Icy Dock ICYRaid 2-Bay USB 3.1 Gen 1 RAID Enclosure

BH #ICMB662U32SR • MFR #MB662U3-2S R1
Icy Dock
Icy Dock ICYRaid 2-Bay USB 3.1 Gen 1 RAID Enclosure
Key Features
  • 2 x 3.5" Tool-Less SATA III Drive Bays
  • USB 3.0 Interface with UASP Support
  • RAID 1, 0, BIG, and JBOD
  • Hardware RAID Controller
The Icy Dock ICYRaid 2-Bay USB 3.0 RAID Enclosure connects to your computer via an included USB 3.0 cable to provide it with two 3.5" bays, so you can build a storage pool of data with optional drives. The bays can accommodate hard drives with a SATA III, II, or I interface as well as 2.5" drives by using a sold separately adapter. Aside from drive support, Icy Dock has outfitted the ICYRaid with a hardware RAID controller that lets you configure your drives in RAID 0, 1, BIG, or JBOD, utilizing a horizontal RAID switch located on the back of the enclosure. To keep up with the fast delivery of data, the enclosure supports UASP technology, which enhances the 5 Gb/s speeds of USB 3.0. Furthermore, a 40mm adjustable fan and aluminum design are on board to cool the drives as well as internal components.
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Icy Dock MB662U3-2S R1 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2RAID Performance
  • 3Design
  • 4SuperSpeed Performance
  • 5Cooling

The Icy Dock ICYRaid 2-Bay USB 3.0 RAID Enclosure connects to your computer via an included USB 3.0 cable to provide it with two 3.5" bays, so you can build a storage pool of data with optional drives. The bays can accommodate hard drives with a SATA III, II, or I interface as well as 2.5" drives by using a sold separately adapter. Aside from drive support, Icy Dock has outfitted the ICYRaid with a hardware RAID controller that lets you configure your drives in RAID 0, 1, BIG, or JBOD, utilizing a horizontal RAID switch located on the back of the enclosure. To keep up with the fast delivery of data, the enclosure supports UASP technology, which enhances the 5 Gb/s speeds of USB 3.0. Furthermore, a 40mm adjustable fan and aluminum design are on board to cool the drives as well as internal components.

RAID Performance

The ICYRaid MB662U3-2S R1 is a self-contained hardware dual-bay RAID HDD enclosure that operates independent of your computer. That means it won't share your system resource like a software RAID, and you can connect it to any system that has a USB port to access your data on the go without changing your storage configurations. The MB662U3-2S R1 gives you the flexibility to choose between RAID 0 (FAST - Performance), RAID 1 (SAFE - Protect), BIG, and JBOD mode.
  • RAID 0 - you can merge two drives into a single large storage and double the sequential read and write speed up to 420 MB/s in UASP mode (up to 320 MB/s without UASP)
  • RAID 1 - is a suitable setting for preventing the loss of data when a single drive fails. Simply remove the faulty hard drive and insert a replacement drive and watch it rebuild via an indicator LED in the rear
  • BIG - allows you to combine two drives with different capacities into a single large volume to maximize your storage capacity
  • JBOD - saves your data into different drives and reads them independently

Design

The ICYRaid MB662U3-2S R1 features a tray-less design that makes any installation a seamless transition. Once you have your hard drives ready, simply open each door, slide in your hard drives, and select a RAID setting. After that, turning on the device will automatically start the process on its own.

The easy-to-read front LED indicators will indicate when a drive is ejected, accessed, or has failed. When the unit is in the process of rebuilding the RAID table in RAID 1 mode, a rebuilding indicator light in the rear will display. The ICYRaid MB662U3-2S R1 conveniently adds LED control so the front and rear LED indicators can be disabled when needed. This function can be changed via dip switch on the rear panel. Additionally, RAID monitoring software is included for PC and Mac.

SuperSpeed Performance

Take advantage of USB 3.0 interface with UASP support (PC users require Windows 8 and Host support, Mac supports it natively), which lets users transfer photos, home videos, movies, and music at fast speeds. Moreover, the USB 3.0 interface is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 devices.

Cooling

The ball-bearing 40mm fan with variable fan speed control ensures optimal heat dissipation or quiet operation for a range of applications, such as a recording studio or production room.

Icy Dock MB662U3-2S R1 Specs

Number of Bays2 x 3.5"
Connections1 x USB Type-B (USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gb/s))
Compatible Drive InterfaceSATA III
RAID ModesRAID 0, 1, JBOD
UASP SupportYes
Operating System SupportLinux, Windows, macOS/OS X
Electrical
DC Input Power VDC at 4 A
Physical
Cooling1 x PWM 40 mm Fan
Status MonitoringLED Indicator
Dimensions (W x H x D)8.1 x 5.3 x 2.4" / 20.5 x 13.4 x 6.1 cm
Weight1.8 lb / 0.8 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight3.3 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9 x 8.75 x 3.8"
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Is there any drive capacity limit with this ...

Is there any drive capacity limit with this enclosure?
Asked by: JD
I have been using a 14 TB drive with this enclosure for many months and have had no problems.
Answered by: JD
Date published: 2020-02-07

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If we remove one drive (B)from a successful Raid 1 (=mirror) configuration; will it be fully accessible when inserted in an other (JBOD-configured) 'Rack' (such as my Archive -Mobius 5-bay) ?(If Yes, then I would just insert a third (C) new drive back into this ICYRaid-2-Bay, let it rebuild, and regularly swap B and C cross-geo-locations.)(BTW : Can A and B be swapped without consequence ?)
Asked by: Alain
As a general rule, that is not possible.
Answered by: James B.
Date published: 2018-08-26

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I want to have onsite redundancy with raid 1 and the ability to take one drive out and store it offsite. Can I do this with this device? Will it recognize and fill a replacement drive if I remove one of the drives in the raid configuration?
Asked by: Ronald
I have not tried this myself. However, if one drive fails you are supposed to be able to insert a replacement drive and the contents of the good drive are supposed to be transferred to the new drive. Consequently you should be able to do what you want. As I noted, I have not had to do this. I have bought 6 of these over the last few years and the only problem I have had is a cooling fan failure.
Answered by: Tony K.
Date published: 2018-08-26
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