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KINGWIN KF-252-BK 2.5" / 3.5" Internal Tray-Less Hot Swap Rack

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Suitable hard disk type: 2.5" SATA x1 or 3.5" SATA x 1
Interface: Serial ATA
Color: Black
Connector: NSS (Non-Scratch SATA)
Material: Stainless steel & ABS plastic
Hot swap: Yes
Insertion rate: 50,000
OS: Windows Vista/ XP/2000/98SE/ME: Win 7, MAC 10X+
Dimension: 4.33" x 5.75" x 1.61"
Weight: 0.4 lbs.


Led light for power & HDD activity

Fits all 2.5" or 3.5" SATA hard disk

2.5" or 3.5" SATA internal hot swap rack

Fits in one 5¼ drive bay

No inner tray required

Non-Scratch SATA connector w/ 50K insertion rate

Easy transport and secure valuable data

Support hot swap

Support SATA II (3.0 Gb/s)

Tool-less design for h.d.d. installation

Compatible with all type of PC cases
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Brandon A.
  • 7/28/2014 10:16:57 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPerfect Tool - Bad Mounting

Pros: This is perfect for techie, don't have to worry about taking up desk space to run a chkdsk or a SMART check on someone's drive. Less cables as well.

Cons: It's a bit on the cheaper side. Bad Mounting options - See other thoughts.

Other Thoughts: The mounting options are a bit on the weak side, you only get 2 screw holes very close to each other to mount it. For cases without custom brackets that isn't an issue. 1 out of 3 cases would house this unit.

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  • Arie S.
  • 5/29/2014 7:29:23 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsDoes what it says. What more do you want?

Pros: Simple and it works. Best of all there's a nice big power button so you get to decide when its on or not. Not always an option with HD bays. I've used mine for a couple of years now with Windows 7 and it works without an issue. Stick the drive in and hit the power button and it fires right up.

Cons: Nothing serious enough to knock an egg off. The 2.5in drives can be a bit fidgety to slip in the first couple of times you try it before you get the hang of it. It uses the small hole in the flap as a guide rather than rails.

Other Thoughts: Be aware that for a 3.5in drive, half the drive will stick out of the drive bay so it wont site flush in a case. A 2.5in drive is mostly inside. You can see from the pictures that this isn't a full depth bay, so that's not really surprising.

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3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Very convenient for swapping drives.

Cons: Doesn't lock flush with the front of the computer.

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  • Daniel S.
  • 2/6/2014 10:17:17 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks awesome!

Pros: love it, it works as it should :D

Cons: no cons as far as i can see

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  • Robert S.
  • 10/3/2013 4:58:30 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsgets the job done

Pros: I have 2 of these - 1 at work, the other at home. I move several multi-gigabyte files daily. This device makes it very easy to transfer large files back and forth using old hard drives that normally sit on the shelf. On and off button is useful for disconnecting drives without removing it from the bay.

Cons: It is made cheaply and the hard drive bay is almost too shallow (-1 star).

Other Thoughts: It was hard to detract 1 star because the cost of the unit is very reasonable for its utility. My units have lasted nearly a year without fail despite the fact they are so cheap.

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  • Michael C.
  • 9/23/2013 8:12:28 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsWorks but defective

Pros: Handles 2.5 and 3.5 sata no trouble. Hot swappable if sata is set up AHCI.

This is the second one I bought.

Cons: The second one works but the power switch is stuck on so the led is always light brightly.

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  • Josh M.
  • 4/23/2013 10:36:04 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsCheap and flimsy

Pros: Somewhat cheap

Cons: Rack's SATA Conector broke off inside my SATA cable during installation, ruining both of them. Also as mentioned be prepaired to drill your own holes to mount this in your computer case. Very flimsy construction.

Other Thoughts: I have seen these types of racks for less money but got this one because I did not want something cheap. But cheap and flimsy is what I got :-(

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  • William A.
  • 1/26/2013 3:14:03 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks Great

Pros: No problems with the fit, matches my orther rack on my Thermatake Chaser case, makes it so easy to clone drives now, works great!!!!!

Cons: none

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  • Collin G.
  • 9/16/2012 11:34:01 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsAdvice for potential buyers

Pros: - Price
- Hot Swappable with some effort (see other thoughts)
- Power button
- Accommodates both 3.5 and 2.5 SATA drives

Cons: - Flimsy plastic
- Only takes up half a 5.25 bay instead of utilizing the whole bay.
- Since it's so small you can only screw in the first row of screws closer to the opening to lock it in the bay. That also takes a bit of effort since the plastic is such poor quality and the screws don't fit very well into the slots.
- "Tool Less" bay lock-ins might have some difficulty securing it in place.
- 3.5 Drives stick out half way instead of being fully enclosed by the device.
- There's an exhaust hole in the back cut out to look like a fan...they should have just left the back completely open for better air flow.
- No software/drivers included. A little utility would have been nice instead of scouring the internet for self trouble shooting.

-I would have to reset my computer for it to detect the drive which became more of a hassle and somewhat defeated the purpose of even having this device. I would also have to manually override from the BIOS (cont in other t

Other Thoughts: get the C: drive to boot up because it would conflict with boot logs.

Depending on your OS, it may not recognize the drive when you insert and power it up. The stock Windows "safely-remove hardware" doesn't detect it.

After some headaches and trouble shooting I found a solution to remedy this.
There's a free program called "Hotswap!" (first Google result)

This program is exactly like the Windows safely remove feature except with many more options.

Using that program (pops up next to the clock tray after installation), put your drive into the Kingwin device and power the unit on. Right click on Hotswap! program in the tray and click "Scan for hardware changes"
After a moment you'll hear the drive start to be accessed and the auto start menu will pop up.

Be sure to sure click the icon for Hotswap to safely unswap the drive or it will be stuck in limbo status and possibly screw up your C: drive boot when you turn your computer on. Then power off and remove the drive

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  • Chad B.
  • 8/9/2012 3:17:34 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsIt works good

Pros: It works, has a power button, has both types of power feed, takes 2.5 and 3.5 inch drives

Cons: It's not a full length CD bay insert, so you may only get 1 or 2 screws in the thing.

It does not fit snuggly in the bay (which would be fine if i could get more screws in it

It runs a drive a little hot. It's got a fake fan hole and surrounds the drive in a plastic box (i wish it had metal rails or more holes in the plastic)

drive is not snug and sticks out more than i'd like

it says kingwin on it

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