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Saturday, October 25, 2014

USB3.0 SATA HDD Docking Station Review

I received this product for the purpose of this review. All opinions states are my own and may differ from yours.
Inateck USB 3.0 SATA HDD Docking Station Review
I was recently given the chance to review a hard drive docking station from Inateck. If you're not familiar with what one of these is, imagine the hard drive on a standard desktop computer. Now imagine taking that hard drive out of said desktop computer. What the docking station provides is a place to hold the hard drive while accessing it through a USB connector, typically from a laptop, though not required.
Why might someone use this? For me, the case was real. The power supply on my desktop computer recently died. I had backups of most of my files but not necessarily all of them. With the docking station, I was able to take the still good hard drive out of my desktop and put it in the docking station. I can now access all of the files on the hard drive just fine. Saving off anything I might not have previously preserved.

Inateck USB 3.0 SATA HDD Docking Station
Besides reading from the hard drive from an old computer, why else might you want to use this? It works great for backups. Internal drives are cheaper than external ones. If you want to have different physical drives for different projects, you can easily swap them out. Speed wise, they're typically faster than a thumb drive, and you can have virtually unlimited capacity for music, videos, or anything else you might have to save.

Setup of the device was a breeze and I didn't even need the instructions. There is both a power cord and a USB cable for the device. Once the switch on the back of the device is on, your new computer should recognize the device and assign it a letter for access. Then you just treat it as any other drive.

The hardest part of the whole situation for me was locating the hard drive in the desktop to take out, keeping in mind I'm a computer geek. I was expecting the drive bay to be at the top near the CD/DVD player. For my system, it was physically on the bottom of the tower computer. Removal was a breeze, just disconnect cables, pinch on the drive holder, and pull out.

One con to mention, I found the power cord a little short. I would have liked to have seen this a little longer. Of course, with the other end of the USB cable connected to the computer, its not like you can go far with the station.

For my particular needs, the timing for the review couldn't have been better. Once I get my files off the drive, though, I'm not sure how much I'll need the device. If you have the need, the ease of use here is hard to beat. With a sale price at Amazon of barely $25, its a great little thing to have around for those dire times.

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