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SYBA SY-MRA55006 5.25" Dual Bay Mobile Rack for both 2.5" and 3.25" SATA HDD, Plus 2 USB 3.0 Port

  • Accommodates both 2.5" and 3.5" Hard Drives
  • Unique anti-shock Design
  • Tool-free Mechanism
  • NSS Connector Gives Over 50,000 Cycle Hot Swaps
  • LED Indicators
  • - Power On / Off
  • - HDD Activity
  • Front Pan
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Patented NSS Connector for trouble-free HDD insertion and ejection. Dual bay design maximizing space usage


Learn more about the Syba SY-MRA55006

Model

Brand
SYBA
Model
SY-MRA55006

Spec

Specifications
Accommodates both 2.5" and 3.5" Hard Drives

Unique anti-shock Design

Tool-free Mechanism

NSS Connector Gives Over 50,000 Cycle Hot Swaps

LED Indicators
- Power On / Off
- HDD Activity

Front Panel:
- 3.25" SATA I / II / III HDD Mobile Rack
- 2.5" SATA I / II / III HDD Mobile Rack
- 2 USB 3.0 Ports
- HDD Power Switch (Controls Both HDD)

Back Panel:
- Built-in USB 3.0 20-pin Header Cable (24")
- SATA Data Connectors
- SATA Power Connectors

Features

Features
NSS Connector for trouble-free HDD insertion and ejection. Dual bay design maximizing space usage

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Robbin N.
  • 2/27/2014 3:09:34 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent solution

Pros: Compact, lots of features

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: This is my third of these front panel solutions, all three of them installed faultlessly and all three are attached to internal USB 3.0 interfaces with faultless performance. I've only setup hot swap on one of these installations and after a bit of messing around it works well. On my messing about rig I use the 2.5" drive to swap in and out different boot drives with various OSes I mess around with. A lot easier than constantly changing boot order in the BIOS.

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  • Steven S.
  • 2/18/2014 6:24:44 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsA good product.

Pros: This product is a great way to cram a bunch of functionality into a 5.25" bay. I used in in a server, and now I can use 2.5" SSDs in the same way we used to treat floppies! It's really nice to be able to shove a 3.5" hard drive in there for cloning/scanning/etc... Oh yeah, plus two USB 3.0 ports.

Cons: For the money, I would like a completely metal face and doors. Minus one egg.

Other Thoughts: See above lol.

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  • Richard W.
  • 7/24/2013 2:34:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFollow-Up Enlightenment

Pros: After searching the Web AGAIN for hot swap help, with no useful results,
And after rechecking both manuals that came with my ASRock Extreme 4 Z87 with no luck,
I looked in the BIOS / UEFI.

There under SATA configuration, I found the way to set up hot swap.
The motherboard SATA connectors can be set up individually.

NOW, drives in this rack work just like USB drives.
Simply turning on the rack power switch makes the drive appear, like a USB drive appears.
And the drive can be closed just like a USB drive, via the icon in the system tray at the bottom, before turning off the rack power switch.

The power switch is a major advantage of this rack over many others.

Cons: Hard drives will get pretty warm with high activity

Other Thoughts: No hot swap problems, now that I found what to do.

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  • Richard W.
  • 7/24/2013 12:11:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest Toy in a Long Time

Pros: Multitasks. Replaced my USB 3.0 add-on front panel, plus a similar two-2.5" drive carrier.
Thus, it requires one fewer bay.

Has power switch and light. Don't put hours on the drive(s) when not needed.

Has simple cabling, only one power connecter (SATA) needed.

Because it is "full size" it does not need a 5.25" to 3.5" adapter panel.

Color matches my case very well.

Cons: Guess I haven't yet figured out hot swap.

If a drive is added when the system is running, it is not recognized; must boot with it in.
If I turn off the drive when running, Windows 7 still thinks it's there, and shutdown (when requested) will be slow, because Windows 7 looks for the lost drive.

The manual says NOTHING about hot swap.

All these hot swap gripes are probably because of my lack of knowledge on the subject.

A hard drive may get too hot for long continuous activity (like cloning). I will only use it with hard drives for quick formatting and other short activities.

Other Thoughts: Hot swap is not a big deal for me, because this just supplements/replaces a USB/eSATA external dock, for formatting or cloning, etc.
(Yes, sometimes I clone an SSD to another SSD, but more often to a hard drive).
Hence, I don't mind a few seconds for rebooting, since I won't use this daily (except for the USB 3.0 ports, which always work).

Leave an empty bay BELOW this, to improve hard drive cooling.

Open and close gently. Mechanical abuse may lead to early failure.
With care it will probably last a long time.

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  • George H.
  • 4/18/2013 6:20:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWhat's not to love!

Pros: USB 3.0 with 19 (20) pin header cable. Hot swap 2.5 and 3.5 bays. What more do you want? Sata 6.0GB speed USB 3.0 Super Speed! Everything you need to turn your case into a real workstation or upgrade a case for computer repair persons.

Cons: The only con I have is that the lever to release the 2.5" bay door looks like a button you should press instead of a latch you should pry. It took a little bit of time to figure this out. It should look like a latch instead of a button because there really is no place to really grab it to open other than using your thumbnail. Instead you are to slide it to the right to open. It isn't worth taking off an egg, because let's face it, this is an awesome value for all you get.

Other Thoughts: Very easy to mount and lines up with standard holes. Seems well made and hasn't given me any issues whatsoever. A great addition for any case upgrade for a very fair price.

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  • Michael W.
  • 3/29/2013 9:01:50 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSYBA Dual Bay Mobile Rack

Pros: Takes up one bay and I can use two hard dries at the same time. requires a single power connection to run both drives. This also came with two USB 3.0 ports. great compact accessory.

Cons: None

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  • Matt S.
  • 2/5/2013 6:05:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: 2 drive options and USB 3.0. What's not to love.

Cons: Uses up 2 SATA ports but not a fault of the device, just of the technology.

Other Thoughts: Put in it a hackintosh, OS X will not detect a drive until I reboot and it's picked up by the BIOS. Don't know if it happens in Windows too but it's a PITA, not enough to knock an egg off though.

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  • William B.
  • 1/17/2013 10:29:49 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsBest computer accessory

Pros: This is the single most useful computer accessory I've purchased in a long time. I've been using eSATA docks for years, both to retrieve data from drives of other computers and for my own emergency preparation. This is a great improvement on the concept of a dock.

I have a three disk ZFS mirror on my system; one disk is now in this dock instead of sitting on an external dock. In the event of an emergency (such as an earthquake), I can just pop out the drive & off I go. This is nicer than an external dusty dock & drive, plus there's no external power supply or cable necessary.

Both the 2.5" & 3.5" slots have their own SATA connector & they share a power cable. Each supports SATA III and can be used simultaneously, along with the USB ports (of course). Each bay has its own ice blue LED to indicate a drive is inserted, plus the LEDs flash purple when the drive has any activity. The blue LEDs are a bit bright, but are small & nicely integrated.

The USB 3.0 connector is only for a USB 3.0 motherboard header, which is obvious from the photos & web pages. I'm surprised people give it bad marks because of this, because it's clear before you make the purchase. This is something I wanted, because my Intel dq77mk motherboard has the appropriate header and I of course had to plug something into it.(!)

I have found at least three versions of this product, each with a different face plate but the same guts. There are no drivers necessary for this--just plug it in. Even if I ran Windows, this device requires no drivers and no special software.

The three versions of this product that I have found are below, and the prices can vary quite a bit. It depends on your aesthetic preference, and if you want one, two, or zero locking bays:

Kingwin KF-253-BK
Thermaltake ST0026Z
Syba SY-MRA55006

Cons: None to report

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  • Frank E.
  • 1/11/2013 8:08:40 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsDoesn't fit correctly in my case.

Pros: Only requires a single power supply connector.
Works in Windows 8 (All I had to do was configure the SATA ports as removable in the BIOS and the drives show up in Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media).
Only requires a single slot,

Cons: This replaced a similar unit that only had a removable 3.5" drive because I wanted USB 3.0 ports on the front of my computer and all the slots are full. My case using mounting rails which are attached to the device and then just slide in. The side of this device are very flexible and move to much so the rails won't stay locked in place.

Other Thoughts: Might work better in a case where is directly connected using screws. Not what I wanted but also not worth the trouble to return.

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  • Stephen C.
  • 12/6/2012 1:27:59 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsUpdate: Not compatible with Software Here

Pros: Update: Not compatible with Windows 8 as per company support email. See comments in cons.

Cons: Thank you for contacting SYBA.

You state that before you were using this unit on Windows 7 with No issues. You have upgraded to Windows 8 and are now having issues.

The reason would be because this unit is not compatible with Windows 8. There are some drivers for Windows 7 that will work on Windows 8 for some of our products, but it seems that this is not the case for this item and we do apologize for any inconvenience.

This is from the maker of this mobile rack dated Dec 05, 2012.

As the fact of the software restrictions is not noted here in the detail section of the ad is a big deal. If you go to their website you can read about the software issues. Also the on-off switch on the mobile rack needs to be changed. After repeated swap-outs of harddrive my finger was raw and really only my finger nail could fit into the grooves of this switch and bugged me to no end.

Other Thoughts: Again; the software requirement is VISTA or Windows 7 ONLY. That information is not posted here and appears unit is not useable with the current Windows 8 operating system is a deal breaker for me. I’m using Windows 8 Pro 64bit to be exact.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Sorry if our technical support member gave incorrect information regarding Windows 8 support for this product.

This product has undergone testing, and it will support Windows 8. It will read write and boot Windows latest OS.

There is no software/driver installation. Simply plug and play for Windows 7 as well for Windows 8.

We have also noted the switch. It should not be all that hard to press down. The best thing to do would be to use the side of your finger or to switch (as to not cause repeated wear).

Our technical support team is available to help 9am-5pm M-F. Feel free to contact us during those business hours at support@sybausa.com

We apologize for any issues that you are having. As you know we are more than happy to provide our customers with a hassle free exchange when a product is defective.

SYBA offers an on-line RMA form, the user can easily fill out the form and submit it for a quick RMA return and exchange. It is SYBA's policy to answer all customer inquiries within 24 hours (M-F)

Thank you for purchasing one of our products, and for leaving us your valuable feedback. We value all positive and negative feedback.

Regards, SYBA CST 01142013

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