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Athena Power BP-15827SAC an 1 x 5.25" External Drive Bay to 8 x 2.5" SSD / HDD Hot-Swap SAS / SATA Backplane Module - Transfer Rate Up to 6 Gbps SAS (I, II) / SATA (I, II, III) - Drive Thickness Up to 7mm - OEM

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  • 2.5"
  • Black
  • 8 x 2.5" Drives to 5.25" Bay
  • Multiple Drives

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Learn more about the Athena Power BP-15287SAC


Athena Power


Mobile Rack Drives Support
8 x 2.5" Drives to 5.25" Bay
Mobile Rack Interface
Protection Case
Multiple Drives
Compatible Products
Form Factor: 1 x 5.25" External Drive Bay

Support Drive Form Factor: 8 x 2.5" SSD / HDD

Support Drive Type: 2.5" SAS (I, II) / SATA (I, II, III) SSD / HDD, Drive thickness up to 7mm

Cage: Steel
Tray: Stainless Steel

Data Connector: 8 x SATA 7 Pin

Power Connector: 2 x SATA 15 Pin

Hot-Swappable: Yes

Tray-Less: None

Anti-Vibration: Yes, Damping springs on each drive carrier

Security: Mechanical Lock on each drive carrier

Power: Green
HDD Access: Blinking Orange

Cooling Fan: 1 x 40mm @ Rear

Condition: New

Certification: RoHS

Dimension: 1.65" x 5.75" x 6.26"

Additional Information

Date First Available
August 17, 2018
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Return Policies
    • Return for refund within: 30 days
    • Return for replacement within: 30 days
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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Thumbs up! 11/30/2019 1:26:46 AM

Pros: - Feels Solid
- Great Door Operation

Cons: -None

Overall Review: Gotta say, everything just seems right about this one. I have all 8 bays filled with 9.5mm SSDs and it's humming right along. Everything is working. Construction feels solid. I have 3 of the ICY DOCK 6x2.5 in 1x5.25 units, which are nice because they can fit taller drives. But this feels every bit as solid. I wish I had gotten it as cheap as some people with reviews caught it, but I feel like I got my money's worth. I don't write a lot of reviews, but I felt compelled to write one on this.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
I Just clicked on it. 10/9/2019 9:09:06 AM

Pros: This is one of those times where your curiosity brings you to a good experience. I liked what I saw and so clicked thinking why not and was extremely surprised by what I got for my money. I'm running it with an LSI SAS controller/adapter. All drives show up LEDs show activity and all for a great price.

Cons: No cons so far. I will repost if I run into any issues.

Overall Review: Imagine what you can do with video editing. My experience so far has been a pleasant one.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Pretty fantastic backplane 8/24/2019 12:15:24 AM

Pros: Can't get cheaper than this at any density even close. Fan is small but not too loud. Hardware seems durable enough, and looks nice. Fitment is good.

Cons: Not sure if it's this module at fault (though I think it is), but the activity lights don't seem to work right. I'm running two of these with multiple different SATA controllers behind, and an array of different SSD installed, and the activity lights only seem to fire on two of the 16 drives. It's more than just annoying - an easy way to identify a drive is to dd from it to /dev/null while the array isn't in use and see which activity light comes on, but that doesn't work here. You can also gain information by watching activity lights during a scrub - say, which disks are slowest, or whether your btrfs array is balanced the way you want/expect.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
I'm Still in Shock! 4/30/2019 11:51:21 AM

Pros: -Shorter than most 5.25" bays
-Solid aluminum build
-8 drives in one!
-Power AND activity lights
-Latches work and feel sturdy
-Includes fan

Cons: None...
All 3 previous reviewers have already mentioned all pertinent information, so now I sound lame

Overall Review: Got this on sale for $40 bucks. Screaming deal people! This is the 3rd 2.5" to 5.25" backplane I've tried, and it's by far the best! Just like the other fella, I decided to go on auto-pilot and not use the included screws. This was mainly due to me being an idiot, but also wanting to use a Dell (proprietary) latching system for the unit. Yah...DON'T do that! The screws will poke through to the drive bays. Everything still works, but the close call was not cool. Not only is this not the manufacturer's fault, but not much can be done since space is at a premium with this type of module. Einstein himself couldn't create more room and keep everything standard. Love the activity lights; you miss things like that when you shop for bargains. Really feels like a solid product. Fan included, and it sits SHORTER than most. Pretty quiet, and all latches and ports feel solid. If you see this on sale you should just buy it based off of principle! Seriously.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
xternal Drive Bay to 8 x 2.5" SSD 3/10/2019 6:03:57 AM

Pros: Works like it should. Easy installation.

Cons: None

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5
solid construction! 2/28/2019 7:08:13 PM

Pros: Aluminum body with aluminum drive trays. Quiet fan. The Athena actually was shorter then my existing external drive bay. Drive caddies locking mechanism was a pleasant surprise, worked extremely well. Drive fit perfectly in my RAIDMAX micro-ATX case. SATA & Power connectors easily accessible in the back.

Cons: None really. other than cannot use 90 degree sata cables.

Overall Review: Replaced existing (4) 2.5" external drive bay with this new one. My Marvell SATA/SAS controller saw the raid which stayed intact. I have Seagate 1TB 5400 rpm drives and all of them fit snug in the caddies. Didn't really need to screw the drives to the caddies because they were so snug. Just make sure you use <=7mm drives...recommend for anyone looking to expand on an existing 5.25 drive bay.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Works as advertised 12/19/2018 1:57:40 PM

Pros: Got it half off for $40 on Black Friday 2018. No problems mounting my older SSD or my new Samsung 860 EVO in this. The outer shell is made out of pretty solid aluminum. The drive trays were easy to mount, yet lock securely into place. Each drive has its own individual power and data LED. Now I have slots for up to 6 more drives, giving my old case with too many 5.25" bays some new life :)

Cons: Due to the positioning of the SATA data & power ports on the back, you will probably need to use straight ended cables. Cables with a 90 degree end will interfere with each other or the centrally mounted fan.

Overall Review: Make sure to use the provided extremely short screws to secure the sides of the module to your case's bay. The longer screws that I had before stuck in to far and ended up slightly bending a couple of the drive trays.

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