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Icydock MB664US eSATA/USB External Hard Drive Enclosure Review
Icydock MB664US eSATA/USB External Hard Drive Enclosure Review - PCSTATS
The IcyDock MB664US is a 3.5-inch SATA hard drive enclosure that stands upright or lays horizontal, and offers a degree more of protection to your hard disk.
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External hard drive cases have officially gone tool free! First there was the Thermaltake BlacX SATA hard drive docking station with its convenient drop-in slot. Now we have the IcyDock MB664US - a 3.5" SATA hard drive enclosure that stands upright or lays horizontal, and offers a degree more of protection to your hard disk. Installing a hard drive into the IcyDock MB664US is as easy as inserting an 8-track. Oh wait, you don't know that those are.... installing a hard drive is no more complicated than popping a memory card into your digital camera!

Simply open up the MB664US's external bay door, slide a 3.5" SATA hard drive in and close the cover. The hard drive is automatically engaged with SATA data and power connectors, held firmly in place so it won't fall out, and protected from dust and kids curious fingers behind the aluminum walls of the unit. That's about all there is to it. At the back of the IcyDock MB664US are ports for the dedicated power brick it requires and USB2.0 and eSATA data connections. There is no futile key, no extraneous screws and fiddling required.

The IcyDock MB664US does have a Kensington lock receptacle at the back to keep it from walking off, but this feature is irrelevant given the ease with which the hard drive inside ejects. Go figure. Of the data transfer standards used by the external hard drive enclosures, eSATA is the best by far. The Icy Dock MB664US supports external SATA, and USB2.0 which is 100 times more common, but slightly slower.

IcyDock MB664US External HDD Enclosure


Installation Guide, Screws, Keys, eSATA cable, USB2.0 cable, AC power adaptor.

In this review PCSTATS will be looking at the Icy Dock MB664US external SATA/USB hard drive enclosure. The unit is black in colour with a nice aluminum shell and retractable rubber feet if you choose to stand it upright. The unit supports serial ATA I and serial ATA II hard drives only. Since desktop hard drives lack motion sensors to retract the heads, we'd recommend laying the enclosure flat whenever possible.

At the rear of the MB664US external chassis is a hard power switch, USB and eSATA data slots, the power connector and a Kensington lock slot.

The Icy Dock MB664US is powered by an AC brick adaptor, and comes with one 6 foot shielded USB cable and one 42" long shielded eSATA cable. The unit must be plugged in to operate, neither eSATA nor USB deliver enough power to support a hard drive. IcyDock include everything a user will need to set up the MB664US, including an eSATA PCI bracket for your computer. The installation guide is detailed.

Next up we'll go over getting the Icy Dock MB664US running, and talk about the differences between eSATA and SATA.

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Contents of Article: IcyDock MB664US
 Pg 1.  — Icydock MB664US eSATA/USB External Hard Drive Enclosure Review
 Pg 2.  Installation Steps Are Straightforward
 Pg 3.  External Drive Features

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