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ToughArmor MB833M2K-B

M.2 NVMe SSD PCIe 4.0 Mobile Rack Enclosure for External 3.5" Drive Bay (1 x Mini-SAS HD SFF-8643, no Tri-mode support)
Product Details
  • Note: For tri-mode HBA/RAID adapters with SFF-9402 pinout, please use MB833MK-B V2

    Note: To utilize an M.2, U.2, or U.3 NVMe SSD in a PCIe 16x or 8x slot, the motherboard or add-on card must support PCIe Bifurcation. This mode divides PCIe lanes into specific configurations like x4, x4, x4, x4 for a 16x slot or x4, x4 for an 8x slot, ensuring the SSD can be read by the system. For compatible hardware, please refer to the FAQ section. If your hardware is not listed there, please contact us for assistance.

  • Now Using SFF-8643
    Introducing ToughArmor MB833M2K-B, the world’s first ruggedized M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD tool-less removable rack. Your M.2 NVMe SSD no longer requires to be installed on a motherboard or a riser card with a tiny screw, but it can now be installed and accessed from the front of your computer without any tools! The ToughArmor MB833M2K-B comes with a patent-pending tool-less M.2 drive installation design which will alleviate the pain that many users experience when installing M.2 drives and offer easy drive maintenance and system upgrading. The ToughArmor MB833M2K-B supports blazing-fast PCIe x4 transfer speed up to 64Gb/s via MiniSAS HD (SFF-8643) and accepts all standard M.2 drives lengths from 30mm to 110mm (2230, 2242, 2260, 2280, 22110). In addition, while working together with numbers of ventilation holes around the enclosure, each drive tray is equipped with a high efficiency aluminum heat sink to ensure all the M.2 NVMe SSDs remains within their optimal temperature even when it is under full load.
    Ultimately, your drives will be well protected within this full metal drive enclosure and a barrel key lock to prevent any unauthorized physical access.
  • M.2 Drive is No Longer Hidden
    A typical M.2 drive is installed on a motherboard or a riser card and secured by a tiny screw, and it can be a very troublesome and time-consuming process to install or remove the drive physically. However, with ICY DOCK's ToughArmor MB833M2K-B, M.2 drives are brought into the front of a computer case and makes M.2 NVMe SSD installation and removal a more straightforward and efficient process.
  • State-of-art Tool-less M.2 Drive Installation
    M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD drives are most often inserted at a 45-degree angle then screwed down onto the motherboard. When using ToughArmor MB833M2K-B, the user can simply place the M.2 SSD in the drive tray, adjust the drive locker to the correct length per M.2 drive type, and push down the drive to lock in place. The whole process will only take users less than five seconds to complete, avoiding the hassle of tiny, easy-to-lose screws while bringing a more efficient and innovative way in installing M.2 drives.

    Being a truly tool-less drive installation, installing and removing of the extra-large high-efficiency aluminum heatsink does not require any tools as well. Simply push your thumbs down against the two buttons located at the underside of the tray and the heat sink will simply pop out for you to remove. To install it back, you simply cover the tray with the heatsink and with a little downward force, it will snap right back onto the tray.
  • EMI Grounding Technology
    Grounding your M.2 is very important through many swaps, to ensure your data and drive are always safe. Without grounding, when swapping drives, there is a high possibility that there may be static shocks, possibly damaging the data on the drive. With our innovative M.2 drive installation design, the adjustable M.2 locker act as a ground and once the M.2 locker clips into the SSD screw hole, the drive will be grounded by the tray and the housing of the enclosure. The grounded connector design protects your drive from static electrical surge, ensuring your data is always safe during drive swapping.
  • Full Drive Length Support
    This innovative adjustable M.2 locker slider accommodates all standard M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD drive length including 2230 (30mm), 2242 (42mm), 2260 (60mm), 2280 (80mm), and 22110 (110mm), making this drive tray universal to all drive length and future-proofing the extra-long M.2 drive 22110(110mm).
  • Maximum Cooling Performance
    M.2 NVMe SSDs are notorious for their overheating issue, which can result in performance degradation and transfer speed throttling. We understand this issue and came fully equipped with an extra-large high-efficiency aluminum heatsink installed onto every ToughArmor MB833M2K-B’s tray. Additionally, each ToughArmor MB833M2K-B includes a pair of thermal heat pads to ensure that excessive heat is dispersed thoroughly throughout the entire heatsink.
  • The heat is further dispersed through the intelligently placed ventilation holes on all sides and working together with your computer cooling system. The drive remains at optimal operating temperatures even under full load.
  • Full Speed Ahead
    Utilizing the MiniSAS (SFF-8643) interface, it supports the full NVMe bandwidth of 32Gbp/s, which is over five times faster than the previous SATA standard. Making it an ideal solution for data-intensive applications such as in real-time servers, high-performance PCs, deep-learning machines, and 4k/8k/3D media workstations.
  • Ruggedized to the Max
    Ensuring the product can be relied upon for many years after its deployment, the ToughArmor MB833M2K-B is capable of holding up in the harshest environments, with a rugged heavy-duty metal construction throughout the entire device. The ToughArmor MB833M2K-B full metal design is perfect for industrial devices that require a flammability rating, since all-metal already complies with flammability requirements. Because of the extraordinary build quality, it can be used in various enterprise systems, including military and law enforcement deployment along with various manufacturing conditions such as embedded control and factory automation systems.
  • Packed with Features
    The front of the ToughArmor MB833M2K-B includes a status LED when the drive is powered on, off and being accessed. Active Power Technology (APT) allows the device power to be on only when a SSD is inserted into the enclosure.
  • For an additional physical layer of security, the large barrel key-lock is implemented to protect against unwanted physical access and to secure drives in place during rough environments, such as military deployments and in-vehicle applications.
  • Exceptional Product Compatibility
    The MB833M2K-B is compatible with motherboards, RAID/HBA cards, and M.2 adapters from major brands including Adaptec, Areca, Broadcom, HighPoint, Supermicro, and more. This compatibility gives you the freedom to choose from a wide range of hardware options, moving beyond the constraints of single-brand system configurations. For more information on product compatibility, click here.
  • (Optional) 3.5" to 5.25" Drive Bay Bracket
    Converting your 5.25" device bay into a 3.5" device bay with Flex-Fit MB343SP drive bay bracket, it features a solid one-piece design with additional dual 2.5" drive slots for extra drive storage.
Which ToughArmor MB833 is right for you?
Model MB833M2K-B MB833M2K-B V2
Connectors 1 x MiniSAS HD 4i (SFF-8643) 1 x SlimSAS 4i (SFF-8654)
Pin-out Defined Legacy SFF-9402 Rev 1.1
(Tri-mode HBA/RAID adapters compatible)
Suitable for NVMe HBA/RAID adapters
with Legacy pin-out
Tri-mode HBA/RAID adapters
with SFF-9402 pin-out
Customizable ICY DOCK Drive Enclosures: Tailored to Meet TAA & UL Certification Standards and More!
At ICY DOCK, we understand the paramount importance of adhering to various industry and safety standards. While our standard products are already crafted with the highest quality in mind, we also provide our customers with the option to customize ICY DOCK drive enclosures and mobile racks to meet their specific certification requirements. This includes standards such as TAA and UL to wide temperature tests.

Our dedicated team is fully prepared to adjust product materials and designs to ensure complete compliance. Furthermore, we offer comprehensive guidance to our clients throughout the certification process. Our goal is to not only meet precise specifications but also ensure that our products successfully pass stringent tests. Below, you'll find a detailed table listing all the optional certifications that can be tested with our customizable solutions.
Optional Certifications Available for ToughArmor MB833M2K-B
TAA Trade Agreements Act Compliance
UL Safety Standard Certification
UL94 Flammability of Plastic Materials
FCC Federal Communications Commission Compliance
Wide Temperature MIL-STD-810H - Method 501.7 & 502.7
*IEC 60529 (IPX5) Protection against water jets
*Vibration Test MIL-STD-810H, Method 514.8, Procedure I (Resistance to vibrations)
*Functional Shock MIL-STD-810H, Method 516.8- Procedure I (Protection against shocks)

*The drive mobile rack enclosure needs to have a customized front water-resistant panel added to pass the IEC 60529 (IPX5) certification. Water resistance refers to preventing water from entering the enclosure through the front panel when the product is installed in the chassis, rather than making the entire enclosure water-resistant.
*The drive mobile rack enclosure requires customization of the drive caddy (tray) and housing to include a thumb screw locking mechanism, in order to pass vibration test and functional shock certification. Please refer to the thumb screw design schematic above.

Customizing ICY DOCK products for specific certifications involves fees for the creation of the certificates, including necessary testing. Please note that some certificates may require recurring fees to remain valid. For more details and inquiries,please contact us at tech@icydock.com
Main Features
Fits 1x M.2 NVMe SSD of all lengths, 30mm (2230), 42mm (2242), 60mm (2260), 80mm (2280), and 110mm (22110)
   
Adjustable drive locker holds all length drives securely
   
Tool-less drive installation design for easy drive maintenance and system upgrading
   
Installs into any standard external 3.5” device bay or floppy bay
   
Uses a miniSAS HD port (SFF-8643) to connect, requires NVMe host
   
Supports the full NVMe bandwidth specification of 64 Gbps
   
Ruggedized full-metal enclosure meeting flammability requirements
   
Integrated extra-large high-efficiency heat sink and ample ventilation for excellent passive cooling
   
2-segment key lock for additional physical security
   
Eagle-hook tray latch securely holds the tray inside the enclosure
   
EMI Grounding – protects SSDs from electrical damage
   
Anti-Vibration Technology (AVT) reduces noise and protects against environmental damage
   
Active Power Technology (APT) saves power by shutting the device down when no drive is installed.
   
Industry-leading 5 years limited warranty against all defects
   
Complimentary support from professionally trained US-based technical support agents

Specification
Model Number: MB833M2K-B
Color: Black
Support Drive Size: 1 x M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD 2230/2242/2260/2280/22110
Compatible Drive Type: M.2 PCIe 3.0/4.0 NVMe SSD
Number of Drives: 1
Drive Bay: 1 x external 3.5" device bay
Host Interface: 1 x Mini-SAS HD SFF-8643, pin-out defined by Legacy
(Tri-mode HBA/RAID card incompatible)
Power Input: 1x 15pin SATA power connector
Transfer Rate: Up to 64Gbps (depending on hard drive speed)
Support SSD Capacity No limitation
Drive Cooling: Metal heat dispersion with thermal pad for passive cooling
Structure / Material Metal with partial plastic
Drive Security: 2 segment key lock
Dimension (L x W x H) : 163 x 101 x 26mm
Product Net Weight 479g
Package Gross Weight 553g
Drive Activity LED Indication: Drive power: solid green; Drive access: flashing green
Package Contents: Device, user manual, screws, thermal pads, keys
M.2 Connector Insertion Rate 5,000
Humidity: 5%~65% RH
Operating Temperature: 0°C to 60°C (32°F to 140°F)
Storage Temperature: -35°C to 70°C (-31°F to 158°F)
Compliance: CE, RoHS, REACH
Warranty: 5 years limited warranty

Compatible Drive Tray (Caddy):

  • MB834TP-B

Related Products:

Related Products Series:

  • NVMe Enclosures
  • SAS/SATA Enclosures

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FAQ

Q: I'm connecting my Oculink or SlimSAS NVMe PCIe HBA/RAID card to the MB833M2K-B via miniSAS HD (SFF-8643) interface, but the U.2 drives did not show up in my system.

A: The MB833M2K-B are not compatible with the Oculink or SlimSAS PCIe HBA/RAID cards due to different connector pin assignments used on the device. Please check the compatibility list in the FAQ section for HBA/RAID cards that are compatible with MB833M2K-B.


Q: Can you recommend an add-on card that is compatible with MB833M2K-B?

A: To ensure compatibility with MB833M2K-B, please make sure that your add-on card or motherboard’s BIOS/UEFI supports PCIe Bifurcation when using a PCIe 16x or 8x slot. Additionally, set up the PCIe splitter in the BIOS/UEFI with the configuration of x4, x4, x4, x4 for a PCIe 16x slot or x4, x4 for a PCIe 8x slot.

Please click the icon below to view the compatibility of your motherboards or add-on cards that support PCIe Bifurcation mode. For the best compatibility, we highly recommend using the cables recommended or manufactured by the motherboard or add-on card manufacturer.

 



We are currently in the process of certifying our NVMe enclosure with major add-on card and motherboard manufacturers. We will keep updating the list to include compatible accessories.

To report a compatible add-on card, cable, or motherboard, or to check the compatibility of add-on card(s) or motherboards that are not listed, please click here.


Q: I've completed the installation of the hard drive and device as per the instructions in the product manual, but the system still can't detect the drive. How can I troubleshoot this issue?

A: Please first confirm the compatibility of your hardware, and make sure that the drive, drive enclosure, cable, and host interfaces are compatible. Try connecting the drive directly to the host to see if the system can detect the drive. If it still doesn't detect it, this can rule out issues with the drive enclosure. You can also try connecting the drive enclosure with different drives, cables, or systems to see if the issue can be resolved. If the system still can't detect it, here are some possible issues:

Insufficient PCIe lanes in the system: Whether you're connecting the drive enclosure to the motherboard or add-on card, It is important to note that the number of available PCIe lanes is limited. This includes understanding the number of lanes provided by the CPU and chipset, as well as their allocation method. Failure to do so may result slower transfer speeds, unstable connections, or even the inability to detect the drive.
Incompatible interface protocols: It is crucial to verify whether the Mini-SAS HD, OCuLink, or SlimSAS interface on the motherboard or add-on card is capable of supporting NVMe.
Incompatible interface pinout standard: Prior to connecting the drive enclosure to the Mini-SAS HD, OCuLink, or SlimSAS port on the motherboard or add-on card, please verify that the port utilizes the same pinout standard as the port on our drive enclosure. To check the pinout standard of our drive enclosure, you can refer to the specification table on our product page, where it specifies whether the pinout standard is Legacy or SFF-9402 1.1.
Excessive length of the connecting cable: To ensure optimal performance, it is advised to use a connecting cable that is no longer than 50cm. Using longer cables can lead to excessive signal loss, resulting in slower transfer speeds, unstable connections, or even the inability to detect the drive. Additionally, we recommend using the same interface connector for both the device and the host to prevent any potential compatibility issues.

Q: I'm using Intel/Broadcom Tri-Mode HBA and RAID cards with the MB833M2K-B, but the drives do not show up in my system?

A: The issue is caused by RAID card manufacturers using a different pinout for Tri-Mode cards than is typically used for U.2 connections. When using these cards with U.2 NVMe drives and cables, a U.2 enabler cable must be used for compatibility, which reverts the pinout back to standard U.2 specifications. For more information, please click here.


Q: The system does not detect the M.2 SSD I installed in the ICY DOCK enclosure. What should I do?

A: Since the M.2 SSD is not designed for hot-swapping, we highly recommend powering off the device/system before inserting or removing an M.2 SSD. If the system is still unable to detect the drive, follow the steps below to scan for new hardware manually:

 

 

Windows 11 / Windows 10 / Windows 8 – In the search box on the taskbar, type device manager, and click it from the menu. Once the device manager window pops up, right-click on the disk drive icon, and click scan for hardware changes.

 

Windows 7 – Right-click on the computer icon on the desktop, select properties, click device manager, right-click on the disk drive icon and then click scan for hardware changes.


Image result for disk drive scan for hardware changes

 


Q: Is the ICY DOCK NVMe enclosure supporting the PCIe 4.0 standard?

A: Yes, all ICY DOCK NVMe enclosures support the PCIe 4.0x4 standard, with up to 64Gbps transfer rates.


Q: I'm having the difficulties closing the lid of the drive tray and unable to insert the drive tray all the way to the drive enclosure after placing the M.2 SSD onto the drive tray.

A: Make sure to lock the M.2 SSD with the adjustable M.2 locker. The tray lid will not close properly if the M.2 locker is not fully secured. If you are having difficulty secure the M.2 locker or close the cover, the M.2 SSD you are using may not follow the standard M.2 SSD thickness, which is less than 1.5mm height for each side with a total height that does not exceed 3.8mm. Using the M.2 SSD with non-standard thickness will cause improper tension on the M.2 locker and tray lid and make the M.2 connector misaligned. If you are having issues inserting the drive tray to the enclosure, please stop the operation immediately and check the drive thickness to ensure it follows the standard M.2 SSD thickness - less than 1.5mm height for each side and less than 3.8mm for total height.

Metal heat dissipation sticker

 

Note: Some M.2 SSD uses a metal heat dissipation sticker that causes each side's thickness more than the 1.5mm. Remove the sticker will solve the problem, but do it at your own risk (might void the warranty of SSD)

 

ICY DOCK enclosure is design to be compatible with M.2 SSD that has standard thickness. We highly recommend checking the drive thickness before purchase, and please refer to the incompatible M.2 SSD list below for further information:

 

M.2 NVMe SSDs known to be incompatible with ICY DOCK enclosure:


 

Please contact tech@icydock.com if the problem persists so we can resolve the issue as soon as possible.

Click here to report a compatible/incompatible M.2 SSD.


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