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Added: 1st of April 2021

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ICY BOX IB-173SSK Mobile Rack for 2.5" & 3.5" SATA, SSD, HDD

It's always hard trying to find a use for these older hard drives, you can sell them on marketplaces like Ebay, but then you need to take in to account the time it takes to correctly wipe the drives, versus the money your going to get back for them, sometimes it hardly seems worth it, especially with the lower capacity drives.

Since I like to try out different Linux distributions and have quite a few 2.5" and 3.5" SATA / SSD drives laying around, I decided to start putting them to use by purchasing the ICY BOX IB-173SSK Mobile Rack for 2.5" & 3.5" SATA/SAS HDD drives.

One big advantage of installing a new Linux distribution on a separate drive over a virtual machine is performance.

If your also a Windows user looking to try Linux for the first time, instead of installing Linux alongside Windows, or as a Virtual Machine, you can install Linux on a completely separate drive. If you need to go back to Windows at anytime you just need to eject the drive with the Linux distribution, and insert the drive with your Windows installation.

Since the drives also work independently, If you have Linux or Windows installed on your 2.5" drive and then insert a 3.5" hard drive, this will be mounted in your operating system, depending on how it was formatted, i.e Linux ext4 or NTFS, you can then read and write to it.

This is handy as if you have important files that you back up to a particular drive, it means you don't need to use an external USB drive.

Installing the ICY BOX IB-173SSK
The rack fits in the spare 5.25" DVD drive of your PC case, or by removing your existing DVD drive.

To connect the mobile rack to your motherboard, it's just a simple case of running two SATA cables, one for 2.5" drive and one for the 3.5" drive from the mobile rack to the SATA ports on your motherboard, and then one power connector from your power supply to the connector on the back of the mobile rack.

I did experience one issue with one of the SATA cables hitting my power supply, meaning that the unit didn't sit flush with the front of my case, but this was easily resolved by purchasing a new SATA cable with a right angle connector.

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