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SATA HDD USB 3.0 Docking Station w/ Card Reader & 2 Port USB Hub (USB 3.0)
Use your internal SATA drives without cracking open your computer case with this USB 3.0 Docking Station from Monoprice.
The Docking Station mounts a standard, internal 2.5" or 3.5" hard drive and connects to your PC with a USB 3.0 connection for maximum speed, up to 5 GB/sec. It also operates as a 2-port USB 2.0 hub and a memory card reader, supporting a wide variety of memory card formats (see Specifications page for a complete list).
It supports SATA I and II drivers, with transfer rates up to the maximum 3 GB/sec supported by SATA II. It also is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 standards, in case you don't have a USB 3.0 connection on all your PCs yet.
- Super Speed USB 3.0 data transfer rate up to 5 GB/s
- Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1
- Compatible with SATA I and II hard drives
- Works with 2.5" and 3.5" internal hard drives
- Supports hard drives up to 2TB size
- 2-port USB 2.0 hub
- Multi-format flash card reader/writer
- Works with Windows® 95 and newer, Mac® 9.x and newer, and Linux
- Supports both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows XP and newer
- User's Manual (Nov 2, 2011)
- Drivers for Windows (Jun 25, 2006)
- Distribution disc for Windows (Jun 25, 2006)
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- 1x USB 3.0 docking station
- 1x USB 3.0 cable
- 1x AC adapter
- 1x User manual
- 1x CD driver
Supported Flash Cards Formats:
- CF 1 / CF 2 / Extreme CF / Extreme III CF / Ultra II CF / HS CF / MD
- Memory Stick™ (MS) / Memory Stick DUO™ / MS PRO / Memory Stick PRO DUO™ / MS MagicGate™ / MS MagicGate PRO / MS MagicGate DUO / MS MagicGate PRO DUO / Extreme MS PRO / Extreme III MS PRO / Ultra II MS PRO / HS MS MagicGate PRO / HS MS MagicGate PRO DUO / MS ROM / MS Select
- SD™ / MiniSD™ / Extreme SD / Extreme III SD / Ultra II SD / MMC 1 / MMC 2 / MMC 4.0 / RS MMC / HS RS MMC / microSD™ (T FLASH)*
- XD / SM
*SDHC™ is compatible, but cannot read or write at full speed
Questions and Answers
I will keep the dock as a spare to use in one off situations but it will not stay on my desk as a daily driver.
PROS: The dock is well constructed and on my iMac it was plug and play. Speeds are comparable to my other (Voyager brand) usb3 dock.
CONS: Drive will not go into sleep mode and spins 24/7.
PROS: It works exactly as advertised right out of the box. Just plug it in and put a hard drive into it.
PROS: Only the SATA hard drives runs at USB 3.0
The card reader runs at USB 2.0 speeds so if you are photographer and have GB of pictures then you need to get a true USB 3.0 card reader.
PROS: Easy, fast, convenient. Allows you to add drives to your computer externally
CONS: Cheap access door breaks off. It's used to hold up a 2.5" drive so when the door breaks off the smaller drive wants to fall over.
Don't leave a disk in the drive for extended periods of time. The dock made the drive so hot that it ruined a 1TB drive and burned up the dock.
Thank you for your review and truly sorry to hear about your experience with PID 8078. I will be informing our product managers as well as submitting a complaint regarding the access door and overheating. While the Terms of Sale posted on our website limit our liability to the cost of the merchandise purchased, if you want to file a claim for extended damages and have it considered by management, I can assist you with getting the process started.
Regarding the defective item, would you happen to have your order number so that I may look further into the matter? Please let me know so that I may better assist you.
PROS: Crazy fast transfer speeds through USB 3
Reads the SDHC card out of your camera
Reads USB sticks
Did I mention USB 3 SPEED!
CONS: Short power cord
Used it heavily with 2 different drives - a 750 GB Samsung and a 1 TB "green" WD. Both drives were recognized immediately and worked beautifally. I also briefly tried it out with a couple of others, including a 2.5" laptop drive I happened to have sitting around. Those worked great as well.
In the past I've had some other devices (a bit older and USB 2.0) that allow attachment of HDD's that were extremely flaky. Drives and/or the device itself wouldn't be recognized, or would for a while but then would go "off air," etc. But again - over several hours of heavy use with various drives this thing has been rock solid.
Almost forgot - I also tried the SD card reader the other day to grab some pics from my digital camera. As I hoped, that worked great as well and the speed was awesome. USB 3.0 is the real deal!
PROS: Fast, reliable
CONS: Yet another power brick, but not much way around that since USB 3 can't power the drive.
I would buy from this company again only because the products are good and the prices are great, and now I know what I am up aganst when dealing with them..
You must be business savy with this company, but just think of it as buying from a flea-market.
PROS: My computer found the 3.0 usb hard drive adaptor device automatically.
sends data super fast (I have a usb 3.0 adaptor card installed in my pc)
the feature that I really love is the extra usb and flash card ports on the front of the reader, never seen another reader like this one here. the usb reader works fast and has never given me a problem.
CONS: This was a replacement for the original 3.0 usb hard drive adaptor that I had originally received, every time I plugged the power supply into my wall outlet,
sparks flashed out. I sent the device back for a replacement, I received the replacement, but monoprice claimed that they never received it, so I was forced to pay for the replacement, lll I paid twice for a defective product. I asked monoprice.com to refund me once the defective product was received, I never heard back from them until the company asked me to write a review for the product.
In all honesty, the product is fantastic, but if you must return something please send it back by certified / registered mail .. this way you get a receipt and when they tell you that they never received it and want to re-charge you for the replacement ... you will have something to stand behind.
PROS: Works well, USB 3.0 is super fast has lots of card slots. Comes with a fairly long USB 3.0 cable
CONS: Is light weight and tips over easily. I secured my two units with double sided tape on the bottom. No problems now.
PROS: Works as advertised. Very fast. I bought a USB 3.0 PCIe card to go with it: http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=108&cp_id=10304&cs_id=1030405&p_id=8089&seq=1&format=2
CONS: Wish it had a micro SD slot (it does have a SD slot and I can use a converter)
PROS: The unit performs well. The build is okay.
CONS: CF Card would not go into CF Slot. Tried two different manufacturers' cards: Fuji and Sandisk. SATA hard drive never really feels like it's well-seated but apparently it is.