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ToughArmor MB118VP-B

6 Bay 2.5" U.2/U.3 NVMe SSD (7mm) PCIe 4.0 Mobile Rack Enclosure for External 5.25" Drive Bay (3 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 MB118VP-B is a rugged six-bay enclosure designed for U.2/U.3 NVMe SSDs. It supports drives up to 9.5mm in height and offers PCIe 4.0 speed, allowing for blazing-fast data transfer rates of up to 64Gb/s via its SlimSAS (SFF-8654) interface.
  • Constructed with heavy-duty full-metal materials, this enclosure is equipped with removable drive trays that make drive installation and removal quick and simple. Additionally, the MB118VP-B is designed with dual 40x20mm cooling fans that maintain optimal temperatures for high-speed U.2/U.3 SSDs within the enclosure.
  • Removable Drive Tray Design
    NVMe U.2/U.3 SSDs are typically installed inside the computer case, making maintenance a difficult and time-consuming process. The ToughArmor MB118VP-B brings your drives to the front 5.25" optical drive bay, utilizing removable drive trays for hassle-free maintenance. These removable drive trays are compatible with standard U.2/U.3 SSDs up to 9.5mm in drive height, ensuring easy installation and removal of your drives.
  • Superior PCIe 4.0 Performance
    The ToughArmor MB118VP-B provides exceptional performance for data-intensive applications that demand speed and reliability. Equipped with SlimSAS 8i (SFF-8654) connectors, each drive in the enclosure can achieve transfer speeds of up to 64Gb/s, twice as fast as PCIe 3.0 and ten times faster than SATA standards, which unleash the full potential of NVMe Gen 4.0 x4 SSDs. The lightning-fast IOPS (Input/output operations per second) makes the MB118VP-B an ideal storage solution for autonomous driving, real-time forecasting, film editing, and military computing applications, where high-speed data processing is critical.
  • Maximizing Cooling Performance
    By incorporating dual high-performance 40x20mm cooling fans, the ToughArmor MB118VP-B can effectively dissipate the heat generated by U.2/U.3 SSDs through intelligently placed ventilation holes throughout the entire enclosure, which allow the heat to disperse evenly and maintain optimal operating temperatures for your drives.
  • ToughArmor Protection
    Ensuring the enclosure can be relied upon for many years, the ToughArmor MB118VP-B is capable of holding up in the harshest environment. The enclosure is equipped with rugged, heavy-duty full-metal protection throughout the entire device and tray, making it ideal for a system that may require a flammability rating. The exceptional build quality makes it suitable for various enterprise systems, including military and law enforcement systems, in-vehicle computers, and manufacturing conditions such as embedded control and factory automation systems.
  • EMI Grounding Technology
    Grounding your drives is essential to prevent hardware damage from static shocks when swapping drives. Our innovative EMI grounding technology ensures that once the drive is screwed onto the drive tray, it remains constantly grounded throughout the tray, housing, and computer system to protect the U.2/U.3 SSDs from static electrical surges during drive swapping.
  • Packed with Features
    The drive tray features an LED status light that indicates when your drive is powered up and in use. When no drives are installed, the LED will shut off to conserve power.
  • Keep track of your drives easily with the included individual drive ID labels. You'll always know which drive tray belongs in your RAID array or which drives contain specific files. Rearrange them as needed or remove them for a simplified look.
  • The ToughArmor MB118VP-B supports 15-pin SATA power cables with locking latches. As a result, you'll never need to worry about cables unintentionally disconnecting from your enclosure. Once these cables are connected, they will lock and stay in place.
  • Exceptional Product Compatibility
    The MB118VP-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.
  • 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 MB996TK-B for an instant security boost to your MB118VP-B. For bulk orders of MB118VP-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.
  • Wide Range of Compatibility
    EZ-Slide Micro Tray MB992TRAY-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 MB118VP-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 6x U.2/U.3 PCIe NVMe SSD, with a max drive height of 9.5mm
Designed to fit into any standard external 5.25" optical drive bay
Utilizes 3x slimSAS 8i (SFF-8654) to support 6x U.2/U.3 SSDs
Supports PCIe 4.0 specification with transfer rates up to 64Gb/s per drive bay
Supports Tri-mode controllers PCIe/NVMe pinout (Broadcom, Areca, and more)
Ruggedized full-metal enclosure that meets flammability requirements
Removable tray system for easy maintenance
Dual high-performance 40x20mm cooling fans
The Eagle-hook tray latch securely holds the drive tray inside the enclosure
EMI Grounding – protects SSDs from electrical damage
Backed by an Industry-leading 5-year limited warranty against all defects
Complimentary support from professionally trained technical support agents

Model Number: MB118VP-B
Color: Black
Support Drive Size: 2.5" (up to 9.5mm height)
Compatible Drive Type: U.2 / U.3
Number of Drives: 6
Max Drive Height: 9.5mm
Drive Bay: 5.25" bay
Host Interface: 3 x SlimSAS SFF-8654 8i, pin-out defined by SFF-9402 Rev 1.1
(Tri-mode HBA/RAID card compatible)
Power Input: 2 x 15pin SATA power connector
Transfer Rate: Up to 64Gbps (depending on SSD speed)
Support SSD Capacity: No limitation
Drive Cooling : 2 x 40x40x20mm fan
Structure / Material: Full metal
Hot Plug: Yes
Product Dimension (W x H x D): 146 x 41.3 x 150mm
Product Net Weight: 867.7g
Package Gross Weight: 967g
Drive Activity LED Indication: Power : solid green ; Drive access : flashing green
Package Contents: Device, user manual, drive id plugs, screws
SFF-8639 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):

  • MB992TRAY-B
  • MB996TK-B

Related Products Series:

  • NVMe Enclosures
  • SAS/SATA Enclosures

ToughArmor Lineup:


Q: Can you recommend an add-on card that is compatible with MB118VP-B?

A: To ensure compatibility with MB118VP-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.

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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 MB118VP-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)



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