Icy Dock Black Vortex 4-Bay USB 3.1 Gen 1 JBOD Enclosure

BH #ICMB174U3S4S • MFR #MB174U3S-4SB
Icy Dock
Icy Dock Black Vortex 4-Bay USB 3.1 Gen 1 JBOD Enclosure
Key Features
  • 4 x 3.5" SATA III Drive Bays
  • USB 3.0 & eSATA Interfaces
  • 120mm Cooling Fan with Selectable Speeds
  • LED Indicators for Each Drive Bay
Designed for Windows & Mac computer enthusiasts and gamers who need large amounts of storage, the Black Vortex 4-Bay USB 3.0 JBOD Enclosure from Icy Dock supports up to four 3.5" SATA III 6 Gb/s drive bays and connects to your host system using either its USB 3.0 port at speeds up to 5 Gb/s, or its eSATA port at speeds up to 3 Gb/s. Using the 2.5" to 3.5" HDD/SSD EZ-Convert converters, this JBOD enclosure is also able to support 2.5" hard drives and SSDs.
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Icy Dock MB174U3S-4SB Overview

Designed for Windows & Mac computer enthusiasts and gamers who need large amounts of storage, the Black Vortex 4-Bay USB 3.0 JBOD Enclosure from Icy Dock supports up to four 3.5" SATA III 6 Gb/s drive bays and connects to your host system using either its USB 3.0 port at speeds up to 5 Gb/s, or its eSATA port at speeds up to 3 Gb/s. Using the 2.5" to 3.5" HDD/SSD EZ-Convert converters, this JBOD enclosure is also able to support 2.5" hard drives and SSDs.

A built-in 120mm fan helps keep the enclosure cool and is also illuminated with a blue LED, while integrated fan and LED brightness controls allow users to configure the fan speed and LED brightness to their liking. Available fan speed and LED brightness controls include high, low, and off, and the fan can also be replaced with an aftermarket 120mm fan so long as it has a 3-pin connector. A removable dust filter helps keep things clean and may be removed for cleaning. When it comes time to replace or swap out a drive, the included EZ-Grip handles allow quick removal of drives from the Black Vortex, after which they may be inserted into a compatible docking station, without needing to remove the EZ-Grip handles.

The Black Vortex 4-Bay USB 3.0 JBOD Enclosure includes six EZ-Grip HDD handles, screws, a power cord & adapter, an eSATA cable, and a USB 3.0 cable. It is protected by a limited 3-year warranty.

General Features

Fits 4 x 3.5" SATA III / II / I HDDs
Easy access LED brightness and Fan speed control (High/Low/off)
Hard drive activity light for each individual bay
Plug-and-Play USB 3.0 up to 5 Gb/s speed and backward compatible with USB 2.0
Supports UASP function for even faster performance
eSATA port multiplier up to 3 Gb/s speed (eSATA port multiplier required for the host)
Front access with removable HDD design to easily install/remove drives
EZ-Grip handles allow easy installation and compatibility with HDD docking stations
Includes two bonus EZ-Grip handles that allow you to swap between a total of six drives
Compatible with ICY DOCK 2.5" to 3.5" HDD/SSD EZ-Convert converters
120 mm cooling fan helps effectively keep the drives cool
Fan is replaceable with aftermarket fans
Metal mesh open frame design helps to allow maximum airflow
Removable dust filters help prevent dust from entering your system
Ambient blue LED fan glow

Icy Dock MB174U3S-4SB Specs

Number of Bays4 x 3.5"
Connections1 x USB Type-B (USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gb/s))
1 x eSATA (SATA II (3 Gb/s))
Compatible Drive InterfaceSATA III
Operating System SupportWindows, macOS/OS X
Physical
Material of ConstructionMetal, Plastic
Cooling1 x 120 mm LED Fan
Status MonitoringLED Indicator
Dimensions (W x H x D)5.7 x 5.1 x 9.3" / 144.8 x 130 x 235.5 mm
Weight46 oz / 1303 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight5.55 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.6 x 8.7 x 7.6"
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Will this enclosure also do RAID on a Mac, or is it JBOD only?
Asked by: Russ
Not familiar with SATA controller on Mac but if attached to a controller that supports RAID, on Win7x64Pro at least, I can confirm use as RAID 1 and RAID 5 (controllers I have are HighPoint RocketRaid 644 and 644LS's using e-SATA connector)
Answered by: Ken J.
Date published: 2018-11-19

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The description says USB 3.1 but the picture shows USB 3.0. Which is it?
Asked by: James
3.0, they've dropped UASP support as well without updating the advertising. I thoroughly recommend avoiding anything from this company.
Answered by: Michael K.
Date published: 2018-08-26

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Is it possible to remove drives from external enclosures (I have WD and Seagate drives) and put them into this enclosure, would I need to buy new drives?
Asked by: Jack
I would not consider it as supporting hot-swap. If other drives in unit have concurrent activity and you add or remove from a different bay, that will be interrupted as it seems all bays drop out momentarily as the device is re-scanned to pick up the changed. Never an issue if drive changes are done while PC is down or before unit is connected to PC.
Answered by: Ken J.
Date published: 2018-08-26

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Does this work on a Mac Pro? Does anyone know the transfer speeds specs on this?
Asked by: Eric H.
Yes it does, up to 5 Gb/s speed and backward compatible with USB 2.0.
Answered by: Heather S.
Date published: 2018-08-26
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