What is the opinion of Reddit about the
ICY DOCK Full Metal 16 x 2.5 SAS/SATA HDD/SSD Mobile Rack Enclosure for 2 x 5.25 Bay (4 x MiniSAS HD) | ToughArmor MB516SP-B?

A total of 7 reviews of this product on Reddit.

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31st Oct 2021

Can’t find towers like that anymore! I’m actually looking for a solid tower I can put 5 to 8 5.25″ bays in, so I can fill it with 16-drive ICY DOCK cages (4 bays will give me 32 drives, 8 will give me 64 drives), and build out a ZFS server.

I’ve searched for weeks to find any tower that will handle 12+ 3.5″ SATA drives or 16+ 2.5″ SAS drives, and there’s quite literally none that do anymore. Everyone focuses on these large ‘garage’ bays for RGB fans or massive GPU and IO coolers, but no real room for drive cages, caddys or bays, not without custom sheetmetal work to DIY them in place.

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10th Aug 2021

Better and safer for your data to get 2.5″ 2TB SAS drives and a decent enclosure. Smaller drives, higher number, better for failure rates and resiliency.

ICYDOCK sells a 16-bay SAS enclosure that sits in a double-height 5.25″ tower bay.

Using 2 of those, in a tower with 4 x 5.25″ bays, and you’ve got 32 drives (not counting any internal drives you put in your tower), just about 50TB of storage if you use ZFS/Z1, 46TB if you use Z2. You could power all 32 drives with 4 PCI SAS cards, without expanders.

Right now, 2.5″ 2TB HGST SAS drives are going for $64 each on Amazon.

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2nd Jan 2022

Out of curiosity why 2.5″?

Build your own NAS and use something like this to get your 2.5″ bays: https://www.amazon.com/ICY-DOCK-ToughArmor-Backplane-External/dp/B077Z7FQ43

With a case like this: https://www.amazon.com/Silverstone-Micro-ATX-Desktop-Computer-SG02B-F-3-0-USA/dp/B07PF919BY

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10th Dec 2021
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10th Nov 2020

Say you need a petabyte of storage for your business, and you need it to be SSD-quick.

Currently, to get SSD storage at ~$100/TB, you need to buy 2TB drives. Anything bigger costs more per TB. So you’d need 500 drives to hit 1PB, plus at least another 100 for redundancy.

What do you think it costs to house and wrangle 600 disks? The densest supermicro storage server you can get crams 48 2.5″ bays into 2U, and those go for about $3k barebones. Probably closer to $5k with a bare minimum configuration for handling this much storage. You’re going to need 13 of those to house 600 2TB SSDs. That’s $65k on top of the $120k in bare drive costs, or a 54% overhead. Then there’s the order-of-magnitude-higher power usage and cooling requirements to contend with.

Alternately, you could buy 12 100TB drives, get the same amount of storage/redundancy, and stick them in pretty much anything. You can go new and pay about $5K for a 2U rackmount server, or hell, you could stick them in a standard desktop case and build your server to your exact specifications. Virtually anything has room for 12 2.5″ drives. Now your overhead is more like 3%, and your electricity and cooling costs are a tiny fraction of what they would be with a 600-drive solution.