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U.2 NVMe SSD Compatibility    
 

The ToughArmor MB601VK-1B is our next-generation rugged 2.5” U.2 hot-plug mobile rack, supporting ultra-high-speed 64Gbps data transfer with all U.2 NVMe SSDs, including those from Seagate, Samsung, Intel, HGST, Micron, and all other brands.

 
 
 
 
World’s First U.2 Removable Design
 
 

Supports removable function for any 2.5” U.2 NVMe SSD, allowing for easy installation and removal, and reducing technician costs.

 

Note: the host has to support NVMe hot-plug function in order for the OS to detect the swapped drive while the system is powered on. If you are having trouble detecting your M.2 NVMe SSD, please refer to FAQ.

Superior Performance
 
 

Built to utilize the next generation U.2 (SFF-8639) interface to support the full NVMe bandwidth specification of 64Gbps, the ToughArmor MB601VK-1B is over 10 times faster than the previous SATA standard, making it ideal for data intensive applications such as in enterprise servers, data centers, and photography for media professionals.

 

Safe and Secure

 
 

ToughArmor is renowned in the enterprise and industrial data storage industry for its ruggedized full-metal enclosure and superior protection, and this trend continues with the MB601VK-1B. Its 100% steel enclosure provides enhanced protection against wear, bumps, and shock damage, and meets flammability standards.

 
 

For optimal cooling, the heat is further dispersed through the intelligently placed ventilation holes on all sides, which works together with your computers cooling system to protect your drives from overheating damage, even under load.

 

Packed with Features

 

An LED status light built into the tray and lets you know when your drive is powered up and in use. To save power, the LED shuts off when no drive is installed.

 

For an additional physical layer of security, the included key-lock can be used to protect against unwanted access and secure drives in particularly rough environments, such as military applications and in-vehicle PCs.

 
 

When not in use, the integrated dust cover protects the open bay from dust, which would otherwise clog the internal connectors and cause additional wear.

 
 

As downward disconnection is one of the common issue that lead to damaging or even snapping the rear connector, the ToughArmor MB601VK-1B comes with rear metal support brackets. The benefits to having the support brackets is to reduce the chances accidental damage to the rear connector when disconnecting improperly and prevent it from shifting around. This also serves as a guide when inserting or removing the SFF-8639 male-connector, making it extremely useful when dealing with limited space.

Compatible with MB601M2K-1B

 
 

Compatible with U.2 and M.2 drives when combined with the ToughArmor MB601M2K-1B. Because these models use the same outer tray housing, their trays are inter-compatible and can be swapped between them.

 
 

Which MB601VK is right for you?

 
 

If you are using a small/ medium-sized computer chassis with limited internal space,MB601VK-B is the perfect drive enclosure to accommodate a up to 15mm NVMe U.2 drive into any mini-tower, small form factor or home theater PCs (HTPC). On the other hand, MB601VK-1B is designed with a longer overall length in order to become interchangeable with MB601TP-1B drive tray, which can fit up to 110mm NVMe M.2 SSDs.

Accessories
 
Compatible Drive Tray (Caddy)
 
 
Interchangeable Drive Tray (Caddy) with:
 
 
Compatible Drive Bay Conversion Kit:
 
 
Key Features
 
Fits 1x 2.5” U.2 NVMe SSD or 2.5" SAS / SATA SSD 
(NVMe U.2 host is required to accept NVMe SSD, SAS or SATA SSD)
Installs into any standard external 3.5” device bay or floppy bay
Uses an U.2 port (SFF-8639) to connect, requires NVMe host
Supports the full NVMe bandwidth specification of 64 Gbps
Ruggedized full-metal enclosure meeting flammability requirements
2-segment key lock for additional physical security
Eagle-hook tray latch securely holds the tray inside the enclosure
EMI Grounding – protects SSDs from electrical damage
Anti-Vibration Technology (AVT) reduces noise and protects against environmental damage
Active Power Technology (APT) saves power by shutting the device down when no drive is installed.
Industry leading 3-year warranty against all defects
Complimentary support from professionally trained US-based technical support agents
 
 
3 Years Warranty
Model Number :
MB601VK-1B
Color :
Black
Support Drive Size :
1 x 2.5" U.2 NVMe SSD (Up to 15mm height)
Compatible Drive Type :
U.2 NVMe 
Number of Drives :
1
Drive Bay :
1 x external 3.5" drive bay
Host Interface :
1 x U.2 connector (SFF-8639)
Power Input :
Via U.2 (SFF-8639)
Transfer Rate :
PCIe 3.0 up to 32Gbps / PCIe 4.0 up to 64Gbps
Support HDD Capacity :
No Limitation
Drive Cooling :
Metal heat dispersion with passive cooling
Structure / Material :
Full Metal
Support Hot-Swap :
Yes
Drive Security :
2 segment key lock
Product Dimension (L x W x H) :
168.7 x 101.6 x 25.4mm
Product Net Weight :
441g
Package Gross Weight :
506g
Drive Activity LED Indication :
Drive power: solid green; HDD access: flashing green
Package contents :
1 - Device, 1 - user manual, 10 - screw, 2 - key
U.2 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
Documents
 

 

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Frequent Asked Questions
Q: Can you recommend an add-on card that works with MB601VK-1B?

A: The following add-on cards are compatible with MB601VK-1B. We highly recommend using the official cable for the best compatibility.

 

Brand Add-on Cards Official Cables
HighPoint SSD7120 SSD7180 8643-8639-50 (50cm)
SSD7184  
Supermicro AOC-SLG3-2E4   CBL-SAST-0957 (55cm)
Broadcom
(HBA)
9400-16i 9405W-16i 05-50065-00 (50cm)
05-50064-00 (100cm)

 

WHERE TO BUY
 
05-50065-00(0.5M)

PC PITSTOP
05-50064-00(1M)

PC PITSTOP
9400-8i8e 9400-8i
Broadcom
(MegaRAID)
9440-8i 9480-8i8e
9460-16i 9460-8i
Intel
(RAID)
RSP3TD160F RSP3QD160J
RSP3MD088F RMSP3JD160J
RMSP3CD080F RMSP3HD080E
RSP3WD080E RSP3DD080F
RMSP3AD160F  
Broadcom
(HBA)
9500-16i 9500-8i 05-60005-00 (100cm)

WHERE TO BUY

PC PITSTOP
Broadcom
(MegaRAID)
9580-8i8e 9560-8i
9560-16i  

 

We are currently certifying our NVMe enclosure with the major add-on card manufacturers. We will be adding compatible add-on cards to the list.
 

You can click here to report a compatible add-on card/cable. If you want to check the compatibility of add-on card(s) that are not on the list, please click here.


Q: I'm using Intel/Broadcom Tri-Mode HBA and RAID cards with the MB601VK-1B, but the drives do not show up in my system.
A: The issue is caused by RAID card manufacturers using a different pin-out for Tri-Mode cards than is typically used for U.2 connections. When using the Tri-Mode cards with U.2 NVMe drives, a U.2 enabler cable must be used for Tri-Mode card to detect the U.2 drive, which reverts the pin-out to standard U.2 specifications. For more information, please Click here.

Q: My NVMe drive did not detect after inserting it back into the device while powered on?

A: For systems that support hot-plug function, while your system is powered on, each drive insertion and removal cycle will require a manual refresh from the operating system in order for the system to recognize the drive.

 

If you are unable to detect the drive after performing the manual refresh, your system might not support hot-plug functions. We suggest you check with the motherboard/add-on card manufacturer to see if it supports the NVMe hot-plug function.

 

Windows 10 / Windows 8 – In the search box on the taskbar, type Device Manager, then select from the menu, right-click on the disk drive and then select scan for hardware changes.

 

Windows 7 – Right-click on computer icon on desktop and select properties, click Device Manager, right-click on the disk drive and then select scan for hardware changes.

 

Image result for disk drive scan for hardware changes

 


Q: Is the ICY DOCK NVMe enclosure supporting the PCIe 4.0 standard?
A: Yes, all ICY DOCK NVMe enclosures support the PCIe 4.0x4 standard, with up to 64Gbps transfer rates.
 

 

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