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iStarUSA BPN-DE230SS-BLACK 2 x 5.25" to 3 x 3.5" SAS/SATA Trayless Hot-Swap Cage - OEM

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Brand
iStarUSA
Model
BPN-DE230SS-BLACK

Type

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Type
Trayless Hot-Swap Cage

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Color
Black
Specifications
Front bezel color: Black
HDD Interface : SATA I/II/III, SAS I/II
LED Display : Blue for Power on, Red for HDD Access
Material : Aluminum
Power Connector : 15 pin SATA connector x2
Data Connector : 7pin SATA connector x3
Security: Key Lock
Cooling Fan: 1x70mm
Dimension (W x H x D) : 5.71 x 3.35 x 7.64

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Features
Aluminum Frame, designed for heavy-duty purpose
Integrative shaping aluminum design for quickest heat sink
Aluminum front bezel with metal key lock mechanism for double safety
Removable fan cover for easy maintenance
Multi-functional LED Indication
Support Hot-Swap & RAID Configuration (need an additional RAID controller)
Low-noise Design with Fan-speed Control
Data Transfer Rate up to 6.0 Gb/s
3TB Hard Drives Compatible
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Joseph N.
  • 5/23/2016 2:11:01 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHits every requirement of mine

This review is from: iStarUSA BPN-DE230SS-BLACK 2 x 5.25" to 3 x 3.5" SAS/SATA Trayless Hot-Swap Cage

Pros: It works, it looks nice and it installs very easily. It is nice to have both the power and the SATA signal cables on the same side (the side with the removable computer case panel). No tools at all required to mount drives in the bays. They seemed to have thought of everything. The clearances are a little looser than other similar products so it is fairly easy to insert the drives without hanging up. Personally I like that it came clean with no USB ports or anything other than what I needed, a three bay removable drive case. I have been using it for several weeks now and no problems to report.

Cons: I think the fingers that push the drive off the socket is plastic so I would advise not using any significant force to open a bay. Fortunately the force required to unplug a drive is not excessive. I have seen some that you could suspend the drive off the sockets!

Other Thoughts: Others have complained about the fan noise but I don't hear it myself even on high but I come from the "old school" that believes you don't have enough fans if the case isn't hovering just off the floor. I have had it only for a couple of weeks but unless there is some long term reliability problem, it should do what I need for a long time. I mainly use it for back ups, testing drives, building new systems, and for moving files to new drives before permanently installing them.

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  • David F.
  • 4/23/2016 4:11:41 PM

4 out of 5 eggsWorks great, could use a couple improvements.

This review is from: iStarUSA BPN-DE230SS-BLACK 2 x 5.25" to 3 x 3.5" SAS/SATA Trayless Hot-Swap Cage

Pros: Unit feels solid, drives slide in and out nicely. Not needing trays is nice.

Cons: The fan makes more noise than I would like, even on low. It's not loud, just present and on a home server I would prefer it was silent. The position of the LEDS are very close to the borders between slots and with the position of the power light I keep looking at the wrong light.

Other Thoughts: It would be nice if it had a larger/quieter fan. It would be better if the slot LEDs were centered vertically with each slot and the power LED was on the other side (does it even need to be there?).

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  • Eduard F.
  • 9/16/2015 1:00:47 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice trayless design

This review is from: iStarUSA BPN-DE230SS-BLACK 2 x 5.25" to 3 x 3.5" SAS/SATA Trayless Hot-Swap Cage

Pros: Love these. Its trayless, so no messing with small screws. I have 2 of these in a tower server (NAS) holding a total of 6x1TB WD RE drives and no issues. The fans in the back could be more powerful, but my temps are below 40degC in a furnace room (mostly warm room).
Will buy more, when doing new custom builds.

Cons: None after 2+ years ... that says a lot ...

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  • MICHAEL P.
  • 5/9/2015 4:15:12 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice Cage

This review is from: iStarUSA BPN-DE230SS-BLACK 2 x 5.25" to 3 x 3.5" SAS/SATA Trayless Hot-Swap Cage

Pros: Well designed and aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Cooling fan on high seems to work well. I really can't hear the difference the fan speed makes since my case is sound dampened. It's quiet to me on high speed.

I use them for access to multimedia and ISO images.

Works well with Intel rapid storage technology. Trayless seems to be better in my opinion.

Cons: none so far. Love it.

Other Thoughts: I wish cases would incorporate drive bays of this quality into full towers and mid towers for the masses. It's a shame they can't see the writing on the wall. This bays are nice.

If you are getting them to secure your drives...don't get them. Just pull them out when not in use and get a drive safe to secure them. The cage wouldn't take much more than a flat tip screw drive and minimum force to pry the drive lever open to remove your precious drives. It's just a plastic latch that locks the lever in place when flush.

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  • Stephen A.
  • 6/1/2013 10:15:42 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent design - and a quiet fan!!

This review is from: iStarUSA BPN-DE230SS-BLACK 2 x 5.25" to 3 x 3.5" SAS/SATA Trayless Hot-Swap Cage

Pros: Functional trayless drive bay; no connectivity issues; quiet fan in low noise mode; SATA power connectors, drive activity lights; locking bays.

Cons: Too esthetically nice! No power switches for the drives.

Other Thoughts: After my recent bashing of the SNT-SAC3141TL and my complaints about the "SUPER NOISY FAN!" in my last iSTar hot-swap bay, I'm really happy to report that they got the noise level right in this third revision of their trayless hot-swap bay. When the fan switch is on low, it's really quiet. This is the first hot-swap bay I've bought that I didn't have to modify!

This hotswap bay looks like the Ferrari of hot-swap bays; in fact, all of the case is brushed and painted aluminum, which is a bit much since 90% of us use opaque cases to house our systems. The only thing I miss is the individual drive power switches from their tray models, but other than that it's a class act. Blue/purple power and activity lights, locking trays... what I wrote in the Pros. It's an excellent product.

One thing worth noting about trayless vs tray: on my iStar 4-disk bay, I can optionally screw an SSD to the tray instead of an HDD. A trayless HDD bay needs an adapter like the ICY DOCK MB882SP-1S-1B, but that's $30 a pop... Food for thought.

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  • Mindy M.
  • 4/26/2013 3:18:09 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood unit, questionable QC

This review is from: iStarUSA BPN-DE230SS-BLACK 2 x 5.25" to 3 x 3.5" SAS/SATA Trayless Hot-Swap Cage

Pros: Easy to use, and quite convenient.

Cons: Spotty QC - I've had issues with 2 of these. One came with a dead port, the other was quite sensitive - even a slight push against the top, or the right bump of the chassis, and the hot-swap cage would short out, and all drives would lose their connection.

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  • Brian H.
  • 2/24/2013 10:21:57 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice Design and Heavy Duty

This review is from: iStarUSA BPN-DE230SS-BLACK 2 x 5.25" to 3 x 3.5" SAS/SATA Trayless Hot-Swap Cage

Pros: This dock takes up only two external bays on the front of your motherboard but accepts up to 3 hard drives at 3.5". Easy-open doors, the doors are perforated (maybe for some air flow?) and push the drives out a little bit so you can grip them for removal. Parts of this dock are heavy guage aluminum, should be very durable.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I have been using removable hard drives for about 10 years. Makes it easy to swap OSs, use a test OS for debugging a friend's virus-infested system disk. Also very good for swapping backup drives in and out.

On this unit, LED lights are always on for the bays that have a drive in them. I think they can be switched off, but it's not annoying to me so I left it alone. Blue for power, flickering purple for data access. Has an 80 mm (I think) fan on the back that supposedly draws air through the unit and exhausts it into the case.

The whole unit is well built and works VERY well.

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  • Gerhard M.
  • 2/22/2013 7:47:43 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsposition & drive size

This review is from: iStarUSA BPN-DE230SS-BLACK 2 x 5.25" to 3 x 3.5" SAS/SATA Trayless Hot-Swap Cage

Pros: As has already been said, build quality and functionality are fantastic, plus no drive trays!

Cons: If mounting so as to have the Hard drive in the vertical position, a smaller drive e.g. 500 GB, does not allign to the connector very easily. No problem with full size 1 - 2 TB drives but the thinner drives need to be installed horizontally for reliable insertions.

Other Thoughts: The fans on these units could use upgrading to higher air volumes. I like my drives to run cool.
Nothing in life is perfect so only 4 eggs.
When the BPN-DE350SS becomes available, I'll be placing my order. Hope I can give it 5 eggs.

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  • Robert M.
  • 2/22/2013 7:51:12 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest Hot Swap Cage IMO...

This review is from: iStarUSA BPN-DE230SS-BLACK 2 x 5.25" to 3 x 3.5" SAS/SATA Trayless Hot-Swap Cage

Pros: -BUILD QUALITY is absolutely fantastic!
-Looks great in my black metal case.
-Keeps my green drives VERY cool! (28-30 deg C)
-perfect for a raid 5 configuration (you need 3 drives)
-Comes with a set of keys to lock the drives in place
-HDD indicator lights are great (and a MUST have feature...trust me)
-Fairly priced

Cons: Umm...none!

Other Thoughts: iStar, my only worry is that you will discontinue this amazing product one day...please don't!! ;)

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  • Timothy B.
  • 11/27/2012 7:56:17 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome

This review is from: iStarUSA BPN-DE230SS-BLACK 2 x 5.25" to 3 x 3.5" SAS/SATA Trayless Hot-Swap Cage

Pros: Got this to stick in a HafXB case in place of the 2x5.25 drives. This thing required no fiddling whatsoever. Just plug and chug baby! Took 3x3TB WD drives without a hitch. Running RAID 5 via a PERC 5i controller on AMD Fatal1ty 990FX board without a problem.

Cons: Sometimes things are junk, sometimes they're iStar. Can't find anything wrong. Buy it if you're debating this over other brands. The build quality is amazing.

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