Review of Inateck USB 3.0 Dual SATA Docking Station

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  1. Donka, Nov 3, 2014
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    The Inateck Dual Two Bays USB 3.0 Hard Drives Docking Station is a USB docking solution that can support two SATA drives at the same time as well as an offline disk cloning feature that allows you to copy entire drives without the need to connect to a computer.
    Included in the package is the docking station, a USB 3.0 cable, a power adapter and a user manual.
    On the back of the docking station are connections for the included USB and power adapter cables as well as a power button. On the top, there are the two open drive bays, a clone button and LED indicators for power, installed drives and clone progress. The drive bays are exposed for easy hot swapping of drives with each bay door having a gap for a 2.5" drive but swinging down to allow installation of larger 3.5" drives. Both hard disk and SSD drives are supported and the station supports both USB 3.0 and UASP protocols for maximum data throughput. The packaging also includes a clear protective cover for the unit which is handy for protecting the exposed bays when not in use.
    When connected to a computer via USB, any drives installed in the station show up to the host Operating Station
    much in the same way that any external USB drive would. This lets you manually manage the connected drives and while this is in essence no different from a normal USB hard drive enclosure, the fact that it can hold two drives at once of any size combination makes it a much more convenient solution.
    The real bonus feature of this docking station is the offline clone functionality and the simplicity it affords. In this mode, you don't need to be connected to a computer to control proceedings, hence the offline tag. If you want to copy an entire disk to another, it is as simple as plugging in both your source and target drives and hitting the clone button twice. The station then takes care of the process leaving you and your computer free to do other things. The only understandable caveat to this feature is the need for the target drive to be the same capacity or larger than the source drive regardless of the volume of data it contains.

    So who is the two bay docking station for? In reality this is going to be overkill for the average user but of great utility to system builders and IT technicians as well as the tech hobbyist who is happy working with computer components or fixing the computers of friends and family. If you are the kind of person who regularly works with hard drives, backing up computers, restoring or upgrading drives, this dual drive system is a no brainer and just works.

    More details at
    http://www.inateck.com/inateck-fd20...tion-dock-klonen-fur-2-5-3-5-zoll-sataiiiiii/

    I got this from http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00LN0GX4I

    Video review:
    http://youtu.be/JcuGoZxGiCc
     

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