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Anker® USB 3.0 & eSATA to SATA External Hard Drive Docking Station for 2.5 or 3.5inch HDD & SSD [4TB Support]

by Anker
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Price: £49.99
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  • Total tool-free installation for 2.5" & 3.5" SATA (SATA, SATA II, SATA III) HDD and SSDs.
  • Offers e-SATA and USB 3.0 interfaces with data transfer rates up to 3Gbps and 5Gbps respectively (cables included). USB 3.0 interface is backward compatible with USB 2.0 /1.1 connections.
  • LED indicator reveals power and data status. A power button provides easy access to power control.
  • No installation of drivers required (plug-and-play) for Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 or Mac OS X 10.2 and above. Also supports hot swapping.
  • Package Includes: Anker USB 3.0 & eSATA HDD Docking Station, USB 3.0 cable (approx. 1m), 1 e-SATA cable (approx. 1m), 12V/2A AC power adapter. 18-month warranty and free lifetime technical support.
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BrandAnker
Item Weight386 g
Product Dimensions14.2 x 8 x 8 cm
Item model numberAK-68UPSHDDS-BU
ColorBlack
  
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ASINB005UA3I72
Best Sellers Rank 4,636 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight771 g
Date First Available15 July 2013
  
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan I. Statt on 30 Jan 2013
The first impression you get after receiving this device, even before opening the box, is it feels heavy and substantial. Included in the box, is the docking station, an AC adapter, a USB cable and a SATA cable. I lifted out the docking station and again was surprised by its weight and solidity considering the low asking price. A typical use for the docking station would be to connect hard drives removed from other equipment (that had perhaps failed) so that you can still access your files.

The docking station is dual interface and automatically chooses the appropriate connectivity based on whichever cable is connected. As the SATA and USB 3.0 (backwards compatible to 2.0) interfaces are industry standard, there are no special drivers that need to be installed for most operating systems (e.g. Windows 7 or 8). It truly is plug-and-play.

There is a power button on the docking station. This is useful to ensure you are not removing or connecting a hard drive while it is still in the process of writing. A power light indicates a connected drive is active, and it flashes to a different colour to signify disc activity.

Docking the hard drives themselves are very easy. By default there is a hole opening that is exactly the right size for a 2.5" hard drive/SSD. It is incredibly simple to drop a drive into the slot and it easily finds its home with the connectors at the bottom . I will upload a picture to show what a docked drive looks like. To dock a 3.5" hard drive, simply push the springy flap surround the 2.5" slot, opening a full 3.5" size hole. Once again it is very easy to dock with no difficulty or significant pressure required to mate the drive with the connectors at the bottom of the slot.

I ran some performance tests with an SSD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 16 July 2014
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I am very happy with this now I have finally got it to work.
The esata cable they supply needs a couple of mm trimming off it before it will make a proper contact with the card in the back of the PC.
Until this was done the computer would not recognise the unit at all.
I got this solution off the net so it is clear that many people have the same issue.
I should add that I don't think it is only the leads which come with this unit which have the problem but nevertheless I can't for the life of me see why they don't re-spec the cables given the number of people who experience the problem.
I've had the unit for several months now and it seems to work just fine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Geoff Marlow on 18 April 2014
Arrived quickly and was easy enough to connect via USB 3. I had some difficulty with eSATA but I think that's more to do with my mobo and bios than the dock. I have two other USB 3 desktop backup drives so bought a cheap USB 3 hub and now have the dock and drives all connected via USB 3 to my desktop PC. All in all a great way to get data off old HDDs and use internal drives for external backup.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr Baz #1 REVIEWER#1 HALL OF FAME on 30 Sep 2013
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For years I've been pulling the side off of PC cases in order to connect hard drives to pull data off/erase them/clone disks.
That works, but it can be a chore at times.

The Anker HDD dock is quite impressive, well packaged, and made with decent quality plastics it feels like it will last unlike some of the cheaper docks I've seen around.
With both eSATA and USB 3.0 ports, which is good to see as my main pc has eSATA on the front panel (not something that is used much until now) I've already wiped a number of disks and had no problems at all with the HDD dock. It's worked perfectly with no issues to report.

There are really no weak points here, though I would like possibly a slightly longer power lead add another 30cm and it would be perfect. The main unit has rubber feet on the base which helps it grip on a table and reduce vibrations, the cables are of good quality it's a far better made unit than some other offerings I've seen around. It's well worth having the eSATA there as it removes any kind of bottle neck, USB is useful for plug and play too and working on various types of computer, no issues with older USB 2.0 ports either but data transfer will be slower as expected. A must have for anyone doing pc repairs/jobs or general use, and the price is very fair overall for what you get.
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Update:
Anker shipped me a replacement item even though I did not intend to go back to this product, after testing I've found it to work as expected and it is simple and easy to use. The first item I got shipped did not have the correct cables but the replacement did have all the cables as described.

I can definitely recommend this product and the excellent service by Anker which go above and beyond to make sure that the customer is happy.

Previous review:
I just got this delivered and it doesn't power on so it is being returned ASAP.
I will not be getting the same one as replacement since as well as not working, it had an incorrect cable, a SATA cable instead of eSATA so it would have been unusable unless I bought an additional cable, and according to the packaging it supports HHDs and SSDs up to max. 3TB which is not what the description of this item states.
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This is a really handy device. Previously I had a drive mounted inside an external caddy which was fine, but the drive
needed to be connected before booting and it was took up too much room on my desk. The Uspeed has a much smaller footprint, I can swap drives without having to take the thing to pieces and it's very quick. It is a good sturdy looking piece of kit, that does exactly what it says on the box.
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