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