2.5 Inch and 3.5 Inch SATA USB Dock

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About this product


  • 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

Product overview

• 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

Plug your bare SATA HDD drive straight into the USB docking station and benefit from a quick and easy means to access bare drives, read and copy data, instead of having to deal with enclosure installations especially if you have more than one drive. Simply insert your disk into the docking station and it’s instantly connected to your PC or laptop and accessible at 480Mbps through the built-in USB 2.0 interface.Box ContentsDocking station12V/2A Power adaptorUSB 2.0 cableUser manualTechnical SpecificationTransfer rate: up to 480MbpsInterface: USB 2.0
Supports desktop 3.5" SATA Drives; laptop 2.5" SATA DrivesOS: Windows ME, 2000, XP, Vista, Mac 10.0X, Linux 2.6X or above

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unit works right from the box. I had a problem reading files from an NTFS hard drive that had come from my old laptop but this was due to the file permissions and nothing to do with the docking station. If you have the same issue then access the Microsoft Knowledge Base and look for article 308421 "How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP"
Date published: 2011-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very useful and easy to use. Saved my bacon and my Data when my machine was hit by Malware that blocked my Windows boot. Removed drive and mounted it via this device on a legacy machine, rescued my partner's book and enabled me to clean and reformat the drive. Had our desktop machine back up and running in a couple of hours. Now I use it to back up and have a duplicate hard drive ready on the shelf just in case it happens again. Solid, simple to use.
Date published: 2014-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brought this product from the stockport store, its so easy to use, plug it in and its works... simple, and easy set up - plug and play - is really worth the money.. does desktop and laptop hard drives, would deffo recommend to friends
Date published: 2013-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great device. I used it to connect my iMac hdd to a PC after the Mac died. Enabled me to retrieve the data I needed for my work. A breeze to use and worked straight out of the box.
Date published: 2013-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to use worked right away very pleased with product & Maplin
Date published: 2011-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous piece of kit My desktop computer died, and the new motherboard turned out to be faulty. I couldn't wait any longer to access my old emails, so bought one of these. Plugged it into a low-powered Win 7 Starter netbook with an Atom processor, it loaded the drivers and up popped the drive with all my files! Copying them across was reasonably quick too, about 1Gb in less than a minute. Very happy, fantastic value too. The only thing I would have liked was a HDD activity indicator.
Date published: 2015-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well made and very easy to set up and use. Ideal if you have a few old spare drives hanging about which you want to access or use for storage without the hassle of installing them inside your computer.
Date published: 2011-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very nice product, worth to buy... easily operable
Date published: 2013-08-30
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Your answers state that the communicator C1 will work with windows 10. I have just purchased a new model from your Preston store and when I try installing the disk which came with it it will not work with windows 10. Have you an update ?

Asked by: RedOne
Latest drivers and software can be found here http://www.win-star.com/download/Drivers/ST_V1.9.zip Whilst the hardware is compatible with Windows 10, the free software bundled with the item does not work on Windows 10.
Answered by: Les
Date published: 2018-02-21

Does this product support SATA III, such as the SEAGATE BarraCuda 2TB 3.5" Internal Hard Drive?

Asked by: TonyP
This supports all SATA versions but speeds will only be USB 2.0
Answered by: Dale
Date published: 2018-02-15

Will this Hub allow you to Formate the Drive you put in it, or dose it just Read the Drive.

Asked by: Bill22
Yes this will allow you to format a drive.
Answered by: Billy
Date published: 2018-01-28

Would this be suitable for a 1TB drive? And, will it work on Windows 7/8/8.1/10?

Asked by: Rich
Yes and YES
Answered by: Les
Date published: 2018-02-21

Do you need to plug it into the mains? Does it work on USB 3.0?

Asked by: Rich
It comes with a mains adaptor and Yes it works on USB 3 (at USB 2.0 transfer speeds)
Answered by: Les
Date published: 2018-01-23

Will this work on a sata 3 SSD drive

Asked by: Tellybelly
Answered by: Les
Date published: 2017-12-01

Will this allow me to connect to my tv and watch the movies I have stored (1tb)

Asked by: Foggy123
No, unfortunately, this would not be suitable.
Answered by: James
Date published: 2017-12-01

Will this support 8tb drives?

Asked by: Roy56
Yes this should be fine.
Answered by: Billy
Date published: 2017-11-21
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