HDD Docks

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by p3ncil, Mar 16, 2013.

  1. p3ncil macrumors regular

    Jul 6, 2009
    I'm looking at USB 3.0 HDD Docks does anyone have any recommendations?

    I've read up about how some docks refuses to spin down the HDD when the iMac goes to sleep. And some which refuse to mount until they are physically plugged into the port again.

    Are all docks affected?

  2. NMF macrumors 6502a


    Oct 27, 2011
  3. p3ncil thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 6, 2009
  4. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    I use the Plugable: http://amzn.com/B003UI62AG

    Works great for me, I switch disks frequently & never have to unplug, etc. (just eject disk, switch off Plugable, swap drives, switch on Plugable, done).

    My mac never sleeps so can't say how it handles that.
  5. M Powered macrumors regular

    Jul 30, 2008
  6. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    I would suggest buying a drive that uses either an
    ASMedia 1051e controller chip
    or an
    ASMedia 1053 controller chip

    The plugable.com single-bay docks have these (they're available thru amazon.com).

    Either of the above should give you UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol) for faster performance on UASP capable systems. NOT ALL USB3 DOCKS SUPPORT THIS. Be careful of what you get.
  7. VasileiosTech macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2013
  8. p3ncil thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 6, 2009
    wow, noted with thanks!
  9. Xteec macrumors regular

    Sep 21, 2012
    I don't have a recommendation...but I will say stay away from this guy http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153146

    I bought one and had to ship it back because of constant disconnects using USB3 (USB2 worked fine). The research I did suggested it was the JMicron controller.

    Me being dumb, of course I looked at Amazon and Newegg reviews after I bought it - and this problem is quite common.

    Oh well live and learn.
  10. Giuly macrumors 68040


    Not that it would matter for a single hard drive on USB 3.0, as long as the dock is capable of SATA-II speeds.

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