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ICY DOCK newegg ICY DOCK MB561US-4SB-1 3.5" Black USB2.0 & eSATA Quad Bay External Enclosure
  (9)
  •  3.5"
  •  USB2.0 & eSATA
  •  Up to 3TB

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

I/OMagic I35USBEN 3.5" USB 2.0 USB 3.5" External Enclosure
  •  3.5"
  •  USB 2.0
  • Package Contents: USB 3.5" External Enclosure Quick Install Guide Software CD USB Cable
  • Parts: 1 year limited
  • Labor: 1 year limited
  • Model #: I35USBEN
  • Item #: 9B-17-386-001
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Imation newegg Imation RDX Storage Enclosure - External
  •  USB 3.0
  • Dimensions: Height:2.0" x Width:4.3" x Depth:7.0"
  • Parts: 3 Year Limited
  • Model #: 28109
  • Item #: 9B-17-286-075
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Thermaltake newegg Thermaltake BlacX 5G ST0019U 2.5" & 3.5" Black SATA I/II/III USB 3.0 Docking Station
  (71)
  •  2.5" & 3.5"
  •  USB 3.0
  •  Up to 3TB
  • AC Adapter: Yes
  • Material: ABS Plastic
  • Dimensions: 136 x 73 x 88 mm / 5.35" x 2.87" x 3.46"
  • Fan: No
  • Model #: ST0019U
  • Item #: 9B-17-153-133
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Thermaltake newegg Thermaltake Silver River 5G ST0025U 3.5" Black USB 3.0 External Enclosure
  (20)
  •  3.5"
  •  USB 3.0
  •  Aluminum
  • AC Adapter: Yes
  • Material: Aluminum
  • Dimensions: 125 (W) x 70 (H) x 195 (D) mm 4.92 (W) x 2.76 (H) x 7.68 (D) in
  • Fan: No
  • Model #: ST0025U
  • Item #: 9B-17-153-160
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

ICY DOCK newegg ICY DOCK MB662USEB-2S-1 3.5" Pearl White USB & 1394 & eSATA Dual bay 1394b, eSATA & USB 2.0 RAID Enclosure
  (8)
  •  3.5"
  •  USB & 1394 & eSATA
  •  Up to 3TB
  • Material: Aluminum body w/ partial plastic
  • Dimensions: 8.1" x 5.3" x 2.4"
  • Fan: Yes
  • Specifications: Chipset: Oxford946 Drive Type: Standalone with horizontal or vertical positioning Transfer Rate: Up to 480 Mb/sec. via USB2.0 Up to 3 Gbit/sec. via eSATA Up to 800 Mb/sec. via FireWire 800 Insert& Extract connection Via: Direct SATA hard drive connection RAID Modes: JBOD, BIG (SPANNED), RAID0 (FAST), RAID1 (SAFE) RAID Setting: Rotray Switch Drive Cooling: Quiet Sunon MAGLev Cooling Fan w/ Adjustable fan speed VR control Aluminum body heat dispersion Indication: Mini LED located on front panel HDD Idling Indicatio: LED off HDD Access Indication: Flashing White LED No HDD In Position Indication: Red LED HDD Failure Indication: Flashing Red LED Rebuilding & Verifying Indication: Solid White LED RAID setup confi...
  • Model #: MB662USEB-2S-1
  • Item #: 9B-17-198-050
  • Return Policy: Computer Cables and Accessories Extended Return Policy

Rosewill newegg Rosewill RX-358 V2 BLK (Black) 3.5" SATA to USB & eSATA Ext. Enclosure w/Int.80mm fan
  (1,347)
  •  3.5"
  •  USB2.0 & eSATA
  •  Up to 3TB
  • AC Adapter: 100-240 VAC(47Hz~63Hz), 12V/2A output
  • Material: Aluminum with front and back ABS panel
  • Dimensions: 7.59" x 4.92" x 1.77" (LxWxH)
  • Internal Interface: SATA I/II
  • Model #: RX-358 V2 BLK
  • Item #: 9B-17-173-042
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

MASSCOOL newegg MASSCOOL UHB-330U 3.5" USB 2.0 External Enclosure
  (54)
  •  3.5"
  •  USB 2.0 ...

Thermaltake newegg Thermaltake BlacX ST0005U External Hard Drive SATA Enclosure Docking Station 2.5" & 3.5" USB 2.0 & eSATA
  (638)
  •  2.5" & 3.5"
  •  USB2.0 & eSATA
  •  Up to 2TB
  • AC Adapter: Yes
  • Material: ABS Plastic
  • Dimensions: 5.12" x 3.55" x 2.56"
  • Fan: No
  • Model #: BlacX (ST0005U)
  • Item #: 9B-17-153-071
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

INLAND newegg inland 08419 2.5" & 3.5" Black USB 2.0 External Enclosure
  •  2.5" & 3.5"
  •  USB 2.0
  •  Aluminum
  • Material: Aluminum
  • Dimensions: 9" x 5.5" x 3.5"
  • Internal Interface: SATA
  • Specifications: Built-In USB 2.0 interface operates up to 480Mb/s Specially designed for the new 2.5" or 3.5" SATA HDD OTB (one touch backup) feature for effortless and easy backup Free Tool for easy installation Connect and remove from your PC without shutting down or rebooting Compact and portable design for more convenient storage solution Plug & Play with: Windows 2000 / XP / Vista / Windows 7. No need to install any drivers or software
  • Model #: 08419
  • Item #: 9B-17-205-015
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

STARTECH newegg StarTech SATDOCK2REU3 2.5" & 3.5" Black SATA II USB 3.0 Hard Drive Docking Station and Standalone HDD / SSD Duplicator
  (4)
  •  2.5" & 3.5"
  •  USB 3.0
  •  Currently tested with up...
  • Dimensions: 2.4" x 5" x 4.1" (H x L x W)
  • Fan: No
  • Specifications: Drive Connectors: 2 - SATA Data & Power Combo (7+15 pin) Host Connectors: 1 - USB 3.0 B (9 pin; SuperSpeed) Type and Rate: SATA II (3 Gbps) Type and Rate: USB 3.0 - 5 Gbit/s
  • Maximum Capacity (per Bay): Currently tested with up to 4TB 7200 RPM 3.5" hard drives and 1TB 7200 RPM 2.5" hard drive
  • Model #: SATDOCK2REU3
  • Item #: 9B-17-707-323
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

ICY DOCK newegg ICY DOCK MB876SK-B
  • Model #: 711132868047
  • Item #: 9SIV00Y1PJ9059

Mediasonic newegg Mediasonic HDK-SU3-PK 2.5" Pink USB 3.0 2.5" SATA HDD/SSD External Enclosure USB 3.0 Superspeed Pink
  •  2.5"
  •  USB 3.0
  •  Aluminum
  • Material: Aluminum
  • Dimensions: 80 (W) x 140 (L) x 11 (H) mm
  • Specifications: Supporting Hard Disk Drive: All brand of 2.5" SATA HDD / SSD up to 1000GB (9.5mm slim type) Partition Format: Support multiple partition
  • Features: USB 3.0 SuperSpeed (Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 / 1.1) Compatible with Mac USB 3 Support 2.5" SATA I / II / III hard drive / SSD up to 1TB Maximum Transfer rate up to 5.0 Gbps via USB 3.0 Maximum Transfer rate up to 480 Mbps via USB 2.0 Hot-swappable Fits all brand of 2.5" SATA HDD / SSD (9.5mm slim type) LED status indicator Plug & Play in PC / Mac platform Aluminum construction
  • Model #: HDK-SU3-PK
  • Item #: 9B-17-576-018
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

ICY DOCK newegg ICY DOCK MB559U3S-1SB 3.5" Matt Black SATA I/II/III USB3.0 & eSATA Professional Ultra Slim External Hard Drive Enclosure
  (7)
  •  3.5"
  •  USB3.0 & eSATA
  •  Aluminum / Plastic
  • Material: Aluminum / Plastic
  • Dimensions: 7.52" x 5.61" x 1.23"
  • Fan: No
  • Operating Systems Supported: Windows 98 / SE / ME / 2000 / XP / VISTA / 7 Mac OS 9.0 or higher
  • Model #: MB559U3S-1SB
  • Item #: 9B-17-198-051
  • Return Policy: Computer Cables and Accessories Extended Return Policy

Rosewill newegg Rosewill RX-358 V2 SLV (Silver) 3.5" SATA to USB & eSATA External Enclosure w/Int.80mm Fan
  (684)
  •  3.5"
  •  USB 2.0 & eSATA
  •  Up to 3TB (WinXP Not sup...
  • AC Adapter: 100-240 VAC (47 Hz ~ 63 Hz) 12V/2A output
  • Material: Full Aluminum Cover, metal tray
  • Dimensions: 7.59" x 4.92" x 1.77" (LxWxH)
  • Internal Interface: SATA I/II
  • Model #: RX-358 V2 SLV
  • Item #: 9B-17-173-043
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Sabrent newegg SABRENT EC-3025 2.5" Black USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure
  (6)
  •  2.5"
  •  USB 3.0
  •  Up to 1TB (9.5mm thickne...

Sabrent newegg Sabrent EC-US25 Drive Enclosure - External - White
  •  USB 2.0
  • Package Contents: USB 2.0 to 2.5" SATA Aluminum Hard Drive Enclosure USB 2.0 Cable (Data and Power) Screw Set Screw Driver
  • Model #: EC-US25
  • Item #: 9B-17-366-057
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

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"
  • 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.
  • Package Contents: Drive Enclosure Quick install guide
  • Model #: 130042
  • Item #: 9B-17-474-007
  • 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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