The MB663 Series has a new user friendly Screw-less design. User can just plug in the hard drive and play. MB663UR series is a 2.5" hard drive removable rack that fits into a standard 3.5" drive bay slot usually for floppy disk device if your standard 5.25" drive bays are overwhelmed by CD, DVD or so devices that you are unable to fit other storage drive devices into your system. Conforming to the idea of a 5.25" removable drive rack, the slim device keeps security, exchangeability, expandability, manageability available without sacrificing the needs of your 5.25" drive bays.
Pros: It's small, it's portable, it takes SATA HDD's, and no issues with Vista 64bit O.S. The drive enclosure is very sturdy and came with a half decent carrying case. Comes with a docking port.
Cons: The docking port. I had to take it apart and lube the slide rails because it was hard to insert and remove the HDD. Also found one of two springs was not attached, making it slide out at an angle. Once I greased up the slides and reattached the spring, it actually works really well. For the price paid on this, the docking station should have worked much better than this. I dont think this will hold up at all to heavy use, but will do good for occasional use.
Other Thoughts: Just to clarify the CONS, when you take the lid off the docking port, you'll find a separate enclosure inside that the HDD fits into, it's this part that slides on the rails and was making it difficult to insert and eject the HDD. A little grease or Vaseline on the rail will go a long way to making this thing easier to insert and eject. Just put some lub on the rails, make sure the two springs, one on each side, are attached and dont come off and this will work great.
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IcyDock mb663UR-1S Problems
Pros: I agree with the previous reviewer. I like the drive enclosures but thet dock is faulty and flimsy.
Cons: The Dock never worked right for me. It would come up with "device not recognized" errors when I plugged in the drive. Also, I went to their site and saw pictures of a similiar unit that had a real USB connection for plugging into the system. I then received the unit and its got pin connectors for plugging in. Also, the cable is too short.
Other Thoughts: Again, its a great idea and I really wanted it to work for my clients that are moving to hd storage/backup. But, alas, it just doesn't work.
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Pros: Good concept. The cartridge works great when plugged directly into an external USB slot.
Cons: The 'Dock' causes BSOD (system crash) every time you try to access the inserted disk/cartridge from within windows. Dock is very poorly designed and flimsy. The pin inserts on the flip up dust cover are too short, so the cover falls out its slot and get stuck inside. The eject button feels as if it will fall out soon. The pressure required to insert the cartridge into the dock will likely break the front plastic cover of the cartridge in a short amount of time.
Other Thoughts: I knew I was taking a chance with this product. I dont usually buy if there are no reviews, but there are not many products like this. I purchased 2 of these 'docks' along with 4 additional cartridges, to replace a tape backup system on a server. The second dock was only purchased as a backup to the 1st because I had a feeling they might have a short lifetime.
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“It's small, it's portable, it takes SATA HDD's, and no issues with Vista 64bit O.S. The drive enclosure is very ...”— 11/21/2008
“The Dock never worked right for me. It would come up with "device not recognized" errors when I plugged in the drive. ...”— 5/22/2008