SATA Hard Drive USB Docking Station - £24.99 Collect instore @ Maplin
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SATA Hard Drive USB Docking Station - £24.99 Collect instore @ Maplin

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Found 23rd May 2008Made hot 23rd May 2008
SATA Hard Drive USB Docking Station


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

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direct link: maplin.co.uk/Mod…844

http://www.maplin.co.uk/images/300/a83hq.jpg

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HEATED!

do they do an IDE equivelent docking station?

This looks like a brilliant idea. Cost is reasonable, considering what you'll pay for a SATA enclosure also.

heat added.

I do like this. If a little expensive when compared to internal versions , like the Ice Box ( scan.co.uk/Pro…507 )
But a USB is easier to move arround .

Heat added , nice find though

saaya2020;2159974

do they do an IDE equivelent docking station?



You can't hot swap an IDE drive so it wouldn't work. You can get normal USB enclosures though.

Now, if they only did one that you could drop multiple drives in to. :-)

[QUOTE=JonFo;2159989]I do like this. If a little expensive when compared to internal versions , like the Ice Box ( scan.co.uk/Pro…507 )
But a USB is easier to move arround .

Not only is the ice box cheaper, the transfer speeds are much faster, there is less chance of data transfer error and you dont have all the clutter of the external PSU, external docking unit and cables.

Despite the poor wording of the description on hte maplin site, someone else asked the question;

"Q) Is it possible to write to the drive or is it read only? IE: use the drive plugged into it as an external read/write hard drive and if so what capacity will it support? - Bri
A) Yes the product does support that (up to 500 gig) ."

Its a nice idea, but if you put in a 500GB drive, USB2.0 peaks at 480mb/sec, eSata peaks at 3GB/sec.....

Need one of these with eSata rather than USB, or maybe the choice of both

]£18.74 at Scan

Ebay only £24.99 + £4.00 (P&P). Support both 3.5" and 2.5" HDD.

Look like very similar product

peteivy;2160081

]£18.74 at Scan



good find.

speedski;2160077

Its a nice idea, but if you put in a 500GB drive, USB2.0 peaks at … Its a nice idea, but if you put in a 500GB drive, USB2.0 peaks at 480mb/sec, eSata peaks at 3GB/sec.....Need one of these with eSata rather than USB, or maybe the choice of both



Yeah... because you are gonna be able to read at over 480mb/sec from a SATA HDD!! :?

peteivy;2160081

]£18.74 at Scan



great find! voting this deal cold as cheaper at scan!

kengboon1;2160086

Ebay only £24.99 + £4.00 (P&P). Support both 3.5" and 2.5" HDD. Look like … Ebay only £24.99 + £4.00 (P&P). Support both 3.5" and 2.5" HDD. Look like very similar product



got an item code?

can you use this to flash xbox360s ?

OK so cheaper at Scan but if you only want this and dont wanna pay postage you can walk in to your local maplins and grab one. Nice !

mono2k6;2160164

can you use this to flash xbox360s ?



No.

You dont flash the HDD

Wongo;2160186

OK so cheaper at Scan but if you only want this and dont wanna pay … OK so cheaper at Scan but if you only want this and dont wanna pay postage you can walk in to your local maplins and grab one. Nice !



Scan isn't showing a postage cost for me on that item (due to avforums account), but I hear they have changed their policy so might nab you later (can anyone confirm that?). BTW, the version with external SATA socket, USB hub and memory card reader is also at scan for around 30 quid.

I've been torn as to whether I should buy the 30 quid pro version of this (which apparently supports >500GB that this is limited to) or just get an external enclosure (it's for connecting to my laptop) to house the 1TB drive I bought last week complements of HUKD... Any suggestions anyone??

peteivy;2160081

]£18.74 at Scan



A good deal, just got better:thumbsup:

gary_rip;2160154

Yeah... because you are gonna be able to read at over 480mb/sec from a … Yeah... because you are gonna be able to read at over 480mb/sec from a SATA HDD!! :?


I think he means 480MBit/sec =60MB/s. As that's a theoretical speed the real world speed would be below 50MB/s. The highest end SATA drives can now read at 100MB/s at the beginning of the drive.

Wongo;2160186

OK so cheaper at Scan but if you only want this and dont wanna pay … OK so cheaper at Scan but if you only want this and dont wanna pay postage you can walk in to your local maplins and grab one. Nice !


If you can bring the cost up to £20 you can take advantage of the AVForums free shipping at Scan offer.

dan2097;2160256

If you can bring the cost up to £20 you can take advantage of the … If you can bring the cost up to £20 you can take advantage of the AVForums free shipping at Scan offer.



Here's a great way of bringing the price up over £20 :thumbsup:

scan.co.uk/Pro…288

Trying to confirm if that model will support my 1TB drive though!

zetsurin;2160218

Scan isn't showing a postage cost for me on that item (due to avforums … Scan isn't showing a postage cost for me on that item (due to avforums account), but I hear they have changed their policy so might nab you later (can anyone confirm that?). BTW, the version with external SATA socket, USB hub and memory card reader is also at scan for around 30 quid.


If you mean their free delivery policy: I always place orders worth over £25. Last one was this week, and P&P was still free

Perfect addition to the cheap Dell hd's (if we receive them). Torn between the internal one or this one. I've already got an external enclosure for portability..

nice........

This is ideal for my HTPC.

I can just split my media up into catergories on different HDD and then load up the HDD I wish to use

Darv;2160029

You can't hot swap an IDE drive so it wouldn't work. You can get normal … You can't hot swap an IDE drive so it wouldn't work. You can get normal USB enclosures though.



Couldn't be more wrong.

You perhaps can't hot swap an IDE drive using an IDE cable, but you can certainly hot swap an IDE drive that uses USB as its interface.

What do you think is in the massive majority of external USB drives out there? Trust me, it's IDE.

And considering I have a less elegant solution to this hard drive issue, and use a USB cable to communicate with my iMac and Windows laptop with both SATA and IDE drives, the only real issue is finding a file system that both platforms are happy with.

saaya2020;2159974

do they do an IDE equivelent docking station?


SATA are hot swappable thats what you are paying for here. IDE drive boxes are cheaper than this as long as you dont want to pull one out suddenly.

i have a 1tb in one of these its formatted in fat32 and works in pc and mac

ifa;2160409

Perfect addition to the cheap Dell hd's (if we receive them). Torn … Perfect addition to the cheap Dell hd's (if we receive them). Torn between the internal one or this one. I've already got an external enclosure for portability..


I got an email from Dell yesterday that it was a mistake and they dont stock those drives and wont be sending any out.

Nice fine, Nice idea...What I wanted is a bootable IDE version, just drop in any OS you need. :thumbsup: No more Dual Boot, hard drives are cheaper than OS's

Great item, 1st time I have seen this docking station...
Very useful, str8 click in a sata drive, avoid having to use external drive enclosures, swap as many drives as you want!

VOTED HOT!

perfect for someone like me who does a bit of pc fixing for family and friends. can whip out the drive, caddy it in seconds and back stuff up.

heated.

msharif911;2160448

SATA are hot swappable thats what you are paying for here. IDE drive … SATA are hot swappable thats what you are paying for here. IDE drive boxes are cheaper than this as long as you dont want to pull one out suddenly.



This interfaces with the PC using USB which IS hot swappable. An IDE version of this would work just the same as SATA . And it(generally) wouldn't be any faster or slower as the USB transfer rate would be the bottleneck in both instances.
As a previous poster has already said, the vast majority of portable USB drives will be IDE.

How does it deal with the slight differences in connection positioning? If you go from Samsung to Maxtor for example, the power and SATA connectors won't be in exactly the same place.

Also some drives are taller than others which would also mean things wouldn't line up properly?

i noticed this online just last night/this morning as i was looking to see if there was an external usb caddy that would take the SATA hd/blueray drive as both sata connections are used in my pc and the pci slots and ide channels are used so i can't fit an internal adapter

i don't suppose this could be used with a sata optical drive if extra cables were used to connect it? presumably you would use the same sata cabe, but not sure if you can get a sata power
extender/but maybe a splitter would do

this would be a handy way of connecting my laptop drives direct to my main pc, as it would be quicker to transfer a large amount of data than over the network (presumably it doesn't take long to pull out a laptop hd and put it back in)

i would want one that would take a 1tb drive though.

xigent;2160044

[QUOTE=JonFo;2159989]I do like this. If a little expensive when compared … [QUOTE=JonFo;2159989]I do like this. If a little expensive when compared to internal versions , like the Ice Box ( http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=387507 )But a USB is easier to move arround .Not only is the ice box cheaper, the transfer speeds are much faster, there is less chance of data transfer error and you dont have all the clutter of the external PSU, external docking unit and cables.



Thanks, I like the look of that product (ordered it from amazon as it worked out cheaper with delivery without messing about).

I currently have an IcyBox and im very happy indeed with it.. Whilst i can see the attraction of being able to hot swap, it also leaves the HDD open to the elements. I would always be worrying if my HDD needs a hoover

The IcyBox is of very good build quality and works a treat.

Im afraid, as its cheaper at scan, i will vote cold, sorry dude

I use this USB adapter for Sata, 2.5" and 3.5" IDE drives, comes with power supply and Sata power adapter cable.
You can get them from many places including Ebay for around a tenner delivered

As here,
.ebest24.com/en/…GBP

Slightly more fiddly but much more versatile and much cheaper

scattycat;2160802

I use this USB adapter for Sata, 2.5" and 3.5" IDE drives, comes with … I use this USB adapter for Sata, 2.5" and 3.5" IDE drives, comes with power supply and Sata power adapter cable. You can get them from many places including Ebay for around a tenner delivered As here,.http://www.ebest24.com/en/usb-20-to-ide-satas-ata-adapter-cable-power-supply-b.html?language=en¤cy=GBPSlightly more fiddly but much more versatile and much cheaper



we use them, pretty good - you can pick them up for £7 ish if you hunt around
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