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USB 3.0 Dual SATA Hard Drive Docking Station with integrated Fast Charge USB Hub UASP support and Fan - White

Dock up to two 2.5” or 3.5” SATA SSDs/HDDs in a stylish white docking station with an integrated 2-port USB 3.0 hub

Product ID: SDOCK2U33HFW

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  • Supports 2.5in and 3.5in form factor SATA hard drives (HDD) and solid state drives (SSD)
  • UASP Compliant
  • Built-in USB 3.0 Hub with Fast Charging Port

The SDOCK2U33HFW USB 3.0 Dual hard drive dock with Fast Charge USB hub enables two SATA 2.5in or 3.5in hard drives (HDD) or solid state drives (SSD) to be connected simultaneously to a computer through USB, while controlling the power status (on/off) of each individual drive independently from the other. The enclosure supports UASP and delivers optimal performance with a USB 3.0 connection, but is also backward compatible with USB 2.0/1.1 host connections.

The Hard Drive Dock features a built-in 2-port USB 3.0 Hub that enables you to connect up to 2 additional USB 3.0 devices to your computer through the same USB connection. One of the ports on the hub also has Fast Charging capabilities, that charges iPad’s and other mobile devices as effectively as through a wall plug. This Fast Charge Port has been specially designed for compatibility with a wide range of tablets and smartphones.

With support for UASP, the dock performs up to 70% faster than conventional USB 3.0, when paired with a UASP-enabled host controller to utilize the full potential of your SATA III hard drives. See our UASP testing results below for further details.

With support for SATA I/II/III, large capacity drives (tested up to 4TB), and 2.5in or 3.5in hard drives this HDD/SSD docking station is compatible with virtually any SATA hard drive, and greatly increases the storage/backup capabilities of your computer. Plus, configurable power management reduces energy consumption, and extends the life of your drives by avoiding unnecessary access.

The docking station features a built-in 80mm cooling fan that helps increase reliability and lifespan of HDDs by keeping the drives cooler. The variable fan speed control allows for on-the-fly adjustments for any type of HDD, or to balance cooling with noise.

Extend the value of this docking station further with the addition of our SATA to IDE Hard Drive Adapter (SAT2IDEADP), allowing easy insertion of any 2.5 or 3.5in. IDE hard drive into a SATA hard drive dock.

To ensure compatibility with your computer system, the SDOCK2U33HFW supports all of the leading operating systems, including: Microsoft Windows® (8/7/Vista/XP/Server 2008/Server 2003), Apple® OSX (10.9/10.8/10.7/10.6), Linux, and Google Chrome OS™.

With uniform white design and sleek silver trim, the SDOCK2U33HFW will look great with your Apple® Mac® , and is backed by a 2-year StarTech.com warranty and free lifetime technical support.

Improved Performance with UASP

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.

Applications

  • System administrators who need quick access to drives for imaging
  • Backup data quickly to an external data archive
  • Easily copy data from one external drive to another in a single external dock through one USB connection
  • Technicians who regularly test or benchmark different hard drives and need to swap between them
  • IT professional that need to charge tablets and Smart phone devices
  • Data recovery specialists who need quick access to drives to recover/retrieve data

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • Charge your iPad and other mobile device faster than standard USB 3.0, with Fast Charge Port specially designed for compatibility with a wide range of tablets and smartphones
  • Extend HDD life by keeping drives cool, with Built-in variable speed cooling fan
  • Save time, with file transfers up to 70% faster than traditional USB 3.0 when used with a UASP-supported host
  • Hassle-free access to data on up to two seperate hard drives simultaneously, with hot-swappable top slot-loading dock design that supports both 2.5in and 3.5in HDD/SSDs

Partner Numbers

  • ASI 146731
  • UPC 065030852715

Compatibility

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

Specifications

Warranty Information Warranty 2 Years
Connector(s) Drive Connectors 2 - SATA Data & Power Combo (7+15 pin)
Host Connectors 1 - USB Type-B (9 pin) USB 3.0
Other Interface(s) 1 - USB Type-A (9 pin) USB 3.0 (5 Gbps)
1 - USB 3.0 A (Fast-Charge, 9 pin)
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)
Humidity 20%RH ~ 80%RH
Hardware Interface USB 3.0
Number of Drives 2
Drive Size 2.5in & 3.5in
Compatible Drive Types SATA
Fan(s) Yes
Fans 1 - 80 mm
Filter Type Mesh
Chipset ID VIA/VLI - VL812
ASMedia - ASM1053 - 6G
Indicators LED Indicators 1 - Power/Activity (Drive 2)
1 - Power/Activity (Drive 1)
Packaging Information Package Height 5.3 in [134 mm]
Package Length 7.7 in [19.6 cm]
Shipping (Package) Weight 3.3 lb [1.5 kg]
Package Width 6.4 in [16.2 cm]
Performance Type and Rate USB 3.0 - 5 Gbit/s
UASP Support Yes
Type and Rate SATA III (6 Gbps)
Max Drive Capacity Currently tested with up to 4TB 7200 RPM 3.5" hard drives and 1TB 7200 RPM 2.5" hard drives
Physical Characteristics Weight of Product 47.6 oz [1350.116 g]
Color White & Silver
Product Length 7.3 in [18.5 cm]
Product Width 4.8 in [122 mm]
Product Height 5.7 in [14.5 cm]
Power Power Source AC Adapter Included
Input Voltage 100 - 240 AC
Input Current 1.5A
Output Voltage 12V DC
Output Current 4A
Center Tip Polarity Positive
Plug Type M
Power Consumption (In Watts) 72
Software OS Compatibility OS independent; No software or drivers required
Special Notes / Requirements Note Note: Certain devices may not support charging and syncing simultaneously. In these instances disconnect the device, and set the charge only switch to “on”, then reconnect the device.
What's in the Box Included in Package 1 - HDD Dock
1 - USB 3.0 Cable (1m)
1 - Universal power adapter: comes ready for NA/EU/UK only when you buy in NA/EU/UK; comes ready for Australia and New Zealand only when you buy in Australia and New Zealand
1 - Instruction Manual

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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

  1. Click the Apple icon.
  2. Click About This Mac.
  3. Click More Info or System Report.
  4. Under the appropriate heading, confirm that your USB device is listed and that there isn't an error. For example, a network card would be under Ethernet Cards.

You may need to refresh the System Information page after you plug in your device.  To do so, press Command R with the System Information page open.

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.

Troubleshooting

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. 

 

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.

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Safety Measures

  • If product has an exposed circuit board, do not touch the product under power.
  • If Class 1 Laser Product. Laser radiation is present when the system is open.
  • 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.
*Product appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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OK For A While

By: abcd - 09/27/2017
After a short time, the device started turning itself on at random. Broken after the noisy fan started once too often during an important conference call
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Malcolm, Customer Support on 9/28/2017 4:05:41 PM
Thank you for sharing your review of our SDOCK2U33HFW. We're very sorry to hear the dock isn't working as anticipated. There is a fan speed control wheel on the back, which can help to balance cooling with noise. It's possible Power Management was enabled (using the switch on the back) which allows the drives to hibernate when unused. Drives will start automatically when they are accessed again, which may cause them to spin up unexpectedly. This dock comes with a 2 year warranty and lifetime technical support. We would be more than happy to provide additional support and possibly also replace it for you if it's defective and you're still within the warranty period. Please reach out to us by clicking Support in the grey bar at the top of our website. We have Technical Support Advisors available 24 hours, 5 days a week.
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Very slow transfer rate in Slot 2

By: BillyBunting - 09/09/2018
I'm relatively happy with this dock, however I have three 1 TB Western Digital Blue HDD's and one 4TB Western Digital Blue HDD and when I'm copying to the 4TB drive, the transfer takes an immense amount of time if it's in Slot 2. If I put it into Slot 1, the transfer is done normally. Is there anything I can do to prevent this? I'm using Mac OSX 10.13.6 on my MacBook Pro.
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Sam, Customer Support on 9/10/2018 3:21:09 PM
Thank you for your review of SOCK2U33HFW. We're sorry for the trouble you've had with it. Both slots in this dock should get very similar performance for doing the same operations. We recommend reaching out to our Technical Advisors at www.startech.com/support for troubleshooting. We are available 24 hours a day, 5 days a week, to provide support.
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