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ICY DOCK Blizzard MB080U3S-1SB ABS shell with metal frame 3.5" Black SATA I/II/III USB3.0 & eSATA External Enclosure

  • 3.5"
  • USB3.0 & eSATA
  • 3TB+
  • ABS shell with metal frame
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OVERVIEW

Blizzard - MB080U3S-1SB - USB 3.0 & eSATA External HDD Enclosure

External enclosures are a great way to have high capacity data storage on the go. Data can also be a critical factor for users in the media business or who work with data centers. Some of the top tier hard drive companies have made their own all-in-one enclosure with hard drives included. However, one of the known major causes of hard drive failure is due to excessive heat buildup caused by a lack of a proper cooling system. Also, a majority of hard drive manufactures only allow a one-year warranty on their all-in-one external hard drives. This can be fatal for someone who has just lost their data and has to spend a significant amount of money in order to recover their data. There are other external enclosures in the market that provide a cooling system to help prevent this, but the physical placement of the cooling system does not always allow for the optimal airflow to cool the hard drive. Going above and beyond, the MB080U3S-1SB Blizzard stands in stark contrast the other systems, and is the next generation of external enclosures dedicated for maximum performance in cooling.


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Elegantly Designed Hardware

The Blizzard has a uniquely designed front panel integrated with a massive 80mm fan for an elegant and nonintrusive design for the best ventilation, all in a single 3.5” hard drive that is installed into the front of the enclosure. There are two important reasons for the particular fan placement and design. First, the MB080U3S-1SB will be able to cool all sides of the hard drive and create only one direction of airflow from the front to the back, where the air then exits. This extends the life of the cooling fan as it only intakes cool cold air and increases the overall cooling efficiency of the hard drive, in comparison to other enclosure cooling designs. Second, the 80mm fan is integrated into the detachable front panel which allows to easily swap your hard drive without any screws or tools to worry about. On the sides, includes two slightly concealed button ejectors that when pressed, will eject the front panel enabling the user to swap the hard drive as needed, similar to popular hard drive docking stations.

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Smarter Cooling Functionality

The rear panel comprises of a multitude of defining features coming all together from only the best ideas of our previous external enclosure models. The enclosure has a single LED brightness dial to effortlessly adjust the ambient LED brightness to your preferred liking. To increase the level of functionality, the Blizzard's LED color will turn red when the hard drive temperature is over 50°C. The built in fan controller allows you to select low, high, and auto to properly cool the hard drive to help if such a case appears. The auto mode properly adjusts accordingly to your hard drive's requirements by increasing or decreasing the fan speed as needed.

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Lightning Quick Speed

Taking advantage of the new ultra fast USB 3.0 interface, users will be able to transfer at high speeds at a maximum of 5Gbps or perhaps use the similarly fast eSATA interface for system when there is a lack of USB 3.0. The USB 3.0 interface is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 so using the MB080U3S-1SB on your legacy PC or Mac is not a problem. With tool-less drive installation, you can easily swap the drives in between systems. The Blizzard is perfect for users in the fields requiring the best cooling and performance on the market.

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FEATURES
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  • Unique & Elegant design.
  • Massive 80mm fan for optimal cooling.
  • User replaceable front cooling fan for easy maintenance or aftermarket replacement with 2 and 3 pin power ports available.
  • Direct airflow design to completely cool all sides of the hard drive.
  • Completely screw-less / tool-less design for any 3.5” SATA I/II/III HDD.
  • USB 3.0 & eSATA interface for the fastest connections anywhere.
  • Backward compatible with USB 2.0 for wide-ranging use.
  • 3 Speed Adjustable Cooling Fan, including auto setting featuring.
  • Smart Cooling technology. Smart Cooling Technology is active in auto mode and accurately adjusts the fan speed according to your hard drive's needs.
  • Cool blue ambient LED with adjustable brightness control.
  • Smart-Temp functionality – Front LED changes from blue to red when over 122°F (50°C).
  • Supports SATA 6Gbit hard drive.
  • Great for Media and IT Professionals.
  • Designed for PC & Mac systems.

SPECIFICATIONS
Model Number:
MB080U3S-1SB
Color:
Black
Drive Fit:
Single 3.5" SATA I / II / III hard drive
Host Interface:
1 x eSATA 3Gbps port
1 x USB 3.0 port (USB 2.0 compatible)
Transfer Rate (Max. Bus Speed):
Up to 3Gbps via eSATA
Up to 5Gbps via USB 3.0
Up to 480Mbps via USB 2.0
Drive Cooling:
80mm fan
Fan Speed Control:
High / Low / Auto
HDD Access Indication:
Flashing Orange LED
Power Indication:
Green LED
Over Heat Indicator:
Red ambient LED light (when temperature reaches 122°F (50°C))
OS Requirements:
Windows XP / 2003 / VISTA / 7 / 8
Mac OS 10.22.8 and higher
Power Supply:
12V/2A Power Adapter
Structure:
ABS Shell with metal frame
Dimensions (L x W x H):
9.4 x 5 x 5.75 inches (237.5 x 126 x 146mm)
Weight:
1.4lbs (646g)


Learn more about the ICY DOCK MB080U3S-1SB

Model

Brand
ICY DOCK
Series
Blizzard
Model
MB080U3S-1SB

Spec

Color
Black
Size
3.5"
AC Adapter
12V/2A power adapter
Material
ABS shell with metal frame
Internal Interface
SATA I/II/III
External Interface
USB3.0 & eSATA
Maximum Capacity (per Bay)
3TB+
Fan
Yes
Specifications
Fan Speed Control: High/ Low/ Auto

HDD Access Indication: Flashing orange LED

Power Indication: Green LED

Over Heat Indicatior: Red ambient LED light (when temperature reach 50 Degrees C)
Features
Unique & Elegant design.

Massive 80mm fan for optimal cooling.

Direct airflow design to completely cool all sides of the hard drive.

Completely screw-less / tool-less design for any 3.5" SATA I/II/III HDD.

USB 3.0 & eSATA interface for the fastest connections anywhere.

Backward compatible with USB 2.0 for wide-ranging use.

3 Speed Adjustable Cooling Fan, including auto setting featuring.

Smart Cooling technology. Smart Cooling Technology is active in auto mode and accurately adjusts the fan speed according to your hard drive's needs.

Cool blue ambient LED with adjustable brightness control.

Smart-Temp functionality - Front LED changes from blue to red when over 50 Degrees C.

Supports SATA 6Gbit hard drive up to 3TB capacity.

Great for Media and IT Professionals.

Designed for PC & Mac systems.

Compatibility

Operating Systems Supported
Windows XP / 2003 / VISTA / 7
Mac OS 10.22.8 and higher

Dimensions & Weight

Dimensions
9.35" x 4.96" x 5.75"
Weight
1.42 lbs.

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Michael G.
  • 9/15/2014 9:30:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsExcellent but dead in 6 months

Pros: - Speed. Using usb3.0 I was getting about the same transfer rate to this dock as when I was transferring between two internally connected sata drives.
- Design: Looks great, the dim blue LED lets you know it is on without lighting up the room at night, the included feet made for a very stable platform
- Quiet: Even with the fans set to high this thing barely made a hum and kept my drives nice and cool
-Versatility: Although I prefer to use the more common usb3.0, it was nice to also have eSATA as an option. A few of my older machines didn't had eSATA but no usb3.0 and I was happy to have the eSATA option instead of being forced to use the much slower usb2.0 speeds. Makes a huge difference when transferring hundreds of GBs of data.

Cons: -Reliability: This dock was everything I wanted until it simply died on me after about 6 months of ownership. I used the dock about once a week to backup a few machines and would store it off-site between weekly uses. 6 months of happy dock ownership and I plug it into a machine and no drive appears.
I check disk management and it tells me the dock is connected but there is no drive present. I try it on a different machine and get the same result. I swap out the drive in the dock with 3 different HDDs and all show no disk present in dock.
Although I did enjoy this dock while it was working I simply cannot recommend something if it isn't built to last. When thinking of backup I considered prebuilt dock+drive solutions but opted for the icy dock because, although it came at a cost premium, it offers the flexibility of swapping out to a larger drive when the time comes. Unfortunately, this point is moot if the dock won't even last for one generation of drive. Maybe I got a lemon and yours will be fine but I will think twice before purchasing another dock from this company.
-Drive fit: often times it would take a few attempts to get a drive to properly seat into the sata and power connectors at the foot of the drive. I often found I needed to poke a flashlight into the enclosure when inserting a drive to see that everything was lining up correctly. Usually a nudge in the right direction would allow the drive to seat.

Other Thoughts: great enclosure that died too soon. I am going to attempt to RMA the drive, since they do have a 12 month warranty, but reading over their warranty has me a bit worried. "Any returns found to be non-defective are subject to a Non-Trouble Found fee of $ 50.00". So this means if the drive decides to randomly start working again, as randomly as it stopped working, that I'm on the hook for $50? Seems a bit ridiculous but I guess I'll cross that bridge if I get there. Wish me luck.

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  • David K.
  • 6/26/2014 7:02:18 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsFW800 dead

Pros: Good concept. Needed a FW800 dock since I still have it and use it with assorted Macbook Pros and don't have USB3 yet on anything. Have been puzzled by the OWC Voyager still getting bad ratings after all these years for breaking down. So when this went on sale I bit.

Without front on docking of drives is fairly smooth and secure. Design, with its shape and bulk, isn't a plus but not a deal breaker for a working FW800 dock.

Cons: FW800 was randomly flakey off the bat, leading me to doubt the new cheap Toshiba 3Ts I got on sale or at least their incompatibility. Frustrating. After two weeks of this FW800 now is dead, not seen. USB2 works but is not of any value to me. Back it goes

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  • Ronald M.
  • 4/17/2014 8:10:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat External Enclosure

Pros: My old computer, several years old running Vista suddenly stopped with no power. It had two 500 Gig hard drives that I needed the data off of, this was a spare computer but still had needed data. My new computer is an Apple that is running Parallels software and Windows 7. The ICY DOCK Blizzard connected with no problems and changing the hard drives is very easy with no screws to remove. The hard drives are recognized on both the Apple and Windows operating systems. This is a great enclosure costing more than some but well worth the extra cost.

Cons: No cons at all, this is a great product.

Other Thoughts: Highly recommended

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  • Douglas M.
  • 3/24/2014 7:00:40 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood device, poor rebate policy

Pros: This really is a very good device. Its two huge pros are it keeps the hard drive cool over extended periods (such as cloning a disk) and, hard drives can be inserted and removed effortlessly in seconds. I would rate it 5 stars if the company did not have a poor rebate policy.

Cons: It is unconscionable for any company to tell it's own customers, who have bought an item with a promotion/rebate to: "allow 12 - 14 weeks from receipt of your rebate". That is 1/4 of a year !!!!

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  • Jack B.
  • 3/5/2014 12:33:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsUPDATE: It's garbage.

Pros: Easy to install.

Cons: Works with some drives, doesn't work with others.

Other Thoughts: After RMAing for a replacement, apparently it didn't want to seat a WD 2TB drive correctly. Drive would initialize, partition, but it would not format. This was consistant using different eSATA ports and cables. Drive was tested to operate fine in a different enclosure. I put this down to the Icy Dock's vertical design and lack of a hard mount. Roll the dice if you must, but I would avoid it.

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  • Jack B.
  • 2/27/2014 4:37:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsCould be good, but got a lemon.

Pros: Awesome tooless design, just pop the front off, put the drive in, pop the front back on and your good to go. Great speeds from USB 3.0 with USAP.

Cons: Not exactly a compact footprint, no option to lay it out horizontally. While made with sturdy plastic, there isn't any metal heatsink inside (at least as far as I can tell) so the fan is pretty much your only cooling option, and if I'm really nitpicking the power and disk activity LEDs are kind of tiny.

Other Thoughts: Unfortunately I got a lemon. While everything works pretty flawlessly with USB 3.0 the eSATA connector definately doesn't work. Afraid I'll have to RMA and hope I have better luck with the next one.

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  • Jay S.
  • 2/21/2014 1:03:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsBuy It!

Pros: Works via USB 3.0 in Ubuntu 13.10, cool and quiet, nice design, easy to use.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I have tried several USB 3.0 docks and external enclosures, and this is the first one to work consistently using USB 3.0 in Ubuntu 13.10. The fan in mine is very quiet, contrary to what I read in some other reviews. The design is great, it's easy to swap drives, and it sits very stably on the desk. The included USB 3.0 cable is plenty long.

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  • Kenneth J.
  • 1/8/2014 10:09:10 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsnice HDD enclosure

Pros: Using this for external storage for a low power and very small form factor HTPC, looks nice and like the design for an always running 2TB hybrid drive. Very quiet and have the peace of mind the drive will stay as cool as possible.

Cons: No cons, just wish all these enclosure manufacturers were better detailed about max HDD capacity. Just the facts about the device limitations, not the operating system its attached to.

Other Thoughts: Have used different brand enclosures before with success, picked this one because it has a fan to keep an always running drive cool. Am no interior designer but I like how its looks in my home theater area.

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  • Bradley G.
  • 12/15/2013 9:35:56 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPERFECT enclosure

Pros: Quiet, reliable, and perfect for a single drive enclosure.

Cons: None yet

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  • Harold H.
  • 11/28/2013 9:23:15 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Enclosure

Pros: Quite, fast, very accessible, easy to change drives, blue lighting matched my system. I have had this docking enclosure for a while now, without any problems whatsoever. Worked from the moment I hooked up to the system, and has never failed to read any drive I put in it, All my drives are WD or Seagate. I run a 1TB Seagate drive in it continuously, without problem. My system reads the drive's three sectors just as if they were in the case. I also have two other drives, 250gb WD that I store some information on. All I have to do is turn off the enclosure take off the face, pull one drive out, push the other in, reinstall the front and turn it on.

I considered several such systems before deciding on the Icy Dock. After doing some research, and checking reviews from several different sites, I chose this one. Don't regret the choice. Would buy this one again if I needed another.

Cons: None whatsoever. Has filled all my needs.

Other Thoughts: If you are looking for an external drive enclosure, this is the one you want. It works as advertised.

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