Extra Value Hard Drive Docking Station With USB Connection for 2.5" & 3.5" SATA Hard Drives £9.99 delivered @ Ebuyer - HotUKDeals
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Docking Station SATA to USB 2.5 inch 3.5 inch SATA to USB

* Allows you to quickly read SATA hard drives without installing them
* Hot swap USB docking bay for all SATA hard drives
* Supports both 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch drives
* Far easier to use than a USB enclosure
* Quick release eject button
* USB 2.0 transfer rate upto 480Mbps
* Any size drive
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Very useful piece of kit
thanks. just got it.
Very interesting. Read the feedback on the ebuyer site. Contains useful information of how the drive works and more technical details. Hot from me (even though I don't need one).
thans for this
:| bought for about £17 :3
Thanks OP. Been looking for one of these. Looks nice too..
Nice one cheers...
I could use this but they want a tenner to deliver it to the Highlands. We're on the main trunk route ffs it's not like we're on a wee island somewhere.
1 Like #9
Yep support dcx... comment - do consider the alternative eSATA version - far greater potential/flexibility/futurability.
Quick code 221365
I have the eSATA one without the memory slots and worked really well in both USB and eSATA modes.
Yowzers! Hot deal
good deal but i would defo wanna get sumthing with esata or usb 3.0 instead of being bogged down by the pathetic speed of usb 2.0 when transferring large files.
How do I know if my hard drive is SATA? Do I need to remove it from its casing? (Was an external hard drive once upon a time before the power unit packed in)
Check the label and/or connector
This is the spec from the Western Digital website (mine is the WD5000AAJB)


I think mine might be PATA not SATA.

Will this product be suitable for my Hard drive?
1 Like #15
Good deal but the one with esata for £14 is better, you're looking at an 8x increase in the read speed (hdd dependant) and much faster write speeds. It also has a built in card reader and usb hub, no brainer really, the other is much better.

entirely agree. I have the esata and its a good bit of kit
How long can you have a harddrive in this before it overheats?
i was gonna get this instead:

looks more sturdy and more of a name brand. Plus they have a good website that you can see decent pictures of the product.

Edited By: prits_88 on Jul 24, 2010 02:55: mistake
This is the spec from the Western Digital website (mine is the WD5000AAJB)http://wdc.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/wdc.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=1542&p_created=&p_cats=185&p_cv=1.185&p_pv=2.295&p_prods=227%2C295I think mine might be PATA not SATA. Will this product be suitable for my Hard drive?
That drive is IDE, so no.

So I need an IDE or EIDE interface casing?
i need one that will handle 2x 1tb drives?

anything cheep and chearful?

i bought the netgear ms2000 stora and i am sending it back as it was rubbish and didn't work
Shame there's no fairly cheap Firewire ones, no eSATA on my iMac
best price yet,
been looking for a while now.
can anyone explain the difference between sata and esata?

thanks a lot
SATA is the connection for the hard drives themselves to go into docks, casings, inside computers. ESATA is an external connection like USB or Firewire.

Also, to tell what kind of HDD you have, IDE hard drives have a very wide rectangle of lots of pins. SATA drives have plastic notches that a plug can sort of.. connect to.
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Heres a useful picture theres a sata and ide drive from a desktop the same holds true for laptops there just a little smaller.
Just get a long sata to esata cable and run it off an internal port, or get a esata backing plate (which I did) from ebay for a few pound.

Couple of words of warning there from someone who has previously tried that:

1. esata-to-sata cables aren't true esata, so certainly shouldn't be too long, you want well under a metre maximum. true esata is also only 3gb, not 1.5gb like some older motherboard connectors.

2. you have to be careful with a lot of the so-called esata blanking plates on ebay, a lot of them terminate in a sata connector, not an esata connector, so again you need a sata-to-esata cable, so you're no better off than #1.

your best bet is to use an esata blanking plate or esata port that came with/on your motherboard, or get a pci-e esata card (not pci, it doesn't really have the bandwidth).
coming up as £14.99 now

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