The SATSAS425BK 4-Drive 2.5in SATA/SAS Hot-swap Backplane lets you install four 2.5" SATA and/or SAS hard drives into a single 5.25in front bay. Using a single Mini SAS SFF-8087 interface for quick setup and easy maintenance and with removable trays, each drive can be replaced or swapped out without having to open up the computer chassis.
Each removable tray features a locking mechanism that prevents unauthorized removal of the drives, and also power and activity LEDs. Constructed from lightweight and durable aluminum to help with heat dissipation, the backplane also features a 40mm cooling fan to help increase air flow.
BEWARE: This is NOT a SAS backplane
Pros: It has a mini-SAS connector on the back, so less cable clutter.
Cons: The little disk trays are nothing more than flat piece of aluminium with a plastic lock on the end. NO FREAKING GUIDE RAILS for the tray. The trays rattle inside freely.
Other Thoughts: I work with server hardware a lot, and I know too well how a backplane should behave. I have an HP SAS backplane with me right now, for comparison. I can take a drive out, and put a new one in, in about three seconds.
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Great on Paper
Pros: SAS Connector to keep cables tidy, High Density 4x 2.5 in 5.25 slot. Nice little fan to keep things cool.
Cons: Drive Trays / "Doors" don't actually close "drive bays", instead allow for a 8mm gap. If this is for airflow I'm not sure but it is asking for a major dust bunny breeding farm. Two screws holding the connector board in the back on the power connector side came out within 5 minutes making plugging the power in impossible.
Other Thoughts: Great Idea on paper, Only 4x 2.5 -> 5.25 I've found with a true SAS port, but engineering and manufacturing quirks were a killer. RMAing this one.
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