There are plenty of things that I acknowledge as a good idea and a work of art but have outlived its usefulness after the first time. For example, I own a DVD of Schindler’s List, a critically acclaimed and moving film about the Holocaust, but I would never ever in a million years sit down in front of the TV and watch it again. It’s not exactly the type of movie that will strike your mood, no matter how depressed you are. Then there are things, like my external HDD, which requires the removal of four screws of two different types just so I can replace the drive inside. Considering the fact that I swap out the drive once a week whenever I need to test something, as you can imagine, it can be really irritating.



There is also the irritating fact that it takes up plenty of desk space because it has a cooling fan that aids in ventilating heat. Needless to say, my external HDD enclosure is meant to be more of a permanent fixture rather than an enclosure for regular HDD swapping. For that type of work, an open-air external HDD bay would fit the bill and Icy Dock has a new product that offers a lot more functionality than a standard HDD docking bay.


The Icy Dock MB981U3-1SA solves the problem of limited desktop space and limited transfer rates. The Icy Dock MB981U3-1SA is an all-in-one, tool-free HDD docking bay that can handle SATA as well as 2.5” and 3.5” IDE drives. Using USB 3.0 connectivity, the Icy Dock MB981U3-1SA has plenty of bandwidth for SSDs or SATA HDD with SATA IDE drives at the same time. The built-in IDE dock inside the MB981U3-1SA is detachable for extra portability and can be tucked away inside when at your desk. The docking bay body itself on the MB981U3-1SA is an open-air design for efficient heat exhaustion and has anti-dust covers when there is no drive docked. For users looking for a versatile and all-in-one HDD docking solution on their desktop, the Icy Dock MB981U3-1SA is a perfect choice.