Icy Dock MB982SPR-2S review

The Icy Dock MB982SPR-2S (or to give it its full name: the Icy Dock MB982SPR-2S  Full Metal Dual 2.5in to 3.5in SATA HDD & SDD Converter with RAID for PC & Mac Pro – which must surely be a record) is an intriguing device  for Mac Pro owners.

Essentially it is a 3.5in metal caddy that fits into a Mac Pro hard drive slot, and inside is space for two 2.5in hard drives (the type normally used in laptops). It features a built in hardware RAID system enabling you to combine the two hard drives into one single drive that is recognised by the Mac Pro.

Although it’s possible to use any kind of 2.5in drive, we imagine that its primary use will be to add twin SSD (Solid State Drives) units to a Mac Pro. Most SSD drives are sold in the smaller 2.5in format, and are designed to fit in laptops not desktops.

But SSD drives offer a massive performance boost so are as much of interest to Mac Pro owners as they are to laptop owners. Indeed, Apple started adding them to its soon-to-be-extinct Xserve systems as boot drives alongside the regular hard drive, and SSDs are sold as an option on many Macs.

The Icy Dock MB982SPR-2S  is also interesting because it enables you to double the number of hard drives you can add (up to eight in total in the four bays).  And because it has hardware RAID you don’t have to rely on the software solution provided in Mac OS X.

The key advantage, though, is that you can stripe together two SSD drives to provide even faster performance than a single SSD drive would provide (which would be in itself far faster than a regular spindle drive).

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