Friday, August 31, 2012

MB080U3S-1SB BLIZZARD review - posted by

One question comes up here and that is what can you use an external drive for besides backups? The answer to that question is rather subjective and the one thing that breaks the deal is access times and transfer rates. Can this drive match the transfer rates and access times of internal drives? How about solid state drives? Is it capable of pushing the data? We shall the full review

Thursday, August 30, 2012

MB996SP-6SB review - posted by

How many 3.5” drives can you fit into a single 5.25” drive bay. Precisely one, which is equivalent to a maximum capacity of 3 TB using today’s 3.5” drives. Now take that same bay and install an Icy Dock MB996SP-6SB Backplane the full review

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Introducing the New ICY DOCK MB981U3S-1S SATA to USB 3.0 and eSATA Hard Drive Docking Station

Icy Dock is proud to introduce the MB981U3S-1S 2.5”/3.5” SATA Hard Drive Docking Station with SuperSpeed USB 3.0 & eSATA interface. This product emphasizes the performance and accessibility of your 2.5” & 3.5” SATA hard drive or SSD, a versatile tool for gamers, IT professionals, home, or office users.
Everything is Covered
The MB981U3S-1S multi interface allows universal adaptability with various PCs or Macs, whether they are newest Macbook with lighting fast USB 3.0 interface, or your 2 year old desktop PC with eSATA interface or even with a 90s computer with a USB 2.0 interface, they are all covered by MB981U3S-1S. The MB981U3S-1S uses tool-less plug & play design for both 2.5” & 3.5” SATA hard disk and solid state drives – simply slide in the drive and power on the device and play. This is an excellent solution for using a hard drive without the hassle of installation and allows you quickly swap drives just seconds.
The Finer Details Matter
2.5” drives can be used on the go being powered by the USB bus, while 3.5” drives utilize a small form factor wall power supply that can be easily stowed away in a laptop bag or briefcase. The 2 part anti-dust cover on the top is divided into 2 pieces, so that if a 2.5” drive is inserted, only the smaller portion of the cover opens up, leaving the electronics inside safe from dust and debris. Other useful elements include a power button on the dock that double as status LEDs, a easy to press, large drive eject button, and as always, a ICY DOCK 3 year warranty.
Key Features
* Completely screw-less / tool-less design for any type of SATA drive.
* Allows docking of 2.5”/3.5” SATA HDD & SSD connected via USB 3.0, USB 2.0 or eSATA.
* 2 part anti-dust cover protects internals even when small 2.5” SATA drive is used.
* Easy access On/off button allows hard drive life expendability and energy conservation.
* Plug & Play USB 3.0 with backwards capabilities to USB 2.0 for quick connection for any computer system.
* Exposed working HDD stands in the air vertically for fast heat dissipation.
* USB 3.0 connectivity with up to 5 Gb/sec transfer rates.
* eSATA connectivity with up to 3 Gb/sec transfer rates.
* Large eject button for hassle free drive removal.
* Low profile power adapter for 3.5” drives.
* USB bus power for 2.5” drives.
* Great for DIY users and IT Professionals.
* Compatible with Macbook Air & Macbook Pro.
* Designed for PC & Mac systems.

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Introducing the ICY DOCK MB080USEB-1SB Blizzard Tool-Less FireWire 800, eSATA & USB External 3.5" SATA Hard Drive Enclosure with 80mm

External enclosures are a great way to have high capacity data storage on the go. Data can also be a critical factor for media, backup, or music professionals. Some of the top tier hard drive companies have made their own all in one enclosure with hard drive included. However, one of the known major causes of hard drive failure is due to excessive heat buildup caused by a lack of a proper cooling system. Also, a majority of hard drive manufactures only allow a 1 year warranty on their all in one external hard drives. This can be fatal for someone who has just lost their data and has to spend a significant amount of money in order to recover their data. There are other external enclosures in the market that provide a cooling system to help prevent this, but the physical placement of the cooling system does not always allow for the optimal airflow to cool the hard drive. Going above and beyond, the MB080USEB-1SB Blizzard is the next generation of external enclosures dedicated for maximum performance in cooling.
Elegantly Designed Hardware
The Blizzard has a uniquely designed front panel integrated with a massive 80mm fan for an elegant and nonintrusive design for the best ventilation, all in a single 3.5” hard drive that is installed into the front of the enclosure. There are two important reasons for the particular fan placement and design. First, the MB080USEB-1SB will be able to cool all sides of the hard drive and create only one direction of airflow from the front to the back, where the air then exits. This extends the life of the cooling fan as it only intakes cool cold air and increases the overall cooling efficiency of the hard drive, in comparison to other enclosure cooling designs. Second, the 80mm fan is integrated into the detachable front panel which allows to easily swap your hard drive without any screws or tools to worry about. On the sides includes two slightly concealed button ejectors that when pressed, will eject the front panel enabling the user to swap the hard drive as needed. Alongside our tool-less drive installation system, media producers can easily remove their hard drive from the Blizzard and directly transport their data to another location, ultimately removing the setup process of the enclosure.
Smarter Cooling Functionality
The rear panel comprises of a multitude of defining features coming all together from only the best ideas of our previous external enclosure models. The enclosure has a single LED brightness dial to effortlessly adjust the ambient LED brightness to your preferred liking. To increase the level of functionality, the Blizzard’s LED color will turn red when the hard drive temperature is over 50°C. The built in fan controller allows you to select low, high, and auto to properly cool the hard drive to help if such a case appears. The auto mode properly adjusts accordingly to your hard drive’s requirements by increasing or decreasing the fan speed as needed.
Everything but the Kitchen Sink
One of the most interesting features of the MB080USEB-1SB Blizzard is the Triple-Interface design. First off, the eSATA interface introduces increased performance which enables the user to transfer and get the job done much quicker with your laptops or PC system. Meanwhile, the USB 2.0 interface provides maximum compatibility while on your legacy PC or Mac to make sharing as easy as possible. Lastly, the Firewire 800 interface is perfect choice for any Mac system. With the MB080USEB-1SB supplying a variety of interfaces makes it the first and foremost choice for media professionals who are using different computer systems.
Key Features
* Unique & Elegant design.
* Massive 80mm fan for optimal cooling.
* Direct airflow design to completely cool all sides of the hard drive.
* Completely screw-less / tool-less design for any 3.5” SATA I/II/III HDD.
* FireWire 800, eSATA & USB 2.0 interface for maximum versatility.
* Backward compatible with USB 2.0 for wide-ranging use.
* 3 Speed Adjustable Cooling Fan, including auto setting featuring Smart Cooling technology.
  Smart Cooling Technology is active in auto mode and accurately adjusts the fan speed
  according to your hard drive’s needs.
* Cool blue ambient LED with adjustable brightness control.
* Smart-Temp functionality – Front LED changes from blue to red when over 50° C.
* Supports SATA 6Gbit hard drive up to 3TB capacity.
* Great for Media and IT Professionals.
* Designed for PC & Mac systems.

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Introducing the ICY DOCK MB992SK-B Enterprise Full Metal 2 x 2.5" SATA Hard Drive or SSD Mobile Rack in 3.5" Device Bay

Every year, technology is able to become more and more advanced and is constantly improving. Also, with being physically the smallest, and performing the best is the end goal of any storage system. This is why SFF (Small Form Factor) storage systems are becoming more popular due to its low power consumption and space-saving benefits. With the advent of recent solid state technology, this allows 2.5” SSD’s to easily achieve 500MB/sec in transfer rate, which overcomes the 3.5” SATA hard drives in every category except capacity. Therefore, maximize the capacity in a limited space becomes the most important task that many storage consulting firms are faced with often. For SFF systems, we introduce the Icy Dock MB992SK-B 2.5" SATA Mobile Rack solution for use in 3.5" device bays (Floppy bay).
Complete Space Saver
Utilizing its small form factor, The MB992SK-B is perfect for use in industrial PCs, SMB SFF servers, mobile DVR systems, or even home servers. The ability to house 2 x SATA SSD or HDD in a single 3.5” bay makes it a valuable asset, such as, building small RAID 1 backups for SMB workstation or fast RAID 0 arrays for powerful personal computer. To keep cables from cluttering, a single SATA 15 power pin is used to ease installation. Save as much as space while maintaining the speed and capacity, which is the beauty of the MB992SK-B.
Protect your Investments
Making sure your drives are in good hands and last as much as possible is carefully considered to any enterprise build and design. The MB992SK-B is capable of holding up in the harshest environments, with the heavy duty metal construction in the entirety of the body and its smaller components. It can be used various systems including: military and law enforcement deployment, as well as manufacturing conditions such as embedded control systems and factory automation systems.
The metal material used grants heat dissipation transfer from the hard drives to the mobile rack. Multi-Flow Technology (MFT) effectively routes air flow correctly for excellent passive cooling, via ventilation slots on the front, rear, top and bottom (in multiple locations). Lastly, Anti-Vibration Technology (AVT) and EMI Grounding are used to provide a stable environment for the hard drives or SSD’s used to perform at its best.
Versatile Utility & Security
Bringing more utility your hard drives, a LED is installed into the front of the mobile rack to provide drive status information at all times. Active Power Technology (APT) allows each LED to be on only when a hard drive is inserted into the enclosure. For drive security, the eagle-hook lock system on the tray makes sure your hard drives will not eject when not needed. Additionally, the 2 segment key lock provides extra protection to theft of hard drives as well as safeguards any sensitive data.
The brand new EZ Slide Micro trays make drive interchangeability and maintenance completely hassle free. The trays are also designed to accommodate 7mm to 9.5mm height hard drive and SSD, creating a 2.5" hot swap bay for any standard SATA hard drives and SSDs.
Interchangeable hard drive tray with:
Key Features
* Fits 2 x 7mm to 9.5mm 2.5” SATA drives/ SSD’s in a 3.5” floppy drive bay.
* Full Metal construction, perfect for rugged applications.
* Multi-Flow Technology (MFT) - provides excellent passive cooling.
* Anti-Vibration Technology (AVT) - creates a safe environment for hard drives or SSDs.
* Active Power Technology (APT) - individual led only powers up if there is drive installed in each bay.
* EMI Grounding – protects hard drives from electrical damage.
* Eagle-hook lock system & 2-segment safeguard key lock keeps drives secure within the enclosure.
* Removable tray system for easy maintenance.
* Supports SATA 6Gbps and hot swap.
* Single SATA 15 Pin to power entire device.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

MB882SP-1S-1B review - posted by

Icy Dock has a wide variety of storage related products and among them are drive adapters. The sad truth is we need these devices as the PC case manufacturers have not yet made mounting of 2.5″ drives a standard. Even more saddening than that; many SSD manufactures conveniently forget to give you an adapter, which means adapters are a necessity. Add to this the growing segment of users going for lower power usage and less heat by using 5200-5400RPM 2.5″ drives in their desktops and one can see the need for adapters. Today we examine two of the many drive adapters offered by Icy Dock; with one thing in mind – the full review

MB080U3S-1SB BLIZZARD review - posted by

Today I have the pleasure of reviewing Icy Dock’s Blizzard 3.5” eSATA/USB3.0 external hard drive enclosure. The Blizzard is unique in that it integrates an 80mm fan into the front of the unit to pull air through the case and keep your drives cool. It also has an interactive system of LEDs that typically glow blue when operating within nominal temperatures, but change to red when going beyond the 50C temperature mark. Keep reading to see how the Blizzard stacks up against two other external drive solutions: an all-in-one Seagate drive and another DIY bare enclosure from the full review

Friday, August 17, 2012

ICY TIP: Professional Removable Storage Solution for Small Businesses and Media Professions

Professional Removable Storage Solution for Small Businesses and Media Professions
Many enterprise and professional users has been starting to use SSDs as the main internal drive, which results in an overall better system performance. However, this leaves a smaller built-in storage capacity in the host system. Therefore, having a secondary storage has been becoming increasingly important to enterprise & professional users, especially in the media and small business field. This is because of the increase of various file sizes such as 1080P HD videos, high resolution RAW images, large office backup files, etc. Also, accessibility, silent operation, and security are important factors when using project files at work environment, studio, home or on a business trip.

DJ’s, video / audio editors, small businesses, music producers and photographers, are several examples of who require additional storage to be truly successful at their profession. In selecting potential storage solutions, however, being able to quickly insert & remove hard drives, providing security in an unsecured environment, and transporting your hard drive from various locations, are all important situations and features to consider. Our solution allows you to have all of this, which are the ICY DOCK Professional Removable hard drive enclosures.
External Solution: The MB559U3S & MB561US-4S-1:
If you have a system that is small, fixed, or not capable to expand the storage capacity from inside, external enclosures are specially designed for these situations. The MB559U3S series is equipped with high performance USB 3.0 & eSATA interface, using a unique removable & hot-swap tray feature for easy swapping in seconds. The USB 3.0 & eSATA is supported in most new computer systems, including the new Macbook Pro. The USB 3.0 interface is also backwards compatible for any legacy PC or Mac systems that still rely on USB 2.0. For enterprise users, locking the enclosure in the office with a Kingston lock will be able to help prevent theft of the enclosure and drive. However, removing the drive from the enclosure, promotes additional security. If multiple MB559U3S enclosures are used, moving from one place to another is simple. Other features like the aluminum body, ultra slim design, and built-in expandable foot stand, provide flexible utility, meanwhile, making the work environment a professional feel. Expanding capacity is just as simple as all that is needed is a new hard drive, and an extra tray. If sharing of data and high storage capacity are needed, the MB561US-4S-1 quad bay enclosure allows up to 12 TB of total storage, while still enjoying the hot-swap feature.
Internal Solution: The MB876SK-B, MB453SPF-B, MB454SPF-B & MB455SPF-B:
Expanding internal storage becomes quite easy using the MB876SK-B or MB45X series. For the MB45X multi-bay series, it provides at least one more 3.5” hard drive slot, relative to the same storage space available without the multi-bay installed. For example, the MB453SPF-B takes 2 x 5.25” device bay to be installed, but provides 3 hot-swap drives instead of 2. For the MB455SPF, it takes 3 x 5.25” device bay, but provides 5 hot-swap drives instead of 3. Also, the addition of aluminum build and 80mm fan allow overheating of hard drives to be the last thing to worry about. Once the system is installed, all that is left is to insert your hard drives using the included removable trays. Instead of opening up the computer and removing the hard drives, all that is needed is to eject the tray out of the enclosure system to take home the necessary data to work on. Besides all these great features, the MB876SK-B and MB45X series all fully support SATA III / 6Gbps speed for maximum performance.
Hot-swap & Interchangeable tray designed for maximum flexibility:
For any person, enterprise or application that requires data storage, it is important to look for a flexible storage solution. How easily you can move the data from location A to location B, how quickly you can remove the failed drive from a RAID array without a long system downtime, and how to be able to swap hard drive data between internal and external systems, are crucial elements to consider when purchasing a storage solution. Lastly, make sure that the solution is a well known brand name in the respective field, with good warranty converges.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

MB992SK-B review - posted by

Do you have a desktop or tower case with an empty 3.5” bay in it? Perhaps you have a SFF (Small Form Factor) PC that incorporates a 3.5” bay? Now consider your desire to have a fast SSD Solid State Drive) for a boot drive and nice sized 1 TB data drive. If this is your system or the picture you have in your head for your next computer, Icy Dock has just the module for you in the form of the MB992SK-B Mobile the full review

MB994IPO-3SB review - posted by

Most of the time when building a system, the physical size of the system isn’t a huge factor—it may be going under a desk or in some other area where space isn’t limited. But sometimes, as in the case of an HTPC, space may be at a premium and can severely limit the overall footprint. In those situations, compromises must often be made in order to get the system in a small area. Often, this compromise comes in the form of storage since hard drives take up a lot of physical the full review