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Vantec newegg VANTEC EZ Swap EX MRK-253ST-BK*C 2.5" Black SATA I/II/III USB 3.0 Cartridge only for 2.5” SATA III SSD/HDD Mobile Rack
  (1)
  •  2.5"
  •  USB 3.0
  •  Aluminum / Plastic
  • Material: Aluminum / Plastic
  • Dimensions: 154 x 101 x 26 mm (Mobile Rack) 132 x 79 x 16 mm (External enclosure)
  • Features: 2.5" SATA III SSD/HDD External Enclosure Maximum Transfer Rates Up to 5Gbps w/USB 3.0 Maximum Transfer Rates Up to 6Gbps w/SATA III Backwards Compatible with USB 2.0 or USB 1.1 Small and Compact Using Aluminum Casing for Easy Storage and Travel Seamlessly Integrate Into Any 3.5" Drive Bay Hot-Swappable: Plug & Play Without Rebooting Attractive LED Indicates Power & HDD Activity Aluminum Casing Cools Down Your Hard Drive
  • Operating Systems Supported: Microsoft Windows Vista / 7 / 8 Mac OS X 10.6 or Higher
  • Model #: MRK-253ST-BK*C
  • Item #: 9B-17-707-299
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Thermaltake newegg Thermaltake ST0020U 3.5" Black SATA I/II/III USB 3.0 Max 5G External Enclosure
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  •  3.5"
  •  USB 3.0
  •  Up to 3TB
  • AC Adapter: Yes
  • Material: Steel Mesh & Ruggedized Plastic
  • Dimensions: 8.14" x 5.7" x 1.85"
  • Fan: Dual 80mm fans
  • Model #: ST0020U
  • Item #: 9B-17-153-141
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

STARTECH newegg StarTech S3520WU33ER 3.5" White SATA III USB3.0 & eSATA 2-Bay RAID Enclosure with UASP
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  •  3.5"
  •  USB3.0 & eSATA
  •  Aluminum / Plastic
  • Material: Aluminum / Plastic
  • Dimensions: 6.9" x 4.4" x 3.3" (L x W x H)
  • Fan: Yes
  • Specifications: The S3520WU33ER 2-Bay RAID Enclosure with UASP enables you to build a secure external RAID array with two 3.5"SATA hard drives, connected to your computer through an available USB 3.0 or eSATA port. For fast performance and efficient data transfers the enclosure supports SATA III transfer speeds -- up to 6 Gbps when connected through eSATA. The versatile RAID enclosure can also be connected through USB 3.0, with support for UASP, performing up to 70% faster than conventional USB 3.0 when paired with a UASP-enabled host controller. See our UASP testing results below for further details. This versatile external RAID enclosure features a built-in hardware RAID controller, supporting JBOD, Spanning, RAID 0, and RAID 1 -- to achieve greater dri...
  • Model #: S3520WU33ER
  • Item #: 9B-17-707-336
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Thermaltake newegg Thermaltake BlacX Duet 5G ST0022U 2.5" & 3.5" Black SATA I/II/III USB 3.0 HDD Docking Station
  (56)
  •  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

Hewlett-Packard newegg HP 668295-B21
  • Model #: 886112137540
  • Item #: 9SIV0091SJ5221

STARTECH newegg StarTech S3510BMU33T 3.5" Black SATA III USB 3.0 External Enclosure
  (1)
  •  3.5"
  •  USB 3.0
  •  Up to 4TB
  • Material: Aluminum
  • Dimensions: 1.5" x 8.1" x 5.7" (H x L x W)
  • Fan: No
  • Specifications: Drive Connectors: 1 - SATA Data & Power Combo (7+15 pin) Host Connectors: 1 - USB 3.0 B (9 pin; SuperSpeed) Maximum Data Transfer Rate: 5 Gbps Type and Rate: SATA III (6 Gbps) Type and Rate: USB 3.0 - 5 Gbit/s UASP Support: Yes LED Indicatorsh: 1 - Power/Activity
  • Model #: S3510BMU33T
  • Item #: 9B-17-707-321
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

STARTECH newegg StarTech S2510BMU33 2.5" Black SATA III USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure with UASP
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  •  2.5"
  •  USB 3.0
  •  Up to 1TB
  • AC Adapter: No
  • Material: Aluminum / Plastic
  • Dimensions: 4.7" x 3" x 0.6"
  • Fan: No
  • Model #: S2510BMU33
  • Item #: 9B-17-707-312
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

STARTECH newegg StarTech.com 2.5" Aluminum USB 3.0 SATA III Hard Drive Enclosure w/ UASP - SSD/HDD Height up to 12.5mm
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  •  2.5"
  •  USB 3.0
  •  Up to 1TB 7200 RPM hard ...
  • Material: Aluminum
  • Dimensions: 0.90" x 4.90" x 3.10" (H x L x W)
  • Fan: No
  • Specifications: Bus Type: USB 3.0 Chipset ID: Asmedia 1053E Number of 2.5 inch bays: 1 Host Connectors: 1 - USB 3.0 Micro-B (10 pin; SuperSpeed) Female Drive Connectors: 1 - SATA Data & Power Combo (7+15 pin) Receptacle UASP Support: Yes Type and Rate: - USB 3.0 - 5 Gbit/s - SATA III (6 Gbps) Power Adapter Included: USB-Powered LED Indicators: 1 - Power/Activity LED
  • Model #: S2510SM12U33
  • Item #: 9B-17-707-333
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Vantec newegg VANTEC NST-366S3-BK Black External Enclosure - Retail
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  •  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

STARTECH newegg StarTech.com 2.5in USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure with Virtual ISO - Portable External SATA HDD
  •  USB 3.0
  • Dimensions: Height:0.6" x Width:5.3" x Depth:3.1"
  • Weight: 2.65 oz
  • Package Contents: USB 3.0 2.5" SATA HDD Enclosure w/ ISO 1 x 31in USB 3.0 Cable 1 x Carrying Pouch 1 x Instruction Manual
  • Parts: 2 Year
  • Model #: S2510BU3ISO
  • Item #: 9B-17-707-307

Thermaltake newegg Thermaltake Silver River 5G ST0024Z 2.5" Black SATA I/II/III USB 3.0 External Enclosure
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  •  2.5"
  •  USB 3.0
  •  Aluminum
  • AC Adapter: Yes
  • Material: Aluminum
  • Dimensions: 79 (W) x 17 (H) x 136 (D) mm 3.11 (W) x 0.67 (H) x 5.35 (D) in
  • Fan: No
  • Model #: ST0024Z
  • Item #: 9B-17-153-159
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

STARTECH newegg StarTech S3510WMU33T 3.5" White SATA III USB 3.0 External Enclosure
  •  3.5"
  •  USB 3.0
  •  Up to 4TB
  • Material: Aluminum
  • Dimensions: 1.5" x 8.1" x 5.7" (H x L x W)
  • Fan: No
  • Specifications: Drive Connectors: 1 - SATA Data & Power Combo (7+15 pin) Host Connectors: 1 - USB 3.0 B (9 pin; SuperSpeed) Maximum Data Transfer Rate: 5 Gbps Type and Rate: SATA III (6 Gbps) Type and Rate: USB 3.0 - 5 Gbit/s UASP Support: Yes LED Indicatorsh: 1 - Power/Activity
  • Model #: S3510WMU33T
  • Item #: 9B-17-707-322
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Vantec newegg VANTEC ST-530S3-BK 5.25" SATA USB 3.0 External 5.25" Optical Drive Enclosure USB 3.0 External Interface
  (12)
  •  5.25"
  •  USB 3.0
  •  Aluminum
  • Material: Aluminum
  • Dimensions: 252 x 172 x 49mm
  • Specifications: Device Support: CD+ROM/R/RW, DVD+ROM/RW Blu-Ray
  • Features: Transfer Rate Up to 5Gbps w/USB 3.0 Easily Add a 5.25" SATA Device to Any System with USB Hot-Swappable: Plug & Play Without Rebooting Integrated Cooling Fan Easy Installation Without Opening Your Computer Aluminum Case
  • Model #: ST-530S3-BK
  • Item #: 9B-27-993-013
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Tripp Lite newegg Tripp Lite Quick Dock U339-000 Drive Dock - External - Black
  •  USB 3.0
  • Dimensions: Height:5.1" x Width:3.5" x Depth:2.7"
  • Specifications: Compatible with Windows and Mac
  • Weight: 1.24 lb
  • Package Contents: USB3.0 to SATA Hard Drive Quick Dock USB 3.0 Device Cable Universal AC Adapter Owners Manual
  • Model #: U339-000
  • Item #: 9B-17-404-143
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

STARTECH newegg StarTech SATDOCK4U3 2.5" & 3.5" Black SATA II USB 3.0 4-Bay SATA Hard Drive Docking Station
  (2)
  •  2.5" & 3.5"
  •  USB 3.0
  •  Tested up to 3.0 TB

Anker newegg Anker 68UPSHDDS-BU 2.5" & 3.5" Black SATA I/II/III USB3.0 & eSATA External Enclosure
  •  2.5" & 3.5"
  •  USB3.0 & eSATA
  • Features: Supports hot swapping. Total tool-free installation for 2.5" & 3.5" SATA (SATA, SATA II, SATA III) HDD and SSDs. Offers e-SATA and USB 3.0 interfaces with data transfer rates up to 3Gbps and 5Gbps respectively (cables included). USB 3.0 interface is backward compatible with USB 2.0 /1.1 connections. LED indicator reveals power and data status. A power button provides easy access to power control.
  • Operating Systems Supported: indows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 or Mac OS X 10.2 and above
  • Package Contents: Anker USB 3.0 & eSATA HDD Docking Station USB 3.0 cable (approx. 1m) 1 e-SATA cable (approx. 1m) 12V/2A AC power adapter.
  • Model #: 68UPSHDDS-BU
  • Item #: 9B-17-538-010
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Vantec newegg Vantec NexStar CX 3.5" SATA to USB 2.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure - Model NST-300S2-BK
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  •  3.5"
  •  USB 2.0
  •  Up to 3TB

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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