Icy Dock 2.5 to 3.5 SATA SSD HDD Converters
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 03-24-2010
Provided by: Icy Dock

The MS882SP-1S-1B is Icy Dock's original SSD enclosure, which has been updated with a newer version, the MS882SP-1S-2B. For some reason Icy Dock sent us the older version for review. In comparing the specifications, it appears the primary differences are reduced weight and more cooling slots on the latest model. Both versions are otherwise nearly identical, comprised of a rectangular plastic and metal frame box, the exact dimensions of a standard 3" hard drive.

The top panel slides forward about half an inch, then folds up to reveal the interior drive mounting. A metal bracket holds a 2" drive in place without the use of screws, and the inboard electronics relocates the SATA data and power connectors to their appropriate locations on the exterior of the box, exactly where they would be on a standard 3" hard drive.

Upon closing the lid, the interior bracket slides the 2" drive into the receiving end of the SATA connectors, locking the drive in place. The panel is then snapped back in and the transformation from 2" to 3" drive is complete. The threaded mounting screw holes and SATA connectors are all identical to a standard 3" format, allowing the use of the 2" in just about any external drive enclosure, hot-swap bay or other enterprise drive mounting. The weight of the drive is also significantly increased, due to the nearly 200g attributed by the Icy Dock converter. The latest version of housing reduces this to 164g and adds some more cooling slots in the top panel.

Let's wrap up with some testing and final thoughts.

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