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2.5/3.5 Inch SATA USB Dock with Hub & CardReader
• Hot swap USB docking bay for all SATA drives
• Supports both 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch drives
• Easier to use than a USB enclosure
• Front facing multi card reader SD / MMC / MS and 2 port USB 2.0 HUB
• USB 2.0 connection
• Quick release eject button
• PC / Mac compatibleLets you quickly read and copy data from SATA hard drives without the need for installing them. Just simply drop the drive into the dock and connect to your PC or laptop via the USB connection. You also get a 2-port hub and multi card reader built-in.
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10 of 12 Reviews
This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever bought! I have tried this on 3 different computers with 3 different operating systems and it doesn't work on any of them! It won't install on Windows 8, nor will it install on OSX 10.4 despite it saying it supports anything OS9 or upwards. Windows 8 can access the card reader, but not the SATA reader itself - what's the point in selling something brand new that isn't compatible with an operating system that has been widely available for over a year? The installation disk software has glaring spelling errors on the homepage, which doesn't give you confidence in the software and when you run the installation for the backup module on its own, it wants a serial number to continue - but it doesn't give you a serial number to input. Sort it out, Maplin! Please make sure you test your products before selling them! Now I have to travel back another 30 minutes to my nearest store and return it!
Worked straight out box, only downside, after 2nd drive put in, the little plastic door that flips back up snapped at the hinge and is no loger fitted, however does not affect the function of the unit
On the whole a very useful addition to my hardware. Works happily under Ubuntu 11.04, and accommodates drives formatted in either FAT32 or EXT4. The card reader accommodates CF cards and is much faster transferring photographs compared with my camera. Only downside is that it interferes with my network printer/scanner, so needs to be unplugged from the USB port when I want to print or scan.
Thoroughly happy with the product though the one I got is not the same design. Access speed is great, viewing photos roughly same speed as from an internal hard drive. Flash reader also very quick and happily supports SDHC. Although I give it 5 out of 5 because it's got me out of a tight spot so really happy with it, the product is very light plastic so I don't know how much rough and tumble it would stand. Also the power cable to the unit isn't very long and the data cable isn't massively long either.
Brilliant worked straight out of the box managed to get all the data from our old hard disk with ease and now using it as a back up drive.
Setting up and installation was fine. The card reader and USB hub works great. However, the SATA docking section had reliability issues.
I have been using the Unitek version of this excellent product for 12-18 months as a fast backup system for a large amount of data over a handful of HDs, with no problems - until a week ago, when I started getting write errors, which continued even after I ran a chkdsk d:/f on it. I have since discovered the power supply is faulty. Will try and get a replacement power supply from my local Maplin tomorrow.
All works a expected. Delivery was really good, ordered PM and delivered next day
Works. Read a harddrive, read an SD card. If you turn the power on with a harddrive in it while connected to USB it can serge your USB port causing (in my case) OSX to stop sending power to that port. But if you don't do that it is fine.
So far a product that does what is expected - plug into computer, plug in a SATA drive and off you go. Using a 2Tb disk fine with no drop out on the connections.
Additional card reader works fine.
Great addition of the additional USB ports which are powered (at least enough to power 2 external USB 2.5" drives at the same time).
Has a power switch on it which helps to be able to reduce power consumption when the unit is not in use (you still have to unplug the transformer to ensure no power consumption).
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10 of 20 Questions
Peter Morse said:
Does this dock support 4TB drives on mac OS X?
Peter Cripps said:
Is the Seagate hard Drive type ST3320820ACE compatable with your Hard Drive Docking station Code N0. A27JB
hi, does this unit work media tanks?
John Portway said:
Will I be able to write to the sata in the docking station
My motherboard doesn't support SATA. Will this item work with my motherboard despite not supporting SATA?
Does this work under Linux? (eeBuntu3=Jaunty)
Is this compatible with Windows 7?
Can a hard drive be partitioned using this device?
Does this product contain software to make bootable mirror image copies of an existing hard drive?
David Morris said:
Will this format HDD's in both FAT32 and NTFS, obviously not on the same drive.
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