2.5" hard drives seem to be getting larger and larger all of the time, not long ago I reviewed a 500gig one in fact, and not long ago a 500gig 2.5" hard drive seemed like a dream. Now of course I’ve got several of these little hard drives floating around with nothing to do with them, I could buy enclosures for them but that can be a hassle, if only there was a way to make them work inside of a regular PC case I could utilize that space.
Icy Dock has sent me over quite a little ingenious product, it takes any 2.5" hard drive and essentially turns it into a 3.5" one. This can come in handy for many things including of course using it inside of your PC, or even inside of an external enclosure, the Icy Dock Convertor can make your 2.5" drive go anywhere a 3.5" can.
No video today for you, but of course I’ve got pictures!
The Icy Dock HDD Convertor comes in everyone’s favorite packing style, the dreaded sealed plastic clamshell. Since it’s clear we can see the product right through the package, along with some pictures and information, and once we get it open we only find the convertor and a user manual.
The HDD converter is basically a plastic housing for your 2.5" SATA hard drive, there are metal reinforced screw holes on the side and ventilation slots on the front and back as well for cooling.
There’s not much to the bottom of the converter, but we can see the SATA connections there, on the top are arrows with indentations for your fingers to help you slide the cover off.
The cover does not come fully off, it just opens, kind of like the hood of a car does, inside we find a plastic bag with screws and we can get a better look at the inner working of the Icy Dock Hard Drive Convertor. Inside though there isn’t much, just metal rails and the SATA connections for your 2.5" drive.
SATA I & II / SSD 2.5" to 3.5" Hard Drive Converter
ICY DOCK’s MB882 series can convert most of 2.5” SATA and SSD hard drive into a 3.5” SATA drive. It has enough ventilation to keep the 2.5” drive cool and can protect your drive. Installing a 2.5” drive requires no screws or tool whatsoever. Whether you use a SATA or SSD drive, you will maintain the transfer speed while using this case.
With this converter, mounting a 2.5” drive into a desktop will be simple without having to purchase any special attachments or systems, allowing more convenience in recovering data from laptops or OS boot up onto a desktop. It is very convenient for gamers and power users who expect SSD speed on their home/ office computers. Mostly, it is designed to fit into most common PC cases, 3.5” HDD duplicator, 3.5” SATA HDD enclosure, mobile rack, and backplane modules without having to purchase any attachments for the 2.5” drives. This state-of-the-art case will revolutionize the way 2.5” drives are presently used.
* Converts your 2.5” SATA I/II HDD or SSD to a 3.5” SATA hard drive, for 3.5” SATA drive bay usage.
* Airflow vents for heat dissipation with shockproof design.
* Universal mounting holes for most common PC case.
* Compatible with most 3.5” HDD enclosures.
* Screw-less design for quick & easy installation.
The way the Icy Dock HDD Convertor works is rather slick, you set the drive on the rail, then you close the lid, closing the lid pushes the drive forward into the SATA connections on the PCB board inside and effectively locks it into place.
As I mentioned there are ventilation holes on the front and back of the convertor to make sure it stays cool, it creates a cross flow cooling, especially if there’s a fan nearby.
Since I really wasn’t quite sure how to test this really, I installed it into my case it worked fine, I installed it into an SATA hard drive enclosure and it worked fine. So I put the Icy Dock into my EZ Dock which is compatible with both 2.5" and 3.5" hard drives.
and it performed the same either way, in the enclosure or not in the enclosure.
So, it’s simple product that can really come in handy.
The Icy Dock 2.5" to 3.5" Hard Drive Convertor is a great little product that can be very useful, it’s well made and really it’s just a great little product.
I can easily recommend this product as it’s simple and works great.
Very easy to use