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CnM USB SATA 3.5/2.5 Hard Drive Dock And Card Reader £17.99 delivered @ Play + Quidco

£17.99 @ Play.Com
The HDD docking station is the perfect device for accessing your desktop (3.5") and / or laptop (2.5") SATA hard drive. With its 2.0 USB connection a fast read / write speed of up to 480Mbps can be ac… Read More
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The HDD docking station is the perfect device for accessing your desktop (3.5") and / or laptop (2.5") SATA hard drive. With its 2.0 USB connection a fast read / write speed of up to 480Mbps can be achieved. Its compact size and patented eject mechanism enables ease of use and fast accessibility.

The HDD Docking Station has been specifically designed to work with the most popular and frequently used operating systems including; Windows 98 SE, 2000, XP, Vista, MAC OS 10.3 and above.
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http://images.play.com/covers/11992775x.jpg
#2
Looks really good. Anybody have one who can say if its quality etc?
[mod]#3
aj_aziz
Looks really good. Anybody have one who can say if its quality etc?


dunno but took a risk and ordered one :):thumbsup:
#4
What about Drive size limits on this too?
1 Like #5
this is going to be so handy! thank you. heat and rep.
#6
nice ..... shame my spare drives are ide
#7
Nice. I too could do with finding out the HDD size limits first though don't want to buy and plug in my spares and not work but looks sweet.
#8
wanderer
nice ..... shame my spare drives are ide


Pretty sure maplin sell smething like that for about £20
#9
does anyone know if IDE ones are available? im thinking not due to the pins being so fragile.
#10
is it risky to handle hd s like newspaper?
What bout static?
#11
Found some info on a "similar" one without the card readers at Novatech and it says supports HDD's up to 1Tb. Whilst I can't confirm this one does it looks promising as this is surely the higher model. :)

Regarding harding HDD's as long as you are careful with them you shouldn't have a problem.
#12
futuresbright
does anyone know if IDE ones are available? im thinking not due to the pins being so fragile.


You can get similar ones, but they are not as popular because IDE is not HOT Swappable.
#13
Maplin are selling this model for £40! And they say it's been tested with drives upto 1TB. This seems like a really good buy to me. A google search also highlights Play.com's old price of £39.99 - so a genuine reduction.
#14
Better looking than the Maplins offering which I have and use a lot.
#15
hopefully i can connect this to my ps3 , the one without memory ports and use the 250gb im gona take out.
#16
DE4L3R
is it risky to handle hd s like newspaper?
What bout static?


Should be ok.. just ground yourself first by touching the metal case of your pc.

if you want to be extra careful might be worth investing in this...

http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.716
#17
you think this would be better than buying an external hard drive?
I would love to be able to take ps3 hard drive out and put in this, and also have a backup hard drive for my pc files, i have 2 hard drives in me pc, one I do not use, so I could use that as a backup...in the long run, if this is good, it would save me money
#18
cheers! super hot. i am going to use my old drives as backup now. wish i had done it before my dog awful iomega external drive died after 2 months with years of valuable pics/music/docs and other stuff on :roll:
#19
Cheers, been looking at these for a while, nice price!
#20
Good price, thanks.
#21
I use one of these but a model with an eSATA connection to my PC.
Interface: eSATA (3GBit/sec), USB2.0 (480Mbit/Sec)

http://www.cdlmicro.co.uk/images/user/fullsize/HD-HDOCK04.jpg

http://www.cdlmicro.co.uk/html/show_product.php/pid/872
http://www.amazon.co.uk/USB2-0-Docking-Station-Adapter-Bracket/dp/B001FEONM6/ref=pd_cp_ce_0
http://www.kikatek.com/product_info.php?products_id=105623

I find it preferable to start up the PC with the drive connected with this connection rather than just slot a drive in from cold.
Though I do prefer an external caddy since 1TB of data can be a lot to lose!

http://new.ukdvdr.co.uk/site/MTE013.jpg

http://new.ukdvdr.co.uk/product.php?product=MTE013&nav=659&title=Apex+Plus+Black+3.5+E-sata+To+Usb+Enclosure

Looks like a nice quality USB model though, with card readers as a bonus Hopefully the PSU will be decent.

Hot at this price! :thumbsup:
#22
hi guys, ok im a newbie and have a question.

Could I use this device to format my PS3 OEM HDD (60GB)? Basically my console has died and I want to format the HDD before I sell it but obviously I can't do it via the PS3.

Thanks for your help
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nectar
hi guys, ok im a newbie and have a question.

Could I use this device to format my PS3 OEM HDD (60GB)? Basically my console has died and I want to format the HDD before I sell it but obviously I can't do it via the PS3.

Thanks for your help


Yes you could
#24
I use one of these for full speed SATA ,Just keep it tucked behind spare drive flap and plug in HDD when needed
http://www.satacables.com/assets/images/P72551004.jpg

£3 ebay
#25
mrpipster
I use one of these but a model with an eSATA connection to my PC.
Interface: eSATA (3GBit/sec), USB2.0 (480Mbit/Sec)

http://www.cdlmicro.co.uk/images/user/fullsize/HD-HDOCK04.jpg

http://www.cdlmicro.co.uk/html/show_product.php/pid/872
http://www.amazon.co.uk/USB2-0-Docking-Station-Adapter-Bracket/dp/B001FEONM6/ref=pd_cp_ce_0
http://www.kikatek.com/product_info.php?products_id=105623

I find it preferable to start up the PC with the drive connected with this connection rather than just slot a drive in from cold.
Though I do prefer an external caddy since 1TB of data can be a lot to lose!



http://new.ukdvdr.co.uk/site/MTE013.jpg

http://new.ukdvdr.co.uk/product.php?product=MTE013&nav=659&title=Apex+Plus+Black+3.5+E-sata+To+Usb+Enclosure

Looks like a nice quality USB model though, with card readers as a bonus Hopefully the PSU will be decent.

Hot at this price! :thumbsup:


I am tempted, but this Esata one also looks good with both USB and Esata connections. Ok it does not have the card reader, but this not such an issue as the reader canot handle SDHC cards which is now the new standard so a bit redundant on that point.

Still voted hot as it is a great price.
#26
tonyg1962
I use one of these for full speed SATA ,Just keep it tucked behind spare drive flap and plug in HDD when needed
http://www.satacables.com/assets/images/P72551004.jpg

£3 ebay


That's all very well but you can't take it with you and plug into another PC! :?
#27
banned#28
tonyg1962
I use one of these for full speed SATA ,Just keep it tucked behind spare drive flap and plug in HDD when needed
http://www.satacables.com/assets/images/P72551004.jpg

£3 ebay


After a reboot...
#29
This is a good price! better than fleabay too!

Heat added! Looks like a good item... IDE would have been cool
#30
I've not used this model specifically but I own the Maplins one and I have to say it is one of the most useful gadgets I own but I would recommend getting one with an eSATA port to any one who is going to use it seriously.

My PC comes with an eSATA port but you can easily add one to your machine with a £2 PCI slot device that runs a fly off any spare SATA ports you have internally. Maplins sell them.

The convenience of it is of course it's main feature of the product and the USB only product still offers this but the speed of eSATA over USB 2 is vast. The transfer speed for USB is a max of 60Mb/s, eSATA is 5 times faster at 300Mb/s. It's also 3 times faster than Firewire800.

Using eSATA you can basically run the hard drive at the speed as an internal drive. I work with Hi Def video footage and file transfer times are horrific, a device like this with eSATA is the best way to get the highest speed without cracking the machine open.

Still for £17 the occasional user can't go wrong with this sort of product.
#31
wow, excellent prize, worth every penny, must be for everyone who play with computers!!!, it is a pity it did not take 1.8 inchs:) just kidding, great investement
#32
mrpipster

Though I do prefer an external caddy since 1TB of data can be a lot to lose!

http://new.ukdvdr.co.uk/site/MTE013.jpg

http://new.ukdvdr.co.uk/product.php?product=MTE013&nav=659&title=Apex+Plus+Black+3.5+E-sata+To+Usb+Enclosure


Do you own that enclosure mrpipster? Does it have an eSATA port on the back? The info page is a little confusing, it says eSATA to USB, I'd like an enclosure I can hook using eSATA only.
#33
Ideal, my Dell in work doesn't have any space for extra drives inside so I am always having to open it and disconnect my DVD Burner to test drives or access other data. Ordered.
#34
I love my gadgets, I own 2 pc's and 2 latops and even I don't have a use for this.
#35
So you just connect it to a free eSATA port off your mobo, and power via a plug?
#36
master_chief
After a reboot...


Yes definitely,safest way to go by a mile,
#37
[SIZE="6"][COLOR="Red"]WARNING WARNING[/COLOR][/SIZE] - these types of docks are OK for "ad hoc" use and not for frequent use. The disk much be securely fixed or else writing at several Mbytes/s on a loose connection could make you loose data from the entire disk. What I find with owning such devices is that disk interface connection may work loose as it merely slots it and rest on something. A jog may temporarily interrupts a disk write. Therefore the hard disk is not securely fixed by 4 screws. Whilst it is writing and if it has a loose of a very temporary disconnection as it bursts megabytes of data per second you loose data. If the file allocation table is corrupted in such a write process you disk files will be lost and requires a time consuming extensive recovery process. It has happened to me once, the file allocation table was corrupted, not using this device, but a similar one. For safety always buy a proper external disk caddy with firm fixing for the disks.
#38
1Jim0
So you just connect it to a free eSATA port off your mobo, and power via a plug?


This is a USB one, people are just saying that E-SATA ones are also available and are faster.

USB one can be used on almost any PC or laptop though which for me is more useful than a bit of speed. The fact that E-SATA can run at 300MB/S is pretty insignificant as SATA hard disks don't access data anywhere near that fast. Average transfer rates for the best current mechanical drives are 90-100MB/S, most slightly older drives (say 300GB and less) will be very unlikely to be averaging over 70MB/S.

In real terms the USB connected drive will go about half the potential 60MB/S of USB2 due to factors such as seek and access time, protocol overhead, etc. For me 30MB/S and maximum flexablity is ideal.
#39
Hot for me. It is a handy device to have!:-D
#40
out of stock now

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