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StarTech.com 5.25in Trayless Hot Swap Mobile Rack for 3.5in Hard Drive - Internal SATA Backplane Enclosure

by StarTech
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
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  • Quickly and easily install or remove hard drives without having to open the chassis with the innovative trayless design
  • Rubber shock absorbers, a solid aluminum construction and 50,000+ insertion rating ensures longevity from both the drives and bay
  • Backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support
  • Holds a 3.5" SATA drive in a front accessible 5.25" bay
  • Trayless design: drives are not mounted into separate trays/enclosures
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StarTech.com 5.25in Trayless Hot Swap Mobile Rack for 3.5in Hard Drive - Internal SATA Backplane Enclosure + Molex to 2 SATA Internal Power Splitter Cable + StarTech.com 18 inch SATA to Right Angle SATA Serial ATA Cable
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Technical Details
Item Weight440 g
Product Dimensions22 x 5 x 16.8 cm
Item model numberHSB100SATBK
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 3,568 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight358 g
Date First Available29 Sep 2007

Product Description

Product Description

Hot-swap any 3.5in SATA hard drive easily from any computer with a 5.25in bay - This 3.5in SATA hard drive hot-swap bay allows you to install a 3.5in SATA drive 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. To maximize performance and utilize the full speed potential of your SATA III hard drives, this HDD Backplane supports SATA III for transfer speeds up to 6 Gbps when paired with compatible controller. 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.

Product Description

StarTechcom 525IN TRAYLESS MOBILE RACK FOR 35IN SATA HDD WLCD FAN IN HSB110SATBK Storage Cabinets Enclosures Caddy

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Unit 11 May 2009
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Quite Excellent unit which allows the user to exchange SATA drives at the flip of a lock.
I have been using the unit now for over a year and it seems robust and well designed for the task it is meant to do.
Well worth the money if you need to store a lot of back-up data and relly helps as you can then remove the SATA drive and replace it with another one for normal usage.
I use it for storing back-ups, music and video and I can then take those hard drives out - put another one in and use that for my projects.
Hard drives are so cheap now it makes sense to me to do this rather than perminently installing hard drives when a case only hold a finite number of units.
Great Idea!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I bought this item to replace an existing tray and caddy on my PC.

My backup strategy is to clone the entire C drive to another disk, which I remove from the system between backups. This drive bay makes the whole process as simple as plugging in a memory card! With the advent of Win 7, I have been using the bay to swap system disks between 7 and XP, to compare them (very impressed with Win 7 so far). The bay has made this task as simple as it could be without having to resort to a dual boot configuration, which I didn't want to do.

Construction is adequate for its purpose, as long as reasonable care is taken when inserting and removing the disks (don't slam the door shut!). The life of the bay should only be limited by wear on the SATA contacts, which for most users will be negligible.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the Job! 5 Dec 2010
By Eddie-B
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Wanted to be able to change boot discs easily so I can swap between different Operating systems. Had a spare bay available and fitted this in minutes. Works great and looks like it will last a while if treated properly. Ejects drive nicely when door is opened.
I'm 100% happy with it and intend to order another for my 2nd PC.

Thought I'd edit this review, 9 month's later I have bought a second unit and they are both giving good service, I can swap drives (and OS's) at will, good product.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sata swap could be cooler 21 Jun 2010
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Works perfectly but as it needs to be fitted in a 5 1/2 inch bay it will sit high up in the PC (in the heat) and have a closed metal enclosure around it (where a CD or DVD would normally sit) so it can get a little warm. Could have done with a small reliable fan to keep it cool. Having said that I only use the bay as a back up solution, inserting my old sata drive in there once a week to back up new files. It is perfect for my use. Sturdy and well built.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous 17 Aug 2009
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I have had one of these for almost two years, I use it for 4 different OS systems IE, XP, Vista, windows 7 and linux, so can just plug in the OS I want to use. I have just brought another one for data storage. problem is with drives in the computer is they are running all the time, with this you only put the drive in that you want to use, so extending the life of your drives, which is a good thing. not so sure about hot swapping though, I always power down, I play safe. TIP,I have also found that video cassette cases are good for storing your spare drives in.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars StarTech hot swappable SATA drive bay 5 Jan 2012
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I've used other StarTech drive bays without any problems so I was more than happy to try out these latest drive bays.

I find them the best of the bunch so far. So very easy to swap drives instead of having to go inside your base unit.

However, I do wish that they made EIDE caddys of the same design but of course they would not be hot swappable.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does what is says on the tin. 29 July 2009
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I bought this but had some concerns. Will it work ok or damage my drive?
Installed this late last night, plugged in my SATA drive and powered my PC up keeping fingers crossed.

It just worked.... Phew.....
Drive has now been working for 28 hours without any problems or performance issues.

Two comments on the construction of the unit: 1) the release latch could be more robust, it feels a bit flimsy and 2) The keys supplied will not stay on the lock in either locked or unlocked position as the lock is spring loaded. You will need to find somewhere safe to keep the keys if you insist on locking the door (In my view this is essential to avoid accidentally releasing the door and unplugging the drive which the PC is on).
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Almost a great product 22 Oct 2012
This is a great product let down by a major flaw: in the event you use a slim (i.e. "half-height") 3.5-inch HDD, the trayless design means the drive is essentially loose inside the caddy framework and won't always match up with the SATA connector at the opposite end.

Should you use the device on its edge, such as in a server chassis or certain tower cases, the problem is made significantly worse. At least when the device is used horizontally, gravity will keep your HDDs in more or less the right place.

Similar products such as the Cremax ICY DOCK MB877SK-B Screwless 3.5 inch SATA HDD Enclosure use a clever internal guide mechanism to keep all drives tight against the edges. They work really well. The downside here is that with an enclosed design comes a 40mm cooling fan (and these days nobody wants the additional noise and fuss of a small fan buzzing away noisily by their feet), and they're only available as single units rather than as multiple enclosures.

However, there is some good news... and some bad news.

The good news is that a perceivably superior product is available from a company called Kingwin. Their KF-1000-BK available on Amazon.com (ASIN B00126U0VA) is almost identical to this StarTech item, but crucially someone at Kingwin has identified and solved the guide problem by including a "1.0 mm guide wire for slim HDD". Looks like I wasn't going mad then.

The bad news is that... it's not available in the UK.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't Fit
Good product but didn't fit in my PC because the PC front Bezel was in the way. Shame
Published 13 days ago by Nuttyraver
1.0 out of 5 stars More hot wreck.
This product managed to wreck two hard drives while freezing the system, lost all data. Have used similar external device for years without any problems.
Published 1 month ago by Mr. M. P. J. Potter
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful device for quick swap of hard drives
I have three of these devices on my computer and find them very useful for experimenting with different operating systems etc. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Brian S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Works well.
I bought this because I switch my hard drives around frequently and didn't want to open the case to do so. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Khalid Ali
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice mechanical Hot swap Hard Drive bay
Has to be fitted in a 5 1/2 inch bay, which most cases have where your CD-DVD player sits. it has a nice metal enclosure all around it making it sturdy and should last as long as... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Peter J. Heppinstall
5.0 out of 5 stars almost perfect 5 stars
brilliant dock for hard drives,
you need to restart your machine, for the hard drive to display in my computer,
hot swapping while the motherboard is " live " is... Read more
Published 4 months ago by A. Blanchard
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use and install
Nice piece of kit ideal for hot swap using keys to lock and engage, I have used another well known make and these tend to last about a year. Read more
Published 4 months ago by KStainton
5.0 out of 5 stars Rapid hard drive changes
Simple to install if your computer case has removable sides. I have a four year old PC and wanted the speed of USB3 but mainly to access old hard drives left over from a previous... Read more
Published 4 months ago by blakes7
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good - but one slight issue
First up I really like this. It lets me have different OS/builds (home Win 7, study Win 7, Ubuntu etc) on different drives and so I can change the configuration of my machine... Read more
Published 5 months ago by S
4.0 out of 5 stars Great solution for swapping hard disks
As for other reviewers I was initially put off by the apparent flimsiness of the unit out of the packet, it just doesn't feel like a robust unit. Read more
Published 5 months ago by slowhand818
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