Best Value Emprex EDS-001 Hard Drive Docking Station (2.5" & 3.5") @ Dabs £9.99 with free delivery - HotUKDeals
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The Emprex HDD Docking Station accommodates both 3.5" and 2.5" SATA Hard Drives with ease making your data and multimedia files easily accessible without the need of complex connections or drivers.

Features

Supports 2.5 and 3.5 inch SATA hard disk drives of any capacity.
Fast external access to the hard drive via USB port
Real speed up to 33 MB/s
Specifications

HDD Compatiblity Serial ATA 3.5" and 2.5"
USB port USB 2.0 and USB 1.1
AC-DC adaptor 100-240VAC input, 12VDC/2A output
Material Plastic
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6 Likes
MrPuddington
USB2.0 is a bit out of date. Cheap, yes, but only moderately useful, and soon to be obsolete.
Does that mean that one day soon my computer is going to throw up its computery hands and refuse to connect to USB2.0?

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#1
looks like an easy option
#2
Thanks!
#3
is there a adaptor that lets me also plugs in the older hard drives ie ide lead plug
#4
thedrisback
is there a adaptor that lets me also plugs in the older hard drives ie ide lead plug

I need the same for a 3.5 IDE drive
#5
perfect been looking for something like this for years!!!!!
2 Likes #6
Gollywood
thedrisback
is there a adaptor that lets me also plugs in the older hard drives ie ide lead plug

I need the same for a 3.5 IDE drive

check for item # 300753463388 on ebay
#7
USB2.0 is a bit out of date. Cheap, yes, but only moderately useful, and soon to be obsolete.
3 Likes #8
MrPuddington
USB2.0 is a bit out of date. Cheap, yes, but only moderately useful, and soon to be obsolete.
A little exaggerated don't you think?

You use this for checking, cleaning and recovering busted hard drives, USB 2 is more than adequate.

OT.
Good deal, I paid over £30 for mine, but I can't live without it.
#9
shanks86
perfect been looking for something like this for years!!!!!
You couldn't have looked very hard, these things have been around for years...
I got a USB2/eSATA one almost 2 years ago for £20, still serving me well and is very useful if you store data on many bare drives (like I do).

Edited By: jukkie on Sep 18, 2012 19:56
6 Likes #10
MrPuddington
USB2.0 is a bit out of date. Cheap, yes, but only moderately useful, and soon to be obsolete.
Does that mean that one day soon my computer is going to throw up its computery hands and refuse to connect to USB2.0?
#11
MrPuddington
USB2.0 is a bit out of date. Cheap, yes, but only moderately useful, and soon to be obsolete.

you're joking right?
#12
Thanks, ordered one.
#13
I do tend to instead buy a USB enclosure and remove the electronics. These work well but... a little bulky.
#14
I paid £25 for one of these (different but non famous brand) and have had no regrets whatsoever. Fill your boots at this price.
#15
cwhiz77
Gollywood
thedrisback
is there a adaptor that lets me also plugs in the older hard drives ie ide lead plug

I need the same for a 3.5 IDE drive

check for item # 300753463388 on ebay

Aha! Nice!
#16
TroubleMaker411
MrPuddington
USB2.0 is a bit out of date. Cheap, yes, but only moderately useful, and soon to be obsolete.
A little exaggerated don't you think?

You use this for checking, cleaning and recovering busted hard drives, USB 2 is more than adequate.

OT.
Good deal, I paid over £30 for mine, but I can't live without it.

If you use it for backing up to a spare hard drive though, as I imagine many people do, then it is pretty slow.
It would also be slow for virus scanning, or recovering busted hard drives, as you put it.so maybe price out a usb3 one before wasting any money.....
You want at least the speed of your drive, fairly large hard drive will read/write at 80MB/s and up - this cheap item does so at around 30MB/s

Which ever way you slice it, a USB3 or firewire or thundebolt or a hotswap bay in your tower would be preferable unless your really short of cash and have lots of time.
#17
Cheers, ordered :D

# 2% Quidco aswell.
2 Likes #18
For anyone thinking about such things. Novatech do a USB 3 one for £12.93 (plus delivery); up to 5gps transfer rate if you have USB, backward compatible if you aren't there yet.

Novatech linky-thingy

Good price for this one too though.


Edited By: Poodyboy on Sep 18, 2012 20:33
#19
Cheers OP. Have a couple of spare hard drives knocking around that need wiping, and this is ideal.
1 Like #20
MrMarmite
cwhiz77
Gollywood
thedrisback
is there a adaptor that lets me also plugs in the older hard drives ie ide lead plug

I need the same for a 3.5 IDE drive

check for item # 300753463388 on ebay

Aha! Nice!
Even nicer when it's cheaper:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/180976412421
and cheaper still if you search for similar and don't object to the foreign suppliers.
1 Like #21
Its a good price but I too would advise on a dock with e-sata and/or usb 3.0 for the extra speed. These are very useful but the newer interfaces give you native-like hard drive speeds which can be a godsend. No disrespect intended to the deal just be aware of its limitations. Voted hot regardless.
#22
considering most people dont own a usb 3 motherboard and have the software to use it as yet this is a handy little tool for the price heat added :)
#23
fml - bought one from novatech 2 days ago for £12.
2 Likes #24
cheers...good deal....but as usual the thread is contaminated with IT fanboys trying outsmartarse each other

apart from that...HOT
#25
brianzion
considering most people dont own a usb 3 motherboard and have the software to use it as yet this is a handy little tool for the price heat added :)
Agree.
Heat added.
#26
You can pickup an eSATA dock for an additional £2-3. The difference is clear as night and day, even more so with a large quantity of smallish files.

http://www.newertech.com/Static/articles/images/macensteineSATA_6.jpg
1 Like #27
Mr No
You can pickup an eSATA dock for an additional £2-3. The difference is clear as night and day, even more so with a large quantity of smallish files.

http://www.newertech.com/Static/articles/images/macensteineSATA_6.jpg

Thanks for the chart. The eSATA is blindingly fast and I've used it to test out a boot disk in a dock with Windows8 while keeping my internal drive for Win7.

It took me some time to get eSATA working on my system (Win7)

First I had to update the BIOS to support eSATA hot plug.
Then Win7 drivers did not support hotplug so had to install some Intel ones.
Then I could not eject the eSATA drives as windows did not support this! Used a third part app.
All working fine now.

I had a Work Laptop (running XP) a new Dell and enabling the AHCI interface causes XP to bluescreen and I had to hack things in the command line to get XP to boot and manualy copy some drivers over!

I've had the cheap SATA docks before both the Emprex ones and the Red ones (badged CNE) on ebay (including the dual bay ones)
The cheap ones are excellent value and work well.
Most modern SATA docs ship with a 2000mA PSU which is fine for the power hungry drives 72k 2TB etc

Yes eSATA is faster by a long way. The eSATA cables to not always come with the cheaper SATA docks but you can pick the cables up on ebay for around £1 including delivery. I used safekom an ebay retailer in the UK.

I recently purchased some expensive SATA docks:

Sharkoon
Starttech 4 port (Great for moving files accross multiple HD)
Alaska

All really good and better than the cheap units, but they cost me a lot more.
Also with USB 3 make sure you use a USB cable as the standard USB cables will drop the speed. Again eBay is a good source.
Check you PC / Laptop for eSATA and then check to see if its enabled in the BIOS.

eBuyer have some cheap ones AVOID as the current stock of Value SATA docks is all damaged (I had 12 delivered over 2 months) all had the same problem: Protective film had reacted with the casing ruining the external apperance. Poor customer support from eBuyer did not help either.

If you are technical and can set up eSATA then the unit posted previously http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=180976412421&clk_rvr_id=388470463156#ht_1739wt_1393 is fine. I've had this model on my desk for 3 years used most days, the card reader is a nice extra. You need to take care inserting cards and the orientation is not obvious for cards. e.f TF are upside down. But used with care the units works perfectly. I found the power cable could fall our and taped this in place (more to do with my desk layout and me pulling the bay forward than the connector!)

If like me you have movies on HD and want a SATA dock for each TV / Media player in the house the USB2 ones like the Emprex for £9.99 are perfect. They are also fine for loading games for PS3, Wii and XBOX as these devices only support USB2. EXT3 is really worthwhile PS3 games.

Heat added.

Edited By: frownbreaker on Sep 18, 2012 22:58
#28
Im gonna have to look into this
#31

Its £19.50 in P&P and seems to be a single dock version of the one post previously on eBAY it looks like a Sumvision branded version of the red on on eBay. I'd stick with the eBay one as its dual disk (=Two disks at a time) and around £15 inc UK delivery. Items seem to be UK based.

REF DESCRIPTION QUANTITY PRICE COST
AU-MTE-01060 Sumvision Ico eSATA Plus - SV552 - SATA / ESATA Dock - Docking Station - Retail Boxed 1
£12.50 £12.50
Subtotal £12.50
Shipping (Standard Delivery) £3.75
(other Shipping options available during checkout)
VAT £3.25
Total £19.50

Edited By: frownbreaker on Sep 19, 2012 00:45
#32
cwhiz77
Gollywood
thedrisback
is there a adaptor that lets me also plugs in the older hard drives ie ide lead plug

I need the same for a 3.5 IDE drive

check for item # 300753463388 on ebay

thanks for the pointer - just ordered one - hope it's as good as it sounds :)
#33
Damn. Just been convinced to go for the eSATA one instead.
Gonna have to try & cancel the dabs order.
#34
derekc2002
cwhiz77
Gollywood
thedrisback
is there a adaptor that lets me also plugs in the older hard drives ie ide lead plug

I need the same for a 3.5 IDE drive

check for item # 300753463388 on ebay

thanks for the pointer - just ordered one - hope it's as good as it sounds :)

It looks good and it ships with a bunch of cables. Remember that the IDE HD are not hot plug-able, so power down the whole PC when you want to remove the IDE drive.
If you are not sure of the state of the drive or need to backup image the drive first.
To fix errors checkdsk /f is good there is a /b option to mask out bad sectors.
I like Spinrite a great program, though not free. GRC.COM

For USB eject I use "USB Disk Ejector" http://quick.mixnmojo.com/software/usb-disk-ejector
TIP double right clicking a drive opens the drive in explorer, double left click ejects the drive.

For eSATA disk ejects I use http://mt-naka.com/hotswap/index_enu.htm
#35
I got one of these when they were £5, very handy little units. Different manufacture, but looks the same, has gone up in price but still a little cheaper than this one and can be delivered free if you use the code FREEDEL11

http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/harddrives-external/harddriveenclosures/Novatech/USB2.0EXTERNALHDDDocking.html?gclid=COW-vu6FwbICFeTLtAod3RkAYw#utm_source=google&utm_medium=base&utm_campaign=products



Edited By: rdann on Sep 19, 2012 08:03: Update
#36
mercutio98uk
I do tend to instead buy a USB enclosure and remove the electronics. These work well but... a little bulky.
i would agree surely a usb sata caddy for a few pounds will do the trick just the same.
#37
rdann
I got one of these when they were £5, very handy little units. Different manufacture, but looks the same, has gone up in price but still a little cheaper than this one and can be delivered free if you use the code FREEDEL11

http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/harddrives-external/harddriveenclosures/Novatech/USB2.0EXTERNALHDDDocking.html?gclid=COW-vu6FwbICFeTLtAod3RkAYw#utm_source=google&utm_medium=base&utm_campaign=products



Promotional code offer is now expired

Edited By: cwhiz77 on Sep 19, 2012 09:09
#38
heat added but another vote added for the Novatech USB 3.0 version. i have one and it's well made and very fast.

http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/harddrives-external/harddriveenclosures/usb3.0externalhdddocking.html
#39
I bought the Novatech USB 2.0 for about £11 the other day but when I received it the weighted plate inside had come loose and smashed all the electronics inside.Got in touch with Novatech who sent me another one out on next day delivery..free of charge of course.,,,,,good customer service imo.
#40
Should work well with Raspberry Pi and turn it into a media server/player with something like xbian!

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