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Dual 2.5 and 3.5 Inch SATA USB Hard Drive Dock with Card Reader

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About this product


  • Dual 2.5in/3.5in HDD Docking with Sim/ Flash Card Reader/ USB Hub
  • Allows you to quickly read two SATA hard drives without installing them
  • Hot swap USB docking bay for all SATA hard drives

Product overview

• Dual 2.5in/3.5in HDD Docking with Sim/ Flash Card Reader/ USB Hub
• Allows you to quickly read two 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
• One touch backup button
• Virtualized multiple storage devices into one or many units, Multi-Drive spanning, Drive partition or act as a JBOD Port Multiplier
• Far easier to use than a USB enclosure
• Flash Media Card Reader (SD+MS/ XD /Sim Card)
• 2 x USB2.0 port hub
• SIM mobile edit utility
• High speed eSATA connection and USB 2.0 interface

The Communicator D2 Combo is a Dual HDD Dock, an ideal multi purpose storage device with OTB (one touch backup) perfect for system backup or enlarge drive capacity, two different size HDD’s appearing as one drive.

it also functions as a Flash card reader supporting all popular formats and USB Hub for easy desktop expansion, Edit your phone book/ SMS / save/ backup for mobile SIM cards through the smart card interface.

Rated 3 out of 5 by from I installed this dock this weekend. I was particular attracted by the dual drive esata and the clone drive option was a bonus. All worked well, until I connected the USB cable in order access the card reader connections. It correctly installed the card readers, but on rebooting, the esata connection was lost. It seems that the only way to ensure the esata connection works is to disconnect the USB lead, reboot and then reconnect. I am using Windows 7 64Bit. Perhaps a firmware update is available? Because of this problem I can only give the product a 3star rate. Had it worked without problem it would have been 5!
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just got this and the offline copy mode does a perfect job of imaging a SATA Disc to another, no PC connection needed, Partition sizes remain identical so you will need to use a Partition management tool to change sizes if upgrading to a larger disc after its created your copy. Installation a breeze ( Plug and Play XP). Build quality is functional rather than outstanding but after the hassle I have had trying to use Ghost to copy a hard drive this would have saved me the 2 days I have waisted on software that made me think the new drive was at fault. The additional features are a bonus, 2 port usb hub, card reader, Sim reader, bluetooth dongle, but am so relieved the investment has worked so well for the one use I wanted I am making the effort of writing this review. Thoroughly recommended!
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Bought one of these because of the good reviews, however I think it's not very well engineered, has anyone used the sim card reader yet? I found it was 'hit and miss' as sometimes it wouldn't detect the same sim card, and it's difficult to insert, on the first one I purchased from Maplin, the sim card went all of the way in and ended up rattling about inside the unit, perhaps if this sim card reader was like that of a mobile phone sim holder it would have been a lot better, other than that, the unit works well.
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No Serial Number for Software and Doesn't Recognise Drives or SDs in Reader I just bought one of these units today. Firstly, I came to install some of the "Clone" software, and it needs a serial. You look all over the packaging and device, CD, paperwork, instruction manual, outside of box, underside of cardboard sleeve it comes in... No serial number anywhere. Doing a Google search suggests this isn't unusual. However: the Serial displayed prolifically around the Net doesn't work for me. So what: you can clone HDDs without the software, and do it "offline"... so no big deal. Insert all my old drives that I knew were last working when I had them connected. Nothing shows up. Insert NEW drives just out of packaging. Nothing shows up. Take out an existing warm drive and pop it in. Nothing shows up. Ho-hum. Just out of curiosity... does it recognise as SD card that works everywhere else today? Nope - that doesn't work either! LOL Dead as a dodo. However: it does give me flashing lights that it's connected to a USB 3.0 instead of a USB 2.0 (separate lights), and it does show that a drive is plugged in (green light). However, I have plenty of other flashing lights to amuse me. This product just doesn't. Will be returning and grumbling tomorrow.
Date published: 2016-02-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Update! I had a very helpful email from Maplin customer services which suggested that there was probably a fault with the unit I had purchased. I therefore visited a Maplin store and exchanged it without any difficulty. However I had the same problem with the replacement unit. When rebooting with the USB cable plugged as well as the Esata connection the system treated both the drives as USB drives and not as Sata drives. The speed of the drives is therefore much slower. On similar single Esats docks I have with an integrated USB card reader, the system gives priority to the esata connection and I do not know why this dock does not give a similar priority. Unfortunately in practical terms it means that the card reader and extra USB ports cannot be used at the same time as the esata connection, unless you are willing to accept the much slower USB drive speeds, or do not plug in the USB lead until the esata connection has been recognised
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from extremely good Brught the item so I didn't have to open my computer all the time data transfer is really fast and easy to use every thing worked right out off the box only thing is it has changed slightly from the picture on the website and don't have so many ports on the front it has 2 usb 3.0 ports one sd memory card slot and that's it on the back it's just a usb conector and power conector I'm a very pleased customer and it is well worth the money
Date published: 2015-09-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Check the box carefully I just tried to buy one of these in Colchester, it turns out that Maplin no longer sell this model only the newer model with USB 3 ports but no eSATA connection. The D3 is completely different from the item advertised. If it was as described it could have received a higher score. Very sloppy product control.
Date published: 2016-07-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bought 2 months ago, on my second unit and about to take it back to try to get a refund, quite simply does not work reliably with 2 hard disks in. Which was the reason I bought it. PC spec's is not an issue - i5 processor with 16GB of RAM running Window5 64bit.
Date published: 2014-11-11
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Requirements (PC) Intel Pentium-III 500MHz equivalent or faster
CD-ROM Drive
64MB Memory (Minimum)
250MB of free disk space
800 x 600 or higher resolution display
Mouse or compatible pointing device
Windows 2000/XP/2003 or above
USB 1.0 Port or above
Requirements (Mac) MacOS X, 10.4.8 or Later
CD-ROM Drive
Mouse or compatible pointing device
USB 1.0 Port or above
Package Contents D2 Docking Station
Power Supply 12V/5A
Sata Cable
USB Cable
User Manual
CD with optional software
Warranty 1 Year

Just purchased this item to clone laptop drives for work. Cloning software requries a serial number to install, there isn't one anywhere in the box. Any clues?

Asked by: Mik Walker
The serial number should be on a sticker on the CD packet.
Answered by: Dale
Date published: 2017-09-11

What is the max size of hard drive (Terabyte) it will take in each bay ?

Asked by: andyapple
This works with all SATA drives no matter the capacity.
Answered by: Billy
Date published: 2017-07-30

Hi, I brought this product from Maplins store in Stratford but seem to have misplaced the CD containing the drivers. Is it possible to make a copy of the drivers available from your website?

Asked by: Ben5
The item is plug and play this will work without a driver CD.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2017-07-13

Planning to use 2x8TB drives to make it RAID to 16TB. Will this work?

Asked by: Ben9232
This unit is not suitable as a raid enclosure.
Answered by: Les
Date published: 2017-06-13

Will the cloning software clone windows os for a back up or up grading to a bigger hdd

Asked by: Russ
It will clone whatever drive you ask it to
Answered by: Dale
Date published: 2017-02-05

Is this unit compatible with windows 10 ?

Asked by: steve10
This should work fine with Windows 10.
Answered by: Gareth
Date published: 2016-11-06

Are any compatability issues relating to operating systems of the HDD and the PC? My HDD is from a Windows 10 (a newish PC that has stopped working) and I want to be able to read the contents on my old Windows XP machine.

Asked by: Gordon2016
This service is for frequently asked questions and does not allow two way communication, In order for us to best assist you with your technical issue please contact us on the details below: 0333 400 9500 or email
Answered by: Billy
Date published: 2017-01-27

Could I have one card in my phone and one in the reader HDD to read the music from phone to reader card or reader to phone card ? Or reader HDD to tablet, copying music and photos to my tablet ?

Asked by: Treborthree
I am sorry but the item in question does not support use in your intended application.
Answered by: Les
Date published: 2016-08-30
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