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StarTech.com 4 Drive 3.5in Trayless Hot Swap SATA Mobile Rack Backplane

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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 10,000+ insertion rating ensures longevity from both the drives and bay
  • Backed by a StarTech.com 1-year warranty and free lifetime technical support
  • Holds up to four SATA drives across three 5.25" bays
  • Trayless design: drives are not mounted into separate trays/enclosures
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Size Name: 4 Port | Style Name: SATA

Product Information

Size: 4 Port | Style Name: SATA
Technical Details
BrandSTARTECH.COM
Item Weight2.1 Kg
Product Dimensions27 x 18.2 x 21.8 cm
Item model numberHSB430SATBK
Series4 Drive 3.5in Trayless Hot Swap SATA Mobile Rack Backplane
ColorBlack
Form Factor3.5"
Hard Drive InterfaceSerial ATA, Serial ATA-300, Serial ATA-600
  
Additional Information
ASINB000NMAZUK
Best Sellers Rank 33,949 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2 Kg
Date First Available17 Mar. 2007
  
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Product Description

Size Name:4 Port  |  Style Name:SATA

Product Description

Hot swap up to four 3.5in SATA hard drives in seconds - This 4 Bay SATA Mobile Rack lets you swap between 3.5in Serial ATA (SATA, SATA II, SATA III-6Gbps) hard drives in seconds. A time saving storage solution, the mobile rack offers four trayless SATA hard drive bays, allowing you to hot swap Serial ATA hard drives but avoid having to mount the drives to trays for deployment or unfasten them for replacement. 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. Supporting up to four hard drives, the mobile SATA hot swap rack only takes up three 5.25in drive bays inside a host computer - maximizing space-efficiency within the computer. The mobile rack/backplane is fully compatible with RAID installations to ensure maximum performance and versatility for enhanced storage applications. Using Terabyte hard drives? Don�t expose your Hard Drive and valuable data to unnecessary heat! The HSB430SATBK has two built-in 40mm fans that re-distribute the heat build-up generated as a result of typical drive operation. This feature is especially important for larger volume storage drives, and faster �spinning" drives (i.e 7200 RPM), as it can help optimize drive operability and in turn preserve stored data integrity.

Box Contains

  • 1-5.25 inch tray-less SATA hot-swap bay
  • 4-SATA cable
  • 4-SATA to LP4 molex + LED cable
  • 1-Screw kit
  • 1-Instruction manual


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Style Name: SATASize: 4 Port Verified Purchase
Overall it is quite good, but there are a few things that I wish that would have done.
The side of the case was pushed in so I had to bend it back as once I put a drive in I could not get it out for quite a while.

If you look at the back of the box there is a SATA data port and SATA power this works fine but there is no power and access lights if you use these. To get the lights to work you have to use the power cable that comes with it, unfortunately it uses molex, but would have been better as the drives are sata to use the same as the drives and like most people I have a lot of sata power connectors so had to get 4 sata to molex connectors NEW! SATA Female to 5.25" Molex Male Power Adapter

I can not understand why the lights are not wired internally.
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Style Name: SATA & SASSize: 3 Port Verified Purchase
I will start with what I liked with the device. a) It looks sturdy and the quality of the product seems nice. b) There are power buttons for each hard disk. When you switch off a hard disk it remains switched off even after restart. It is a very nice feature to choose which hard disks you want to remain active. c) You need 2 power connectors for 3 hard drives. d) It keeps the temperature of the drives low even at the low fan setting. e) Nice price. Now what I didn't like: a) I am very sensitive to noise and the fan even at low setting is very noisy for my taste. I have an Antec P182 case which has noise dumpening materials and the noise from the device comes out loud and it is very annoying to me. The fan is inside the device and if you try to unscrew it to change it, it will possibly void the warranty. b) It is not exactly tool less hot swappable, since in order to install a drive you have to use screws to screw it on each individual tray. One of my drives didn't make very good contact to the sata connector and the fixing screws could be fixed only in one position on the drive and I couldn't install it further inside in order to make it attach more firmly to the sata connector.
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Style Name: SATA & SASSize: 3 Port Verified Purchase
I have always found Startech stuff very satisfactory, and this is no exception. The thoughtful design and high-quality construction could hardly be bettered (imho) without spending 4 times as much for an all-metal version.
I was very happy with the location of the connectors, the ability to turn off individual drives, selectable fan speed, the ease with which drives can be swapped, and the smart appearance.

Only negative comment is that the fan is a bit louder than I would have liked even on the low setting. With my relatively light use and the fan on low speed, the drive temperatures remained extremely low. and I suspect that if the low setting ran the fan a lot slower, the airflow would be still be adequate unless it was fully populated with very busy drives, in which case full speed would be wise, and the almost inevitable noise is worth putting up with to ensure long drive life.

Very highly recommended
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Style Name: SATA & SASSize: 3 Port Verified Purchase
Having returned the first item I ordered as it had an intermittent fault the second has worked straight from the box with no issues.
I have 3 drives fitted with different operating systems which makes it easy to select each drive before powering on the pc so it boots into the correct mode for my current use.
You could have one pc with a drive for each member of the family to use, saves the kids messing up your office/accounts pc with games.
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Style Name: SATA & SAS w/aluminumSize: 4 Port Verified Purchase
I am very happy with the function and quality of this unit. One thing I forgot was that since it does not require a tray for the hard disc drive cannot use with 2.5"drives without purchasing an adapter to convert them to 5.25" drives. A little bit awkward to pull out the drive when it has been ejected, but this is a very minor quibble.
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Style Name: SATASize: 4 Port Verified Purchase
I've had one of these '4 drives in 3 bays' backplanes in my main PC for nearly 3 years now and it has performed absolutely flawlessly. It gives me 3 extra drives that tend to stay in the machine (2 are redundant daily incremental backups using Retrospect) and one bay that I use for weekly full backups in a archive sequence or import/export to any 3.5" drive. I agree with the other review on the UK site that it would be nice if less than 4 power connectors were needed, but I didn't find it a problem using splitters.

Just about to buy the 3 drive 2 bay equivalent for another machine build!
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Style Name: SATASize: 4 Port Verified Purchase
First off, the first one I received was faulty. The power led on the top tray was intermittent. It was replaced promptly however. The replacement unit works a treat though. The drive activity led feeds are taken from the sata cable via the supplied cables. This is like all the Startech equipment I have bought, well made and works.
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Style Name: SATASize: 4 Port
After having this installed in my home server for 6 months I would like any potential buyer to be aware of the following:

1. This takes up 3 FULL bays. Some cases have stuctural bars every 2 bays, you will have to remove these.
2. The fans and power/activity lights for each drive only work when used with the supplied molex cables.
3. When powered by these cables, the fans are loud.
4. Only TWO of the aforementioned cables are included in the box.
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