High-performance SSDs are often difficult to transfer them from a system to a system, which is sometimes needed. Removable U.2 drives are easier to use, but they are more expensive and not everyone needs their features. ICY DOCK has introduced its new enclosure that accommodates up to four M.2 SSDs and fits into a conventional 5.25-inch bay, allowing users to quickly remove a drive, and safely transport it.

The ICY DOCK ToughArmor MB720M2K-B mobile rack is made of metal, so it is ruggedized, and features a lock to prevent its unauthorized removal. The device has four MiniSAS HD (SFF-8643) connectors on special backplanes and two SATA power connectors with support for locking latches.

To ensure consistent performance of SSDs inside the mobile rack, it has controllable two fans, thermal pads for the M.2 drives, and an integrated aluminum heatsink cover. Furthermore, it has EMI grounding technology and antivibration protection.

The ToughArmor MB720M2K-B is currently listed at ICY DOCK’s website, so expect it to hit the market shortly. Pricing of the device is unclear.

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Source: ICY DOCK (via TechPowerUp)

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  • hetzbh - Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - link

    The only problem with this solution is that it's hard to find a PCIe card to connect this device to. Reply
  • Billy Tallis - Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - link

    HighPoint SSD7120 is readily available, but it's $400. Off the top of my head, I don't know of any cheaper passive cards or cards with a redriver rather than a switch. Reply
  • AnarchoPrimitiv - Thursday, February 13, 2020 - link

    That's because the Highpoint Storage card is capable of hardware RAID (while, for example, those m.2 AICs that take 4x drives and come with high-end motherboards these days aren't capable of hardware RAID). I own an SSD7103 that I've put 4x Adata Sx8200 Pro 2TB m.2 drives into in RAID 0 and it's insanely fast.

    There are numerous HBAs on Newegg that are cheaper though that have four of the mini SAS connectors if you don't need hardware RAID and only need the ports
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  • Billy Tallis - Friday, February 14, 2020 - link

    The HighPoint NVMe RAID cards are not hardware RAID. They're PCIe switches bundled with software RAID. Reply
  • npz - Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - link

    There are cheap pcie x4 cards to SFF-8643
    https://www.amazon.com/Ableconn-PEXU2-131-SFF-8643...

    or if you already have a u.2 connector on your motherboard or a HBA with u.2 mini-sas connectors you can get cables for those
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  • JoeyJoJo123 - Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - link

    Actually looks kind of neat.

    As a home user, the Define R6 could already fit up to ~12 3.5" drives if you buy extra trays, and it comes with 1 5.25" drive bay, but you could just do with less HDD and go for 4 M.2 form-factor SSDs to act as caching drives.

    I think I'd sooner use one of the 5.25" to 2.5" SSD models, since SATA3 based SSDs can still be pretty fast. (Like this other product https://www.icydock.com/goods.php?id=231) but this still looks pretty unique since it supports M.2.
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  • e1jones - Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - link

    I guess it depends on what form factor you have/need/want. It's a bit of a bummer they couldn't come up with a denser configuration. Pretty sure I've seen 6x 2.5" SSD in one 5.25" bay... Reply
  • npz - Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - link

    Icy Dock has 6x 2.5 and 8x 2.5 versions. The 4x 2.5 version allows for 15 in. mechanical drives Reply
  • neo_1221 - Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - link

    Antivibration protection for M.2 drives? Lol okay. Reply
  • npz - Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - link

    maybe for when you want to remove the internal m.2 adapter and use it for 2.5" sas drives Reply

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