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ICY DOCK MB453IPF-B 3 in 2 3.5' SATA I & II Hot-Swap Internal Backplane Raid Cage Module
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Great idea. Bad implementation & support. 11/15/2012

This review is from: ICY DOCK MB453IPF-B 3 in 2 3.5' SATA I & II Hot-Swap Internal Backplane Raid Cage Module

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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Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F90GBGT-BK 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Very fast and reliable.

Cons: None to speak of.

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Display Name: Stephen C.

Date Joined: 10/04/06

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  • Last Review: 07/11/14
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