External enclosures are a great way to have high capacity data storage on the go. Data can also be a critical factor for users in the media business or who work with data centers. Some of the top tier hard drive companies have made their own all in one enclosure with hard drive included. However, one of the known major causes of hard drive failure is due to excessive heat buildup caused by a lack of a proper cooling system. Also, a majority of hard drive manufactures only allow a 1 year warranty on their all in one external hard drives. This can be fatal for someone who has just lost their data and has to spend a significant amount of money in order to recover their data. There are other external enclosures in the market that provide a cooling system to help prevent this, but the physical placement of the cooling system does not always allow for the optimal airflow to cool the hard drive. Going above and beyond, the MB080U3S-1SB Blizzard is the next generation of external enclosures dedicated for maximum performance in cooling.
Elegantly Designed Hardware
The Blizzard has a uniquely designed front panel integrated with a massive 80mm fan for an elegant and nonintrusive design for the best ventilation, all in a single 3.5” hard drive that is installed into the front of the enclosure. There are two important reasons for the particular fan placement and design. First, the MB080U3S-1SB will be able to cool all sides of the hard drive and create only one direction of airflow from the front to the back, where the air then exits. This extends the life of the cooling fan as it only intakes cool cold air and increases the overall cooling efficiency of the hard drive, in comparison to other enclosure cooling designs. Second, the 80mm fan is integrated into the detachable front panel which allows to easily swap your hard drive without any screws or tools to worry about. On the sides, includes two slightly concealed button ejectors that when pressed, will eject the front panel enabling the user to swap the hard drive as needed, similar to popular hard drive docking stations.
Smarter Cooling Functionality
The rear panel comprises of a multitude of defining features coming all together from only the best ideas of our previous external enclosure models. The enclosure has a single LED brightness dial to effortlessly adjust the ambient LED brightness to your preferred liking. To increase the level of functionality, the Blizzard’s LED color will turn red when the hard drive temperature is over 50°C. The built in fan controller allows you to select low, high, and auto to properly cool the hard drive to help if such a case appears. The auto mode properly adjusts accordingly to your hard drive’s requirements by increasing or decreasing the fan speed as needed.
Lightning Quick Speed
Taking advantage of the new ultra fast USB 3.0 interface, users will be able to transfer at high speeds at a maximum of 5 Gbps or perhaps use the similarly fast eSATA interface for system when there is a lack of USB 3.0. The USB 3.0 interface is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 so using the MB080U3S-1SB on your legacy PC or Mac is not a problem. With tool-less drive installation, you can easily swap the drives in between systems. The Blizzard is perfect for users in the fields requiring the best cooling and performance on the market.
* Unique & Elegant design.
* Massive 80mm fan for optimal cooling.
* User replaceable front cooling fan for easy maintenance or aftermarket
replacement with 2 and 3 pin power ports available.
* Direct airflow design to completely cool all sides of the hard drive.
* Completely screw-less / tool-less design for any 3.5” SATA I/II/III HDD.
* USB 3.0 & eSATA interface for the fastest connections anywhere.
* Backward compatible with USB 2.0 for wide-ranging use.
* 3 Speed Adjustable Cooling Fan, including auto setting featuring.
* Smart Cooling technology. Smart Cooling Technology is active in auto mode
and accurately adjusts the fan speed according to your hard drive’s needs.
* Cool blue ambient LED with adjustable brightness control.
* Smart-Temp functionality – Front LED changes from blue to red when over 50° C.
* Supports SATA 6Gbit hard drive.
* Great for Media and IT Professionals.
* Designed for PC & Mac systems.
3 Years Warranty
ICY DOCK Blizzard MB080U3S-1SB Tool-Less USB 3.0 & eSATA External 3.5” SATA HDD Enclosure - 80mm Fan
Model Number :
Drive Fit :
Single 3.5" SATA I / II / III hard drive
Host Interface :
1 x eSATA 3Gb/s port
1 x USB 3.0 port (USB 2.0 compatible)
Transfer Rate (max. bus speed):
Up to 3Gb/s via eSATA
Up to 5Gb/s via USB 3.0
Up to 480Mb/s via USB 2.0
Drive Cooling :
Fan Speed Control :
High/ Low/ Auto
HDD Access Indication :
Flashing orange LED
Power Indication :
Over Heat Indicatior :
Red ambient LED light (when temperature reach 50° C)
OS Requirement :
Windows XP/ 2003/ VISTA/ 7/ 8
Mac OS 10.22.8 and higher
Power Supply :
12V/2A power adapter
ABS shell with metal frame
Dimension (L x W x H) :
237.5 x 126 x 146 mm
ICY DOCK Hard Drive Enclosure Selection Guide for Enterprise and Media Professionals
"The Icy Dock Blizzard lives up to its performance expectations by providing at least a 6 degree performance improvement over a standard internal cooling of a fanless external. With its three fan settings, it is really up to the user to determine what setting provides them the best performance to fan noise ratio. It is our recommendation to utilize the Auto setting, as it provides really the best of both worlds. It runs the fan quiet when the drive isn't under much load and easily ramps the fan speed up to prevent the hard drive from overheating under long, heavy workloads."
"There’s no arguing that it is an enclosure that is effective at keeping your disk drive cool and keeps you posted on the current temperature status to boot. Despite being largely plastic, it still felt more solid than the aluminum InfoSafe (and certainly beat the pants off it in every other respect)."
"With the Icy Dock (ID on the Chart) reading 5º C lower than the passively cooled Thermaltake BlacX 5G (Tt on the chart) it is a definite winner at keeping a drive cooler." http://www.techreaction.net
Published on Thursday, 19 July 2012 21:34
Written by George Cella -Cella-
"Icy Dock is doing things the right way again with the new Blizzard 3.5” Extrenal HDD Enclosure. External HDD Enclosures are simple items, but the Icy Dock Blizzard enclosure takes all of the features one step further and couples that with outstanding build quality and engineering. On the performance end, the Blizzard offers USB 3.0/2.0 and eSATA connectivity to go along with 6Gb/s compatibility to get the most speed from your hard drive, but Icy Dock also adds a very interesting feature set. The Icy Dock Blizzard uses an 80mm fan with active cooling to keep your drive running cool. The fan features selectable high and low speeds, as well as an automatic setting which keeps the fan running at the optimal speed to cool the drive while remaining silent.