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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

  • 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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  • Supports 2.5in and 3.5in form factor SATA hard drives (HDD) and solid state drives (SSD)
  • Compatible with USB 3.0/2.0/1.1 (5 Gbps / 480 Mbps / 1.5 Mbps)
  • Compatible with SATA revision I/II/III (1.5/3.0/6.0 Gbps) drives
  • Plug-and-play and hot-swap compatible
81,99 € EUR exc VAT
98,39 € EUR inc VAT

Overview

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.

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

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

Technical Specifications

Warranty Information
Warranty 2 Years
Hardware
Bus Type USB 3.0 & eSATA
Chipset ID JMicron - JMS561
Compatible Drive Types SATA
Drive Installation Removable
Drive Size 2.5in & 3.5in
Fan(s) Yes
Fans 1 - 80 mm
Interface USB 3.0 & eSATA
Number of Drives 1
Performance
4Kn Support Yes
Hot Swap Capability Yes
Max Drive Capacity Currently tested with up to 6TB 7200 RPM 3.5" hard drives and 2TB 7200 RPM 2.5" hard drives
Maximum Data Transfer Rate eSATA - 6 Gbps
USB 3.0 - 5 Gbps
Type and Rate USB 3.0 - 5 Gbit/s
SATA III (6 Gbps)
UASP Support Yes
Connector(s)
Drive Connectors 1 - SATA Data & Power Combo (7+15 pin) Receptacle
Host Connectors 1 - eSATA (7 pin, Data) Female
1 - USB Type-B (9 pin) USB 3.0 Female
Other Interface(s) 1 - USB Type-A (9 pin) USB 3.0 Male
1 - USB Type-A (4 pin) USB 2.0 Male
1 - eSATA (7 pin, Data) Male
Software
OS Compatibility OS independent; No software or drivers required
Indicators
LED Indicators 1 - Drive Power/Activity
1 - Power
Power
Center Tip Polarity Positive
Input Current 0.8 A
Input Voltage 110V-240V AC
Output Current 2 A
Output Voltage 12 DC
Plug Type M
Power Consumption (In Watts) 24
Power Source AC Adapter Included
Environmental
Humidity 8~90% RH
Operating Temperature 5°C to 80°C (41°F to 176°F)
Storage Temperature -40°C to 70°C (-40°F to 158°F)
Physical Characteristics
Color Black
Enclosure Type Plastic
Product Height 134 mm [5.3 in]
Product Length 126 mm [5 in]
Product Weight 477 g [16.8 oz]
Product Width 95 mm [3.7 in]
Packaging Information
Shipping (Package) Weight 1 kg [2.2 lb]
What's in the Box
Included in Package 1 - eSATA / USB 3.0 SATA HDD DOCK
1 - 1m USB 3.0 Cable
1 - 1m eSATA Cable
1 - Universal Power Adapter (NA/UK/EU/AUS)
1 - Instruction Manual
Supports any operating system.
No additional drivers or software required.

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Product Support

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

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.