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StarTech HSB220SAT25B 2 Drive 2.5in Trayless Hot Swap SATA Mobile Rack Backplane

  • Aluminum construction
  • Trayless design: drives are not mounted into separate trays/enclosures
  • Support for SATA revision I/II/III (1.5/3.0/6.0 Gbps)
  • Power/Activity LED for each drive
  • Holds up to two

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  • James P.
  • 5/5/2016 1:44:04 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsExactly what i was looking for

Pros: -Hot Swap bays for 2.5" hard drives.
-Makes whats hard to find easy and cheap (price wise)

Cons: -Comes with cables that use MOLEX for power, need to use these cables if you plan on having the LED light up, should have been SATA power cables

Other Thoughts: Need a swap bay for a system? this is the right choice!

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/2/2016 7:29:48 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAbsolutely Convenient

Pros: This bay works perfectly. Drives dock easily and effortlessly. The latches and release mechanisms for inserting and removing drives work smoothly and without resistance or extra fumbling or jangling. The construction feels solid and tight. I have been swapping drives in and out multiple times a day for a few weeks with no issues. The LED is nice to have as that visual cue to reflect which drive is active.

Cons: The bays latch securely but cannot be physically locked with a key or some other mechanism.

Other Thoughts: If a drive is in the bay there is no way to close the door without mounting the drive to the backplate. If you want to physically disconnect the drive but keep it handy in the bay... the door hangs open. Maybe a switch or lever could help with this while still being flush with the face of the bay.

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5 out of 5 eggsworks well

Pros: I used this to replace a different style StarTech dual 2.5 trayless hot swap bay. This one works much better as the doors can open without providing pressure on the side of the unit in my PC case. There are no problems with it and it has done exactly what I've expected!

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: There is another Startech drive bay similar to this with silver handles on the front. This is a much better selection, that one was very problematic for me.

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  • Nelson V.
  • 6/30/2015 4:25:58 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsworks perfectly and is a solid quality

Pros: Purchase this not knowing what I'll get as there have been some manufacturers that looked good but did not pass the test of time. This unit makes swapping out HD or SSD (with a 2.5" size) very easy to swap or replace. Good construction, compared to many other units out there.

Cons: The con is not on the unit itself but the lack of choices with hot swap tray like this. For instance have one for the larger HD (3" forma factor) would be very useful, whether it be 3" only or a combination of 3" and 2.5"

Other Thoughts: Over all this unit works perfectly and it really is easy to install and use.

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  • Michael S.
  • 1/29/2015 8:45:40 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBenchmarked and Happy

Pros: Benchmark with Samsung Magician 4.5 confirms both bays are running at the latest SATA revision.

Confirmed benchmarks with Performance Test version 8.0.1030.0.

Looks real nice.

Does not require a drive tray.

Fits perfectly in an Antec Sonata III 500, with matching blue LED's.

Cons: Comes boxed with (what looks like) SATA 2.0 cables.

The bay hinges look fragile.

Even though I tested the drive bays and confirmed SATA 3.0 6GB/s speeds, the included manual still claims otherwise.

Other Thoughts: Used SATA 3 cables that came with my Z97-Pro because the boxed cables looked like all the old SATA 2 cables I had laying around.

After reading all the reviews about this only running at SATA 2 transfer speeds, I was quick to put this unit through some benchmarks.

Everything tested out at SATA 3.0 6GB/s speeds.

The following tests were done under AHCI mode:

Granted the drives I have in the bay are older Samsung 830 SSD's, but here is what I got out of Samsung Magician's performance benchmark with RAPID mode DISABLED..

Sequential Read: 546
Sequential Write: 317
Random Read: 76062
Random Write: 28070

These numbers are VERY close to the manufacturers MAX rated specs on these SSD's, and both bays performed nearly the same (probably differences in the drive could account for the variance).

The Performance Test Benchmark program was run in "Long" mode and it also confirmed SATA 3.0 6GB/s speeds.

Next did some real world transfers, and with large files (between 66 MB and 1.55 GB) totaling over 38 GB of data, the read speeds of both drives were around 482 MB/s the whole time! For this test I copied the files FROM each Samsung 830-128 (mounted inside the HSB220SAT25B)
TO a Samsung 850 Pro.

Finally, to put this bay to the test I loaded a couple of SSD's into a RAID array (had to reconfigure windows switching between AHCI and RAID).

Everything went off without a hitch.

I cannot speak for others who are not seeing SATA 3.0 6GB/s transfer speeds, but the unit I purchased on 1/22/15 works as advertised by Newegg.

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  • 6/5/2014 12:30:38 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAlways Dependable

Pros: I've purchased a dozen or more of these over the years and since the BIOSes have implemented hot-swap SATA controllers, they've become an integral part of my system builds.
Imagine a high-end 64 GByte Flash drive for back-ups or a low-end 64 GByte SSD. Both about the same price ($45-50) but the SSD is at least 20x faster. And after the back-up is done, you have to remember to "safely remove it" the flash drive.
So if your BIOS can enable hot-swap SATA ports for a trayless hot swap rack, it makes life really good!
Although the trays are a little tight and must be to insure proper alignment of the data a power connectors. Both 7 mm and 9 mm drives fit very nicely and firmly.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Although these come with two plastic insulators that can protect two drives with exposed circuitry, I'd rather the bottoms be made with an insulated material or have an insulating coating on the steel.

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  • Arlo W.
  • 1/22/2014 1:56:28 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat SSD bay!

Pros: Easy to install works like it should and convenient!

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Great deal if you need one.

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  • Calvin L.
  • 6/19/2012 2:17:16 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks great

Pros: Price: 4.0 eggs
Quality: 4.5 eggs
Performance: 4.0 eggs

I have several types/models of these types. Including:

This one was my most recent purchase of the three models. They all do the same job and do it well. The only major difference is how the door opens. This one isn't any better or worse than the other two models I listed above. I think it comes down to preference. I will note that I feel this model is 1 of 2 where it would not be easy to break the latch from opening it.
I leave the choice to you. I have left reviews on the others as well.
SATA-III COMPATIBLE (but I have not achieved SATA-III benchmarks with my SATA-III SSDs).

Cons: The smaller traditional 2.5" spin drives have issues ejecting. Not very good for the ultra compact 2.5" spin drives.
I recommend you do NOT run/use two traditional spin drives in this type of unit without proper independant cooling (like a case fan directly blowing on it).
Although compatible with SATA-III devices, the benchmarks I have performed shows a max of around 375MB/s - or around 3Gbps - SATA-II performance.

Other Thoughts: Great for SSD drives. Not so great for traditional spin drives.
Verify that either ACHI and/or RAID features are enabled to use the hotswap features.

Like the other StarTech backplane I bought: (
I have plugged in Crucial, OCZ, and Kingston SSD drives in this unit. They plug in and eject perfectly well.
I have plugged in Western Digital and Seagate traditional spin drives in this unit. They go in very easily - they do NOT come out easily.
My recommendation is to stick with SSD drives.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/9/2012 4:22:34 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great in my shuttle XPC

Pros: I build a lot of custom computers and many of my clients want me to build them a shuttle system. This drive bay complements the shuttle greatly with 1 internal 3.5" drive and a second 3.5" bay this allows for 3 HD's/SSD's and the CD-Drive as well. Packs a lot into one of the small shuttles.

Cons: Minor problem, but not worth knocking an egg--the lever the ejects the drives mechanically when you want to change them out works better with a mechanical 2.5" drive because at the rear of the drive there is some slcask on the top to allow space for the leave arm to tuck back in the back when the drives are fully inserted into the bay. SSD have a little trouble getting pushed back all the way, I have to push quite hard but it does go back all the way. Also on the SSD because of this the leaver is a little harder to eject the drive when swapping them will need to be gingerly with SSD when removing them. I've done it "carefully" many times and have had no problems. ;)

Other Thoughts: Typical configuration in the shuttle XPC systems are 500GB to 2TB 3.5" drive, 500GB 7200RPM 2.5" drive and one SSD. Having three separate drives really speeds up drive I/O especially on media production and technical design systems. You could even set in 2 SSD's in raid.

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  • Daniel L.
  • 3/27/2011 9:30:37 AM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggsWorks with SATA 3

Pros: This rack is fully compatible with SATA3 (6GBS) -- full speed-- according the the manufacturer.

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: Neweegg would be prudent to update its information on this item since very few mobile racks of this type are fully compatible with SATA3

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