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NORCO B-Q2T5 5.25" to 4 x 2.5" Drive Bay Adapter Bracket

  • B-Q2T5
  • Adapts standard internal 5.25" drive bay to four 2.5" drive bays (also can fit in two 2.5" drives and one 3.5" drive)
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NORCO
Model
B-Q2T5

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Type
Drive Bay Adapter Bracket

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Specifications
Adapts standard internal 5.25" drive bay to four 2.5" drive bays (also can fit in two 2.5" drives and one 3.5" drive)

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Michael M.
  • 6/2/2014 8:15:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSimple and wellmade

Pros: Does what it claims to do -- fits four 2.5in drives in a 5.25in drive slot.

Cons: Doesn't come with mounting hardware for the drives or actually securing it to the 5.25in drive slot, but it's no great bother.

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  • Jonathan C.
  • 3/9/2014 9:34:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggslove this adapter

Pros: works great!

Cons: my 2.5" drives were a bit too tall to safely mount on top of the 3.5" drive I had in the bottom bay.

Luckily though due to the way my case was setup I was able to mount the 3.5" drive on the bottom rail of a single 5.25" bay, and slide the 2.5" drives on the top rail of the same bay.

I'm deducting an egg because the drive heights weren't specified. So I got lucky on this one, but another might not be so fortunate

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  • Mark M.
  • 12/9/2013 10:17:56 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsExactly what I needed

Pros: I didn't want an expensive RAID solution as I'm doing Linux RAID for boot. I just wanted a way to mount 2.5" device in a 5.25" drive bay. This was perfect and lets me have room for two more devices later on.

Cons: A little tight sliding it in to the drive bay. You have to push it a little bit. I was worried about doing that with my SSD's already installed but it seems OK.

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  • gregory v.
  • 10/16/2013 11:25:51 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNo screws included; tight fit if mounting drives on bottom shelf

Pros: Solid.

Has 2 40mm fan mounts on the front.

Cons: No screws included.

If you need to mount a drive or two on the bottom shelf, and the drive bay you intend to insert this into has a bottom surface, you better find flat-head screws to attach your drives with, otherwise it won't fit in your bay. I couldn't find such screws, so this won't fit in the ODD bay of the ProLiant Microserver N54L (without hacking/dremeling it, as "lostass" seems to have done to it).

Can only fit a 20mm thick 3.5" drive (have to unscrew the top shelf, attach the drive, then reattach the top shelf if the drive is thicker than 16mm or so), and only on the bottom shelf.

Other Thoughts: It's relatively expensive for what it is, a couple of machined pieces of steel and plastic. I'd be happier and glad to pay the price if it was a little better thought out, and included flat-head screws for mounting drives on the bottom shelf so that the bottom of the unit is flush and can slide right into the intended drive bay.

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  • Khristopher G.
  • 8/22/2013 12:09:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great for Mac Pro Mod

Pros: This adapter allows for a 3.5" drive to be used alongside 2x 2.5" drives. The 3 drives only take up the space of a 5.25" CD/DVD drive bay, which is what I needed. You can also use the adapter with 4x 2.5".

I'm using 2 of these adapters in my Mac Pro mod. The Mac Pro's CD/DVD Sled can only hold 2x 5.25" drives so with 2 of these adapter's I've been able to stick a couple SSD's in there along with my two 2TB WD Black drives. I have a 120mm fan custom mounted at the top to blow air across the WD blacks since they get so hot.

These adapter's worked out great considering I didn't really have anywhere else to mount an HDD rack in this case due to my water cooling setup.

Cons: None

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  • Khristopher G.
  • 8/22/2013 12:04:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great for Mac Pro Mod

Pros: This adapter allows for a 3.5" drive to be used alongside 2x 2.5" drives. The 3 drives only take up the space of a 5.25" CD/DVD drive bay, which is what I needed. You can also use the adapter with 4x 2.5".

I'm using 2 of these adapters in my Mac Pro mod. The Mac Pro's CD/DVD Sled can only hold 2x 5.25" drives so with 2 of these adapter's I've been able to stick a couple SSD's in there along with my two 2TB WD Black drives. I have a 120mm fan custom mounted at the top to blow air across the WD blacks since they get so hot.

These adapter's worked out great considering I didn't really have anywhere else to mount an HDD rack in this case due to my water cooling setup.

Cons: None

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  • Nelson L.
  • 7/31/2013 8:42:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsmo drives for HP Proliant Micro Server N54L

Pros: This is just what I needed for the odd bay on my N54L. It is designed to fit four 2.5" drives - two in first layer (directly on the tray) and two in 2nd layer (shelf). It can also fit two 2.5" drives in the first layer and 3.5" drive on the 2nd layer (you'll need screws with large flat head or use washer). I used Dell PERC H310 - hardware RAID 1 for the two 2.5" drives for the OS. Set the rest as non-RAID for software RAID (for my case, ZFS - RAIDZ via FreeNAS 9.1.x RC2). Read/Write speed ranges from 100-500+MBps. It also has space for two cooling fans on the face plate. If you use 3.5" drive, the clearance is about 15mm - you can order 40mm x 40mm x 10mm cooling fan. Chipset/video chip cooling fan might work as well.

Cons: It contains just the tray, the shelf, and the face plate. That's it. You'll need to provide your own screws. Come on. How much more would it cost to include screws.

Other Thoughts: I might get more to utilize empty 5.25" drive bays.

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  • Robert K.
  • 6/23/2013 9:16:26 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsQuality four-to-one drive bay adapter

Pros: Quality metal construction. Easily fits four 2.5 inch drives (laptop, or SSD) into a single 5.25 inch drive bay. Makes RAID easy and compact. Outer metal bracket provides some ventilation (might be a plus OR minus, see Cons).

Cons: For those who have a PC case with front fans (right behind the grill, ie Antec 902) that blow cool air into the case (to exhaust out he back of the case), this 4:1 bay adapter wont fit behind the fans without some significant modification.

2.5" drives are not only smaller than 5.25" drives, they are considerably less lengthy, so they can be mounted further back into the case. This adapter centers the drives, so that even if you remove the front grill, they wont sit back far enough to be behind your PC case's grill+fan. ...Unless you mod it -- see Other thoughts.

Other Thoughts: 1. remove the drive bay adapter's grill.
2. mount a 2.5" drive, then mark where the front of the drive ends with a sharpie or felt tip marker, then unmount the drive.
3. Use tin snips or other tool to cut the excess metal along the marked line.
4. Now we need to align+mark+drill holes in the adapter so that it we can securely screw it into the case: Slide drive bay adapter into case, mount your front grill and fan, align your pay adapter with a slight gap so that it doesn't rub the fan, then use a marker to mark where the case's holes are. Remove the assembly, drill holes where you marked them, mount your drives, and reassemble.

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