We're going to forgo hard drive data transfer benchmarks because there is no
difference between a SATA hard drive attached directly to the motherboard, and one hooked up up
through a SATA device like the IcyDock MB454SPF-B.
The IcyDock MB454SPF-B 4-bay hot swap hard drive module is a simple three unit high 5.25" device
which enables users to add four additional 3.5" hard drives into a system. It offers
easy access to the disks inside, and would be a great unit to use specifically
with a dual RAID 1 array if your motherboard supports such options. It retails for about $105 CDN ($ 105USD/£50GBP).
Each SATA hard drive is held in place with rails along the sides, and can be
removed from the unit without digging around in the bowels of a desk drawer for
keys. There is no way to lock the individual drives into place in the unit, so
if security is a concern keep that in mind.
The unit is constructed of aluminum and plastic, and should stand the tests
of time well enough. Drives slide in and out of the 4-bay unit smoothly,
and plugging in the small collection of data and power cables
in at the rear of the unit need only be done once.
The IcyDock MB454SPF-B's 80mm cooling fans spins
quietly, while drawing a moderate amount of cool airflow over each hard drive
from the outside front of the case towards the interior. An adjustable
temperature alarm can be useful to highlight overheating, but there is no way to disable it permanently. Dust
buildup over time can become an issue as air is drawn from the
front of the unit into the case. The best way to deal with
this is to periodically power down and dust off each drive caddy.
PCSTATS has tested a few drive caddy's in our day, but the IcyDock MB454SPF-B has one of
the most convenient form factors we've worked with. Most importantly, it packs a lot of hard
drive into a very compact space. Vantec's MRK-200ST
EZ-Swap unit, for example, would
require four 5.25" bays to accommodate the same number of hard drives.
Overall PCSTATS has been quite pleased with the the IcyDock MB454SPF-B 4-bay hot
swap hard drive module, and certainly recommends it for home work station or even
light storage server applications.
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