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ToughArmor MB105VP-B

2 Bay 2.5" U.2/U.3 NVMe SSD PCIe 4.0 Mobile Rack Enclosure for External 5.25" Drive Bay (1 x SlimSAS SFF-8654 8i)
Product Details
  • 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.
  • The ToughArmor MB105VP-B is a 5.25-inch ruggedized full-metal removable dual U.2/U.3 NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD mobile rack enclosure, supporting up to 64Gbps data transfer speeds through Slimline SAS (SFF-8654-8i) connection in a single 5.25-inch (optical drive) bay. In addition, the innovative removable drive tray design allows users to effortlessly access U.2 or U.3 drives from the front of the system.
  • Easy Drive Access
    The MB105VP-B is equipped with two EZ Slide Mini removable full-metal drive trays supporting from 7mm to 15mm drive height, making drive maintenance a more efficient and straightforward process.
  • Enterprise Drive Cooling Solution
    The built-in 40mm x 20mm rear cooling fan effectively blows away the heat generated by the U.2/U.3 SSDs through the intelligently placed ventilation holes within the enclosure. Depending on the intensity of the workload on the U.2/U.3 drives, the user can adjust between three fan settings: Hi, Low and Off.
  • The additional cooling space above the drive trays allows the cooling fan to exhaust the drive heat more efficiently to prevent the drive from overheating.
  • NVMe 4.0 Performance
    The MB105VP-B connects 2 x U.2/U.3 SSD with only a single Slimline-SAS (SFF-8654-8i) to reduce cable clutter while offering NVMe 4.0 transfer speeds up to 64Gbps per drive bay.
  • Exceptional Product Compatibility
    The MB105VP-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.
  • Packed with Features
    The Slimline-SAS and 15-pin SATA power connectors are compatible with cables that have locking latch designs. Once the cables are connected, the locking latches will secure the connections in place.
  • The LED status light in each drive tray gives you the drive status information at a glance. With Active Power Technology (APT), the LED lights turn on when the drive is inserted and automatically shut off when all drives are removed.
  • EMI Grounding Technology
    Grounding your drives is essential as swapping drives without proper grounding may damage hardware due to static shocks. With our innovative EMI Grounding Technology, once the drive is screwed onto the drive tray, the drive will be in a constant grounded state throughout the tray, housing, and computer system to ensure your drives are protected from static electrical surges safe during drive swapping.
  • ToughArmor Protection
    Ensuring the enclosure can be relied upon for many years, the ToughArmor MB105VP-B can hold up in the harshest environment. It is equipped with rugged, heavy-duty full-metal protection throughout the entire device and drive trays, making it perfect for industrial devices that may require a flammability rating, such as military, medical, in-vehicle computers, and law enforcement industries.
  • Enhance Security with Our Lockable Drive Tray
    If your application demands added physical security to protect valuable data from theft, you can upgrade with the compatible lockable drive tray MB994TK-B for an instant security boost to your MB105VP-B. For bulk orders of MB105VP-B pre-equipped with lockable drive trays, reach out to our sales team at sales01@icydock.com (Minimum Order Quantity applies).
  • Optional: M.2 NVMe SSD to U.2 NVMe SSD adapter
    Converting your M.2 NVMe SSD into U.2 NVMe SSD with the EZConvert MB705M2P-B adapter offers tool-less SSD installation and comes with a large heatsink designed explicitly for high-speed M.2 NVMe SSDs. The MB705M2P-B uses a bridge connector to link the M.2 NVMe SSD, ensuring that the gold fingers of the M.2 NVMe SSD are protected from damage during insertion and removal. This makes it an ideal solution for users who frequently swap M.2 NVMe SSDs.
  • System Lacks a 5.25" Bay or Require a Fan-less Working Environment?
    If you're in need of a more compact U.2/U.3 SSD mobile rack enclosure, or if your computer system lacks a 5.25" bay, the ToughArmor MB092VK-B dual bay U.2/U.3 NVMe SSD mobile rack enclosure is your perfect match. It can accommodate two U.2/U.3 NVMe SSDs ranging from 5-9.5mm in height, all within a single 3.5" floppy bay. With its fan-less design, the MB092VK-B ensures a quieter work environment. It's an ideal fit for systems with limited expansion space, those with a 3.5" bay, or users who have strict noise requirements in their workspace, such as audio and video recording and editing professionals.
  • Wide Range of Compatibility
    The EZ-Slide Mini Tray MB991TRAY-B offers effortless interchangeability among different ToughArmor models.
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 MB105VP-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
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 2x 2.5-inch U.2/U.3 PCIe NVMe SSD, up to 15mm drive height
   
Installs into any standard external 5.25-inch optical drive bay
   
Uses 1x Slimline SAS (SFF-8654-8i) connector
   
Uses a single 15-pin SATA power cable
   
Supports PCIe 4.0 specification with transfer rates up to 64Gb/s per drive bay
   
Removable EZ Slide Mini drive tray system for easy maintenance
   
High-performance 40x20mm cooling fan with three fan adjustable speed settings (High, Low, Off)
   
Eagle-hook tray latch securely holds the trays inside the enclosure
   
EMI Grounding – protects SSDs from electrical damage
   
Active Power Technology (APT) – saves power by shutting down drives when no drives are installed
   
Industry-leading 5 years limited warranty against all defects
   
Complimentary support from a professionally trained US-based technical support agent.
   
Ruggedized heavy duty full metal construction with commercially designed for Medical & Military systems, Media servers, and IPCs, approved and used by Tier 1 companies.

Specification
Model Number: MB105VP-B
Color: Black
Support Drive Size: 2.5" (up to 15mm height)
Compatible Drive Type: U.2 or U.3
Number of Drives: 2
Drive Bay: 5.25" half height bay
Host Interface: 1 x SlimSAS SFF-8654 8i, pin-out defined by SFF-9402 Rev 1.1
(Tri-mode HBA/RAID card compatible)
Power Input: 1 x 15pin SATA power connector
Transfer Rate: Up to 64Gbps (depending on SSD speed)
Support SSD Capacity: No limitation
Drive Cooling: 1 x 40x40x20mm fan 
Structure / Material: Full metal
Hot Plug: Yes
Product Dimension (L x W x H) : 146 x 149 x 41.3 mm
Product Net Weight: 668 g
Package GrossWeight: 753.9 g
Drive Activity LED Indication: Drive power: solid green; SSD access: flashing green
Package Contents: Device, user manual, screws
U.2 Connector Insertion Rate: 10,000
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):

  • MB991TRAY-B
  • MB994TK-B

Related Products Series:

  • NVMe Enclosures
  • SAS/SATA Enclosures

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FAQ

Q: Can you recommend an add-on card that is compatible with MB105VP-B?

A: To ensure compatibility with MB105VP-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: The mounting screws for the device seem to be too short to secure the device onto my system, what should I do?

A: For computer cases that have a thick metal sheet, the included mounting screws (M3*2.5L) may not fully secure the device. Please use longer screws (M3*4L) to secure the device or contact us at tech@icydock.com for replacement screws.


Q: Can I replace the cooling fan attached to the device? Will doing that void the warranty?

A: The cooling fan we used has been thoroughly tested with the drive enclosure to ensure it functions properly and supports the fan speed control (for select models). Therefore, we suggest our customers keep the original fan for the best result. However, we understand the stock fan may not be suitable for all the applications, so we elected to honor the warranty when 3rd party fan is using. The warranty may void if the 3rd party fan causes electrical damage to the device, though.


Q:  Which specification should I check before buying the 3rd party cooling fan?

A:The following information is the fan specification requirement and compatible fan models for MB105VP-B

 

Fan Dimension (LxWxH) 40 x 40 x 10mm 40 x 40 x 20mm 
Connector Type 3 Pin Wafer
Rated Voltage (VDC) 12V DC
Rated Current (A) < 0.12A (127mA)
Screw Specification Phillips Flat Head - M3 x 15mm - Steel
(Not Included)
Phillips Flat Head - M3 x 25mm – Steel
(Came with stock fan)

 

Compatible fan models
(without test, use it at your own risk)

 


Q: I feel that the drive tray's upper and lower metal spring is stuck when inserting the drive tray. What should I do?

A: Remove the drive tray from the enclosure and reinsert the tray without putting excessive pressure on the metal mesh sheet in front of the tray. Excessive force on the front metal mesh sheet may bend the top and bottom metal spring, causing difficulties when inserting the drive tray. Therefore, please do not forcingly insert the drive tray when this happens as it may cause damage to the metal spring.

 

metal spring
Please DO NOT put excessive pressure on the metal mesh sheet as shown


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