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I need to be able to hot swap two Crucial M4 SSDs in a 3.5" bay. So far, the Icy Dock MB992SK-B is looking like the best choice:



Should I go for it, or does someone know of a better unit?
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There is also the Kingwin unit:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817990011

I own several Kingwin hot-swap units of various sizes and I can't complain about any of them.
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There is also the Kingwin unit:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817990011

I own several Kingwin hot-swap units of various sizes and I can't complain about any of them.

I've been looking at that one - at least I think it's that one, but branded 'Vantec':

http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=413554
http://www.vantecusa.com/en/product/view_detail/550

The downsides of that unit seem to be:
- No tray (Drive slides straight in, so I think there is more room for compatibility issues)
- two power connectors instead of one.
Edited by Oubadah - 9/2/13 at 10:09pm
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They may very well be from the same OEM. I like the open-air configuration of the Kingwin/Vantec stuff over the enclosed setup of the IcyDock.
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I'm going to be looking at purchasing one soon when I upgrade my server, and I've seen these from Startech seem to get pretty decent reviews.
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I'm going to be looking at purchasing one soon when I upgrade my server, and I've seen these from Startech seem to get pretty decent reviews.

I'm 90% sure that's the same unit again, just with a different face plate.

From the Kingwin website:



From the Startech Amazon listing:



I notice that all these units have drive activity LEDs (which is useful), but where do they get this information from? My concern would be any additional electronics in the SATA signal path affecting drive performance.

The Kingwin/Vantec/Startech units seem to require an additional power feed for these LEDs (and circuitry?), as you can see from the above pictures. You have to use a Molex Y adapter:



The Icy dock doesn't have anything like this for it's LEDs.

EDIT: A Newegg review for the Kingwin dock said:
Quote:
I bought this to use with a new OCZ Vertex 2 SSD, but the fit is *way* too tight. I'm going to try another rack for this.

And an Amazon review for the Startech version confirming this:
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Recently, I inserted an OCZ Vertex 2 solid state drive, and the fit was tight. When I tried to eject the SSD, the flimsy plastic lever that ejects the drive broke, so now I have only a single usable drive bay.

The dimensions of the Vertex 2 are 99.8 x 69.63 x 9.3 mm, while the M4 (I'm not using the 7mm version) is 100.5 x 69.85 x 9.50 mm. I have a feeling I should go for the Icy Dock. Looks like the others would be OK for 7mm SSDs.
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I notice that all these units have drive activity LEDs (which is useful), but where do they get this information from? My concern would be any additional electronics in the SATA signal path affecting drive performance.
Likely it is just a detection of voltage going across the connectors.
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EDIT: A Newegg review for the Kingwin dock said:
And an Amazon review for the Startech version confirming this:
I'm not entirely sure about the dimensions issue, but "the flimsy plastic lever broke" is the most common complaint about all hotswap racks. It is because people manhandle them and then get mad because they aren't all metal. 99% of hotswap trays have plastic front bezels and levers. Just because it is plastic does not mean that it is flimsy and pretty much anything from the OEM that Kingwin or Star tech or Vantec use is going to be fine as long as you aren't trying to wrench the drives out angrily. What is going on here is not that the parts are low quality but that people expect a Lian Li when they pay for a Compucase.
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