Hard Drive Docking Station

The Hard Drive docking station is a device that connects to a communication port (USB for example), enabling to read the content of one or more disks. It is a good alternative for those who have multiple discs with files. Just put the disc in the Dock Station and you can perform all the usual operations such as performing data backups.

Analysis of a Hard Drive Docking Station

Let's analyze a Hard Drive Docking Station. In this case, allows IDE and SATA 2.5" or 3.5" Disks and the communication with the computer is done via a USB 3.0 port

Hard Drive Dock Station - Front and Rear

No caso desta Docking Station, o Disco SATA não necessita de qualquer ligação, bastando colocá-lo no local indicado. O Disco IDE terá de ser ligado na traseira.

Hard Drive Docking Station - SATA and IDE hard disk installed

Some Technologies of HD Docking Stations

 

For 4 disks SATA 2.5" or 3.5". Connections USB 3.0 and e-SATA

Hard Drive Docking Station - 4 SATA Disk, e-SATA and USB 3.0 connections

 

 

For 2 Disks SATA 2.5" or 3.5", with 2 USB ports (you can connect USB pen disk) and Card Reader. Connections USB 3.0 and e-SATA.

Hard Drive Docking Station - 2 SATA Disks 2.5" or 3.5", connectors USB 3.0 and e-SATA

For 1 Disk SATA 2.5 "or 3.5". Media Server and the appropriate software. Connections for Gigabit Network and USB 3.0

Hard Disk Docking Station - 1 SATA Disk 2.5" or 3.5", Media Server and respective software, Connections Gigabit Network and USB 3.0

 

 

Internal Hard Drive Docking Station. For 2 IDE or SATA Disks. To connect to a SATA and a IDE port of the computer motherboard. It has the advantage of being faster, because it is directly linked to the respective Motherboard BUS.

Internal Hard Drive Dock Station - for 2.5" or 3.5" Disks IDE or SATA. Binds to a SATA and  IDE port in the Motherboard

 

 

As we have seen, the possible combinations of technologies in these devices, are varied. As such if you want to purchase a device Hard Drive Docking Station, should ponder:

  • Storage Devices - There are Dock Stations that allow IDE and SATA Disks and USB devices (flash Disk, external disk, eg) and card readers.
  • Data Server - There are Dock Stations which enable Media Server and NAS, and have the respective software included. Regarding the Media Server and NAS, in my opinion is not quite right for those who want to use RAID, which is not allowed in the Dock Stations.
  • Connectivity - There are connections USB 2.0 or 3.0, Firewire, e-SATA, Network 10/100 or Gigabit (10/100/1000).
  • Internal or External - The fastest are the internal, because they are directly connected to the BUS (SATA or IDE or both) Motherboard, with no intermediate communication devices. As the current motherboards rarely have Slots IDE, you must purchase a Dock Station that has no IDE port, or buy an IDE adapter to put on Motherboard (one of the PCI slots or PCI-Express). See an example in the following figure.

PCI-Express adapter to connect IDE device

 

There are computer cases with installed Dock Station, as the figure below

Computer Case with Mounted Hard Drive Dock Station

Has the advantage of being cheaper, , but if it fails you will have to find one exactly the same (or the same size). Another drawback is that the Dock Station may not have the technology Disk you want (in this case, the remaining technologies do not matter). Therefore analyze your preferences and analyze whether that has them, before purchasing the box.

 

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Author: José JR Crispim
Publication Date: 2013, June

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