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17 May 2011  

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dogbert2 View Post
Hi All,

I was wondering which hard drive dock is reliable and works well? I hooked up a eSATA bracket to my desktop's backplane and connected the two cables to available SATA ports on the motherboard.

Before I go plopping down 20-50 bucks on a unit, I'd like to see what other people use for drive docks.
I bought a Rosewill RX-DUS100 for $30 about 18 months ago. It has USB 2.0 and eSata interfaces. No issues at all. It works as advertised.

I don't use it much--every couple of months I drop a 320 gig drive into it, reformat it and copy all of my personal data to it. It's just another way to back up my data.

I use the eSata interface, which is a bit faster than the USB. It takes about 3 hours to copy everything.

Another alternative is a bare cable, which I have seen advertised for as little as $10. It does the same thing, but no dock. You just lay a bare drive on a table top and copy the data over.
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