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ICY DOCK Tray-Less 3.5" SATA Hard Drive Mobile Rack with 80mm Cooling Fan - TurboSwap MB171SP-B

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  • Host Interface: 7pin SATA connection
  • Drive Fit: 3.5" SATA 1.5 / 3 / 6 Gbit/s hard drive
  • Drive Bay: 5.25" half height device bay
  • Transfer Rate: Up to 6 Gb/sec. (depending on hard drive speed)
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TurboSwap Tray-Less 3.5" SATA Hard Drive Mobile Rack – MB171SP-B

 

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Overview

Tray-less designs have always been a trade-off between convenience and security, but that's not the case for TurboSwap MB171SP-B. The ICYDOCK TurboSwap MB171SP-B keeps all the benefits of the tray-less design with superior build quality, improved cooling efficiency and its unique shock absorbing design for maximum stability. It fits any standard 5.25" bay and is built rugged with all metal design to take a beating. This lockable mobile rack is designed for rugged applications such as medical & military systems, industrial PCs and servers. It includes features such as drive power button, ultra-slim 80mm cooling fan, fan speed control, and optional screw holes for an add-on 120mm cooling fan which can be great for gamers and power users seeking a hot-swap bay built in to their system with SATA III support.

The Benefits of a Tray-Less Drive Combined with Stability

There are many benefits to having a tray-less design – it allows you to quickly swap the drives without the fuss of rewiring or installing trays onto your drives. Reliability and stability of tray-less mechanisms are always a concern as it's necessary to add moving parts. The TurboSwap MB171SP-B takes this into consideration and allows you to hot-swap drives within seconds, while maintaining outstanding drive stability and overall reliability. The Ultra-Flex shock absorbing kit provides excellent drive support whether it's a half-height drive or a full size drive – it stabilizes the drive and absorbs vibrations. For increased reliability, we've simplified and reengineered the ejection mechanism with all metal arms to create a strong product that's built to last. Setup is incredibly simple: just insert this unit into a single 5.25" bay, secure the unit in with screws, plug a 15-pin power cable + 7-pin SATA cable, and you're good to go.

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Increase the Lifespan of Your Drives

Both performance and drive life expectancy decrease when heat increases so it's best to keep your drive cool. Our included ultra slim 80mm fan is mounted beneath the rack to allow sufficient cooling for all types of applications. Whether you're running a server that's constantly under heavy load or media system that's running 24/7, you'll be able to rest at ease knowing your drives aren't overheating. We've also added fan control to allow user management, so controlling drive temperatures will be as easy as pressing a button. If you have a need to customize the units by adding an aftermarket 80mm or larger 120mm fan, go right on ahead – we've added the necessary screw hole spacing for this purpose. Individual power control allows you to turn off your HDD with the touch of a button which can help you preserve the life of your drives.

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Security Matters

If your environment demands the toughest and most robust parts, then you'll be more than satisfied with our MB171SP-B TurboSwap. There are other benefits to having all metal design, besides the obvious sturdiness. The unit acts as a giant heat sink to disperse heat from the drive to keep your drives cool. The TurboSwap is also perfect for industries that require a certain flammability rating since its all metal design abides to these requirements. It's a great choice for military or medical servers.

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With standard hot swappable drive racks, you run the risk of an unauthorized personnel being able to quickly swipe crucial data within the blink of an eye. Using our MB171SP-B TurboSwap allows you to lock your drive in place to prevent theft or tampering to your drives. We're one of the few companies that integrate barrel locks and keys in our devices which further increase security. This barrel locking mechanism along with the all metal tough design allows you to add an extra layer to your data protection – which is required for most businesses.

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Compatible with Our Lineup of SSD Converters

It wouldn't be labeled ICYDOCK if it wasn't well thought out, would it? Our MB171SP-B goes hand-in-hand with our 2.5" to 3.5" converters to allow compatibility with 2.5" SATA HDD/SSDs.

Key Features

  • Tray-less hot swappable drive cage
  • Fits full sized and half height 3.5" SATA drives into a single 5.25" bay
  • Supports up to 6Gbps transfer speeds (depending on host configuration)
  • Heavy Duty all metal construction
  • Locking mechanism to protect your data
  • Ultra slim 80mm fan to keep your drives cool
  • Front panel fan speed control with drive power button
  • Optional spacing available for aftermarket 120mm fans
  • 2-pin and 3-pin fan connections available
  • Shock absorbing anti vibration features
 
Specification
Model Number: MB171SP-B
Color: Black
Host Interface: 7-pin SATA connection
Drive Fit: 3.5" SATA 1.5 / 3 / 6Gbps hard drive
Drive Bay: 5.25" half height device bay
Transfer Rate: Up to 6Gbps (depending on hard drive speed)
Power Input: 15-pin SATA power connection
Structure: Full Metal
Drive Cooling: 80 x 80 x 10mm cooling fan & metal heat dissipation
LED Indication: Power (solid blue) / HDD access (Flashing blue)
Package Contents: Device, User Manual, Eight (8) Screws & Two (2) Keys
Dimensions
(L x W x H):
5.75 x 1.66 x 6.80 inches (145.8 x 41.25 x 173mm)
Weight: 1 pound (458.8g)
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Supports a Single 2.5-inch HDD/SSD in 12.5mm Height (Up to 9.5mm while the 3.5-inch Bay is in use)       check
Individual SATA 6Gbps connection for each HDD       check
Fits both 2.5- and 3.5-inch SATA SSDs or HDDs       check
Hot-Swappable       check
Tool-Less Drive Installation       check
Two-Part Anti-Dust Cover       check
Eagle-Hook Mechanism Design       check
Easy Access Individual Power Buttons       check
Perfect for any technical level of computer users       check
 

Learn more about the ICY DOCK MB171SP-B

Model

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Brand
ICY DOCK
Model
MB171SP-B
Color
Black

Details

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Mobile Rack Drives Support
1 x 3.5" Drives to 5.25" Bay
Mobile Rack Interface
SATA I/II/III
Specifications
Host Interface: 7pin SATA connection

Drive Fit: 3.5" SATA 1.5 / 3 / 6 Gbit/s hard drive

Drive Bay: 5.25" half height device bay

Transfer Rate: Up to 6 Gb/sec. (depending on hard drive speed)

Power Input: 15 pin SATA power connection

Structure: Full Metal

Drive Cooling: 80 x 80 x10mm cooling fan & metal heat dissipation

LED Indication: Power (solid blue) / HDD access (Flashing blue)

Package Contents: Device, user manual, 8 screws & 2 keys

Dimension (L x W x H): 5.74" x 1.62" x6.81"

Weight: 1.26 lbs.

Features

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Features
Tray less hot swappable drive cage

Fits full sized and half height 3.5" SATA drives into a single 5.25" bay

Supports up to 6Gb transfer speeds (depending on host configuration)

Heavy Duty all metal construction

Locking mechanism to protect your data

Ultra slim 80mm fan to keep your drives cool

Front panel fan speed control with drive power button

Optional spacing available for aftermarket 120mm fans

2 pin and 3 pin fan connections available

Shock absorbing anti vibration features

Additional Information

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Date First Available
February 28, 2014
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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Anonymous
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
I wanted to like this 3/30/2019 5:53:46 PM

Pros: Solid construction, easy to install.

Cons: Intermittently failed to detect drives over 6TB, returned it and used Startech's version, which worked fine. I tried two of these, neither worked.

Overall Review: They need to revised this and make an updated version.

Did you find this review helpful?
Manufacturer Response:
Hello,

I'm sorry you've had this problem with your product. This model uses a direct electrical pass-through connection type that simply forwards the connection, so failures of this kind are very rare. Because the size of the drive is not related to this type of failure, and because it only happens on certain drives, I would consider checking that drive for possible issues. This could be a connection issue, in which case I would ask that you confirm that all your cables are seated correctly and that none of the copper contacts are visible. If this is not the issue, I would check for problems with the health of the suspect drives. Bechmarking utilities that are likely available from your drives manufacturer should assist you in confirming this.

If, after testing these things, the problem is still not resolved, I would suggest contacting ICY DOCK directly. Their live US-based support technicians are on hand to assist you in this, and any other related issues you may have. They can be reached by email at tech@icydock.com, and will help you in troubleshooting and in creating an RMA, if that proves necessary.

Thank you,
Chris - ICY DOCK Customer Support
Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Junk. 3/19/2019 8:56:42 AM

Pros: Nothing.

Cons: The tiny, cheap arm that is supposed to guide the closure mechanism is faulty. I have to frig with it to get this thing to close, and that means reaching into the bay and manipulating the arm to close it, risking pinching my fingers every time. The amount of force I have to use to do that moves my entire rig, which is very heavy. I have to use nearly as much force to get drives to slide into the connectors. I will never buy another Icy Dock product again. It's absolute junk. How did this c*rap get through QC? Do they even have quality control? It's absolute trash.

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Manufacturer Response:
Hello Daniel,

I'm sorry you've had this issue with your product. This model does indeed get QC'd, and is designed to be a long-lasting part, so it's odd that you're having this issue so quickly. I can assure you that this is not the typical experience with an ICY DOCK enclosure, and I will do what I can to resolve this for you. I would consider checking the inside of the bay to verify that there are no external obstructions that could be causing this.

I would suggest contacting us directly for support. Your model, as with all ICY DOCK models, is backed by a full 3-year warranty against all defects, and we can repair or replace this model for you as per the warranty. We can be reached at tech@icydock.com, and have live US-based support agents ready to assist you. I look forward to hearing from you, and apologize again for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

Thank you,
Chris - ICY DOCK Customer Support
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
3/ 5
Does what I need it to. . . 11/24/2018 7:27:03 PM

Pros: Individual power and eject buttons for each drive.
Allows me to plug in an internal drive for maintenance or formatting.
Dual size form factors for max flexibility with the bay space that I have.

Cons: Eject buttons seem to take more force that I want to put on them. (Am I going to break them? Keep pushing and find out.)

Overall Review: If you have a mid-tower or full-tower, a good option. Probably better going with a disc drive in a mini-tower, and using an external enclosure or docking bay if you need it.

Did you find this review helpful?
Manufacturer Response:
Hello Brian,

Thank you for your review, and I'm sorry you've found the button presses to be difficult. Due to the open nature of this model, and the fact that it is installed on the front of computer cases, the clearances are left a little tight to ensure that drives do not fall out during ejection. This could damage drives and potentially lead to data loss. The security of our users data is our number 1 priority, and we made this design decision to reflect that. That being said, I will forward this to our design team and let them know you found the button press too heavy, this will help us design our products in the future.

If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to contact us at tech@icydock.com

Thank you again for your review,
Chris - ICY DOCK Customer Support.
Anonymous
Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
1/ 5
frustrating waste of money 11/6/2018 2:49:34 PM

Pros: none to mention, though to be fair I did have a specific use in mind (SAS drives).

Cons: does not accept SAS drives, even though it's just a passthru. They use a connector that has a divider built in, the only reason it could possibly be like that is to prevent SAS drives. I don't believe there is a valid engineering reason for this.

NONE of the slim DVD drives i've tried will fit. Either the case doesn't slid into the slot, or if it does, the SATA connector is many mm. from connecting.

Other icydock stuff is similarly specified but works fine with SAS parts. was not expecting to get burnt over something this pointless. Apparently I've also got something to learn about the fine points of slim DVDs, even though the pile of them next to me have all nearly identical form factor. DEFINITELY would have appreciated if this stuff was mentioned clearly on the part description, I can't be the only person with SAS disks and normal slim DVD drives that icydock has run in to.

I'm hugely dismayed, shipping this back will cost half the purchase price, if newegg even bothers to play nice on the return/exchange.

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Manufacturer Response:
Hello,

I'm sorry you've had this problem with your product, and I understand the frustration when a product doesn't meet your expectations. As is mentioned in both the Newegg and ICY DOCK product pages, this model supports only 3.5" SATA drives because, as you noted, the physical connectors are different.

Optical drives come in a few sizes. Older ones would use the full height of a 5.25" computer bay, though modern ones are categorized as slim (12.7mm height) or ultra-slim (9.5mm height). To reduce confusion between the two, we clearly label which of the two standards our products support. For this model, both the Newegg and ICY DOCK product pages clearly state support for ultra-slim 9.5mm optical drives.

You mentioned that some of this information was not clear on the page you viewed, can I ask which page you read did not contain this information? It sounds like you may have read an unofficial product page without complete information, and I would like to work to correct this issue so it never happens again. If you are able to find it, please email it to use at tech@icydock.com and I will see that it is corrected.

Thank you,
Chris - ICY DOCK Customer Support
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Great For Hassle-Free Backups 9/20/2018 6:34:07 PM

Pros: This is my third unit in as many years - not replacements, but simply adding additional units. I have two full tower setups in my home office - one for general computing and the other for video editing. Both systems employ large RAID mirrors and both systems have these bays to perform backups to external drives (I like them so much I added a second unit to one PC so that I could make quick transfers between external drives.)

The build quality is very good for the price point and the ejection mechanism is quite smooth

Cons: The clearances of the bay that accepts 3.5-inch drives is very tight and tends to bind when inserting or extracting drives because metal-to-metal surfaces. A design change that included nylon gliders to eliminate binding would be most welcome

Overall Review: Recommended and would buy again

Did you find this review helpful?
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Unstable 9/5/2018 7:02:17 AM

Pros: It seems to be made well.

Cons: System crashes.

Overall Review: I was going to use this to swap operating system drive out. Since I'm always playing with different operating systems. I bought a new system installed the drive bay and system crashed intermittently. Once I removed the drive bay from the the system the problem went away and is running very well.

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Manufacturer Response:
Hello Dave,

I'm sorry you've had this problem with your product. This model uses a direct electrical pass-through connection type that simply forwards the connection from the drive, so errors of this kind are very rarely associated with our product. Have you tested the drive thoroughly direct to your computer, without the ICY DOCK enclosure? This test could confirm if the issue is caused by the drive. If the issue is indeed with the drive, I would suggest contacting the drive manufacturer for support.

If the issue does show to be the ICY DOCK unit, it will be covered by our full 3-year warranty against all defects. Please contact us at tech@icydock.com and we will be glad to resolve this issue for you.

Thank you,
Chris - ICY DOCK Customer Support
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Good design, needs improvements to be great 1/20/2018 7:03:48 PM

Pros: - Quick drive removal (after removing covers)
- Independent power buttons

Cons: - Bay covers get caught on drives
- Drives take quite a bit of force to eject
- Wire insulation cracking

Overall Review: I tried several hot-swap caddies before I found this one; for my use case it is by far the best design. I use two of these bays several times a week to make images of customer hard drives before working on their PCs. If you will be using these caddies a lot, take the face off and remove the bay covers. Drives will get caught on them, making it hard to remove the drive. The 2.5" bay cover on one of my original caddies broke free from the mounting point on one side, which made it nearly impossible to remove the drive. While they don't look as good with the covers removed, it fixes my only major issue.

One of my original two units was DOA (no power), but Newegg replaced it without any hassles. The replacement unit had an issue with the insulation cracking and exposing the wires for the 2.5" bay, but it works so I didn't bother sending it back for another one. My original unit doesn't have this issue, so it might be an isolated problem.

Even with the various issues, I still think this is one of the best HDD caddies for people who swap drives a lot. Do yourself a favor and remove the bay covers, it makes a huge difference in the usability of these caddies.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Just what I was looking for 1/18/2018 10:04:08 PM

Pros: Does what it is suppose to do.
Powers drives just fine.
Windows 10 detects drives just fine.

Cons: The ejector arm will swing over a SSD if the SSD is too thin. This means you will not be able to eject the SSD and you will need to pull it out yourself. It would have been nice if the ejector arm was designed differently. I have a Samsung EVO which is so thin, the ejection arm just slides across the top of it without ejecting the drive. Buy thick SSD's to use with this. Knocking off one star because it will not eject all SSD's from the bay.

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