This is just the bee’s knees …
If, like me, you have numerous hard drives lying around and you do not have a spare enclosure handy to pop the drives into, and shutting down, opening your machine, installing the drive internally, and restarting – only to discover that what you were looking for isn’t on that drive, then this item is for you.
It’s basically a docking station that acts much like an iPod docking station in that you simply plug the hard drive into it, much like you used to do with the (now old skool) SNES. And that’s it. No fuss, no muss (what is muss anyway?).
It connects to your computer (Mac or Windows – not sure about Linux, sorry Linux users) via a USB cable and once a drive is inserted appears on your machine just like another other mountable drive. I guess it’s just like when you connect a digital camera to your computer.
It supports 2.5″ and 3.5″ SATA drives and requires a separate power supply.
The oval blue light on the front of the unit indicates power and the button ejects the drive from the dock.
To keep the unit stable during use there has been extra weight added to it, which you will have to bare the brunt of if you were to get it posted out to you, I also suspect that the extra weight contributes to the $46 (USD) price-tag.
I know that having a drive capable of theoretical speeds of upto 3GB per second is not ideal to have connected to a USB, but with USB 3
coming to consumers soon this product could really take off.
If only one could be developed now that uses FireWire 800!