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Icy Dock MB453SPF 3 Bay Hot Swap SATA Hard Drive Enclosure
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Manufacturer: Icy Dock
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Icy Dock MB453SPF 3 Bay Hot Swap SATA Hard Drive Enclosure
September 25, 2006

The Basics (continued):

Here is a close-up of the connections. In the upper right you have the SATA power and SATA data connection for the top hard drive bay. Next to those is the fan thermal controller, which activates the fan at 45, 55, or 66 degrees Celsius. The next row contains some connectors that would allow the unit to notify other monitors of a failure. The third row contains the SATA data connections for bays two and three, and finally we have the last row which contains two 4-pin Molex connectors. This is one thing I would like to see changed, instead of Molex connectors for SATA drives, I would like to see them all be SATA connectors. Perhaps this design is to accomodate people that might not have three SATA power connections on their power supply.

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Here is the fan portion of the fan housing. It is a standard 80mm black case fan, nothing fancy about it, just a simple seven bladed fan. This could be removed if you were inclined to install a fancy LED style fan. As there are no cables to plug in for the fan, the power is provided by the clips. The fan cable is soldered to the clips, which meet up on the main portion of the enclosure.

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Moving to the front we can take a look at the individual drive bays. On the left side, you have an activity LED for each of the three trays. There are two other LEDs which indicate power and an alarm. The final item is a reset switch that you can use to reset the entire unit. In order to remove the hard drive chassis, you simply press down on the blue slider, which releases the aluminium locking mechanism, then the tray can slide out.

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In the first picture you can see one of the three hard drive trays. The front of the tray has holes to provide airflow over your hard drive to help keep it cool. Once you remove the black shipping support bracket, you can place your hard drive between the two aluminum sides and secure it to the tray. All that is left to do is slide it into the chassis.

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Before we put the hard drives into the chassis, let's take a look at the interior. We can not see much, however we can see the two SATA connections, one for data and the other for power. On the sides you can see some slots for the hard drive trays to slide into. These will keep the connectors on the hard drive lined up with the connectors on the chassis.

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