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flexiDOCK MB021VP-B

2.5" U.2/U.3 NVMe SSD PCIe 4.0 Tray-less Enclosure for External 3.5" Drive Bay (1 x SlimSAS SFF-8654 4i, no Tri-mode support)
Product Details
  • Note 1: 03/17/2022 - The MB021VP-B is designed to be compatible with NVMe host cards only.Therefore, due to circuit board's design differences, the recently introduced Tri-mode NVMe/SAS/SATA host cards are not compatible with the MB021VP-B.If you have purchased the enclosure and are experiencing connectivity issues with Tri-mode cards, please contact us at tech@icydock.com for further assistance.

    Note 2: 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.
  • Product Introduction
    The flexiDOCK MB021VP-B is a compact U.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0/4.0 SSD mobile rack enclosure supporting up to 64Gbps data transfer speeds through a Slimline SAS (SFF-8654) connection. It fits into a computer case's external 3.5" drive bay (floppy bay) and allows tray-less & door-less drive installation and removal. Users can access their enterprise U.2 SSD without opening the computer case or using any tools or screws. Simply insert a U.2 SSD and switch on the drive power, you are all set to go.
  • Tool-less, Removable & Elegant
    The open front tray-less design lets users swap their bare U.2 NVMe SSDs within seconds. When a drive is inserted into MB021VP-B, the drive ejection button extends out. To remove the drive, press the ejection button back in and the drive will pop out. The Elegant & Easy-to-read LED drive activity light is built into the ejection button, indicating the drive's status.
  • Intelligent Drive Guiding Mechanism
    We designed an intelligent drive guiding mechanism for a smooth and steady drive insertion/removal whether you are using a 7mm or 15mm height U.2 SSD. There are two drive guiding pecks on either side of the drive and a metal flap in the rear that adjusts automatically based on the drive height. Each guiding peck clamps the drive tightly while the adjustable metal flap pushes the drive down to improve the drive stability.
  • Superior Performance
    To unlock the full performance of U.2 NVMe PCIe 4.0x4 SSD, the MB021VP-B uses Slimline SAS (SFF-8654) connector to supports up to 64Gbps transfer rates and is backward compatible with U.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD up to 32Gbps.
  • Individual Drive Power Switch
    flexiDOCK MB021VP-B is equipped with a slide power switch, allowing users to power off the drives while not in use and achieving reduced power consumption and elongated drive's life expectancy. It also helps against unforeseen malicious cyber attacks.
  • Packed with Features
    The drive slot is covered by a spring-loaded dust cover to prevent dust and debris from entering the device and system.
  • The heavy-duty metal housing is able to withstand the harshest environments and offers ample heat dissipation for high wattage U.2 NVMe SSD. In addition, the Multi-Flow Technology allows air to move freely through the ventilation holes place on top and bottom of the device and keeps a low drive temperature.
  • Exceptional Product Compatibility
    The MB021VP-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.
  • The Slimline SAS and SATA power connectors support data and power cables with a locking latch design. Once the cables are connected, they will stay in place to prevent unintentional disconnections.
  • (Optional) M.2 NVMe SSD to U.2 NVMe SSD Adapter
    Converting your M.2 NVMe SSD into U.2 NVMe SSD with EZConvert MB705M2P-B adapter offers tool-less SSD installation and comes with a large heatsink designed explicitly for high-speed M.2 NVMe SSDs.
  • (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.
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 flexiDOCK MB021VP-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
*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 or dust from entering the enclosure through the front panel when the product is installed in the chassis, rather than making the entire enclosure water-resistant.

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
Supports 1x 2.5” U.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0/4.0 SSD (up to 15mm drive height)
   
Uses 1x Slimline SAS (SFF-8654) connector, pin-out defined by SFF-9402 Rev 1.1
   
Fits in 1x external 3.5" drive bay
   
Compliant with PCIe 3.0/4.0 up to 64Gbps transfer speeds
   
Heavy-Duty full-metal chassis with industrial-grade ABS plastic
   
Door-less and tray-less design for a quick bare drive swap
   
Large individual drive ejection button built-in with cool blue drive activity LED
   
Front accessible drive power switch
   
Industry-leading 3-year warranty against all defects
   
Complimentary support from professionally trained support agents
   
   

Specification
Model Number: MB021VP-B
Color: Black
Support Drive Size: 2.5" SSD
Compatible Drive Type: U.2
Number of Drives: 1
Max Drive Height: 15mm
Drive Bay: 1 x external 3.5" drive bay
Host Interface: 1 x SlimSAS SFF-8654 4i, pin-out defined by SFF-9402 Rev 1.1
(Tri-mode HBA/RAID card incompatible)
Power Input: 1 x SATA 15pin
Transfer Rate: Up to 64Gbps (depending on SSD speed)
Support SSD Capacity: No limitation
Drive Cooling: Metal heat dispersion with passive cooling
Structure / Material: Metal with partial plastic
Product Dimension (L x W x H): 101.6 x 125.3 x 25.4mm
Product Net Weight: 238g
Package Gross Weight: 287.2g
Drive Activity LED Indication: Drive power: solid blue; SSD access: flashing blue
Package contents: Device, user manual, screw
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: 3 years

Compatible Drive cable:

  • MB323L-B Cable

Related Products:

Related Products Series:

  • Tray-less Enclosures
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FAQ

Q: Can you recommend an add-on card that is compatible with MB021VP-B?

A: To ensure compatibility with MB021VP-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: My NVMe drive did not detect after inserting it back into the device while powered on?

A: For systems that support hot-plug function, while your system is powered on, each drive insertion and removal cycle will require a manual refresh from the operating system in order for the system to recognize the drive.

 

If you are unable to detect the drive after performing the manual refresh, your system might not support hot-plug functions. We suggest you check with the motherboard/add-on card manufacturer to see if it supports the NVMe hot-plug function.

 

Windows 11 / Windows 10 / Windows 8 – In the search box on the taskbar, type Device Manager, then select from the menu, right-click on the disk drive and then select scan for hardware changes.

 

Windows 7 – Right-click on computer icon on desktop and select properties, click Device Manager, right-click on the disk drive and then select 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 4.0 standard. However, the bandwidth will be limited to PCIe 3.0 when connecting a PCIe 3.0 device to a PCIe 4.0 host.

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