Tuesday, March 6th 2012

ICY DOCK Announces the DuoSwap MB971SP-B 5.25" Hot Swap 2.5" & 3.5" Drive Caddy

External docking stations are popular because of its flexibility and compatibility. However, because it is for external use, the interface limits the transfer speed of your hard drive while only allowing one to be use at a time. In a standard computer case, there are several 5.25" bays usually reserved for your DVD ROM drive, however, will not naturally fit with your 2.5" or 3.5" hard drives without some assistance. Using the MB971SP-B DuoSwap, you will save precious desktop space by integrating both 3.5" & 2.5" slots into a single 5.25" bay. This gives you the ability to expand and easily go from your external docking station to your computer in just seconds.

Some key features that help make using the device simple to use are: Individual LED's, power button & eject button. Because the hard drives are connected internally, you will be able to transfer your files up to SATA 6 Gb speed. You will be able to finish the job done much faster than ever before with this setup. The security of your hard drive or SSD is a non-issue as the "Eagle-Hook" mechanism switches on immediately after the 3.5" drive is inserted and locks the 3.5" hard drive in place. Having an easy way to use your hard drives as they should be used, without the worry of installing or removing makes it a must have accessory for any personal PC, Lab testing PC or HDD duplication system.

Key Feature:

- Connects up to one 2.5" & 3.5" SATA HDD in one 5.25" bay for a space saving setup.
- Supports a single 2.5" HDD/SSD up to 9.5 mm while the 3.5" bay is in use.
- Fast and simple tool-less drive installation.
- 2 part anti-dust cover protects system internals even when a small 2.5" SATA drive is used.
- Anti vibration kit for the 3.5" drive bay to help reduce movement.
- Eagle-Hook mechanism design added extra security to the 3.5" hard drive.
- Individual LED for both 2.5" & 3.5" bays.
- Easy access individual power buttons allows hard drive life expandability and energy conservation.
- Large individual drive eject button for hassle free drive removal.
- Perfect for any technical level of computer users.
- Support SATA 3 6 Gbps.

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8 Comments on ICY DOCK Announces the DuoSwap MB971SP-B 5.25" Hot Swap 2.5" & 3.5" Drive Caddy

~Technological Technocrat~
Completely BonkersLooks like a car radio/cassette

was thinking the same thing myself and was gonna post it if no one already said it but you beat me to the crunch :p

even though it looks butt ugly I would actually consider getting one as im always constantly messing with mine and other peoples hard drives. Having one of these means I dont need to f**k about with external docking solutions and slow USB 2.0 speeds which takes forever to clone a boot drive.
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OH, I have such a headache
I thought it was an 8 track tape player! :roll:
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yeah like disket mechanism, but it makes it looks like 80's looks :D
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Dang, this is exactly what I was looking for yesterday for a customer. Any idea when/where they will be available?
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~Technological Technocrat~
ironwolfDang, this is exactly what I was looking for yesterday for a customer. Any idea when/where they will be available?
hot swappable drive bays have been around for a while. the only thing is you need to put the hard drive into a small caddy before loading it into the drive bay
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Looks like it has shown up at Newegg.

I also find the following item nice as well (though I don think it's available in the US yet): Thermaltake Max 5 Duo.

The later doesn't have eject buttons, but it does have USB 3.0 headers, and looks a little less like a cassette deck.

Think I would still go with the IcyDock.
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