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My ICYDOCK MB994SP-4S review for my Dell Precision T7500

Recently I acquired a few used SAS 2.5″ 10K RPM drives and wanted to use them. I scoured the internet a few days and wound up deciding on the IcyDock MB994SP-4S 4 in 1 SAS / SATA Hot Swap Backplane RAID cage. I shopped around locally and found it at Central Computer on Stephens Creek BLVD in San Jose for about $65.00 plus tax.

I got it home, carefully installed all the SAS drives which fit perfectly and then installed the unit in my Dell T7500 Workstation only to discover that the plastic bezel that covers the 5 1/4″ drive bays is a little too large and will not allow the drives to be inserted or removed correctly without fighting with the Bezel. This I cannot blame on the IcyDock product but it was almost a fail for me. I decided to leave it as is and try it for a while. Unfortunately the drives got way too hot after about 15 minutes and I was forced to pull the unit out, carelly remove the drives and pack it back up to be returned.

Also, note that the screws that mount the 5 1/4″ form factor cage into the computer are very small and shallow and do not come close to being adequate to secure the cage in my computer. Being a Dell, the system is different also and I could barely get one tiny screw to hold the IcyDock unit in..

I do not reccomend this unit for Dell T7500 computers and I do NOT reccomend using SAS drives in this unit as they get too hot even with the fans..

– Wesley

Windows 7 will not boot without install DVD

I encountered this issue today and even though I am a 15 year IT veteran, in my haste I re-installed Windows without looking for a solution first:

After a fresh installation of Windows 7 Professional everything seemed fine, I updated all the drivers put my favorite utilities back in and then saw that I left the Windows install DVD in the drive.. I removed it and then restarted after more updates and I got an error that Windows could not boot and I should run the repair tool from the disk..

I restarted the computer with the install DVD in the drive, got distracted and missed the opportunity to press any key to boot the dvd.. however Windows booted!! I thought that was weird, and too good to be true.. I removed the DVD rebooted and tried again… FAIL!!

So…. Like a DOPE… I re-installed Windows 7 all over again thinking something was corrupt and BAM!!! same damned problem… so finally I put the disk back in the drive, booted and Googled “Windows will not boot without” and up pops “Windows will not boot without the install DVD” Selected that and the rest is history!

All I had to do to fix it was to change the SATA cable order on my hard drives. The boot hard drive was plugged into Sata port 1 and my data drive was plugged into Sata port 0…

Swapped the two, removed the Windows & install DVD and booted just fine! ALSO this same thing happened to me on another computer and I ran EasyBCD which is FREE and then found that for some reason the boot drive was set to D so I changed it to C and rebooted and everything worked fine.

Hope this helps someone!