- Brand Name: Diablotek
- Model Number: EN3525D
- Specific Uses For Product: personal
- Manufacturer Warranty Description: 1 Year
- Item Package Quantity: 1
Diablotek EN3525D Hard Drive Docking Station
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- Enclosure Interface: SATA to USB 2.0
- Compatible Drives: 3.5"/2.5" Hard Drives
- Enclosure Type: Dock
- Drive Interface: SATA
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But, with a little curiosity and one single brain cell still connected to an ancient Windows experience from a decade ago, I told Disk Management in Windows 7 that yes, I really do want to use this disk drive that we all agree is right there, and from that point things magically started working.
Here's the steps I needed to make this work in Windows 7 (conceptually identical in this regard to other MS Operating systems of the last 10 years): Start Menu, right click on Computer, left click on Manage, right click on the drive that my computer could find but didn't want to use yet (get this right, and don't pick the wrong one, OK?). Then I could either activate the partition or format the drive. This is not exactly user friendly.
So how, you ask, can I recommend this product. The answer is that it is an extremely inexpensive solution to a very large problem: How do I maintain large, off-site, low cost disk backups in a format that can be mounted on any computer, anytime? This is a perfect solution, in that it results in a standard SATA drive at less than $75/TB which I could keep in a desk drawer at work, and which, if installed in any other windows PC, instantly would provide access to my data.Read more ›
It is a hefty, solidly built dock, but I've had problems with drives not showing up with this dock. Sometimes I have to power the dock off and then on again to get the hard drive to show up in OSX disk utility.
Also, the power button sticks when you press it. I have to tip the dock upside down to get the button to pop out after pressing it to get the unit to power off. I contacted the company to get an RMA, but have heard back from them in over a week. I can't recommend this dock.
UPDATE: The company never responded to my RMA request which isn't encouraging. I continue to use the dock for backups. As long as I don't need to turn it off it works fine.
I haven't used it for so long to talk about it's durability but, So far it's great. It doesn't heat up, it makes a noise but it's not loud and so not annoying. I have read reviews about the on/off switch/button, how it gets stuck on the on position but, that hasn't been the case for me. It provides very fast data transfer and it seems reliable.
I would suggest this product for anybody.
There are basically two options for this kind of disaster planning. One is to store your content "in the cloud" using one of the on-line backup services. You pay annually for the service, and the cheapest cost more than this device. The services are easy; you simply let the program transfer your content to the server on-line over your internet connection. The problem comes when you need to restore something. It can take weeks to restore 200 GB of data from one of these services. And there is a trust issue; I've seen too many on-line companies fail. When that happens, security goes out the window and the servers are usually resold to who knows who, and all your data is exposed. You are, essentially, trusting that someone in a failing business will protect your data and have the server's hard drives destroyed.
The Diablotek Hard Drive Dock provides an easy way to back up the data on my WHS. Plugged into one of the USB ports on the MediaSmart Server, I can quickly transfer all the content to an easily portable 3.5" hard drive. I have a few spare drives, so I have two dedicated to this process. "Archive 1" is in my desk at my office, 45 miles away, safe from a fire in my house. "Archive 2" is resting in the dock.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this a very long time ago, Have used it numerous times with my Acronis and has been dependable device.Published 7 months ago by Jeff Hoban
This worked perfectly for both regular size hard drives and mini laptop harddrives....until my daughter lost it.Published 9 months ago by Steven Fribush