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StarTech SATDOCK4U3E 4 Bay eSATA USB 3.0 to SATA Hard Drive Docking Station for 2.5/3.5 HDD

  • Plug-and-Play / Hot-Swapable
  • Two built-in fans
  • eSATA 6Gbps
  • Four large, stable, non-slip table-top feet
  • Extra, easy-access spacing between each drive
  • Supports USB 3.0/20/1.1

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  • newegg Dual Connectors Features USB 3.0 and eSATA connectors for high speed connectivity. The SuperSpeed USB 3.0-compliant host interface enables transfer rates up to 5 Gbps. The high speed eSATA with Port Multiplier host interface allows transfer rates up to 3 Gbps.
  • newegg Better Convenience Each drive bay has an independent power button and eject mechanism, allowing for quick and easy hot swap.
  • newegg Built-In Cooling Fan Dual, variable speed 60mm fans allow you to adjust the amount of cooling for any kind of environment or drives. Or you can turn off the fans for better acoustics.

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  • BILL D.
  • 11/5/2014 7:00:55 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsCompatibility problems

Pros: Good throughput over both eSATA and USB

Cons: - Drives formatted GPT (the only way to get a partition > 2GB) using this device will not be readable when plugged into a standard desktop SATA card and vice versa. They are also not readable in other USB enclosures. The only way to read the drives is with the same model unit.
- No port multiplier. Only one drive at a time (first to power up) accessible over eSATA unless you have a port multiplier built into your eSATA card.

Other Thoughts: - If you were completely sure that you will never need to read disks elsewhere, then this is a good unit. Otherwise, get something more compatible.

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  • Matthew A.
  • 6/24/2014 7:08:32 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot worth the time

Pros: Can dock four hard drives of 2.5" & 3.5" in size and offers USB 3.0 making for amazing speed when it works.

Cons: Where to start... I have had to RMA this product twice, the second time I put in for a refund instead of a replacement as this item is too expensive to be shipping back and forth.

As stated in several other reviews, horrible firmware as when you dock an additional hard drive it resets connections to all hard drives and the same thing happens when you remove or power off any hard drive which leads to corrupted data on the other drives if you're transferring any files (The manual says they only have to re-connect, which is false as the drives do stop spinning and restart spinning with an audible click). That is also a huge minus if you're actually using the hot swap feature as that means more drive stops and restarts shortening the life of your drive or should I say even just powering off a drive you're not using as they get hot. One last thing in the horrible firmware department has been mentioned in another review is the loop. Sometimes when you add a drive or power off a drive they all go into a restarting/disconnecting loop sometimes only solved by powering all drives off and then on again. Not sure if the last one is firmware or just another faulty station, but it did it with both stations.

My biggest problem was with the first one I got, any file transfer that took more than 15~20 seconds would cause all the hard drives to reset and the file transfer to fail.

The problem with the second one was the same, except for some reason it would randomly happen somewhere between the 20~30 minute mark of the transfer. Definitely not good if you're trying to back up a hard drive.

Lastly, the fans in the bay are junk as they do next to nothing to keep the hard drives cool as in both cases I would turn the fans all the way up but there is no air flow over the hard drives themselves and they get warm pretty quickly.

Other Thoughts: Looking at other reviews and from my experience, this station is not worth the money at all. Between often being returned to questionable firmware I would rather get a USB hub and connect several single docks to it. A lot less hassle than this product as well as cheaper.

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  • Alan H.
  • 1/22/2014 6:30:33 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsMine was DOA

Pros: Seemed like what I wanted

Cons: but it didn't work. The power light came on for only 1 of 4 of the slots. The other slots were obviously broken (disk didn't spin up). Given others' comments about problems, I decided to return it and try another manufacturer.

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  • shawn s.
  • 3/25/2013 2:48:21 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsslow

Pros: dont have to unplug hard drives as much. use only 1 usb. can read over 1tb but slow slow slow

Cons: Sloooow and must do 1 thing at a time only it will crash anything if u try more then 1 thing ot it will say notrespoding.and got to start all over agen. defraging a 3tb 7200rpm hd tacks 1-3 min to go thow a 5 mb song ben 5 howers im still defraging the hard drive as im righting this lol i get. o and dont know if its the hard drive or this dock but after like 2 min the hard drive will shout down and if your waching moves on it it will crash WMP and stuff
i get 8-14 MBS. wished i returned it when i had a chance :-(
dos it on all 3 of my comps

Other Thoughts: slow lol

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  • Travis H.
  • 3/9/2013 5:37:40 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome solution (Mac/PC/USB 3/Dock)

Pros: I bought this with a WD 3TB Red Drive (Item #: N82E16822236344) and it has been a great experience. I only have one drive in it right now though, so I am curious to see how it handles 4.

Cons: Not a great solution for carrying to and from work, so I'm actually here to buy one for home, so I only need to transport the drive.

Other Thoughts: For more info see my review of the drive (Item #: N82E16822236344)

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  • Jason M.
  • 4/19/2012 5:08:49 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Looks cool. Sucessful in performing simultaneous full format of two 3TB drives.

Cons: Unstable. Formatting a drive in the unit failed when I used an optical drive attached to the mombo. With four drives in the unit I tried to format two drives and copy data to two more drives. After a few hours all four operations failed with errors in the event log. There's no point in having multiple bays if you can't reliably perform multiple simultaneous operations.

Other Thoughts: This is the first time I've ever had a complaint about a StarTech product. It really pains me to write a negative review, but this product has wasted many hours of my time. I have a fast, stable, rock-solid i7 Win7-64 machine that is not bogged down with processes. I should have gotten a two bay unit and saved desk space.

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  • Bruce P.
  • 7/20/2011 6:50:37 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsUpdate

Pros: See Other Thoughts

Cons: See Other Thoughts

Other Thoughts: Just a quick update/correction to my earlier post. I turned on all 4 drives, then I turned on (booted up) my laptop, and all 4 drives were recognized with no delay or problems.

Maybe I had problems earlier, because of the bad HD that I had in the dock.

Again, very pleased with this product!

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  • Bruce P.
  • 7/20/2011 10:04:00 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic 4 port HD Docking Station!

Pros: Very impressed with the Startech 4 bay docking station. My custom built, overclocked home computer died , and I wanted to wait until Intel Ivy Bridge processors comes out, so I wanted to use my i5 laptop as my "home" computer until then. However, my home computer had 3 hard drives in it, and I now have a Dune Media Player that has TWO hot swappable sata HD docks, so I am constantly moving a HD between the media center and my computer.

VERY IMPORTANT: your e-SATA port must support "Port Multiplier" function, otherwize you will be able to only see on HD. My built in e-sata port on my Dell e6410 does not support port multiplier, so I also purchased a StarTech ECESAT32 ExpressCard to use with the docking station, and they work perfectly! I juse the built in eSATA card for my Blu-Ray DVD now, I have all the functionality and HD speed of my old Desktop (Dual core AMD Opteron), and the speed of an i5 processor, so I am happy!

Cons: No "Cons" per say, but I did have to learn the "personality" of this docking station!

Make sure you are using the latest firmware, available at

First couple of times, this device did not work at all. So, I find that there is a firmware upgrade, and apply it, but discover that my dock was already at the current firmware, but now the dock seemed to work better, but still not perfect.

Like people, this device has a bit of a unique personality, and I had to learn how to understand and "motivate" the personality of this wonderful HD docking station! See comments in "Other Thoughts".

Other Thoughts: As I discovered how to work with the "personality" of this device, the docking station started working perfectly! Here is what I found:

The docking station does not like broken Hard Drives! HD3 was broken (I did not know this), and my laptop would not recognize HD3 and HD4. Tested each drive on the built in eSata port, discovered that HD3 was broken, and things started working better, but still not perfect.

Booting the Laptop with all 4 HD's turned on, seemed to be a problem, the laptop still would not see all the HDs. However, I discovered, that if I boot the laptop with all 4 HD turned off on the dock, then power on HD1, wait until my laptop recognises HD1, then power on HD2 etc, all 4 HDs work perfectly.

I am very happy with this 4 HD Docking station.

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  • Courtney S.
  • 7/9/2011 7:07:43 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice

Pros: This is a very nice dock. Love the fans and I cant even hear them. But WOW is this thing BIG.

Cons: None really, Except I wish it had thermal sensors to see the temps of the drives.

Wish the SATAIII speeds were the same with this as internally.

SataIII speeds internally are around 140-145 mb/s
With this, They are 90-110 mb/s

Other Thoughts: Love it.

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  • Kevin K.
  • 7/1/2011 11:25:17 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsAHCI is advanced power management for hard drives!

Pros: It's about time USB 3.0 came out. With blurays movies files are getting big

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I think the problem that people are having is that they are using IDE mode in their BIOS and not AHCI. I used IDE in mine in order to get my SATA III hard drives to play nice with my SATA Bluray drive. I added a different brand SATA USB Dock and it was constantly disconnecting the drive. It occurred to me that AHCI is a Vista/Windows 7 feature and it allows hot-swapping your drives without killing your system. With IDE mode you must shut down your system. Use AHCI and see if that fixes it. I returned two USB 3.0 docks and I may have made a mistake in doing so. I am going to give this StarTech USB 4 dock a try today and will report back.

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