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Icy Box - Ib-3221stu-b - Aluminium Case For 2 X 3.5" Sata Hdd, Jbod System With Usb 2.0 Interface - Easyswap Technology

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  • Aluiminium case for two 3,5" SATA HDD, JBOD system with USB 2.0 interface, EasySwap HDD Mechanism, "One Touch" Backup software
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Technical Details
BrandIcy Box
Item Weight898 g
Product Dimensions12 x 31 x 19 cm
Item model numberIB-3221StU-B
Number of USB 2.0 Ports1
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Best Sellers Rank 47,922 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.5 Kg
Date First Available1 Nov 2008
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**EasySwap® –With the patent-protected EasySwap®-mechanism you can install your SATA-HDD incredible fast: You just need to insert the HDD and close the cover. You don't need any screws and screwdrivers. A HDD change is also very easy: just take out the old HDD and slide in the new one. So you can use the one case for all of your HDD's with different data

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subsystem for 2x 3.5'' HDDs with EasySwap©-mechanism, ICY BOX IB-3221StU-B

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Caddy 28 Aug 2009
By K. King
Verified Purchase
I thought this product deserved a good review. I bought it after a HDD spending spree on Amazon, I had a couple of spare TB's and needed to put them to good use. As I am sure many of you can empathize I cant afford many more cables or power supplies in my house, they are absolutely everywhere! So I thought a 2 into 1 would be perfect. In terms of transfer speeds the USB2 is more than efficient for the two drives to be accessed simultaneuosly. I have attached them to my router as a NAS on my home network. But I do quite a lot of work from home and the ease with which I can swap the drives over has saved me a lot of time! A friends PC failed and he wanted his media from it before any attempts were made to fix it. So I just threw it out of the chasis and straight into this ICY BOX. 2 mins work, and I didnt even have to think out getting out any SATA or associated cabling as I would have before.
Another thing, this is a very stylish box thats well finished and beautifully slim. Theres an adjustable fan on the back which doesnt make much noise at all. I dont usually have it on unless I am running the drives simultaneously for a period of time. But I think its always nice to have the option of passive/active cooling on a caddy.
All in all 10 out of 10...5/5 etc etc.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Icy Box does it again 20 July 2010
I already have an Icy Box External HDD case and when I found myself needing a new one to house a spare drive I had, I came across this beauty. reasonably priced, does the job nicely and presents itself to windows / OSX as two distinct drives. It's not quite as nicely made as my other Icy Box but it's more than adequate and it's very easy to insert / take out drives as you need to. It also saves a little space and mess by doing the job of two cases but only using one power supply unit and one mains cable.
I now have the old case as a spare waiting for another drive when I need more storage (which will no doubt be soon).

Be aware though that this is in no way a RAID array or anything like that. It's effectively 2 x External USB HDD cases in one unit. I have seen it described somewhere as JBOD (Just a Bunch of Disks), which suggests some sort of clever RAID functionality but it's not.

Once you have that in mind, I have no hesitation recommending this unit.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very useful concept. 31 Aug 2011
This is a good space saver but be careful and aware that as much as you can have 2 separate drives in your box. All your eggs are still in 1 basket if it gets dropped or knocked off, wet, stolen, fire, hurricane ( you get the point? ) etc. Completely separate backups are essential. As for an easy access to 2 hard drives this works a treat.

Be aware that the cables are sticking out at the back and don't exactly feel secure, very wobbly in fact. This isn't really going to be a problem if it's sat still, on a desk away from being knocked but still, it's a design fault in my opinion. A more secure usb cable/connection should've been part and parcel.

Very easy to set up and use. As easy as you dare hope, even for first timers.

My 1st one developed a fault and became inoperable but amazon sent a replacement NEXT DAY free of charge. This was a surprising & efficient service that i was very pleased with, as i was with out access to my files for 24hrs. They give you ample time to send the crocked unit back, postage paid before they charge you for the new one, if you don't. Could've been a lot of grief, but was only a minor disruption in the end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jbod easy swap 6 Dec 2010
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The Jbod is a great product. Its easy to use you just open the bay doors and slide in the oem drives with no need for cabling, The jbod needs no software to be installed unless you want to use the backup software. Which is supplied. (I did not test this)

My current configuration is using 2 Western Digital Caviar 2TB SATAII 64MB Cache 3.5-inch Green Internal Hard Drive OEM with Windows 7.
The drives appear on the computer via one usb cable as separated drives.(so if your short on usb connections you should definitely purchase this)

I am currently using the drives as data storage backup for video and photos. Accessing is as fast as other externals such as the Toshiba 3.5 inch and Western Digital Mybook and the Samsung Story external drives.

The Jbod has a built in fan which is fairly quite on the low setting (it is a bit noisy on the highest settings), you can change the settings manually by a switch on the back.
I have mine turned off as the drives still remains cool under heavy usage.

This is a great unit to purchase if you want to access information on another older or faulty computer, as you can just take out the drive and slide it in to the jbod to recover and access the information easily.

In conclusion i would highly recommend this product for those using external hard drives as this is a cheaper alternative. The use of only one usb cable to access 2 drives is another highly recommended reason to purchase this. The only real negative for me is that the doors on the front are a bit fragile so being too rough could snap them.
(i'm looking to test this with two 3tb oem hard drives when I can get hold of them. I'll update my review to let you know if the 6tb can be accessed)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars question
is there anybody with this product who could take a picture of the inside of the back plate,had to remove to replace usb port and cannot remember the which wiring plug goes where
Published 9 months ago by lightman
5.0 out of 5 stars HDD Icy box
The product is being used instead of a Freecom Dock Pro as a storage medium for a HUMAX PVR. I have 2x 2TB HDD installed. It does what it promised and looks the part. Read more
Published 18 months ago by D. M. Thom
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is one of the good buy. I have 2 hdd now in the enclosure and i only use it when needed. Previously had about 5 hdd in my computer and since that those hdd is quite old, they... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Spana
5.0 out of 5 stars Icy box aluminium case
Just the right thing for what I required i.e. housing 2 spare hard drives. Saves on space and power supplies. Well constructed and would reccomend.
Published 19 months ago by Fatbhoyjim
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish
This is the second one of these I have bought but it seems in the interim that quality has taken a turn for the worse. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Renard
5.0 out of 5 stars Icy Box External Drive Case
Solid well built enclosure that is excellent for using old sata drives for providing extra space on your pc. Is both simple to install and use. Read more
Published 21 months ago by wayne
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality/Price offer
Easy setup, not very loud and for me.

A good Quality/Price offer.

The closed cases keeps the dust out.

Still didn't used the backup button.
Published 23 months ago by R. Eloi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Drive enclosure
This is a great drive enclosure. Works like a charm and easy to install a drive and get working straight away. Read more
Published on 26 April 2012 by minstral
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
works flawlessly, 2x wd 2tb hdd inside and works with my pc and my samsung smart tv, everyone should get 1 for storage with the automatic backup button
Published on 19 Feb 2012 by Nega
2.0 out of 5 stars No real JBOD(Spanning) function.
As my title states there is no real JBOD(Spanning) function, just 2 disks on the same interface.

I'm very disappointed. Read more
Published on 16 Feb 2012 by Kristoffer Rasmussen
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