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The ToughArmor MB601M2K-1B is the world’s first rugged M.2 NVMe removable mobile rack, supporting ultra-high speed 32Gbps data transfer using M.2 PCIe NVMe SSDs of all lengths and brands, including Samsung, Western Digital, Intel, Crucial, Corsair, Adata, and all other brands

Removable Design

 
 

Because M.2 SSDs are not designed for hot-swap, they use exposed circuit boards and delicate connectors typically rated for only 250 insertions and removals. With the MB601M2K-1B, your M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD is wrapped in a full-metal layer of protection, and takes advantage of ICY DOCK’s 10,000+ insertion / removal connector, making it easy to add, remove, and swap your drives quickly and safely. Additionally, the grounded connector design protects your drive from an electrical surge, ensuring your data is safe through many swaps.The removable function allows the user to swap the drive without rebooting the computer and makes system maintenance quick and easy.

 

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.

Convenient Accessibility

 

The adjustable M.2 locker slides to accommodate all standard M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD drive lengths, including 2230 (30mm), 2242 (42mm), 2260 (60mm), 2280 (80mm) and 22110 (110mm). The locker clips into the SSD screw hole to secure the drive without screws, saving you the hassle of dealing with tiny easy-to-lose screws while protecting your drive from vibration and movement damage.

 
 
Superior Performance
 
 

Utilizes the U.2 (SFF-8639) NVMe connector to support the full NVMe bandwidth specification of 32Gbps, over 5 times faster than the previous SATA standard, making it ideal for data intensive applications such as in enterprise servers, data centers, and for photography and media professionals.

 

Safe and Secure

 
 

Ruggedized full-metal chassis, tray, and mounting bracket help to ensure a long product life, and further aid in heat dissipation. An anti-vibration mechanism built into the chassis reduces noise and protects against environmental damage.

 

The uniquely designed tray has an integrated aluminum heat sink with included thermal pads for maximum passive heat dispersion.

 
 

This 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 lets you know when your drive is powered up and in use. To save power, the LED is shut 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 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 MB601M2K-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 MB601VK-1B

 

Compatible with U.2 and M.2 drives when combined with the ToughArmor MB601VK-1B. Because these models use the same outer housing, their trays are intercompatible and can be swapped between them.

 
Accessories
 
Compatible Drive Tray (Caddy)
 
 
Interchangeable Drive Tray (Caddy) with:
 
 
Compatible Drive Bay Conversion Kit:
 
 
Key Features
 
Fits 1x M.2 NVMe SSD of all lengths, 30mm (2230), 42mm (2242), 60mm (2260), 80mm (2280), and 110mm (22110)
Adjustable drive locker holds all length drives securely
Installs into any standard external 3.5” device bay or floppy bay
Uses a U.2 port (SFF-8639) to connect, requires NVMe host
Supports the full NVMe bandwidth specification of 32 Gbps
Ruggedized full-metal enclosure meeting flammability requirements
Integrated heat sink and ample ventilation for excellent passive cooling
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 :
MB601M2K-1B
Color :
Black
Support Drive Size :
1 x M / B + M key M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD 2230/2242/2260/2280/22110
Compatible Drive Type :
NVMe M.2
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 :
Up to 32Gbps
Support HDD Capacity :
No Limitation
Drive Cooling :
Metal heat dispersion with passive cooling
Structure / Material :
Full Metal
Support Hot-Plug :
Yes
Drive Security :
2 segment key lock
Product Dimension (L x W x H) :
168.7 x 101.2 x 25.4mm
Product Net Weight :
546g
Package Gross Weight :
618g
Drive Activity LED Indication :
Drive power: solid green; HDD access: flashing green
Package contents :
1 - Device, 1 - user manual, 10 - screw, 2 - key
 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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Frequent Asked Questions
Q: I'm connecting my Oculink NVMe PCIe HBA/RAID card to the MB601M2K-1B via miniSAS HD (SFF-8643) interface, but the M.2 drives did not show up in my system.

A: The MB601M2K-1B are not compatible with the Oculink PCIe HBA/RAID cards due to different connector pin assignments used on the device. Please check the compatibility list in the FAQ section for HBA/RAID cards that are compatible with MB601M2K-1B.

 

We plan to release the Oculink compatible NVMe enclosures in the four quarter of 2020, welcome to sign up ICY DOCK Newsletter to receive product updates.


Q: Can you recommend an add-on card that works with MB601M2K-1B?

A: The following add-on cards are compatible with MB601M2K-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 9400-8i 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 9405W-16i
Broadcom
(MegaRAID)
9440-8i 9480-8i8e
9460-16i 9460-8i
Intel
(RAID)
RSP3TD160F RSP3QD160J
RSP3MD088F RMSP3JD160J
RMSP3CD080F RMSP3HD080E
RSP3WD080E RSP3DD080F
RMSP3AD160F  
Broadcom
(HBA)
9500-8i 9500-16i 05-60005-00 (100cm)

WHERE TO BUY

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

 

Note:We highly recommend purchasing the cable from a local reseller that you trust. However, if you have a hard time finding the cables, PC-Pitstop is our long term partner, and they are able to ship worldwide.
 

 

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 MB601M2K-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 M.2 NVMe drives, a U.2 enabler cable must be used for Tri-Mode card to detect the M.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 4.0 standard. However, the bandwidth will be limited to PCIe 3.0 when connecting a PCIe 3.0 device to a PCIe 4.0 host. The PCIe 4.0 enclosures are under development. If you wish to receive product updates, please sign up for the ICY DOCK Newsletter.

Q: I'm having the difficulties closing the lid of the drive tray and unable to insert the drive tray all the way to the drive enclosure after placing the M.2 SSD onto the drive tray.

A: Make sure to lock the M.2 SSD with the adjustable M.2 locker. The tray lid will not close properly if the M.2 locker is not fully secured. If you are having difficulty secure the M.2 locker or close the cover, the M.2 SSD you are using may not follow the standard M.2 SSD thickness, which is less than 1.5mm height for each side with a total height that does not exceed 3.8mm. Using the M.2 SSD with non-standard thickness will cause improper tension on the M.2 locker and tray lid and make the M.2 connector misaligned. If you are having issues inserting the drive tray to the enclosure, please stop the operation immediately and check the drive thickness to ensure it follows the standard M.2 SSD thickness - less than 1.5mm height for each side and less than 3.8mm for total height.

Metal heat dissipation sticker

 

Note: Some M.2 SSD uses a metal heat dissipation sticker that causes each side's thickness more than the 1.5mm. Remove the sticker will solve the problem, but do it at your own risk (might void the warranty of SSD)

 

ICY DOCK enclosure is design to be compatible with M.2 SSD that has standard thickness. We highly recommend checking the drive thickness before purchase, and please refer to the incompatible M.2 SSD list below for further information:

 

M.2 NVMe SSDs known to be incompatible with ICY DOCK enclosure:


 

M.2 SATA SSDs known to be incompatible with ICY DOCK enclosure:


 

Please contact tech@icydock.com if the problem persists so we can resolve the issue as soon as possible.

Click here to report a compatible/incompatible M.2 SSD.

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