Not all devices are created equal, and this can be seen with the ToughArmor M998SP-B which skews the realm of possibilities. It boasts the ability to house an unprecedented 8 x 2.5” SATA drives with 7mm height into a single external 5.25” bay, making it the ultimate solution for storage dense applications. Our unique hot-swappable 2.5” EZ Slide Nano trays let you painlessly and quickly swap out drives. Dual 40mm fans keep your drives nice and cool while ventilated openings located on the front and sides maximize airflow. The MB998SP-B features a heavy duty full metal housing which is commercially designed for Medical & Military systems, IPC, enterprise, and industrial settings.
Countless Options in a Single Bay
Utilizing the standard external 5.25” bay form factor, the compact design allows the cage to be used in various applications such as advanced RAID. With the MB998SP-B it’s possible to build dual RAID 5 or RAID 10 arrays or use 4 drives in a high performance RAID 0 array plus two RAID 1 arrays for backups. The MB998SP-B is extremely useful for workstations, compact servers, gaming rigs, home servers or HTPC’s due to its high capacity and space saving design. It is also perfect for users that need non-RAID JBOD storage to save different content in different drive locations. It supports a wide-range of applications which makes the MB998SP-B invaluable.
Using the EZ Slide Nano trays makes drive interchangeability and maintenance completely hassle free. For drive security, the Eagle-hook lock system on the tray makes sure your hard drives will not eject when not needed. The trays are designed to accommodate 7mm height hard drive and SSD, creating a 2.5" hot swap bay for any standard SATA hard drives and SSDs.
Ensuring the safety of your valuable data is the foundation to any good system build or design. The MB998SP-B is capable of holding up to the most demanding environments with its heavy duty full metal construction in the entirety of the body and its smaller components. 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. An all metal design also dissipates heat from the hard drives to the backplane cage resulting in cooler drives. Lastly, Anti-Vibration Technology (AVT) and EMI grounding are used to ensure a stable environment for the hard drives or SSD’s used, dramatically improving reliability.
Packed with Features
Bringing more utility your hard drives or SSDs, LED’s are installed into the front of the mobile rack to provide individual drive status information at all times. Active Power Technology (APT) allows each LED and the cooling fan to be active only when a hard drive is inserted into the enclosure. When the unit does power up, two 40mm cooling fan placed strategically behind the rear panel provide airflow throughout the entire cage cooling all 8 bays effectively and efficiently.
Never forget which drives belong in what bays. With our individual drive ID labels you’ll always know which drive tray belongs in your RAID array or which drive contains certain files. Freely unplug and rearrange them to better suit your configuration or simply remove them for a more simplified look.
The ToughArmor MB998SP-B supports both 7pin SATA and 15pin SATA power cables with locking latches so you’ll never need to worry about cables unintentionally disconnecting from your enclosure. Once these cables are connected, they’ll lock into place and stay that way.
EZ-Slide Nano Tray MB998TP-B DriveTray for ToughArmor MB998 Series
Tray Compatible with External ToughArmor:
Heavy duty full metal construction with commercially designed for Medical & Military systems, Media servers, and IPCs, approved & used by Tier 1 companies
Perfect for rugged applications and complies to flammability requirements
Fits 8 x 7mm 2.5” SATA hard drives or SSD’s in a single external 5.25” bay for high performance RAID applications
Dual 40mm fans keep your drives from overheating
Requires only 2 x 15pin power connectors to power all 8 bays
Drive label plugs to keep track of your RAID drives
Anti-Vibration Technology (AVT) - creates a safe environment for hard drives or SSDs
Active Power Technology (APT) - individual led & cooling fan only powers up if there is a drive installed in the bay
Eagle-hook lock system keeps drives secured within the enclosure
Removable tray system for easy maintenance
Supports SATA 6Gbps and hot swap
Supports SATA and SATA power cables with locking latch design
Industry leading 3 year warranty with exceptional customer support
3 Years Warranty
ICY DOCK ToughArmor MB998SP-B 8 x 2.5” SATA 6Gbps 7mm HDD / SSD Mobile Rack / Cage in 1 x external 5.25” bay
Model Number :
Host Interface :
8 x 7pin SATA
Drive Fit :
8 x 2.5" SATA I / II / III SSD or HDD (7mm drive height)
Device Fit :
Single external half height 5.25" bay
Transfer Rate :
Up to 6 Gb/sec. (depending on hard drive speed)
Power Input :
2 x 15pin SATA power port
Insert& Extract connection Via :
Direct SATA hard drive connection
Drive Cooling :
Dual 40mm rear cooling fan
Metal heat dispersion
Power Indicator :
Solid green LED
HDD Access Indicator :
Flashing amber LED
Dimension (L x W x H) :
5.75" x 5.6" x 1.63"
Maximizing Storage Performance in Limited Space with ICY DOCK ToughArmor 2.5" SSD/HDD Drive Cages
By using a high HDD density media workstation, media professions can perform highly intensive tasks while minimizing physical space displacement in their workstation such as HP Z820/Z840 and Dell 7810/7910. This concept can be achieved by using ICY DOCK’s MB998SP-B and MB996SP-6SB; they can accommodate up to 8 or 6 SSDs/HDDs in a single 5.25” device bay, respectively. This means maximum performance can be reached if RAID 0 is utilized for rendering media files in 3ds Max or Unity Pro 4. On the other hand, maximum storage capacity is also possible if each drive acted as a single volume. Limitless application can be configured with up to 8 bays of possibilities! On top of that, all of ICY DOCK’s ToughArmor come with hot swap capability. This means for individuals that need to transfer large media files from workstation to workstation, they can simply swap out the hard drive caddies or simply utilize Thunderbolt II/ III interface to transfer data off the workstation. It is quiet a handy tool!
ICY DOCK ToughArmor MB998SP-B and MB993SK-B Review - Space Efficient Hot-Swappable SATA
Published on May 4, 2016 by Allyn Malventano
ICY DOCK has made themselves into a sort of Swiss Army knife of dockable and hot-swappable storage solutions. From multi-bay desktop external devices to internal hot-swap enclosures, these guys have just about every conceivable way to convert storage form factors covered. We’ve looked at some of their other offerings in the past, but this week we will focus on a pair of their ToughArmor series products.
Back in 2012 when I first started reviewing IcyDock’s ToughArmor lineup, the MB994SP-1 was the big dog -- sporting a total of four 2.5” devices in a single 5.25” slot. However, in 2013 IcyDock launched an even beefier 6-unit model the MB996SP-6SB. And now we have the MB998SP-B to take the crown once again.
The IcyDock ToughArmor 8 Bay 2.5" Drive Enclosure allows you to easily add 8 bays of hot swappable hard drives to a standard optical drive bay in a PC or Server. This is a great product if you want to build an SSD based caching server or any other SSD RAID configuration.