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Athena Power BP-SATA2131B Converts 2 x 5.25" Bays to 3 x 3.5" Bays SATA Hot Swap RAID Subsystem

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  • SATA
  • 3 3.5" Drive Bays
  • Support RAID 0, 1, & 5(need SATA RAID card)

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Athena Power


RAID Levels
RAID 0 / 1 / 5


3.5" Drive Bays


Hot-Swap 3 x 3.5" HD internal backplane SATA to SATA interface uses 2 x 5.25" bays. (Must work with SATA raid control card, not included)

Plug & Play

All Aluminum Design with Conductive Dissipation Grooves.

Power Control w/Molex 4pins or SATA 15pins connector, Sensor & Alarm.

The Safety Tri-angle Lock Safeguards the Hard Drives.

Super Air Ventilation & Heat Sink with 80mm Fan.

Capacity Up to 2TB(1HD), 6TB (3HD).

Data Transfer Rate Up to 3G.

7D SATA Data Cable Included.

RoHS ready

Color: Black

Dimensions & Weight

7.95" x 3.39" x 5.75"
8 lbs.
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 0 day
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  • charles k.
  • 5/28/2013 11:09:16 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDiscontinued??

Pros: Allows swapping SATA hard drives between computers or for file storage.

Cons: confusing which of the six power connectors to use.

Other Thoughts: I have one of these in each computer case I have. Unsure if each 4 pin power connector is used or if each of three SATA power connector is used. Very sad that Newegg discontinued this product that I use in every computer I build. Now have to pay over $100 to get one.

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  • Daniel G.
  • 11/11/2011 11:04:31 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDecent, with some qualms

Pros: This allowed me to up the HD count in my home media server significantly, it installed and ran without a hitch for about a year.... see cons for what happened next

Cons: ... then I switched hard drives and cables when building it into a new system, drives started transferring very slowly and sometimes disappearing during boot. The issue turned out to be the closeness of the SATA plugs to the SATA power plugs, the caused the SATA data cables to plug in at a slight angle that if bumped ever so slightly would lose connection. I went through 3 types of cables to find ones that didn't act like I put a shim betweent the power and data cables.

Other Thoughts: Could use a more secure key.

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/24/2010 9:01:06 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFinally, my very own backplane. :)

Pros: - Price
- Standard size, standard power input (2x Molex or 2x SATA power)
- Sturdy construction, good sleds (?)
- Separate on/off switch for each drive
- Separate power and activity LED for each drive
- Fan and fan failure LED (!)
- Fan speed selector (!)
- Temperature sensor and temperature warning beeper

Very, very cool product!

Cons: - Heavy
- Could have used a quieter fan (see other thoughts)
- Could have been slightly less deep

No eggs taken though.

Other Thoughts: Fan is loud-ish even at low speed setting. When I replaced it, the fan failure
sensor didn't like it, and thought speed was too low and kept beeping. Had to
buy a new fan. Now the fan sensor is merely confused, alternately thinking
it is ok and not. Makes for a fun LED blink-sequence (green and red). :)

Will buy again for sure.

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  • Ronny O.
  • 5/20/2010 2:44:23 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs5 Years and Still Going Strong

Pros: For 61 months, I have been running a RAID-5 array with Hitachi Deskstar 7K250 drives in this backplane. Zero problems, drives stay cool, no tacky gamer-look LEDs. Not exactly whisper quiet but not too noisy for a server. I love that this backplane only needs 2 power connections for 3 drives, and the 2 connections can be either SATA or 4-pin Molex.

Cons: In a Minitower ATX case, you need to be careful about the cables you run between the PS and this backplane, so that you don't block the fan. I can't think of any way that the fan could have been positioned better, so this is not really a con for the product, just something to watch out for.

Other Thoughts: I haven't had any need to try the hot swap, but I have tested tray ejections while powered down, just to check how well aligned the construction was. Everything slid smoothly out and back in, and clicked back into place without any hint of roughness.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/18/2010 4:13:10 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsWorking as designed

Pros: price, sturdy(ish) construction

Cons: loud for a 80mm fan, strange setup for fan.

Other Thoughts: Aluminum shell but plastic face plate (quite typical for these doodads), not sure about durability over time given the plastic face (others have commented too)
very tight fit in older Dell case but okay in later model LIAM knockoff. prolly would not bother with another one but this will do.

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  • Luke W.
  • 11/19/2008 2:57:20 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid

Pros: Great way to add 3 hot swappable sata drives in your unused optical drive bays! The independent power switches for the drives are a great way to save power when you're not using them and keep them cool. The HDD trays are great, easy to pop in and out, a bit tricky to lock in place without accidentally ejecting them again (you don't really have to lock them for them to stay though, so it doesn't really matter)

Cons: Fan is really loud, by default the jumpers are set to high speed. I guess these sata backplanes are meant for servers much more than htpcs :/ meh you can just turn off the drives to shut the fan down when you want it to be quiet.

Other Thoughts: I got this to go in my htpc case, a Thermaltake Bach and it's a bit of a tight fit with the fan sticking out behind the drives and my 1000w antec power supply not even an inch away.

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  • Thomas B.
  • 11/2/2008 3:42:09 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsLoud but does what it's suppose to

Pros: Installed easily and was recognized by OS (MS Home Server) Running for months and no problem. Price is very reasonable for what i wanted it for.

Cons: LOUD as Hell

Other Thoughts: People are complaining that it doesnt work at SATA II speeds (3.0) if you read the Item >> SATA is what it says (1.5) not SATA II (3.0) again you get what you pay for. I would buy this again and recommend it to others.

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  • Daniel G.
  • 7/18/2008 5:59:12 AM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Back Plane

Pros: Quick easy installation, worked great right off the bat

Cons: No documentation as to what controller chip is used (would be useful should compatibility issues arise)

Other Thoughts: Got a blue screen of death last night after installing this and an adaptec raid card, though I think it is an issue with the card. Will update this review when I resolve the problem.

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  • Gregory S.
  • 6/26/2008 4:27:58 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNumerous Flaws

Pros: Relatively inexpensive, easy to see drive activity (unlike some of my other backplanes).

Cons: Latch mechanism is flimsy, so it's easy to expose the removal handle, forcing you to lock the drive. Doesn't seem to play nice at 3.0Gb/s signaling rate. Removal handle not perforated, restricting airflow. Fan is loud on high, but that's fairly typical for these types of units.

Other Thoughts: I have four of these 3-in-2 enclosures, in two different cases, with 3 different controllers (Areca, LSI, and Intel). In each case, regardless of cable length, I had issues with dropping drives or various errors until I either forced the controller or the drives to use a 1.5Gb/s signaling rate. Not a big deal with today's drives, but could be as drive speeds increase. My one other SATA backplane, a 5-in-3 unit, did not require me to drop the signaling rate.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/23/2008 11:51:41 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat addition to any system

Pros: This is exactly what I was looking for!! It fit in my case with no problem and was easy to install - Fan speed is programmable via jumpers (high or low) you can also set the temperature for the warning light. This is a great addition to my system and combines ease of use with style..

Cons: The only thing that happened is out of the 3 included sata cables 1 of the cables was bad causing a drive not to be noticed.. this was an easy fix and just took a minute to troubleshoot.. I wouldn't let this keep me from buying this product if your looking for a hot swappable sata hard disk bay!

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