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Scythe's Easy Mobile Rack Makes Use of Your 5.25'' Bay

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Known for its popular cooling accessories, Scythe has announced its newest product which is meant to transform your unused 5.25-inch bay into a convenient 3.5-inch mounting bay.

Installation of the Scythe Easy Mobile Rack is as simple as installing an ordinary optical drive. The 3.5-inch rack is secured in an empty 5.25-inch drive bay using the included mounting screws, and is then connected to SATA power for Hot Plug support.

Once installation of the rack is completed, users can insert any regular or slim 3.5-inch hard drive into the bay and close the hatch. Closing the hatch brings the hard drive backward for use, while opening the hatch brings the hard drive forward for replacement. Best of all, insertion and ejection of hard drives can be done without tools, without restarts and without data-loss.

The Scythe Easy Mobile Rack is available in Black only, making it blend well with the front of most darker cases. Check out the video below and the product page for more details.

Scythe Easy Mobile Rack

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    Anonymous , June 28, 2012 2:55 AM
    You have to be kidding me, mobile rack's for 3.5" drives for 5.25" bays have been around FOREVER. Ok, 10+ years easy and for under $20.. As well, ever since SATA was introduced they have been easy to mount and easy to plug slide in-out, and if the drive supports hot plug you can do it with the bay.. Man you guys must be hard up for articles...
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    Onus , June 28, 2012 1:35 AM
    Things like this exist, but this looks like a nice example. If the price is reasonable, I'll probably get at least a couple of them for various builds.
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    amuffin , June 28, 2012 1:49 AM
    Doesn't Antec already have something like this?
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    nforce4max , June 28, 2012 2:24 AM
    My old college has been using those for close to a year now, they are ok but not to my personal standards for quality and cooling.
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    Anonymous , June 28, 2012 2:55 AM
    You have to be kidding me, mobile rack's for 3.5" drives for 5.25" bays have been around FOREVER. Ok, 10+ years easy and for under $20.. As well, ever since SATA was introduced they have been easy to mount and easy to plug slide in-out, and if the drive supports hot plug you can do it with the bay.. Man you guys must be hard up for articles...
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    face-plants , June 28, 2012 4:23 AM
    I second that Nooorrrmm. I've had at least two of these trays in my bench machines for at least 6-7 years for scanning customer drives and doing data recovery. For the type of application I see this most useful for, having my dual interface trays that support IDE drives as well as SATA (2.5" and 3.5" of course) is way more practical. If you're not connecting multiple different hard drives to your machine then you should be using an external HD enclosure anyway.
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    hellwig , June 28, 2012 6:49 AM
    What I like are the racks that turn two 5.25" bays into three 3.5" bays. Those are convenient, but cost around $100 and they don't even offer RAID capabilities, they're just bays. When the price on those comes down, then I'll be interested.
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    mihaimm , June 28, 2012 9:25 AM
    hellwigdon't even offer RAID capabilities, they're just bays
    So... you want a RAID card, with the 3 bays, with disk active cooling and hot swap for less than $100... Good luck with that ;) .
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    kikireeki , June 28, 2012 10:39 AM
    Nice but can't see what's so original about it to deserve a headline!
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    TeraMedia , June 28, 2012 3:44 PM
    This is a very nice, pretty advertisement.

    Since a LOT of these kinds of things exist (just search on NewEgg for many examples), how about a comparison? Pros and Cons?

    Rather than, "Hey, look at this nifty device!" how about, "Here are 5 single-bay devices for hot-plug, hot-swap 3.5" HDDs. We compare them for ease-of-use, durability, cooling, quality and value."

    I'm working right now with a 3.5-in-5.25, two 5x3.5-in-3x5.25s, and a 4x2.5-in-5.25. The 3.5-in-5.25 is by far the simplest and also lowest-value. It would be great to see a review about one or more of the other form factors, because there are differences between the available devices on the market. Some of this might even be valuable over on the IT-Pro side of the publication.
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    eddieroolz , June 28, 2012 8:34 PM
    That's great! I have 3 of the 5.25" bays but only am using 1, and will only ever use 2 at most.