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Icy Dock's Flex-Fit Trio Accessory Can Hold 3 HDDs in 5.25"

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Icy Dock's new Flex-Fit Trio Accessory can hold up to three hard drives in a single 5.25" drive bay.

Icy Dock has revealed its latest PC accessory, the Flex-Fit Trio MB343SP. This accessory is an expansion adapter that will fit in 5.25" bays, and can carry up to two 2.5" SSDs or HDDs, as well as a 3.5" device.

The 3.5" devices that it can carry are not limited to 3.5" hard drives; it can carry both 3.5" hard drives as well as front-accessible 3.5" devices, such as floppy drives or card readers. Very few cases come with front 3.5" bays these days, so this might be a useful space-efficient alternative to using an older or undesirable case.

The accessory even has a metal cover for the 3.5" bay to prevent the open bay from spoiling the front view of the PC. All the drives can also be installed without the use of tools, though screw holes are present for the 3.5" drive for added rigidity.

Availability is expected for this month, though there was no word on official MSRP pricing.

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    doomtomb , February 6, 2014 2:54 PM
    Cool but I think 5.25" bays are the on the way out.
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    dgingeri , February 6, 2014 3:04 PM
    hooray. I have two 2.5" backplanes in two systems that turn a 5.25" bay into 4 2.5" bays, and these are hot swappable. This is not really all that exciting.
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    jasonelmore , February 6, 2014 3:04 PM
    Why didnt i think of this! this is great for those using smal mini itx cases such as Bitfenix series and Corsair's HAF XB.This allows 2 ssd's in raid 0 for lightning fast OS and Program storage, and a big 3.5 slot for a 4TB driver perfect for storing your steam library or production content.
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    SchizoFrog , February 6, 2014 3:17 PM
    @doomtomb:Until they do away with optical discs completely, 5.25 is here to stay.As dginggeri mentioned, these things have been around for a while. I prefer this option from Silverstone though that turns a 5.25 bay in to a bay that holds a slim line optical drive as well as 4x 2.5 drives.http://www.scan.co.uk/products/silverstone-sst-fp58b-bay-device-525-1x-slot-loading-slim-optical-drive-and-4x-25-hdd-ssd-blackSilverstone have had these for sale for quite a while
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    SchizoFrog , February 6, 2014 3:18 PM
    Thanks Toms... way to screw up my previous post.
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    Phillip Wager , February 6, 2014 3:36 PM
    if its under 30 dollars im getting one hopefully it is under 20
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    ferooxidan , February 6, 2014 4:44 PM
    Exactly what I need for my mini-ITX build. I can use the empty space from the original hdd space for more fan. better airflow. - Bitfenix Phenom
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    grokem , February 6, 2014 6:24 PM
    5.25" bays have been out for so long it isn't funny. Too bad there are almost no cases that you can purchase without them. Optical hasn't been usable for at least 3 years now. I hate 5.25" bays but since you can't buy a case without them at least this is something you can do with them.
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    drwho1 , February 6, 2014 8:28 PM
    LOL @ floppy drives also my PC's will always have one optical drive (DVD / Blu-Ray) or whatever other media that might replace it.
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    rdc85 , February 6, 2014 8:49 PM
    I still backup most important data on optical disk.... It safe me for couple of times, we never know when we need it... so 5.25 still a must for me...
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    bryonhowley , February 7, 2014 1:17 AM
    I would never buy a case that does NOT have a optical drive bay. For one it is needed for my XSPC water cooling kit and I have to have a Blu-Ray burner it is a must. So I need at least 3 5.25 bays. Optical drives of some type will be around for some time to come.
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    mortsmi7 , February 7, 2014 10:06 AM
    I built my computer just a year ago and I use all four of my 5.25" bays. One person does not equate to everyone not having a use for them.
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    back_by_demand , February 7, 2014 10:52 AM
    5.25" bays will be around for as long as 2 x 2.5" will fit in the same space. 4 bays fitting 12 drives is pretty cool
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    grebgonebad , February 10, 2014 3:46 AM
    Interesting. This could be a good accessory to have for a home cloud unit. Although I think what with multi-terrabyte drives becoming more popular, and therefore cheaper, the need for multiple drives will start declining soon...