Thursday, December 23, 2010

With Apple leading the way in making laptops smaller, thinner, lighter, and more powerful the world of laptop manufactures now must keep up with them. Apple's new Mac Book Air is evidence of Apple's advances in laptop technology as well as keeping the new power sleek and thin. The new Mac Book Air has a very thin body of only 0.68" with the laptop closed. The Air besides being one of the thinnest laptops on the market it also has some other features that no other laptop has. The built in Solid State Drive or SSD has not only replaced the normal hard drive but has also been imbedded into the mother board for even more space reduction. The SSD has very fast read/write speed opposed to the traditional hard drive. It can allow the laptop to start up almost instantly. What the SSD makes up for in speed, performance, and durability it lacks in storage capacity. With only three models being released of only 64Gb, 126Gb, or 256Gb it can be a problem when you need to store your big picture files or video files or what ever else you may need to store that would fill up your precious SSD capacity.

A storage solution that can be used with the Mac Book Air that will keep the sleek thin look but not sacrificing capacity is the combination of the Icy Dock MB663UB-1S-1 and a 2.5" SATA hard drive. With the prices of 2.5" SATA hard drives going down a 500 GB portable external hard drive can be achieved for a very reasonable price. The MB663UB-1S-1 is a very smart solution to the storage dilemma of the Mac Book Air. The MB663UB-1S-1 has a built in USB cord that can supply the unit with power as well as transferring data. No more carrying around a USB cable for your external hard drive. With one simple USB cord plugged into your Air you can view or edit your large data with out using space on your Air's SSD. Besides being very useful the MB663UB-1S-1 also looks as well as it works. The MB663UB-1S-1 has very similar look to the Mac Book Air being thin, light weight and sleek. The enclosure is made with an aluminum shell to protect the drive where ever it may go. Installing the hard drive is a snap; it includes the required tool and has a screw-less design to install the hard drive. The enclosure fits any standard 2.5" SATA hard drive with 9.5mm drive height. Backed with a 3 year warranty the MB663UB-1S-1 is the ultimate portable hard drive enclosure for your Mac Book Air.

If you need something more than just a portable hard drive enclosure then the MB561US-4S-1 is the perfect solution for you. The MB561US-4S-1 will allow any Mac weather it be your new Mac Book Air or your home iMac or Mac Pro this will be your ultimate storage system. The MB561US-4S-1 has the capability of holding up to 8Tb of data. The unit has four trays to house up to 2Tb drives each. The MB561US-4S-1 has two different interfaces to choose from. Each can be used for different applications for your specific needs. If you have a Mac Pro with a port multiplier card you can use the eSATA interface to see each individual drive. If you are using your Mac Book Air you can use the USB interface to see each drive individually. The unit features a back fan to keep the entire unit cool. You also have the option of controlling the fan speed easily on the back of the unit. Installing the drives into the unit is easily done using the included screws. In each tray, four screws hold the hard drives securely to the units hard drive trays. With the hard drives installed on the trays you can take advantage of the Hot Swap features on the MB561US-4S-1. You can remove and replaces hard drives as you please with the system running without a hitch. Following along the same stylistic lines of Apples products the MB561US-4S-1 looks good as well as works good. The case on the unit is made from sturdy aluminum which keeps the unit rugged to protect your hard drives with in. The MB561US-4S-1 has a 3 year warranty backing this quality unit. If you need to share the data on the MB561US-4S-1 with your entire network do not worry, it can adapt to your Apple Airport extreme, Time capsule, Router and wireless NAS storage so any system on the same network can share its data.

Further information on connecting your MB561US-4S-1 to a network can be found HERE.

If you need an external hard drive for your new Mac Book Air than the MB663UB-1S-1 is the device for you. With its sleek look and its storage capabilities the MB663UB-1S-1 is the ultimate solution for storage on the go. If you need something with more capacity with out compromising looks then the MB561US-4S-1 is the storage solution for you.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

ICY TIP: Still not convinced to buy an SSD? Build a drive that exceeds the WD VelociRaptor in capacity, performance, and value By using two SATA HDD in RAID 0 with the MB982SPR-2S

One major complaint for going the SSD route is that you have to pick and choose your data carefully, due to limited storage capacity. This means that you will likely store your operating system files, and maybe a game or piece of software on the drive, and that is it. The obvious answer is to simply get a bigger SSD, however the current price point for SSDs is almost $2.00 per GB. So to get a drive the same size as a standard HDD in a desktop, you are looking at almost $500! The next fastest type of drive would be the Western Digital VelociRaptor, able to achieve average read and write speeds of about 120-130 MB/second, but they face a similar problem; their price is too high, and that forces the user to sacrifice space for speed.

But what if you could have both blazing fast read and write speeds, and the storage capacity of a regular HDD? What if there was a way of obtaining speeds faster than a Western Digital VelociRaptor, had more capacity, and it was cheaper?

These important questions are answered with the Icy Dock MB982SPR-2S, which can take two 2.5" SATA HDDs, and fit them into the space of a single 3.5" SATA HDD. Most importantly, the device include hardware RAID to allow the user to place the drives in BIG, RAID 1, or RAID 0, yielding different performance and functionality. One could take two 2.5" SATA HDD, such as the Hitachi TravelStar 500GB 7200RPM drives, place them in the MB982SPR-2S and create a RAID 0 array. The result will be a 3.5" form factor drive with a 1TB capacity, and average read & write speeds of about 160MB/second! (See HD Tune benchmark results below).

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Now you have 25% increases in your transfer rates and a massive storage capacity to store ALL of your programs and files, rather than having to pick and choose and maintain multiple drives.

This is a phenomenal set up for gamers, audio engineers, video editors, and even an IT professional looking to maximize their network speeds for a small business.

MB982SPR-2S - Dual 2.5" to 3.5" SATA HDD & SSD RAID Converter

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Icy Tip: Maximize the Intel X25-M SSD's Performance in RAID 0 For PC & Mac with Icy Dock MB982SPR-2S

The prices of solid state drives are decreasing slowly, which means they are becoming more widely available for the average consumer, rather than being reserved for power and enterprise users. Even with this new wave of major system upgrades, users are still trying to tap into the potential that SSDs have to offer, and do so using the same tools they know and love such as RAID arrays and hot swap drive bays.

This is where the Icy Dock MB982SPR-2S Dual Bay SSD RAID Converter stands alone, offering unique abilities through a practical design and cutting edge technologies. The MB982SPR-2S allows a user to insert 2 x 2.5" SATA SSDs into a enclosure that fits the exact form factor of a 3.5" SATA hard disk drive. This means that it fits anywhere a 3.5" drive can fit, including hot swap mobile racks, and standard internal drive bays. Best of all, it doesn't require a single tool or screw to install the drives. And it does all of this while giving the user the ability to set up a RAID array such as RAID 0 or RAID 1, and making it so that it is not dependent on an external RAID card or a motherboard.

Since Icy Dock is the top name in SSD converters, it was a natural step to create a product that can take SSDs to a whole new level. The MB982SPR-2S takes various technologies that have been perfected by Icy Dock, and integrates them into the ultimate SSD add-on component, which can be used with any Windows system, as well as the Mac Pro desktop. The biggest feature of the device is that it crams 2 high performance SATA drives into the same space as a single 3.5" drive, and does so in a tool-less fashion. Once in the enclosure, the converter fits right into your PC tower, Mac Pro, or mobile rack. Here are some top computer cases that will gladly hold your MB982SPR-2S:

1. Antec Nine Hundred ATX Mid Tower
2. Cooler Master Centurion 5 ATX Mid Tower
3. Thermaltake Armor Plus ATX Full Tower
4. NZXT Apollo ATX Mid Tower
5. Corsaid Obsidian Series ATX Full Tower

Once inside the Windows or Mac desktop, the user can utilize provided software for both platforms to set up a RAID array. Putting the drives into RAID 0 increases drive performance, and doubles the storage capacity, and using a pair of Intel X25-M 80GB SSDs, the MB982SPR-2S achieved read speeds of 253.3 MB/sec, and write speeds around 134.3 MB/second; read speeds maxed out the SATA II limitation, and write speeds increased by almost 75%! When not in RAID, each drive had read speeds of 240.7 MB/sec and write speeds of 82.2 MB/sec. On the other side of the spectrum, using a RAID 1 array mirrors the two drives together for maximum protection against drive failure. So if 1 drive fails, you can keep working uninterrupted since the backup drive is an exact clone of the other. Then, when work can be paused, the replacement drive can be inserted and automatic rebuilding can begin, at which point you can start working again. In either case, because the RAID array is created and maintained by the enclosure, your high performance volume is now mobile, and can be transferred from system to system; it also leaves your RAID volume unaffected by situations such as a motherboard replacement or BIOS update.

Alongside the Intel X25-M 80GB SSD, here are some other blazing fast drives that will yield astounding increases in performance:

1. Corsair P128, 128GB
2. OCZ Agility 2, 60GB
3. Kingston SSDNow V+ Series, 64GB
4. ADATA S599, 64GB
5. OCZ Vertex Series, 60GB

Whether you are a media professional looking to boost your system for video rendering or audio editing, or you are a hardcore gamer looking to avoid loading times, the MB982SPR-2S will take your computing experience to the next level of power.

MB982SPR-2S - Dual 2.5" to 3.5" SATA HDD & SSD RAID Converter

Friday, October 29, 2010

New Product Announcement - MB662USEB-2S Dual Bay RAID Enclosure for 3.5" SATA Drives, Now Featuring Quad Interface

Icy Dock is proud to introduce its upgrade version of the dual bay RAID enclosure that set the standard for professionals, the MB662USEB-2S. This product combines the feature sets of the current MB662 Series into the ultimate RAID device, and simultaneously upgrades the existing features.

Included in the changes are an upgraded Sunon 40mm cooling fan, a new Oxford chipset which provides quad interface with USB 2.0, eSATA, FW400 & FW800, and a new RAID controller that allows for 2TB+ drives to be used in each of the device’s slots in any of the 3 RAID modes. All of this plus all the features from the existing MB662 Series that the industry has come to accept as the standard for external RAID solutions, such as a rock solid screw-less installation method and an aluminum body for maximum portability, heat dissipation, & drive protection.

Product Features:
* Support 2TB+ in each slot for all 3 RAID modes.
* MB662 Series fits 2 x 3.5” SATA I/II hard drives for maximum storage.
* Plug & Play USB 2.0 + eSATA + FireWire800 combo with OXFORD936DS chipset.
* FireWire 400 capability via FW800 to FW400 converter cable, supplied in the box.
* Built-in hardware RAID controller allows four different RAID configurations: RAID 0 (FAST), RAID 1 (SAFE), & JBOD (Concatenation/Spanned)
* No additional software and hardware required for RAID capabilities.
* User friendly Screw-less design just plug in the hard drive and play.
* 40 mm Sunon cooling fan with adjustable speed control.
* Multi-drive exchangeability & maintenance capabilities.
* Built with Solid Aluminum Construction for body.
* Built in security slot for security cable kit.
* Compatible for both Windows and Mac.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

New Product Announcement! MB982SPR-2S Dual Bay 2.5" to 3.5" SSD Converter With RAID

Icy Dock is a household name for its high quality storage products for RAID applications, SSDs, and functional design. Now, all of those will be combined into one ground breaking product: the MB982SPR-2S. This little device packs a huge punch with features and performance, allowing 2 x 2.5” SATA SSD/HDD to be converted to a 3.5” SATA form factor for use in most internal drive bays, backplanes, external enclosures, and server racks. It transforms the 2 drives into a 3.5” SATA drive with exact dimensions, mounting holes, and connection locations as a normal 3.5” drive.

The device uses a full metal construction for durability and drive protection, especially for use in industrial computers and servers, as well as military systems deployment. Inside the case there is room for 2 x 2.5” SATA SSD or HDD fitting the standard 9.5mm drive heights. Like our previous converters, the door mechanism moves a tray to connect and disconnect the drives as the door is closed and opened, respectively. This provides the user with peace of mind that the connection is solid. Also, similar to the previous converters, the installation process is completely screw-less and tool-less, saving the user time when first installing the drives, as well as any necessary maintenance throughout the product’s lifetime. On all sides of the box are airflow vents to provide adequate ventilation to the 2 drives inside, ensuring they operate in an optimal environment. On the door latch are 2 blue status LEDs which provide the user with drive activity, power, and RAID status.

The RAID controller gives users the option to choose RAID 0, RAID 1, BIG, and Port Multiplier mode, and it can be configured via software that is compatible with both PC and Mac systems. This allows the unit to be configured for blazing fast speed, system drive mirroring, extra storage, or just an easy way to dual boot a computer.

* Converts your 2 x 2.5” SATA HDD or SSD to a 3.5” SATA HDD, for 3.5” SATA Drive Bay and Backplane usage.
* Full Metal and Heavy Duty with Easy Access to Drives
* Screw-less and Tool-less Design Saves Tons of Time For Installation and Maintenance
* Built in RAID featuring RAID 0, RAID 1, BIG, and Port Multiplier.
* Blue Status LEDs on Release Latch
* Airflow Vents For Heat Dissipation With Anti-vibration Design.
* Universal Mounting Holes For Most Common PC Cases.
* Windows and Mac Software for RAID Set Up
* Compatible With Most 3.5” HDD Backplanes and Hot Swap Devices.
* Compatible With Mac Pro.
* Screw-less Design For Quick & Easy Installation.
* Perfect For Power Users, System Integrators 
and IT Professionals.

For more information, please see the MB982SPR-2S product page:

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

New Product Announcement! MB973SP-B 3-in-2 Screw-less SATA Backplane

     Introducing the new face of Icy Dock screw-less technology, the MB973SP-B 3-in-2 SATA Backplane. This product allows the user to install 3 x 3.5” SATA hard drives into a computer case’s 2 available 5.25” device bays. Using our world renowned screw-less technology, no screws or tools are required to insert or eject the drives making hot swapping a completely hassle free experience.

     The front of the device includes childproof power buttons for each drive which require the button to be pressed slightly deeper than normal to ensure that a drive is not accidentally turned off by bumping into it or rubbing against it. These power buttons also act as an LED indicator showing drive power and activity. Similarly, each drive door has a multi-locking latch mechanism to prevent a door from being opened easily, making it an ideal solution for systems where IT and non-IT personnel have access. Also on the front are USB and eSATA ports to quickly and easily connect external storage peripherals, especially useful for cases that do not have front/top port access.

     On the rear of the MB973SP-B is a monster 80mm cooling fan to pull cool air from the front ventilation slots, over the drives, and exhaust the warm air out through the rear ventilation slots. The fan also features an "on-demand" power system, so that the fan is only powered on if a drive's power is on. So even if all 3 slots are filled, the fan will only spin if one of the drives is powered on. And if the included fan is not enough, it can be upgraded to use most aftermarket 80mm case fans that use a 2 or 3 pin connector, giving the user a wide range of choices according to their preferences. To further the user's customization, a 3 speed fan control is built in letting the user choose between high, low, or auto. The auto setting uses our Smart Cooling Technology to adjust fan speed according to the cooling requirements of the drives. An internal SATA cable and USB header connector are also built into the rear for easy connection to the systems motherboard or add-on card. 

Product Features: 
* Fits 3 x 3.5" SATA HDD into 2 x 5.25" Device Bays
* Screw-less, tool-less design for genuine plug &play and hot swap use
* Compatible with SATA 6 Gb/sec
* Stylish aluminum construction for durability and heat dissipation
* 80mm cooling fan for maximum air flow
* On-demand power system - Fan power only when a drive is powered on
* Fan is replaceable with aftermarket fans that use 2-pin or 3-pin connectors
* 3 speed fan control including Smart Cooling Technology providing temperature
* Front and rear ventilation slots
* Front side USB and eSATA ports for convenient external storage connections
* Individual power switches and LEDs for each drive
* Child-proof power buttons to avoid accidental power shut down
* Multi-locking door latches to prevent accidental drive ejection
* Internal SATA cable and USB header cable built into rear of device

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Icy Dock Reviews and Awards - Prestigious Awards for Premium Products

Icy Dock prides itself on high quality products for professional users. We build products that you can rely on even when mission critical data is at hand. After all this hard work, it can sometimes be difficult to tell if it is paying off.

We are here to tell you it IS paying off, and we have the awards to prove it!

Below is a list of some recent reviews of our products in which our trusty team of experienced and honest reviewers give readers an inside look at our storage enclosures. These are extremely beneficial and insightful since a hands-on shopping experience is not always available.

Model: MB561US-4S-1
Review site: Think computer

Model: MB990SP-B
Review site: Tweak Town

Model: MB668U3-1SB
Review site: Hi Tech Legion

Model: MB990SP-B
Review site: Tweak News

Model: MB882SP-1S-1B
Review site: Hi Tech Legion

Check out all the reviews, as well as the other reviews and articles that each of these great sites have to offer!

-Team Icy Dock

Monday, August 16, 2010

Icy Tip: Use the Super Speed USB 3.0 HDD Enclosure MB668U3-1SB with a SSD for a Portable Operating System (OS)

Portable operating systems can be beneficial for practically any user in almost any situation. Regardless of profession or occupation, a majority of today's users tend to operate on several different computers for their daily functions. Users can utilize their personal desktop preferences on multiple systems by using a portable OS on any computer that is capable of booting from a USB drive. This means that you can carry all your personal desktop settings, applications, music, and documents with you on a single portable device. Utilizing a portable OS is also effective if you need to access any data from a hard disk of a computer that has crashed or won't boot. It is the perfect solution for students and or business people that are always on the go and hate having to use different computer systems or worrying about compatibility of programs.

With current technology, you can take the portable OS to even greater lengths by utilizing Super Speed USB 3.0 and a Solid State Drive. This way, your portable OS will be low powered and extremely fast. Solid state drives are also known to be much more shock resistant than normal disk hard drives, a feature that is very important considering that the device will be mobile.

Icy Dock's new MB668U3-1SB is a small tool-less external 2.5" SSD/HDD enclosure with the Super Speed USB 3.0 interface that can reach transfer speeds of up to 5.0 Gbps! That is 10x faster than USB 2.0! This state of the art enclosure is manufactured with an aluminum body optimal for cooling and durability. It conveniently fits into a pocket with its extremely light weight and small size. The MB668U3-1SB is the perfect enclosure to use for a portable operating system.

Setting up an operating system on a SSD in a portable enclosure like the MB668U3-1SB is a much simpler process than most people think. For example, let’s say that you want to install Linux Ubuntu on an Intel X25-M or OCZ Vertex SSD. The Ubuntu website gives excellent instructions on how to use the boot/install image from a CD or thumb drive, and gives instructions on how to do it from a PC, MAC, or Linux based operating system. First, go to and select the version you wish to download (32 or 64 bit). Then select whether to boot from a CD or thumb drive, and what operating system you will be using to create the boot tool. Now, here comes the magic: after you boot to your CD or thumb drive, you can choose to install Ubuntu to the machine. During this process, you can choose the MB668U3-1SB with your SSD inside as your target drive, and just like if you were installing it to a system drive, Ubuntu will be placed on your mobile drive. 

Once you have Linux installed on the SSD in your super speed USB 3.0 MB668U3-1SB, you’ll be ready to run your portable OS from any computer as long as it is capable of booting from an USB device.* Simply change the boot order of your BIOS, or enter the boot menu of the BIOS and select your USB drive. This will give you native speeds from your processor, memory, video card, and all system features from any system that you decide to boot from.

But what if I can't utilize the super speed of MB668U3-1SB because my computer doesn't support USB 3.0? Not to worry, there are simple and affordable solutions for upgrading your computer to USB 3.0! Currently, there are several USB 3.0 PCI Express cards such as the ASUS U3S6 that can add two USB 3.0 ports on your computer at a low cost of only about $30. There are also several low priced USB 3.0 adapter cards on the market for use with notebook computers. If you plan on using an adapter card, it is important to make sure that your motherboard can support booting from the adapter card.** USB 3.0 is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 which is available on almost all computers!

Using the MB668U3-1SB with a SSD for a portable Super Speed OS is an excellent solution for users that are always on the go and are looking for a consistent use of the same OS on multiple computer stations. It is convenient and cost efficient compared to other all-in-one portable operating system options which retails from $220.00 to $820.00 depending on the size of the SSD. Icy Dock's MB668U3-1SB is also certified by Gigabyte! Make your daily computer use at home, work and school easier with the MB668U3-1SB as a small portable Super Speed operating system!

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*Motherboard must support booting from USB device in order to run a portable OS, check your motherboard manufacturer's user manual for more details.

Recommended Solid State Drives:
Intel X25-M
OCZ Vertex Turbo
Super Talent Ultra Drive ME
Crucial M225 & Crucial RealSSD
Kingston SSDNow

Recommended products for upgrading your system to USB 3.0:
USB 3.0 PCI Express Adapters:
Asus U3S6
Gigabyte GA-USB3

USB 3.0 Motherboards:
Asus P6X58D Premium
Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R
Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4
MSI Big Bang-XPower
ASRock X58 Extreme 3

**USB 3.0 adapter cards have a confirmed compatibility with the MB668U3-1SB as long as it uses the NEC uPD720200 host controller chipset.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

New Product Announcement - MB994SP-4S Quad Bay 2.5" SATA/SAS Backplane

Introducing the Icy Dock MB994SP-4S Quad Bay 2.5" SATA/SAS Mobile Rack for use in a single 5.25" device bay. This product is constructed of heavy duty metal to hold up in the toughest of conditions. It includes ventilation slots on the front, back, top and bottom for maximum airflow to keep both SATA and SAS drives running cool, and an LED is placed on the front of each drive tray to give the user drive status at all times. Dual 4-pin power connectors are used to ensure a consistent power supply to all 4 drives, whether they are low power SSD’s or power hungry 15000 RPM SAS drives. Also included are dual 40mm cooling fans to keep the drives running in at optimal temperatures in even the most intense applications.

Utilizing its small form factor, The MB994SP-4S is perfect for use in industrial PCs, servers, or any small form factor case where 5.25” bays are limited and large drive capacity is needed, especially compact RAID 5 systems. It is built to function in the most demanding environments including military and law enforcement deployment, as well as manufacturing conditions such as embedded control systems and factory automation systems. The heavy metal design makes it ideal for placement in rugged environments.

MB994SP-4S Features:
* Fits 4 x 2.5" SATA I / II / III and SAS HDD/SSD
* Accommodates Drives with up to 15mm Height
* Fits 4 Drives into a Single 5.25" Device Bay
* Status LED on Front for Each Drive
* Full Metal EZ Slide Mini Tray System with Full Cage Design
* Small Form Factor Perfect for IPC, Servers, and Small Form Factor Cases.
* Front, Rear, Top, and Bottom Ventilation Slots
* Heavy Duty Full Metal Construction
* Support SATA 6Gbps
* Top Cover for the Tray Adds Extra Drive Protection

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Icy Tip: Easily Install Dual 2.5" SSD or HDD Into Your Antec 1200, Cooler Master HAF 932, and ThermalTake ArmorPlus ATX System Case With the Icy Dock MB990SP-B

With today's current technology, you can build a PC from scratch that is fully customized to your specific needs. As a passionate gamer, you know that building a superior PC is not too difficult. You've already picked out your Asus P6X58D Premium Desktop board and Antec Twelve Hundred computer now it's time to decide on a type of data storage! If you're a serious gamer, you'll know that a solid state drive (SSD), such as the Crucial RealSSD, would be the most optimal choice considering its impressive read and write speeds. However, the only problem with a SSD is that they are usually confined to the 2.5" form factor size. You hate dealing with the inconvenient brackets and mounts so what do you do?

The ICY DOCK MB990SP-B dual bay drive bracket allows you to mix and match two, yes we said two, standard 2.5" size SSD, IDE or SATA drives in an internal 3.5" drive bay. This EZ fit dual 2.5" to 3.5" HDD bracket features a state of the art "screw less" design that will save you time and frustration during installation. Rather than dealing with six to eight screws and multiple mounts for each drive, the MB990SP-B allows you to install up to two drives within seconds!

The MB990SP-B is also constructed using lightweight plastic and utilizes an open air design allowing maximum air flow for superior drive cooling. Since most computer cases are not set up to use 2.5" form factor, the MB990SP-B allows you to make a huge upgrade to your system with very little effort and at a very affordable price! 

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Recommended Computer Cases:
Antec Twelve Hundred  (Confirmed compatibility) 
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 (Confirmed compatibility) 
Thermaltake ArmorPlus (Armor+) VH6000BWS (Confirmed compatibility) 

Recommended SSD:
Intel X25-M
OCZ Vertex Turbo
Super Talent Ultra Drive ME
Crucial M225 & Crucial RealSSD
Kingston SSDNow 

Needs compatibility check: 
XCLIO Windtunnel Fully Black Finish 1.0 mm SECC Chassis
AZZA Solano 1000 Black
Corsair Obsidian Series 800D CC800DW

Friday, July 02, 2010

New Product Announcement - MB668U3-1SB 2.5" SATA Mobile Enclosure with USB 3.0

Icy Dock is proud to announce a game changing product in its line-up: the MB668U3-1SB USB 3.0 Mobile Enclosure. This device handles most standard 2.5" SATA HDD and SSD and allows the user to connect it to their system using SuperSpeed USB3.0 for transfer rates up to 5 Gb/s! For systems which have not yet upgraded to USB 3.0, the MB668U3-1SB is backwards compatible to use with any USB 2.0 port on Mac or PC systems.

The MB668U3-1SB is predicated off the popular MB668US-1SB and MB668U-1SB, featuring an ultra light weight aluminum construction that draws away the heat, and a hassle-free installation method; no tools or screws are required to insert a drive into the unit. On the front of the device is a cool blue LED to notify the user of the drive's status, and is seen through ventilation slots that maximize airflow across the drive.

Finally, on the rear of the device, a micro-USB 3.0 port and a DC in connection to use the USB-to-DC cable which is included with the device. This is to use with some larger capacity drives which may require additional power.

Product Features:
* Fits any standard 2.5" SATA HDD or SSD (Standard 9.5mm Thickness) 

* SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connection for 5 Gb/s transfer rates
* Maximum transfer rate up to 480 Mbps via USB 2.0
* Backwards compatible USB 2.0 or 1.1 for universal connectivity on Mac and PC
* Plug & Play without rebooting the computer
* User friendly Screw-less design just plug in the hard drive and play
* Stylish aluminum construction provides protetion, mobility, and optimal cooling
* Built-in blue LED. Less bright, less visible, less annoying
* Leather pouch included to keep your drive clean and scratch-free
* Included "DC to USB A Type" power cable for high performance HDD usage.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

New Product Announcement - MB991IK-B 2.5" SATA/SAS Mobile Rack

Introducing the Icy Dock MB991IK-B 2.5" SATA/SAS Mobile Rack for use in 3.5" device bays. This product is constructed of heavy duty SECC metal to hold up in the toughest of conditions. It includes ventilation slots on the front, back, top and bottom for maximum airflow to keep both SATA and SAS drives running cool, and an LED is placed on the front of the device to give the user drive status at all times. 

The MB991IK-B also utilizes our brand new EZ Slide Mini Trays, making drive interchangeability and maintenance completely hassle free. The trays are built using SECC so that they are durable for many lifetimes, but will not weigh you down when transporting your data from system to system. The trays are also designed to accommodate 9.5mm, 12.5mm, and 15mm drives giving you the ultimate universal 2.5" hot swap bay.

Both SAS and SATA drives are compatible, allowing users to use low power 5400 rpm drives, or 15000 rpm powerhouses, making this product valuable to end users and enterprise server deployment. Similarly, the MB991IK-B supports the new SATA 6Gbps interface for ultra high bandwidth. For enterprise users, a key lock is included to keep your data safe and secure inside the enclosure even if the entire system has been stolen.

Product Features: 
* For 2.5" SATA and SAS HDD/SSD
* Fits 3.5" Device Bay
* Status LED on Front
* EZ Slide Mini Tray System
* Accommodates Drives with up to 15mm Height
* Front, Rear, Top, and Bottom Ventilation Slots
* Heavy Duty SECC Construction
* Support SATA 6Gbps

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Icy Dock and Wallpaper Contest

Hello all!

The wallpaper contest that was hosted by our friends at has come to an end and we have the results for you!

To preface, the images shown on this page are the low resolution versions, while the link below will allow you to download the high resolution 1920 x 1200 image for use on your desktop.

1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place

Honorable Mention

A very big thank you to all of our creative entries! No doubt that these will be on our desktops here at the office!

Also a big thank you to Home Server Show! They handled everything perfectly!

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