Icy Dock 2.5"/3.5" Drive Accessories

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EZ-Fit Pro Dual 2.5" to 3.5" Drive Bracket

The EZ-Fit Pro Dual allows two 2.5" drives to be mounted in a standard 3.5" bay. To be truly functional, the user must have a shortage of open 3.5" bays and require at least two 2.5" drives. Desktop users rarely use notebook drives, and when they do, it's often just one SSD for the operating system.


At the front of the bracket is a release mechanism that needs to be pushed to the outside when inserting a drive. Once the drive is in completely, the lock latches back into place, securing the drive.


Springs at the back eject the drive when the release is engaged.

2.5" to 3.5" SATA Drive Converter

Icy Dock's SATA Drive Converter is a 3.5" internal enclosure for a 2.5" SATA drive. The question is, why does it need to be enclosed? The 3.5" form factor makes it easy to connect the SATA cables (you don't have to reach in to find the back of the 2.5" drive), but it seems like a waste of materials considering it doesn't have any acoustic or vibration damping inside.


The drive converter is composed of plastic with some holes for ventilation cut out at the back near the SATA power and data ports.


Pressing on the top and sliding toward the rear opens the top cover.


The drive is placed on a metal tray attached to an axle that moves diagonally downward when the cover is closed, forcing the drive's connectors to lock into those on the circuit board.

As this device is made of plastic and covers up the drive completely, it has some impact on acoustics. We performed a quick test with the Icy Dock converter using our standard hard drive testing methodology for noise and vibration to see what effect it had on one of our louder 2.5" hard drives, the WD Scorpio Black 750GB.

ACOUSTIC COMPARISON
(WD Scorpio Black 750GB WD7500BPKT)
Enclosure
Vibration
1-10
(10 = no vibration)
Activity State
Airborne Acoustics
(dBA@1m)
Bare
7
Idle
16
Seek
16~17
Icy Dock Drive Converter
8
Idle
16~17
Seek
17~18

We were hoping it could double as a silencing enclosure but there was no real improvement. In fact, the airborne noise actually increased while the Scorpio Black's vibration level dropped somewhat. Some of the vibration is softened by the plastic casing, but the interior rattles from the metal-on-metal contact creates more noise.



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