Back in the 1980s, there was this TV show called “That’s Incredible” where they would showcase people with extraordinary abilities, including a then 5-year old Tiger Woods and a farmer in China who had two heads. What stayed with me the most, however, was a skit involving a Volkswagen Beetle and 20 clowns. It was not the logistical impossibility of the situation which disturbed me so much as the idea that 20 people would unanimously think it is a good idea to do pile on top of each other, cramped in a small space so they could be on TV.
Thankfully, hard drives have no such qualms either and could be stacked in a cramped space and would still function. Unfortunately, temperatures affect drives and crowding them together will hamper performance and shorten the drive's lifespan. This is the kind of problem that storage solutions provider Icy Dock is used to tackling, especially with their FlexCage tray-less series HDD backplane modules, the latest of which is the MB975SP-B.
The Icy Dock FlexCage MB975SP-B is able to fit five 3.5" SATA HDDs in three 5.25" drive bays using a trayless design. The FlexCage MB975SP-B is powered by three SATA power connectors and is cooled by an 80mm fan with Icy Dock Smart Cooling technology. This 80mm cooling fan can automatically detect whether a drive is installed inside the FlexCage MB975SP-B and can also shut down by itself when not needed. The FlexCage MB975SP-B’s 80mm fan can easily be removed and replaced with any 80mm fan using a 2-pin or a 3-pin connector. Just like other Icy Dock FlexCage devices, the MB975SP-B’s body is built from aluminum, which helps dissipate heat while providing excellent protection and durability.