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Windows 7: Hard Drive Docks

17 May 2011   #1
dogbert2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Hard Drive Docks

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.


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17 May 2011   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 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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17 May 2011   #3
dogbert2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I've done the bare cable and power route a few times...easy to do since the top comes off of the case, I keep a spare cable just to do that from time to time
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17 May 2011   #4
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

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17 May 2011   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I use this one Newegg.com - XION XON-SAHDCB-COMBOCR 2.5" & 3.5" Black USB2.0 & eSATA Combo Dock Station Also gives you 2 USB2 ports and an SD card reader. Works well with both 2.5" and 3.5" HDs.
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17 May 2011   #6
James Colbert

 
 

I recently picked up this one:

Amazon.com: Thermaltake BlacX eSATA USB Docking Station: Electronics

Works fine. I make rotating HD images, so I have several bare sata drives that I pop in and out.

I also have this front sata panel:

Akasa Thermal Solution

I used only this for a long time and was happy, but the dock is much easier.

James
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17 May 2011   #7
dogbert2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Gonna go with this:

FRYS.com*|*KINGWIN

It's a KingWin EZD-2535 which has good reviews (34 of 'em)...with tax locally,
will cost me $21.60
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17 May 2011   #8
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

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17 May 2011   #9
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I have 3 of these ThermalTake BlacX units.
Newegg.com - Thermaltake BlacX ST0005U External Hard Drive SATA Enclosure Docking Station 2.5” & 3.5” USB 2.0 & eSATA

1 is connected to the eSATA port on my DVR and spins 24x7. 1 is at work, and 1 is at home. All 3 have been flawless.
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17 May 2011   #10
nitroman84

windows 7 Pro 64Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
I have 3 of these ThermalTake BlacX units.
Newegg.com - Thermaltake BlacX ST0005U External Hard Drive SATA Enclosure Docking Station 2.5 & 3.5 USB 2.0 & eSATA

1 is connected to the eSATA port on my DVR and spins 24x7. 1 is at work, and 1 is at home. All 3 have been flawless.
I have one of these myself, best HDD related purchase I've ever made.
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