StarTech 2.5" SATA HD rack review

Is this 2.5" hot-swappable hard drive rack worthy of your new SSD?

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  • Good build quality
  • Simple to use
  • Useful for some


  • A bit niche
  • A bit expensive
  • Shame it's not part of a two-pack

This is where reviewing things in PCFormat can get a mite tricky. How does one review a 2.5" hard drive bracket?

Well, to be honest it's my fault for thinking that StarTech's hot-swappable, rear-mounted hard-drive rack sounded interesting. And, to be honest, it kind of is interesting. But I'm still not entirely sure that it's that useful.

If it was only a tenner, or if it came in a pack of two to allow seamless drive switching between two machines then I could get behind its rather niche usage model. But as it is, it's kind of only really relevant for someone regularly testing different laptop hard drives.

In that situation it's incredibly useful. You mount the rack in a spare expansion slot on the rear of your case, hook up the SATA info and power leads, and you can drop in 2.5-inch drives on the fly.

It could be handy for smaller chassis with fewer hard-drive mounts inside, and for those SSDs that come without mounting brackets to slot them into 3.5- inch bays.

I've tested it with a couple of different SSDs and it didn't once have a problem with any of the extended casings around the SSD SATA points.

In terms of security, you could secure your machine by having your boot drive in the bay at the back and remove it whenever you're not at your rig. Handy for the LAN party then.

It's a well-made, smartly designed, and simple piece of tech. It's reassuringly solid, the drives fit snugly and it just works.

There's really not a lot else you could ask of the StarTech bracket, apart from maybe a wee price cut. But then products in niche markets are always a little bit pricey…

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Tech Specs

Product TypeDrive Enclosure
Number of Total Expansion Bays1
Number of 2.5" Bays1
Drive InterfaceSerial ATA/600
Form FactorInternal
Controller TypeSerial ATA/600
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Height119.9 mm
Width21.1 mm
Depth145 mm
Product ModelS25SLOTR
Product Name2.5in SATA Removable HDD Bay for PC Slot
Manufacturer Part NumberS25SLOTR
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationUse an available expansion card slot to install a hot swappable 2.5in hard drive. The S25SLOTR Trayless Hard Drive Rack can be installed into an available (full profile) PCI expansion card slot, providing easy access to a bare 2.5" SATA hard drive or solid state drive (SSD) from the rear panel of a computer case.

Unlike conventional hard drive enclosures, the S25SLOTR hard drive rack doesn't require that a drive be installed in a drive tray, saving the time and hassle involved in having to mount or install the hard drive for access to drive contents.

To maximize performance and utilize the full speed potential of your SATA III hard drives, this HDD Backplane supports SATA III for transfer speeds up to 6 Gbps when paired with compatible controller.

Once installed in a PCI slot (and accompanying rear panel bracket), installing a 2.5" SATA HDD is as simple as inserting it into the trayless rack. To remove the hard drive, simply hit the eject button to unlock the access door, allowing the drive to be pulled out of the computer without having to dismount the drive.

This unique design of the mobile rack enables you to use any available full profile expansion slot to mount a removable 2.5in SATA hard drive.
MaterialAluminium, Steel
Limited Warranty2 Year