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ICY DOCK ToughArmor MB994SP-4S Full Metal 4 x 2.5" SAS/SATA 6Gb/s SSD/HDD Hot Swap Mobile Rack Backplane Cage Module for 5.25" Bay (Fits 7, 9.5, 12.5, 15mm height drive)

  • Fits four 2.5" SAS/SATA SSD/HDD in a 5.25" device bay
  • Support SAS 2.0 & SATA 6Gb/s
  • Support SAS dual channel
  • Heavy duty full metal construction
  • 3-year mfg warranty
  • UL Listed

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Model

Brand
ICY DOCK
Model
MB994SP-4S
Color
Black

Details

Mobile Rack Drives Support
Multi 2.5" Drives to 5.25" Bay
Mobile Rack Interface
SATA I/II/III/SAS
Specifications
Color: Matt Black

Host Interface: 7 pin SATA x 4

Drive Fit: 2.5" SAS or SATA I /II/III HDD / SSD x 4

Drive Bay: 5.25" Bay x 1

Transfer Rate: Up to 6 Gb/sec. (depending on hard drive speed)

Insert& Extract conection Via: 15 pin direct hard drive connection

Structure: SECC

Drive Cooling: 40mm rear cooling fan x 2 & metal heat dispersion

LED Indication: Device Power & Drive Activity

LED Display Color: Green - Device Power ; Amber - Drive Activity

Dimension (L x W x H): 6.70" x 5.75" x 1.63"

Weight: 1.77 lbs.

Features

Features
Fits 4 x 2.5" SATA I / II / III and SAS HDD/SSD.

Support SATA 6Gbps.

Accommodates Drives with up to 15mm Height.

*Fits 4 Drives into a Single 5.25" Device Bay.

Status LED on Front for Each Drive.

Full Metal EZ Slide Mini Tray System with Full Cage Design.

Small Form Factor Perfect for IPC, Servers, and Small Form Factor Cases.

Front, Rear, Top, and Bottom Ventilation Slots.

Dual 40mm Cooling Fans.

Heavy Duty Full Metal Construction.

Top Cover for the Tray Adds Extra Drive Protection.

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
3 years limited
Labor
3 years limited
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Brent S.
  • 7/20/2015 7:41:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove it!

This review is from: ICY DOCK ToughArmor MB994SP-4S Full Metal 4 x 2.5" SAS/SATA 6Gb/s SSD/HDD Hot Swap Mobile Rack Backplane Cage Module for 5.25" Bay (Fits 7, 9.5, 12.5, 15mm height drive)

Pros: Solid build, easy installation.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Perfect solution for me, allows 4 SSDs in a small space without complicating wiring inside my case. Highly recommended if you are running more than 1 SSD.

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  • Dennis R.
  • 9/18/2014 2:56:05 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat, but could use some improvements..

This review is from: ICY DOCK ToughArmor MB994SP-4S Full Metal 4 x 2.5" SAS/SATA 6Gb/s SSD/HDD Hot Swap Mobile Rack Backplane Cage Module for 5.25" Bay (Fits 7, 9.5, 12.5, 15mm height drive)

Pros: No plastic garbage components (fans are okay to be plastic) to worry about. Fan cooled.

Cons: Fans are low quality one bearing top design with bottom bearing being a sleeve. These fans will not give you enough hours or reliable operation before they start to get LOUD from where the rear sleeve bearing in each of them has gone bust. So I had to change them out with fans that I had to order from an electronics component distributor.

Other Thoughts: If you want to remove these fans and put in high quality ones, then use Orion OD4010-12HB fans. These fans are double ball bearing, produce only 25dB of noise, and are guaranteed for 60,000 hours of operation at 45C!!!. You'll have to unsolder the connectors from the original fans and put them onto the new fans. Newegg probably carries 40mm fans of similar quality also. I have not searched to see.

I just wished the manufacturer would have gone with these fans in the first place. Yeah, it would have raised the price to an extra $20 possibly for this product, but at least I know that extra $20 gave me some piece of mind that I bought a bullet proof product that will last me many years.

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  • James A.
  • 2/11/2013 11:28:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsUgh

This review is from: ICY DOCK ToughArmor MB994SP-4S Full Metal 4 x 2.5" SAS/SATA 6Gb/s SSD/HDD Hot Swap Mobile Rack Backplane Cage Module for 5.25" Bay (Fits 7, 9.5, 12.5, 15mm height drive)

Pros: Metal with a nice powder coat finish.

Cons: Rail screws are only a few threads deep and 3 stripped out from the forces of basic manipulation of the case shortly after installation.

The two 40mm fans are ridiculously loud. Louder than the other 6 120mm fans (Noctua NF-P12/Cougar CF-V12HB) and CPU cooler (Noctua NH-D14) in the case combined. Luckily they can be disconnected from the printed circuit board easily.

Other Thoughts: I'll be replacing it with another brand asap.

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  • David M.
  • 2/8/2013 5:06:41 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBloody good little enclosure!

This review is from: ICY DOCK ToughArmor MB994SP-4S Full Metal 4 x 2.5" SAS/SATA 6Gb/s SSD/HDD Hot Swap Mobile Rack Backplane Cage Module for 5.25" Bay (Fits 7, 9.5, 12.5, 15mm height drive)

Pros: Good use of space, well ventilated, hot swap, takes 4 bare WD velociraptors.

Cons: Difficult to believe that such a small box could be so useful

Other Thoughts: Got mine for under $50

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  • Kevin K.
  • 2/4/2013 12:55:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic use of space.

This review is from: ICY DOCK ToughArmor MB994SP-4S Full Metal 4 x 2.5" SAS/SATA 6Gb/s SSD/HDD Hot Swap Mobile Rack Backplane Cage Module for 5.25" Bay (Fits 7, 9.5, 12.5, 15mm height drive)

Pros: • Sturdy, all-metal construction. Keeps things cool, and feels like quality.
• A single 5.25in bay turns into 4 hot-swappable 2.5in drive bays: great if you're low on expansion space, or just have a lot of drives to connect.
• Drive carriages interchangeable with other Icy Dock products, and extras available on NewEgg--see item #N82E16817994125.
• Easy to install, and for me, everything worked as it should out of the box.

Cons: None so far. Maybe slightly quieter fans would be nice, but they don't exactly bother me.

Other Thoughts: Bought two of these (along with its cousin, the 2 x 2.5in + optical bay--see item #N82E16817994146) and couldn't be happier with them. Drives are easy enough to swap, and the metal carriages provide extra protection when outside the computer. Two of these give me eight hot-swappable SATA/SAS bays from only two 5.25in slots--a very efficient use of space for me.

Some other reviewers have noted that they don't see the HDD activity LEDs working. I can confirm that they are there, and they do work, under the correct circumstances. As Icy Dock says in their documentation, the amber activity lights depend upon the disk and controller you use to provide the correct signaling. For example, SATA drives I have used running in Windows don't seem to show any activity lights, but on my SAS controller in BSD, the amber lights start flashing.

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  • turner m.
  • 1/22/2013 9:20:41 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSimply Awesome.

This review is from: ICY DOCK ToughArmor MB994SP-4S Full Metal 4 x 2.5" SAS/SATA 6Gb/s SSD/HDD Hot Swap Mobile Rack Backplane Cage Module for 5.25" Bay (Fits 7, 9.5, 12.5, 15mm height drive)

Pros: Fits four 2.5" drives in a single 5.25" drive bay.
Has cooling fan built in.
Includes drive cassettes.
Quiet.
FAST.

Cons: Needs two power cables.
Documentation is sparse.
non-raid

Other Thoughts: Easy install, mounted four 256gb SSD in a single bay to attach to a add-in sata card. Copies to drives run at full 6 Mb/sec SATA-3 speed. Requires two power connectors for proper operation, and each drive has individual SATA connection. Drive cassettes slide in and out easily. Contains a cooling fan to keep drives cool.

All in all a great product which met all my expectations and was well worth the money!

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  • JERRY M.
  • 1/21/2013 8:54:39 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsicy dock

This review is from: ICY DOCK ToughArmor MB994SP-4S Full Metal 4 x 2.5" SAS/SATA 6Gb/s SSD/HDD Hot Swap Mobile Rack Backplane Cage Module for 5.25" Bay (Fits 7, 9.5, 12.5, 15mm height drive)

Pros: great construction.heavy duty.built to last and great for multiple ssd drives.

Cons: this is a follow up review.i have purchased 2 of these now and the only issue's i have are the fans keep getting load after just a few months of use.i blow my tower out bi-monthly to avoid to much build up in fans.they look to be cheap sleeve fans or something else?perhaps a change to 2 ball fans would be a better option.

Other Thoughts: i am ordering my own 2 ball fans,from newegg of course, to replace the 4 fans that now that have become very loud.that is going to cost an additional 45 dollars?icy dock did offer to replace the fans, but i fear it will be the same fans!

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  • Dwaine W.
  • 1/14/2013 7:54:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThis is the only choice if you have extra cash

This review is from: ICY DOCK ToughArmor MB994SP-4S Full Metal 4 x 2.5" SAS/SATA 6Gb/s SSD/HDD Hot Swap Mobile Rack Backplane Cage Module for 5.25" Bay (Fits 7, 9.5, 12.5, 15mm height drive)

Pros: Fantastic build.
HDD lights do indicate activity for each individual drive.
Only two ide power connectors required for 4 drives.
Makes great use of old laptop drives that I have outgrown.
I now have easily swappable O.S. drives.
Much easier than opening the case to test/swap drives.

Cons: A bit pricey ... but ... after reading reviews of the cheaper plastic ones I knew that those who can afford this one deserve to have it.

Other Thoughts: If they make a 3-bay unit with mem-card slots in the 4th bay then I would buy it and give this one away.
Beware that it requires ide power connectors - not Sata power connectors so order convertors if you need them.

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  • Joe V.
  • 12/29/2012 7:06:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsDecent setup for home labs

This review is from: ICY DOCK ToughArmor MB994SP-4S Full Metal 4 x 2.5" SAS/SATA 6Gb/s SSD/HDD Hot Swap Mobile Rack Backplane Cage Module for 5.25" Bay (Fits 7, 9.5, 12.5, 15mm height drive)

Pros: I have a pair of these cages connected to a HP P410 RAID card in a Corsair Vengeance C70 Case. So far it has been working very well. I am using the machine as a VMware lab server so the extra room for all the drives is a big plus. I am running SAS and SSD drives with no fitment issues so far. I read other reviews about issues with the fans and mine have been quite to this point.

Cons: None, it's doing the job I got them for.

Other Thoughts: For a custom/home build it is really good, I would say this is best drive cage setup out there for SAS & SATA. If you are a server guy and used to drive backplanes with the extra "intelligence" you wont get that here, but you are not paying server parts prices so you do get what you pay for.

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  • Honore H.
  • 11/6/2012 12:09:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAWESOME

This review is from: ICY DOCK ToughArmor MB994SP-4S Full Metal 4 x 2.5" SAS/SATA 6Gb/s SSD/HDD Hot Swap Mobile Rack Backplane Cage Module for 5.25" Bay (Fits 7, 9.5, 12.5, 15mm height drive)

Pros: 4 drives in one bay!!!

two cooling fans

All metal construction.

large mounting area for thick 2.5 hdd.

separate power connector for fans.

Cons: mounting screws are very precise. There is no room for error or screws that are too long and they will run into the drive trays and prevent removing/installing the drive caddies.

My case has an aluminum mounting bracket and it's too thick for the screws that came with it.

I used the case screws on the back holes as the trays don't reach that far back and it seems very sturdy. I put both rear screws in on both sides.

Didn't take off an egg as compact things are always finicky needing mods for tight spaces. You can get longer screws from the hardware store and a few washers for less than a $1.00 and get the front screws in if you want them. Take your provided screw with you to make sure you get the right thread/size. Or just use the rear holes only like me.

If you have a tooless case you'll probably be fine.

Other Thoughts: All-in-all this is a very good unit. I didn't need the fans as I have all SSDs. The bottom (Power 2) connector runs the fans and I just unplugged it and all seems fine. saves a few watts on my home server that is on 24/7.

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