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IcyDock MB674SPF-B 4-Bay Tooless Hard Drive Bay Module

IcyDock MB674SPF-B 4-Bay Tooless Hard Drive Bay Module - PCSTATS
Abstract: Each hard drive needs rails screwed onto it first, but now Icydock is offering a new hot swap module of the same proportions called the MB674SPF-B which is completely tool free.
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External Mfg. Website: ICYdock Feb 26 2009   Max Page  
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Installation is a Tight Fit

IcyDock's MB674SPF-B SATA hard drive module will slide into most PC cases with at least three free 5.25" bays. However if there is less than 220mm of depth from the front of the case to the back of the drive bay area (motherboards and power supplys some times take up extra room), the MB674SPF-B may not fit with its fan installed. If the fan is removed the depth of the MB674SPF-B decreases to 180mm.

Four SATA drives can turn of the heat rather quickly, so we'd advise leaving the fan on. Right next to it is a temperature alarm that can be set to sound off when temperatures hit 45C, 55C or 65C.

There are about as many ways of installing a 5.25" device into a PC case as there are computer cases in the world, but with all this variety there is a grain of standardization. After all, each case must accommodate an equally sized 5.25" x 1.75" metal box right?

Rail systems, quick clips, locking tabs, post and screw.... the varieties are endless. Another critical aspect that may affect the IcyDock MB674SPF-B are the supports that hold the 5.25" devices in place. Some cases have large metal tabs that stick out far, but as long as the little metal tabs protrude no more than 5mm (3/16") the IcyDock unit will slide in smoothly.

Grooves run along the center-line of the aluminum box to accommodate this very component of chassis designs. If the optical drive bays are individually split up, or have metal support tabs which stick out further than this, it may not fit.

On the unit PCSTATS is testing today, little data access LEDs are found along the left hand side adjacent to each of the four SATA drive bays. The lights indicate disk status and activity. To open a HDD bay, press a little plastic catch behind the aluminum lever to release it, then pull up on the lever to open the drive door. The doors are mounted on very loose hinges, so don't be to alarmed by the flimsy feel of it all - it mostly the joints having excessive play.

As to the question of where to install it if you have five 5.25" bays free, we'd suggest putting the IcyDock in the top spot so cumulative heat generated by four spinning hard drives can quickly be exhausted via the power supply fans of the case.

A look at the data connections is next, you'll only need to plug these cables in once....

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Contents of Article: ICYdock MB674SPF-B
 Pg 1.  IcyDock MB674SPF-B 4-Bay Tooless Hard Drive Bay Module
 Pg 2.  — Installation is a Tight Fit
 Pg 3.  Data Connections & Conclusions

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