Novatech USB 2.0 Hard Drive Docking Station for 3.5" and 2.5" SATA Drives £22.33 delivered
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Novatech USB 2.0 Hard Drive Docking Station for 3.5" and 2.5" SATA Drives £22.33 delivered

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Found 6th Oct 2008Made hot 6th Oct 2008
The easy way to access files from a SATA hard drive without complicated installation! Simply drop the SATA drive into the slot and plug into your computer via USB.

Suitable for 2.5in or 3.5in SATA drives. Hard drive not supplied.

# Patent design for HDD depart from docking unit
# RoHS Compliance
# Supports All 2.5" & 3.5" SATA HDDs up to 1TB!
# Hot-Swap Capability for Rapid Multi HDDs Access & Exchange
# Supports USB 2.0 Transfer Speed up to 480Mbps
# Windows & Mac OS Compatible
# Compact Docking Station Design maximizes Heat Dissipation & Exhaust
# Windows Vista Ready

44 Comments

Original Poster

http://images.novatech.co.uk/ev-nov-hddock1.jpghttp://images.novatech.co.uk/ev-nov-hddock2.jpg

Handy gadget, might get one of these...

Banned

What a good and convenient idea. Id snap one of these up if they did the same for ide hard drives. Would make life so much easier when it comes to recovering data from crashed laptops. Heat added.

Good stuff! Have some heat :thumbsup:

i really like the idea of this product.

Adnan786;3127663

What a good and convenient idea. Id snap one of these up if they did the … What a good and convenient idea. Id snap one of these up if they did the same for ide hard drives. Would make life so much easier when it comes to recovering data from crashed laptops. Heat added.



you can get them for IDE drivers, where i don't know, but i've seen all sorts of models, one could take both IDE and SATA, and 2.5" and 3.5" drives. other models also had built in usb hubs and memory stick readers. engadget and other techy news sites featured them. this seems a decent enough price

they are intended to temporary use rather than permanent though, you are better off with a proper caddy for permanent use (it's a bit safer). these are for people like techs who need to test and swap drives a lot

Scan have these not slip in but do ide and sata

]http//ww…097
http://www.scan.co.uk/Images/Products/615097-a.jpg £19.39 + del or free with hexus if pre vat order over £20

]http//ww…178
http://www.scan.co.uk/Images/Products/469178-b.jpg £19.96

Also check Maplins they had the op ones on offer and posted here a few weeks ago.

Pretty good, but if you need something like this and have the relevant port, I'd suggest paying a bit extra (ok 30%) and getting scan.co.uk/Pro…288

eSata interface is much quicker for backups/restores and has the added advantage of working with USB2 if needed.

Still like the OPs deal though

Not often impressed with an idea or gadget but this seems like a good idea and reasonably priced

Excellent product..... I really want one, but just dont know if I would use it much...:thinking:

Flynn Jack;3127848

Scan have these not slip in but do ide and sata … Scan have these not slip in but do ide and sata http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=615097 £19.39 + del or free with hexus if pre vat order over £20http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=469178 £19.96Also check Maplins they had the op ones on offer and posted here a few weeks ago.


Ebuyer have a cheaper option...

ebuyer.com/pro…214

£9.99 +delivery.

Ordered, cheers. Will come in handy now and again. H&R given

i want one! got a ton of old HD's kicking around that i want to check before binning them, this would make life easier

gary_rip;3128434

Ebuyer have a cheaper option...

As usual,] DealExtreme can beat this - $19.50 includes delivery. It will take longer to arrive though.

pibpob;3128644

As usual,] DealExtreme can beat this - $19.50 includes delivery. It will … As usual,] DealExtreme can beat this - $19.50 includes delivery. It will take longer to arrive though.


Not after you have had to buy a UK power lead.

Sadgeek;3128301

Pretty good, but if you need something like this and have the relevant … Pretty good, but if you need something like this and have the relevant port, I'd suggest paying a bit extra (ok 30%) and getting http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=810288eSata interface is much quicker for backups/restores and has the added advantage of working with USB2 if needed.Still like the OPs deal though



WOW this is a great bit of kit I have the Sharkoon ] DriveLink which I got from scan but might get one of these now I run my own support business so its worth paying a bit more great device! but yes the original post was good value. ]Sharkoon make some great devices. :thumbsup:

]This one is even better!

gary_rip;3128658

Not after you have had to buy a UK power lead.

You mean you haven't got any IEC mains leads lying around? :?

Adnan786;3127663

What a good and convenient idea. Id snap one of these up if they did the … What a good and convenient idea. Id snap one of these up if they did the same for ide hard drives. Would make life so much easier when it comes to recovering data from crashed laptops. Heat added.



You need one of ]these!

It's a straight-forward adapter and not a nice dock like the one above but it's perfect for temporary hookup for taking data off drives. I got mine on ebay for £10 shipped and also bought myself a USB extension lead so I could hook up drives from other PCs to my PC without having to unscrew them forst!

Clearly not USB bus powered, but does it come with a separate brick power supply, a wall-wart, or is it just a straight figure 8 cable into the back of the unit?

PoisonJam;3128718

You need one of ]these!It's a straight-forward adapter and not a nice … You need one of ]these!It's a straight-forward adapter and not a nice dock like the one above but it's perfect for temporary hookup for taking data off drives. I got mine on ebay for £10 shipped and also bought myself a USB extension lead so I could hook up drives from other PCs to my PC without having to unscrew them forst!


I had one of these (or something very similar) to rescue the contents of an old IDE drive. It did the trick, but I found it a very cheap and messy solution - then I am increasingly averse to cable dangling everywhere.

mrsean2k;3128739

I had one of these (or something very similar) to rescue the contents of … I had one of these (or something very similar) to rescue the contents of an old IDE drive. It did the trick, but I found it a very cheap and messy solution - then I am increasingly averse to cable dangling everywhere.



I definitely wouldn't recommend it (what i use) as a permanent solution. That's the big difference I see between what I'm using and the solution in this thread. I use mine as a (very) temporary hookup when I get a PC or Laptop in for repair. The rest of the time it stays in the cupboard. This dock is better for people who are using drives regularly or for longer periods but I honestly wouldn't have the space for it on my desk and it won't help me with IDE drives. This would be perfect in an IT department, for example. The solution I use is more suited for the occasional job and for repair guys on the move.

Seems like a neat bit of kit. Just done a search and found this ]http//ww…693 which seems to provide esata as well as USB. Anyone know if this company is any good? Priced at £16.98 + p&p.

I bought one of these when they were £18 at scan, very useful, I leave mine hooked up under my desk and have 4 x1tb drives to slot in and out to back up my system.
very useful

d146895x;3129149

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Max-Value-Docking-Station-SATA/dp/B001E44GBA/



Usually dispatched within 2 to 5 weeks.

d146895x;3129149

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Max-Value-Docking-Station-SATA/dp/B001E44GBA/



Great find d146895x

Idontbelieveit;3129100

Seems like a neat bit of kit. Just done a search and found this … Seems like a neat bit of kit. Just done a search and found this ]http://www.allcam.biz/catalog/product_info.php?ref=7&products_id=693 which seems to provide esata as well as USB. Anyone know if this company is any good? Priced at £16.98 + p&p.



Was just going to post the same link. I have ordered one althought it says not released until 8th October. £23.96 inc delivery . Having eSATA makes it MUCH more attractive. I can now just hot swap 1Tb drives with projects on them. Brilliant!

d146895x;3129149

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Max-Value-Docking-Station-SATA/dp/B001E44GBA/





I don't mind waiting 2 -5 weeks for this.

Good find

If you can pick up in Leeds/ Bradford area it would be cheaper to get from CCL. cclonline.com/pro…d=0

pibpob;3128701

You mean you haven't got any IEC mains leads lying around? :?


Nope! :thumbsup:

Well it will indeed cost more for you - but not for 95% of everyone else then. (An alternative is to chop off the plug and fit your own, of course.)

zeframe;3129456

I don't mind waiting 2 -5 weeks for this.Good find



You'd be better waiting on this.



amazon.co.uk/Max…QS0

great idea heat added

You peeps never fail to amaze me with the amount of info you can pick up on this site.

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old-bugga;3130455

You'd be better waiting on … You'd be better waiting on this.http://www.amazon.co.uk/Max-Value-eSATA-Docking-Station/dp/B001E44GBK/ref=pd_cp_ce_0?pf_rd_p=136153791&pf_rd_s=center-41&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B001E44GBA&pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_r=126FE5J4QCNXMFKDPQS0



Looks identical to my Sharkoon unit, but I bet it's a lot cheaper. No sign of the price though

It sounds really good. But I am very new to this hardware and stuff.

I got a question. What is the difference between External HD and this Docking Station+HD?.

Will I be able to install OS on this Docking HD?, which is not allowed on External Hard Drive. or Its treaded as External HD but allows us to plugin any HD, which is cheaper than External HD.

Regards,
G

Great find!!!

goodmans;3133983

It sounds really good. But I am very new to this hardware and stuff. I … It sounds really good. But I am very new to this hardware and stuff. I got a question. What is the difference between External HD and this Docking Station+HD?.Will I be able to install OS on this Docking HD?, which is not allowed on External Hard Drive. or Its treaded as External HD but allows us to plugin any HD, which is cheaper than External HD.Regards,G



It works exactly the same as an external harddrive, but you can use any HD you want to, its more for if you have to swap data around harddrives and dont want to have to keep opening your pc..

I've got ]this one
http://usb.brando.com.hk/prod_img/zoom/UCABL004900_01_L.jpg
It has a card reader. They also do an Esata one.

I noticed a few people (in this and other similar threads) have said that these are not a good idea as a permanent solution to backing up data and that keeping a hard drive in an external enclosure is better. Why is this? If the hard drives and docking station are kept clean, covered and free from dust, would it be OK as a permanent solution or is there more to it than this?
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