Bare HDD docking station

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

  1. ActionableMango macrumors 604

    ActionableMango

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    #1
    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)
    Inexpensive
     
  2. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    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 604

    ActionableMango

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    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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