Introducing the Icy Dock ToughArmor MB994SP-4SB-1 Full Metal Quad Bay 2.5" SATA 6Gbps Hard Drive/SSD Hot Swap Mobile Rack Cage for use in a single external 5.25" bay. The MB994SP-4SB-1 is predicated off the incredibly popular MB994SP-4S, while taking its general concept but, with a SATA only interface and adding the fan power switch. In addition, there is only one 4 pin power connector that will reduce the amount of cables required. The MB994SP-4SB-1 allows for many more users to use this backplane in their homes with the reduced cost. The dual 40mm cooling fans to in addition to the power switch for the fans allow for the best flexibility – Turn off when using SSD’s and on when using mechanical SATA hard drives. Furthermore, this device utilizes Active Power Technology, so that the device only power up if there are drives installed.
The MB994SP-4SB-1 is constructed of full metal to hold up in the toughest of conditions. It includes ventilation slots on the front and back for maximum airflow to keep your drives running cool, and an LED is placed on the front of each drive tray to give the user drive status at all times. The ToughArmor's full metal design is also perfect for industrial and medical devices that may require a flammability rating as the full metal material is considered to already comply with flammability requirements.
The MB994SP-4SB-1 utilizes our EZ Slide Mini Trays, making drive interchangeability and maintenance completely hassle free. The trays are built using full metal so that they are durable for many lifetimes, but will not weigh you down when transporting your data from system to system. And featuring a full cage design, the added top drive cover provides added protection while moving the drive. The trays are also designed to accommodate 9.5mm, 12.5mm & 15mm drives giving you the ultimate universal 2.5" hot swap bay.
Utilizing its small form factor, the MB994SP-4SB-1 is perfect for use in gaming PCs, small form factor cases where 5.25” bays are limited and large drive capacity or SSD’s are needed. This also will benefit compact RAID 5 systems. It is built to function in the most demanding environments including military and law enforcement deployment, as well as manufacturing conditions such as embedded control systems and factory automation systems. The heavy metal design makes it ideal for placement in rugged environments.
Make ToughArmor On-The-GO!
To access your data outside of your system or in a remote location, ToughArmor MB991U3-1SB is the way to go about. The drive tray slot of MB991U3-1SB is compatible with a variety of ToughArmor drive trays including the ToughArmor MB991, MB992, MB994, MB996 and MB998 series. This allows existing ToughArmor users to access their internal drive externally without opening up the case. It is a great tool for an individual drive diagnostic test. If you need to do a safe data erase or just simply expending system storage capacity, just remove the tray from the internal ToughArmor unit and insert it in the MB991U3-1SB to perform individual tasks externally with USB 3.0 interface. Best of all, the MB991U3-1SB uses USB bus-powered and it does not require a power adapter to operate. Simply connect the USB cable to any system and you are ready to go.
ICY DOCK ToughArmor MB994SP-4SB-1 4 x 2.5" SATA 6Gbps HDD / SSD Mobile Rack / Cage in 1 x external 5.25” bay
Model Number :
Host Interface :
4 x 7pin SATA
Drive Fit :
4 x 2.5" SATA I / II / III SSD or hard drive
Drive Bay :
Single external half height 5.25" device bay
Transfer Rate :
Up to 6 Gb/sec. (depending on hard drive speed)
Power Input :
Single 4pin Molex power port
Insert& Extract connection Via :
Direct SATA hard drive connection
Aluminum & SECC
Drive Cooling :
Dual 40mm rear cooling fan + fan power switch
Metal heat dispersion
Power Indicator :
Solid Green LED
HDD Access Indicator :
Flashing Amber LED
Dimension (L x W x H) :
6.70" x 5.75" x 1.63"
Prevent Server Drive Ejection From User Error with ToughArmor MB994SK-1B
When working with workstations, databases, and/or servers that requires front-loading, sometimes hard drives may be accidentally ejected by an inadvertent push of the eject button. This can cause failures to the system. With the ToughArmor MB994SK-1B 4 x 2.5" SATA/SAS HDD/SSD Full Metal Mobile Rack with Key Lock, the additional security lock on each drive tray not only protects the hard drive from being easily stolen, it also prevents accidental drive ejections that lead to system crashes. But you already have a MB994SP-4S, MB994SP-4SB-1, or MB994IPO-3SB and want a lock for preventative measures? Simply obtain the EZ Slide Mini Tray MB994TK-B and slide it into your MB994 series products and you now have extra protection for your hard drives!
Published on March 17,2017
Install Icy Dock MB994SP-4SB-1 in HPE ProLiant ML30 Gen9
After finishing up work on my ML10v2 I wanted to move back to the HPE ProLiant ML30 Gen9 and begin testing to eventually configure it as a workhorse in my home lab. First I wanted a way to be able to easily add 2.5” drives (from thin SSD’s but including up to the 15mm VelociRaptor’s – what’s a home lab without VelociRaptor’s I always say J). The ML30 Gen 9 (Product No. 830893) has 6 SATA III (6Gb/s) ports with 4 (ports 1 -4) to the LFF hot-swap cage via a mini-SAS cable from the System Board and ports 5 & 6 available as SATA III (6Gb/s) on the System Board all controlled by the embedded B140i on the system board. While I only had 2 extra SATA ports I also wanted some future expandability if I decided to move to an add-on controller card. I felt that the Icy Dock 4-in-1 ToughArmor MB994SP-4SB-1 would best fit my “want’s”.
"Overall, I am just as pleased with the MB994SP-4SB-1 and MB991SK-B as I was with the MB994IPO-3SB a little over a year ago. I feel that they are both high quality units that fit the requirements of their intended audience. I'd have no qualms recommending either to a friend or colleague.
The units have an excellent fit and finish and would be an excellent way to house a high-performance RAID SSD setup, or act as a convenient component for off-site backup."
"Icy Dock’s line of 5.25” backplanes retains its emphasis on usability, durability, and interoperability with the latest MB994SP-4SB-1. This cage builds on the previous generation of Icy Dock cages and enclosures by focusing on utility and offering small enhancements like its fan power switch and the reduction to one power connection."
“On the whole I am very impressed with the MB994SP-4SB-1 and would certainly recommend it along with any other Icy Dock product if its suits the needs of any particular user and for around £45/$70, its build quality and functionality is well worth every penny /cent.”
"The IcyDock MB994SP-4SB-1 looks well made and is a compact and convenient way to mount four 2.5" SATA hard drives/solid state drives in one spare 5.25" bay. Given that optical drives are going the way of the Dodo, it's good to know older PC cases can be upgraded to keep up with technologies advances. The IcyDock MB994SP-4SB-1 four-bay 2.5-inch SATA hard drive rack is well worth considering"
"Icy Dock comes through once again with a high-quality storage solution. HDD prices have started to normalize closer to pre-flood levels and SSD prices are becoming more and more affordable as the 4th generation offerings are about to come in, so users looking for extra storage will have plenty of options available to them. The MB994SP-4SB-1 could simplify things even further, especially for system builders who need to swap out multiple drives constantly."