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iStarUSA BPU-350SATA-RED 3x5.25" to 5x3.5" SAS/SATA 6.0 Gb/s Hot-Swap Cage - OEM

  • Red Tray
  • RoHS Compliance Version: Yes Standard Drive Bays: 5.25" Drives: 3 Hotswap 3.5: 5 Indicators: Power, HDD, fan, and high temperature Material of Handle: Aluminum Materi

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Hot-Swap Cage


Red Tray
RoHS Compliance Version: Yes

Standard Drive Bays:
5.25" Drives: 3
Hotswap 3.5: 5

Indicators: Power, HDD, fan, and high temperature

Material of Handle: Aluminum

Material of Main Chassis: Aluminum Design with Conductive Dissipation Grooves

Cooling Fan: 1x80mm

Package Content: SATA Cable Included (3pcs)

Dimensions (WxHxD) : 5.75" x 4.96" x 8.11"


Stylish aluminum color handle and heat-sink body
Support Hot-Swap & RAID Configuration (need an additional RAID controller)
Aluminum Design with Conductive Dissipation Grooves
Power, fan and high temperature LED indicators
Super Air Ventilation & Heat Sink with 80mm Fan
High Performance Transfer Rate up to 6.0 Gb/s
Support 3.5" SAS I/II & SATA I/II/III HDDs
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Clifton K.
  • 2/23/2015 1:31:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks well at 6G

Pros: The unit seems to work well at 6G speeds using Seagate Barracuda SATA3 drives. A similar Icy Dock cage would not work reliably with the exact same motherboard/drive/cable combination. The cables do need to be SATA3 rated, which is rarely marked on the cables (including the cables that come with this dock).

Cons: It gets a small ding for a noisy fan. The "auto" fan setting is annoying as the fan is constantly turning on/off. There also seems to be a high pitches squeal with the fan turning on. I'm not sure if it's the fan itself or the circuitry that's controlling the fan.

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  • william j.
  • 2/21/2015 7:09:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsnice unit

Pros: Nice sharp unit, well made. Fan runs somewhat quiet and the overall install was easy. The drive rails in the Lian Li case had to be flattened....large c-clamp made fast work of that. The side screws tightened good and snug were not even close to impeding the slide out trays. Runs my raid setup and adds fast swap of storage.

Cons: The bezel on the front of the drive left 1/8" gaps on the sides and top and a 3/16" on the bottom.
The power supply cables for sata are side by close they weren't useable unless I used two separate wires from my PSU. The middle connectors had the wires getting in the way.
The trays for the drive are nice, however the screws are so unique in their size and flat headedness they would be all but imposable to replace....don't loose them
The blue lights are very bright and time im in the PC I'll turn them off.

Other Thoughts: wish to some degree Id bought their tray less model...oh well. Still very well made and all the cons were nitpicky ....Im happy.

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  • John M.
  • 2/21/2015 12:05:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA must have for multiple drive systems

Pros: 5 drives in the space of three with easy hot swap. Got to love this. Had mine over a year and still no problems. Easy to attach connections.

Cons: Not a flaw with the device, but a FYI. You're basically installing a 3 bay box. Any guide rails or tabs inside your drive cage need to be removed or bent down flush. Installing in older or cheaper cases are easier to work with in this regard.

Other Thoughts: Don't be a moron like myself, the 5 bay unit needs to be mounted with the drives vertical unlike any picture you'll see of this device.

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  • Brion H.
  • 9/22/2014 5:10:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSo far, so good!

Pros: Almost 100% aluminum chassis, which is always good. Drive sleds seem sturdy enough and they support 2.5" as well as normal 3.5" disks. Price was right, especially when other bays that are either the same price or more expensive do not match this quality.

Cons: None really so far. The manual could have been a little clearer on the fact that you have to push the LED buttons to power on the drives. There is a diagram on the side stating this but I didn't notice it until after I figured it out.

Other Thoughts: I didn't realize until I read another reviewer say that the spot where the LEDs are double as buttons to power up the drives. I had no idea this was the case until I read the other review and was going nuts trying to figure out why it wasn't powering up.

I am using this hotswap bay as well as another iStar 2x5.25 to 3x3.5 bay in an HP ML350 G6 server. This 3x5.25" bay has a problem with the drive screws that act as a mount for 5.25" drives. Sadly, they do not line up properly so I am either going to have to leave it in the bay loose like it is now or drill some new holes so I can properly mount it. I was hoping there would not have to be any modding with this but I guess I was wrong.

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  • Andrew S.
  • 10/1/2012 1:54:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPretty nice cage

Pros: 5 x 3.5 in HDD in the space of 3 x 5.25" bays.

Work well right out of the box.

Cons: Have to be careful when mounting this in a consumer tower case. I was aware I would have to trim the metal tabs in my HAF X case; however, couldn't get the screwless locking mechanism to work and then you have to be real careful when putting in screws as you could damage your HDDs. Needed super tiny screws to secure the cage.

Other Thoughts: Unlike what the pictures show, the only way to mount is with the HDD in the vertical position. Fine with me.

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  • Marc F.
  • 9/13/2012 5:23:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat

Pros: * Pack 5 Drives into 3 5.25" Bays.
* Aluminum Handles, Tray and Enclosure.
* Good cooling, drives stay around 90F in no spindown RAID6 configuration.
* Lots of blinky lights.

Cons: As mentioned by others, these have no grooves in them for cases with easy slide tabs. Easy fix though, i just straightend out the tabs on my case and fit perfect.

Other Thoughts: I have two of these in an Antec Nine Hundred case. I plan to buy a third at some point. I have 10 drives in a RAID6 configuration. HDD lights work as desired with WD and Seagate drives.

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  • Samuel H.
  • 4/9/2011 10:10:58 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNo Go with Antex P180

Pros: Looks nice. Really want to use it.

Cons: Doesn't work with my Antex P180 case. The case uses the drive rails so you can easily slide things in and out of the bays. I don't know who's to blame, Antec or iStar, but this thing will not work because the screw mounts are offset. I can't screw in the rails. The rails for the case would have to sit dead center of the available screw holes. So I have 5 options: Modify case, modify this thing, replace case, replace this thing, or scrap everything. Hugely frustrating.

Other Thoughts: Where is the standardization in these things?

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Newegg Customer:

Thank you for choosing the iStarUSA brand to be part of your total computing system. We proudly stand behind our products and hope that you will find your next purchase an iStarUSA brand.
The design issue that you have mentioned in your review is duly noted. The BPU-350SATA is designed to fit universal server chassis, but it is also possible that other server chassis are not the standard models tested by our product team. You can view product photos, specs, and drawings on Just enter the model number in the search bar, or, select the product division and find the product series on the left hand side menu.
Again, thank you,
Warm regards,
iStarUSAcare Service

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  • Jacob K.
  • 11/6/2010 5:02:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery solid cage

Pros: Great construction, entire bay and tray cage is built from the same thick "square rod" style of "matte" aluminum. Not sure what to call it exactly, its different than the brushed stuff you get with cases but still aluminum. This type seems more durable against scratching.

Trays slide in and out well, the handle latching mechanism is simple and confirms the drive is fully seated. They feel like decent heatsinks in their own right. Its also hard to see from just the pictures but the colored handles are actually anodized aluminum and not plastic.

Comes with standard latching sata cables, even if you use sas breakout cables like me they're nice to have. Some bays don't come with could buy this entire unit for the retail brick'n'mortar price of 5 cables!

Priced about the same as all the other 5-in-3 but from what I've seen this is the best built overall. I wish I could find an entire case made like this, though it would be really heavy.

Cons: Does not have indents for the cd-rom tab guides found in many consumer cases, so you will have to bend or cut those out if your case has them. Seems to be a common issue with many 5-in-3 bays, but less common with 3-in-2 or 4-in-3 bays.

Many higher end or larger cases do not have the guides, or use removable rails instead. I don't think I've ever seen a decent rackmount case with the guides either, so its a moot point there.

Fan is probably best left in slow mode unless this is in a server farm otherwise its noisy and airflow is a bit constrained anyways.

Has connectors for all the leds and such on the back, but no idea how to wire them to the controller card connectors. The pin chart for this is somewhat unclear as is the chart for the card, so it will probably not get used. I can't complain too much, to get similar functionality that is documented and supported you usually have to buy preconfigured servers or entire san systems.

Other Thoughts: I really wish they still made the 4 drive version with a single 8087 SAS connector and this style of handle.

Using mine with a 5x2TB "raid" array, pure HBA with file system parity/duplication instead of block parity so each drive is readable by itself.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/9/2010 10:59:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsNice RAID cage, beware of which case you put it in

Pros: - Excellent designed case with well seated trays
- Significant "clunk" when the drives seat. Feels like a much more expensive drive tray setup.
- Choice of 2X Molex or 2X SATA for power
- Fan is very efficient. You can really feel the air kicked out of it, even on low.
- Great use of space getting 5 drives down to 3 5 1/4" bays.

Cons: - Be VERY careful what kind of case you're putting this into. My thermaltake armor has the little rails between each 5 1/4" bay that are great for the iCage product but incompatible here. I ended up taking a cutoff wheel to the case's little ear-rails to accommodate these cages..
- Fan gets loud in high mode. No big deal for a server, but it can be loud if you're using this in a workstation.
- Newegg sometimes has open box versions of these at $70, which is about what I'd like to pay for these.

Other Thoughts: I've tried out lots of these kind of cages and the iStarUSA cages always seem the all around best. Best build quality, best price, etc. I now have a dozen of these (in blue, black and red!) in a variety of servers and have been very happy with them overall.

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  • Derek H.
  • 4/6/2010 8:59:16 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Nice aluminum chassis. Solid locking feel when inserting the drive sleds into the bays. Looks nice.

Cons: Be sure that you don't lose any of the custom phillips head screws for securing the drives to the sleds. Not sure where I'd find replacements if I ever misplaced them.

Other Thoughts: NOTE: The documentation doesn't mention this very clearly, but there are small power buttons next to each drive bay. You need to use a paper clip to depress each power button to power up the drive in that bay, otherwise you'll be left thinking your unit was DOA like I was for the first 30 minutes after I installed it.

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