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NEWlink USB 2.0 Docking Station for SATA HDD - £16.31 Delivered @ Amazon !!
NEWlink USB 2.0 Docking Station for SATA HDD - £16.31 Delivered @ Amazon !!

NEWlink USB 2.0 Docking Station for SATA HDD - £16.31 Delivered @ Amazon !!

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-Compliant with Serial ATA II Electrical Specification 1.0
-Compatible with all 2.5"/3.5" SATA II Hard Drives up to 1TB
-Compliant with USB 2.0 and 1.1 Specification
-Compliant with USB Mass Storage Class
-External power supply provided
-Supports Plug & Play
-Supports USB/eSATA Hot Plug feature
-Power ON/OFF Switch with LED indication
-Supports High Speed USB 2.0 Data Transfer, up to 480 Mbps
-Supports SATA II Transfer Rates up to 3.0 Gbps
-Interface: Serial ATA, USB 1.1/2.0
-Supplied with 12V 2A Power Adapter
-Supports Windows 2000/XP/Vista & Mac OS 10.x

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Original Poster

Also NEWlink USB 2.0 / [COLOR=red]eSATA[/COLOR] Docking Station for SATA HDD - £17.55 - amazon.co.uk/NEW…WPUhttp://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41jkpLc65rL._SL500_AA280_.jpg
Max Value Docking Station for SATA HDD [COLOR=red]with card reader/USB Hub[/COLOR] (MV15003) - £23.62 - ]http://ww…-13http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31g5l022F-L._SL500_AA280_.jpg

Nice prices but only the £18.92 esata one is in stock, the others are 2-5 weeks.

Do these docking statons offer exactly the same functions ? or are there subtle differences regarding SATA/eSATA ?

I was going to get one today from Novatech. A bit more expensive though - esp for the one with a card reader - cant wait 5 weeks.

afroylnt;3275059

Do these docking statons offer exactly the same functions ? or are there … Do these docking statons offer exactly the same functions ? or are there subtle differences regarding SATA/eSATA ?


If you dont plan to use an eSATA cable to plug this to your computer (i.e. just using USB) then get the cheaper one. Also - one has card reader/usb hub on it.

Can someone recommend one which is IDE and SATA compatible.

Rudki;3275458

Can someone recommend one which is IDE and SATA compatible.



[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2]I doubt you'd find one, IDE is pretty much obsolete now.[/SIZE][/FONT]

Which one has the card reader built in?


eSATA one looks better value to me, spend a £ today and future proof for quite some years...

Fat Bird;3275604

[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2]I doubt you'd find one, IDE is pretty much obsolete … [FONT=Arial][SIZE=2]I doubt you'd find one, IDE is pretty much obsolete now.[/SIZE][/FONT]



Yeah, but still pretty useful for some people! But as you say, I doubt you'll find one.

I don't think they make docks for IDE drives, as it would probably be too easy to bend the pins.

Original Poster

alchemistkevin;3275629

Which one has the card reader built in?eSATA one looks better value to … Which one has the card reader built in?eSATA one looks better value to me, spend a £ today and future proof for quite some years...


This one - amazon.co.uk/Max…-13

Amazon product descriptions are next to useless sometimes aren't they? What formats does the card reader accept for example?

You can buy a 500gb external HDD for about £50 now. Can someone tell me the point of these docking stations - a 500gb Sata 11 HDD generally costs more than £50. So if you go down the 'docking station' route you could end up spending more - couldnt you?

JayDubya;3275770

Amazon product descriptions are next to useless sometimes aren't they? … Amazon product descriptions are next to useless sometimes aren't they? What formats does the card reader accept for example?


I think its generic manufacturer description as I have been trying to find this out to get the novatech one (which doesnt have a description of the card reader either!). :x

kevingattaca2;3275588

I've got one of these myself for about £19 !? … I've got one of these myself for about £19 !? ;http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.16550



US Plug though - isnt that a pain?

Maplin sell these too

gekkoa;3275851

You can buy a 500gb external HDD for about £50 now. Can someone tell me … You can buy a 500gb external HDD for about £50 now. Can someone tell me the point of these docking stations - a 500gb Sata 11 HDD generally costs more than £50. So if you go down the 'docking station' route you could end up spending more - couldnt you?



If you change drives frequently (ie have multiple disks with different operating systems) or you repair PC's then these are a godsend as you don't have to open up the pc to fit a drive - very convenient.

Rudki;3275458

Can someone recommend one which is IDE and SATA compatible.



you could try one of these for ide:

amazon.co.uk/Nex…t_b

I had one of these from novatech and although it worked i had problems with windows periodically failing to flush the $Mft to it which worried me. I sent it back as I believed it to be faulty.

I really wouldn't recommend sticking a HD in these permanently (as i wanted to do)

kev_gordon;3275633

Yeah, but still pretty useful for some people! But as you say, I doubt … Yeah, but still pretty useful for some people! But as you say, I doubt you'll find one.I don't think they make docks for IDE drives, as it would probably be too easy to bend the pins.



This might be interesting if you're looking for IDE support too - ]Nexons USB 2.0 to IDE & SATA Adaptor Kit for 2.5/3.5/5.25 Inch SATA or IDE Drive with Power Adaptor - £11.99 + £3.99 shipping

Babbler;3275887

US Plug though - isnt that a pain?



It's just a 'kettle' lead, the same as you plug in to your PC/Monitor, just swap over for any other UK lead

According to:

maplin.co.uk/Mod…e=1

[Read the last question, eSATA is for connecting an eSATA drive to this docking station which in turn connects to the computer via the USB port which is slow [480mbps], and not as fast as eSATA [3.0 Gbit/s]!

Frequently Asked Questions
Q) I notice the description says 'read and copy' from this device. Does that mean data can't be written to drives in it? - Paul
A) You have full access to the drive (read and write).

Q) What's the speed of read/write? - Ed
A) As this is USB 2.0, the speed of the interface is 480mbps. The specifications of the drive you insert into the dock would negate the read/write speed of the actual drive.

Q) I am confused about the speed of the interface. Does the eSATA not read at 3GB/s ? - Chris
A) Yes, but as this only connects to the PC via USB 2.0 (the eSATA is to add a drive to the dock, not for connection to the PC), this limits the speed.


Can someone confirm this?
ROuNIN

gekkoa;3275851

You can buy a 500gb external HDD for about £50 now. Can someone tell me … You can buy a 500gb external HDD for about £50 now. Can someone tell me the point of these docking stations - a 500gb Sata 11 HDD generally costs more than £50. So if you go down the 'docking station' route you could end up spending more - couldnt you?


A 500gb 3.5" drive can be bought for around ~£40 now, a 750gb is not much more than £50.

The advantage of these products is if you need lots of stuff stored on HD, but don't need constant access to it. You can have 3 or 4 one terrabyte drives and just insert one into this when you need to use the files on it. Think of it as a cartridge system for a PC. Also useful if you repair pcs.

Found out what the card reader reads:

SD MMC and Memory Stick

Interested in this one but it seems to be only SATA 1 so half speed for current SATA drives. Also doesn't say what speed USB it supports.

Actually, looking at one of the image it states (in very small writing) USB 2 and SATA II, 3GB/s. This is at odds with the description on the site.

kevingattaca2;3275588

I've got one of these myself for about £19 !? … I've got one of these myself for about £19 !? ;http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.16550

Doesn't seem to come with an ESATA cable?

sale;3275645

This one - … This one - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Max-Value-Docking-Station-MV15003/dp/B001HX4J6K/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1224802251&sr=8-13

just SATAII or backward compatible?

Banned

kev_gordon;3275633

Yeah, but still pretty useful for some people! But as you say, I doubt … Yeah, but still pretty useful for some people! But as you say, I doubt you'll find one.I don't think they make docks for IDE drives, as it would probably be too easy to bend the pins.



The reason they don't ake IDE drive docks is that it's impossible -- the location of the connector, power supply and jumpers are not standardised for IDE. On SATA it is, so it's possible to create a receptacle into which any SATA drive will plug. For IDE you need some sort of caddy/cable based solution so that it can adjust to the potentially moving connectors.

Cheers!

kev_gordon;3275633

Yeah, but still pretty useful for some people! But as you say, I doubt … Yeah, but still pretty useful for some people! But as you say, I doubt you'll find one.I don't think they make docks for IDE drives, as it would probably be too easy to bend the pins.



That's what I would have thought as the Sata connector is more robust for sliding drives in and out. I bought a small USB to sata/ide device which is pretty handy for connecting any type of drive.

John

gekkoa;3275851

You can buy a 500gb external HDD for about £50 now. Can someone tell me … You can buy a 500gb external HDD for about £50 now. Can someone tell me the point of these docking stations - a 500gb Sata 11 HDD generally costs more than £50. So if you go down the 'docking station' route you could end up spending more - couldnt you?



Well you'll probably need a different power lead for every external you buy, certainly if you plan to keep doing so for a few years, whereas this will work right up until they stop making SATA drives, which is likely to be a long, long time.

mbriody;3276397

Interested in this one but it seems to be only SATA 1 so half speed for … Interested in this one but it seems to be only SATA 1 so half speed for current SATA drives.


It makes no difference. SATA1 offers 1.5Gb/s ~ 150MB/s which is more than enough for even the fastest mechanical Hard Drive.
mbriody;3276397

Actually, looking at one of the image it states (in very small writing) … Actually, looking at one of the image it states (in very small writing) USB 2 and SATA II, 3GB/s.


SATA2 operates at 3Gb/s, NOT 3GB/s !

gekkoa;3275851

You can buy a 500gb external HDD for about £50 now. Can someone tell me … You can buy a 500gb external HDD for about £50 now. Can someone tell me the point of these docking stations...


A 500GB External Hard Drive, is simply that. One 500GB Hard Drive.

The docking station allows you to connect multiple drives (obviously only one at a time :)).

JayDubya;3275770

Amazon product descriptions are next to useless sometimes aren't they? … Amazon product descriptions are next to useless sometimes aren't they? What formats does the card reader accept for example?



I usually Google the model number and look for the specifications on the manufacturer's web site. :whistling::roll:

Can someone explain eSata? Is it a lot faster than USB2?

I have a server in the garage for downloads, but the network link is too slow to move the downloaded files to the machine in my bedroom which I then use to transfer them onto CDs / DVDs etc. So at the moment I just transfer them from machine to machine using a USB2 external hard drive.

If you need ESATA then why not ;

]http//ww…551

About £17 ???

K ;-)

wont it be nice...if they had RJ 45 connectivity too with these things..Not hard to include that on the board if they have done eSATA...

The industry crying out for network connectivity and these guys just hold it back as major manufactures are creaming it right now by selling NAS enclosures and Drives..

MikeT;3274988

Nice prices but only the £18.92 esata one is in stock, the others are 2-5 … Nice prices but only the £18.92 esata one is in stock, the others are 2-5 weeks.



CCL have them £26.42 delivered.

dink;3276926

I usually Google the model number and look for the specifications on the … I usually Google the model number and look for the specifications on the manufacturer's web site. :whistling::roll:



Obviously you can try and might get lucky, but do you find that acceptable? Not exactly good customer service is it!

Anyway, model number MV15003, provides no further info on Google. googling "Max Value MV15003" gives 2 results: 1/ a link to Amazon 2/ a link to this site!

kevingattaca2;3277068

About £17


£21, more if you use paypals conversion rate.
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