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Vantec EZ Swap F4 MRK-425ST-BK 4 Bay 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s SSD/HDD Removable Rack, SATA III ready (Supports 9.5 & 12.5mm height SSD/HDD)

  • Device Support: Compatible With SATA I/II/III Hard Drives & SSDs
  • Device Size: 2.5" (9.5mm ~ 12.5mm Height)
  • Interface: SATA
  • HDD Capacity: Up To 4TB
  • Material: Aluminum & Plastic
  • Dimension: 170 x 14
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Four Bay 2.5" SATA SSD/HDD Removable Rack

The Vantec EZ Swap F4 - brings simplicity to your storage needs by allowing you to quickly retrieve four 2.5" hard drives without the hassle of dealing with the insides of a computer. Compatible with all standard 2.5" SATA or SSDs hard drives: simply install your 2.5" SATA hard drives onto the hard drive trays and then slide the trays into the EZ Swap F4, enjoy a pure SATA connection with speeds up to 6Gb/s. Enclosed in an aluminum shell along with a 40mm fan in the back ensure your four hard drives are safe and cool. Whether if it may be form or functionality you are looking for, the simplistic design of the Vantec EZ Swap F4 is an all in one solution for your 2.5" SATA hard drive needs.


Learn more about the Vantec MRK-425ST-BK

Model

Brand
VANTEC
Model
MRK-425ST-BK

Spec

Specifications
Device Support: Compatible With SATA I/II/III Hard Drives & SSDs

Device Size: 2.5" (9.5mm ~ 12.5mm Height)

Interface: SATA

HDD Capacity: Up To 4TB

Material: Aluminum & Plastic

Dimension: 170 x 146 x 42 mm

Features

Features
Seamless Integration

Fits In Any Standard 5.25" Drive Bay

Easy To Install & Remove Rack Design

Supports Up To Four 2.5" SATA Hard Drives/SSDs

Pure SATA Connection

System Requirements:
Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7
MAC OS X 10.4+

Package Contents:
Vantec EZ Swap F4, Power Adapter, Installation Screws, SATA Cable x 4,Installation Guide

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Anonymous
  • 3/29/2014 11:29:41 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPrett good device.

Pros: One power connector, hot swap trays, gread for SSDs, low price.

Cons: As others have said, the fan gets loud after using it for a while. I only use this cage for SSDs and they don't require the same level of cooling as spinning drives. I simply remove the fan prior to install now when using these.

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  • Richard A.
  • 3/2/2014 10:59:39 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Uses 0ne molex power for 4 sata drives
Hot swapable.
Copme with 4 SATA 6.0GB data cables and Sata to MOlex Adapter,

Cons: Mini fan was noisy until I used electrical tale to secure it in bracket.

Other Thoughts: Would of got a 5 egg if the fan was quiet.
Excellet for raiding 2.5 ssd drives.
frees up 3.5 drive space.
allows for smaller power supply to make box more energy efficient.
good price,

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  • wesley s.
  • 11/12/2013 5:36:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsjunk

Pros: It holds 4 2.5 drives.

Cons: loud cheap fan, plastic cartridges plastic case with zero heat sink ability. Cartridges use screws into the bottom of the drives. Whats even better they're rare counter-sinked screws that clear the case so if you loose any good luck... Fan is annoying, pita to swap drives. I can't think of any application where this bay is acceptable. Someone said for home use, no way loud junk fan plus annoying carriage design I won't recommend this to anyone. Better off zip-tying your drives inside the case somewhere.

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  • Matthew B.
  • 9/30/2013 9:28:54 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsEZ Swap indeed!

Pros: 4 x 2.5" drives in 1 5.25" space. Looks nice. All cables and hardware included. Lights to show populated bays. Looks nice in case. SATA pass-through so there should be no speed drops. Should be able to hot-swap if you're using AHCI and your chipset supports hot-swapping.

Cons: Hard to mount in some 5.25 bays. Mounted in a PowerEdge 1800 server and it was an EXTREMELY tight fit. Just be prepared for a bit of a fight. Trays are kind of light.

Other Thoughts: Make no mistake, this product is for HOME users. It is NOT intended for enterprise applications where hard drives are swapped in and out frequently. For someone who want's to set up an SSD RAID, or add more storage to a SFF case it's a great option. If you need enterprise grade hardware look to SNT or Icy Dock.

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  • Christopher B.
  • 8/28/2013 5:32:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsSeamless?

Pros: The backplane and everything else is surprisingly enough working.

Cons: However I put this in the 5.25" bay of a super micro server chasis. It was hard getting in, and now it will not come out. I need to move the board and this case to another server for storage. That is not going to happen. There is nothing seamless about it.

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  • Scott C.
  • 8/18/2013 12:28:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsCheap Organizational unit

Pros: Cheap 4x2.5" bay. This is all you need to organize some solid state drive for use in an array.
Fast pass-through sata speeds, virtual zero loss.
Power and activity lights.

Cons: Cheap, even though that is also a positive, 5.25" bay tolerance is sometimes exceeded by poor sheet metal cutting creating interference when installing. Purchased two, issue existed with only one, installed with significant force.
Fan silent at first, however very loud after a few minutes. Cheap 40mm x 10mm fan that is unsecured in the unit, sound is likely generated from blades being pushed against the interface card.
Plastic base and threads, caution if taking unit apart.
Plastic trays, caution when inserting and ejecting, use minimal force.
Lower 5.25" bay screws do interfere with lower trays when using tall hdds (12mm) suggest not using those two screws.

Other Thoughts: Note: some people have stated that the 40mm fan can not be replaced, this is completely inaccurate, the fan can be removed properly and replaced with any 40mm x 10mm fan. Issue however, is that it will remain unsecured (unless screwing into the plastic backing) which will almost always result in some vibratory noise.
If removing the fan, caution should be exercised when removing the upper IC as there is a power riser interconnecting the two ICs. Also, lower IC is connected to all power LED light and can not be fully removed but tilted to allow access to the 2 pin fan connection.
Trays would be strongly recommended for SSD installations which require no additional ventilation.
Standard HDDs consider another tray, or replacing the fan immediately.
People that are doing large number of insertions, should not purchase this tray, honestly it is not meant for that type of use, this is a chassis for holding hdds, not for enterprise hot swap usage.
Tray connection is combined SATA power and data, rather than SFF-8482 (SAS/SATA), this tray does not support SAS drives.

There are lots of trays out there, make sure this suits your needs. Personally, perfect for my SSD home server setup as all other 3.5" bays are used for large TB drives.

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  • Robert P.
  • 6/27/2013 6:42:44 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Cheap. Fan is quite/fairly quite. Did work for a little more than a year.

Cons: Front mount points screw right into the drives so you essentially only have the back mount points. Extremely easy to strip out the mount points the metal must be really cheap. One port died on me shortly longer than a year later.

Other Thoughts: Do yourself a favor and get a more expensive model.

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  • Keith J.
  • 6/1/2013 10:34:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFair product for a fair price

Pros: The price is the most attractive part of this bay. I enjoy the spring loaded releases and the all-in-one feel.

Cons: The molex connect, very dated. This could easily be fixed with minor retooling on Vantec's side.

The Green and Red LEDs really cheapen the look. This is the age of white and blue!

The way the holes are to mount it to your case, causes my tool-less case to insert a "peg" directly into the path of a HDD tray. Simple fix was to use screws.

Other Thoughts: Yes, the trays are thin, but they need to be to hold 4 HDDs in a single 3.5 slot. Be gentle and you won't have any issues.

Yes, this isn't hot swappable. No where does it claim to be. Really that is a support of the OS. I simply downloaded a program called "Hotswap.exe" and it works great! I'm buying a 2nd unit very soon.

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  • theodore b.
  • 5/16/2013 9:13:25 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat for SSD's

Pros: Secure mounting for 4 2.5" drives.

Cons: FAN!!!
Was fine for a week then it started screaming at me... I ended up just cutting the wires for the fan to shut it up.
Activity LED doesnt blink, however the drive indicators do work.

Other Thoughts: Running 4 Samsung 840 Pro SSD's so I dont need the cooling anyways.

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  • Daniel H.
  • 5/5/2013 10:40:45 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsNice, but cheap plastic and noisy fan

Pros: -Nice looking
-Easily fits into 5 1/4 bay
-Holds four 2.5" drives
-Latch-slider trays
-LED drive lights
-Pure SATA III Connection

Cons: -Noisy 40mm fan
-Thin, cheap plastic
-Not hot swappable

Other Thoughts: Overall this is a nice looking and well designed rack. As with the other reviews you will find the same consistent comments about it being made with cheap, thin plastic... and unfortunately at some point, as the 40mm fan noise gets louder, you'll need to disconnect the fan. If you are using SSDs then heat generation is not an issue, so disconnecting the fan will have zero impact. If you are using 2.5" SATAs then you may have to live with the noise, or figure out a way to replace the 40mm fan with a higher quality one.

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