Salvage Your Data with the StarTech.com USB 3.0 Dual Hard Drive Docking Station
We've all been there before. An external hard drive suddenly shuts off or an old laptop trudging along on its last legs finally gives out and provokes a moment of panic. The thought of losing all your personal photos, videos, music, and files can be unbearable. Fortunately for you, StarTech.com now has a docking station that allows you to salvage your data with relative ease.
The docking station has a dual-bay, top-slot-loading design that supports either 2.5" solid-state drives or 3.5" hard-disk drives. The dual slots house SATA connectors, which connect to your bare hard drives. The docking station then connects to your computer (preferably to one that didn't just die) via the USB 3.0 port, where you can transfer data at up to 5 Gbps. You can also hot-swap each drive separately, thanks to independent power buttons.
In testing, UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol) performs with a 70% faster read speed and 40% faster write speed over traditional USB 3.0 at peak performance. UASP also shows an 80% reduction in required processor resources. Please note that StarTech.com achieved these results by testing the docking station with a computer that has a 3rd-generation Ivy Bridge Intel® processor and a SATA III solid-state drive. Your results may vary.
To ensure proper data transfer and compatibility, the docking station supports a wide variety of operating systems. Windows 2000, XP (32/64-bit), Server 2003 (32/64-bit), Vista (32/64-bit), Server 2008 (32/64-bit), 7 (32/64-bit), and 8 (32/64-bit) are all supported. For Mac computers, Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, and 10.9 operating systems are required. Even Linux and Google Chrome OS are also supported.
Whether you're backing up data, benchmarking multiple hard drives, transferring data from one hard drive to another or accessing drives for imaging, the StarTech.com docking station provides a user-friendly interface where you can safely and securely transfer data from dual 2.5" or 3.5" hard drives to a computer via a USB 3.0 connection.
|Number of Drives||2|
|Drive Size||2.5" and 3.5"|
|Drive Type||SATA HDD, SSD|
|Chipset ID||VIA/VLI - VL812
|Drive Connectors||2 x SATA data & power combo (7+15 pin) receptacle|
|Host Connectors||1 x USB 3.0 B (9-pin, female)|
|Data Transfer Rate||5 Gbps|
|Max Drive Capacity||Currently tested with up to 4TB 7200 rpm 3.5" hard drives per bay (8TB total) and 2TB 5900 rpm 2.5" hard drives (2TB total)|
|Insertion Rating||15,000 cycles|
8.1 (32- & 64-bit)
8 (32- & 64-bit)
7 (32- & 64-bit)
Server 2008 (32- & 64-bit)
Vista (32- & 64-bit)
Server 2003(32- & 64-bit)
XP(32- & 64-bit)
OS X 10.9 Mavericks
OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
OS X 10.7 Lion
OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
Google Chrome OS
|Operating Temperature||41 to 95°F / 5 to 35°C|
|Storage Temperature||-4 to 122°F / -20 to 50°C|
|Humidity||20 ~ 80% RH|
|Input Voltage||100 ~ 240 V AC|
|Input Current||1.3 A|
|Output Voltage||12 DC|
|Output Current||3:00 AM|
|LED Indicators||2 x Drive power / activity|
|Dimensions||5.8 x 5.2 x 2.8" / 14.8 x 13.2 x 7.0 cm|
|Weight||1.1 lb / 0.5 kg|