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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  • HowDoesAnyOfThisWork - Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - link

    Yeah, and if you maybe, just maybe, struggle with getting the SAS drive connector inserted into the M.2 connector/slot of the backplane, there is always a hammer to help you solve this problem ;-P Reply
  • eastcoast_pete - Thursday, February 13, 2020 - link

    Is there a "Hammer-Proof" rating similar to IP rating for dust and water resistance? A "sledge hammer" rated enclosure might come in handy depending on where you need data storage. Reply
  • eastcoast_pete - Thursday, February 13, 2020 - link

    I know this is asking a lot, but are these things certified IP67 or higher? There are several scenarios where being able to withstand water ingress would be of significant value. Not sure if such enclosures exist for NVMe and/or PCIe SSDs. Reply
  • HowDoesAnyOfThisWork - Friday, February 14, 2020 - link

    You are asking for an IP67-rated device that slots into an externallty accessible 5.25" bay? Perhaps you should start with asking for an IP67-rated computer (case) featuring an external 5.25" bay. Not sure if there exist any out there in the world, but to me it kinda feels like asking for a rainbow icecream-pooping unicorn.

    In other words, i would rather expect the presence of an externally accessible bay preventing any case from being IP67-compliant, which would make it rather pointless to demand/want IP67 for a component that slots into said bay. On the other hand, if such computers/computer cases exist, i am curious to know more...
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  • HowDoesAnyOfThisWork - Friday, February 14, 2020 - link

    Ah, sorry. I think i misunderstood your comment. Your comment makes sense if you were referring to the adapters/frames containing the SSDs, and not to the enclosure itself. Sometimes i am a bit dense... Reply
  • oRAirwolf - Thursday, February 13, 2020 - link

    I have an Icydock enclosure and am very happy with it. Their metal docks are excellent. That said, this seems like semi lazy design. It looks like they just adapted their 4x2.5" dock to support m.2 drives. It seems like they could have used the space much more efficiently given the 5.25" bay size and how small m.2 drives are. Reply

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