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    Figure 1 – Icy Dock ExpressCage MB326SP-B – 6 Bay 2.5” SAS/SATA HDD Hot Swap Cage for 5.25” Bay (Photo courtesy Icy Dock)

     

     

     

    This is Part 2 of a three part series on the Icy Dock ExpressCage MB326SP-B 6 Bay 2.5” SAS/SATA Hot Swap Cage for 5.25” Bay’s. In this part I will install the Icy Dock ExpressCage MB326SP-B in a 5.25” bay of my HP ProLiant ML10v2 Server.

     

    Part 1: Unboxing

     

    Part 2: Installation

     

    Part 3: Performance

     

     

     

    Installing Icy Dock’s ExpressCage MB326SP-B in my ML10v2

     

    As stated in Part 1: Recently, Dave asked me to review the Icy Dock ExpressCage MB326SP-B 6 Bay 2.5” SAS/SATA Hot Swap Cage for 5.25” Bay’s (“ExpressCage”). I had the perfect application in my HP ProLiant ML10v2 where with the addition of a P222 I had 10 SATA Ports but only a main cage for four 3.5” drives and two 5.25” Bay’s. With the MB326SP-B I could put six drives in the Icy Dock ExpressCage using one 5.25” bay and still have a 5.25” bay available for future expansion or projects (a huge plus in my book).

     

    The Icy Dock ExpressCage MB326SP-B had many “Key Features” that I found very intriguing but obviously the most important in my mind was being able to install six 2.5” HDDs/SSDs up to 9.5mm thick in the space of one 5.25” half-height bay with hot-swap support and SAS/SATA – 6GB/s support. The additional features were certainly icing on the cake, especially when coupled with my positive previous experience with Icy Dock products.

     

    In my opinion, this ExpressCage is living up to its predecessor’s reputations. Its feel is solid and installation was easy. This is a reliable quality product perfect for many applications of the home enthusiast!

     

     

     

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    Figure 2 – Key Features of the Icy Dock ExpressCage MB326SP-B (Photo courtesy Icy Dock)

     

     

     

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    Figure 3 – My ExpressCage MB326SP-B and box contents laid out on a Static Mat before installation. I really appreciated how the bags are labeled, by Icy Dock, containing the Device screws (12 plus 2 spares) M3*2.5 and 2.5 HDD screws (8 plus 2 spares) M3*4. A good indication of the thought that went into the design and packaging of the ExpressCage!

     

     

     

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    Figure 4 – My ExpressCage MB326SP-B with drive caddy’s 2, 4, & 6 opened – on Static Mat before installation.

     

     

     

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    Figure 5 – The back of the Icy Dock ExpressCage MB326SP-B with all 6 SATA data cables connected and 2 SATA power connections. I made all of the connections outside of the ML10v2 then slid the ExpressCage into the bottom 5.25” bay of the ML10v2.

     

     

     

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    Figure 6 – Another view of the Icy Dock ExpressCage MB326SP-B with all cables connected just before sliding into the bottom 5.25” bay of the ML10v2.

     

     

     

     

    Video 1 – Installing my Icy Dock ExpressCage MB326SP-B

     

     

     

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    Figure 7 – Side view of the HP ProLiant ML10v2 with the Icy Dock ExpressCage MB326SP-B installed in the lower 5.25” bay. The heads of the two Device screws (2 x M3*2.5) are visible holding the ExpressCage securely in place.

     

     

     

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    Figure 8 – Front view of the HP ProLiant ML10v2 with the Icy Dock ExpressCage MB326SP-B installed in the lower 5.25” bay. The six drives in the ExpressCage are active as well as the four drives in the lower main drive cage for a total of ten drives in the ML10v2. AND my top 5.25” bay is free for future projects or additions!

     

     

     

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    Figure 9 – Front view of the HP ProLiant ML10v2 with the Icy Dock ExpressCage MB326SP-B installed in the lower 5.25” bay with front panel replaced on ML10v2.

     

     

     

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    Figure 10 – Front view of the HP ProLiant ML10v2 with the Icy Dock ExpressCage MB326SP-B installed in the lower 5.25” bay. Booted up to desktop view. Note Windows Home Server 2011 connector in upper left of the screen.

     

     

     

     

     

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    Figure 11 – Data Sheet for the Icy Dock ExpressCage MB324SP-B (Photo courtesy Icy Dock)

     

     

     

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    Figure 12 – Front view of the HP ProLiant ML10v2 with the Icy Dock ExpressCage MB326SP-B installed in the lower 5.25” bay. Booted up to desktop view. Note Windows Home Server 2011 connector in upper left of the screen File Explorer opened showing the four logical drives in the ML10v2.

     

     

     

    As-Built (I named my Computer: SkyNet)

    • HP ProLiant ML10v2 Gen9

    • Xeon E3-1220v3
    • 32GB Unbuffered ECC RAM KVR16E11K4/32
    • B120i Logical Drive 01: OS drive – 1 x Corsair Force GT 240GB SSD in RAID0 on HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller – Port 1 (SATA III or 6GB/s) -- Icy Dock ExpressCage MB326SP-B Bay 1
    • OS: Windows 8.1 Pro
    • B120i Logical Drive 02: Data drive – 1 x Samsung 256GB 840 Pro SSD in RAID0 on HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller – Port 2 (SATA III or 6GB/s) – Icy Dock ExpressCage MB326SP-B Bay 2
    • B120i Logical Drive 03: Data drive -- 4 x WD10JUCT 1TB 2.5” HDDs in RAID10 on HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller – Ports 3, 4, 5, & 6 (each SATA II or 3GB/s) – Icy Dock ExpressCage MB326SP-B Bays 3, 4, 5, & 6
    • P222 Logical Drive 01: Data drive – 4 x WD 5TB SE HDDs (WD5001F9YZ) in RAID5 on HP Dynamic Smart Array P222 RAID Controller Card – Ports 1, 2, 3, & 4 (each SATA III or 6GB/s) – mounted in Bays 1, 2, 3, & 4 of drive main cage
    • Icy Dock ExpressCage MB326SP-B (I used the existing SATA cable that had gone to the optical drive for bay 5 plus a Blue 18” SATA cable I had in stock from previous projects for Bay 6; StarTech Model SAS8087S450 19” (50cm) Serial Attached SCSI SAS Cable – SFF-8087 to 4x Latching SATA for Bays 1, 2, 3, & 4; I also used a Molex Y to two SATA Power Connectors)
    • Video card – HD5450
    • 60mm Fan mounted (using cable ties) near the bottom front of ML10v2 to increase air flow for the P222 and Video card
    • 60mm Fan mounted (using cable ties)  in empty card slot to direct air flow directly on P222 heat sink (plus Molex to Fan splitter and Y Fan to 2 Fan connector cable)

     

     

    Be sure to check out Part 3 of this 3 part series where I measure the Performance of the ExpressCage MB326SP-B in my HP ProLiant ML10v2 while previously in Part 1 I showed the Unboxing of my ExpressCage MB326SP-B.

     

    Then later, please join us in the HSS Forums to discuss this and many other interesting topics.

     

     

     

    References:

     

    Icy Dock ExpressCage MB326SP-B http://www.icydock.com/goods.php?id=231

     

    Other HSS Icy Dock Blog Postings http://homeservershow.com/tag/icyDock

     

    HSS Forum Posting on this ExpressCage MB326SP-B: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/12114-icy-dock-expresscage-mb326sp-b/

     

    Other HSS ML10v2 Blog Postings: http://homeservershow.com/tag/ML10v2

     

    HSS HP ProLiant ML10v2 postings: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/forum/98-ml10-and-ml10v2/

     

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