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Sabrent newegg SABRENT EC-STUK 3.5" USB 2.0 External Enclosure
  (12)
  •  3.5"
  •  USB 2.0
  •  Aluminum
  • AC Adapter: Yes
  • Material: Aluminum
  • Features: Supports SATA (Serial ATA) and SATA II Hard drives Ultra Light Aluminum Case USB 2.0 interface via standard USB 2.0 A-Male to B-Male cable (included in package) LED indicates Power and Action status. ON/OFF switch to shut down hard drive when inactive without having to disconnect. Easy assembly without Screws Includes Stand for positioning enclosure upright Supports 480Mbps high-speed data transfers Supports Wakeup ability Hot-swappable Complies with SATA (Serial ATA) and SATA II specifications. Easy access on PC or Notebook Requirements : 3.5" SATA (Serial ATA) hard drive Windows 98/98SE/ME/2000/XP Mac OS 8.6 and above
  • Package Contents: 3.5" External Enclosure USB Cable Power Cord Power Adapter Screwdriver
  • Model #: EC-STUK
  • Item #: 9B-17-366-012
  • Return Policy: Computer Cables and Accessories Extended Return Policy

STARTECH newegg StarTech S354UFER 3.5" Black 4 Drive eSATA USB FireWire SATA RAID Enclosure
  (14)
  •  3.5"
  •  Steel and Plastic
  • AC Adapter: Yes
  • Material: Steel and Plastic
  • Dimensions: 6.02" x 3.98" x 1"
  • Features: Controller: RAID Controller RAID Levels: 0 1 3 5 1+0 10 Expansion Bays: 3.5" (4 Total/0 Populated) Host Interface: 1 x 7-pin - Serial ATA/300 - eSATA 2 x 9-pin - IEEE 1394b - FireWire Input Voltage: 110 V AC 220 V AC Input Voltage Range: 115 V AC to 230 V AC Additional Information: No software required Fan control button to enable manual control of the fan and switch between the three fan speeds Multiple LED indicators to provide RAID information, hard drive activity, HDD Status, RAID rebuild status, fan settings, and interface in use.
  • Model #: S354UFER
  • Item #: 9B-17-707-234
  • Return Policy: Computer Cables and Accessories Extended Return Policy

Sabrent newegg SABRENT ECS-STU35K 3.5" Supports Standard 3.5" Serial ATA or IDE Hard Drives USB 2.0 Black External Enclosure
  (50)
  •  3.5"
  •  USB 2.0
  •  Up to 3TB
  • AC Adapter: Yes
  • Material: Aluminum
  • Maximum Capacity (per Bay): Up to 3TB
  • Features: Color: Black Convert any Serial ATA (SATA) or IDE drive into external USB storage Native SATA 3.5 inch Drive to USB 2.0 Solution, Slim Compact Aluminum Enclosure. Plug and Play; Hot swapping
  • Model #: ECS-STU35K
  • Item #: 9B-17-366-004
  • Return Policy: Computer Cables and Accessories Extended Return Policy

Aluratek newegg Aluratek AHDDUB100 2.5" & 3.5" Black USB 2.0 External SATA Hard Drive Duplicator
  (42)
  •  2.5" & 3.5"
  •  USB 2.0
  •  Up to 2TB
  • Maximum Capacity (per Bay): Up to 2TB
  • Features: Duplicator Features: Create an exact duplicate copy of your sata hard drive Full System Backup - backs up all your operating system files One touch Button - backup no need to connect to your computer Led Indicator light with duplication status
  • Operating Systems Supported: Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7 or Mac OS 10.3 or later
  • Package Contents: External SATA HDD Duplicator Power Adapter USB 2.0 Cable Quick Start Guide Warranty / Registration Card
  • Model #: AHDDUB100
  • Item #: 9B-17-422-030
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Aluratek newegg Aluratek AHDDU100F 2.5" / 3.5" Black USB 2.0 External Docking Station Enclosure
  (1)
  •  2.5" / 3.5"
  •  USB 2.0
  •  Compatible with all 2.5"...
  • Features: Turn your bare SATA drive into an external hard drive effortlessly No screws or ribbons / cables to connect The docking enclosure keeps your drive ultra cool for increased life expectancy High-Speed USB 2.0 w/ data transfer rate up to 480 Mbps Transfer data between your SATA hard drive and your computer Backward compatible with USB 1.1 specification Compact design is perfect for mobile/IT professional Compatible with all 2.5" and 3.5" SATA I/II Hard Drives Plug-n-Play, Hot swappable, and Hot pluggable
  • Model #: AHDDU100F
  • Item #: 9B-17-422-025
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Apricorn newegg APRICORN EZ-UP-UNIVERSAL 2.5" IDE / SATA USB 2.0 Hard Drive Upgrade Kit
  (229)
  •  2.5"
  •  USB 2.0
  •  Up to 1TB
  • AC Adapter: No
  • Dimensions: 0.75” X 3.3” X 5.8”
  • Specifications: Hardware Requirements: Pentium II CPU, Apple G3 or later, 32MBs RAM, CD-ROM or CD-R/RW drive
  • Maximum Capacity (per Bay): Up to 1TB
  • Model #: EZ-UP-UNIVERSAL
  • Item #: 9B-17-155-602
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Thermaltake newegg Thermaltake BlacX Duet 5G ST0022U 2.5" & 3.5" Black USB 3.0 HDD Docking Station
  (55)
  •  2.5" & 3.5"
  •  USB 3.0
  •  Up to 3TB
  • AC Adapter: Yes
  • Material: ABS Plastic
  • Dimensions: 5.35" (W) x 4.72" (D) x 2.87" (H)
  • Fan: No
  • Model #: ST0022U
  • Item #: 9B-17-153-146
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

ICY DOCK newegg ICY DOCK MB981U3-1SA 2.5"/3.5" USB 3.0 SATA Docking Station with IDE Adapter
  (33)
  •  2.5" & 3.5"
  •  USB 3.0
  •  Up to 3TB

Rosewill newegg Rosewill RX35-AT-SC SLV 3.5" Silver USB2.0 & eSATA External Enclosure
  (113)
  •  3.5"
  •  USB2.0 & eSATA
  •  Up to 2TB
  • AC Adapter: 100~240 AC Adapter with 12V/DC output
  • Material: Full Aluminum Cover, Metal Tray
  • Dimensions: 7.60" x 4.45" x 1.22"
  • Internal Interface: SATA I/II
  • Model #: RX35-AT-SC SLV
  • Item #: 9B-17-182-179
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Syba newegg SYBA CL-ENC25015 2.5" Black / Silver USB 3.0 Ultra-Slim External Enclosure
  (10)
  •  2.5"
  •  USB 3.0
  •  Up to 500GB (9.5mm only)...
  • AC Adapter: No
  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Dimensions: 7" x 5.5" x 2"
  • Internal Interface: SATA I/II
  • Model #: CL-ENC25015
  • Item #: 9B-17-801-071
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Sabrent newegg SABRENT SBT-ESU25 2.5" USB 2.0 External Enclosure
  (47)
  •  2.5"
  •  USB 2.0
  •  Up to 1TB (9.5mm thickne...
  • AC Adapter: No
  • Material: Aluminum
  • Maximum Capacity (per Bay): Up to 1TB (9.5mm thickness)
  • Features: Ultra Light Aluminum Case Easy access on PC or Notebook Equipped with LED indicator for Power and Action status USB Bus-power support Supports Wakeup ability Supports up to 480Mbps high-speed data transfers Supports 2.5-inch IDE hard drives Supports 9.5mm drives only. Hot-swappable Plug and Play Supports UDMA/100 (backwards compatible) Complies with Universal Serial Bus Specification Rev. 2.0. Complies with ATA/ATAPI-6 Specification Rev 1.0 (PIO mode 0~4, DMA mode 0~2, UDMA mode 0~5). Supports 8-bit/16-bit Standard PIO mode interface. Supports 16-bit multiword DMA mode and Ultra DMA mode interface (Ultra 33/ 66 / 100). Embedded USB 2.0 UTMI transceiver. Embedded 7.5 MIPS RISC CPU. Supports USB 2.0 TEST mode f...
  • Model #: SBT-ESU25
  • Item #: 9B-17-155-701
  • Return Policy: Computer Cables and Accessories Extended Return Policy

MASSCOOL newegg MASSCOOL UHB-2233 2.5" Black USB 3.0 External Enclosure
  (158)
  •  2.5"
  •  USB 3.0
  •  Up to 1TB

ICY DOCK newegg ICY DOCK MB981U3S-1S 2.5" / 3.5" SATA 1.5 / 3 / 6 Gbps hard drive or SSD x 1 Black 7 pin SATA x 6 USB3.0 & eSATA SATA to USB 3.0 & eSATA HDD Docking Station
  (7)
  •  2.5" / 3.5" SATA 1.5 / 3...
  •  USB3.0 & eSATA
  • Dimensions: 5.91" x 3.14" x 3.62"
  • Specifications: Transfer Rate : Up to 5 Gbps via USB 3.0 Up to 480 Mbps via USB 2.0 Up to 3 Gbps via eSATA Structure : ABS LED Indication: Device Power & Drive Activity LED Display Color: Power: Amber; Drive Activity: Amber flashing Power ON / Off: Power Button
  • Features: Completely screw-less / tool-less design for any type of SATA drive. Allows docking of 2.5"/3.5" SATA HDD & SSD connected via USB 3.0, USB 2.0 or eSATA. 2 part anti-dust cover protects internals even when small 2.5" SATA drive is used. Easy access On/off button allows hard drive life expendability and energy conservation. Plug & Play USB 3.0 with backwards capabilities to USB 2.0 for quick connection for any computer system. Exposed working HDD stands in the air vertically for fast heat dissipation. USB 3.0 connectivi...
  • Model #: MB981U3S-1S
  • Item #: 9B-17-198-054
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Vantec newegg VANTEC NST-366S3-BK Black External Enclosure - Retail
  (3)
  •  3.5"
  •  USB 3.0 ( Backwards comp...
  •  Up to 4TB
  • Material: Aluminum / Plastic
  • Specifications: The NST-366S3 enclosure is one enclosure that will stand tall in performance. It is design to be very fast when linked to your HDD using the latest UASP protocol for Windows 8 to shuttle data around in high speed. This NexStar follow the tradition of using the latest Aluminum Casing designs to protect the Hard Drive and effectively draws the heat away from the drive. Couple it with USB 3.0 technology to give you an establish interface that is widely available with unsurpassed performance. The light weight and small form factor goes very well everywhere you go. This NST-366S3 enclosure offers good design, speed and portability.
  • Maximum Capacity (per Bay): Up to 4TB
  • Features: SATA III specification max 6Gbps (Backwards Compatible With SATA II/I) Aluminum Casing Cools Down Your Hard Drive Adopt UA...
  • Model #: NST-366S3-BK
  • Item #: 9B-17-392-075
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Vantec newegg VANTEC NST-366S3-SV 3.5" Silver SATA USB 3.0 ( Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 & 1.1 ) External Enclosure
  (4)
  •  3.5"
  •  USB 3.0 ( Backwards comp...
  •  Up to 4TB
  • Material: Aluminum / Plastic
  • Specifications: The NST-366S3 enclosure is one enclosure that will stand tall in performance. It is design to be very fast when linked to your HDD using the latest UASP protocol for Windows 8 to shuttle data around in high speed. This NexStar follow the tradition of using the latest Aluminum Casing designs to protect the Hard Drive and effectively draws the heat away from the drive. Couple it with USB 3.0 technology to give you an establish interface that is widely available with unsurpassed performance. The light weight and small form factor goes very well everywhere you go. This NST-366S3 enclosure offers good design, speed and portability.
  • Maximum Capacity (per Bay): Up to 4TB
  • Features: SATA III specification max 6Gbps (Backwards Compatible With SATA II/I) Aluminum Casing Cools Down Your Hard Drive Adopt UA...
  • Model #: NST-366S3-SV
  • Item #: 9B-17-392-076
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Aluratek newegg Aluratek AHDDS100F 2.5" / 3.5" eSATA & USB 2.0 External Docking Enclosure with 3Port USB 2.0 Hub
  (8)
  •  2.5" / 3.5"
  •  eSATA & USB 2.0
  •  Up to 2TB
  • Maximum Capacity (per Bay): Up to 2TB
  • Operating Systems Supported: Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7 OR Mac OS 10.3 or later
  • Parts: 1 year limited
  • Labor: 1 year limited
  • Model #: AHDDS100F
  • Item #: 9B-17-422-026
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Rosewill newegg Rosewill RX35-AT-SC BLK 3.5" Black USB2.0 & eSATA External Enclosure
  (171)
  •  3.5"
  •  USB2.0 & eSATA
  •  Up to 2TB
  • AC Adapter: 100~240 AC Adapter with 12V/DC output
  • Material: Full Aluminum Cover, Metal Tray
  • Dimensions: 7.60" x 4.45" x 1.22"
  • Internal Interface: SATA I/II
  • Model #: RX35-AT-SC BLK
  • Item #: 9B-17-182-180
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Introduction

External hard drives are useful for a variety of purposes, why not create your own with a hard drive enclosure? By using an enclosure, you will have the ability to use an internal hard drive or solid state drive of your choice. Alternatively, if you have multiple internal hard drives that you want to use externally, consider a hard drive dock. If the customizability of a hard drive enclosure or dock appeals to you, NeweggBusiness offers some considerations that will help you select the ideal solution.

Special Features

In this section, NeweggBusiness will outline some special features that you will find in some hard drive docks and enclosures.

Hot Swapping

The ability to hot swap a hard drive means that you can remove and replace the drive without the need to restart the computer. To the operating system, the enclosure or dock will still show as being connected even if the hard drive has been removed. It is a feature that makes backing up data to multiple hard drives a more time-efficient process.

Cloning/Duplication

Cloning or duplicating a hard drive means mirroring all the contents to an image file or another hard drive. It is more comprehensive than copying and pasting files, as cloning captures all data on the drive and not just visible files. With some dual-bay docks, cloning can be as simple as inserting two hard drives and pressing a button to begin the process.

Redundant Array of Independent Disks/Drives (RAID)

A RAID array is a method of setting up multiple hard drives so that they appear and function as a single volume. A RAID setup can be used to improve read/write performance and decrease the likelihood of total data loss, depending on how it is configured.

In a striped configuration, data is split evenly across multiple drives. Each drive would read and write different portions of data at the same time. For example, if a 10 MB file were to be written to a RAID array with two drives, both drives would simultaneously write 5 MB.

Alternatively, a RAID array can also be set up to mirror data across multiple hard drives. This will also result in improved read performance because each hard drive can read different portions of a file at the same time. However, write performance does not improve.

Just a Bunch of Disks/Drives (JBOD)

Similar to a RAID setup, a JBOD array consists of multiple hard drives. But with JBOD, you can choose to have the drives appear as distinct volumes or one volume.

However, when the drives are set up to appear as one to the operating system, data is not striped or mirrored like how it is in a RAID array. Instead, the JBOD writes data to a drive until it is at capacity and then continues on another drive.

Enclosure or Dock

Below, NeweggBusiness details the differences between external hard drive enclosures and docks.

Enclosure

Hard Drive EnclosureAn enclosure is a case that houses an internal hard drive to protect it and adapt the internal connectors for external use. Similar to external hard drives, enclosures come in a variety of sizes and form factors.

Some smaller cases for instance, can convert laptop hard drives into portable solutions. On the other end of the spectrum, there large enclosures that can accommodate multiple hard drives and manage them in RAID and JBOD configurations.

Dock

Hard Drive DockCompared to an enclosure, a hard drive dock fulfills a slightly different role. A dock is ideal if you have multiple hard drives and frequently switch between them. For that reason, many docks support hot swapping. Some dual-bay hard drive docks also have duplication functionality built-in.


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