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IcyDock MB994SP-4S Four-bay 2.5-inch SATA/SAS Hard Drive Rack Review

IcyDock MB994SP-4S Four-bay 2.5-inch SATA/SAS Hard Drive Rack Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Unless you have a swanky PC case, it's usually not very easy to install a couple 2.5" notebook-sized hard drives into a desktop computer system.... until now.
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External Mfg. Website: Icy Dock Jan 06 2012   Max Page  
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Front/Rear View and Observations

(front view)

To remove a drive from the 4-bay unit, a little metal locking lever is pushed in at the left which releases a catch and allows the drive and bracket to be pulled free.

(rear view)

At the back of the unit are two molex power sockets and four SATA ports for the drive bays. The metal back plate is flush with the tops of the four SATA jacks so cables are well supported and there's no chance of a SATA socket being bending off.

This is something PCSTATS witnessed with previous IcyDock designs, so we're happy to see the company is taking steps to improve the robustness of its products.

(side view)

Two 40mm cooling fans draws air from the front and exhaust it into the PC case. The fans do a good job at this but are a little noisy.

When installed in the case the bright green status LEDs are a little overwhelming in bays that do not contain a hard drive (see above). The green status LEDs seemed to stay excessively bright green regardless of drive activity too, so their usefulness wasn't apparent during PCSTATS tests.

(drive caddy/bracket)

The SECC steel drive bracket has enough vertical room for 15mm tall 2.5" drives. Although you do need to screw the drive in place from the bottom, PCSTATS prefers this approach over sliding a bare hard drive into a hard drive rack. When it comes time to RMA a hard drive, manufacturers like Western Digital are increasingly becoming picky about ANY scratches and marks on drives. With the caddy approach the HDD/SSD circuit board is suitably protected as well. At the front of the metal drive cage are flat stainless steel springs for EMI/RFI continuity.

That's about all there is to the ICYDock MB994SP-4S multi-bay hard drive module. The device is effectively transparent to the SATA drives that are installed in it.

The only issue PCSTATS encountered while testing the IcyDock MB994SP-4S, apart from the excessively bright green LED indicator lights and somewhat audible 40mm fans, was the engagement between the steel drive caddies and the aluminum chassis. The fit was a bit loose. At times it took a little wiggling to get the drive caddy arm closed and locked down. Conversely, when we wanted to remove a 2.5" drive, sometimes the little catch would stick a bit.

In both cases it wasn't problematic or impossible to seat correctly in a matter of moments, just a indication that fit and finish isn't quite up to snuff. The IcyDock MB994SP-4S looks really well made. Separately the MB994SP-4S chassis and four drive caddies are... combine the two and the fit is a little looser and slide not as smooth as one would hope.

In any event, there is no denying that the IcyDock MB994SP-4S is a compact and convenient way to mount up to four 2.5" SATA hard drives/solid state drives into one spare 5.25" bay. Given that optical drives are going the way of the Dodo, it's good to know older PC cases can be upgraded to keep up with technologies advances. The IcyDock MB994SP-4S four-bay 2.5-inch SATA/SAS hard drive rack is well worth considering, and at $60USD pretty affordable.

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Contents of Article: Icy Dock MB994SP-4S
 Pg 1.  IcyDock MB994SP-4S Four-bay 2.5-inch SATA/SAS Hard Drive Rack Review
 Pg 2.  — Front/Rear View and Observations

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