ToughArmor MB601VK-1B

Note: To utilize an M.2, U.2, or U.3 NVMe SSD in a PCIe 16x or 8x slot, the motherboard or add-on card must support PCIe Bifurcation. This mode divides PCIe lanes into specific configurations like x4, x4, x4, x4 for a 16x slot or x4, x4 for an 8x slot, ensuring the SSD can be read by the system. For compatible hardware, please refer to the FAQ section. If your hardware is not listed there, please contact us for assistance.



The ToughArmor MB601VK-1B is our next-generation rugged 2.5” U.2 hot-plug mobile rack, supporting ultra-high-speed 64Gbps data transfer with all U.2 NVMe SSDs, including those from Seagate, Samsung, Intel, HGST, Micron, and all other brands.



World’s First U.2 Removable Design

Supports removable function for any 2.5” U.2 NVMe SSD, allowing for easy installation and removal, and reducing technician costs. 

Note: the host has to support NVMe hot-plug function in order for the OS to detect the swapped drive while the system is powered on. If you are having trouble detecting your M.2 NVMe SSD, please refer to FAQ. 



Superior Performance

Built to utilize the next generation U.2 (SFF-8639) interface to support the full NVMe bandwidth specification of 64Gbps, the ToughArmor MB601VK-1B is over 10 times faster than the previous SATA standard, making it ideal for data intensive applications such as in enterprise servers, data centers, and photography for media professionals.



Safe and Secure

ToughArmor is renowned in the enterprise and industrial data storage industry for its ruggedized full-metal enclosure and superior protection, and this trend continues with the MB601VK-1B. Its 100% steel enclosure provides enhanced protection against wear, bumps, and shock damage, and meets flammability standards.


For optimal cooling, the heat is further dispersed through the intelligently placed ventilation holes on all sides, which works together with your computers cooling system to protect your drives from overheating damage, even under load.




Packed with Features

An LED status light built into the tray and lets you know when your drive is powered up and in use. To save power, the LED shuts off when no drive is installed.




  • For an additional physical layer of security, the included key-lock can be used to protect against unwanted access and secure drives in particularly rough environments, such as military applications and in-vehicle PCs.




When not in use, the integrated dust cover protects the open bay from dust, which would otherwise clog the internal connectors and cause additional wear.




Exceptional Product Compatibility

The MB601VK-1B is compatible with motherboards, RAID/HBA cards, and M.2 adapters from major brands including Adaptec, Areca, Broadcom, HighPoint, Supermicro, and more. This compatibility gives you the freedom to choose from a wide range of hardware options, moving beyond the constraints of single-brand system configurations. For more information on product compatibility, click here.



As downward disconnection is one of the common issue that lead to damaging or even snapping the rear connector, the ToughArmor MB601VK-1B comes with rear metal support brackets. The benefits to having the support brackets is to reduce the chances accidental damage to the rear connector when disconnecting improperly and prevent it from shifting around. This also serves as a guide when inserting or removing the SFF-8639 male-connector, making it extremely useful when dealing with limited space.





Compatible with MB601M2K-1B

Compatible with U.2 and M.2 drives when combined with the ToughArmor MB601M2K-1B. Because these models use the same outer tray housing, their trays are inter-compatible and can be swapped between them.



Which MB601VK is right for you?

If you are using a small/ medium-sized computer chassis with limited internal space, MB601VK-B is the perfect drive enclosure to accommodate a up to 15mm NVMe U.2 drive into any mini-tower, small form factor or home theater PCs (HTPC). On the other hand, MB601VK-1B is designed with a longer overall length in order to become interchangeable with MB601TP-1B drive tray, which can fit up to 110mm NVMe M.2 SSDs.



(Optional) M.2 NVMe SSD to U.2 NVMe SSD Adapter

Converting your M.2 NVMe SSD into U.2 NVMe SSD with EZConvert MB705M2P-B adapter offers tool-less SSD installation and comes with a large heatsink designed explicitly for high-speed M.2 NVMe SSDs.



(Optional) 3.5" to 5.25" Drive Bay Bracket

Converting your 5.25" device bay into a 3.5" device bay with Flex-Fit MB343SP drive bay bracket, it features a solid one-piece design with additional dual 2.5" drive slots for extra drive storage.



Customizable ICY DOCK Drive Enclosures: Tailored to Meet TAA & UL Certification Standards and More! 

At ICY DOCK, we understand the paramount importance of adhering to various industry and safety standards. While our standard products are already crafted with the highest quality in mind, we also provide our customers with the option to customize ICY DOCK drive enclosures and mobile racks to meet their specific certification requirements. This includes standards such as TAA and UL to wide temperature tests.

Our dedicated team is fully prepared to adjust product materials and designs to ensure complete compliance. Furthermore, we offer comprehensive guidance to our clients throughout the certification process. Our goal is to not only meet precise specifications but also ensure that our products successfully pass stringent tests. Below, you'll find a detailed table listing all the optional certifications that can be tested with our customizable solutions.

*The drive mobile rack enclosure needs to have a customized front water-resistant panel added to pass the IEC 60529 (IPX5) certification. Water resistance refers to preventing water or dust from entering the enclosure through the front panel when the product is installed in the chassis, rather than making the entire enclosure water-resistant.


Customizing ICY DOCK products for specific certifications involves fees for the creation of the certificates, including necessary testing. Please note that some certificates may require recurring fees to remain valid. For more details and inquiries,please contact us at tech@icydock.com


Main Features

Fits 1x 2.5” U.2 NVMe SSD or 2.5" SAS / SATA SSD 
(NVMe U.2 host is required to accept NVMe SSD, SAS or SATA SSD)
  
Installs into any standard external 3.5” device bay or floppy bay
  
Uses an U.2 port (SFF-8639) to connect, requires NVMe host
  
Supports the full NVMe bandwidth specification of 64Gbps
  
Ruggedized full-metal enclosure meeting flammability requirements
  
2-segment key lock for additional physical security
  
Eagle-hook tray latch securely holds the tray inside the enclosure
  
EMI Grounding – protects SSDs from electrical damage
  
Anti-Vibration Technology (AVT) reduces noise and protects against environmental damage
  
Active Power Technology (APT) saves power by shutting the device down when no drive is installed.
  
Industry-leading 5 years limited warranty against all defects
  
Complimentary support from professionally trained US-based technical support agents
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