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StarTech SuperSpeed USB 3.0 to SATA Hard Drive Docking Station for 2.5 inch and 3.5 inch HDD
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- Enable fast, swappable access to your 2.5in or 3.5in SATA hard drives, through USB 3.0
- Compatible with USB 3.0 and enabled computer systems such as Acer Chromebook C720, and 2.5in or 3.5in SATA solid-state drives and hard drives
- HDD Dock / SSD Dock / USB Hard Drive Dock / eSATA Hard Drive Dock / External Hard Drive Docking Staiton / SATA HDD & SSD Dock
- Save time while backing up data to an external drive for archiving
- Comparable to CM 202019 & Anker AK-68UPSHDDS-BU
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A top slot-loading design and unique drive ejection mechanism
Connected to the host computer through a single USB 3.0 SuperSpeed or USB 2.0 connection, the hard drive docking station provides a convenient, plug-and-play storage solution that delivers instant access to the hard drive without requiring a reboot.
The SATDOCKU3S USB 3.0 Hard Drive Docking Station delivers full, instant access to any 2.5in or 3.5in SATA (SATA, SATA II, SATA III) hard drive (HDD) or solid state drive (SSD), without having to mount the drive in a computer or install it in an external enclosure. Large capacity drives (tested with up to 4TB 3.5" and 1TB 2.5" drives) can be used to greatly enhance your computer's storage/backup capabilities.
Enable fast, swappable access to your 2.5in or 3.5in SATA hard drives, through USB 3.0
Data recovery specialists who need quick access to drives for imaging
Backup data quickly to an external drive for archiving
Technicians who test or benchmark multiple hard drives
Take advantage of new laptops and desktops with USB 3.0 connectivity
Upgrade from a USB 2.0 drive dock to faster USB 3.0
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- SuperSpeed USB 3.0 compliant host interface, with transfer rates up to 5Gbps
- High Speed USB 2.0 compliant host interface, with transfer rates up to 480Mbps
- Patented drive ejection mechanism
- Combined power switch and status LED
- Compatible with SATA revision 1/2/3 (1.5/3.0/6.0 Gbps) drives
- Supports 2.5" and 3.5" form factor SATA hard drives (HDD) and solid state drives (SSD)
- Built-in short circuit protection
- Compact, desktop-style form factor
- Plug-and-Play and Hot-Swap compatible
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In the event only one of the two drive docks works via eSATA. What the sales information didn't say was that for the dual dock to work with BOTH drives the computer's SATA controller has to have a special feature, namely port multiplication capability. Even the quick start guide included with the dual dock does not make that clear. I found this out the hard way - my machine can only see one of the plugged-in drives using eSATA. After wasting a lot of time, I went to the manufacturer's website support section where, hidden away in the faqs, it told me all this and invited me to buy a PCI card with the necessary facility. None of the SATA ports on my machine seems to have port multiplication capability, indeed a quick trawl of the web suggests that it is quite uncommon for motherboard controllers to be able to do this. Also many PCI cards can't do it - mine being one.
So to use this dock via eSATA you will maybe have to invest in a special PCI card too.
Lets start with the eSATA interface. This should be simple and the least problematic of the two - it isn't. StarTech have chosen to use a horrible JMicron controller which puts the SINGLE disk behind a SATA port multiplier! This means that the controller you connect it to must support SATA PM (most do, but in various states of brokenness). I couldn't get this thing to work reliably with any controller - not with Intel Z77's AHCI mode, not with AMD SB710's AHCI mode, not with ASMedia ASM1061. It just doesn't work. I'd love to know what this has been successfully tested on. It will a[[ear to work for a while, but eventually the disk will just disappear.
Even when it's not dropping off, hot-plug doesn't work - even on controllers where hot-plug works with another eSATA dock. The kernel messages suggest that this is related once again to the awful port multiplier.
Now the USB 3.0 interface. First, be aware that this does translation for 4K disks, and so the partitions are aligned completely different if a disk is initialised using eSATA vs using USB 3.0. If a disk has been initialised using the eSATA interface, then it will work fine once connected via USB 3.0. The other way around, it seems to work, but the partitions are mis-aligned. At first the USB 3.0 interface seemed to work more reliably - at least, there were no disk detection issues on one PC with an ASMedia USB 3.0 controller. The disk did eventually drop out though. On another PC with an Intel Z77 chipset, using the Intel USB 3.0 ports (rather than the Etron USB 3.0), I had difficulties getting it reliably detected. If it was powered up with the USB cable already plugged in, nothing happened. If the USB cable was then removed and reinserted, still nothing detected but the LED on the dock started to flash. The only way to get it to work was to power up without the USB cable plugged in, and then plug it in.
So both the eSATA and USB 3.0 interfaces on this thing are equally useless. The only nice thing about it is the fact that it includes a fan, but it's a pretty cheap and nasty fan too.
I've gone back to my ancient eSATA dock, which doesn't have a fan, only supports SATA-II, but works much more reliably.
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