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StarTech UNIDOCK2U USB to SATA IDE Hard Drive Docking Station for 2.5in or 3.5in HDD

  • 2.5" & 3.5"
  • USB 2.0
  • Tested to 2TB (3.5") & 1TB (2.5")
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Accessing a bare external hard drive couldn't be easier. The StarTech UNIDOCK2U delivers instant access to any 2.5" and/or 3.5" IDE or SATA hard drive, without installing the drive into your computer chassis or an external enclosure. It connects to your computer through USB 2.0, and can transfer data between the IDE drive and SATA drive, or to/from the host computer. And with an exclusive drive eject mechanism and compact, desktop-style form factor, this docking station enables a great experience every time you use it.

  • newegg Compatibility Supports 2.5" and 3.5" SATA hard drives, as well as 2.5" and 3.5" EIDE hard drives with the included 5" (12cm) IDE adapter cable.
  • newegg Superb performance This docking station supports simultaneous operation of both SATA and IDE drives through a single connection. Files are transferred directly between a SATA and IDE hard drive, without having to transfer to the host computer first, or using multiple devices.
  • newegg Ease of Use A top slot-loading design and unique drive ejection mechanism provides quick and easy drive insertion/removal.

Learn more about the STARTECH UNIDOCK2U




2.5" & 3.5"
AC Adapter
Internal Interface
External Interface
USB 2.0
Maximum Capacity (per Bay)
Tested to 2TB (3.5") & 1 TB (2.5"); may support higher TB hard drives
Chipset ID: JMicron - JM20337
Insertion Rating: 15,000 Cycles
Drive Connectors: 1 - 7 pin SATA DATA Female
Drive Connectors: 1 - 15 pin SATA Power Female
Drive Connectors: 1 - 40 pin IDC Male
Drive Connectors: 1 - 4 pin Power (LP4) Male
Drive Connectors: 1 - 44 pin IDC Male
Connect both an IDE and SATA hard drive to a computer through USB 2.0. The UNIDOCK2U HDD Docking Station delivers full, instant access to any 2.5" and/or 3.5" IDE or SATA hard drive without having to mount the drive in a computer, or install it in an external enclosure. Large capacity drives (tested with up to 4TB 3.5" and 1TB 2.5" drives) can be used to greatly enhance your computer''s storage/backup capabilities.

Connected to the host computer through a single USB 2.0 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.

The hard drive docking station provides the ideal solution for any laptop or desktop application, with support for plug and play hard drive installation on most operating systems to ensure easy hard drive swapping and convenient access to valuable data.


Operating Systems Supported
Windows 2000 / XP (32/64-bit) / Server 2003 (32/64-bit) / Vista (32/64-bit) / 7 (32/64-bit) / Server 2008 R2, Mac OS X and Linux

Dimensions & Weight

5.71" x 3.66" x 2.56"
14.58 oz.

Manufacturer Warranty

1 year limited

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 0 day

Customer Reviews of the STARTECH UNIDOCK2U

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  • Scott K.
  • 1/23/2014 4:17:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDoesn't work with all IDE drives

Pros: Sleek, looks good, reads SATA and most IDE Drives

Cons: I bought this for one specific purpose, to access an IDE hard drive. My external HD case became non-functional once I lost the power adapter. I pulled the WD 160GB hard drive out of it and planned to just use this docking station to access the drive while using my laptop. THE DOCKING STATION WOULD NOT ACCESS THE DRIVE. I tried numerous SATA drives and even other IDE drives and it worked fine. It just would not work with the WD 160GB drive I needed to access. I ended up having to crack open my desktop and install the drive inside it. The drive works fine and I could access it once it was installed in the desktop, just wouldn't work with this docking station.

Other Thoughts: Newegg is great about returns so I can't be mad at them. they took care of the refund no problem.

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  • Michael G.
  • 4/9/2013 5:56:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggszulu53

Pros: works good

Cons: several pieces to keep up with

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  • Kenneth S.
  • 4/5/2013 12:09:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWestern Digital OK but Seagate a big NO

Pros: It works great copying from a Western Digital IDE drive BUT...

Cons: Won't work with either 3.5" Seagate IDE drives I own. Luckily the data I was wanting to recover was on a WD drive.

Other Thoughts: It would be nice if it used USB3 instead of 2. It takes a while at USB2 speed.

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  • David E.
  • 2/6/2013 8:46:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Device

Pros: This is my second Star Tech docking station, my fist still holding up after connecting several hundred hard drives but can't be caught without one. My job is data recovery and this device allows me to try repairs to a drive and get it running just long enough to get the data off the damaged drive.

Cons: The data and power connectors for ATA drives could have been longer.....Just saying

Other Thoughts: For those that have burned out hard drives with this device.....Just because they say hot swapable does not mean you can make your connection with the power to the docking station on, YOU MUST PRESS THE POWER BUTTON ON TOP OF THE STATION TO TURN POWER OFF BEFORE MAKING YOUR CONNECTION, then press button to power up the drive.

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  • Brian Q.
  • 1/30/2013 9:17:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Works great the extra IDE cables are great.

Cons: none

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  • Slaven C.
  • 1/9/2013 10:29:56 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsAnything But Seagate

Pros: Fits right by my machine at work and its very easy to dock/undock.

Cons: This thing will NOT work with most Seagate hardrives. I have 2 of these and i have the issues with both so its not my device (unless a batch of them are that way) So frustrating because dell seems to mostly deal with Seagate and when i want to image a drive i have to go with my old trusty hard drive connectors.

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  • Brian M.
  • 12/18/2012 8:35:45 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Product

Pros: Easy installation, just plugged in to usb port, dropped in drive or plugged it in to cables and it found the drive's right away. You can have both IDE and SATA plugged in at the same time. This will even transfer files between the IDE and SATA drives at the same time making it easy to copy all files from one to another. Worked on XP and Win 7 machines.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Cant recommend this enough for any one that needs to transfer files to or from old or new HD's. This would be a great tool for any repair person needing to transfer files quickly.

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  • Cindy A.
  • 10/17/2012 8:04:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSatisfied

Pros: Worked as advertised with both SATA and IDE drives.

Cons: The pins on the molex connector are loose and it's difficult to plug/unplug from the drive or the docking station - pins don't align. If not for this, I'd have given it 5 eggs.

Other Thoughts: It would be a real plus to include a connector/adaptor for optical drives.

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  • phillip p.
  • 10/8/2012 4:37:38 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsIs this the best they can do?

Pros: SATA works

Cons: "IDE Docking" is misleading.

Other Thoughts: Why don't these companies put out an ACTUAL IDE docking station without resorting to some lazy cop out mechanism? There are cheap generic Chinese manufactured IDE docks that simply don't work because of drive shoddy engineering and virtually no driver support but still have proven that it is definitely doable given enough care... think about all the IDEs that are collecting dust that can be put to good use with the convenience of plug and boot... come on guys.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/3/2012 9:13:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsDrive Killer

Pros: Nine Will burn out a Sata drive, three drives in one day.First drive I said Ok, second drive, wait somthing is not right, third drive, I'm a fool

Cons: Will make you very unhappy person

Other Thoughts: Don't buy this Docking Station

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