Friday, August 27th 2010

Icy Dock Intros Space-Maximizing 1x 5.25'' to 4x 2.5'' Bay Enclosure

Icy Dock released a handy enclosure that makes room for four 2.5" SATA or SAS HDDs/SSDs inside a 5.25" drive bay. The Icy Dock MB994SP-4S enclosure provides the four 2.5" bays with doors and trays that make loading and unloading the drives inside easy. Internally, the enclosure relays four SATA or SAS connections to the ports at the back (from which they can be individually connected to the system's storage controller, while power is drawn in from two Molex connectors. Each tray has its own drive activity indicator. Cooling is care of two 40 mm fans on its rear side. Measuring 6.7" x 5.75 x 1.63", the enclosure is the size of most 5.25" optical drives, and is designed to fit in almost every case with a 5.25" bay. Icy Dock did not give out pricing or availability details yet.
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13 Comments on Icy Dock Intros Space-Maximizing 1x 5.25'' to 4x 2.5'' Bay Enclosure

#1
Mussels
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very cool for SSD owners
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#2
xaira
great idea, i like to use lappy hdds alot, i just hope those fans are quiet
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#3
pantherx12
This way you can actually fit more data per 5.25 bay : ]

Nice
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#4
naram-sin
Molex? I would expect SATA power connectors...:ohwell: I guess these are more robust...
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Mussels
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by: naram-sin
Molex? I would expect SATA power connectors...:ohwell: I guess these are more robust...
also, you can guarantee every PSU to have molex, you cant with sata.

while you may be 'herp derp, modern PSU's all have sata!' - not everyone has a modern PSU, this could find many homes in older servers and NAS systems.
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#6
Soylent Joe
That's pretty awesome really, fill a system with a few of them and you'd have a winner.
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#7
pantherx12
by: Soylent Joe
That's pretty awesome really, fill a system with a few of them and you'd have a winner.
2 of those 8 drives raid 0?

Or hell 4 of those, lets go nuts :laugh:
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ebolamonkey3
by: pantherx12
2 of those 8 drives raid 0?

Or hell 4 of those, lets go nuts :laugh:
I'm sure someone on here will haha. Actually, I really want one :roll:
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#9
Rexter
Now thats actually a pretty good idea.
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#10
Phxprovost
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unit looks pretty solid, heres to hoping the price is right :toast:
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#11
TIGR
There's a fair number of products along these lines, been using them in builds for quite a while now (relevant Google product search). I have also found 5x 3.5" in 3x 5.25" enclosures to be handy for packed builds (example.
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#12
Baum
thank you icy dock i will buy that instantly for my popcornhour enclosure :toast:
and good luck with slim drive bay to 2,5" but you should give credit to the inventor of your release mechanism :laugh: just as a hint for you :roll:
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#13
nemesis.ie
If you mean the popcornhour C-200, this unti does not drive combining, so you still only have 2 SATA ports inside the C-200, so 2 of the bays are wasted (unless you just use them to store unused drives to swap back and forth).

Currently you would still only get 2TB which is less than 1 x 3.5" in the included bay + whatever you have on an internal 2.5".

I did see some similar units that did drive combining somewhere but can't find them now. A small "drive combining, hot swap" board might be a winner for folks that want max storage rather than speed.
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