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ICY DOCK Blizzard MB080U3S-1SB ABS shell with metal frame 3.5" Black SATA I/II/III USB 3.0 & eSATA External Enclosure

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  • 3.5"
  • USB 3.0 & eSATA
  • 3TB+
  • ABS shell with metal frame

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Eric T.
  • 5/15/2015 11:08:22 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI love it!

Pros: Easy to assemble.

Comes with all cables.

Has an activity LED.

Adjustable blue light brightness.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Personally I prefer tooled assembly, but this tool-less one isn't bad.

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  • Bruce F.
  • 1/17/2015 8:47:39 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsworks great - no fanfare

Pros: no problems, used as external housing for regular daily backups of >200G

Cons: none so far

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  • Andrew H.
  • 1/6/2015 11:04:30 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsLove the look!

Pros: I received this as my Christmas present! This enclosure provides all the requirements I need such as USB 3 and the big fan in the front to prevent my hard drives from frying like my older enclosure. I like the idea of adjusting the LED lights and fan speed. I might change the 80mm fan with no LED since lights doesn't really matter to me.

Cons: None yet, will update if there is.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/27/2014 7:40:13 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: - Easy to use
- Tool-Less/Screw-Less Design

Cons: I love IcyDock enclosures, it's all that I used, but I'm afraid this maybe my last one.

I bought this one because it was the only tool-less/screw-less USB 3.0 enclosure they had.

- I really didn't need a fan for my HDDs (fans collect dust). So I thought I could just disable the fan with a button. The details said 3 fan settings so I thought "off" might have been one of them. I was wrong. Sure, you can completely remove the fan manually, but I don't like leaving my HDD with an open end like that.

- This uses Plastic housing instead of aluminium. My past enclosures from IcyDock were aluminium housing, which were great to keep a hard drive cool without a fan. But this enclosure uses plastic (which feels really cheap). So they use plastic instead of aluminum, which will produce more heat and add a fan to make up for it? It would have been much more effective with aluminum housing.

- One of the side plastic panels slides and pops out of place when I put a hard drive in (I have to slide it back), which isn't that big of a deal since there is nothing connected to that side, but that can be a problem down the line.

- It's still a bulky enclosure if you remove the fan. That's a design flaw if you ask me. What's the point of removing the fan if it won't save space? Is this the only way they knew how to disable the fan (by taking it completely off)? They couldn't just add a button for that ("Fan Off").

- There is no button to turn off the LED fan lights (might be annoying for people who don't like LED lights on their systems like me), and there is no button to turn off the fan (as mentioned before). You can lower the LED lights, but can't turn them off. I am not sure why? Is it really that hard to add "off" buttons?

- The On-Off (I/O) switch is located in a bad location (between the power port and the USB3.0 or eSata port). It's hard to work your fingers there if you keep the hard drive near the back of your desk.

- USB 3.0 speeds are 50 MB/s compared to USB 2.0's 30 MB/s. This can be due to my hard drive, system, or files I am copying, so I didn't knockoff an egg for this, but it's just a thought.

Bottom Line: I am not satisfied, and wish I just looked for an aluminum, tool-less/screw-less enclosure from another brand. I am not sure why IcyDock's new USB 3.0/eSata aluminum Enclosures require tools and screws now when the older USB 2.0/eSata models did not. If they had a USB 3.0/eSata aluminum enclosure that were tool-less, I would have just bought that instead of buying this atrocity.

Other Thoughts: I really hope the rebate kicks in...... You really shouldn't pay 60-70 dollars for this. I only purchased because there was a 30 dollar rebate.

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  • Howard F.
  • 11/26/2014 12:50:32 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIcy Dock Blizzard

Pros: For the past three years now this unit has at least for me perform flawlessly! Personally I wish I had discovered this item years ago before I spent the money I did on brand-name external hard drives! I definitely would've saved a mint I do multiple backups not only dealing with various documents on my PC, but along with that I have separate hard drives or I should say multiple hard drives for my photographs and my music. I'm rather redundant in that way particularly when I'm trying to say photographs digital photography has a tremendous amount of advantages over film but definitely one of the negative issues is permanent , indefinite, and archival storage. Once again for me this unit has been a tireless worker.

Cons: Minor issues, the wiring supplied the 3.0 USB wire, very robust yet very stiff! Also engaging the ventilation fan, here too snapping in the home position you might need some patience at times.

Other Thoughts: Most definitely would recommend a "buy", on this unit and stock up on internal hard drives when they're on sale for me this is been an excellent way for backup.

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  • Michael G.
  • 9/15/2014 9:30:21 PM
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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