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ICY DOCK ExpressCage MB742SP-B 2 x 2.5" SAS/SATA HDD/SSD Mobile Rack for External 3.5" Bay - Comparable to Tray-less Design

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  • 2.5"
  • Black
  • 2 x 2.5" Drives to 3.5" Bay
  • SATA I/II/III/SAS
  • Multiple Drives

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ICY DOCK
ICY DOCK

ExpressCage MB742SP-B

2 x 2.5" SAS/SATA HDD/SSD Mobile Rack for External 3.5” Bay - Comparable to Tray-less Design


The ExpressCage MB742SP-B brings dense 2.5” SSD or HDD storage to the floppy 3.5” bay. With the rising popularity of SFF (Small-Form-Factor) systems due to space-savings and lower power usage, a convenient and protective data storage enclosure is necessary to maintain the critical data stored in the system. The ExpressTray MB742TP-B drive caddy supports tool-less drive installation, and it has been designed to hold your drives securely, with an enhanced tool-less drive gripping mechanism, stabilized drive insertion design, and a strengthened single-piece latch. The new metal chassis has all-around air ventilation to keep your drives running cool all day, even under heavy load.

Space Saver

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Utilizing the small space of the external 3.5” drive bay (floppy bay), the MB742SP-B is perfect for applications where space is limited. Small-Form-Factor (SFF) PCs, embedded systems, Box PCs, in-vehicle systems, and home servers can all benefit from this dual 2.5” SAS/SATA drive enclosure. The two drives are also in an ideal position to be used in a RAID setup when combined with a RAID card or software RAID solution. A RAID 1 setup can be used to prevent drive failure, and is excellent for sensitive data, or having a backup of your OS drive. A RAID 0 setup is ideal for applications that require high-speeds, such as in a gaming computer or photo/video editing system. Maximize your speed and security while minimizing your space footprint with MB742SP-B.

Innovative New Tray Caddy Design

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The ExpressTray MB742TP-B in the MB742SP-B is designed for applications where drive hot-swap is required, while providing security and durability. Grips on the sides of the caddy hold your drives securely, to keep your sensitive data safe.

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The unique built-in screws allow for entirely tool-less drive installation and removal, to allow for quick and easy swapping of drives.

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In addition, for applications that require extra stability, we have provided the optional bottom screw holes so you can hold your drives even more securely.

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The strong, single-piece latch pops out with the press of a button, making it easy to remove your drives. The integrated drive activity light shines solid blue when powered, and flashes blue when the drive is in use, so you know when it’s safe to remove your drives.

Versatile Utility & Security

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We understand that the first priority for any storage enclosure must be security of your data. That’s why the MB742SP-B uses a metal enclosure for maximum protection from bumps and drops. The heat-dissipating properties of the enclosure, combined with the amply placed ventilation holes, keep your drives running cool all day, even under heavy load.

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The ExpressCage MB742SP-B supports both 7-pin SATA and 15-pin SATA power cables with locking latches, so you’ll never need to worry about cables unintentionally disconnecting from your enclosure. Once these cables are connected, they’ll lock into place and stay that way.

Drive Tray

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ExpressTray MB742TP-B for ExpressCage MB742SP-B Drive Tray

Key Features

  • Rugged metal housing with durable ABS caddies for maximum security and protection
  • Fits 2x 5mm, 7mm, & 9.5mm 2.5” SATA HDD/SSDs, and installs into a single 3.5” external bay (floppy bay)
  • Multi-Flow Technology – provides excellent passive cooling
  • Accommodates 2.5" drives with 5mm, 7mm & 9.5mm height
  • Active Power Technology (APT) - only powers up if there is drive installed in the drive bay
  • Advanced ExpressCage drive caddy MB742TP-B with a new drive-gripping mechanism, strengthened single-piece latch, and tool-less drive installation
  • Removable drive caddy system for easy maintenance
  • Supports SAS (single channel)/SATA 6Gbps and hot-swap
  • Supports SATA data and power cables with locking latches
  • A Single SATA power cable powers both drives, reducing cable clutter
  • Backed by 3-year manufacturer warranty

Learn more about the ICY DOCK MB742SPB

Model

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Brand
ICY DOCK
Model
MB742SPB
Color
Black

Details

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Mobile Rack Drives Support
2 x 2.5" Drives to 3.5" Bay
Mobile Rack Interface
SATA I/II/III/SAS
Protection Case
Multiple Drives
Compatible Products
2.5"
Specifications
Support Drive Size: 2.5" SSD / HDD

Compatible Drive Type: SATA / SAS (SAS host required / Single channel)

Number of Drives: 2

Max Drive Height: 9.5mm

Drive Bay: 1 x external 3.5" drive bay

Host Interface: 2 x SATA 7pin

Power Input: 1 x 15 pin SATA power connector

Transfer Rate: Up to 6Gbps (Depending on hard drive speed)

Support HDD Capacity: No Limitation

Structure / Material: Metal with partial plastic

Support Hot-Swap: Yes

Features

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Features
Rugged metal housing with durable ABS caddies for maximum security and protection

Fits 2x 5mm, 7mm, & 9.5mm 2.5" SATA HDD/SSDs, and installs into a single 3.5" external bay (floppy bay)

Multi-Flow Technology – provides excellent passive cooling

Accommodates 2.5" drives with 5mm, 7mm & 9.5mm height

Active Power Technology (APT) - only powers up if there is drive installed in the drive bay

Advanced ExpressCage drive caddy MB742TP-B with a new drive-gripping mechanism, strengthened

single-piece latch, and tool-less drive installation

Removable drive caddy system for easy maintenance

Supports SAS (single channel)/SATA 6Gbps and hot-swap

Supports SATA data and power cables with locking latches

A Single SATA power cable powers both drives, reducing cable clutter

Additional Information

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Date First Available
October 07, 2018
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Fantastic idea 10/23/2019 6:19:00 PM

Pros: Two fans
SATA power
Six 2.5" drives...one 5.25" bay
Adjustable fans
Fits nicely

Cons: Small fans
LEDs indicate power only...no flash with activity
Plastic drive caddies (won't dissipate heat)

Overall Review: This drive easily allows for six drives to fit in one optical drive bay. It is a little flimsy, but this is expected. My case is completely screwless inside, so the included screws are not needed for my usage. You could use platter drives in this, but heat might be a concern. I run 4x240GB SSDs in RAID0 for local storage and 2x120GB in RAID0 for a boot drive. This adapter has no controller in it, so you are going to have to run the number of SATA cables to the cage that you have drives in it. This is expected, but in a small case, it could present an airflow concern. I don't have this concern. The centre SATA power connector is smack up against the fan which means folding a SATA power connector over on the wires to make it plug in. If you leave it there, it shouldn't be a problem. But, if you need to pull it in and out, it could be a problem. My solution was to use the ends of a modular plug in cable set in each SATA power connector. This worked out well in my case. Your mileage may vary on this.

The short of this is, it's a great idea. If you need a solution like this, it's great. Might be a little overpriced by a little bit, but the thought and engineering that went in to what is likely to be a relatively low demand item...it's worth it.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
MUST HAVE for Content Creators (excellent use of space, excellent product) 8/21/2019 8:37:16 AM

Pros: - 4 SSD's in a single 5.25 drive bay (that's excellent use of space)
- Clean setup, easy installation, everything you need included
- 4 LED indicator lights show SSD activity as drives are being used. It's clean and functional.

Cons: - the packaging has no padding at all. It's a cardboard exactly the size of the bay and it was sent to us this way with no packaging. That said it arrived in 1 piece and works fine so this is really my only complaint and it still worked fine.

Overall Review: Seriously excellent product, a must have for people who work with storage, like content creators. A++ will buy again for future systems.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Good SSD dock. 5/30/2019 2:37:19 PM

Pros: I'm not using this as a "hot swap" bay, but rather changing out SSD's for a hardware dual-boot system. It works perfectly for that--the two OS's never see each other and never coexist in the system at the same time, which for my purposes is ideal.

Cons: No cons noted.

Overall Review: Easy install and a good price point.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great warranty support 3/3/2019 8:15:06 AM

Pros: Just wanted to mention that after 2 years the 40mm fan began to make noise. I contacted Icy Dock T/S and they gladly sent a replacement fan. I call that excellent customer service and a great product warranty

Cons: None

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Icy Dock is good 10/5/2018 9:44:35 PM

Pros: I have several Icy Dock pieces. They've all worked well.

Cons: None much. The metal enclosures would be better but the composite ones work fine for me.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
3/ 5
Icy Dock 4 x 2.5 SSD 9/24/2018 9:24:44 AM

Pros: It works great, no technical issues other than the fan will just blow the hot air into your case, not a big deal. I like the fact that the entire tray comes out.

Cons: It is made of cheap plastic, fragile. Do not use screws to mount iit into you bay as they will hit the tray. If you use screws use the smallest possible..

Overall Review: I expected a higher quality product.

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Manufacturer Response:
Hello,

I'm sorry you've had these problems with your product. Please note that while this model does use some strong ABS plastic components, its outer enclosure is made of a rugged metal. If the build quality of this unit ever becomes an issue, know that this model, as with all ICY DOCK products, is backed by a full 3-year warranty against all defects, and we would be happy to resolve any issue you might have with it.

The screws on this model are designed such that they can be installed and screwed in completely without causing any interference with the trays. If this has been a problem for you, it's possible that you received the wrong screws. Please ensure that you are using the screws that came with the MB324SP-B unit. If you are indeed using those screws, please contact us at your convenience and we can ensure that you receive the proper screws. We can be reached at tech@icydock.com

Thank you,
Chris - ICY DOCK Customer Support.
Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Disapointed 9/19/2018 9:21:05 AM

Pros: - Nothing

Cons: - Plastic ...
- Power plug inaccessible ... need to remove one fan to plug it..

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Manufacturer Response:
Hello Leveille,

I'm sorry you've had an issue with your product. If you wouldn't mind, would you mind adding more details as to what you had a problem with? You can provide them here, or to our email, which I'll link below. It should be mentioned that while this model does use a strong ABS plastic for parts of its construction, the outer shell is made of a rugged metal. If the build quality ever becomes an issue, note that we back all of our products with a full 3-year warranty.

You mention that the power plug in inaccessible and that a fan must be removed to access it. This is not the case on this model, as is shown in the product images, both power ports can be accessed easily without removing the fans. If your fans are indeed blocking the power issue, it may be they your unit in bent or defective in some way. If you believe that to be the case, I would suggest contact us directly. Your model, as with all ICY DOCK products, is backed by a full 3-year warranty against all defects, and we would be more than happy to repair this for you.

Please contact us at tech@icydock.com for assistance or for an RMA warranty claim.
Thank you,
Chris - ICY DOCK Customer Support
Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
simple, lightweight, easy to install multi-drive cage, but doesn't work with 12.5mm as advertised 6/22/2018 9:33:46 PM

Pros: Wondering what to do with that 5.25" bay in your system now that optical drives have become largely optional for desktop systems? Highly recommend you take a look at this and other cage options they have (their website has a listing with all the specs you could want) to make use of all the cheap 2.5" drives that are available these days.

Lightweight but sturdy plastic with some metal for reinforcement. I don't have any fear of parts breaking.

Blue LEDs up front aren't super bright.

Fan is easily user replaceable if you decide it is too loud for you (I haven't noticed it at all on the "auto" setting but my system is below my desk).

Trays are very simple to use - just rest the drive in them (there are two pegs up front to help with alignment) and slide into place. This is excellent for an SSD since vibration won't be an issue; you can basically consider it a tool-less installation. They do include screws if you want to secure a drive (only need to screw in the back two; the front two rest on the pegs up front).

Very short - my case (Corsair 88R) has a single 5.25" bay and I didn't want to have a cage in there that would stick out too far, as the corner of the motherboard is fairly close to it. Not a lot of clearance. It's just a hair over 140mm long so it was perfect, it isn't even as long as the bay which made it easy to tidy up the cable routing.

Cons: Supposed to support 12.5mm height drives. I have two different models here, some old IBM 10k RPM SATA drives and some newer HP SAS drives, 12.5mm height, and they won't fit with the tray. Without the tray the drives fit nicely, but... really no way to easily get them out. I see some other reviews mentioned this as well. This isn't a HUGE con for me, I was just going to poke around with some of these older drives and plan to use it for the standard 7/9mm height ones long-term, but a little disappointed to see 12.5mm support listed when they effectively don't fit.

My particular specimen has one flaky drive LED - tries to light up when a drive is connected then goes out. But the actual drive bay works fine.

One thing I'd change about it would be to put a switch in place of the jumper to control the fan setting. But they actually have that on their "tougharmor" cages, which are a little more expensive. I can't really fault them for making it a more premium feature but it was really weird to be using a jumper for, well, anything in 2018.

Overall Review: Didn't include any SATA cables so keep that in mind if you're planning to buy one.

Note while the bay is listed as "hot swap" this is really just doing pass-through of your motherboard's SATA ports. So you HAVE to make sure that the hot swap feature is enabled in the BIOS for the ports you are connecting to it for that to actually work.

Likewise if you intend to use SAS drives with this, it requires that you have a motherboard with SAS support or a SAS controller to connect to it. Also since there is just a single data connection per port it will only support a "single channel" SAS mode. Dual port disks should work but they'll operate in single port mode.

Since it's just doing pass-through it's universally compatible with any OS.

They do make a trayless design (MB524SP-B) which supports 7mm/9.5mm height drives (the two most common heights). Price is almost the same so if you're looking for trayless you might want to check out that model. For my part I wanted something that would have a clean look to the front, and the uniformity of these trays/sleds/whatever you want to call them provides exactly that.

Have used a lot of Icy Dock parts in the past at work and always been happy with them. Pleased to have the same experience for my personal use.

Something I'd love to see them do in future (if anyone from Icy Dock is reading) - would be neat if you guys had some models that allowed you to add a pair of front USB ports in addition to drive slots.

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