Icy Dock Convenient SSD/HDD Conversion Kits

Posted by on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 7:50pm

Icy DockIcy Dock is a leader when it comes to making anything that has to do with hard drive mounting and HDD enclosures. The few products we have seen from them have been of the best quality and pretty simple when it came time to actually use them. We don’t believe these new products will be any different.

Introduction to Icy Dock Convenient SSD/HDD Conversion Kits

There are many devices out there that will convert a smaller 2.5” drive to a 3.5” in order to make it easier to install the drive into your PC. But the thing is they rarely make it onto the front page of your favorite review site whatever reason. Well, when Icy Dock contacted us about doing a roundup of some of their 2.5” to 3.5” devices we had to say yes.

Icy Dock is a leader when it comes to making anything that has to do with hard drive mounting and HDD enclosures. The few products we have seen from them have been of the best quality and pretty simple when it came time to actually use them. We don’t believe these new products will be any different.


Icy Dock’s take on the MB882SP-1S-1B 2.5” to 3.5” Converter

ICY DOCK’s MB882 series can convert most of 2.5” SATA and SSD hard drive into a 3.5” SATA drive. It has enough ventilation to keep the 2.5” drive cool and can protect your drive. Installing a 2.5” drive requires no screws or tool whatsoever. Whether you use a SATA or SSD drive, you will maintain the transfer speed while using this case. With this converter, mounting a 2.5” drive into a desktop will be simple without having to purchase any special attachments or systems, allowing more convenience in recovering data from laptops or OS boot up onto a desktop. Mostly, it is designed to fit into most common PC cases, 3.5” HDD duplicator, 3.5” SATA HDD enclosure, mobile rack, backplane modules and servers without having to purchase any attachments for the 2.5” drives. This state-of-the-art case will revolutionize the way 2.5” drives are presently used. Overall, a sturdy, reliable construction with easy access to the drive, perfect for system integrators and IT professionals.

Specifications

Item Number - White :

MB882SP-1S-1

Item Number - Black :

MB882SP-1S-1B

External Interface :

SATA

Compatible Drive Type :

2.5" SATA I, II & III HDD & SSD (9.5mm)

Device Fit :

3.5" SATA hard drive bay

Transfer Rate :

Up to 6Gb/sec.

Support HDD Capacity :

No Limitation

Structure :

Plastic

Dimension (L x W x H) :

145 x 101 x 25 mm

Weight :

195.3 g

Features

* Converts your 2.5” SATA I/II/III HDD or SSD to a 3.5” SATA hard drive, for 3.5” SATA drive bay usage.
* Heavy Duty with Easy Access to Drives.
* Airflow vents for heat dissipation with shockproof design.
* Universal mounting holes for most common PC case.
* Compatible with most 3.5” HDD enclosures.
* Compatible with Mac Pro.
* Screw-less design for quick & easy installation.
* Perfect for System Integrators and IT Professionals.

Closer look

The first item up for review is the MB882SP-1S-1B is one item in a series that will turn your 2.5” drive into a 3.5” drive via an enclosure. And with this you can either use it to retrieve data or use it as the main boot drive. I like this concept as some times 2.5” drives look out of place in some cases.

Some case manufacturers design creative ways of mounting them but if you don’t have a newer case or an expensive one chances you don’t have these creative concepts.

The MB882SP-1S-1B is made of a very sturdy plastic keeping it light and durable. The unit overall resembles a hard drive. This design would not draw a lot of attention once in the case. The casing has ventilation inlet at both ends that will allow air to enter enclosure and cool the drive inside.

The unit opens from the hinged top panel. But once open it resembles that of an external hard drive enclosure. The drive is designed to sit on an aluminum plate that would keep it cool. This will not hold true for a SSD but definitely for a mechanical drive.

Drive installed and ready to go.


Icy Dock’s take on the MB882SP-1S-2B 2.5” to 3.5” Converter

Introducing the ICY DOCK MB882SP-1S-2B: another milestone in our 2.5” SSD product line. Through manufacturing efficiency, we have managed to redesign the original MB882SP-1S-1B without any sacrifice to our standard of high quality products. The new version is lighter weight for simplicity and cost efficiency. It is very convenient for gamers and power users who expect SSD speed on their home/ office computers. Some other new elements to the converter are viewing slots placed over the SATA connection, allowing the user to verify their HDD or SSD has made a secure connection. This also functions as an extra set of airflow vents for extra cooling with your SSD or HDD. Overall, a lightweight and simplistic design that is perfect for power users, gamers, and average computer users for use in their desktops, media centers, and home servers.

Specifications

Item Number :

MB882SP-1S-2B

Color :

Black

External Interface :

SATA

Compatible Drive Type :

2.5" SATA I, II & III HDD & SSD (9.5mm)

Device Fit :

3.5" SATA hard drive bay

Transfer Rate :

Up to 6Gb/sec.

Support HDD Capacity :

No Limitation

Structure :

Plastic

Dimension (L x W x H) :

145 x 101 x 25 mm

Weight :

163.3 g

Features
* Converts your 2.5” SATA I/II/III HDD or SSD to a 3.5” SATA hard drive, for 3.5” SATA drive bay usage.
* Screw-less and Tool-less.
* Simple and Lightweight design
* Added Airflow Vents.
* Compatible with most 3.5” HDD enclosures.
* Compatible with Mac Pro.
* Viewing Window over SATA Connection.
* Perfect for Power Users, Gamers, and Average Users.

Closer look

The next device is the MB882SP-1S-2B which is very similar to the MB882SP-1S-1B. Except with some small differences like the way in which you enter the enclosure.

The model above has a hinged door this one the door slides to the rear.

Our SSD installed and ready for service.


Icy Dock’s take on the MB982SP-1S-Full Metal 2.5” to 3.5” Converter

Icy Dock has changed the game yet again with the new MB982SP-1S 2.5” to 3.5” SATA SSD & HDD Converter. The MB982SP-1S is predicated off the incredibly popular MB882SP-1S-1B device, taking its general concept and improving it tenfold. This product is designed using the dimensions, connection locations, and mounting hole positions of a standard 3.5” SATA drive, so that it can be used in any internal hard drive bay, as well as with backplane and hot swap modules.

The MB982SP-1S utilizes a full metal design, creating a better environment for cooling, as well as giving it a rock solid construction, ideal for industrial, enterprise, and military applications. The MB982 can handle almost any type of 2.5” SATA drives, including the 2.5” SSD, Western Digital VelociRaptor 10K RPM drives and high-capacity 1TB hard drives. To allow for 12.5mm and 15mm drive heights, we have included our Smart-Fit Technology, which secures the drive in its place whether it is a thin 9.5mm or thick 15mm.

The MB982 also includes most of the features that you already expect from an Icy Dock product: an effortless installation process without any tools or screws, plenty of ventilation slots to keep any drive used running cool and efficient, and a unique and stylish design. The top, front and rear allow air to flow through, and a special vent on the bottom gives the user visual confirmation that the drive has made a secure connection.

Specifications

Model Number :

MB982SP-1S

Color :

Silver

Compatible Drive Type :

2.5" SATA 1.5 / 3 / 6 Gb/s HDD/SSD (Up to 15mm)

Device Interface:

SATA

Device Fit :

3.5" SATA Drive Bay

Transfer Rate :

Up to 6 Gb/sec. (depending on hard drive speed)

Material :

SECC

Dimension (L x W x H) :

5.77" x 4.0" x 1.0"

Weight :

0.72 lbs

Features

* Converts your 2.5” SATA HDD or SSD to a 3.5” SATA hard drive, for 3.5” SATA drive bay usage.
* Full Metal and Heavy Duty with Easy Access to Drives.
* Airflow Vents for Heat Dissipation with Anti-vibration Design.
* Universal Mounting Holes for Most Common PC Cases.
* Compatible with Most 3.5” HDD Backplanes and Hot Swap Devices.
* Compatible with Mac Pro.
* Screw-less Design For Quick & Easy Installation.
* Perfect For System Integrators and IT Professionals.
* Compatible with 15mm height drives.

Closer look

The MB982SP-1S-Full Metal shares the same concept of the two models before this one, except they upped the ante and made the enclosure out of metal and not plastic for better durability. And also like the others it has the same dimensions of a standard 3.5” hard drive as well as mounting points.

Obviously, the device is fitted for 2.5” drives but what needs to be added is that it supports drives up to 15mm thick. This along is something you will not find in every enclosure of this type. The metal strips on the door acts as a securing mechanism for the drive once installed.

Once installed you are assured that the drive will remain its proper operation because of the vent for increase airflow and its built-in anti-vibration system.

Once again drive installed and ready to go.


Icy Dock’s take on the MB990SP-B Dual 2.5” to 3.5” Converter

Introducing the Icy Dock MB990SP-B Dual 2.5” to 3.5” SATA and IDE Solid State and Hard Disk Drive Converter. This dual bay drive bracket allows you to use two SATA or IDE SSD and HDD in an internal 3.5” drive bay in most standard cases. Since most cases are not set up to use 2.5” form factor, the MB990SP-B allows you to make a huge upgrade to your system with very little effort.

The bracket will fit most types of cases. Out of the box it can be used in both tool-less and standard cases. The EZ Fit pins on the sides of the bracket fit into most standard mounting holes, and are also removable to use either your case’s proprietary mounting brackets, or to use screws for a more secure fit.

The EZ FIT bracket is extremely lightweight and has an open air design for maximum air flow and cooling of the drives.

Most standard 2.5” IDE or SATA drives can be used due to the open back design, allowing use of direct connections to the drive, also giving the user flexibility to mix and match drives.

Specifications

Model Number :

MB990SP-B

Color :

Black

Compatible Drive Type :

2.5" IDE / SATA SSD & hard drive (up to 9.5mm height)

Device Fit :

Internal 3.5" device bay

Support HDD Capacity :

No Limitation

Structure :

Plastic

Dimension (L x W x H) :

143 x 106 x 26 mm

Weight :

71.6 g

Features

* Fits standard 2.5” SATA / IDE SSD and HDD(9.5mm).
* Lightweight constructions.
* For use in 3.5” internal drive bay.
* Compatible with screw-less type HDD tray.
* Genuine Plug & Play functionality.
* Unique tool-less design for hassle free device and hard drive installation.
* Ideally designed for anti-vibration and heat dissipation.
* EZ Fit pins removable for use mounting screw or proprietary tray use.

Closer look

One of my favorite devices amongst this group is the MB990SP-B. It resembles that of some of the HDD mounting hardware you find in today’s cases. You know the hardware were you simply place the 3.5” drive into a plastic bracket and slide it in a HDD cage.

The MB990SP-B is very like this concept but you place not one but up to two 2.5” drives into the same type of bracket and then slide it in to any 3.5” whether it’s a standard bay that requires tools to assembly or tool-less bays.

The MB990SP-B is very lightweight and the drives are fortunate enough to get its cooling from whatever you use to cool your case.

Assembling is quick and painless. All that is required is to open the front latch and insert the drives and replace the latch.

Squeezing the two levers on each side allows you to slide the MB990SP-B in the HDD cage of the case. They also helps to secure the drives in place.

Kingston SSD installed the device.


Icy Dock’s take on the MB082SP EZ-FIT PRO DUAL 2.5" to 3.5" Hard drive & SSD Bracket

Icy Dock is proud to introduce the MB082SP, the newest product in the incredibly popular SSD/HDD bracket & converter line. Easy installation and Durability is the key to this product, perfect for users that require the best physical protection of their data, with the least amount of hassle of installation.

The MB082SP made of metal and has a matte black finish, eloquently made to protect your SSDs or hard drives, while allowing one to use it in most PC cases. The screw placement is on both the sides and bottom of the bracket, which are of the exact locations of a 3.5” hard drive. The tool-less drive installation creates a simple way to install your SSD/HDD. Once that is done, then install as you would normally do with a 3.5” hard drive. All that is needed is to slide the SSDs or hard drives in and the drives will automatically lock into place and secured by an EZ-Lock mechanism. The EZ-Lock works just like the way you install a battery in a compact digital camera. The EZ-Lock design not only benefits when you first install a drive, but also when you need to replace a failed SSD or hard drive. Unlike other brand’s bracket, you are no longer forced to deal with 12 small tiny screws, with the EZ-Lock system, simply toggle the EZ-Lock, pop up the drive and replace the failed drive in no time. This is perfect for a system that uses RAID. To reduce the amount of vibration in the drives and the case the MB082SP has a built in unique anti-vibration technology for each bay of the device.

For system builders installing drives using the traditional screw mounting method can really slow your production down. The MB082SP features a quick screw less drive installation that cuts assembly time down. System builders, gamers, and DIY users, would benefit greatly from the MB082SP. The heavy duty solid metal construction and the simplicity of the drive installation make protecting and swapping your hard drives as easy as 1 2 3.

Specifications

Model Number :

MB082SP

Color :

Black

Compatible Drive Type :

2.5" SATA/IDE HDD & SSD
HDD up to 9.5mm thickness in height

Device Fit :

Internal 3.5" device bay

Support HDD Capacity :

No Limitation

Structure :

Metal

Dimension (L x W x H) :

146 x 102 x 25mm

Weight :

244g

Features

* EZ-Lock mechanism for tool-less drive installation
* Heavy Duty Full metal construction with matte black finish
* Fits 2 x 2.5” SSD/HDD into one 3.5” device bay
* Compatible with SSD or hard drives up to 9.5mm height
* Anti-Vibration design for improved reliability
* Universally designed screw placement for maximum compatibility

Closer look

The MB082SP is meant to make life easier when it comes to wanting to retrieve data from a 2.5” drive or wanting to convert a single 3.5” drive bay into a setup that will allow dual smaller sized drives resulting in lower space being used inside the case.

The mounting points of the MB082SP are in the same locations as a 3.5” HDD, so mounting of the device is virtually endless. No matter the drive bay location, in the front of the case or mounted sideways facing the side panels of the case, it doesn’t matter.

The MB082SP is made of metal and pretty sturdy. With most of the moving parts made of plastic.

In order to install a drive the process is tool-less and only requires a minute of your time.  All that is required is sliding the small slider to the right and slide the drive into one of the two slots.


Performance
Test Hardware:
1. ASUS X79 Deluxe Motherboard
2. Intel Core i7 3930K Processor
3. Kingston HyperX 1866 DDR3 16GB
4. Kingston V+ 200 120GB Solid State Drive
5. ASUS BC12B1LT BD-Rom Drive
6. Thermaltake Frio Extreme CPU Cooler
7. Microcool Banchetto 101 Open Air Test Bench
8. Silverstone Strider Gold Evolution 850W Power Supply
9. ASUS Nvidia GTX 560Ti 448 Graphic Card

CrystalDiskMark 3.0
CrystalDiskMark is designed to quickly test the performance of your hard drives. Currently, the program allows to measure sequential and random read/write speeds.


MB882SP1S2B performance


MB882SP1S1B performance


MB982SP1S performance

Conclusion

The entire collection from Icy Dock is made to make life easier for the end-user and that is just what it does. Each one serves the user in a slightly different way so one that is good for one person may not be the one for another. But it is plan to see which one you would need if you were in the market for such a device. This goes for the common user to the professional.

We found each of the devices were made to be sturdy and to last for a long time. This goes for the plastic models like the MB882SP-1S-1B and MB882SP-1S-2B as well as the metal ones like the MB982SP-1S. During the process of conducting the review I did manage to drop a couple of them without any damaging any of the smaller parts.

To be honest I did prefer the use of the models that accommodated two drives over the single drive models namely the MB990SP-B. The two device units would allow you to elect one location to store two drives and not having to use two bays to do the same thing.

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