Salvage Your Data with the StarTech.com USB 3.0 Dual Hard Drive Docking Station

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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.

Hardware
Interface USB 3.0
Number of Drives 2
Drive Size 2.5" and 3.5"
Drive Type SATA HDD, SSD
Drive Installation Removable
Fans None
Chipset ID VIA/VLI - VL812
ASMedia ASM1053E
Connectors
Drive Connectors 2 x SATA data & power combo (7+15 pin) receptacle
Host Connectors 1 x USB 3.0 B (9-pin, female)
Performance
Data Transfer Rate 5 Gbps
UASP Support Yes
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
Software
OS Compatibility Windows
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)
2000
Mac
OS X 10.9 Mavericks
OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
OS X 10.7 Lion
OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
Linux
Google Chrome OS
Environmental
Operating Temperature 41 to 95°F / 5 to 35°C
Storage Temperature -4 to 122°F / -20 to 50°C
Humidity 20 ~ 80% RH
Power
Input Voltage 100 ~ 240 V AC
Input Current 1.3 A
Output Voltage 12 DC
Output Current 3:00 AM
Physical Characteristics
Color Black
Enclosure Type Plastic
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

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I plan on filming in Japan and I need to transfer data quickly on a laptop to an SSD individually when shooting and when at night I will transfer from the SSD to a high capacity HDD. Will the dock work with one Drive (so I can transfer directly after shooting from an SDXC card). Also, when it is plugged into the laptop, can we access both Drives seperately as if this is a hub? I feel like I need to visually see myself transfering files through the laptop. Thanks!

The dock can be used to access both SSD’s and traditional drives, and access them individually.

I need to backup my 4tb drive Does this require a computer or can it transfer disk to disk? I have a 2tb that uses usb2 that can. The problem is that with 4tb drive the PC will run forever and die trying to backup 4tb of data.

Yes, this would require a computer. The Aluratek External SATA Hard Drive Duplicator does not require a computer.

Can individual files be accessed from a failed HDD, rather than needing to copy the entire contents?

This would depend on the data recovery application that you are using. Most will allow individual file access.