Kingwin Serial SATA HDD Mobile Rack

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A “cool” mobile rack – Joe

SUMMARY: Simple, effective, removable SATA mobile hard drive rack.

KF91

The good guys at Kingwin sent us a sample of their Kingwin Serial SATA HDD Mobile Rack KF-91 to check out.

Key Features:

  • For standard 5.25″ drive bays
  • Ball bearing 40 mm fan
  • For standard 1″ height, 3.5″ SATA hard drives
  • Push-pull handle design
  • Dust shutter
  • Direct SATA to SATA bridge connection for fastest performance
  • LED indicators for power & fan status
  • Shock absorber system
  • Aluminum material and ABS plastic
  • Metal power keylock

The hard drive pulls out by lifting the handle and pulling the drive carrier out of its tray:

Open

The rear of the tray shows the 40 mm cooling fan – it pulls cooling air through the carrier’s front and over the drive:

Rear

Looking at the back inside

Back

shows the connector to the hard drive. This side shot

Lock

shows the lock assembly – the drive will not run until it’s locked into place; there are two keys shipped with the drive. The carrier is simplicity personified:

Carrier

No back – basically a three sided box. There are rubber strips so that the bottom for “shock mounting”. Mounting is a snap – slip the drive in the carrier (a snug fit), screw it in place

HD

and insert the carrier into the tray:

Connect

The back of the SATA drive mounts with the tray. Power the tray with a standard hard drive plug, attach the SATA cable and you’re set to go.

The Temperature Test

I tested the KF-91 to see how well the fan cooled the drive. I placed a thermocouple on top of the drive’s spindle to measure its temp, and measured ambient temps as well. The results:

Kingwin Serial Mobile Rack KF-91 Temperature Test

Condition

HD Temp

Ambient Temp

Delta

Inside KF-91

28.6ºC

16.4ºC

12.2ºC

Bare Drive

33.0ºC

16.8ºC

16.2ºC

The fan does a nice job, dropping drive temps by 4ºC. Cool air is drawn from the front of the drive and exhausted through the back, into the case.

CONCLUSIONS

Kingwin’s Serial Mobile Rack KF-91 is a handy unit for those looking for SATA drive mobility. I also can see using a product such as this as a security device – lock the drive up when not needed – or a handy way to isolate the internet from a critical work drive (two carriers and one sleeve – total physical separation).

Thanks again to Kingwin for sending this our way.

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