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STARTECH newegg StarTech SATADOCKU2 2.5" & 3.5" Black USB 2.0 External HDD Dock
  (23)
  •  2.5" & 3.5"
  •  USB 2.0
  •  Tested to 2TB (3.5") & 1...

EAGLE TECH newegg EAGLE ET-CS2PESU2-BK 2.5" Black USB2.0 & eSATA External Enclosure with built-in USB cable
  (55)
  •  2.5"
  •  USB2.0 & eSATA
  •  Up to 1TB
  • AC Adapter: No
  • Dimensions: 5.4" x 3.2" x 0.4"
  • Internal Interface: SATA I/II
  • Maximum Capacity (per Bay): Up to 1TB
  • Model #: ET-CS2PESU2-BK
  • Item #: 9B-17-193-058
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Rosewill newegg Rosewill METAS BLACK Rigid Aluminum Body and ABS plastic top cover 3.5" USB3.0 & eSATA External Enclosure
  (82)
  •  3.5"
  •  USB3.0 & eSATA
  •  Up to 3TB (WinXP Not sup...
  • AC Adapter: 100-240 AC Adapter with 12V/ DC output
  • Material: Rigid Aluminum Body and ABS plastic top cover
  • Dimensions: 7.76" x 4.80" x 1.98"
  • Internal Interface: SATA I/II
  • Model #: METAS BLACK
  • Item #: 9B-17-182-265
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Kingwin Inc. newegg KINGWIN TL-202U-BK 2.5" Black USB 2.0 Tool-Less External Enclosure
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  •  2.5"
  •  USB 2.0
  •  Up to 1TB

STARTECH newegg StarTech SATADOCKU2E eSATA USB to SATA External HDD Dock for 2.5" or 3.5"
  (27)
  •  2.5" & 3.5"
  •  USB2.0 & eSATA
  • AC Adapter: Yes
  • Internal Interface: SATA I/II
  • Features: This eSATA/USB to SATA External HDD Dock Adapter provides immediate, swappable access to any 2.5in or 3.5in SATA (SATA 150, SATA 300/SATA II) drive - without having to mount the hard drive, or install it in an enclosure! Simply connect this docking station to a computer using either eSATA or USB 2.0, and it's as simple as inserting your 2.5in or 3.5in SATA hard drive into the dock whenever needed. A perfect solution for data recovery, drive imaging, and testing centers, or any environment that requires fast access to uninstalled/archived drives, the SATA HDD Dock supports plug and play installation on most operating systems. Plus, the HDD docking station supports data transfer speeds of up to 3 Gbps (using eSATA) and 480Mbps (using USB 2.0) between host and dock - ensuring effortless data dumps...
  • Model #: SATADOCKU2E
  • Item #: 9B-17-707-175
  • Return Policy: Computer Cables and Accessories Extended Return Policy

EAGLE TECH newegg EAGLE ET-CS2BSU2-BK 2.5" USB 2.0 External Enclosure w/ USB cable
  (18)
  •  2.5"
  •  USB 2.0
  •  Up to 1TB
  • AC Adapter: No
  • Dimensions: 5.4" x 3.0" x 0.48"
  • Internal Interface: SATA I/II
  • Fan: No
  • Model #: ET-CS2BSU2-BK
  • Item #: 9B-17-193-074
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Sabrent newegg SABRENT SBT-EKU25 2.5" USB 2.0 External Enclosure
  (312)
  •  2.5"
  •  USB 2.0
  •  Up to 1TB (9.5mm thickne...

Vantec newegg Vantec NexStar TX 2.5" SATA to USB 2.0 External Hard Drive/SSD Enclosure - Model NST-210S2-BK
  (551)
  •  2.5"
  •  USB 2.0
  •  Up to 750GB

Rosewill newegg Rosewill RDDO-12001 2.5" & 3.5" USB3.0 & eSATA Docking Station
  (14)
  •  2.5" & 3.5"
  •  USB3.0 & eSATA
  •  Up to 4TB
  • AC Adapter: Yes
  • Material: Rigid aluminum casing and internal plastic shield
  • Dimensions: 5.9" x 4.25" x 2.42"
  • Internal Interface: SATA
  • Model #: RDDO-12001
  • Item #: 9B-17-182-269
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Kingwin Inc. newegg KINGWIN TL-202U3-BK 2.5" Black USB 3.0 Tool-Less External Enclosure
  (18)
  •  2.5"
  •  USB 3.0
  •  Up to 1TB

MANHATTAN 130042 2.5" Black USB 2.0 External Drive Enclosure
  (1)
  •  2.5"
  •  USB 2.0
  • Dimensions: 5.3" x 3.3" x 0.5"
  • Internal Interface: SATA
  • Specifications: MA6116 chipset SATA L-type internal data and power connections Transfer rates: read, 29 Mbps; write, 19.8 Mbps Working temperature: 0 – 45°C ABS construction with black finish Power/activity LED indicator USB type-A male cable, 3.2 cm (1.25 in.); built-in System requirements: Available USB type-A port Windows XP/Vista/7 or Mac OS 9.2 and above
  • Weight: 1.9 oz.
  • Model #: 130042
  • Item #: 9B-17-474-007
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Rosewill newegg Rosewill RX-358 U3C BLK 3.5" Black USB3.0 & eSATA External Enclosure
  (45)
  •  3.5"
  •  USB3.0 & eSATA
  •  Up to 4TB (WinXP Not sup...
  • AC Adapter: Yes
  • Material: Aluminum / Plastic
  • Dimensions: 7.6" x 4.92" x 1.77"
  • Internal Interface: SATA I/II
  • Model #: RX-358 U3C BLK
  • Item #: 9B-17-182-247
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

TRENDnet newegg TRENDnet TU3-S35 Storage Enclosure - External
  •  USB 2.0
  • Dimensions: Height:5.3" x Width:1.5" x Depth:7.8"
  • Internal Interface: SATA I/II
  • Model #: TU3-S35
  • Item #: 9B-17-403-090
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

AMS (American Media Systems) newegg AMS DS2 DS-2188U3 2.5" Black USB 3.0 External Enclosure
  (8)
  •  2.5"
  •  USB 3.0
  •  Up to 1TB (9.5mm max dri...

Vantec newegg Vantec NexStar Vault 2.5" SATA to USB 2.0 Security Hard Drive Enclosure  - Model NST-V290S2
  (3)
  •  2.5" USB 2.0
  •  6-digit pin with Encrypt...
  •  Blue LED indicatings pow...

Rosewill newegg Rosewill RDDO-12002 2.5" & 3.5" USB2.0 & eSATA Docking Station
  (6)
  •  2.5" & 3.5"
  •  USB2.0 & eSATA
  •  Up to 4TB
  • AC Adapter: Yes
  • Material: Rigid aluminum casing and internal plastic shield
  • Dimensions: 5.9" x 4.25" x 2.42"
  • Internal Interface: SATA
  • Model #: RDDO-12002
  • Item #: 9B-17-182-270
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

STARTECH newegg StarTech S2510U33USM 2.5" Black SATA III USB 3.0 USM Enclosure for S2510U33RUSM USM Bay with External USB 3.0  Adapter
  (2)
  •  2.5"
  •  USB 3.0
  •  Aluminum / Plastic
  • Material: Aluminum / Plastic
  • Dimensions: 0.4" x 4.7" x 3.2" (H x L x W)
  • Fan: No
  • Specifications: Chipset ID: ASM1053-6G/ Asmedia Drive Installation: Fixed Drive Size: 2.5in Drive Type: SATA Interface: SATA Interface: USB 3.0 Number of Drives: 1 Drive Connectors: 1 - SATA Data & Power Combo (7+15 pin) Receptacle Host Connectors: 1 - USB 3.0 Micro-B (10 pin; SuperSpeed) Host Connectors: 1 - USM (22 pin SATA Data & Power) Female Host Connectors: USB 3.0 B (9 pin; SuperSpeed) Female Type and Rate: SATA III (6 Gbps) Type and Rate: USB 3.0 - 5 Gbit/s UASP Support: Yes
  • Model #: S2510U33USM
  • Item #: 9B-17-707-327
  • 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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