Thursday, April 19, 2007

2.5" SATA Hard Drive Tray for MB559 Series?


In our mission to supply our customers with solutions that make expanded storage easier we here at ICYDOCK keep introducing storage solutions that make data managing more convenient for all. Following in this tradition we are proud to introduce a 2.5”HDD tray for the MB559 series. This HDD tray specifically designed to houses 2.5” SATA hard drives and will fit into the 559 series. So now the customer has the choice to use 2.5” and 3.5” size drives. What do you think? What are your thoughts on this specifically designed tray?

21 comments:

  1. Not sure I see the point in this. IMHO the only people likely to buy this are laptop owners looking to upgrade their existing disk & retain the old one.

    My requirement for external storage is to provide somewhere, other than my laptop, to dump stuff on. This, in turn negates the requirement to upgrade my laptop drive in the first place.

    Now, if I could connect my laptop to an external drive housing that gave me resilience - something other than JBOD, I'd be far more interested ...

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  2. Since the tray is designed to fit in the MB559 series it is the same physical size as the 3.5" model. Also, 2.5" hard drives are more expensive and (usually) spin slower, 5400RPM vs. 7200RPM than their 3.5" counterparts. So other than offering the customer a choice, I don't see much of an advantage.

    It's always nice to have the option though, in case you have some 2.5" drives floating around.

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  3. This is exactly what I've been looking for! I will likely buy this enclosure later today.

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  4. It looks like I misunderstood this post. I called Icy Dock to ask about availability: they are considering making these trays, but are not yet doing so.

    In any case, I want one! Here's my situation: I have a MacBook Pro and I'm going to upgrade the internal 2.5" hard drive. I'll need to transfer the data from my old drive to my new drive, so I figured I'd get an external enclosure. I find it more likely that I'll use a 3.5" drive in the enclosure than a 2.5" after the initial data transfer, so I'd like to get an enclosure that can work with either 2.5" or 3.5" drives. I've spent the day looking for such a product and haven't found anything until this blog post now. Please, please make these trays!

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  5. Brilliant!

    I use the X3 backplane that uses the same trays as the MB-559. I use it with an esata expresscard to make video editing and backing-up quicker and smoother from a laptop.

    The idea of having a 2.5 drive in the system, then removing it and using it on the road (USB or esata also on the smaller caddy a la MB448UR?) would be a perfect solution - even with the hit in RPM between the 2.5 and the 3.5.

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  6. If you could allow your IB266 (available in Europe) to fit one of these trays, that would be fantastic. I know there is a docking station available, however, with a MB453 (multibay), I would only need to use 2 5.25" bays, and it would be very multifunctional.
    Otherwise I don't see anypoint, adding a 2.5" drive permanently to such a proposed tray

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  7. GREAT! Where can I buy it ????

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  8. I don't want a 2.5" tray from icy dock, I want a 2.5" External SATA enclosure!
    I'm stuck using the Vizo Saturno. I love Icy Dock products! How about a Saturno alternative!

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  9. This is exactly the type of product I was looking for. It would enable current users of the MB559 to use it to create backups of their laptops which now adays use SATA drives. If you were to make a 2.5 inch enclosure with the same concept as the MB559 that would be even better. I would also second that to ease portability issues. Can we expect either of these products to hit the market sooner than later!!!!

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  12. What are the chances of a simple IDE tray to be offered?

    I can see a huge benefit to offering a tray to slide into the MB559 Series that simply adapts a common IDE 3.5" or 2.5" hard drive to the SATA interface deep down inside the slot of the enclosure.

    Who do I contact to help this happen?

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  13. This is exactly what the doctor ordered! It means that I can access the old drives that float around waiting to be re-used for more storage and backup.

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  14. Sounds great! It would be nice to place a laptop hard disc temporarily in. Does NewEgg have these yet?

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  15. This would be wonderful. As a person who works in user support (university setting) this would be excellent. We see a lot of computers that are so corrupted due to viruses, malware, etc. that it really makes sense to pull the drives and scan them as slaves.

    The expanded ability to scan either the 3.5 or 2.5 drives via e-sata would make things very convenient. I think you should make it. We'd buy one, and I can think of plenty of other places that would want one as well.

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  16. That's a step in the right direction. Helps to keep the world green by using more efficient drives. ;-)

    It would be even better to have those 4x 2.5" or 8x 2.5" cage...

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  17. I have several 2.5 HD enclosures that I take on the road and to the office for working large video files I need to edit in Final Cut Pro. The one nice thing about using a firewire 2.5HD is "no need for power cables". My question is, when using the firewire 800 port of the the 559 enclosure and the new 2.5 HD tray, will this allow for the 559 enclosure to be used "without" the need for a power cable?

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  18. Does anyone know where we can purchase this 2.5 sata hard drive tray?

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  19. I have recently taken delivery of the MB561S-4S – great piece of kit ! I am going to use one of the trays as backup so it will always be stored with a drive in another location. That though leaves one tray empty - noise and dust. Anyone know if it is possible to buy another empty tray?

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