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  • Plugable USB 3.0 SuperSpeed SATA III Vertical Hard Drive Docking Station (ASMedia ASM1051E SATA III to USB Chipset; UASP and 6TB+ Drive Support)
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Plugable USB 3.0 SuperSpeed SATA III Vertical Hard Drive Docking Station (ASMedia ASM1051E SATA III to USB Chipset; UASP and 6TB+ Drive Support)

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  • Supports all 2.5 and 3.5 inch SATA I, II, and III hard drives, solid state drives, and hybrid drives up to any capacity (6TB+).
  • Docking station connects via USB 3.0 SuperSpeed 5Gbps (640MBps), up to 10x as fast as USB 2.0 480Mbps (60MBps).
  • Take advantage of fast Serial ATA III drives and USB 3.0 bandwidth for fast storage backups.
  • UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol) support for even faster drive data transfer performance. (UASP functionality requires UASP capable host controller and operating system.)
  • Includes robust 24W 12V 2.5A AC power adapter. Dock will work connected to any USB port. AC adapter required for operation. (US AC Wall Outlet Plug, 100-240V 50/60Hz)

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 3 x 3.5 inches ; 7.7 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B003UI62AG
  • Item model number: USB3-SATA-U3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (561 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Features future-proof USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 connectivity. Uses the ASMedia 1051E chipset and firmware with UASP support and more for maximum performance and features. Open vertical docking bay for easy dock/undock of bare/internal SATA drives. Connect a single 3.5" or 2.5" SATA drive (SATA I, II, & III supported) at USB 3.0 SuperSpeed 5Gbps (5Gbps=640MBps), up to 10x as fast as USB 2.0. Fully backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1 at their native speeds. Real world transfer rate performance over USB 3.0 will vary by computer host controller and drive specifications.

Power Management

Power button for powering off drive when not in use. Drive sleeps automatically on OS power events or 10 minutes of idle.

Compatibility

No drivers required: uses standard USB mass storage class support already provided in Windows XP and later, Mac, and Linux. Single green LED reports drive activity (solid for power, blinking for drive activity). For USB 3.0 speeds, dock must be connected to a USB 3.0 port. Supports 6TB+ drives on 64-bit operating systems (use drives less than 2TB for 32-bit Windows). Updated USB 3.0 host controller drivers highly recommended for best performance and stability.

In the box

USB 3.0 to SATA HDD Docking Station (using ASMedia 1051E Chipset), 1m/3ft USB 3.0 Cable, USB 2.0 cable, 24W 12V 2A AC power adapter.

Customer Reviews

Plugable customer support was fast and very helpful.
Rock J
Was able to recover my files from my existing hard drive very easily and quickly with this SATA docking station.
J. Vijay
The Plugable USB 3.0/2.0 SATA Hard Drive Docking Station works great!
Ian Mazursky

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

151 of 154 people found the following review helpful By Kenny on February 16, 2011
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From the reviews on here, this device sounded great. But the one i got would disconnect itself from my system within minutes.
It would also cause my hard drive to get VERY hot. I tried it with different hard drives with the same result.
Was using Windows 7 64 bit OS.
Sent back for a refund with no problem. Guess I just got unlucky and got a bad one.

EDIT UPDATE:
I was contacted by Plugable TECH. and they actually sent me another unit. This unit works fine and dandy. They seem to really care about their customer base and, after the fiasco I am experiencing with XFX, this was a welcome thing. They have made a customer out of me. Any time I need something, i will be checking their site for it first. Top notch company guys!
Product now works great for me.
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Paul Campbell on February 10, 2011
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Solid Construction, fits both 2.5 and 3.5 SATA HDDs. I wasn't sure if it would do 2.5, but it does just fine. I don't have a USB 3.0 computer, but the 2.0 work just as expected. No installation needed, and looks fancy albeit like a mini bagel toaster.

It serves it's purpose perfectly.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By S. Patfield on August 19, 2010
I use a lot of these docks for work in various locations, this one is the best one I own, it feels solid and better made than the flimsy alternatives.

Earlier in the month I had a power problem with a different Plugable device that was under warranty. The service from Plugable was fast and effective, as they didn't have the older model in stock they upgraded me to this one immediately.

The Amazon fulfillment is a bonus.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Rocky Racoon on October 29, 2011
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This product seems to work well for many people according to the Amazon.com reviews, but I've had to return mine. Every time I connect it to one of my computers, the drive continually mounts and unmounts over and over again until it finally drops back to USB 2.0. I found that Plugable released a firmware update to address this problem, but after applying that, I continued to run into the same problem. Maybe, just maybe, I got a bad unit...but I've seen this problem reported elsewhere by others. There are either several bad units, the firmware update doesn't resolve the full scope of the issue, or all of the above. Either way, this docking station didn't work for me. It may or may not work for you. Also, please be aware, that drives inserted into this dock are not secured very well. If you bump it or move the dock around carelessly while it's writing/reading, you may risk damaging your disk. A couple of things to consider before purchasing this product.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By John on February 19, 2012
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Rarely do I find an item so bad that I'll call it "junk", but this dock fits that description. I only had it 24 hours, and it twice dropped the connection in the middle of file transfers to the external drive. Since others report the same issue, has to be an issue with the unit. Also as others have said....it is very tricky to get the drive to make contact inside the dock. Because the dock is so tall, and it's loose inside, you really have to aim your hard drive just right to make the connection. On the bright side....I have a greater appreciation for my Thermaltake docks. I recommend you stay away from this one.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dres Bon on August 11, 2011
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The thing I like most with this product is the firmware is upgradable unlike the two thermaltake blacx 5G that I have. One of my thermaltake failed, big files copied started to have CRC mismatch. I spent days debugging it which I originally thought it is the software that created the file (actually mkv and ISO files). HDD heat is about the same when when using the old FW on the plugable. After upgrading it with the latest FW release, the HDD is already cool to the touch. Now I'm planning to replace the other thermaltake I have cause I want to have my HDD to not fail prematurely.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Chris on June 5, 2011
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Works fine with 3Tb drives. Performance is excellent but it is essential to update the firmware - very easy to follow instructions on the website.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Brian Ferguson on December 6, 2011
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The first unit I received kept disconnecting during large file transfers, similar to the USB3.0 issue that others were having prior to software updates. Contacted vendor, and they brought a unit back in from Amazon's stock, tested it, and sent it out to me via express service. This one handles 500G transfers at a time with no issues at all.

Great customer service. Simple, easy to use product. Gave it one less star due to the initial problem. Otherwise it would be 5 stars.
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