ToughArmor MB992SKR-B
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Every year, technology is becoming more and more advanced and is constantly improving. These improvements includes improve enhanced functions in smaller and smaller packages. This is why 2.5” solid state drives and hard drives are becoming more popular due to its low power consumption and space-saving benefits, which are superior to 3.5” SATA hard drives in almost every category. Combine with the extra bandwidth of the SSDs and the raw power of the processors; enterprises are able to accelerate their project-development process. Since 2.5” SSDs and HDDs have smaller storage capacities compared to 3.5” hard drives, maximizing the storage density in limited spaces have become the most important task for many storage consulting firms; a task they are faced with often. The ToughArmor MB992SKR-B is designed specifically for systems with space limitations by fitting 2 x 2.5” SSD / HDD into a single 3.5” external bay. With its built-in high performance hardware RAID processor, the MB992SKR-B gives users the option to choose between RAID 0, RAID 1, BIG and JBOD modes. The built-in RAID function allows you effortlessly add a 2.5” SSD/HDD RAID array to any system without needing to add a RAID controller card. The MB992SKR features a rugged heavy duty full metal construction which is commercially suitable for medical & military systems, government agencies, Industrial PCs, SMB workstations, VM workstations, mobile DVR systems, aerospace computers, automation systems and embedded systems.
Standalone Built-in Hardware RAID Controller
 
The ToughArmor MB992SKR-B is a self contained hardware RAID enclosure that gives you the flexibility to choose between RAID 0, RAID 1, BIG and JBOD modes. With a built-in high performance RAID chipset, the enclosure operates independently of your system with its own processor and memory to run the RAID applications, offering the best reliability compared to software RAID. Software RAID can be infected by viruses and can cause the RAID table to be damaged, resulting into lost data.
With a standalone RAID function you can add 2.5” SSD/HDD RAID array into any system via a single SATA connection without the need for an additional RAID controller card. That being said, with the MB992SKR-B you can quickly create a RAID 1 array for your OS / VM setup to prevent a downed system caused by drive failure, or create a RAID 0 array for faster transfer speed for performance intense applications. The JBOD mode allows you to see two individual drives (requires SATA port-multiple on the host end), and the BIG mode provides maximum storage capacity into a single point, by combining 2 hard drives storage sizes into a single large storage device. With options like these to maximize uses for your hard drives, the choice is yours!
Complete Space Saver
Utilizing its small form factor, The MB992SKR-B is perfect for use in system that has limited available space such as IPC, mobile DVR system, aerospace computer, automation system or embedded system. The ability to house 2 x SATA SSD or HDD in a single 3.5” external bay with built-in RAID function makes it a valuable asset, such as using RAID 1 protection for mobile DVR system or fast RAID 0 arrays for powerful gaming computer. To keep cables from cluttering, a single SATA 15 power pin is used to ease installation and only requires one SATA port to operate. Save as much space while maintaining the storage capacity and performance, with the compact MB992SKR-B.
Protect your Investments
Making sure your drives are in good hands and lasting as long as possible is carefully considered to any enterprise build and design, the MB992SKR-B is capable of holding up in the harshest environments, with the rugged heavy duty metal construction in the entirety of the body and its smaller components. It can be used various systems including: military and law enforcement deployment, as well as manufacturing conditions such as embedded control systems and factory automation systems. With the rugged full metal design, the ToughArmor is perfect for industrial and medical devices that may require a flammability rating.
 
The metal material used allows effective heat dissipation transfer from the hard drives to the mobile rack. By conduction, the heat will dissipate more quickly with greater surface area. On top of that, Multi-Flow Technology (MFT) effectively routes air flow correctly for excellent passive cooling, via ventilation slots on the front, rear, top and bottom (in multiple locations). Lastly, Anti-Vibration Technology (AVT) and EMI Grounding are used to provide a stable environment, allowing the hard drives or SSD’s used to perform at its best.
Versatile Utility & Security
The easy to read front LED indicators will indicate when a drive is ejected (no light), accessed (green), or has failed (red). When the unit is in the process of rebuilding the RAID table in RAID 1 mode, an individual rebuilding indicator light in the front will display. Active Power Technology (APT) allows each drive LED to be on only when a hard drive is inserted into the enclosure. For drive security, the eagle-hook lock system on the tray makes sure your hard drives will not eject when not needed. Additionally, the 2 segment key lock provides extra protection to any physical theft of the hard drives, securing from any open and grab.
The EZ Slide Micro trays make drive interchangeability and makes maintenance completely hassle free. The trays are also designed to accommodate 5mm to 9.5mm height hard drive and SSD, creating a 2.5" hot swap bay for any standard SATA hard drives and SSDs.
 
Make ToughArmor On-The-GO!
With MB991U3-1SB

 
To access your data outside of your system or in a remote location, the 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.
Drive Tray
 
Interchangeable Internal ToughArmor:
 
 
Interchangeable External ToughArmor:
 
 
Interchangeable OEM models:
 
Key Features
 
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Built-in hardware RAID controller allows four different configurations: RAID 0 (FAST), RAID 1 (SAFE), JBOD, & BIG.
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Supports SATA 6Gbps and hot swap.
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Removable tray system for easy maintenance.
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Front LED indicator lights for drive power, access, fail and RAID 1 rebuilds status.
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Rugged Full metal construction, perfect for rugged applications and complies with flammability requirements.
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Fits 2 x 5mm to 9.5mm 2.5” SATA HDD or SSD in a 3.5” external bay.
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Multi-Flow Technology (MFT) - provides excellent passive cooling.
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Anti-Vibration Technology (AVT) - creates a safe environment for hard drives or SSDs.
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Active Power Technology (APT) - individual led only powers up if there is drive installed in each bay.
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EMI Grounding – protects hard drives from electrical damage.
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Eagle-hook lock system & 2-segment safeguard key lock keeps drives secure within the enclosure.
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Single SATA 15 Pin to power entire device & single SATA connector to operate.
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Suggested applications in medical & military systems, government agencies, Industrial PC, SMB workstation, VM workstation, mobile DVR system, aerospace computer, automation system, POS system and embedded system.
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Limited 3 year warranty to complement the typical warranty of a hard drive.
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Supports SATA and SATA power cables with locking latch design
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3 Years Warranty
ICY DOCK ToughArmor MB992SKR-B Full Metal 2 x 2.5 inch Hot-Swap SATA HDD / SSD Mobile Rack Backplane Cage with RAID 0 / 1 Function for External 3.5" Drive Bay
Product Name :
Dual Bay RAID 2.5" to 3.5" SATA HDD & SSD Mobile Rack
Model Number :
MB992SKR-B
Color :
Black
Support Drive Size :
2.5" SSD / HDD
Compatible Drive Type :
SATA / SAS (Support Single Channel SAS)
Number of Drives :
2
Max Drive Height :
9.5mm
Drive Bay :
1 x 3.5" floopply drive bay
Host Interface :
1 x SATA 7pin
Power Input :
1 x 15 pin SATA power connector
Transfer Rate :
Up to 6Gbps (Depending on hard drive speed)
Support HDD Capacity :
No Limitation
Drive Cooling :
Metal heat dispersion
RAID Function :
RAID 0 (FAST) / RAID 1 (SAFE) / BIG (SPANNING) / JBOD
Structure / Material :
Full Metal
Support Hot-Swap :
Yes
Drive Security :
2 segment key lock
Product Dimension (L x W x H) :
161.2 x 101.2 x 25.4mm
Product Weight :
1.06 lbs(481g)
Shipping (Package) Weight :
1.26 lbs(570g)
RAID Status LED Indicator :
When RAID rebuild: Flashing amber
When RAID rebuild finished: LED off
Drive Activity LED Indication :
"Empty bay: LED off
Drive power: solid green
HDD fail:Solid red
HDD access/RAID rebuild : flashing orange"
Package contents :
1 - Device, 1 - user manual, 8 - screw, 2 - key
SATA Connector Insertion Rate :
10,000
Humidity :
5%~65% RH
Operating Temperature :
0°C to 60°C (32°F to 140°F)
Storage Temperature :
-35°C to 70°C (-31°F to 158°F)
Compliance :
CE, RoHS, REACH
Warranty :
3 years
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ICY Concepts
 
How to increase work efficiency by adding high performance RAID data protection to small business desktop computers, servers or workstations?
 
Data redundancy is important for a small business because drive failure does happen quiet often. Using RAID as data redundancy provides a fail-safe against hardware failure. Imagine the impact if you lost a day’s data, a week’s data, a year’s data due to hard drive failure. What would happen? How could you recover?

Many of the small business desktop computers are not equipped with RAID protection. These systems may offer simple RAID option on their motherboard, but it is not as reliable as standalone RAID protection device. However, it’s not an easy task to setup your own RAID system: First, you need available PCI-E slot for RAID controller card. Second, these controller cards are quiet costly. Therefore, at ICY DOCK we introduced the MB992SKR-B full metal dual bay RAID 2.5” SATA HDD & SSD mobile rack. It allows you to effortlessly add a RAID (redundant array of independent disks) option to your enterprise desktop computers without adding an additional RAID controller card. The MB992SKR-B fits 2 x 2.5” hard drive or SSD into a single 3.5” front device bay and it has a built-in high performance hardware RAID chipset. To add RAID protection to your system, simply insert 2 x 2.5” SATA hard drive or Solid State Drive to the MB992SKR-B and then connect the MB992SKR-B to the SATA port of your motherboard and then secure the MB992SKR-B onto the 3.5” front device bay and you are ready to go. The MB992SKR-B provides RAID 0 (stripping), RAID 1 (mirroring), BIG and JBOD modes, with hot-swap tray design and full metal body. The ToughArmor MB992SKR-B is an ideal storage device for any small business computers, SMB servers and enterprise workstation systems.

Click HERE to go to MB992SKR-B product page.
 
 
ICY Concepts
 
How to create a hybrid 2.5" storage array in a 5.25" bay with ICY DOCK
FLEX-FIT Trio & ToughArmor
 
To get the best bang for your buck, ICY DOCK offer cost-effective solutions to accommodate your data storage needs! By using a simple, yet functional 3.5" bay to 5.25" bay mounting kit, the FLEX-Fit Trio MB343SP, you can easily transform a 5.25" inch external drive bay in to a storage workhorse. Not only FLEX-FIT Trio accommodates 2x 2.5" SSD with tool-less drive installation design, it also allows placement of a 3.5" device bay, such as ICY DOCK's ToughArmor 2.5" drive mobile racks. This is where ICY DOCK's 3.5" ToughArmor series shines. By allowing a maximum of 5x 2.5" SAS / SATA hard drives or SSDs of 3.5" ToughArmor mobile rack in a FLEX-FIT Trio below. Let's take a look at them below!
 
3.5" Drive Bay to 5.25” Drive Bay Mounting Kit
 
ICY DOCK FLEX-FIT Trio MB343SP-B
 


 - Converts 5.25" bay into external 3.5" bay
 - Built-in 2x 2.5" drive bay
 - Tool-less 2.5" drive installation design
 - Compatible with all 3.5" devices & drives
 

3.5" ToughArmor 2.5" SATA HDD / SSD Mobile Rack
 
ToughArmor MB991IK / MB991SK
 


 - Supports 1x 2.5" SAS / SATA HDD / SSD
 - Supports SATA 6Gbps & hot-swap
 - Full metal construction w/ 3 year warranty
 

 
ToughArmor MB992SK-B / MB992SKR-B
 


 - Supports 2x 2.5" SAS / SATA HDD / SSD
 - Supports SATA 6Gbps & hot-swap
 - Full metal construction w/ 3 year warranty
 - Built-in RAID 0, RAID 1, JBOD & BIG
   (MB992SKR-B)
 

 
ToughArmor MB993SK-B
 


 - Supports 1x 2.5" SAS / SATA HDD / SSD
 - Supports SATA 6Gbps & hot-swap
 - Full metal construction w/ 3 year warranty
 

 
ToughArmor MB491SKL-B
 


 - Supports 1x 2.5" SAS / SATA HDD / SSD
 - Supports SATA 6Gbps & hot-swap
 - Dual lock design for maximum drive    security
 - Full metal construction w/ 3 year warranty
 

 
ToughArmor MB492SKL-B
 


 - Supports 1x 2.5" SAS / SATA HDD / SSD
 - Supports SATA 6Gbps & hot-swap
 - Dual lock design for maximum drive    security
 - Full metal construction w/ 3 year warranty
 

Product Review:
Published on July 26, 2016

PhilsComputerLab


"A 3.5" drive bay for dual 2.5" SATA drives with built-in hardware RAID!."



https://youtu.be/JYbLeGkOoNY
 

 

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Frequent Asked Questions
 

Q: What is RAID and what are different mode?

Note: Not all ICY DOCK enclosure support each of the RAID modes described below. For more information on the RAID modes that your enclosure supports, refer to the manual or the icydock.com product page.

Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) is a virtual disk technology that combines multiple physical drives into one unit. RAID can create redundancy, improve performance, or do both.

RAID should not be considered a replacement for backing up your data. If critical data is going onto a RAID array, it should be backed up to another physical drive or logical set of drives.

 

The following are terms that normally used in connection with RAID:

• Striping: data is split between multiple disks.
• Mirroring: data is mirrored between multiple disks.
• Parity: also referred to as a checksum. Parity is a calculated value used to mathematically rebuild data.
Different RAID levels exist for different application requirements.


Refer to the following table for the list of RAID modes offered by some ICY DOCK products:
RAID MODE Description Operation Advantages Disadvantages Recovery
RAID 0 Striped disks Data is split evenly between two or more disks. Large size and the fastest speed. No redundancy. If one or more drives fails, this results in array failure.
RAID 1 Mirrored disks Two drives have identical data on them. A single drive failure will not result in data loss. Speed and size is limited by the slowest and smallest disk. Only one drive is needed for recovery.
JBOD Just a Bunch Of Disks Any number of drives are accessed independently by the operating system. Software RAID modes can be used. Hardware RAID may have better performance. N/A
BIG Spanning or Concatenation Data is written on one drive until it is full, and then the next drive(s) until it or they are full. Creates a very large and simple array. No redundancy. N/A
 

Q: How do I setup or change the RAID mode for my MB992SKR-B RAID mobile rack?

Note: Any data currently on the drives will be lost during this process. You need to back up all of your data before you set a RAID mode.

 

To set a RAID mode, complete the following:

1. Turn off the computer.
2. Use a SATA cable to connect the MB992SKR-B RAID mobile rack to a computer.
3. Set the RAID switch to the RAID mode that you want to set.
4. Turn on the computer.
5. When the computer is turned on, check disk management to see if your RAID array is listed. If the RAID array listed with unallocated space, the RAID array needs to be reformatted.
 

Note 1: When you change the RAID mode, complete the steps above to set the unit back to JBOD before you set a different RAID mode.

Note 2: Your SATA controller card requires SATA port multiplier feature to read more than two drives in JBOD mode. If your computer is only recognizing one of your hard drives, it means your SATA controller does not support port multiplier feature. In this case, You can use the RAID monitoring software to verify the RAID model status. The RAID monitoring software can be downloaded here.

Note 3: Without port multiplier support, you can still see two drives in the RAID monitoring software under JBOD mode, this is because the RAID chipset can read two drives. However, to format each drive in Windows requires a port multiplier feature.

 

Q: How do I rebuild my RAID 1 array?

1. Determine which drive is operational by using the RAID monitoring software (if available) or test each drive individually on a different hard drive enclosure or by connecting each drive directly to a computer’s SATA port.
2. Replace the failed drive with an identical hard drive.
3. The array will rebuild and is accessible during the rebuilding process.
 

Note 1: It is recommended to use a new identical hard drive for the rebuild. To use a used drive, we recommend use Window’s DiskPart command to clean and format the used hard drive before you start rebuilding.

Note 2: Before you start the rebuilding process, make sure the replacement drive has no previous RAID table in it. To erase the RAID table created by MB992SKR-B, turn off the computer, insert the drive to the MB992SKR-B and set the RAID switch to JBOD mode and then turn on the computer. The RAID table will be erased once you successfully switch to JBOD mode. This procedure deleted all of the data on the drives. Make sure you back up all your data before you switch to JBOD mode.

Note 3: For better data security, when creating RAID 1 array, the JMS562 RAID chipset saves the RAID table to a deep layer (LBA) of the drive, which can only be erased by JMS562 chipset (MB992SKR-B) in JBOD mode. Therefore, we recommend wiping the RAID table before you reuse any drive that ever used in MB992SKR-B with RAID 1 array.

 

Q: Will my hard drive or solid state drive work in this enclosure?

• Make sure that the enclosure supports the storage size of your hard drive. If the storage size of your hard drive is larger than what the enclosure was tested with, the hard drive will likely still work with the enclosure.
• Confirm that your hard drive uses the same interface type as the enclosure. For example, IDE, SATA, or SAS.
• Make sure that the enclosure supports the physical size of your hard drive, such as 2.5 inches drive or 3.5 inches drive.
• Make sure that the enclosure supports the height of your hard drive. For example, 7mm, 9mm or 15mm.
• Verify that the power consumption of your hard drive doesn’t exceed the power output of the enclosure. If you’re using multiple hard drives, make sure that the combined power consumption of all of the hard drives doesn’t exceed the power output of the enclosure.
 

Q: My computer is only recognizing one of the hard drives while using SATA/eSATA. What do I do?

SATA hard drive controllers require a feature called port multiplier to read more than one hard drive per SATA or eSATA port. The port multiplier feature is not standard on many SATA hard drive controllers.
If your computer is only recognizing one of your hard drives, you need to plug the SATA/eSATA cable into a SATA controller that includes the port multiplier feature. If none of your current hard drive controllers include this feature, you can add a hard drive controller that does support port multiplier in any available expansion slot (for example, PCI, PCI-Express, PCMCIA, CardBus, or ExpressCard).

If you have a hard drive controller card that does support the port multiplier feature but it is only reading one hard drive at a time, update the drivers of the hard drive controller.

 

Q: Everything is connected, but nothing is working. What do I do?

When you troubleshoot issues with a hard drive enclosure, there are some quick tests that you can complete to rule out potential problems. You can test to make sure that the following components are working correctly and are not the source of the issue:
• Cables (USB, SATA, SAS, Mini-SAS, etc)
• Hard drives / SSD (M.2 drive, 3.5'' hard drive, solid state drive, etc)
• Hard drive enclosure (converter, mobile rack, cage, and external enclosure)
 
To test your setup components, try the following:
• Connect the hard drive directly to the system or use the hard drive in another enclosure to see if the problem is with the hard drive.
• Use the cables, hard drives, and hard drive enclosure in another setup to see if the problem is with the components or the setup.
• Use a different cable, hard drive, and hard drive enclosure in your setup to see if the problem persists. Ideally, you should test a component that you know works in another setup.
 
When you test the hard drive and hard drive enclosure, it is recommended that you do the following:
• To check Disk Management, press the Windows key + R, type diskmgmt.msc, and press Enter. Check to see if your hard drive is listed.
• If the hard drive is listed with unallocated space, the hard drive needs to be reformatted. Right-click unallocated and click New Simple Volume. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the reformatting.
 
Note: Formatting a hard drive erases all of the data on it. Make sure that you back up all of your data before you reformat the hard drive.
• If the hard drive is listed as healthy but does not have a drive letter, for example, C:, right-click healthy and click Change Drive Letter and Paths. Click Add, assign a drive letter, and click OK.
 
Note: A formatted hard drive will not show up in Computer or My Computer until it has a drive letter assigned to it.
 
For additional help with setting ICY DOCK RAID enclosure, please contact us by email, phone, or live chat.

 

 

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