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Windows 7: External Dock

09 Mar 2011   #1
HammerHead

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 
External Dock

Any body have suggestions on an external dock. Self powered with a sata connection. The ones I have been buying are lasting less than a year. If you box it up and ship it back, you have almost the price of a new one. I want one that the disk is easily unplugged and a different disk can be inserted.


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09 Mar 2011   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

I am using a Rosewill RX-DUS100 I got from New Egg. It's working OK so far, but I only use it every couple of months, so I can't speak to it's longevity.

It does have eSATA and USB 2.0.

Not sure what you mean by self powered.

Another alternative is a bare cable--no dock. I've seen the cables for $10 and it might be more durable. You just lay the hard drive on a table top and connect the cable to it.
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09 Mar 2011   #3
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I have a couple of Thermaltake BlacX enclosures. USB 2.0 and eSATA. Haven't yet had them a year, but they work good for me. With a rebate, it's $22 from NewEgg at present.

Newegg.com - Thermaltake BlacX ST0005U External Hard Drive SATA Enclosure Docking Station 2.5” & 3.5” USB 2.0 & eSATA
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09 Mar 2011   #4
HammerHead

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 
Thermal Take

I ordered from NewEgg but this time I paid an extra $12.00 for two years warranty which is after Mfg warranty. They pay the return freight if a return is required. Considering I have never owned one that lasted more than nine months I should get about three.

The cable mentioned above sounds interesting. Could you post a link to it?

Oh, by self powered I mean it comes with a cube power supply that plugs in to a receptacle. Derives it power on its own not the computer.
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09 Mar 2011   #5
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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09 Mar 2011   #6
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

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09 Mar 2011   #7
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I own both and I prefer the dock to the cable. But both can get the job done.
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09 Mar 2011   #8
HammerHead

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 
Yeah

I like the USB cable types. I don't know what I was thinking, if they are usb they are getting their power from the comp bus. I already have the dock ordered but the next purchase will be one of the usb cable types. Especially when they go to 3.0.

Thanks guys.
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09 Mar 2011   #9
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

No, they usually have a walwart power plug that plugs into the wall and into the drive to power it up.
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