Cooling Technology to adjust fan speed according to the cooling requirements of the drives. An internal SATA cable and USB header connector are also built into the rear for easy connection to the systems motherboard or add-on card.

Feature:

* Fits 3 x 3.5” SATA HDD into 2 x 5.25” Device Bays
* Screw-less, tool-less design for genuine plug &play and hot swap use
* Compatible with SATA 6 Gb/sec
* Stylish aluminum construction for durability and heat dissipation
* 80mm cooling fan for maximum air flow
* On-demand power system – Fan power only when a drive is powered on
* Fan is replaceable with aftermarket fans that use 2-pin or 3-pin connectors
* 3 speed fan control including Smart Cooling Technology providing temperature
* Front and rear ventilation slots
* Front side USB and eSATA ports for convenient external storage connections
* Individual power switches and LEDs for each drive
* Child-proof power buttons to avoid accidental power shut down
* Multi-locking door latches to prevent accidental drive ejection
* Internal SATA cable and USB header cable built into rear of device

You can learn more on the Icy Dock product page.

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