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Xcellon M2NS USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 M.2 SSD Enclosure

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
$2999
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Sabrent USB 3.2 Type-C Tool-Free Enclosure for M.2 PCIe NVMe and SATA SSDs

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
$2999
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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
$1799
Reg. $29.99
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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
$1099
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$2299
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SanDisk Professional PRO-BLADE TRANSPORT

B&H # SAPBT MFR # SDPM2NB-0000-GBAND
Key Features
  • Holds a PRO-BLADE SSD MAG
  • 20 Gb/s USB-C Interface
  • Up to 2000 MB/s Read and Write Speeds
  • Records Directly from Cameras
$4999
Reg. $69.99
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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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OWC Drive Dock USB-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-C 3.2 Gen 2 Port
  • Read Speeds up to 698 MB/s
$9900
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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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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
$39999
Reg. $499.99
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OWC Express 1M2 USB4 External SSD Enclosure

B&H # OWS4EXP1M2 MFR # OWCUS4EXP1M2
Key Features
  • 1 x NVMe M.2 SSD Slot
  • Supports M.2 2230, 2242, and 2280 SSDs
  • 40 Gb/s USB4 Interface
  • Up to 3151 MB/s Data Transfer Speed
$11999
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SanDisk Professional 16TB Professional PRO-BLADE STATION Kit with PRO-BLADE SSD Mag (4 x 4TB)

B&H # SAPBST4K
Key Features
  • 16TB Storage Capacity
  • 4 x 4TB PRO-BLADE SSD Mags
  • 2 x 40 Gb/s Thunderbolt 3 Ports
  • Read Speeds up to 3000 MB/s
$1,63995
Reg. $2,899.95
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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-B 3.2 Gen 1 (3.1 Gen 1) Interface
  • Supports Drives up to 20TB
  • On/Off Power Switch
$2899
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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
$4999
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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
$2899
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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
  • 20TB Max Capacity
  • Up to 5 Gb/s Transfer Rate
$3195
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OWC 2-Bay 2.5" / 3.5" U.2 & SATA USB 3.2 Gen 2 Drive Dock

B&H # OWCTCDRVDKSN MFR # OWCTCDRVDCKSN
Key Features
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 Host Interface
  • 2 x 2.5" / 3.5" Drive Bays
  • Supports U.2 & SATA Drives
  • Up to 1250 MB/s Throughput
$14999
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OWC Express 4M2 4-Slot M.2 NVMe SSD Enclosure

B&H # OWCTB3EX4M2 MFR # OWCTB3EX4M2
Key Features
  • 4 x NVMe M.2 2280 SSD Slots
  • Supports up to 32TB (8TB per Slot)
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 3 | 1 x DisplayPort 1.2
  • Data Transfer Speeds up to 2800 MB/s
$24999
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OWC Mercury Elite Pro 3.5" SATA III to USB 3.2 Gen 1 Enclosure

B&H # OWCME3NH7T00 MFR # OWCME3NH7T00
Key Features
  • 1 x SATA III 3.5" Drive Bay
  • 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-B Port
  • Up to 252 Mb/s Transfer Rate
  • Aluminum Construction
$4999
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HYPER HyperDrive USB4 NVMe SSD Enclosure

B&H # HYHDU4NSENC MFR # HD5001
Key Features
  • USB-C (USB4) Host Connection
  • 1 x M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD
  • Max 4TB Storage Capacity
  • Easy Snap-In Installation
$11999
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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
$7999
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Sabrent M.2 & 2.5" / 3.5" Drive USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 Docking Station

B&H # SADSUNHC MFR # DS-UNHC
Key Features
  • USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 Host Connection
  • 1 x 2.5" / 3.5" SATA Drive Bay
  • 1 x M.2 PCIe 2242 / 2260 / 2280 SSD Slot
  • Up to 10 Gb/s Throughput
$7999
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BLACKJET Thunderbolt 3 4-Bay Cinema Dock System

B&H # BLTX4DS MFR # BJ-0122-R01
Key Features
  • Two DX-1M M.2 SSD Enclosures
  • 4.7 x 5.7 x 6.1" Form Factor
  • Weighs 3.6 lb
$35000
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Sabrent SATA Docking Station

B&H # SAECUBLB MFR # EC-UBLB
Key Features
  • Supports one 2.5 & 3.5" Drive
  • Up to 5 Gb/s Data Transfer Speed
  • Plug & Play Design
  • Tool-Free Installation
$2999
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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
$3299
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OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini 2.5" SATA to USB Type-C Portable Storage Enclosure

B&H # OWCMEPMTCKIT MFR # OWCMEPMTCKIT
Key Features
  • Compatible with 2.5" SATA HDDs and SSDs
  • USB Type-C Host Interface
  • Transfer Rates up to 10 Gb/s
  • Backward-Compatible with USB 3.1/2.0
$3999
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ASUS Republic of Gamers Strix Arion M.2 NVMe SSD Enclosure

B&H # ASRSAM2SSDE MFR # ROG STRIX ARION ESD-S1C
Key Features
  • 1 x M.2 2280 NVMe PCIe Slot
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 Interface (10 Gb/s)
  • USB Type-C Port
  • Aura Sync Lighting
$4999
Reg. $59.99
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Oyen Digital HDX Pro C USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 Hard Drive Enclosure (No HDD)

B&H # OYHDXPCRT MFR # HDXP-C-RT
Key Features
  • 1 x SATA III 3.5" Drive Bay
  • 1 x USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 Hub Port
  • USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 Host Connector
  • Internal AC Adapter & Cooling Fan
$10900
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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.