Tuesday, December 22, 2009

ICY TIP: How To Mount A 2.5" SATA SSD Into 3.5" Internal Drive Bay



In the last five years, the computer industry has seen fantastic leaps in technology. Processors are becoming exponentially faster, hard disk storage is becoming increasingly less expensive, and most of all, flash memory is slowly taking over the data storage market. I am of course talking about solid state drives, or as you may know them, SSD. It yields much faster read and write speeds, and is not limited by the rotational speed of a physical disk. Some top of the line SSDs have reported over 200 MB per second read speeds, and over 100 MB per second write speeds (i.e. Intel X25-M, OCZ Vertex Turbo, Asax Leopard Hunt II T2, Crucial M225 & A-Data S592). This is nearly double that of a single hard disk drive spinning at 7200 RPM.

Click the following link for 2009 Flash SSD charts:

The only problem with integrating an SSD into most current systems is that it conforms to 2.5” form factor, while almost every computer case (i.e. ATX case, Micro ATX case, HTPC case & server case) on the market is only set up to use 3.5” drives internally. To overcome this obstacle, we have created an ideal device to allow users to keep their systems intact, and make a huge system upgrade in a matter of seconds.

The Icy Dock MB882 Series 2.5” to 3.5” Converter takes any standard 2.5” SATA SSD and transforms it into a standard sized 3.5” SATA drive. Everything is identical to a normal 3.5” hard drive, including dimensions, mounting holes, and connection locations. This allows you to use it with an internal drive bay, a hot swap mobile rack, RAID backplane, or even an external drive enclosure. Utilizing an SSD will increase the overall performance of any system. Whether you are a power user who likes to have multiple operating systems, or a video editor who needs every resource working at its maximum potential, there are benefits to be had.

Hundreds of thousands of units have been sold in just the short year it has been on the market. And with flash memory steadily becoming more affordable for users, there is no reason to hold out on giving your machine the upgrade it deserves.

ICY DOCK MB882SP-1S-1B Product Page

ICY DOCK MB882SP-1S-2B Product Page

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

CES 2010 Product Preview

We would like to take this time to give you a taste of what we will be offering at our booth this year. We have plenty of new products to showcase, ranging from new SSD devices to USB 3.0! And the best part is this is only part of our product list for CES 2010! There are still a handful of products that we have yet to show you that will be at our booth for you to check out up close and personally.

ICY DOCK Booth Number: South Hall 1 #20422

Sincerely,

TEAM ICY DOCK

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MB973SP / MB974SP

Tray-Less Multi-Bay SATA RAID Backplane Module



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* User friendly tray-less design just plug-in hard drive and play

* Compact multi bay design to maximize the space in your workstation

* Durable aluminum body for excellent heat dissipation with stylish appearance

* Detachable 80mm ball bearing rear cooling fan for easy maintenance

* Built-in eSATA & USB port for external storage device for convenient data transfer

* Power button for each slot

* Black finish fits most of PC cases

* Support SATA 6Gbps speed



MB982SP (Non-RAID)

Heavy duty Screw-less 2.5" to 3.5" SATA/SAS/SSD HDD Converter



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* Converts your 2.5" SATA / SAS / SSD to a 3.5" SATA hard drive,

for 3.5" SATA drive bay usage.

* Made of solid metal for heavy duty applications

* Screw-Less design allows easy access to drives

* Airflow vents for heat dissipation with anti-vibration design

* Universal mounting holes for most common PC and Mac cases

* Screw-less design for quick & easy installation

* Perfect for System Integrators and IT Professionals

* Support SATA 6Gbps



MB982SPR (RAID Edition)

Heavy duty Screw-less Dual 2.5" to 3.5" SATA/SAS/SSD HDD Converter with Built-in RAID



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* Converts 2 x 2.5" SATA / SAS / SSD to a 3.5" SATA hard drive,

for 3.5" SATA drive bay usage

* Made in solid metal for heavy duty applications

* Screw-Less design allow easy access to drives

* Airflow vents for heat dissipation with anti-vibration design

* Universal mounting holes for most common PC and Mac cases

* Screw-less design for quick & easy installation

* Perfect for System Integrators and IT Professionals

* Built-in RAID 0, 1 & JBOD (port multiplier required)

* Support SATA 6Gbps



MB992S-2S (Non-RAID)

Tray-Less Dual 2.5" to 3.5" SATA Mobile Rack



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* Fits 2 x 2.5" SATA / SSD hard drive

* Compact multi bay design to maximize the space in your workstation

* Durable aluminum body for excellent heat dissipation with stylish appearance

* Stylish design with black finish fits most of PC cases

* Support SATA 6Gbps speed

* Fits in both floppy slot & internal 3.5" device bay



MB992RS-2S (RAID Edition)

Tray-Less Dual 2.5" to 3.5" SATA Mobile Rack with RAID



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* Fits 2 x 2.5" SATA / SSD hard drive

* Compact multi bay design to maximize the space in your workstation

* Durable aluminum body for excellent heat dissipation with stylish appearance

* Stylish design with black finish fits most of PC cases

* Support SATA 6Gbps speed

* Fits in both floppy slot & internal 3.5" device bay

* Built-in RAID 0, 1 & JBOD (Port Multiplier required for JBOD)



MB991SK-B (Full Metal)

Single Bay 2.5" to 3.5" SATA & SAS Mobile Rack



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* Durable aluminum body for excellent heat dissipation with stylish appearance

* Support 2.5" SATA / SAS / SSD hard drive

* Made of full metal for maximum durability

* Stylish design with black finish fits most of PC/IPC/Server cases

* Support SATA 6Gbps speed

* Removable tray design allow easy access to drives

* Perfect for small form factor case

* HDD tray interchangeable with MB994SP-4S series



MB994SP-4S (Full Metal)

Quad 2.5" to 5.25" SATA & SAS RAID Backplane Module



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* Fits 4 x 2.5" hard drive in one 5.25" device bay

* Support 2.5" SATA / SAS / SSD hard drive

* Compact multi bay design to maximize the space in your workstation

* Made of full metal for maximum durability

* Stylish design with black finish fits most of PC/IPC/Server cases

* Support SATA 6Gbps speed

* Removable tray design allow easy access to drives

* Perfect for small form factor case



ICY DOCK USA

Tel: 626.956.8800

Fax: 626.956.8811

147 Puente Ave.

City of Industry, CA 91746


Friday, December 04, 2009

Product Naming Contest Winners!

We have our winners! There were so many good suggestions for this contest that it was very hard to choose just one winner for each category. In light of all the creative entries, we have decided to give prizes to those for an honorable mention. Each of our honorable mention entries will receive our MB663UB-1SB-1 2.5” Mobile USB Enclosure.

**Please check to see if your name or entry is below, and contact us with your full name and shipping information. Send them to sales01@icydock.com**


MB662US-2S

Winner

*Ice Shield – Submitted by Johnny Wong

Honorable Mention

*Databank – Submitted by Steven Irving

*IcyRaid Dual – Submitted by Michael Bielen


MB668US-1SB

Winner

*Black Ice – Submitted by James

Honorable Mention

*Black Icy – Submitted by Hiram Wilson

*Obsidian – Submitted by Roscoe Shelton


A big thanks to everyone who participated! We hope that you all have a wonderful holiday season!

Cheers,

TEAM ICY DOCK


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

ICY DOCK Product Naming Contest Reminder

Hey all!

We would like to take this time to remind you that there is only a week left for our product naming contest! We have received a lot of great entries so far, so if you have not submitted one yet, put your creativity hat on and shoot us an email! The deadline is December 1, 2009, and there are (2) great prizes up for grabs to the person with the best name!

If you missed it, here is a link to our blog so that you can view all of the details:

http://icydock.com/2009/10/product-naming-contest.html

Please be sure to include your full name and email address so that we can contact you if you are the winner.

Cheers,

Team Icy Dock

Thursday, November 12, 2009

ICY TIP: Expand your WD TV Storage Capacity with The ICY DOCK Enclosure



In the recent years, video files have grown exponentially in their size. When storing huge collections of movies, television shows, and other videos, a dedicated media drive can max out quicker than you would like it to.

The current solution to this problem is buying an external hard drive, storing your videos, and then moving on to another external drive when free space is gone. Additionally, with most media extenders like the Western Digital TV HD Media Player, the user will also need to utilize a USB hub due to the product only have a single USB input. However, in most cases, this also means adding another power supply, and another interface cable. In some cases, this leads to 3 or 4 different drives, all bound up together in a rats nest of cables. This definitely does not sound like something you want sitting on your media center in your living room!
The solution, of course, is much simpler, and more efficient. Using our MB561US-4S Quad Bay SATA HDD Enclosure, you can have up to 8TB of storage (2TB x 4 HDD), allowing you to store almost endless amounts of video, photos, and music. This device uses a built in USB port multiplier so that you only need a single USB port to access all 4 drives, and even has a built in power supply. Using our multi-bay hard drive enclosure you have already cut down your mess of wires and external drives, and cut down on your power bill!

Simply gather your hard drives, empty or containing existing files, and install them into their respective EZ Slide trays. Now place them into the MB561, connect the single USB cable to your WD TV HD Media Player and the single power cord to an outlet. Finally, flip the power switch, and you are ready to go.

Another issue when using multiple drives is figuring out a convenient way to transfer all of your files to these storage devices. Since Icy Dock products are engineered for multi-system integration, you can take a single drive out of the MB561, use our MB559 Series Single Bay Enclosure that is permanently stationed near your desktop or mobile PC, and use it to transfer all of your media for use with your MB561 that is connected to your WD TV HD Media Player.
The benefits to this include not having to lug around the large multi-bay enclosure that can begin to weigh over 10 lbs when fully loaded with hard drives. Another benefit is that both products use our EZ Slide trays, so there is no fumbling with screws or different sets of trays for each enclosure.

There are many different methods for utilizing your media collections, however, here at Icy Dock we always prefer to use the simplest means possible. Using what we call the "Single" method, you can use a single multi-bay enclosure, a single USB cable, and a single power cord to do the work of four different external hard drives, cut out four different power adapters, and four different USB cables. If you're looking for a solution to your media center, look no further than these two Icy Dock products in combination with the Western Digital TV HD Media Player.


Cheers,

Team Icy Dock

Links and Other Information
http://www.icydock.com/product/mb559uea-1s.html - MB559UEA (FIREWIRE 400 & USB)
http://www.icydock.com/product/mb559ueb-1s.html - MB559UEB (FIREWIRE 800 & USB)

**Please note that due to recent firmware updates for the WD TV HD, USB hubs and multi-drive enclosures will not work. Version 1.02.08 and later firmware are reported to no longer work with USB hubs. Support for USB hubs did work in versions 1.02.07 and earlier releases. Please refer to this link for more information: WD TV HD Firmware. Before making changes to your device, please always do sufficient research into the topic and procedure.

****Unofficial firmware is also available that allows for USB hub use and additional features such as network support and USB Blu Ray and DVD drives. This may or may not void the WD HD TV warranty.

Friday, November 06, 2009

New Video!

We just uploaded our newest video!

MB668 Series 2.5" External Mobile Enclosure for SATA SSD & HDD!



Let us know what you think!

-TEAM ICY DOCK

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Icy Dock Youtube Videos!

NEW - MB45X Series 3.5" SATA Multi-Bay Raid Backplane Module
MB453, MB454 & MB455SPF-B Internal Removable Enclosure Rack

video

Check ICY DOCK Youtube Channel for more videos!


Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Product Naming Contest!



We need your help naming some of our new products! If we decide to use your name, you win the product!


Here are the products to name:


MB662US-2S – Dual Bay RAID Enclosure for 3.5” SATA Drives featuring eSATA & USB.


http://www.icydock.com/product/mb662us-2s.html




MB668US-1SB – 2.5” Mobile Enclosure for SATA HDD & SSD featuring eSATA & USB and OTB Function


http://www.icydock.com/product/mb668us-1sb.html



Contest Rules:

  1. One Entry per Person.
  2. U.S.A. and Canada Only.
  3. Only 1 of Each Prize Will Be Awarded.
  4. Deadline for Entries is 12/01/2009.


Remember to be creative with your names! You only get one submission!


Please reply to this post with your entry, as well as your email address and name so that we can contact you if you win.


Good luck!


-Team Icy Dock

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Product Spotlight - MB663 Series


This month, we want to feature our MB663 Series of 2.5” Drive Enclosures.

First, we have our MB663UB. It fits any standard SATA hard drives or solid state drives, and encloses it in a beautiful black or silver aluminum case. It uses a built-in USB cable to connect to just about any device, ranging from high definition gaming consoles, to a network storage device. And with a transfer rate of up to 480 MB/sec, it will be perfect for streaming your favorite HD movies and pictures to the big screen!

Last but not least, let us introduce you to our MB663USR. Internally, you take full advantage of the transfer speed that SATA offers, with rates as high as 3.0 GB/sec! Now, lets say you finished backing up your HD movie collection in a few minutes, simply press an eject button, and your collection has become portable, complete with a built-in mini-USB port. Now, plug it into your media case, gaming console, or transfer it to your laptop for a road trip! The possibilities are nearly endless.

With HDTV and hard drive prices dropping, and the size of movie files increasing, let us help you maximize your media experience with our MB663 Series Enclosure.

Click here for more product information

Thursday, May 21, 2009

CREATE YOUR IDEAL STORAGE SOLUTION!

****UPDATE: DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JUNE 30, 2009****

ICYDOCK has teamed up with Tweaknews to offer our loyal customers a challenge! Create your dream storage dock or enclosure! There are over $800 in prizes for the best ones!


Submit your work here: http://www.tweaknews.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7833

RULES:

1.) You must login and register here on the Tweaknews forums and post your creation.

2.) You must post what special features you need and you must post an illustration of the enclosure. Be creative.

3.) You must contribute at least 5 legitimate posts here on the forums not including this thread.

4.) IP's will be logged so multiple accounts from the same poster will be disqualified with no warning.

5.) Addresses will need to be supplied after the contest so we can send you your prize!

PRIZES:

First Prize (1) - MB561US-4SC - Quad Bay External Enclosure with eSATA (port multiplier) + USB 2.0 Interface w/ JBOD express card - MSRP: $349.99













Second Prize (1) - MB662UEAB-2S - Dual Bay Screwless External RAID Enclosure with FireWire 400, 800 + USB 2.0 Interface - Built-in RAID 0/1/BIG/JBOD - MSRP: $199.99














Third Prize (1) - MB662US-2S - Dual Bay Screwless External RAID Enclosure with eSATA + USB 2.0 Interface - Built-in RAID 0/1/BIG/JBOD/SAFE33/SAFE55 - MSRP: $129.99















Fourth Prize (1) - MB881US-1S-1 - Traveling 3.5" & 2.5" SATA Hard Drive Docking Station with eSATA + USB 2.0 Interface - MSRP: $54.99













Honorable Mention (5) - MB882SP-1S-1B - 2.5" to 3.5" SATA / SSD Converter with Screwless Design - MSRP: $19.99










Submissions will be accepted until midnight of June 30, 2009.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

UTILIZE AN EXTERNAL HDD WITH YOUR XBOX 360!


Following up to our previous installment, we will now walk you through how to set up your Icy Dock with the Microsoft XBOX 360.

Previously, the XBOX 360 did not allow users to use an external HDD with media to be played through the system. However, with recent updates for the XBOX 360, users now have many different options for playing media. And with the expensive, yet restrictive hard drives developed by Microsoft for specific use on the XBOX 360, users have been on a constant search for the best solution.

Using an Icy Dock to expand your media center experience via the XBOX 360 allows you to have almost unlimited storage capacities for movies, photos, and music. Simply drag and drop your media into an Icy Dock, and plug it into the XBOX 360 with a USB interface. What this installation guide will show you is how to correctly format the drive for use with the console.

Items you will need
*XBOX 360 (internet connection required for possible media updates)
*Icy Dock Enclosure using a USB interface
*Hard Drive or Solid State Drive for use in the Icy Dock
*PC or Mac
*Movies, Picture, and Music for playback on XBOX 360

Step 1: Format The Drive
*The drive needs to be formatted in FAT32 (MS-DOS File System) for it to be recognized by the XBOX 360.
*Windows Users – Windows can only format drives in FAT32 up to 32GB. To format it to its full capacity, you will need to use a program called Swissknife (http://www.compuapps.com/download/Swissknife/swissknife.htm) or use the command line method from the PS3 guide.
*Mac Users – Open up Disk Utility, and format the disk using MS-DOS.
*Formatting the drive will cause all data on the drive to be lost. Back up anything important before proceeding with the Formatting.

Step 2: Put Media On The Drive
*Since the XBOX 360 is essentially a computer, it will recognize the folder format of your drive. The easiest way to organize your media is Video, Music, and Photos.
*There is no need to re-organize folders within the main folders. For example, a folder holding all your TV shows can be left alone. The music folder organizing all albums or artists can be left alone. The picture photo organizing all photo albums or collections of photos can be left alone.
*Supported video formats
-MP4, AVI (some do not work), WMV, MOV
-The XBOX will display a file with a line through it if it is not playable.

Step 3: Connect The Drive To Your XBOX 360
*Connect the USB cable to the front or rear USB port. If you are using a using a 2.5” drive in the Icy Dock, the power from the USB will be enough to power the drive. All 3.5” applications will require the power supply.
*Go to the Video, Picture, or Music library, and search for your Icy Dock, listed as a portable device.
*Select your drive, browse, and enjoy!

SOFTWARE
*Free and effective open source programs for converting video
-Windows: Media Encoder (http://mediacoder.sourceforge.net/download.htm)
-Mac: FFMPEGX (http://homepage.mac.com/major4/download.html)

SUGGESTED ICY DOCK PRODUCTS











*MB881US-1S
-Fits all 2.5/3.5’’ SATA HDD and SSD
-eSATA and USB interface
-2.5” drive powered by USB when plugged into XBOX 360












*MB559 Series
-Fits all standard 3.5” drives, and 2.5” drives using the MB882SP-1S converter
-eSATA/USB, USB/FIREWIRE400, USB/FIREWIRE800 available
-Available in black, white, and mirror black
-Utilizes are tray system. Spare trays also available.








*MB664 Series
-Fits all standard 3.5” drives, and 2.5” drives using the MB882SP-1S converter
-eSATA/USB, USB/FIREWIRE400, USB/FIREWIRE800 available
-Available in black, white, and mirror black
-Screwless design













*MB663UB Series
-Fits all standard 2.5” SATA HDD and SSD
-Built in USB male plug
-Powered XBOX 360 via USB
-Available in silver and black

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Utilize an External HDD with your PS3!



How To Set Up Your MB559 Series OR MB664 Series ICY DOCK With PS3

MB664 (Shown in Mirror Black)

MB559 Series (Shown in Mirror Black)

Playstation 3 represents a new level of cutting edge video game technology. Not only does it allow you to play mind numbingly realistic games, but it has built in capabilities to play all your media. The problem however, is that the out of box unit places capacity restrictions on the user in terms of its hard drive. To solve this problem, you can replace the internal 2.5" SATA drive with a larger drive, or save yourself some time and simply plug in an external hard drive via USB. Using an external storage device, you can save video, audio, photos, and game data.

With an ICY DOCK hooked up to your PS3, you have almost unlimited storage capabilities. Utilize separate drives/trays for various media types, or unplug from your PS3 and use the drive to back up your newest vacation photos. If you run out of room, just pop in a fresh drive and you are back to square one!

And, with the newest color of our popular single bay series, your dock will be functional and stylish, all with the quality and simplicy that ICY DOCK gaurantees with all of our products!

Heres how you do it:

*Connect the ICY DOCK to your computer using a USB cord and switch unit power to ON.

*Check what the "File System" type is by going to Start, Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Computer Management, Disk Manager. Select the ICY DOCK and read the "File System" type. The file system type must be "FAT32" in order for the Playstation to recognize it.


*If the file system type is "NTFS", right click and select "Delete Partition" or "Delete Volume" for Vista.


*Then recreate the partition but do NOT format it. Make sure you assign a drive letter (for this Tutorial, we'll use H:)


*If you are running Windows, format the drive by going to the command prompt (Vista, right click on command prompt in start menu and click "run as administrator")and type in "format h: /FS:FAT32" (without the quotes). You may need to substitute your drive letter. (note this might not work on XP for a large hard drive - you may have to use a third-party formatting utility like SwissKnife; however, it does work under Vista - just be sure to use the format command from the DOS prompt, not from Windows Explorer)


*If you are using Mac OS X, open /Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility.app, pick the drive, and click on the 'Erase' tab. Pick 'MS-DOS (FAT)' for the file system type, and click on the 'Erase' button. This will reformat the drive in FAT-32.


*If you have Mac OS X Leopard: Open /Application/Utilities/DiskUtility.app, pick the drive and click on the 'Partition' tab. Pick '1 Partition,' for the Volume Scheme, and 'MS-DOS (FAT),' for the Format. Click the 'Options...' button (near the bottom) and select 'Master Boot Record.' Press 'Okay' and then 'Apply.'


*Open "My Computer" and double-click on your ICY DOCK.


*Create a folder system identical to that on the Playstation 3 by creating folders labeled "Picture" (not Photo), "Music", "Video" and "Game".


*Load all media into their proper folders. Your game folder should still be empty.


*Safely disconnect the ICY DOCK.


*Connect the ICY DOCK to your Playstation 3.


EXTRA TIPS AND TRICKS


*Game data can be saved the external HDD as well.


*Supported File Types for PS3

-Video: MPEG 4, MPEG 2, AVI, WMV, DIVX
-Audio: MP3, MP4, ATRAC, WMA, MP4

*Open Source Video Converters

-For Windows, MEDIA CODER
-For Mac, FFMPEGX

*Swissknife Download Page


*Use the ICY DOCK to create a hassle free transfer from you old internal HDD to your new internal HDD via our MB882SP-1S-1B 2.5” to 3.5” SATA HDD Converter Box.




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installation source: http://www.wikihow.com/Add-an-External-Hard-Drive-to-a-PlayStation-3