Now this is genuinely useful, I could use this today. £25 from maplins.
Maplin > SATA Hard Drive USB Docking Station
• Allows you to quickly read SATA hard drives without installing them
• Hot swap USB docking bay for all SATA hard drives
• Supports both 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch drives
• Far easier to use than a USB enclosure
• Quick release eject button
• USB 2.0 transfer rate upto 480Mbps
I had to buy something similar recently when I was doing some data recovery for a client and none of my machines have a SATA interface. Just plugged the caddy into my laptop USB and the sata disk into the caddy.
Was a bit cruder in design than that one but it was a fiver less ;p
That's a cool bit of kit.
Looks nice, I normally just have a USB enclosure with its lid perminantly off.
Is there an IDE version as well. I do a fair bit of after school work as well for pocket money. That would be really useful as well.
Its why I posted it, finally a neat and easy way to access sata HDs. Great for testing, wiping and ghosting? All for £25!
The one from maplin does 2.5 as well it has the same bit to fit in the top as the one you posted.
ICT_GUY (15th May 2008)
Here is one that does it but you need to shutdown the computer as it draws power from the computer and IDE does not support hot starting very well. Here is one that is powered seporatly.
It looks like Thermaltake also rebrand these:
Thermaltake N0028USU SATA to USB 2.0 Hard Drive Enclosure
Last edited by SYNACK; 15th May 2008 at 01:21 PM.
ninjabeaver (15th May 2008)
I like that dock alot!
Amazon.co.uk: TeckNet VS408 USB 2.0 to IDE/SATA Cable for 2.5-Inch/ 3.5-Inch / 5.25-Inch Drive With Power Adapter: Electronics & Photo
Maplin > IDE/SATA to USB 2.0
there are different makes of this type of cable etc and it obviously makes the price differ.
hopefully im not duplicating a prior post
Can somebody confirm whether you need to run the Safely Remove Hardware Wizard when unplugging a drive or is it hot-swap as in, yank it out?
Busybub (16th June 2008)
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