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Startech 5.25IN Trayless Hot Swap Mobile Rack for 3.5IN Hard Drive

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Part #: HSB100SATBK

SKU: 38642
Shipping Weight: 1.00 lbs
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Experience: 5 Weeks


Easy to install
Needs an adapter tray for smaller 2.5" drives
Put it in my server to easily swap drives which is very convenient.

Experience: 4 Months


- Can be locked
- Decent price
- Easy to install and use
- Noisy
These things are fantastic if you just need to toss in a drive to grab files off of quickly, or check if there's issues with the drive. But for using as a regular drive bay, I would definitely not recommend it. You can hear the drive clear as day, and any vibrations come right through it - so if noise is an issue to you, don't expect to use this for a normal drive bay. For a hot-swap bay, it works perfectly.

Experience: 4 Days


Works great, easy as hell 4-bolts installation.
You can plug it in your motherboard to have the HDD light to flash in front of it.
None, it's a great product!
This thing is perfect for my needs, I had no idea what I was getting into with this!

My Antec 900 case features two 3-drives cages that have a fan in front of them but I removed them to install a corsair H100 in push-pull configuration using 4 cougar vortex PWM.

I ended up with my HDD sitting on top of my PSU, while asking around people suggested that I should use this since it's a great product and I LOVE it!

Lance W
Experience: 3 Months


Works well
Snug fit
Doesn't work with notebook sized drives
Looks weird on the inside
This turns a 5.25" bay into a hotswap dock for 3.5" SATA hard drives. It seems like a fairly well-built unit; it feels sturdy enough and the fit is good - No wiggling required to get a drive connected.

This review was modfied by poster @ 01-28-12 08:52 PM

Experience: 7 Days


Easy installation
None yet
We have multiple students who share computers in our lab. This enables them to each have their own drive so that no one is making changes to any other student's OS.

Experience: 7 Days


-Hold HDD very snug
-No tools OR brackets needed to install HDD
-Does what it is advertised to do
-The "Sata 300mb/s" permanent decal on front is Ugly (only real complaint)
-No need for locks
-Yes we all have heard the HDD light is useless. So what?
I don't understand the reason for the lousy ratings. These work wicked, they fit any case, and have individual connections per unit for no confusion. So a few asthetics don't work or aren't that pleasing. I bought 2, They work like a charm and have made expanding my HDD space to 4 TB a breeze. I may just take a black sharpie to the small square "Sata 300mb/s" decal, or see if it rubs off. I also removed the sticker. Locks don't make sense. If someone wants the HDD, a lock on a plastic door won't stop them. They may as well pick up the whole PC and walk out with it. 5 stars in my books.

Experience: 1 Months


Work as advertised.
Drive light fairly useless.
Have two of these to be able to easily swap some drives between pcs. They work as advertised. Don't really impress on first look, but once installed they hold the drive firmly and are a convenient piece if you have the need.

Experience: 1 Days


- Inexpensive
- Convenient
- Feel rather cheep
- HDD lights are useless
I bought four of these for an unRAID file server I am building. They feel a little flimsy but once you mount them they seem to get the job done. The lock and key system feels pretty cheep too, but it does protect from accidental opening so it works. Every drive bay has a lead and plug for an HDD light. I have no idea what to plug this into as most motherboards only have a spot for one HDD_LED header.

That sounds like a lot of negatives, but overall I am happy with the purchase. They were a very inexpensive way to add convenient drive changes to my server.

Experience: 2 Weeks


-Snug swapping
-Reliable connection.
-Weird mounting brackets (see review)
-Can sometimes make a buzzing noise with more than one
-Only 4 mounting screws with 8 mounting holes
Bought 4 of these, all of them worked fine. I wish there was some way of getting the LEDs hooked up with the hard drive its self, because I can't connect all four of the LED connector things to my motherboard. My main concern with the product is the mounting method. There is some weird springy mechanism that really doesn't work well with the slide in drive bay mounting stick things, because when there is enough pressure down on the drive bay the bay can collapse out of the mounting bay. It is not a problem for me however, because all my drive bays are full, thus the hot swap bays can't collapse. Sometimes the bays rattle on each other, which is another reason I might consider purchasing a different hot swap bay next time.

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Features [ Edit | History ]


Hot-swap any 3.5in SATA hard drive easily from any computer with a 5.25in bay. This 3.5in SATA hard drive hot-swap bay allows you to install a 3.5in SATA drive in an available/unused 5.25in drive bay. To remove the drive, it's as simple as opening the front panel door; to re-insert a drive, simply insert the drive (connector first) until the door closes.

The hot swap bay offers a trayless design that makes it the ideal solution for quick and easy drive removals and insertions as part of a system building process, or integration into rackmount systems or industrial environments.

To maximize performance and utilize the full speed potential of your SATA III hard drives, this HDD Backplane supports SATA III for transfer speeds up to 6 Gbps when paired with compatible controller.

Also a perfect addition for operating system image deployment and any task that requires being able to quickly access large volumes of data on the fly, the hot swap bay provides everything you need to expedite important projects while maintaining a reliable storage solution.

With support for SATA HDD speeds up to 6.0 Gbps, the mobile rack/backplane is fully compatible with RAID installations to ensure maximum performance and versatility for enhanced storage applications.

Designed to provide a durable and reliable operating experience, the mobile rack features a 50,000+ insertion rating and is backed by's 2-year warranty.
Quick Specs:
Material Aluminum


Limited Warranty 2 Year
Color Black
Form Factor Internal
Height 1.7"
Width 5.9"
Depth 7.2"
Green Compliant Yes
Green Compliance Certificate/Authority RoHS
Compatible Drive Bay Width 5.25"
Number of Total Expansion Bays 1
Number of 3.5" Bays 1
Drive Interface Serial ATA/600

Specifications [ Edit | History ]

     Controller Type: Serial ATA/600
General Information  
     Brand Name:
     Manufacturer Part Number: HSB100SATBK
     Manufacturer Website Address:
     Product Model: HSB100SATBK
     Product Name: 5.25" Tray-Less SATA Hot-Swap Hard Drive Bay
     Product Type: Drive Bay Adapter
I/O Expansions  
     Number of 3.5" Bays: 1
     Number of Total Expansion Bays: 1
     Drive Interface: Serial ATA/600
     Additional Information:
  • Quickly and easily install or remove hard drives without having to open the chassis with the innovative trayless design
  • Rubber shock absorbers, a solid aluminum construction and 50,000+ insertion rating ensures longevity from both the drives and bay
  • Backed by a 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support

     Certifications & Standards:
  • RoHS
  • CE
  • FCC



     Green Compliance Certificate/Authority: RoHS
     Green Compliant: Yes
Physical Characteristics  
     Color: Black
     Compatible Drive Bay Width: 5.25"
     Depth: 7.2" (183.9 mm)
     Form Factor: Internal
     Height: 1.7" (41.9 mm)
     Material: Aluminum
     Width: 5.9" (149.1 mm)
     Limited Warranty: 2 Year

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