Plugable Storage Dock – External USB 2.0 to SATA 2.5 and 3.5 inch, All-in-one Memory Card Reader, and USB Hub

Features

  • Buy bulk/bare SATA drives with USB 2 dock now, move them to a USB 3 dock in the future
  • Comprehensive external solution for docking SATA I/II drives, flash memory cards, and USB memory
  • Connect one SATA drive, 4 memory cards of different types, and 2 USB drives — all at once
  • High speed USB 2.0 (480Mbs) connection back to your PC. Self-powered with A/C adapter provided
  • Supports standard USB 2.0 mass storage class drivers, provided by Windows, Mac, and Linux
  • Useful solution for cross-platform backup and moving photos/videos from flash to hard disk

Description

The Plugable SATADOCK-USB2-C1 provides a comprehensive USB 2.0 based solution for dealing with a wide variety of external storage media. Rather than buying many external drive enclosures with all the extra cables and power adapters, one C1 storage dock can support easily connecting many drives. Inexpensive raw SATA drives can be docked directly with no extra cables or power to connect.

The dock a single SATA drive dock slot on top, supporting SATA disks of any current size (48 bit addressing), with both 2.5″ and 3.5″ form-factors. 64 flash memory card types are supported with 4 slots, see below for table.

The dock also has two free USB 2.0 ports intended for connecting USB flash drives. Backup button provides automatic backup on Windows XP/Vista/Win7 only with included PCClone EX Lite software (no Mac or Linux software provided, but button is readable on Linux).

The dock is a standard multifunction USB 2.0 device with JMicron JM20329 USB to SATA controller, Alcor Micro AU6256 hub, and Alcor Micro AU6477 flash reader. Both the JMicron and Alcor Micro chips support the USB 2.0 Mass Storage Class specification.

Where to Buy

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Docks vs. Enclosures

Why buy a USB 2.0 docking station for raw SATA drives, instead of a drive that comes in its own USB 2.0 enclosure?

Buying a drive with its own enclosure today ties it to USB 2 (480Mbs), making it more difficult to move to USB 3 (4.8 Gbs). USB 3 makes full use of your SATA drive’s throughput, and products are hitting the mainstream in 2010.

With the Plugable USB 2 storage dock, you can get going today on your current USB 2 systems, and then just quickly swap your SATA hard drives over to a newer USB 3 dock when your systems are upgraded to USB 3.

Example SATA disks

Supported Memory Cards

SlotCard Types
X-MemoryXD/SM
SDSD/ Mini SD/ Extreme SD/Extreme III SD/Ultra II SD/MMC 1/MMC 2/MMC 4.0/RS MMC/HS RS MMC/ MICRO SD(T FLASH)
CFCF 1/CF 2/Extreme CF/Extreme III CF/Ultra II CF/HS CF/MD
MSMS/MS DUO/MS PRO/MS 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

*note* In order to support many card types with a few slots, orientation or alignment can vary. In particular, compact flash cards are orientated into the dock CF slot “upside down” (main label facing down). When correctly aligned, cards will slide gently into dock – avoid forcing card against pins.

Drivers

The Plugable SATADOCK-USB2-C1 provides a hub and USB 2.0 Mass Storage Class compatible devices, which use existing drivers provided by Windows (XP and later), Mac (OS 9.X and higher), and most distros of Linux. Just plug in your dock power, the USB cable to your PC, and flip the power switch on your storage dock – the software you already have will do the rest in most cases. If drivers are not found automatically, resolve the problem by visiting our public support platform at
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