Generics USB3.0 2.5 And 3.5In SATA Hard Drive Dock - £24.84 Delivered @ Eclipse Computers - HotUKDeals
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These 2.5", 3.5" SATA HDDs and SSD compatible docking station feature the latest USB 3.0 SuperSpeed interface. This allows for maximum data transfer rate of up to 5Gbps, ten times faster than conventional USB 2.0 devices while maintaining backward compatibility with USB 2.0 and 1.1 standards. Supporting with HDD hot-swap removable, installation is easy and quick and no screw is needed. Patented design with strong and reliable basement warrants reliable HDD operation.

# Support Hot-swap removable SATA I & SATA II HDDs
# Compatible with 2.5” and 3.5” SATA HDDs and SSD
# Support USB 3.0 SuperSpeed (5Gbps), USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (480Mbps), and USB 1.1 (1.5Mbps)
# LED Power/Read/Write indicators
# Power consumption under 1W in off mode and standby mode

Picture for illustration purposes, Actual design and specification may vary.

* Delivery to mainland UK from £5.50
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#1
links for that one, and is eSATA really still quicker than USB3?!?!

Edited By: Max-Power on Feb 26, 2011 20:22
2 Likes #2
dcx_badass
Can get esata [which is better] docks for less money with a built in card reader.


Where?
1 Like #3
dcx_badass
Can get esata [which is better] docks for less money with a built in card reader.


Why dont you post a deal then? These things are really useful and you dont see them posted on that often. I certainly didnt find much when browsing the HUKD site.
5 Likes #4
presterjohn71
dcx_badass
Can get esata [which is better] docks for less money with a built in card reader.
Where?

Happy-Land, in a gumdrop house on Lollipop Lane!
1 Like #5
lol... that explains the stupid comment then...
1 Like #6
dcx_badass
Max-Power
links for that one, and is eSATA really still quicker than USB3?!?!

Yes
presterjohn71
dcx_badass
Can get esata [which is better] docks for less money with a built in card reader.
Where?

Here: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/221365 £19.70 now though inc postage.
shuwaz
dcx_badass
Can get esata [which is better] docks for less money with a built in card reader.
Why dont you post a deal then? These things are really useful and you dont see them posted on that often. I certainly didnt find much when browsing the HUKD site.

Because I don't post deals anymore, waste of time with all the stupid comments and voters, anyway here it is, had mine for about a year and it's good, £19.70 inc postage now though, still a better product IMO though.

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/221365



The link to the one you provided doesnt support USB 3.0 so not a better product IMO.


Edited By: shuwaz on Feb 26, 2011 21:14
#7
It looks very handy but I've never bought from Eclipse Computers before. Are they reliable?
#8
cat123
It looks very handy but I've never bought from Eclipse Computers before. Are they reliable?


I've bought from then for over ten years. They are based in Coventry and I went to their place years ago whilst I was in Birmingham. Never had any problems with them, nor their products. :)


Edited By: shuwaz on Feb 26, 2011 21:26
#9
What r these docks for? I'd prefer my HD inside my tower!
#10
^have you got anything that is usb 3 to compare your sata drive on it's e-sata connection?

As quite a lot of the usb3 v e-sata tests are based on comparing different drives over the different connection which is a bit stupid comparing a 7200 drive on esata to a 5400 drive on usb 3.0 . Unless you have a link where it shows a Sammy f3 on e-sata compared to a Sammy f3 on a pcie v2 or above connection via usb 3 card
#11
Speeds will still be limited to components current flaws (with all current tech inc thunderbolt) and there might be a bridging chip in the e-sata dock you have if the drives are seen as SCSI rather than ATA and if it's not in AHCI mode it will be IDE emulated.


http://www.lacie.com/us/technologies/technology.htm?id=10039

Edited By: dontasciime on Feb 26, 2011 22:12: added info
1 Like #12
got one of these very handy!!!!
#13
#14
would this work with the ps3?
banned 2 Likes #15
dcx_badass
Can get esata [which is better] docks for less money with a built in card reader.
So basically, this comment is now incorrect?
4 Likes #16
Villa
dcx_badass
Can get esata [which is better] docks for less money with a built in card reader.

So basically, this comment is now incorrect?


dcx_badass
Because I don't post deals anymore, waste of time with all the stupid comments and voters

works better when combined with the irony of this one..
#17
i bought 2 off these a cpl of months ago, not these models but same kinda thing - had nowt but problems - kept dropping the drive making windows ask to format it

not saying these will have this problem but i won't touch these things again - my opinion
#18
dcx_badass
Can get esata [which is better] docks for less money.

eSATA has one major problem that makes it not just worse but useless to most people in that the majority of PCs have no eSATA ports as standard.
With external USB 3 SSD drives and cheap and fast USB 3 flash sticks already available the future for eSATA looks bleak especially with Intel’s Thunderbolt (Light Peak) already out. And it has backward compatibility with USB2.

I used to have an eSATA/USB2 external drive as it was such a superior technology in its day. My next external drive will have USB3 and I would pay a bit more for eSATA support on top as I like flexibility but I don’t expect there will be many on the market and as an increasingly niche interface I think the price premium will be prohibitive.
#19
I bought this for my old 250gb 2.5" which I now use as an external:

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173389

It has given me NO problems what so ever
1 Like #20
cat123
It looks very handy but I've never bought from Eclipse Computers before. Are they reliable?

Personally I avoid this company like the plague after my one and only order from them. First of all, the next day delivery was the "it'll be with you tomorrow" but actually takes 4-5 days kind. Then on arrival, the CPU had bent pins, a VERY large percentage (i.e. 80%) of the CDRs I ordered were unwriteable (I've written thousands of CDRs in case anyone was wondering) and the PC case I ordered was faulty (power on switch didn't work).

Absolutely no reply/interest via email/telephone. In the end I had to drive up to Coventry from London to return the lot via their "customer services" desk. Rude, unhelpful and I will never order from them again.

Personally, I stick to Scan, Novatech, Amazon or eBuyer. But hey, that's just my experience ;)
1 Like #21
I have to say I had a very bad experience with eclipse computers a few years back. They took weeks to send me some pc memory and when it finaly arrived it was faulty.
1 Like #22
dcx_badass
Except ALL PC's now have sata and esata back plates are under £1 from ebay.

It tends to be impractical and generally technically impossible to glue an eSATA back-plate to a Laptop, Netbook or Slate! Desktops are in the minority these days.

But even if they weren’t Joe Public is generally going to go with an external device that doesn’t require them to open the case and install a back-plate. Not all internal SATA ports are fully compatible with eSATA anyway as it does require a different electrical specification to internal drives which cheap OEM boards may not support.

dcx_badass
it is also faster than usb3.

The interface has a higher maximum throughput which is an irrelevance as the bottleneck is typically the drive used.
I like eSATA but if it didn’t manage to become fully mainstream when it had a distinct advantage over USB (2) how is going to fare when competing against USB 3 and Thunderbolt!
#23
Booooring!
#24
thanks guys and gals, this conversaton has been a potent cure to my insomnia, will defo recommend to others with the same affliction X)
#25
sockit2em
thanks guys and gals, this conversaton has been a potent cure to my insomnia, will defo recommend to others with the same affliction X)


This place is full of nut jobs I will admit that!!
#26
Is this any good for an external Hd for the PS3, I understand that I would have to buy a new hard drive to go with it, thanks for any advice.
#27
Shouldn't this be £23.44? Postage is £5.50 unless there's some code I've missed?
1 Like #28
dcx_badass
Villa
dcx_badass
Can get esata [which is better] docks for less money with a built in card reader.
So basically, this comment is now incorrect?

No, I even provided a link for the lazy people who asked the first time.
Also sata 6 is faster than USB 3 anyway.


Lazy people? How do you get that? In reference to myself then did you sit their behind me at my computer watching me browse or something? If i remember correctly I did a lot of searching on the next for devices of this nature.

When I asked you for a link it was for other peoples benefit.. its not about being lazy, rather its about sharing a good deal. If you (by your own admission) 'cant be bothered' doing that anymore then your comments (i.e. about particular past/present technologies being better than their mainstream counterparts) are redundant. :{
2 Likes #29
From someone who has personal experience of using these clowns in the past I would echo the sentiments that you really are better off spending your hard earned cash elsewhere, unless you don't mind being disappointed when you have to return it. I have spent too much time in the past queued at their returns desk, along with many oters.
#30
excuse my ignorance. This is to clone hard disk, ie copy its content? TIA
1 Like #31
shuwaz

dcx_badass made a statement was called on it. Posted a link to prove he was right and still he is getting hounded.

Some ridiculous comments on here. However I agree with the opinion that usb3 looks the more future proof tech.
1 Like #32
So, are we saying that the European Swallow can or cannot carry coconuts?
#33
rgayabintboujdir
excuse my ignorance. This is to clone hard disk, ie copy its content? TIA


It's just a piece of hardware that enables you to use a (spare) internal 2.5" or 3.5" hard disc drive without opening up your pc and connecting it upto a sata port on your motherboard. When people upgrade their hard drives they are often left with a spare one which they use for backups etc. This product enables them to use the spare drive (usually sporadically) without it actually being inside the pc.
#34
meh, better & cheaper ones on ebay.
you can get docks that can accommodate 2x HDD's, esata & usb connectivity, has built in card readers as well as act as a usb hub - some uk sellers, as well as cheaper chinese/HK sellers.
just **** for hdd dock / hard drive dock

Edited By: bojangles on Feb 27, 2011 10:24
#35
Anyone elses order coming out at £24.54? VAT is being charged on delivery costs.
#36
cat123
It looks very handy but I've never bought from Eclipse Computers before. Are they reliable?


They're cheap, but their customer service stinks! Very poor service in the shop itself and will try and wriggle out refunds even when items are under the distance buying laws. I've been dealing with them on and off for years, always lured back by the low prices, then yet another bad experience will drive me away again.
1 Like #37
Agharta
.....Desktops are in the minority these days.


Hilarious, the suns out and we get a great laugh on a sunday morning. Thanks hUKd X)
#38
dcx_badass
Agharta
dcx_badass
Can get esata [which is better] docks for less money.
eSATA has one major problem that makes it not just worse but useless to most people in that the majority of PCs have no eSATA ports as standard.With external USB 3 SSD drives and cheap and fast USB 3 flash sticks already available the future for eSATA looks bleak especially with Intel’s Thunderbolt (Light Peak) already out. And it has backward compatibility with USB2.I used to have an eSATA/USB2 external drive as it was such a superior technology in its day. My next external drive will have USB3 and I would pay a bit more for eSATA support on top as I like flexibility but I don’t expect there will be many on the market and as an increasingly niche interface I think the price premium will be prohibitive.
Except ALL PC's now have sata and esata back plates are under £1 from ebay, it is also faster than usb3. Whilst I can see the arguments for USB 3 in general, for a hard drive dock which you'll be using with internal drives (probably back up ones) or to recover data etc (for friends/business). Esata offers a much higher level of compatability.
Ok for an external hard drive usb3 is probably more suitable, for a hard drive dock esata all the way I'm afraid.
dcx_badass
Agharta
dcx_badass
Can get esata [which is better] docks for less money.
eSATA has one major problem that makes it not just worse but useless to most people in that the majority of PCs have no eSATA ports as standard.With external USB 3 SSD drives and cheap and fast USB 3 flash sticks already available the future for eSATA looks bleak especially with Intel’s Thunderbolt (Light Peak) already out. And it has backward compatibility with USB2.I used to have an eSATA/USB2 external drive as it was such a superior technology in its day. My next external drive will have USB3 and I would pay a bit more for eSATA support on top as I like flexibility but I don’t expect there will be many on the market and as an increasingly niche interface I think the price premium will be prohibitive.
Except ALL PC's now have sata and esata back plates are under £1 from ebay, it is also faster than usb3. Whilst I can see the arguments for USB 3 in general, for a hard drive dock which you'll be using with internal drives (probably back up ones) or to recover data etc (for friends/business). Esata offers a much higher level of compatability.
Ok for an external hard drive usb3 is probably more suitable, for a hard drive dock esata all the way I'm afraid.

The problem with that is that unlike most eSATA controllers onboard internal SATA controllers aren't hot-swappable like eSATA. ie unless you plug the HDD in before booting your rig your not going to get windows to detect it until you reboot. Not very practical
#39
pimpMe
Agharta
.....Desktops are in the minority these days.
Hilarious, the suns out and we get a great laugh on a sunday morning. Thanks hUKd X)

It’s cloudy here and I’m not laughing. :(
Anyway my bad, I checked the stats and I was way off. The trend is strongly heading that way but it will take time.
I think my assumption was based on the fact that laptop sales by value eclipsed desktop sales in the USA a number of years ago and I wildly extrapolated from there. Oops. oO

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