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Rosewill newegg Rosewill RDDO-13002 2.5" & 3.5" Black SATA USB2.0 & eSATA Dual Bay Docking Station
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  •  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"
  • Fan: No
  • Model #: RDDO-13002
  • Item #: 9B-17-182-281
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Cavalry Storage Inc. newegg Cavalry "Retriever" Series EN-CAHDD2BU3C-ZB 2.5" & 3.5" Black Standalone SATA Hard Drive Duplicator + USB 3.0 Dual-Bay Dock
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  • Was: $78.99
  • $47.39 $49.99
  • $49.99
  • $49.45
  • $48.39
  • $47.39
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Cavalry Storage Inc. newegg Cavalry EN-CAUG-3B 2.5" Black USB 3.0 External Enclosure
  (1)
  •  2.5"
  •  USB 3.0
  •  Up to 3TB
  • AC Adapter: No
  • Dimensions: 5.25" x 3.25" x 0.75"
  • Internal Interface: SATA
  • Fan: No
  • Model #: EN-CAUG-3B
  • Item #: 9B-17-821-012
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Lenovo newegg Lenovo 0B47315
  • Model #: 887942659172
  • Item #: 9SIV0091SJ4741

Cavalry Storage Inc. newegg Cavalry Retriever Pro EN-CAHDD2BU3C-D 2.5" & 3.5" Black USB 3.0 Standalone HDD Duplicator + Dual-Bay Dock With RAID 1
  (4)
  •  Any combination of 2.5" ...
  •  Supports JBOD (Just a Bu...
  •  USB 3.0, transfer rate u...
  • AC Adapter: Yes
  • Dimensions: 6.25" x 5" x 3.25"
  • Internal Interface: SATA
  • Specifications: USB 3.0: 5 Gbit/s (max) Power Adapter: Input: 100-240V ~ 50-60Hz 1.0A Output: 12V / 3A
  • Model #: EN-CAHDD2BU3C-D
  • Item #: 9B-17-821-015
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Thermaltake newegg Thermaltake ST0042U
  • Model #: 841163046623
  • Item #: 9SIV00Y1PJ9184

ICY DOCK newegg ICY DOCK MB671SK-BB
  • Model #: 711132867958
  • Item #: 9SIV00Y1PJ8955

IBM newegg IBM 81Y6657
  • Model #: 883436143387
  • Item #: 9SIV00Y1PJ9061

Cavalry Storage Inc. newegg Cavalry EN-CAU3G-TB 2.5" USB 3.0 External Enclosure
  (2)
  •  2.5"
  •  USB 3.0
  • Dimensions: 5.25" x 3.25" x 0.75" (L x H x W)
  • Features: Supports large capacity 12.5mm notebook drives USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Interface Up to 5 Gbit/s Plug-and-Play for Windows PCs Backwards-compatible with USB 2.0 USB-powered. No external power source needed
  • Operating Systems Supported: Windows XP / Vista / 7 + (32-bit & 64-bit) Mac OS X 10.4.8 + (requires reformatting)
  • Weight: 0.2 lbs.
  • Model #: EN-CAU3G-TB
  • Item #: 9B-17-821-020
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

STARTECH newegg StarTech SAT35401U 3.5" Black SAS / SATA 1U Rackmount 4-Bay External Hard Drive Enclosure
  •  3.5"
  •  Aluminum
  • Material: Aluminum
  • Dimensions: 1.8 x 17.3 x 11.9 in (H x L x W)
  • Fan: 3 x 40 mm
  • Specifications: Maximum Data Transfer Rate: 6 Gbps
  • Model #: SAT35401U
  • Item #: 9B-17-707-320
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

CRU 35120-3130-0000 3.5" Beige SAS / SATA USB 3.0 Enclosure
  •  3.5"
  •  USB 3.0
  •  Aluminum
  • Material: Aluminum
  • Dimensions: Height: 4.1" Width: 8.9" Depth: 13.1"
  • Model #: 35120-3130-0000
  • Item #: 9B-17-834-020
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

BYTECC INC newegg BYTECC ME-535U3 5.25" & 3.5" Black USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Enclosure For SATA HDD/DVD
  (55)
  •  5.25" & 3.5"
  •  USB 3.0
  •  Up to 2TB

ICY DOCK newegg ICY DOCK MB454SPF-B
  • Model #: 711132861147
  • Item #: 9SIV00Y1PJ9187

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

Lenovo newegg Lenovo 0A65623
  • Model #: 886843472590
  • Item #: 9SIV00Y1PJ8959

ICY DOCK newegg ICY DOCK MB080USEB-1SB Blizzard Tool-Less FireWire 800, eSATA & USB External 3.5” SATA Hard Drive Enclosure with 80mm Fan - Retail
  (9)
  •  Single 3.5" SATA I / II ...
  •  1 x eSATA 3Gb/s port
  •  2 x FireWire 800 port
  • Material: ABS shell with metal frame
  • Dimensions: 9.35" x 4.96" x 5.75"
  • Fan: 80mm fan
  • Specifications: Transfer Rate (max. bus speed): Up to 3Gb/s via eSATA Up to 800Mb/s via FireWire 800 Up to 480Mb/s via USB 2.0 Fan Speed Control: High/ Low/ Auto HDD Access Indication: Flashing orange LED Power Indication: Green LED Over Heat Indicatior: Red ambient LED light (when temperature reach 50 degrees C) Power Supply: 12V/2A power adapter
  • Model #: MB080USEB-1SB
  • Item #: 9B-17-198-055
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Orico newegg ORICO 6628US3-C-BK USB 3.0 HDD Dual-Bay Docking Station with Clone Function (Black)
  (18)
  •  2.5" & 3.5"
  •  USB 3.0, support Up to 3...
  •  Tool free with hot-swapp...
  • AC Adapter: Yes
  • Material: Plastic
  • Fan: No
  • HDD Count Supported: Dual HDD
  • Model #: 6628US3-C-BK
  • Item #: 9B0VN-0003-00036
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Rosewill newegg Rosewill RX35-AT-IU SLV 3.5" Silver USB 2.0 External Enclosure
  (331)
  •  3.5"
  •  USB 2.0
  •  Up to 320GB
  • AC Adapter: Yes
  • Material: Aluminum
  • Dimensions: 7.60" x 4.45" x 1.22"
  • Internal Interface: IDE
  • Model #: RX35-AT-IU SLV
  • Item #: 9B-17-182-154
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Apricorn newegg APRICORN EZ-UP-UNIVERSAL 2.5" IDE / SATA USB 2.0 Hard Drive Upgrade Kit
  •  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

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.


By NeweggBusiness Staff

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