We're not going to benchmark a SATA hard drive
in the IcyDock M122SKGF because serial ATA devices like this do not have any significant
impact on data transfer speeds.
Powered up but hard drive
With many removable hard drive racks a little LED lets the
operator know when the hard drive is powered up and ready to be
accessed. The situation is slightly different with the IcyDock M122SKGF because the LCD receives power
once the caddy is inserted into the bay. Yet, just because LCD
is illuminated doesn't mean the HDD is accessible in WindowsXP (or the operating
system). To ensure that the HDD is up and running, the lock must be
This little step is easily forgotten when using the IcyDock
M122SKGF, and it can lead to frustrating moments. So make a habit of
engaging the lock when the hard drive caddy is put into the bay, every
Removable Hard Drive Rack Style
Anyone who has ever had to move a large amount of data
around a few different computer systems can definitely appreciate the usefulness
of removable hard drive racks. Unfortunately for hardware enthusiasts, most of
the units on the market are lacking in terms of cosmetic appeal, and work with
IDE devices only.
The IcyDock M122SKGF is a nice looking removable SATA rack that
sports a few interesting features that give it some added eye-candy appeal. The
caddy has simple temperature monitoring, "enhanced hard drive cooling" and
The construction of the IcyDock M122SKGF and caddy is based
on extruded aluminum frame parts, and should hold up well in the long run. There is
a buffer between the Serial ATA controller and HDD, but the IcyDock
M122SKGF does not disrupt performance one bit. This is what we want to see from a simple
device like this. It wouldn't be very useful of the removable hard drive rack
limited HDD access times, or caused some instability in data transfer now would
With a retail price of $40 CDN ($35 USD / £20GBP), the IcyDock
M122SKGF is slightly more expensive than the average hard drive removable rack, but
the extra money definitely get you a nice looking SATA device.
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