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Xcellon USB 3.2 Gen 1 Hard Drive Dock

Xcellon USB 3.2 Gen 1 Hard Drive Dock

B&H # XCHDD1321 MFR # HDD-1321
Key Features
  • 1 x 2.5" / 3.5" SATA III Drive Bay
  • USB 3.2 Gen 1 Host Connection (5 Gb/s)
  • Top-Loading Design
  • Hot-Swapping Support
$2499
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Angelbird USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C to SATA 6 Gb/s Adapter

Angelbird USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C to SATA 6 Gb/s Adapter

B&H # ANCSATA MFR # C-SATA
Key Features
  • Convert Internal HDD/SSD to External Use
  • For 2.5" and 3.5" Drives
  • SATA to USB 3.1 Type-C Interface
  • UASP and TRIM Support
$2999
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Xcellon M2NS USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 M.2 SSD Enclosure

B&H # XCM2NS MFR # M2NS
Key Features
  • Supports NVMe & SATA M.2 SSDs
  • USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 Host Interface
  • Up to 10 Gb/s Data Transfer Speeds
  • Fits 2230, 2242, 2260 & 2280 Size Drives
$2199
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Sabrent USB 3.2 Type-C Tool-Free Enclosure for M.2 PCIe NVMe and SATA SSDs

B&H # SAECSNVE MFR # EC-SNVE
Key Features
  • 1 x M.2 2242/2260/2280 SSD Bay
  • 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C (10 Gb/s)
  • 100% Tool-Free Design
  • Bus Powered
$2899
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StarTech USB 3.0 to 2.5" SATA III Drive Adapter Cable (19.7")

B&H # STU3S2SAT3CB MFR # USB3S2SAT3CB
Key Features
  • Compatible with SATA I/II/III Drives
  • USB 3.0 Technology
  • Data Transfer Rates up to 5 Gbps
  • USB Bus-Powered
$1149
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Sabrent 2.5" SATA to USB 3.0 Tool-Free External Hard Drive Enclosure

B&H # SAECUASP MFR # EC-UASP
Key Features
  • Compatible with 2.5" SATA HDDs and SSDs
  • Supports 7/9.5mm-Thick Drives
  • USB 3.0 Host Interface
  • Transfer Rates up to 5 Gb/s
$1199
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OWC Drive Dock USB Type-C Dual Drive Bay Solution

B&H # OWTCDRVDCK MFR # OWCTCDRVDCK
Key Features
  • For Bare 2.5" & 3.5" SATA Drives
  • 2 x 2.5/3.5" Drive Bays
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C Port
  • Read Speeds up to 698 MB/s
$9900
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SanDisk Professional PRO-BLADE STATION

B&H # SAPBST MFR # SDPM34F-0000-GBABD
Key Features
  • Four PRO-BLADE SSD MAG Slots
  • Dual 40 Gb/s Thunderbolt 3 Ports
  • Read Speeds up to 3000 MB/s
  • Write Speeds up to 2600 MB/s
$49999
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Sabrent USB Type-B Dual Bay SATA Docking Station

B&H # SAECHD2B MFR # EC-HD2B
Key Features
  • Supports Two 2.5 & 3.5" Drives
  • Up to 5 Gb/s Data Transfer Speed
  • Offline Cloning Support
  • USB Type-B Interface
$4299
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Sabrent 3.5" / 2.5" SATA to USB 3.0 Tool-Free External Drive Enclosure

B&H # SAECKSL3 MFR # EC-KSL3
Key Features
  • Fits 3.5" & 2.5" SATA Hard Drives
  • USB 3.0 Host Interface
  • Tool-Free Design, Easy to Install
  • Transfer Rates up to 625 MB/s
$2459
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OWC ThunderBay 4 4-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID Enclosure

B&H # OWCTB3IVKIT0 MFR # OWCTB3IVKIT000
Key Features
  • 4 x 2.5"/3.5" SATA Drive Bays
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 3 | 1 x DisplayPort 1.2
  • Supports RAID 0, 1, 4 ,5, 10, and JBOD
  • Software RAID Controller
$52900
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Sabrent USB Storage Drive Docking Station

B&H # SADSUTC1 MFR # DS-UTC1
Key Features
  • Supports 2.5 & 3.5" Drives
  • Hard-Disk & Solid-State Drive Support
  • Up to 10 Gb/s Data Transfer Speed
  • LED Indicator
$2999
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Sabrent USB Type-C Dual Bay SATA Docking Station

B&H # SAECCH2B MFR # EC-CH2B
Key Features
  • Supports Two 2.5 & 3.5" Drives
  • Up to 5 Gb/s Data Transfer Speed
  • Offline Cloning Support
  • USB Type-C Interface
$4499
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Sabrent NVMe PCIe M.2 to USB 3.1 Gen 2 USB Type-C SSD Enclosure (Gray)

B&H # SAECNVME MFR # EC-NVME
Key Features
  • Supports NVMe PCIe M.2 SSDs
  • Supports 2230, 2242, 2260, and 2280 SSDs
  • USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C Interface
  • Backward Compatible with USB 3.1 Gen 1
$4599
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Sabrent USB 3.2 Gen 2 5-Bay 3.5" SATA Hard Drive Tray-Less Docking Station

B&H # SADSSC5B MFR # DS-SC5B
Key Features
  • 5 x 3.5" SATA III Bays
  • 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C Ports
  • Hot-Swappable Design
  • Locking Bay Doors
$27999
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Sabrent 2.5/3.5" SATA HDD/SSD to USB 3.0 Docking Station

B&H # SAECDFLT MFR # EC-DFLT
Key Features
  • Supports 2.5"/3.5" SATA HDDs & SSDs
  • USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1) Type-B Interface
  • Supports Drives up to 8TB
  • On/Off Power Switch
$2699
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OWC Envoy Express Thunderbolt 3 M.2 NVME SSD Enclosure

B&H # OWTB3ENVXP00 MFR # OWCTB3ENVXP00
Key Features
  • Thunderbolt 3 Host Connection
  • Supports M.2 NVMe PCIe 2280 SSDs
  • Up to 1553 MB/s Sustained Transfer Rate
  • Anodized Aluminum Construction
$7900
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Sabrent Thunderbolt 3 to M.2 NVMe SSD Tool-Free Enclosure

B&H # SAECT3NS MFR # EC-T3NS
Key Features
  • Thunderbolt 3 Interface
  • M-Key M.2 2280 Size Support
  • Plug and Play Design
  • Aluminum Construction
$9999
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Oyen Digital Novus USB Type-C Rugged 3.5" HDD Enclosure

B&H # OY3N1CBL MFR # 3N1-C-BL
Key Features
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C Interface
  • SATA III Drive Interface
  • Thunderbolt 3 Support
  • ASMedia ASM235CM Chipset
$5900
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OWC Express 4M2 4-Slot M.2 NVMe SSD Enclosure

B&H # OWTB3EX4M2SL MFR # OWCTB3EX4M2SL
Key Features
  • 4 x M.2 Slots
  • Thunderbolt 3 | DisplayPort
  • Supports 4K Resolution
  • Includes SoftRAID XT
$34900
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OWC ThunderBay 8 8-Bay Thunderbolt 3 Raid Array with SoftRAID XT

B&H # OWTB38SRKIT0 MFR # OWCTB38SRKIT0
Key Features
  • 8 x 2.5/3.5" SATA Drive Bays
  • Thunderbolt 3 & DisplayPort
  • RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 4, 5, and JBOD Modes
  • SoftRAID XT Software
$87900
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Xcellon USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C M.2 SSD Enclosure

B&H # XCM2NV MFR # M2NV
Key Features
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C Host Interface
  • Up to 10 Gb/s Data Transfer Speeds
  • Supports NVMe & SATA M.2 SSDs
  • Fits 2230, 2242, 2260 & 2280 Size Drives
$3499
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Sabrent External Drive Lay-Flat Docking Station

B&H # SAECDFFN MFR # EC-DFFN
Key Features
  • Supports 2.5 & 3.5" Drives
  • HDD & SSD Support
  • 6TB Max Capacity
  • Up to 5 Gb/s Transfer Rate
$3199
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OWC Mercury Elite Pro Quad 4-Bay USB 3.2 Gen 2 RAID Enclosure

B&H # OWCMEQCTJB00 MFR # OWCMEQCTJB000
Key Features
  • 4 x 2.5"/3.5" SATA Drive Bays
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C Interface
  • Supports RAID and JBOD
  • Software RAID Controller
$22900
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OWC ThunderBay 4 mini 4-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID Array and Drive Enclosure

B&H # OWCTB3QMJB00 MFR # OWCTB3QMJB000
Key Features
  • 4 x 2.5" SATA Drive Bays
  • Thunderbolt 3 Interface
  • Independent Drive Storage or JBOD RAID
  • Supports SoftRAID
$24900
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Oyen Digital MiniPro 2.5" SATA to USB 3.1 Type-C External Drive Enclosure (Slate Gray)

B&H # OYU31MC25GY MFR # U31M-C25-G
Key Features
  • Compatible with 2.5" SATA HDDs and SSDs
  • Supports Up to 9.5mm-Thick Drives
  • USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C Host Interface
  • Up to 500 MB/s Transfer Speed
$2900
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OWC ThunderBay 8 8-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID Enclosure

B&H # OWCTB38JBKIT MFR # OWCTB38JBKIT0
Key Features
  • 8 x 2.5"/3.5" SATA Drive Bays
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 3 | 1 x DisplayPort 1.2
  • Supports RAID 0, 1, 4, 5, 10, and JBOD
  • Software RAID Controller
$77900
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Sabrent mSATA SSD Enclosure

B&H # SAECUKMS MFR # EC-UKMS
Key Features
  • Fits 27mm & 50mm mSATA SSDs
  • 1 x Micro-USB 3.0 Port
  • Supports 6 Gb/s mSATA III
  • Supports 3 Gb/s mSATA II
$1399
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Sabrent USB 3.2 Gen 2 4-Bay 3.5" SATA Hard Drive Tray-Less Docking Station

B&H # SADSSC4B MFR # DS-SC4B
Key Features
  • 4 x 3.5" SATA III Bays
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C Interface
  • Hot-Swappable Design
  • Locking Bay Doors
$22999
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Learning About External Hard Drive Enclosures and Docks

Put your spare hard drives to good use by converting them into external storage drives, with hard drive enclosures and docks. Whether you're reclaiming internal hard drives from old PCs or buying new ones to use as external drives, you need enclosures and docks to connect them to your computer. The cases link the interfaces used by storage drives with the USB ports of computers. They also serve as protective shells for fragile hard disk drives (HDD).

 

What's the Difference Between Hard Drive Docks and Enclosures?

An enclosure encompasses a hard drive completely. Some enclosures hold single drives while others have multiple bays for two or more hard drives. A dock has slots rather than bays. Since a hard drive goes into a dock vertically, part of it remains exposed. This design makes hot-swapping drives easier. To remove the drive in an HDD enclosure, you have to first open the casing.


How to Choose the Right HDD Enclosure and Dock

Key factors to consider include material used, hard drive size and interface, and connection type. Most docks and enclosures are metal, rubber, or plastic. Metal units are very durable, while rubber ones offer excellent protection from shock and impact. Aluminum is a common choice that's both strong and lightweight. Some enclosures and docks can only accommodate the 2.5-inch drives commonly used by laptops, while others can fit desktop-class, 3.5-inch drives. To fit a 2.5-inch drive in a bay or slot made for 3.5-inch units, you'll need an internal hard drive cage. This converter bracket makes 2.5-inch hard disk and solid-state drives (SSDs) just as big as 3.5-inch HDDs.

You should also make sure the chosen enclosure or dock supports your drive's interface. SATA interfaces are the most common, but they have different subtypes (SATA I, II, and III). Choosing a SATA III casing is advisable, as it'll be backward-compatible with the older standards. Most docks and enclosures connect to computers via USB ports. Like SATA, there are multiple generations of USB (1.1, 2.0, 3.0, and 3.1). For fast transfer speeds, choose a casing with one or more USB 3.0 ports. Some have USB-C ports. These are smaller, reversible USB ports, increasingly found on computers and mobile devices. An Apple Thunderbolt enclosure can connect to the ultra-fast Thunderbolt ports found on high-end computers. While Thunderbolt 1 and 2 use the Apple Mini DisplayPort connector, Thunderbolt 3 employs the widely adopted USB-C connector.


What's in a Hard Drive Enclosure Kit?

This package contains everything you need to install an internal hard drive in an enclosure. In addition to the protective case, the kit includes a USB drive adapter cable and SATA adapter. Some manufacturers also provide mounting screws and screwdrivers.


Reuse old hard drives by placing them in hard drive enclosures and hard drive docking stations. Find a wide selection of RAID enclosures and SSD enclosures among B&H Photo and Video's extensive inventory of external and internal hard drive accessories.