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StarTech SATDOCKU3SEF USB 3.0 eSATA Hard Drive Docking Station with Cooling Fan

  • USB 3.0/2.0/1.1
  • Supports 2.5/3.5" HDD/SSD
  • Supports 2.5/3.5" HDD/SSD
  • Slot-loading design
  • LED indicators
  • Automatic power-saving mode

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  • David S.
  • 3/8/2016 2:08:55 PM

3 out of 5 eggsDid you check your USB cable?

This review is from: StarTech SATDOCKU3SEF USB 3.0 eSATA Hard Drive Docking Station with Cooling Fan

Pros: You will notice the USB cable that comes with the unit has blue coding. This means it is a USB 3.0 cable. If you are using an old USB 2 cable you will have trouble with your connection.

Cons: The instructions should make sure to emphasize that not all USB cables are the same.

Other Thoughts: Good product that need better instructions.

For what it is worth you can now buy female to male USB 3 extensions cables if the location you need to put the unit needs a longer cable.

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  • Clif M.
  • 2/12/2016 6:19:43 AM

1 out of 5 eggsUnreliable! USB connections randomly dropped.

This review is from: StarTech SATDOCKU3SEF USB 3.0 eSATA Hard Drive Docking Station with Cooling Fan

Pros: Nice concepts

Cons: Unreliable. USB connections drop randomly. Will be working one minute and then the drive just "disappears". I've seen this behavior on four different computers. Totally useless as a backup device, which is what I purchased it for.

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  • Trevor M.
  • 11/19/2015 9:39:31 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggshaving issues with USB 3.0

This review is from: StarTech SATDOCKU3SEF USB 3.0 eSATA Hard Drive Docking Station with Cooling Fan

Pros: Works in USB 2.0 port. Does not disconnect/reconnect like it does in USB 3.0 port. Ran a multi-hour backup without errors.

Cons: Sort of works in USB 3.0 port. Seems to timeout (and then reconnect) very frequently. Then Windows asks me how I want to use the new drive I just connected. Seems to cause backup to abort.

Other Thoughts: Wondering if there is some setting or update to fix USB 3.0 operation. Either for my computer or this device.

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  • Adam B.
  • 4/24/2015 10:24:42 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood for Hot swapping

This review is from: StarTech SATDOCKU3SEF USB 3.0 eSATA Hard Drive Docking Station with Cooling Fan

Pros: Works well with both connection types and I've had no recognition issues when swapping out drives.

Cons: Only has one bay and you have to put some care in alining the drives (both 2.5 and 3.5).

Other Thoughts: This is good for someone that needs to access only one drive at a time with this device, so it is not suggested if you need to access information from multiple drives or cloning drives (unless you have another device to do either with).

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  • Earle G.
  • 2/18/2015 9:42:39 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsreally great device

This review is from: StarTech SATDOCKU3SEF USB 3.0 eSATA Hard Drive Docking Station with Cooling Fan

Pros: best i've found at great price, keeps drive cool with the fan, others overheated with my 4Tb drive.

Cons: none so far

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1 out of 5 eggsDOA

This review is from: StarTech SATDOCKU3SEF USB 3.0 eSATA Hard Drive Docking Station with Cooling Fan

Pros: Includes all necessary cables

Cons: DOA

Other Thoughts: Waste of my time. Returned for refund.

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  • Ye C.
  • 10/6/2014 3:40:06 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsDoes not support 6TB disk

This review is from: StarTech SATDOCKU3SEF USB 3.0 eSATA Hard Drive Docking Station with Cooling Fan

Pros: easy access, decent speed, fan keeps disk cool

Cons: does not support 6TB disk

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  • Ryan G.
  • 5/29/2014 3:52:43 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsStarTech Doesn't Deliver

This review is from: StarTech SATDOCKU3SEF USB 3.0 eSATA Hard Drive Docking Station with Cooling Fan

Pros: It has a fan, USB 3.0, and eSata

Cons: It doesn't read most of the drives I have. With the drives that do work, they only work for a short period of time and then I lose connection. I know StarTech is a cheap brand, but this unit was not that cheap compared to others and it does not work as promised. Stay away.

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  • Micah S.
  • 3/27/2014 2:56:14 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsSlightly broken but still works well

This review is from: StarTech SATDOCKU3SEF USB 3.0 eSATA Hard Drive Docking Station with Cooling Fan

Pros: Two connection options, either eSATA or USB 3.0. I'm using eSATA and transfer speeds are wonderful with my 7200 RPM 1 TB Western Digital HDD.

Cons: Materials feel cheap (this does not necessarily mean they are). Fan button simply fell down when pressed down normally, and it does not come back up and I can hear a piece floating around inside if I move the device. HOWEVER, the fan still works perfectly, and if I turn the speed all the way down, the fan turns completely off anyway, so I don't "really" mind the button being broken. Still, because it seems a bit cheaply made and was broken, I felt I should give it an average rating.

Other Thoughts: My friend also has one of these and he said he noticed that eSATA transfers are more consistent while the USB 3.0 transfer rates fluctuated. I have not tested this on my own device.
I have used this only for a couple days, so I cannot vouch for extended use.

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  • Mark R.
  • 12/22/2013 2:27:38 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsmust have

This review is from: StarTech SATDOCKU3SEF USB 3.0 eSATA Hard Drive Docking Station with Cooling Fan

Pros: Very easy to use and connect
Fast, especially if you use eSATA or you have a true USB 3.0 connection
plug and play

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Originally purchased this for home to use with home server and do system backup of storage to take drive offsite etc.
I also purchased it because the 3 laptops we own all have an eSATA connection so I can do fast COMPLETE backups of the whole system.
It worked great for both of the above and was considerably faster than USB 2 backups.
As a test I took it to work in our PC setup lab and use it to clone an 80GB to 20 or so PC's we had as an project and it only took 8 min on average to clone the whole drive using True Image

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