AVANTEK USB 3.0 to SATA External Hard Drive Disk Docking Station

Screen Shot 2015-01-15 at 2.55.18 PMOver the years I’ve used several different internal hard drives. Every once in a while I need to access them directly from a different computer from the one that they had been installed on. In the past I’ve used various sets of cables and adapters, all of which have been a rather inelegant solution for this task. Avantek 1 bay SATA HDD Docking station, on the other hand, proved an almost ideal setup for such tasks. I used it to access and fix several internal 3.5” HDDs from my malfunctioning Windows server. I was able to fix the partitions effortlessly, and transfer and burn several files and directories onto the DVD rom.

This docking station is meant to be used with the USB 3 cables and docks, but it’s also backward compatible with the USB standard. The docking station comes with an external power supply, so it should in principle work with any standard USB port. I’ve tested it with two different Western Digital HDDs – one was 1 TB and the other was 500 GB. I was able to use it with both Mac and PC computers. I did not try to benchmark the file transfer rates, but they seem to be in comparable to the other USB 3 external storage systems that I’ve used.

The docking station seems decently well made and durable. It was physically extremely easy to insert and take out the HDDs.

I would recommend this docking station to any IT professionals or presumes, as well as to anyone who needs to archive and access large amount of files on a not-too-frequent basis.

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Bojan Tunguz

Bojan Tunguz was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which he and his family fled during the civil war for the neighboring Croatia. Over the past two decades he has studied, lived and worked in the United States. He is a theoretical physicist with degrees from Stanford and University of Illinois. Tunguz has taught physics at several prominent liberal arts colleges and has been writing about physics, science and technology for more than a decade. He also has a wide spectrum of interests, and reads and writes about current events, society, culture, religion and politics. Over the years he has reviewed many of the books that he has read, and posted his reviews on various online outlets. In 2011 he had become a top 10 reviewer on Amazon.com, where he continues to be very active. Aside from reading and writing, Tunguz enjoys traveling, digital photography, hiking, and fitness. He resides with his wife in Indiana. You can follow my review updates on the following pages as well: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/tunguzreview Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tunguzreviews Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/104312842297641697463/posts

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