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AMS DS-524SSBK 2.5" x4 SATA Backplane Module

Item #: 9B-17-999-022  |  Mfr. Part #: DS-524SSBK
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  • Multi 2.5" Drives to 5.25" Bay

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    Top Favorable Review

    Best of the Bunch for SSD/SATA/SAS

    These are the best of the bunch of the removable HDD devices because each tray has a "token" security key, which provides a level of protection against inadvertent drive removal (as in, fumbling around in the dark under your desk attempting ... Read more
    — Kerry K. 6/14/2012

    Top Critical Review

    Fan noise

    Noisy if you are building q quiet PC. With CPU and case fans on a low setting there is a high pitch whine that is very annoying. The switch is for controlling how the drives start up Not fan control. Read more
    — Jon P. 7/26/2015

    Learn more about the AMS (American Media Systems) DS-524SSBK




    Mobile Rack Drives Support
    Multi 2.5" Drives to 5.25" Bay
    Mobile Rack Interface
    2.5" x4 SATA Backplane Module.

    SATA I/II/III & SSD compatible.

    Transfer speed up to 6Gbps (600MB/s).

    Fit into one 5.25" drive bay.

    Aluminum chassis.

    Color: Black

    Customer Reviews of the AMS (American Media Systems) DS-524SSBK

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    5 out of 5 eggs Based on 19 Reviews

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    • Albert B.
    • Verified Owner

    4 out of 5 eggs Mery sturdy aluminum case. Works fine out of the box.

    Pros: Only requires one SATA Power connection. Works well with positive SSD engagement.

    Cons: I have three SSDs installed, one Crucial 500 GB and two ADATA 240 GB units and the purple access blinking light only works on the Crucial unit and not on the ADATA units. This causes some concern when you are not certain which unit is being used at the time especially if you are using the SSD as a backup of your data. This is the only reason that I took off one egg.

    Bottom Line: I would recommend this product since it is well constructed and works well with the OS.

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    • Anonymous
    • Verified Owner

    5 out of 5 eggs Love it

    Pros: - Does what its supposed to
    - Activity lights
    - Solid latching
    - Fans are actually extremely quiet (I was shocked honestly)

    Cons: - none

    Bottom Line: See pros above. Not much more that can be said really. I put in 7.5mm SSDs but there was plenty of room for taller drives. Definitely recommend.

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    • Jon P.
    • Verified Owner

    3 out of 5 eggs Fan noise

    Pros: Does what it says.

    Cons: Noisy if you are building q quiet PC. With CPU and case fans on a low setting there is a high pitch whine that is very annoying. The switch is for controlling how the drives start up Not fan control.

    Bottom Line: Use the supplied case screws. They are shorter than your typical screws. Longer screws will bind the drive trays making them hard/impossible to remove.

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    • Michael S.
    • Verified Owner

    5 out of 5 eggs Very Nice Addition to a PC

    Pros: Solid

    Smooth insertion and ejection

    Makes good use of an empty 5.25" bay

    Cons: Really wish it could have been made tray-less. However it is so nicely built that you cannot complain.

    Bottom Line: Definitely getting SATA 3.0 6GB/s speeds out of all four bays.

    Have this in a Cooler Master HAF XB EVO. With a Nepton 240 mounted right above this unit, the tray locks vibrate loudly during max CPU usage if they are not in the "locked" position (120mm fan right above this spinning near full speed). No big deal, just took a minute to figure out what was going on.

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    • Troy G.
    • Verified Owner

    5 out of 5 eggs great product

    Pros: High Quality, no issues mounting either ssd or mechanical 2.5" drives. Drive trays and well fitted and lock down tight. I was very impressed with the product overall. Price was right too.

    Cons: I had a MINOR issue with the drive trays sometimes not wanting to lock in securely. (could tap the front sometimes and make the tray unlock as if you had hit the release button) I think the case bay was squeezing the frame of the dock and making the drive tray locking mechanism be temper mental. That being said, it did stay locked as long as you didn't bump whatever tray happened to be stressed.. and you still have the option to use the key to lock the drives in place which locks them down solid as a rock. NOTE: The bays worked perfectly when not in the case. So i didn't take off an egg as the problem could have been that the case was as millimeter too tight or the docking bay was a millimeter too big. Was an expensive case so ... who knows.

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    • Matthew C.
    • Verified Owner

    5 out of 5 eggs Solid - perhaps too solid?

    Pros: * The chassis is extremely durable.
    * I've seen no connectivity problems whatsoever.
    * Looks very slick inside the case.

    Cons: * It was a tight fit in my 2u Norco case, but these things will happen. Fitting another above it would take a good deal more effort, though.
    * The plastic drive caddies are flimsy. None have broken on me, but if you anticipate switching them out frequently, you should look elsewhere.
    * There are (or were) cheaper options for products like this.
    * Another manufacturer of external hot swap bays, another key to lose :( Standardize already!

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    • Joseph S.
    • Verified Owner

    5 out of 5 eggs Bought 2 - Works great

    Pros: Nice design. Fits perfectly in a 5.25" case slot right under the DVD recorder for one of my build. You are able to remove a drive with enough room for the fat fingers.. SSD's align nicely with the inside connectors and SSD sleds slides in and out smoothly. Locks feels solid and keyed for locking sleds in place if you want to but don't have to.. Comes with 4 long (18") SATA cables with straight SATA connectors on both ends and uses one SATA power connector for all drives. One HD activity light on each sled door and has a small non intrusive LED light but rather looks cool that shows it is working.. There are dual cooling fans on backside that seem pretty quiet. Bought one for a server build and one for a PC rebuild.. Quite pleased with this choice so far. Come with plenty of recessed SSD screws with precision alignment of SSD to sled to connectors. Not a bad choice and will be a huge time saver when you want to change drives.

    Cons: None

    Bottom Line: Good choice for SSD array or otherwise. Easy access. I am going to get another when I re-build my other PC next year.

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    • Christopher B.
    • Verified Owner

    5 out of 5 eggs

    Pros: AMS brand, well constructed aluminum chassis. fits 4 2.5" drives into a single 5.25" bay.

    Cons: None

    Bottom Line: I am using this to connect 4 Crucial M500 240GB SSD's to a LSI 926--8i SAS HBA via an Intel RESCV240 SAS expander using a Rosewill Rosewill RASA-13001 SFF-8087 to 4XSATA breakout cable.
    Working without any issues at all.

    Caveat - use the short included screws. longer screws will interfere with the seating of the carrier plates.
    Be aware of possible cable length issues if you have a large case

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    • richard o.
    • Verified Owner

    3 out of 5 eggs Unusually large

    Pros: It works


    Cons: Too large for some enclosures. It took a lot of coaxing to get it into my 2U chenbros chassis' 5.25" slot... so much so that I highly doubt I will ever be able to remove it from that slot. Forget screwing it in, it doesn't need screws... just wedge it in and it will never come out. In my case, it sticks out about 1/8" from the front, and that's the best I can do. On the other hand, it appears to work, and accepts drives with no issues. In the event that the module breaks (one of the doors snaps or something similar), I will likely have to replace my entire chassis. I've read that others have had issues fitting this into their chassis, so I'm sure I'm not alone... I just may be one of the few stupid enough to attempt to "force the issue" and get it in the slot.

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    • Charles P.
    • Verified Owner

    4 out of 5 eggs very-good hot swap

    Pros: This unit is very solidly constructed, and works great for of ease-of access and swapping out hard drives quickly. Each bay has its own activity light that is blue, but blinks purple to signify activity. Each individual tray is lockable, and it comes with two keys. finally, a great price on the unit!

    Cons: I removed one egg because of an annoying issue that occurred for me. After installing my two SSDs into the bay, a witnessed a significant drop in system performance. Mainly loads times for games.

    Bottom Line: Despite the drops in loads time, i still highly recommend this bay. While my SSDs were removed to regain the system speed, it still works great as a 2,5 hdd bay. I am actually ordering a second unit for the hdd trays themselves.

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