StarTech.com SATABAY425BK 5.25" SATA/SAS Backplane

Posted on April 6, 2008
Author: Sean Potter
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Introduction

A few years ago, the only way to find a reasonable method of storage for both a decent price and decent capacity was to purchase 3.5" drives. Now, we are able to purchase 2.5" hard drives containing hundreds of gigabytes of space. Not only this, but many of the latest solid state drives (SSD) are being released in the 2.5" form factor as well. People finally have a choice about the form factor of their storage.

StarTech.com sent us the SATABAY425BK, a Serial ATA (SATA) / Serial-Attached SCSI (SAS) backplane that fits in a single 5.25" drive bay and can hold up to four 2.5" hard drives in hot swap trays. The backplane supports both SAS and SATA's 3Gbps transfer rates, and utilizes a pair of 40mm fans in the rear to cool the drives.

Packaging

The SATABAY425BK was packed into a white cardboard box with a spiffy plastic handle that folded in or out. The only label on the box was on the front, which was the StarTech.com product label and a short feature list.

Inside the box was a smaller white cardboard box, and the drive itself in a plastic casing. The smaller box held the included SAS cable.

The casing simply pulled apart, there wasn't any tape or the like to remove. Simple, but effective. Before installing the drive, let's look at the features.

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