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StarTech.com USB 3.0 to SATA IDE HDD Docking Station review

Turn SATA and IDE hard drives into external storage with this dock

Our Verdict

For

  • USB 3.0
  • Easy to use
  • Space saving

Against

  • No clone button

Throughout the years you've probably accumulated a number of hard drives. Rather than leaving them to lay about gathering dust - or risk your data security by throwing them away - you can quickly and easily turn them into external hard drives with this top-loading dock, the StarTech.com USB 3.0 to SATA IDE HDD Docking Station.

Inserting the drives into the bays much like you would bread into a toaster is quick and trouble-free, and the dock makes use of the high speeds of USB 3.0 to make these drives a viable back-up solution.

What makes the StarTech.com USB 3.0 to SATA IDE HDD Docking Station stand out from other docking stations is that while one dock uses the SATA hard drive interface - which all new hard drives use - the other dock uses the older IDE interface.

This gives the StarTech.com UNIDOCK3UGB a versatility lacking in SATA-only docks, since you're probably more likely to have an old IDE hard drive knocking about - but in the future you'll likely have a spare SATA hard drive as well.

Adding and removing hard drives - especially SATA drives - is very easy, and they show up straight away on your PC.

Verdict

If you have a combination of SATA and IDE drives lying about, then this is a great way to turn them into external hard drives. Another great use for this is copying data from an old IDE drive into a new SATA drive quickly and easily.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDrive Dock
Number of Total Expansion Bays2
Number of 2.5"/3.5" Bays2
Drive InterfaceSerial ATA/600, IDE
ColourBlack
Brand NameStarTech.com
Form FactorExternal
Host InterfaceUSB 3.0
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Height70.1 mm
Width130 mm
Depth140 mm
ManufacturerStarTech.com
Product NameUSB 3.0 to SATA IDE HDD Docking Station for 2.5in or 3.5in Hard Drive
Manufacturer Part NumberUNIDOCK3UGB
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.startech.com/uk
Marketing Information

Connect both IDE and SATA hard drives using top slot-loading bays through USB 3.0

The UNIDOCK3UGB USB 3.0 to SATA/IDE Hard Drive Docking Station delivers instant access to 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch IDE and SATA hard drives through two top loading drive slots - one for Serial ATA drives and one for IDE drives - instead of having to mount the drives into a computer or external enclosure/tray.

The slot-loading design holds the SATA and IDE drive(s) upright inside the docks, neatly keeping them off the desk, for convenience and a clutter-free setup. For SATA drives, the HDD can be inserted and connected directly through the designated dock slot, while the IDE drive slot is conveniently positioned near the rear panel 40-pin data and LP4 power connections, making it easy to connect to the dock using the included IDE data and power cables.

Connected to the host computer through a single USB 3.0 connection, both an IDE hard drive and a SATA hard drive (SATA, SATA II, SATA III) can be connected to the HDD dock simultaneously - a convenient solution for migrating data from an IDE drive to a SATA drive or vice versa, or simply harnessing fast and simple access to the contents on both hard drives. Large capacity drives (tested with up to 4TB) can be used to greatly enhance your computer's storage/backup capabilities.

Package Contents
  • USB 3.0 to SATA IDE HDD Docking Station for 2.5in or 3.5in Hard Drive
  • 1 x USB 3.0 Cable
  • 1 x IDE 40 to 40-Pin Cable
  • 1 x LP4 Power Cable
  • 1 x 40-Pin + LP4 to 44-Pin IDE Cable
  • 1 x Power Adapter
  • 1 x Power Cord
  • 1 x Instruction Manual
MaterialPlastic
Limited Warranty2 Year
Weight (Approximate)610 g