HDD Docks

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  1. p3ncil macrumors regular

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    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?

    Thanks!
     
  2. NMF macrumors 6502a

    NMF

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  3. p3ncil thread starter macrumors regular

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  4. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    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

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  6. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    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

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  8. p3ncil thread starter macrumors regular

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    wow, noted with thanks!
     
  9. Xteec macrumors regular

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    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

    Giuly

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    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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