Amber Disk Array 8SA - installing 8 drives into one drive bay

The Amber Disk Array 8SA is a high-density backplane chassis designed to mount eight 2.5" 7mm height SATA HDD/SSD into the space of a single 5¼" drive bay. It is an ideal solution for application that needs to have a large number of removable storage in a small system with limit drive bay. The drive tray in this drive array is compatible with the Addonics Amber Mini Mobile Rack. This Disk Array, together with the Mini Mobile Rack, enables adding many removable drives to computing equipment that you could have never imagined possible. Using the Addonics family of 7 mm flash drive kits, mSATA and M2 media can also become a convenient removable media for this Disk Array.

 

Front view

 

Rear view

 

Illustration of Loading and unloading drive


 


Installing 2.5" HDD/SSD into the drive tray

Step 1: with the drive tray facing up, you may loosen the two screws next to the metal spring to relief the cover and slide the hard drive into the tray

Step 2: put back the two screws that were taken out to secure the cover onto the tray

Step 3: Turn the tray, together with the drive inside, upside down. Secure the drive to the tray with two to four 2.5" HDD screws

  • Install as many as eight (8) SATA HDD/SSD into a single 5¼" drive bay
  • Ideal for adding more removable drives into computer or equipment with limited # of drive bays
  • Use any standard 2.5" 7mm height SATA HDD/SSD as removable drive media, including Addonics family of 7mm height flash drive kits
  • Power and drive access LEDs on each drive tray
  • Rugged steel construction
  • Both drive tray and chassis are well ventilated for fast cooling
  • Drive tray is interchangeable with the Amber Mini Mobile Rack
  • Eight (8) SATA connector, one for each drive tray
  • Two (2) SATA 15-pin power connectors (see power requirement on the note below)
  • Separate LED for power and drive access on each drive tray
  • One 40 x 40mm cooling fan
  • Dimensions:
    • Depth: ~ 163 mm (6.42 in.) including the cooling fan
    • Width: ~ 145 mm (5.71 in.)
    • Height: ~ 43 mm (1.69 in.)
  • Weight: ~ 27.6 oz. (782 gm) 
                ~ 2 oz (57g) for the drive tray only
  • Operating temperature and humidity: 0 to 65 °C, 5 - 90% RH
  • Storage temperature and humidity: 0 - 65 °C, 5 - 95% RH (non-condensing)

 

Note: To power all eight (8) 2.5" hard drives at the same time, the power supply needs to provide adequate 5V power. As a guideline, you should budget at minimum 1.5A at 5V for each 2.5" hard drive as it requires more power to do the initial spin-up of the drive. High-performance SSD also consumes a lot of power. Depending on what is installed on a computer, a standard 500W power supply in many Desktop systems may not provide enough power to start up all 8 2.5" hard drives simultaneously.

PRODUCTS

AB8DA25SA - (Amber Disk Array 8SA for 2.5" 7mm HDD/SSD )
Content: Amber Disk Array 8SA for 2.5" 7mm height HDD or SSD, one 3" SATA male to female extension power cable, mounting screws for eight (8) 2.5" HDD
Price: 99.99

ACCESSORIES

ABMR257-T (Drive tray for Amber Mini Mobile Rack)
Content: Amber Mini Mobile Rack drive tray
Price: 12.00
ABMR257 (Amber Mini Mobile Rack for 2.5" 7mm HDD/SSD )
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Price: 25.40
ABPCIMR7M (Amber PCI Mobile Rack for 2.5" 7mm HDD/SSD )
Content: Amber PCI Mobile Rack for 2.5" 7mm height HDD or SSD, one set of mounting screws for 2.5" HDD
Price: 25.95
AD4SA6GPX2 ( 6G 4-port SATA PCIe 2X controller)
>Content: 6G 4-port SATA PCI-Express 2 lanes controller, user guide
Price: 55.00
AD10SA6GPX2 (6G 10-port SATA PCIe 2X Controller)
Content: 6G 10-port SATA PCIe 2 lanes Controller, PM management software CD, user guide
Price: 79.00