Monday, March 31, 2014

Perfect Storage Solutions - HiTech Legion Contest

ICY TIP: Optimize your Mini ITX System for Small Business or Home Servers, Gaming, and Media Center using ICYDOCK Storage Solutions
Your hard drives are full of data and you don't know what to do. You searched and searched for the perfect storage solution but it just keeps on evading you. Don't you worry, don't you fret, HiTech Legion and Icy Dock will cover you yet. Icy Dock a manufacturer of storage solutions, not only for the home but enterprise also, wants you to experience why there enclosures are the perfect storage solution. Icy Dock will be providing 7 prizes, 3 EZ-Fit Lite, 2 Flex-Fit Trio, 1 TurboSwap w/80mm cooling fan and the Granddaddy of them all the Black Vortex.
Please watch the Video below it has valuable information you should not miss. Details are here, don't ask the question if you didn't watch the video.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

BLIZZARD MB080U3S-1SB review - posted by

Icy Dock Blizzard 3.5" SATA Enclosure Review

External enclosures have always been useful in turning veteran hard drives from old machines back into useful storage mediums but lately they have been making a comeback with more and more focus being placed on mobility and flexibility. Today we take a look at a new form of external enclosure with performance on its mind. The Blizzard series external enclosure from Icy Dock promises to give use the mobility we desire with not swap and plug-n-play functionality with the ability to keep our drives icy cool during operation.........Read More

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

ToughArmor MB996SP-6SB review - posted by

Icy Dock ToughArmor 6 HDD Hot Swap Mobile Rack Review

If you’re like me you like to back up files, install every game in your Steam library just because and record your favorite TV shows to your hard drive to enjoy them on your own time. This unfortunately takes up a lot of space and more often than not means you need more and more hard drives to sate your unhealthy obsession with storage but what happens when you run out of space to put your drives or even worse, your media PC is in a small mATX case? Icy Dock looks to come to the data hogs rescue with their ToughArmor 6x2.5" SATA HDD Hot Swap Mobile Rack which promises to give us a place to put 6 2.5” drives in a single 5.25” external bay. We’ll find out if this increase in storage is worth your time.........Read More

Monday, March 10, 2014

ICY DOCK March 2014 ICY TIP Giveaway Contest (03/09/2014 to 03/31/2014)

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ICY DOCK March 2014 ICY TIP Giveaway Contest - 03/09/2014 ~ 03/31/2014
ICY DOCK will be giving one lucky contestant a prize of ICYRaid MB662U3-2S Dual bay SuperSpeed USB 3.0 RAID Enclosure valued at $135! Stay tuned as there will be many upcoming raffles in the future.
The requirements to be eligible for March 2014 ICY TIP giveaway are simple:
Like our Facebook page -
Find the answer to the following question: In ICYRaid MB662U3-2S FAST Mode (RAID 0), what is the average speed of USB 3.0? (Hint: please check the performance charts)
Submit your information and answers through Google Doc -
How to Affordably Maximize Time Efficiency for
Media Professionals with USB 3.0 Interface
The giveaway contest is available for USA and Canada only
One entry per person and you must be at least 13 years of age to enter
Winner will be randomly drawn from participants with the correct answer to the question posted
Contest runs from March 9th - March 31st
The Winner will be announced on our Facebook page and on our ICY DOCK blog
One lucky winner will be able to win the following product:
Terms and Conditions: Event begins 03/09/14~03/31/14. Each participant is limited to one (1) entry per customer (U.S. and Canadian residents only). Posting on online forums or Facebook must follow the rules & guidelines as listed. All entries must be submitted by 03/31/14 midnight EST with all required information noted above otherwise they will be disqualified. The winner will be chosen / announced by beginning of April 2014 on our Facebook page and blog. Winner is required to contact to submit valid shipping information within 7 days of the winning announcement.

Friday, March 07, 2014

TurboSwap MB171SP-B Product review - posted by

Icy Dock TurboSwap MB171SP-B Tray-Less 3.5" SATA Hard Drive Mobile Rack Review

The Icy Dock TurboSwap MB171SP-B Tray-Less 3.5" SATA Hard Drive Mobile Rack makes physical access to your HDD as easy as pop, lock, and drop. The MB171SP-B features a full-metal design that, along with passing industrial grade flammability ratings, acts as a heat sink to distribute heat evenly across the 5.25” drive bay you have it installed into. If the passive cooling of the Icy Dock TurboSwap wasn’t enough, it also features an 80mm fan integrated into the bottom of the TurboSwap with four additional screw holes to add a 120mm fan, if you deem it necessary. The MB171SP-B can fit a 3.5” full or half size HDD with a SATA I, II, or III connection and synergizes with the Icy Dock EZ Convert 2.5” to 3.5” SATA SSD / HDD Converter. The tray less design combined with hot swap capability means that you have easy access to any SATA HDD on the fly. The included barrel lock makes sure that any sensitive information is kept secure from sticky fingers and the anti-shock/vibration feet ensure a longer lifespan for HDD platters..........Read More

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Monday, March 03, 2014

ICY Tip: How to Affordably Maximize Time Efficiency for Media Professionals with USB 3.0 Interface

ICY TIP: Optimize your Mini ITX System for Small Business or Home Servers, Gaming, and Media Center using ICYDOCK Storage Solutions
How to Affordably Maximize Time Efficiency for
Media Professionals with USB 3.0 Interface
The ever-increasing size and quality of media content continues to test the computing capabilities that we have at our disposal. The demand for higher performing components is a never-ending cycle which professionals in the entertainment industry require to produce the fine content we get to see in publications on the web, magazines, or on television. Many of these media creators find themselves in the situation where they cannot spend a fortune on their hobbies/work, but they still wish to maximize their output and efficiency. It shouldn’t cost a fortune to have lightning speed transfers and customizable drive configurations. Here’s why.
USB - The New Standard
Mac OS can be seen as the dominant platform in media and entertainment industries and is becoming increasingly prevalent for end users in everyday computing. Previously Mac Users were limited to Firewire as the only viable interface to quickly transfer files, but as technology advances, new connection-types begin to arise and now we see ourselves in the era of Superspeed USB 3.0. Since USB interface is widely known and accepted as a standard, most devices such as cell phones, external drives, and televisions all support USB. Additionally, USB 3.0 has the added benefits of backwards compatibility where USB 2.0 devices function in USB 3.0 ports (at reduced speeds) and vice versa. This universal design of USB is extremely beneficial for storage devices since there are endless selections of media devices or wireless routers that allow USB expansion storage such as the ROKU 3, Slingbox 500, ASUS RT-AC68U & NETGEAR Nighthawk that you generally don’t see with Firewire and Thunderbolt.
Oftentimes in studios there’s diversity between different platforms; some editors prefer using Windows, and others prefer Mac. The beauty of USB is its cross-platform compatibility as the new standard. USB devices are a dime a dozen and heavily supported whereas Firewire/Thunderbolt devices are scarce and lack integration with many devices, so the obvious choice would be to go with USB.
Blazingly Fast
Higher bandwidth correlates with faster transfer speeds, so the more bandwidth a connection can provide the less you have to wait (and we all know time is our most valuable asset). Nowadays there are many bandwidth intensive programs that are utilized such as Adobe Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, and Sony Vegas Pro which require a superfast connection such as USB 3.0 to operate smoothly. Boasting an incredible 5Gb/s, Superspeed USB 3.0 leaves Firewire in the dust. The best way to measure performance is to analyze actual speeds rather than theoretical speeds, so let’s take a look at real world speeds using different interfaces under the same conditions. The chart below compares USB 2.0, USB 3.0, Firewire 800, and Thunderbolt, using a Hitachi 750GB 7200 RPM Drive. We can see that USB 3.0 doubles the speed of Firewire in Write tests and its read speeds greatly surpass Firewire 800 in all categories.

Compared to Thunderbolt, USB 3.0 matches or slightly exceeds Thunderbolt’s speed in all tested categories. Thunderbolt is often glamorized by its ability to provide 10Gb/s transfer speeds per channel, but the truth is that most storage devices cannot saturate Thunderbolt’s bandwidth so the benefits of Thunderbolt go to waste.
(Credits to Macworld)
2 Hard Drive in RAID 0 Comparison Table:
Single hard drive benchmarks caps the real-life speeds of USB 3.0 by the maximum speeds of the hard drives. To really show the power of USB 3.0, we performed benchmark tests with 2 hard drives in RAID 0. With RAID 0, the read/write speeds of the hard drives will combine and almost double the speeds of an individual hard drive. From our test results shown below, you can see that USB 2.0, Firewire 800 and Firewire 400 have all hit their limit with two hard drives in RAID 0. However, USB 3.0 boasts an increased transfer speed that trumps the compared interfaces making USB 3.0 an excellent partner for RAID 0.
MB662U3-2S - 2 x Samsung 1TB ST100DM005 in FAST Mode -
USB 2.0 (AVG 31.0 MB/s)
MB662USEB-2S-1 - 2 x Samsung 1TB ST100DM005 in FAST Mode – FireWire 400 (AVG 36.2 MB/s)
MB662USEB-2S-1 - 2 x Samsung 1TB ST100DM005 in FAST Mode – FireWire 800 (AVG 64.7 MB/s)
MB662U3-2S - 2 x Samsung 1TB ST100DM005 in FAST Mode –
USB 3.0 (AVG 194.8 MB/s)
USB - The Epitome of Affordability and Availability
There’s no reason not to equip your system with Superspeed USB 3.0. It’s widely available, included on almost every motherboard/new computer (including Mac Systems) within the last couple years, and is cheaper than dirt. To be able to contain all these attributes and still be majorly beneficial proves that you don’t need to dish out big bucks for extreme performance. Additionally, Thunderbolt isn’t available in the form of an addon card just yet although Asus does has plans to release it on the market soon. Until Thunderbolt can become more mainstream and less than a niche, it’ll remain geared towards the small percentage of media professionals that plan to utilize Thunderbolt’s high bandwidth for intensive projects like video rendering with multiple SSD RAID systems or 8 drive RAID systems. In terms of affordability and availability, USB just can’t be beat.
Creating more possibilities with the ICYRaid MB662U3-2S
It would be naive to assume that all users have the same requirements for their storage needs, which is why Icydock has designed a multifunctional RAID enclosure best suited for the various needs of our consumers. The ICYRaid MB662U3-2S serves many purposes, providing modes for different applications ranging from: archiving/file transfers between drives (JBOD mode), mission critical data protection (SAFE mode), and advanced graphic & video rendering (FAST mode). These suggested applications are a fraction of the numerous possibilities that the ICYRaid is capable of being utilized for. The ICYRaid is ideal for intensive content creation, data backup, or large file storage. With tool-less drive installation design, Superspeed USB 3.0 and dual bays each supporting up to 4TB+ 3.5” SATA drives, the ICYRaid caters to the most demanding tasks, allowing professionals to quickly and painlessly complete the task at hand.
FAST Mode [RAID 0] – For a blend of capacity and performance boost, you’ll be more than pleased with our FAST mode which utilizes RAID 0 for ultra fast speeds. If you’re a video editor, it’s possible to play back multiple HD video streams simultaneously using either Final Cut Pro X or Adobe Premiere. If you’re a photographer, you can browse large photo libraries and archives and edit them in Apeture or Lightroom 4 with ease.
SAFE Mode [RAID 1] – Hard drives can be engineered to increase reliability and durability, but the truth is they’ll all fail –it’s just a matter of time. Don’t be a victim of the grim consequences resulting from a dead drive that hasn’t been backed up. With SAFE Mode, you’ll always have a mirrored copy of all your crucial data, so all the media projects that you’ve spent countless hours editing will be safe in the event of a hard drive failure.
JBOD Mode – JBOD provides the most flexibility with the capability of transferring data between drive which is perfect for archiving and organizing data. This is critical for multi-tasking as you can utilize Drive A for downloads, and Drive B can be assigned for storage or editing. When the download completes from Drive A, it’s possible to quickly transfer it over to Drive B and begin editing –helping you stay organized and maximizing efficiency.
MB662U3-2S Product Page:
Other ICY DOCK USB 3.0 Products
BLIZZARD MB080U3S-1SB USB 3.0 & eSATA External HDD Enclosure:
ICYBento MB559U3S Series Slim USB 3.0 & eSATA External HDD Enclosure:
MB559U3S-1S -
MB559U3S-1SB -
EZ-Dock Lite MB881U3-1SA SATA/IDE USB 3.0 Adapter with Docking Stand:
EZ-Dock Flex MB981U3-1SA 2.5”/3.5” USB 3.0 SATA & IDE Docking Station:
EZ-Dock MB981U3S-1S 2.5”/3.5” USB 3.0 & eSATA HDD Docking Station:
EZ-Dock MB981U3-1S 2.5”/3.5” USB 3.0 HDD Docking Station:
EZ-Adapter MB981U3N-1SA USB 3.0 2.5”/3.5” SATA & IDE HDD Adapter:

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