Review of the Inateck FD1003 Docking Station

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  1. SaSaSushi, May 7, 2014
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    SaSaSushi macrumors 68040

    SaSaSushi

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    The latest Inateck device to arrive is the FD1003 Docking Station.

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    This device is basically a cradle supporting 2.5" and 3.5" drives with UASP USB 3 using the Asmedia ASM1053E chipset. You simply slide the drive into the slot and when it is seated a tab at the back of the unit rises. You press this tab to remove the drive.

    It is made of ABS plastic and comes with an AC power supply and a USB cable. It requires no drivers and works in both Windows and OS X. Booting from the device is supported.

    When I first installed my Seagate ST3000DM001 hard disk into the unit yesterday and powered on, I had a kernel panic. I think it might have been as a result of not having the drive seated properly. After reseating the drive and rebooting I have been running it for a full day now with no further problems.

    BlackMagic Disk Speed Test Results.

    Seagate ST3000DM01 3.0TB 7200RPM HDD
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    Samsung 840 EVO 500GB SSD
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    The SSD speeds are similar to those with the Inateck FEU3NS1-E UASP 2.5" enclosure, but not quite as fast with write speeds.

    I was able to boot from the SSD with no issues but I have a Carbon Copy Cloner backup of my Macintosh HD on the Seagate HDD I was unable to boot from. This appears to be a problem with my partitioning and/or the hard drive itself because I get the exact same results in another (not Inateck) USB3 cradle as well.

    *** Update 5/24/14: The problem with bootability did, in fact, turn out to be my partitioning. I had the 3TB HDD partitioned into a 2.75TB storage partition at the beginning of the drive and a the Mac clone in a second 250GB partition at the end of the drive. Apparently, OS X will not boot from a partition at the end of a large drive. I repartitioned the drive with the the 250GB partition at the beginning of the disk and now it boots flawlessly. ***

    The FD1003 is very compact and quiet and like the other Inateck devices, well constructed.

    It is currently $32.99 at Amazon.com. The Plugable USB Docking Station is $25, but so far as I can tell it only supports 3.5" drives, so SSDs are not an option. That is an important advantage for the Inateck.
     
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  4. HenryAZ macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the new product review!

    The Plugable will take 2.5" drives, too, at least according to their web site. I like this lay flat Plugable model, which also uses the same chipset, takes both drive sizes and is bootable.
     
  5. SaSaSushi thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Thank you very much for the correction. The Plugable also looks very nice. :)

    Thanks for the tip. I was familiar with the Plugable docking station but this one looks like a really nice option as well.
     
  6. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    HenryAZ wrote above:
    [[ I like this lay flat Plugable model, which also uses the same chipset, takes both drive sizes and is bootable. ]]

    I use that one as my "external booter" with a late 2012 Mac Mini (bought new in Jan. 2013). I'm currently using a Crucial m500 240gb SSD, and the lay-flat dock gives me write speeds around 247mbps and read speeds up to 431mbps. Pretty fast, and not a hiccup, either.

    Honestly, I can't understand why more folks don't use a similar solution with Minis and iMacs -- cheap, fast, easy with no danger of breaking anything inside.

    The Inateck and Sabrent docks mentioned above look good, as well.
     
  7. HenryAZ macrumors 6502

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    I agree. I think the key ingredient for all three of them is the same ASMedia chipset. Beyond that, it is just a matter of what style suits you.
     
  8. Marty62 macrumors 6502

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    Hey, thanks for the review :)

    I have an "IcyBox" version for transferring from bare drives but it's not
    UASP compliant.
    It also takes 2 x 3,5's OR 2 x 2.5's drives or one of each type plus has a clone
    function .... I won't be trying that out though !

    They are useful devices.

    Marty.
     

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