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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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  • newegg USB 3.0 and eSATA Connectors Versatile connection options with support for eSATA (3 Gbps) and USB 3.0 (5Gbps), backward compatible with USB 2.0 host connections (480Mbps).
  • newegg Built-In 80mm Fan The built-in, variable speed cooling fan keeps your drives running cool.

Learn more about the STARTECH SATDOCKU3SEF




2.5" & 3.5"
AC Adapter
Internal Interface
External Interface
USB3.0 & eSATA
Maximum Capacity (per Bay)
Tested to 4TB (3.5") & 1 TB (2.5"); may support higher TB hard drives
Center Tip Polarity: Positive

Chipset ID: JMicron JMS551

Filter Type: Mesh

Humidity: 8~90% RH

Input Voltage: 110 ~ 240 AC

Insertion Rating: 15,000 cycles

LED Indicators: 1 - Drive Power/Activity

LED Indicators: 1 - Power

Max Drive Capacity: Tested up to 3.0 TB

Output Current: 2000mA

Output Voltage: 12 DC

Plug Type: M

Type and Rate: USB 3.0 - 5 Gbit/s
Dock your 2.5in or 3.5in SATA Hard Drive over USB 3.0 or eSATA, with the added benefit of a built-in Cooling Fan. The SATDOCKU3SEF Hard Drive Docking Station (eSATA/USB 3.0 to SATA) delivers quick and easy access to a 2.5in or 3.5in SATA hard disk drive (HDD) or solid state drive (SSD) through either eSATA or USB connectivity, making it compatible with almost any system. 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.

The docking station features a built-in 80mm cooling fan that provides increased reliability and lifespan to HDDs by keeping the drives cooler. The variable fan speed control allows for on-the-fly adjustments for any type of HDD, or to balance cooling with noise. The HDD dock will also power down SATA drives after a period of inactivity (USB mode only) or when the PC is turned off, to help reduce power consumption and noise when not being accessed.

The docking station supports full eSATA data transfer rates of up to 3 Gbps, and USB 3.0 transfer rates up to 5 Gbps while backward compatible with USB 2.0 system transfer rates of up to 480 Mbps.

For an even more versatile storage solution, this eSATA/USB 3.0 HDD docking station can be used with our SATA to IDE hard drive adapter (SAT2IDEADP) enabling you to use 2.5in or 3.5in IDE hard drives with the dock.

Dock your 2.5in or 3.5in SATA Hard Drive over USB 3.0 or eSATA, with the added benefit of a built-in Cooling Fan

Compatible with USB and eSATA enabled computer systems such as Dell Latitude E6430, and 2.5in or 3.5in SATA solid-state Drives and hard drives

HDD Dock / SSD Dock / USB 3.0 Hard Drive Dock / eSATA Hard Drive Dock / SATA HDD & SSD Dock SATA 6Gbps

Save time while backing up data to an external drive for archiving

Easily transfer data from one hard drive to another


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

5.12" x 5.12" x 3.94"
17.4 oz

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years

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

1 out of 5 eggsStarTech Doesn't Deliver

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
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsSlightly broken but still works well

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
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsmust have

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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  • Paul W.
  • 11/15/2013 8:20:26 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggseSATA Dock

Pros: It has worked for a month now... very convenient...

Cons: .... it is working as advertized so No Cons yet

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  • Jim M.
  • 11/13/2013 2:22:19 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsexcellent, critical for long drive ops

Pros: it's fast with USB3 and eSATA, the fan is critically placed for necessary drive cooling. I like this unit best.

SAT2IDEADP is the IDE adapter for this unit. once IDE and power cables placed, will stay that way pretty much to make things easy next time.

the product desc doesn't match the mfr's product desc, this unit handles 4TB drives not just 2TB (or maybe there is just no limit and they stuck on a number). but - this ends up being a plus as far as drive features go!

this is the BEST dock out there as of 11/2013. I have done some looking. drives that in other adapters and docks would overheat, in this unit they stay reasonably cool and don't error out from overheating during long operations.
need to get a 2nd set.

Cons: SAT2IDEADP be careful with the cables on that that they stay inside the well/cavity and not to get the insulation damaged by drive insertion.

understand that if you are using a drive over 2TiB you must not be using MBR you use GPT else you won't see the whole disk.

to use USB 3.0, you must be using at least windows 7/8/8.1 or above. GPT partitioning also means same windows versions.

what I don't know for sure yet is, if you move a GPT disk off of its original controller channel, it is supposed to not work on that new channel (such as on a dock), you have to put it back right where it was. but I need to verify. I have precious data, so I need to verify this myself someday and try with dock vs motherboard. if this does work, then I can do computer repair better. if it doesn't, then I will be recommending 2TB drives from now on.
this may mean that if you format a GPT disk on the dock, it may have to stay on the dock. taking it out and putting in system is worth a try, would love to know for sure. I may give that a try just to see what happens and see if it's restorable if drive is put back...

cables including 12VDC 2A (5.5mm OD 2.1mm ID connector) power adapter cable is all 3' long, which is way too short. you can supplement by purchasing a 6' power adapter or using an extension cord and purchasing longer cables for USB 3.0 and eSATA. although I am unsure how long eSATA can actually go, I think it may not go longer than 2'. would have to read specs to be sure. so there are workarounds. it's a micro USB 3.0 male to USB 3.0 A male cable.

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  • David F.
  • 11/9/2013 1:00:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFavorite drive dock

Pros: Cooling fan, reliable, works as expected, USB 3.0 and eSATA work well, good throughput

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Have tried a few of these. This is the only one that has worked well & consistently.

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  • Dennis F.
  • 9/29/2013 11:54:33 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSo far, so good.

Pros: Works as intended. Works with HDDs that previously did not work in their USB3.0 enclosures.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: I bought this with the hope of being able to salvage 2 USB3.0 portable HDDs that continually disconnected in use. The frequency of the disconnects made them unusable. I disassembled the PHDDs and retained the HDDs. This device so far has worked splendidly. I have been able to use the HDDs with the USB3.0 connection.

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  • Scott W.
  • 9/5/2013 2:53:49 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGood but needs improvement

Pros: Very fast unit, fan is nice.

Cons: Power Button in back! Bad bad bad
Fan has no flow and is loud. Air to be useful in cooling must have a path, here it really doesn't.

Other Thoughts: I wanted to really like this device, but it needs some changes before it's perfect.

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  • Robert N.
  • 7/3/2013 6:36:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsPowers off during HD access!

Pros: Used to work. Gets five stars if it wouldn't constantly disconnect.

Cons: • Disconnects for no apparent reason. The docked HD is accessible for some random amount of time until the dock powers off. This occurs during HD access as well as during idle times.
• Does not provide USB 3 speeds. I get the same speeds on a USB 2 port as I do on a USB 3 port.

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  • Carl S.
  • 6/30/2013 3:47:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDocking Station

Pros: Works well. Minor problem with e-SATA cable to laptop. Not sure if it's the docking station or my laptop. Leaning more on the laptop because the e-SATA works on another laptop identical to mine.

Cons: I gave 4 out of the 5 eggs only because I'm not fully convince it's my laptop causing a NO CONNECT.

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