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Introducing the ICY DOCK flexiDOCK MB511SPO-1B, the first ever tray-less 2.5" SATA SSD / HDD docking station enclosure for the 9.5mm Ultra-Slim CD/DVD/Blu-Ray bays commonly available on desktops, laptops, and workstation PCs. flexiDOCK makes it easy to expand the storage capabilities of your system with a second storage device, adding effortless installation and removal of any 7mm height 2.5" SSD or HDD without the hassle of trays or screws. We designed the flexiDOCK to give you all the easy hot-swappable convenience of a docking station, with the durability and security of a fully enclosed mounting rack.

ICY DOCK's MB511SPO-1B uses a rugged full-metal enclosure meeting flammability requirements, ensuring that your drives are protected through at least 10,000 insertion/removal cycles. The enclosure has ventilation holes all around the enclosure for additional heat dissipation, keeping your drives cool. With the power switch, you can shut down your drive without needing to eject it, saving power when the drive is not needed. flexiDOCK is the perfect solution for anyone needing a high-quality, reliable drive docking system for their sensitive data, including video / photo editors and IT professionals. MB511SPO-1B is also compatible with any laptop that uses a 9.5mm optical disk reader, including models from Dell, HP, IBM, Acer, Gateway, Asus, Sony, Samsung, and MSI.

Designed for Ultra Slim ODD Bay (9.5mm height)

ICY DOCK's flexiDOCK MB511SPO-1B installs into your existing 9.5mm CD / DVD / Blu-Ray bay, converting it into an easy hot-swappable card reader for your 2.5" HDDs and SSDs. It replaces the existing 9.5mm optical disk reader, and has the exact same dimensions, screw hole locations, and port locations, and comes with all necessary screws for installation. MB511SPO-1B is perfect for small-form factor systems that require an additional drive beyond the usual mounting capabilities of the computer. Because of this, the flexiDOCK is ideal for laptops, desktops, server racks, home theater PCs (HTPC), in-vehicle systems and portable systems.

With the flexiDOCK MB511SPO-1B you can consolidate your disk-based media onto an HDD or SSD, which have capacities nearly 500 times greater than a standard DVD.

Easy Hot Swap Docking

ICY DOCK's flexiDOCK MB511SPO-1B is designed to improve your workflow in any application that requires hot-swap by making it quick and easy to swap your drives. Thanks to the unique drive docking design, you can simply press a bare drive into the flexiDOCK and start your tasks. flexiDOCK is completely tray-less, with tool-less drive installation saving the time it takes to screw drives in and out of trays and lowering potential labor costs in the event of drive failure.


Once a drive is inserted into flexiDOCK, an ejection button is revealed. The ejection button is a specially designed two-segmented drive release mechanism that prevents accidental / unwanted drive ejection. To eject a drive, slide the ejection button to the left and push inward to engage the drive release mechanism.


Whether you're performing scheduled backups or working on a media editing project that spans multiple SSDs, flexiDOCK makes it easy to swap your 5mm-7mm height 2.5" SSDs and HDDs without needing to restart your computer. This means drive changes happen in seconds, not minutes, getting you back to work quicker without interrupting your workflow.

Packed with Features


ICY DOCK's flexiDOCK MB511SPO-1B surrounds your drive in a ruggedized metal housing with ample ventilation holes, designed to improve protection and maximize airflow, keeping your drives running cool under the heaviest of loads.


To further prevent high temperatures, MB511SPO-1B includes a dust cover that can be used when no drive is installed. This prevents dust accumulation from blocking airways and inhibiting cooling performance.

When a drive is installed, the eagle-hook mechanism is inserted into the drive's screw hole, locking it into place and preventing it from falling out on systems prone to movement and vibration, such as laptops and in-vehicle systems.


flexiDOCK's ejection button features a key locking mechanism which locks the drive into place, protecting against accidental drive ejection and improving physical security in sensitive data environments.


When you’re done using your drive, flexiDOCK has its own power switch that lets you cut access to your drive at any time, without having to eject the drive. Shutting the drive off when not in use prevents additional wear from the system reading and writing to the drive.


An LED indicator gives you status updates at a glance, letting you know when your drive is in use.


Compatible with Laptop Optical Bay (9.5mm height)

Replacing the CD / DVD / Blu-Ray drive on your laptop has never been easier than with the flexiDOCK MB511SPO-1B. Some laptops require a metal bracket to install a device in the optical bay, and if this is required in your laptop, the metal bracket from the existing disk reader should be installed on your MB511SPO-1B for proper installation.

Suggested Applications
Data backup, data cloning, audio & video editing, digital forensic, drive recovery or any applications where drive hot-swap is required.
Key Features
Supports 1x  2.5" SATA SSD / HDD up to 7mm in height.
Fits into any 9.5mm ultra-slim optical disk drive bay
Metal chassis with partial industrial ABS plastic for optimal protection
Completely trayless, with tool-less drive installation design that accepts bare drives without trays or caddies
Two-segmented drive ejection button with key lock for maximum security and to prevent accident ejections
Eagle-hook mechanism locks drives into place and prevents the drive from falling out on systems prone to movement and vibration
Dust-cover keeps the housing free of dust when no drive is installed
Flush drive insertion design fully protects drives from possible environmental damage
Front accessible drive power switch
Backed by a full 3-year manufacturer warranty against all defects
Ideal 2.5" SSD / HDD docking station for systems that require easy hot-swap such as mobile computers, data center systems, rack mount systems and servers, and military / medical systems.
3 Years Warranty
Product Name :
Single Bay 2.5" SATA HDD / SSD docking for Slim ODD Bay
Model Number :
Color :
Support Drive Size :
2.5" SSD / HDD
Compatible Drive Type :
Number of Drives :
Max Drive Height :
Up to 7mm
Drive Bay :
1 x Ultra Slim ODD Bay
Host Interface :
1 x Slimline SATA 7 pin
Power Input :
1 x Slimline SATA 6pin
Transfer Rate :
Up to 6Gbps (Depending on hard drive speed)
Support HDD Capacity :
No Limitation
Drive Cooling :
Metal heat dispersion with ventilation holes
Structure / Material :
Metal with parital plastic
Support Hot-Swap :
Drive Security :
Product Dimension (W x H x D) :
128.0 x 9.5 x 129.4mm
Product Net Weight :
Package Gross Weight :
Drive Activity LED Indication :
Drive power: solid blue; HDD access: flashing blue
Package contents :
1 - Device, 1 - user manual, 4 - screw
SATA Connector Insertion Rate :
Humidity :
5%~65% RH
Opertating Temperature :
0°C to 60°C (32°F to 140°F)
Storage Temperature :
-35°C to 70°C (-31°F to 158°F)
Compliance :
Warranty :
3 years



Product Reviews

Published on April 1, 2019 by William Harmon


"In our ICY DOCK flexiDOCK review, we are going to see a solution for notebook and server users who find they seldom use the built-in ODD (Optical Disk Drive) but need extra temporary storage. For these users the new ICY DOCK flexiDOCK to be a useful upgrade. The flexiDOCK installs into the existing Slim and Ultra Slim CD/ DVD/ Blu-Ray bay and gives fast access to removable storage be it a 2.5” SSD or HDD. Workstations or servers that also have a Slim ODD Bay can also fit the flexiDOCK...."

Read more: https://www.servethehome.com/icy-dock-flexidock-review-optical-disk-drive-replacement-kits/





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Frequent Asked Questions

Q: I'm connecting SATA SSD to the MB511SPO-1B, but the drives did not show up in my system. However, when I connect the SSD directly to the motherboard/add-on card, I can access the SSD without a problem.

A:It may be the SATA signal decreasing when connecting multiple bridges at the same time and causing the issue. Using a higher quality or shorter cable may solve this problem. However, if the problem occurs after replacing the cable, it may be the SSD/HDD you are using requires 12V power, which is not supported by MB511SPO-1B. The MB511SPO-1B is using the Slimline SATA power that does not carry the 12V power. Therefore, please avoid choosing the SSD/HDD that requires 12V power.



Please see the list below for the SATA drive that using the 12V power.


Seagate Nytro 1351 XA3840LE10063 / XA1920LE10063 / XA960LE10063 / XA1920LE10083 / XA960LE10083 / XA1920LE10103 / XA960LE10103
Nytro 1551 XA384ME10063 / XA1920ME10063 / XA960ME10063 / XA1920ME10083 / XA960ME10083 / XA1920ME10103 / XA960ME10103
IronWolf 110 ZA3840NM10001 / ZA1920NM10001 / ZA960NM10001


Note: The MB511SPO-1B does not support SAS HDD/SSD, which also requires 12V power to be operated.



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