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Hot-Swap Cage


Black Bezel
Color of Front Bezel: Black

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

Hotswap HDD Type: 3.5" SAS I/II & SATA I/II/III

Indicators: Blue for Power on/ Purple for HDD Access

Security: Key Lock

Material of Front Bezel/Handle/Main Chassis: Aluminum

Cooling Fan: 1x80mm

Dimensions: 5.71" x 4.92" x 7.79"


Aluminum Frame, designed for heavy-duty purpose

Support SAS I/II, SATA I/II/III Hard Drives

Integrative shaping aluminum design for quickest heat sink

Data Transfer Rate up to 6.0 Gb/s

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)

3TB Hard Drives Compatible.
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Dennis T.
  • 8/6/2014 10:38:10 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsPretty good but useless fan

This review is from: iStarUSA BPN-DE350SS-BLACK 3x5.25" to 5x3.5" SAS/SATA 6.0 Gb/s Trayless Hot-Swap Cage

Pros: Attractive
Smooth insertion and connection
Tight packing five in 3

Cons: Loud, non-standard fan
Uneven cooling
Tenuous closing latch

Other Thoughts: I got two of these as part of a server solution from unRAID/LimeTechnology. I'd probably do it again, but would have immediately removed the fans and replaced them as I finally did with temperature controlled ball bearing fans; Others have commented on the non-standard fans supplied, a 'standard' 80 mm fan is about 4 mm thicker. I used two drywall screws of about 25 mm to hold them into the plastic mounts which was oddly satisfying, and chucked the old plastic guard. The fan plug is also non-standard and I had to splice in the old plugs. You can't use angled SATA cables and there should be a power splitter, but it's pretty organized overall

I have 10 drives in two of these racks including 4 older 500 gb drives that run hotter than the newer drives. If placed adjacent to each other, two of these run quite hot if the fan is on low; separating these with a cooler drives between is useful, and placing them at the edges of the cage is even better, though I suspect that air flow is less there.

The cage is wide open inside so there is nothing to encourage laminar or even flow across each drive. Plus the gaps between some of the cage doors is uneven, so more air enters there, and for a while I felt I had to block some door gaps with tape to encourage flow to the hotter disks. Moving the hot disks to the cage edges helps most.

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  • jason w.
  • 5/16/2014 4:12:08 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI love these things

This review is from: iStarUSA BPN-DE350SS-BLACK 3x5.25" to 5x3.5" SAS/SATA 6.0 Gb/s Trayless Hot-Swap Cage

Pros: Have had one in my unraid server for over two years, just got a second, and I have the single drive version in an extra machine for pre-clearing. For the price, they are solid. I have no experience with the fans, as I remove them and let my case do the cooling. Drives insert easily and lock in solid each time, no quality issues with any of the ones I have. Will be ordering at least one more 5-bay later on.

Cons: Doors can be a little flimsy but I'm not adding or removing drives very often, so no biggie. Again, for the price, can't be beat. Other reviews I've read say the fan can be loud. It has a switch for high/low, plus you can always replace (or remove) it. No con worth knocking an egg off for.

Other Thoughts: Awesome for home file servers. Beats the pants off of tray-based designs for ease of use.

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  • Ryan D.
  • 11/30/2013 12:30:28 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorth the price... just do it!

This review is from: iStarUSA BPN-DE350SS-BLACK 3x5.25" to 5x3.5" SAS/SATA 6.0 Gb/s Trayless Hot-Swap Cage

Pros: I have a server with 8 hard drives. (I bought two of these) I wasn't going to use this initially. I thought, once you get everything into the case, you really don't need to touch it, so there's not much of a need for this. I learned some things along the way that weren't immediately obvious.

The biggest benefit is that it really helps with cable management. The SATA connectors are all in line. I bought 5 SATA cables with right angle connectors, connecting them from the bottom to top. The cables stack on top of each other, and you can put a zip tie around the cables at the bottom and they're really cleanly organized. While you can do this with drives (I've done it before), removing a drive in the middle can be tough. With the drive bay, you can install the cables before putting the drive in and never have to touch them again. The power cables are the real bonus. Two power connectors which distribute the power to all the drives. Doing this with splitters on individual drive can be a mess. My previous setup was a bit of a mess, it's very clean now because of these.

The design of the airflow is smart. Holes in the front and one single fan on the back that pulls air through. The only thing I could think to improve on this would be to have some kind of insert for empty drive bays. As it is, the bulk of the air will flow though the empty slots.

I took the cage apart to look at the circuit board, and apart from the LED indicators, it appears that this is just a straight pass-through of the connections from the drive to the SATA connectors on the back. I was worried it had a controller onboard, or something like that.

Other general comments:

The drive lights are a nice touch. The locks aren't really keyed locks, but they're good if you just want to keep from accidentally ejecting the wrong disk. The drive cages looks really cool when installed. You can install 5 drives in the space that would otherwise hold 4.

Cons: Each drive bay door is connected to a lever on the back of the bay, so that when you insert a drive, it closes the door part way. Likewise, when you open the bay door, it pops the drive out of the bay. This works pretty well, but sometimes it feels like it takes too much force and I worry that I'll break the mechanism. So when inserting and ejecting a drive, do it slowly. When inserting a drive, it helps if you close the bay door a little to help it along.

The biggest gripe I have with this is with the fan housing. It uses an 80mm fan, and you should be able to replace it with your own fan. The way the fan is mounted, you would need to buy the same exact size fan as was included, down to the holes on the fan itself. In my case, I bought an Arctic Cooling F8 PWM fan. The fan holes were too small, and the width of the fan was too large. I ended up taking a Dremel to the holes. Because of the width, the box that covers the fan has a small gap, but this doesn't affect the function of the fan. I had to buy longer screws to get them to mount properly. So, you can get it to work, but it was a real pain.

iStarUSA should modify their fan mount on their next design iteration to use a more standard fan mounting method that allows for variations in fan dimensions.

Despite these issues, I wouldn't hesitate to buy this product again.

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