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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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