Product ID: SDOCK2U33V
This dual-bay SATA HDD/SSD docking station lets you dock and swap drives from your desktop or laptop computer simultaneously, using a single USB port. It supports two 2.5/3.5” SATA hard drives or solid-state drives.
The dual-bay docking station supports USB 3.0, also known as USB 3.1 Gen 1, providing fast data transfer speeds of up to 5Gbps. It also supports UASP, for enhanced performance.
Ideal for IT professionals, such as system administrators and technicians, the hard drive dock enables you to complete device-management tasks more efficiently, such as disk image duplication, data recovery, backing up and archiving hard drives, and transferring content between drives and devices. It also enhances your workflow, by providing quick access to your hard drives, with the ability to easily swap drives in and out as needed.
Designed for easy drive access, the hard drive dock enhances your workflow, by providing quick access to two hard drives, with the ability to easily swap drives in and out as needed. The hard drive dock features a convenient top-loading design with independent drive doors that make it easy to add or remove drives.
The dual-bay SATA HDD/SSD docking station is OS independent, with no drivers or software installation required, for easy setup.
The SDOCK2U33V is backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.
|Warranty Information||Warranty||2 Years|
|Connector(s)||2 - Drive Connectors||SATA Data & Power Combo (7+15 pin)|
|1 - Host Connectors||USB 3.1 USB Type-B (9 pin, Gen 1, 5 Gbps)|
|Environmental||Operating Temperature||5°C to 35°C (41°F to 95°F)|
|Storage Temperature||-20°C to 50°C (-4°F to 122°F)|
|Bus Type||USB 3.0|
|Number of Drives||2|
|Drive Size||2.5in & 3.5in|
|Compatible Drive Types||SATA|
|Chipset ID||ASMedia - ASM1153E|
|Indicators||2 - LED Indicators||drive activity LED|
|1 - LED Indicators||power LED|
|Packaging Information||Shipping (Package) Weight||27.6 oz [782.0 g]|
|Package Length||5.3 in [13.5 cm]|
|Package Width||4.9 in [12.5 cm]|
|Package Height||4.7 in [12.0 cm]|
|Performance||Type and Rate||USB 3.0 - 5 Gbit/s|
|Type and Rate||SATA III (6 Gbps)|
|Hardware Raid Supported||No|
|Max Drive Capacity||Currently tested with hard drives up to 10TB at 7200 RPM|
|Material||Aluminum and Plastic|
|Product Length||4.5 in [11.4 cm]|
|Product Width||5.1 in [13.0 cm]|
|Product Height||2.4 in [62.0 mm]|
|Weight of Product||13.1 oz [370.0 g]|
|Power||Power Source||AC Adapter Included|
|Input Voltage||100 - 240 AC|
|Input Current||1.5 A|
|Output Voltage||12V DC|
|Output Current||3 A|
|Center Tip Polarity||Positive|
|Power Consumption (In Watts)||36|
|Software||OS Compatibility||OS independent; No software or drivers required|
|Special Notes / Requirements||Note||Windows 7 and earlier Windows versions do not support TRIM with USB to SATA devices.|
|What's in the Box||1 - Included in Package||drive docking station|
|1.2 m USB 3.0 cable|
|universal power adapter (NA/JP, UK, EU, ANZ)|
Use your 2.5in or 3.5in IDE hard drives in a SATA HDD Docking Station
Provide protection against shocks/impacts to a 2.5in hard drive
Provides safe handling and anti-static protection for most 2.5in hard drives
Provide protection against shocks/impacts to a 3.5in hard drive
Add 4 external USB 3.0 ports to a low profile or standard computer, through PCI Express
Replace your lost or failed power adapter
Note: If you are using an IDE hard drive 1 Gigabyte in size or smaller, refer to the following FAQ: http://www.startech.com/faq/hard_drive_accessories_minimum_ide_hard_drive_size
If you are unable to detect your IDE (PATA) drive using a StarTech.com product, you may need to change the jumper settings on your drive. The jumpers switch the drive between Master, Slave, and Cable Select for most drives. A jumper is a small plastic piece that slides on top of two pins to electrically short them together.
When it does not mention what IDE drive configuration is required or if there is only one drive in the setup, the drive should be configured as Master. If Master is not working, try using the drive in Cable Select.
There is no standard position for the jumpers on IDE drives. On some drives, the jumper diagram is on the label that is on the top of the drive. On other drives, there are markings on the circuit board for CS, MA, and SL, which means a jumper shorts the pins vertically in that position. For more information, refer to the documentation provided by the manufacturer.
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:
To test your setup components, try the following:
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).
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.
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.
To determine if your hard drive will work in this device, on the product page, click the Technical Specifications tab, and do the following:
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).
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.
Press the Windows key + R, type compmgmt.msc, and click Run to open Computer Management.
Navigate to Disk Management.
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.
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.
Right-click Unallocated or RAW volume, and select New Simple Volume.
In the New Partition Wizard, click Next.
Select Primary partition.
Leave the partition size set to default, and click Next.
Assign a drive letter or leave it set to the default, and click Next.
Enter the following settings to format the partition:
The new drive should appear in Windows Explorer.
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).
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.
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:
Navigate to Applications and click Utilities.
Open Disk Utility.
Select the new drive and click the Partition tab.
Click Options and verify that it is set to GUID Partition Table.
Enter a name for the partition.
The drive should now be accessible in Finder.
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