Plugable USB 3.0 SATA III Vertical Hard Drive & SSD Docking Station (Supports UASP and Drives 6TB+)
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- Take advantage of fast Serial ATA III disk drives and USB 3.0 bandwidth for faster backups and data transfers
- Supports all 2.5 and 3.5 inch SATA (Serial ATA) I, II, and III hard drives, solid state drives, and hybrid drives up to any capacity (6TB+). (Please note that IDE/EIDE/PATA, SCSI, SAS, mSATA, and M.2 drives are not supported)
- Docking station connects via USB 3.0 SuperSpeed 5Gbps (640MB/s), up to 10x as fast as USB 2.0 480Mbps (60MB/s). Real world transfer rate performance over USB 3.0 will vary by computer host controller and disk drive specifications
- UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol) support for even faster drive data transfer performance. (UASP functionality requires UASP capable host controller and operating system)
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Features future-proof USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 connectivity. Uses the ASMedia 1051E chipset and firmware with UASP and BOT support for maximum performance and features. Open vertical docking bay for easy dock/undock of bare/internal SATA drives. Vertical design significantly reduces desk space footprint compared to horizontal docks. Connect a single 3.5" or 2.5" SATA drive (SATA I, II, & III supported) at USB 3.0 SuperSpeed 5Gbps (5Gbps=640MB/s), 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 disk drive specifications. Compatible with 512e and 4K Advance Format drives.
Power button for powering off drive when not in use. Drive sleeps automatically on OS power events or 10 minutes of idle to conserve power and reduce heat.
No drivers required: uses standard USB mass storage class support already provided in Windows XP through 10, Mac OS X, and Linux / Unix. 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.
Samsung 850 EVO series SSDs are not compatible with the ASMedia 1051E chipset used in this docking station.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
It serves it's purpose perfectly.
The flaws, some are minor and a little annoying.
The power cable for this is very, very short, which limits where you can plonk this thing and it's a shame that it can't draw the power via the USB.
Whilst this is well made, there is still a good bit of a gap around your hard drive and the edge of where it slides into, so you need to be careful that you don't knock the drive. It's even worse when you try using a laptop hard drive.
The power button and cable sockets are all in the back, which means you can't stack these up closely if you have multiple docking stations which is bad design. Also because of the slope of the sides, you can't lay them down or the hard drive will hit the ground surface you put it on and means you can't stack the docks vertically either. Big shame that.
Also, the unit can and does get very warm when in use, hot even.
It does come very well packaged in a nice box, with the cables you need and the retailer is quick to ship it and answer questions.
Certainly one of the better docks and good value for money. All it's flaws in consideration, I would still recommend it, especially so if you were looking to use just the one.
In the past you usually may have to take hard drives out and buy a separate enclosure based on the size of your physical drive, and then plug it into a working computer. Now, you buy this, and you can plug both 2.5" laptop and 3.5" desktop drives into it (as long as they're SATA), and plug this into a working computer to read it—at USB 3.0 speeds no less.
That USB 3.0 speed makes a difference. Say you have a corrupted hard drive, you plug this in and want to transfer some data out of it. Transferring by USB 2.0 and 3.0 is night and day. You can spend hours doing it or minutes, what your time is worth is up to you.
This is an affordable, not to mention simple and stylish, SATA hard drive reader that works well. Recommended.
Some customers in early reviews noted a disconnect issue/bug which was fixed by firmware update 2447. I downloaded this update when I bought my dock in 2011 just to make sure everything was up to date and perhaps this is why I have not experienced any issues with this product. From the good reviews lately I think all units are shipped with the firmwate update already applied(the link for the 2447 firmware update is [...] ). LucidPort has since come out with a newer firmware update, version 2580. Most people will probably not need this update but I like keeping current with all technical revisions. You can find the 2580 update by putting "plugable-usb3-sata-u3-2580.zip" into Google(without the quotes). I could only find this driver at third party websites. Why Lucidport or Plugable do not have links for download on their websites is a mystery. They probably require contacting technical support first.
NOTE: You can check your firmware version of your Dock by navigating to Control Panel > System > Device Manager > USB Controllers and then right click on USB Mass Storage Device > Properties choose Details and in the Dropdown menu choose Hardware Ids and after the REV number you will see the version number.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fit and finish are nice, but I always has to jiggle the drive a bit to get it to spin up...Read more