This 3.5in SATA hard drive hot-swap bay allows you to install a 3.5in SATA drive (SATA, SATA II, SATA III-6Gbps) 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.
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 StarTech.com's 2-year warranty.
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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
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 startech.com 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.
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.
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.
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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