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August 14, 2013

ICY DOCK FlexCage MB975SP-B Review Tray-less 5-in-3 Hot Swap

The ICY DOCK FlexCage MB975SP-B is a trayless hot-swap hard drive enclosure that can fit 5 drives in 3 5.25" ODD bays. It has many of the major features we look for in this class of workstation hot swap cages
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October 9, 2012

Icy Dock MB994IPO-3SB Slim DVD + 2 x 2.5″ in 5.25″ Review

The Icy Dock MB994IPO-3SB is a really cool product. Here’s the basic idea – take a standard 5.25″ optical drive bay and make it more useful. Useful in the sense that it allows one to still use the 5.25″ space for an optical drive, but also allows one to add two 2.5″ SAS drives or SSDs in the same space. With notebooks being the primary market for the consumer space, slim optical drives are readily available and priced very reasonably. The 2.5″ form factor is gaining in popularity. 2.5″ is the typical SSD size and 2.5″ SAS drives tend to have better random I/O performance than their 3.5″ counterparts due to geometries. From a state [...]

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June 21, 2012

StarTech SATSAS425BK Hot Swap SSD 4-in-1 2.5″ to 5.25″ Review

StarTech sent their new SATSAS425BK hot swap enclosure after the recent review of the StarTech SATSASBAY425 unit. Both enclosures allow for four 2.5″ devices to occupy one 5.25″ bay. The big benefit here is that one can attain a higher level of density, especially with SSDs and turn 5.25″ bay slots into something more relevant for today’s use cases. Much of the feedback on the SATSASBAY425 was that it lacked locking mechanisms on the drive sleds and that it still used 7-pin SATA/ SAS connectors instead of a single SFF-8087 connector.

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May 8, 2012

StarTech SATSASBAY425 Hot Swap SSD 4-in-1 2.5″ to 5.25″ Review

Today we are looking at the StarTech SATSASBAY425 which is a 4-in-1 2.5″ drives to 5.25″ drive bay hot swap unit great for SSDs. As SSD prices fall, it becomes more likely that users will turn to RAID 0, RAID 1 or RAID 10 arrays to provide extra speed, redundancy and/ or capacity. Personally, I have had at least three SSDs in my main workstation for two years now. Recently Thermaltake sent its 4-in-1 solution, the Thermaltake MAX-1542 hotswap enclosure that puts four 2.5″ hot swap drive bays into a single 5.25″ drive slot. Long time readersof this site may remember I used similar 4-in-1 devices with my old 8x 15K rpm SAS setup. At that point I used  two Athena [...]

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