External Docking Station for 2.5in or 3.5in SATA III 6Gbps Hard Drives - eSATA or USB 3.0 with UASP

Easily connect and swap hard drives and solid-state drives to and from your computer system, with the added benefit of a built-in cooling fan

Product ID: SDOCKU33EF

5 stars (2 reviews) |
  • Optimal performance with SATA 6 Gbps and USB 3.0 with UASP
  • Maximum compatibility with eSATA or USB 3.0 interface options
  • Keep your drives running cool using the built-in fan with variable speed control
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€81,99 EUR excl. VAT
€101,67 EUR incl. VAT

This USB 3.0 and eSATA docking station makes it easy for you to connect and swap your 2.5in or 3.5in SATA hard drives (HDD) and solid-state drives (SSD). The docking station also has a built-in fan that keeps your drives running at an optimal temperature for peak performance and longer drive lifespan.

Maximize compatibility

With support for either USB 3.0 or eSATA host connections, this versatile drive dock gives you the freedom to connect to your computer through either port. Because USB is available on virtually any computer, you can rest assured that this docking station will work with your desktop or laptop. Plus, the added benefit of eSATA ensures you can achieve SATA 6 Gpbs performance on computers with an available eSATA port.

To ensure all your drives are supported, the docking station features a sleek slot-loading design that supports both 2.5in and 3.5in drives. The docking station has also been rigorously tested for support with large capacity drives (tested up to 6TB).

You can extend the compatibility of this dock even further by adding IDE support using our SATA to IDE Hard Drive Adapter (SAT2IDEADP), which allows for easy insertion of any 2.5 or 3.5in IDE hard drive into a SATA hard drive dock.

Protect the health of your drives

For optimal performance, the docking station has a built-in 80mm fan that helps keep your drives running cooler. The fan offers variable speed control which enables you to make adjustments on the fly, in order to reduce power consumption and noise when your drives aren't being accessed. The HDD dock will also power down your SATA drives after a period of inactivity (USB mode only) or when the computer is turned off, to help reduce power consumption and noise when not being accessed.

Improve Performance

To save you time, this docking station is loaded with high-performance features on both interface connections.

For the fastest possible performance, this dock supports full SATA III bandwidth of 6 Gbps when connected through eSATA, ensuring you can get the most out of your solid-state drives.

With USB 3.0 the dock ensures high-bandwidth transfer speeds up to 5 Gbps. The USB host interface connection also supports UASP, which delivers performance up to 70% faster than conventional USB 3.0 when paired with a compatible host controller. UASP is supported in Windows 8, Mac OSX (10.8 or above), and Linux. In testing, UASP performs with a 70% faster read speed and 40% faster write speed over traditional USB 3.0 at peak performance.

UASP Speed Diagram

At the same peak in testing UASP also shows an 80% reduction in required processor resources.

UASP Speed Diagram

Testing results were obtained using an Intel® Ivy Bridge system, a UASP-enabled StarTech.com enclosure, and a SATA III solid state drive.

The SDOCKU33EF is backed by a 2-year StarTech.com warranty and free lifetime technical support.

Applications

  • Quickly access drives for data recovery or retrieval
  • Backup data to an external drive for data archiving
  • Test or benchmark different hard drives while easily swapping between them
  • Quickly access drives for imaging

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • Save time, with file transfers up to 70% faster than traditional USB 3.0 when used with a UASP-supported host
  • Versatile connectivity options, through either USB or eSATA
  • Help extend the life of your hard drives by keeping them cool, with a built-in variable speed fan

Partner Numbers

  • Ingram Finland V933401
  • UPC 065030860420

Compatibility

  • OS Independent logo
OS independent; No software or drivers required

Specifications

Warranty Information Warranty 2 Years
Connector(s) 1 - Drive Connectors SATA Data & Power Combo (7+15 pin)
1 - Host Connectors eSATA (7 pin, Data)
USB Type-B (9 pin) USB 3.0
1 - Other Interface(s) USB Type-A (9 pin) USB 3.0 (5 Gbps)
USB Type-A (4 pin) USB 2.0
eSATA (7 pin, Data)
Environmental Operating Temperature 5°C to 80°C (41°F to 176°F)
Storage Temperature -40°C to 70°C (-40°F to 158°F)
Humidity 8~90% RH
Hardware Interface USB 3.0 & eSATA
Bus Type USB 3.0 & eSATA
Number of Drives 1
Drive Size 2.5in & 3.5in
Compatible Drive Types SATA
Drive Installation Removable
Fan(s) Yes
1 - Fans 80 mm
Chipset ID JMicron - JMS561
Indicators 1 - LED Indicators Power
Drive Power/Activity
Packaging Information Package Height 21,1 cm [8,3 in]
Package Length 12,1 cm [4,8 in]
Shipping (Package) Weight 957 g [33,8 oz]
Package Width 18,7 cm [7,4 in]
Performance Maximum Data Transfer Rate eSATA - 6 Gbps
USB 3.0 - 5 Gbps
Type and Rate USB 3.0 - 5 Gbit/s
UASP Support Yes
4Kn Support Yes
Type and Rate SATA III (6 Gbps)
Max Drive Capacity Currently tested with up to 6TB 7200 RPM 3.5" hard drives and 2TB 7200 RPM 2.5" hard drives
Hot Swap Capability Yes
Physical Characteristics Weight of Product 470 g [16,6 oz]
Color Black
Material Plastic
Product Length 12,6 cm [5,0 in]
Product Width 95 mm [3,7 in]
Product Height 13,4 cm [5,3 in]
Power Power Source AC Adapter Included
Input Voltage 100 - 240 AC
Input Current 0.8 A
Output Voltage 12V DC
Output Current 2 A
Center Tip Polarity Positive
Plug Type M
Power Consumption (In Watts) 24
Software OS Compatibility OS independent; No software or drivers required
What's in the Box 1 - Included in Package eSATA / USB 3.0 SATA HDD DOCK
1m USB 3.0 Cable
1m eSATA Cable
Universal Power Adapter (NA/UK/EU/AUS)
Instruction Manual

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Easily connect and swap hard drives and solid-state drives to and from your computer system, with the added benefit of a built-in cooling fan

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Frequently Asked Questions

Troubleshooting

  1. The drive may be damaged. Test with a known-working drive, or test the drive directly to a PC.
  2. The operating system on the computer may not support reading and writing to the file system on the docked hard drive or SSD.  Remember, Windows cannot read Mac or Linux file systems. Also, macOS can read but not write to NTFS drives.
  3. If the drives came from a RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks), they would not be accessible in our docking stations.
  4. If the drive uses 4Kn sectors, check the technical specifications of the docking station, and ensure it can read 4Kn drives.

When you troubleshoot issues with a hard drive dock or duplicator, there are some quick tests that you can complete to rule out potential problems. You can test to make sure that the following components are working correctly and are not the source of the issue:

  • IDE, SATA, and eSATA cables
  • Hard drives
  • Hard drive dock or duplicator

To test your setup components, try the following:

  • Use the cables, hard drives, and hard drive dock or duplicator in another setup to see if the problem is with the components or the setup.
  • Use a different cable, hard drive, and hard drive dock or duplicator in your setup to see if the problem persists. Ideally, you should test a component that you know works in another setup.

When you test the hard drive and hard drive dock or duplicator, it is recommended that you do the following:

Note: For a hard drive duplicator you may need to switch the device to PC mode (if available).

  1. To check Disk Management, press the Windows key + R, type diskmgmt.msc, and press Enter. Check to see if your hard drive is listed.
  2. Do one of the following:
  • If the hard drive is listed with unallocated space, the hard drive needs to be reformatted. Right-click unallocated and click New Simple Volume. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the reformatting.​

Note: Formatting a hard drive erases all of the data on it. Make sure that you back up all of your data before you reformat the hard drive. 

  • If the hard drive is listed as healthy but does not have a drive letter, for example, C:, right-click healthy and click Change Drive Letter and Paths. Click Add, assign a drive letter, and click OK.

Note: A formatted hard drive will not show up in Computer or My Computer until it has a drive letter assigned to it.

This docking station allows the hard drive to enforce its own power state, as opposed to enforcing a power state that keeps the hard drive active at all times. Since most newer hard drives have low-power energy conservation modes, this will cause the hard drive to enter an idle state if it is not used for a certain amount of time. 

 

How To

To confirm that Windows detects your USB device, complete the following:

  1. Press the Windows key+R, type devmgmt.msc, and press Enter.
  2. In Device Manager, under the appropriate heading, confirm that your expansion card is listed and that there isn't an exclamation mark next to it.  For example, a USB controller card would be under Universal Serial Bus controllers.

Your USB device is listed according to the name of the chipset. To determine the name of the chipset of your USB device, navigate to www.StarTech.com and look on the Technical Specifications tab for your product.

Before You Buy

To determine if your hard drive will work in this device, on the product page, click the Technical Specifications tab, and do the following:

  • Make sure that the device supports the storage size of your hard drive. If the storage size of your hard drive is larger than what the device was tested with, the hard drive will likely still work with the enclosure.
  • Confirm that your hard drive uses the same interface type as the device. For example, IDE, SATA, or M.2.
  • Make sure that the device supports the physical size of your hard drive, such as 2.5 inches or 3.5 inches.
  • Verify that the power consumption of your hard drive doesn’t exceed the power output of the device. If you’re using multiple hard drives, make sure that the combined power consumption of all of the hard drives doesn’t exceed the power output of the docking station.

Hard Drives

Windows 10 

Before you can access a new or formatted drive in your operating system, you need to initialize it first and then create a partition on the drive. A partition defines an area of the drive to use for storing data. The partition uses a file system (for example, ex-FAT, NTFS, and so on).

Initialize a drive

Note: You typically only need to initialize a drive if the drive is new. If you cannot find an uninitialized drive in Disk Management, skip the following steps and try to partition your device.

  1. Press the Windows key + R, type compmgmt.msc, and click Run to open Computer Management.

  2. Navigate to Disk Management.

  3. When prompted to, initialize your disk(s). If you are running Windows® 7 or later and are using a drive larger than 2TB, initialize the disk(s) with GPT. If you are running an earlier version of Windows, initialize the disk(s) with MBR. For more information, visit the following FAQ: https://www.startech.com/support/faqs/technical-support?topic=hard-drives#mbr-vs-gpt.

  4. Click OK.

Create a partition in a drive

Note: The following steps create an NTFS partition that uses the entire drive space. To use a different file system, select a different option in step 6.

  1. Right-click Unallocated or RAW volume, and select New Simple Volume.

  2. In the New Partition Wizard, click Next.

  3. Select Primary partition.

  4. Leave the partition size set to default, and click Next.

  5. Assign a drive letter or leave it set to the default, and click Next.

  6. Enter the following settings to format the partition:

  • In the File System field, enter NTFS.
  • Set the Allocation unit size to Default.
  • In the Volume label field, enter <your name/reference>.
  • Select the Perform a quick format check box.
  • Clear the Enable file and folder compression check box.
  1. Click Next > Finish.

The new drive should appear in Windows Explorer.

Mac OS

Before you can access a new or formatted drive in your operating system, you need to initialize it first and then create a partition on the drive. A partition defines an area of the drive to use for storing data. The partition uses a file system (for example, HFS+, ex-FAT, NTFS, and so on).

Initialize a drive

Mac OSX detects a drive that needs to be initialized and automatically prompts you to initialize the drive. If you are prompted to initialize the drive, click Initialize. If you are not prompted to initialize the drive and you cannot find the drive in Finder, you will need to create a partition on the drive.

Create a partition on a drive

Note: The following steps create an HFS+ (Mac OS Extended (Journaled)) partition that uses the entire drive space.

To create a partition on a new drive, complete the following:

  1. Open Finder.

  2. Navigate to Applications and click Utilities.

  3. Open Disk Utility.

  4. Select the new drive and click the Partition tab.

  5. Click Options and verify that it is set to GUID Partition Table.

  6. Enter a name for the partition.

  7. Click Partition.

The drive should now be accessible in Finder.

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  • If product has an exposed circuit board, do not touch the product under power.
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  • Wiring terminations should not be made with the product and/or electric lines under power.
  • Product installation and/or mounting should be completed by a certified professional as per the local safety and building code guidelines.
  • Cables (including power and charging cables) should be placed and routed to avoid creating electric, tripping or safety hazards.
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Quality And Durability

By: Jimmy The Gent - 03/14/2020
I bought this to replace my SATDOCKU3SEF I purchased in 2011 that stopped working. It lasted me 9 years. I hope this one does too.
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Works Great - Support was Clueless!

By: jetman jim - 07/21/2020
I have been using this item for six months or so and it works great. I have one problem now that it only recognizes a drive if the drive in in the dock and powered on when the computer boots. I dont think it is a problem with the docking station but a Win 7 setting. I contacted support on line because I had misplaced the power supply and was wondering what the voltage and polarity was. The chat guy said he couldn't find that item and had me repeat it. Really strange he couldn't find an item on their own web page. Total waste of time. I finally located the power supply. It has no markings as to what it belongs to or even Startech. Pity.
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