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Icy Dock MB982SPR-2S Dual 2.5” RAID Enclosure


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When someone said that good things come in small packages they must have been referring to the Icy Dock MB982SPR-2S. It’s a dual 2.5” to 3.5” drive caddy. Meaning you can put two laptop sized drives or SSD’s into it and it will fit in a regular hard drive slot in your computer or server. There is a twist to this one though. It has RAID built into the enclosure. Stay tuned for a review and lots of photos.

 

I plan on trying it out on a PC, Vail, and version 1 of Windows Home Server. Anything else you want to know about it?

 

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What shall I test? My first thought is to test this in a mirror setup on Vail. I did a RAID test already between Intel and JMicron chipsets with Vail and that turned out interesting. Read that post here.

 

I also want to know how the fit is inside a MediaSmart Server. Maybe test JBOD inside the MSS using it's Port Multiplier mode?

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Am interested in the results for SSD in raid as I'm currently planning my next build which is for video editing and I want to use 2 OCZ Vertex2 SSD's in Raid 0 for the System drive. Appreciate that Trim isn't handled under Raid natively so am curious as too how the icy dock overcomes this shortfall, is is this just a container or soes it ship with its own controller.

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Anyone want to volunteer a few SSD's for testing? I'll take good care of them and promise not to ship them back, errr, I mean lose them!

 

I'm working on the review now and I could probably use a few days to really try this thing out in several different scenarios. It's going to be a long review!

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Looking forward to your review too. As mentioned in another post I went with the "Safe Server Module" from TranquilPC and am planning on posting a review of that here.

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Looking forward to your review too. As mentioned in another post I went with the "Safe Server Module" from TranquilPC and am planning on posting a review of that here.

 

I'm looking forward to your review. I like the Tranquil product. The one Dave has is meant for the same use, just that your start up costs are cheaper. Tranquil is a one stop solution, which is good, don't get me wrong, just that you have to pay quite a bit more for that convience. I like that Tranquil includes software also.

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Looking forward to your review too. As mentioned in another post I went with the "Safe Server Module" from TranquilPC and am planning on posting a review of that here.

 

Hey SLicK, get me that review in a word doc format and I'll get it posted on the blog.

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The first review is up. I started with the Vail test hardware that I had running and since I had already tested RAID with Vail it was nice to be able to compare the speeds and performance for you.

 

http://homeservershow.com/icy-dock-mb982spr-2s-review.html

 

Next up is the MediaSmart Server and maybe testing Win 7 in a RAID 0. If there is anything else you would like to see, photos, etc let me know.

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