Bare HDD docking station

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by ActionableMango, May 11, 2011.

  1. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    Looking for recommendations on a docking station for bare hard drives.

    Absolute Requirements:
    Compatible with both 3.5" and 2.5" SATA drives
    Firewire 800
    USB 2.0

    Very important, but can do without:
    Bus-powered (no AC/DC wall wart)

    Nice to have:
    USB 3.0
    Thunderbolt (yeah, right)
  2. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    While FW technically can supply enough power for most 3.5" drives, to my knowledge there was only one bus-powered 3.5" drive product, EVER, the WiebeTech Super DriveDock+, which was ATA-only and discontinued on top of it.

    So far as I've ever seen, the existence of a FW800 port eliminates this as an option.

    I'd wager what you want is the NewerTech Voyager Q; it's quad-interface and handles both sizes of SATA drives. It's on the expensive side compared to USB-only drive docks (it can be found for about $75, where most off-brand USB/eSATA ones are around $30). No USB3 (is anybody even making a FW/USB3 controller yet?), although Newer does make a USB3 (only) dock as well (at $35, you can probably just buy it as a second one if you ever need USB3 in addition to FW800/eSATA).
  3. ActionableMango thread starter macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    Thanks for the tip, that looks like a good one.

    BTW - the link you provided does appear to be FW/USB3, so you've already found it even if you don't realize it. :)

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