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Recently I found myself having way too many bare hard drives sitting around and I just had to find a solution. I spent some time searching and viola! I found exactly what I was looking for. This docking station almost does it all. It supports both SATA and IDE drives in the standard 3.5 inch and the laptop 2.5 inch and that's fantastic because I have some of all of those. My largest drive (1.5TB SATA) was mounted without any problems. The only drives it doesn't support are SCSI, but that won't be a problem for most users.
To install, I simply plugged the docking station into my laptop running Windows 7 and it was recognized and installed correctly without any more input for me. I never even opened in the included software. It operates over USB 2.0, so the speed are pretty fast. Mounting a hard drive is a simple as plugging it in and you can hot swap very easily.
If you're a Linux user, I had no problems getting it to install on an Unbuntu distro.
There are cheaper hard drive enclosures out there that will do the same thing, but they are not nearly as convenient.
The UNIDOCK2U HDD Docking Station delivers full, instant access to any 2.5" and/or 3.5" IDE or SATA hard drive without having to mount the drive in a computer, or install it in an external enclosure.
Connected to the host computer through a single USB 2.0 connection, both an IDE hard drive and a SATA hard drive can be connected to the HDD dock simultaneously - a convenient solution for migrating data from an IDE drive to a SATA drive or vice versa, or simply harnessing fast and simple access to the contents on both hard drives.
The hard drive docking station provides the ideal solution for any laptop or desktop application, with support for plug and play hard drive installation on most operating systems to ensure easy hard drive swapping and convenient access to valuable data.
|Product Description:||StarTech.com USB to SATA IDE Hard Drive Docking Station 2.5/3.5in HDD Dock - storage controller - ATA / SATA 3Gb/s - USB 2.0|
|Device Type:||Storage controller - external|
|Bus Type:||USB 2.0|
|Localisation:||North America, United Kingdom, Europe|
|Expansion Bays:||1 x hot-swap - 2.5" / 3.5" shared|
|Hard Drive Form Factor Compatibility:||2.5", 3.5"|
|Interface:||ATA / SATA 3Gb/s|
|Data Transfer Rate:||300 MBps|
|Supported Devices:||Hard drive|
|Power Source:||Included AC adapter|
|Power:||AC 120/230 V|
|System Requirements:||Linux, Microsoft Windows 2000, Apple MacOS X 10.4, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, Apple MacOS X 10.6, Apple MacOS X 10.5, Microsoft Windows Vista (32/64 bits), Microsoft Windows 7 (32/64 bits), Microsoft Windows XP (32/64 bits), Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (32/64-bits), Apple MacOS X 10.7 Lion, Apple OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Windows 8 (32/64 bits)|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||9.3 cm x 14.5 cm x 6.5 cm|
|Manufacturer Warranty:||2 years warranty|