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ICY DOCK MB453IPF-B 3 Bay EZ-Tray 2.5/3.5" SAS/SATA HDD/SSD Advance Monitoring Backplane Cage in 2x 5.25" Bay

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  • Host Interface: Three 2 x 7pin SATA for each drive bay (SAS dual channel)
  • Drive Bay: 2 x 5.25" half height device bay
  • Transfer Rate: Up to 12Gb/sec via SAS dual channel Up to 6Gb/sec.

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ICY DOCK MB453IPF-B 3 Bay EZ-Tray 2.5/3.5" SAS/SATA
HDD/SSD Advance Monitoring Backplane Cage in 2x 5.25" Bay

 
Overview

The MB453IPF-B offers an innovative solution to maximizing storage density and reducing downtime. Taking up only two 5.25" bays, the MB453IPF-B offers three bays for your SAS and SATA HDD/SSDs and fully supports dual channel SAS. Using our unique EZ-Trays, you're able to install both 2.5" drives and 3.5" form factor drives with complete ease. The DataCage Classic series focuses on the tradition of industrial systems' needs for stability, durability, and toughness for mass storage operating conditions. Our flagship DataCage Classic truly is an ideal enterprise storage solution made for the most demanding tasks.

Space Saving Design

The MB453IPF-B DataCage Classic has been designed to same level of quality, build, and service you'd expect from an Icy Dock product. The backplane module allows up to three 2.5" and 3.5" SAS/SATA drives, while only consuming two 5.25" bays. The module requires only two 4 pin Molex cables to power the entire device.

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Advanced Environment Monitoring System

The advanced environment monitoring function of the DataCage Classic provides detailed information visually for quick access. Drive power, access, overheat, hard drive and fan failure status are all indicated via LED indicators on the front of the DataCage Classic unit. Additionally, the built-in alarm will sound to notify the user when the unit begins to overheat (temperatures exceeding 65 degrees Celsius).

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*The hard drive fail signal is provided by external host such as a RAID controller card or a motherboard. Please make sure your controller card / motherboard can provide hard drive fail signal via voltage pin in order to use this function.

Efficient Cooling

The DataCage Classic uses an aluminum body for efficient heat dissipation for various types of applications. An active cooling solution is required as passively cooling your drives may not be enough, so an removable modular 80mm cooling fan is installed that can be easily detached and maintained if needed without the removal of the entire unit.

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Interchangeable Storage

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The New EZ-Tray accommodates all types of drives ranging from 2.5" to 3.5" form factors. Now you can have the best of both worlds – the blazing fast speeds from SSDs and the large capacity storage from 3.5" drives in a single cage. With support for both dual channel SAS and SATA 3 interface, you can install a vast majority of drives on the market.

Additionally, the MB453IPF-B has kept the same interchangeable EZ-Tray used in MB45X, MB15X, MB876, MB559, and MB561 series which allows you to continue to use the same trays from these series, or our compatible external 3.5" models without any issues regarding switching to new designs. Drives are very easy to install / remove and require almost no downtime at all. This allows for easy replacement in case of RAID failure, storage, or transporting of data.

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Key Features
  • Three in two 2.5"/3.5" SAS/SATA HDD cage.
  • Fits three 2.5" or 3.5" SAS or SATA I/II/III hard drive.
  • Supports SATA 6Gbps and SAS 12Gbps.
  • Fully supports SAS dual channel and Hot-Swap function.
  • Compact and space saving for multiple drives fit (three drives within two 5.25" bay fitting).
  • Internal drive security, exchangeability, expandability and maintenance capabilities.
  • Durable aluminum body for excellent heat dissipation with stylish outlook.
  • Detachable 80mm ball bearing rear cooling fan for easy maintenance.
  • Advanced drive monitoring system built internally with visual & audio indicators.
 

Learn more about the ICY DOCK MB453IPF-B

Model

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Brand
ICY DOCK
Model
MB453IPF-B
Color
Black

Details

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Conversion Tray
2.5" & 3.5" Drives to 5.25" Bay
Mobile Rack Drives Support
3 x 3.5" SAS or SATA I/ II/ III HDD
3 x 2.5” SAS or SATA I/ II/ III HDD/SSD
Mobile Rack Interface
SATA I/II/III/SAS
Protection Case
Multiple Drives
Compatible Products
2.5" & 3.5"
Specifications
Host Interface : Three 2 x 7pin SATA for each drive bay (SAS dual channel)

Drive Bay : 2 x 5.25" half height device bay

Transfer Rate :
Up to 12Gb/sec via SAS dual channel
Up to 6Gb/sec.
(depending on hard drive speed)

Power Input : 2 x 4pin Molex power port

Insert& Extract connection Via : Direct SAS/ SATA hard drive connection

Structure : Aluminum body w/ partial plastic

Drive Cooling : Detachable rear outtake fan w/ aluminum heat dispersion

Alarm Indication :
Temperature over heat
Fan failure: Fan out of line

Alarm Sound Disable : Reset switch in front panel

LED Indication :
When using with SAS HDD:
Power: Solid red light, Activity: Blinking amber light
When using with SATA HDD:
Power: Solid green light, Activity: Blinking amber light
Fan failure and overheat indicator: Individual red light

Signal Out :
HDD power
HDD access
Fan fail
Overheat signal out

Failure Indicator : HDD Fail signal in
HDD access signal in

Dimension (L x W x H) : ( w/ fan) 220.0 x 146.0 x 86.0 mm
(w/o fan) 180.0 x 146.0 x 86.0 mm

Weight : 2.40 lbs.

Features

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Features
3 in 2 RAID back plane module.

Fits three 3.5" SAS or SATA I/II hard drive fully supports Hot-Swap function.

Compact and space saving for multiple drives fit (three drives within two 5.25” bay fitting).

Internal drive security, exchangeability, expandability and maintenance capabilities.

Durable aluminum body for excellent heat dissipation with stylish outlook.

Detachable 80mm ball bearing rear cooling fan for easy maintenance.

Advanced drive monitoring system built internally w/ visual & audio indicators.
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Rob F.
  • 2/5/2016 1:21:19 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDoes Not Fit my Lian Li Case

Pros: Sturdy build quality.

Cons: Did not fit my Lian-Li PC-A04B case. Way too tight. Looking at newer versions it is obvious that they have been redesigned to fit properly. Too bad, I was really looking forward to getting an extra 3 HDD's in my server.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/31/2015 3:28:32 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsFix the fitment issue already!

Pros: - Works like it should

Cons: - Fan on this model is miserable! Its loud.
- The case fitment issue really needs to be fixed
- Latches are weak
- Wish it had locks

Other Thoughts: Icy Dock, come on man, fix the case fitment issue. Its not a bad product but in the end it only deserves 2 stars at best if it can't go in to a case without modification, which it can't!

I'm not utilizing the SAS capability but its there. The fan on this one is terrible! Its odd since the fan setup on the SPF (non SAS) model is near silent and its looks the same.

To clarify, if you are using SATA drives, you use the BLACK SATA ports, not the yellow.

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  • Sean S.
  • 9/28/2015 4:29:27 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsToo Big!

Pros: Nice design. Like the removable fan. Seems solid.

Cons: too big. wont fit my fractal r5. Its not the tabs in the bay buyt the front doesn't fit in the front of a fractal r5. The whole thing needs to be aboout 1-2mm narrower.

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  • PATRICK G.
  • 9/3/2015 8:01:08 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBuilt Like A Tank.

Pros: Rock solid case. This kind of hardware for this price after rebate? Trays cost this much for other bay mobile racks.

Cons: This was not a con for me, but others have said it - most two bay racks have tabs to hold the drives, as mine did, and this cage may not align with the tabs.
Also another point, this must be at the outer limits of the dimension standard - just fitting it through the hole in the case was a hassle, I thought I might have to use some KY if you catch my drift.

Other Thoughts: I put this in a HAF-XB, basically, I removed the 5.25" cage from the case by drilling out the rivets. I then used some old school individual drive brackets for fitting 3.5" HDDs in 5.25" cages to make custom supports for the Icy Dock. I fitted the Icy Dock, bolted the brackets to each side of the Icy Dock, then marked where the holes on the brackets met the case. I then removed everything, drilled the holes and then reinstalled and bolted it all down. Perfect, worked like a charm. Still can't believe I got this for sub $30. I hooked a SAS controller to it, too bad I don't have SAS drives! Works great with SATA drives and my HP 2640x4. Perfect for a RAID pair and a spare mobile drive for day to day drive swapping.

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  • Nathan B.
  • 7/14/2015 7:19:41 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsmeh

Pros: does what it says on the tin

Cons: It's not obvious which ports are if you just want SATA and which ones are for SAS. Also the design for installing it isn't standard so I have to bend the metal tabs for the 5.25 drive bays down so I could get it installed.

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  • Stephen C.
  • 11/15/2012 2:03:34 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGreat idea. Bad implementation & support.

Pros: Hot swap three drives in two 5 1/4 bays. When it works, it works well.

Cons: I've installed and supported about twenty of these things. The older cages seem to work well and were robust enough that I deployed them for RAID 5 arrays for a commercial hardware product. Physical space was at a premium, and the ease of swapping out failed drives meant less downtime for our customers.

Then, about a year ago, cages started failing left and right. Not complete failure, but enough where the associated arrays would go into panic mode and the array would have to be rebuilt. (This would happen multiple times on a single channel.) Upon troubleshooting, I found that one or two bays would begin acting flaky, causing intermittent dropouts. The controller would check out alright, and moving the individual drives to static placement (circumventing the Icy Dock) would immediately resolve the problem.

Contacting Icy Dock for support was a chore. Since most of these cages were over a year old, I didn't have supporting documentation. Even though I could point out that I had LOTS of failed cages with exactly the same symptoms, no one helped replace them. Needless to say, I now have a pile of these things gathering dust. Useless.

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  • Craig L.
  • 10/6/2011 10:52:00 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsStill working

Pros: Running for over 2 years 24x7. I just now took it apart to clean the fan and blow some dust out of it.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Great product

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  • JEFF M.
  • 8/22/2011 8:12:30 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFor not Real SAS- Yes it is...

Pros: First off the prime thing that really stands out is a simple, but non-existant one in most simiular Cages / Racks, and that is the 3-5 air holes in each of the drive bay handles - that run the entire length of the span across the front of the drive (looking at the front of the cage) - this provides excellent air intake - and all across the drive space, not a little crack left at the very bottom or top of the bay - which is the normal implementation in almost all these devices. And the air ports are large too - very nice!!

Cons: N/A

Other Thoughts: Now, to the person who mentioned that this wasn't "...Real SAS..." - it is actually, the inside connection to the HDD itself is in fact just what you say is the 'True SAS type - it worrks on both types of drives - just the SAS is a solid bar (yes, containing both data and poer) - and on the back are ports for either a sata or a SAS connection - that should say something right there, in fact, many other cages just have a simple sata connection terminal...And if you are going to utilize - say a SFF-8087 (internal SAS multilane connector) on a Host SAS card, then you would want to use a SFF-8087 to 4 sata (in this case, you would use three for this cage) fanout cable, which would give you the connectors (sata form) to attach to the target (cage) port / terminals. There you would have cabling that is SAS compatable, and the cage does provide yellow - seperate ports for SAS hdd use, and thus you have true SAS compatable setup - there is no necessity for any 'sync' w/ power and data here..

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  • Peters V.
  • 8/9/2011 8:57:45 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsSimple installation, good cooling

Pros: Well constructed, 4 screws to mount a drive on rails--not a big deal, lock securely in place, good value for the money; drives well ventilated. Have upgraded drives and the ONLY thing that has been easy has been the enclosure. (Motherboard chipsets and recognition of > 1TB drives is a much bigger problem.)

Cons: Odd assortment of SATA connectors: 1 SATA+Power, 2 SATA, 2 standard 5-pin power connectors, just be prepared.

Other Thoughts: Fan protrudes a good ways out of the back, be mindful if using in tight quarters (mine is in a media case with a mATX motherboard)

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/22/2010 2:32:28 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsTight fit

Pros: Bright LED's. Removable fan. Mostly metal tray. Sturdy construction. Air flow is good considering the fan was removed to clear an Areca RAID card. Temps in RAID config confirm my drives are not baking.

Cons: Unreasonably tight fit into case but I would buy more.

Other Thoughts: Uses a tray, would prefer a trayless version of this unit.

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