Icy Box IB-111StU3-Wh USB 3.0 Aluminium Docking Station for 2.5 inch or 3.5 inch SATA HDD
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Purpose of a docking station for HDDs is the frequent and fast change of those. Nothing may jam, get stuck or be frail. This applies even for the 100th or 1000th change. The IB-111 comes with the best qualifications: first of all the solid aluminium case.
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Very useful if you use a bare drive for backup or want to clone partitions etc.
Minus point is that there is no physical support for the drive, so it feels a little flimsy, also supplied usb 3.0 lead is rather short so I had to get a longer oneStarTech 6 feet SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Cable A to B - M/M
The drive does work fine with anything at or below 2TB.
- you can swap HDDs like Nintendo games, without using screwdrivers and headaches
- it can fit 2.5 as well as 3.5 inch HDDs
- it has USB 3.0 speeds
Couple of minuses:
- USB 3.0 cable is way too short, need to keep it right behind my MBP
- Power off button is mechanical (could have had a digital one), that when you press it, it suddenly takes all power from your hdd, making it sound like it shouldn't. You have to first eject it from your computer, then detach USB cable, and after a few seconds pull the power off, otherwise it sounds like you might damage the hdd. This might be hot-swappable, but as I care for the data on my HDDs, I wouldn't use it anyway.
As an IT Technician, simple, easy to use solutions are always needed which the Icy Box dock does. Its great for quickly formatting hard drives and also for data recovery.
The USB 3.0 is lightening fast, even running at USB 2.0 speeds!
I would reccomend you purchase this dock, and also this USB 3.0 PCIe card if you do not have any USB 3.0 ports already as it adds even more functionality to your computer for just a tenner!: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004S0Y9FK/ref=oh_o00_s00_i00_details
Cannot recommend this product highly enough! 10/10
Speed is also good over USB 3.0 if your computer supports it.
Also it's incredibly useful to be able to hot swap the drives as i use the 2tb as a complete backup of the 500gb and the 1tb - i know i may be being cautious but i've spent years collecting photos and music!
Some weaknesses (see details below) but it has been useful. I have used it to access three or four different 2.5 inch hard disks and one 3.5 inch disk and, so far, all have performed correctly.
Bare disks seem to fit nicely. Disks that have been removed from laptops often have extra shells and padding around them and this might need to be removed to allow the disk to be inserted easily into this docking station.
There is a blue lamp on the front of the unit but this only illuminates when the unit is powered AND is connected to a USB port, which means that if the unit is not connected to a USB port there is no visual indication that it is powered which, in turn, increases the risk of me performing a hot-insertion or hot-extraction and damaging a disk.
The unit is reasonably heavy and has a rubber-like base, so it has had little inclination to slide from the work-top.
There is a flap that is supposed to cover part of the disk socket when a 2.5 inch disk is inserted (the flap is pushed out of the way completely by 3.5 inch disks). This flap can get stuck in its lowered position and when that happens it offers no support at all to 2.5 inch disks. In actual use, if the ICY box isn't moved around then the disks seem to stand acceptably firmly using only the connectors for support.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The supplied Power Supply doesn't provide enough power (Milli-amps) to drive the 3.5" drives, so useless unless you wont it for only 2.5" ones.Published 9 months ago by DonVen
Was great for 12 months with very limited use, maybe one a month, then the power switch fails...it won't stay on. I have to hold (by hand) the button in for power. Unusable.Published 16 months ago by Steven B
This ICY_BOX with USB3 connector enables very fast access to the HDD. It could be almost as fast as the internal HDD.Published on 5 May 2014 by skipsprocket
I am very satisfied with this stylish docking station and have had no problems whats so ever either in USB 3 sockets or USB 2 sockets.
Would highly recommend this Item.
Very easy to use and setup (literally plug and play).
Works Ok with Windows 7 and Windows 8.1). Well worth the money.