Icy Dock MB672SKGF Screwless Internal 3.5" SATA HDD Enclosure


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Today for review I’ve got a product that some people might not find very exciting, but I personally find them very useful, especially if you’ve got two of them. It is what’s called a mobile rack, or an internal hard drive enclosure, and they can be useful for easily swapping hard drives as easy as you would a cassette tape. For a while I was running tow of these, not this exact brand, but I ran one hard drive with Windows XP and one with Windows Vista on it, I would just swap out the OS I wanted to use, of course now though I’ve moved fully to Windows Vista X64 and have not looked back.

The Icy Dock MB672SKGF Screwless Internal 3.5" SATA HDD Enclosure is just what most would call a mobile rack, it can be used to swap hard drives or it can be used just as a built in accessory for your system. It features an LCD that tells you the internal temperature along with a cooling fan as well to keep you drive cool. It also features a keyed lock that can disable access to the drive as well so it works as a security feature. Overall it’s a great device that is well made and works well…


No video today for you, though I do have pictures. The box that the Icy Dock MB672SKGF Screwless Internal 3.5" SATA HDD Enclosure comes in is used for several of the line of these types of products from Icy Dock, it features a picture of the product along with specs and features listed.

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Inside you’ll find the enclosure wrapped in bubble wrap for protection along with a user manual and keys.

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The Icy Dock Internal HDD Enclosure looks very nice, it’s almost a shame that it’s inside of your case where no one will see it, the outside is a polished metal, while the back is where you’ll find the fan and connectors. It uses a standard Molex connection so you won’t have to worry about re-routing any SATA power connectors to it. On the front is where you’ll find the LCD, buttons for adjustments and the keyhole.

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Specifications:

Icy Dock MB672SKGF Screwless Internal 3.5" SATA HDD Enclosure<

Product Description:
Make room for the MB672SKGF series in your computer, because this one is sure to amaze anyone. Our new Icy Dock’s internal screwless enclosure provides the user with an LCD display that allows real-time drive monitoring and temperature detection within the enclosure. The front buttons are equipped for temperature adjustment to suite the user of temperature warning. If temperature exceeds it, then both the visual & the audio alarms would indicate accordingly for your caution. But we cannot forget that this is also part of the new tray-less series, with easy hard drive access and hot-swap capabilities without having to screw in a tray. The enclosure is built spacious enough to fit any 3.5” SATA brand hard drive, and firm enough to prevent the hard drive from coming loose with the connectors. Like the MB671, it has a stylish faceplate exterior and elegant trigger door-handle design. The body is built by a steel metal finish to create a perfect cooling environment for the hard drive. Our ICY DOCK features are still there: Built-in fan and front ventilation system to prevent hard drive overheating and key lock to prevent any hard drive thefts. The convenient removability of this enclosure with allow easy interchangeability between desktops or laptops. This is perfect for media storage systems that enables media file archiving without having to deal with the usual hard drive disassembly from your PC.

Suggested Applications
Add-on data/ media files storage to laptops, graphics & video editing, interchange of data between corporate/school/home workstations, data file backups.

Product Features:
* Drive Fit : Hot Swappable 1 x 3.5" SATA I or II.
* Device Fit : 1 x 5.25” device bay.
* Advanced drive monitoring system built internally w/ LCD visual & audio indicators.
* User friendly Screw-less design just plug in the hard drive and play.
* Multi-drive exchangeability, hot swap capability & maintenance capabilities.
* Safeguard key lock function to disable the data accessibility from others.
* Stylish aluminum faceplate with heavy duty steel body construction.
* Warm air outtake fan makes cooling of the drive.

Specifications:
Item Number: MB672SKGF-B
Host Interface: 7 pin SATA
Drive Fit: 1 x 3.5” SATA I / II
Drive Bay: 1 x 5.25"
Transfer Rate: up to 300 MB/sec
Insert & Extract connection Via: 15 pin direct hard drive connection
Structure: Steel body w/ partial aluminum & plastic face panel
Drive Cooling: Metal heat dispersion w/ 1 x rear outtake fan
Alarm Indication: Audio & Visual

LCD Indication:    
Real-time drive temp., Drive activity/overheat/MASTER/SLAVE status, Fan working/failure status, Device usage time record

LCD Display Color: Cool blue
Dimension (L x W x H): 184.4 x 148.4 x 42 mm

Weight: 1.82 lbs


To install a hard drive into the Icy Dock MB672SKGF Screwless Internal 3.5" SATA HDD Enclosure you just need to slide it in and you’re ready to go, unlike other types of mobile racks that require a hard drive to be mounted to a rack, this one is mush easier to use, and makes things much more accessible to the end user.

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You can install the hard in before or after you mount it inside of your case, it goes in just like any 5.25" device, it’s essentially the same size as a 5.25" optical drive so it should have no problems fitting into any case.

The LCD is a bright blue, taking a picture of it was fairly difficult to get the exact angle for viewing. Most angle are fine for viewing though, just the camera didn’t like the bright display.

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The installation is very simple, if you’ve installed any 5.25" drives then you can install this product. It works well, I saw no difference in using it or not using it in terms of hard drive access.

Overall the Icy Dock MB672SKGF Screwless Internal 3.5" SATA HDD Enclosure  is a great product, it’s very useful, I’ll be using it for some time to come to easily swap between operating systems. It has many uses, if you’ve got two of them you can have them in separate computers and easily swap large amounts of data between them.


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Conclusion:
Overall the Icy Dock MB672SKGF Screwless Internal 3.5" SATA HDD Enclosure  is a great product, it’s very useful, I’ll be using it for some time to come to easily swap between operating systems. It has many uses, if you’ve got two of them you can have them in separate computers and easily swap large amounts of data between them.

It’s fairly heavy really, but that’s a good thing as it is solidly made and since it’s metal it does help to cool the drive as it acts like a big heatsink.

Pros:
Easy to use
Well made
Secured with key
Looks cool

Cons:
None really

Grades:  
Overall score-10-10
Design score-10-10
Performance score-10-10
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