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Icy Box Trayless IB-168SK

Icy Box Trayless IB-168SK Article Author : Ian
Date : 08-03-2009
 

Raidsonic / IcyBox have been manufacturing computer peripherals for many years now, and are one of the most popular names when it comes to internal and external drive enclosures. The IcyBox IB-168SK-B is an internal drive rack, which allows you to quickly swap and replace SATA drives very quickly. There are literally hundreds of these products on the market, but this one is a little different. The IB-168SK is a totally trayless device, which means you can swap over a 3.5” hard drive without needed to screw it in to a caddy – simply push it in to the drive bay!


Many computer enthusiasts will replace hard drives on a regular basis, when testing new products or moving data from one PC to another. In these sort of circumstances a fast, trayless product is a huge advantage. Just fit the IcyBox enclosure in a standard 5.25” drive bay and you can swap hard drives around within moments.

There is a small lever on the front of the IcyBox which allows you to open out the front of the drive enclosure. This reveals a slot which is exactly the right size for a 3.5” SATA drive, which you can push all the way in as far as it will go. Once you’ve done that, simply close the flap (and optionally lock the tray) and the HDD will click in to place. It’s as easy as that! This animated gif from the IcyBox website illustrates this process quite well:


Whats’s in the Box
  • IB-168SK Trayless Enclosure
  • Instruction Manual
  • MOLEX > SATA Power Adapter
  • Keys
  • 4 x Screws

Installation

Fitting the drive enclosure is exactly the same process as installing a CD/DVD drive in to your case. SATA power and data connections are required on the back of the IcyBox, and these run straight through to connect to the internal drive (meaning that that the 168SK should conform to any SATA standards in the future as long as the physical connection remains the same).

The image below shows the pass-through connections which line up with the 3.5” SATA hard drive sockets. When you insert the drive it locks in place and the connections mate, saving a lot of time compared to a manual drive install:




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