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NORCO SS-500 5-Bay SATA / SAS Hot Swap Rack Module

  • SS-500
  • Drive Bay: Turn 3 x 5.25" drive bay to 5 x 3.25" hot swappable hard drive bay
  • Interface: SATA to SATA; SAS to SAS
  • Fan Sensor: Fan failure sensor
  • Alarm: Overheating alarm
  • Cooling System: O
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Five-Bay SATA / SAS Hot Swap Rack Module

SS-500

Features


rack_SS-500

  • Five-Bay SATA (I, II or III) / SAS 6G Hot Swap Module
  • Steel material, RoHS compliance
  • Electromagnetism shield design
  • Support two 4-pin power connectors
  • Ball bearing fan with air duct

rack_SS-500

  • Patent balance handle - No skew in/out
  • LED indicators
  • Support hot swap
  • Support all operating systems
  • Supports RAID 0, 1, 5 functions (RAID card required)

Specifications

rack_SS-500
  • Drive Bay: Turn 3 x 5.25" drive bay to 5 x 3.25" hot swappable hard drive bay
  • Interface: SATA to SATA; SAS to SAS
  • Fan Sensor: Fan failure sensor
  • Alarm: Overheating alarm
  • Cooling System: One 80mm ball bearing fan with air duct provide excellent cooling air flow
  • RAID: Supports RAID 0, 1, 5 functions (RAID card required)
  • Power Connector: 4-pin molex power connector x 2
  • Data Connector: SATA (I, II or III) / SAS 6G data port x 5
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 8.5 x 5.75 x 5 inches
  • Weight: 5lbs


Learn more about the Norco Technologies Inc. SS-500

Model

Brand
NORCO
Model
SS-500

Type

Type
Hot Swap Rack Module

Spec

Specifications
Drive Bay: Turn 3 x 5.25" drive bay to 5 x 3.25" hot swappable hard drive bay

Interface: SATA to SATA; SAS to SAS

Fan Sensor: Fan failure sensor

Alarm: Overheating alarm

Cooling System: One 80mm ball bearing fan with air duct provide excellent cooling air flow

RAID: Supports RAID 0, 1, 5 functions (RAID card required)

Power Connector: 4 pin molex power connector x 2
5 Bay SATA(I or II)/SAS Hot Swap Module

Steel material, RoHS compliance;

Electromagnetism shield design

Support two 4pin power connectors

Ball bearing fan with air duct

balance handle -- No skew in/out

LED indicators

Support hot swap

Support all operating systems

Supports RAID 0, 1, 5 functions (RAID card required).
Data Connector: SATA (I, II or III)/SAS 6G data port x 5

Dimensions(L x W x H): 8.5 x 5.75 x 5 inch

Weight: 5 lbs.

Features

Features
5 Bay SATA(I, II or III)/SAS 6G Hot Swap Module

Steel material, RoHS compliance

Electromagnetism shield design

Support two 4pin power connectors

Ball bearing fan with air duct

LED indicators

Support hot swap

Support all operating systems

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  • Russell A.
  • 10/18/2014 2:20:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRedesigned for better Fit and Function

Pros: I have used these in the past and currently have a new one installed that has been redesigned to higher standards than the old ones.

Cons: Some screws still hit the drives or drive trays. Screws need to be very very short or don't insert them all the way on any area where they will hit the tray or drive. (no biggie)

The sides are flush, so if your case has slot brackets to rest 1 bay devices on, you will have to bend them back out of the way. (unpleasant mod)

Other Thoughts: Also the fan can be changed to a 80mm x 32mm high speed to increase air flow for 7200 rpm NAS or Nearline drives that run warmer than standard drives.

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  • Max L.
  • 5/17/2014 7:21:36 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood option for NAS

Pros: Reasonable price, holds 5 drives in the space of three, decent construction.

Cons: The fan is rather loud but removing the back plastic shroud exposes the circuit board and the fan can be unplugged (standard 3 pin fan connector) and fed out through a slot in the plastic (after you break away the plastic sliver that covers the slot). With the fan connector free you can plug it into a controlled fan slot or, what I did, is run it off the 5V supply instead of 12V. This drastically reduces both airflow and noise but it seems to be enough airflow for most drives. Not sure I'd use it with 10,000 RPM server drives however.

Also it would be easy to replace the fan with a quieter model since it has a 3 pin fan plug and isn't soldered into the circuit board.

Other Thoughts: I have not had any issues with this but it has not seen hard use. I have not tested the hot swap capabilities.

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  • Frank C.
  • 2/15/2014 7:53:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsV1 is better

Pros: Nothing

Cons: Missing screws. Solder for the first sata port was missing so it fell off. Plastic feels cheap compared to v1.

Other Thoughts: Do not buy this. The quality is just horrible compared to the v1. First off the case was put together backwards so the screw holes wouldn't match up in the bay correctly. I fixed it only to find that the first sata port had fallen off. Turns out the solder to hold it on was completely missing. Again I fixed this myself. Lastly it is missing the screws... This was a great product now it is just mediocre. I cannot recommend buying it till at least the QC is raised...

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  • Steven W.
  • 1/10/2014 1:09:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsworks as intended

Pros: This unit is intended to be used to replace the norco 4u drive cages, replaced both cages in my norco 470 and these units work great, not to mention a perfect fit

Cons: No extra screws to attach the drives to the caddies, and fan isn't suitable for heavy loads, but on the plus side is easily replacable

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  • Walter B.
  • 1/8/2014 7:35:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect

Pros: I have two of these enclosures in a Antec Twelve Hundred case with five WD Red 3TB drives in a RAID 6 array on a RocketRaid 2720SGL and it's working perfectly.

Drive temps are 88F to 105F depending on the ambient air temp.

The activity lights on the front of the unit are a nice touch without being too bright.

Cons: Fan inside the unit is stupid loud. Replaced it with a Noctua NF-R8 80mm Fan with no significant temp changes over the stock fan. The Noctua fan is whisper quiet.

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  • Sriram C.
  • 8/2/2013 11:34:14 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsExcellent Value 5 bays

Pros: 1. Has 5 hot swap bays, but only takes three 5.25" slots.
2. Has a fan
3. Easy install
4. Decent price

Cons: 1. Plastic is a little flimsy
2. Bays are not trayless
3. Gets hot, since the drives are too close to each other. So make sure to use cool running low rpm drives.

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  • Zac S.
  • 4/30/2013 3:28:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs5-bay tray-based SATA cage

Pros: Offers LEDs that show power and activity. The fan is not obnoxiously loud, though it would be audible if you have an otherwise very quiet system (I have some three drive trayless SATA cages where the cage fans are louder than entire performance systems).

Easier to get the drives mounted with the slots vertical using the tray based design than it usually is with trayless designs. If the slots are horizontal, I recommend ensuring the bottoms of the drives are down.

Cons: Mine was missing a screw in the faceplate. I was able to easily find a compatible screw (and replaced the three that were there so they all match), but find this a mildly disconcerting oversight. I checked carefully for loose parts or other problems before even applying power.

It came with no screws for attaching it to the chassis. This was quite an interesting challenge as the maximum thread depth (in order to fit the five drives across) is very shallow. I had to use washers with even my shortest available screws to avoid penetrating into where the drives would be mounted.

I would have preferred the latch for the mechanism to be on the 'downward' side if the slots were vertical so that things could not fall on the latch and disconnect drives so easily. The cage was designed to have the latch up in most such arrangements, because of the placement of the mounting holes on the sides. Some cases (many perhaps with slight mods or with an open bay adjacent) might be able to accommodate this orientation, but not the case I have been using (I had no additional bay adjacent and there was no slack in the mounting hole positions).

Other Thoughts: Airflow seems adequate with the stock fan for 5 7200RPM drives under moderate load. I'd strongly suggest a better fan if you run in a warm space or high performance drives under heavy load.

If you have 'support' tabs that help to hold 5.25" half height devices in place while you mount them, you *will* have to bend them out of the way or otherwise remove them before you can fit this. There is not enough room to have gaps to allow those while stacking 5 drives across. If you can not (or do not wish to) do this, you should look at the 4-bay or 3-bay solutions instead, since those can have enough room to leave gaps for these tabs. If your case uses rails, you probably don't need to worry about this.

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  • Satya K.
  • 4/23/2013 2:56:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSimple and Perfect

Pros: This is a robust, simple and perfect bay. Excellent and sturdy exterior!

I have 1TB, 2xTB and 2x3TB, all with great sub 30 deg temps. Fan is awesome, moves enough air.

Cons: I wish the trays are made from a thicker gauge steel. They are bit filmsy and I'm worried that the steel may rub against HDD PCB - which would be disastrous!...

Other Thoughts: I know some packages are missing screws, but i got them, I wish there were some extras... but thats OK. Again these screws are great way to tie down internal hard drives to hot swap trays.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/29/2013 9:49:31 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice for the price

Pros: - Inexpensive
- Decent Build Quality
- 2.5" drive support
- Works as advertised

Cons: I had to mod my case to remove tabs that separate the external 5.25" drive bays.

Other Thoughts: The drives mount vertically. The image on newegg shows the drive cage sideways. Mine came with plenty of screws to mount the drives in their trays, but did not come with any screws to mount the cage itself.

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  • Patrick R.
  • 2/11/2013 6:58:50 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice hotswap setup

Pros: Solid design, user swappable fan, high quality screws that don't strip.

Cons: The stock fan is loud, I even tried the switch to quiet it down and it still was loud. I suspect it might have been defective because once I swapped it with another new fan it's very quiet.

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