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I've been needing a hard drive dock for a long time now. I have some old drives with important data I'd like to see if I can recover. It would then be used for making backups. I did a lot of research on hard drive docks, but all the reviews I've read complain about short life spans or the thing starting to smoke, not good. I didn't find anything on the forums about drive docks, so I've come to you Overclock to see if you can be of any help. Here is what I'm looking for:
  • USB 2.0 (at least)
  • SATA and IDE drive compatible (my mobo is SATA 3, but I don't know what SATA version my drive is)
  • Accepts 3.5'' and 2.5'' drives
  • Reliable and lasts long

So has anyone had any good experiences with hard drive docks? If you don't know what I'm talking about, it looks something like this.

Thanks for any help you can provide.
post #2 of 11
You probably won't find 2.5+3.5 IDE + sata in a single dock, I've never seen all three in a toaster format but 3.5 IDE + Sata yes http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5526291
For all three you'd probably need an adapter like this which suck horribly and shouldn't even exist.
 
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post #3 of 11
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Interesting you suggested a Stardock, as they're one of the ones I read about quality issues. Do you have one yourself?

Maybe I should just get a multiple enclosure instead?
post #4 of 11
Only one I could actually find that had sata and ide in a dock that wasn't generic. I did have a Stardock sata dock a while ago, hardly used it but didn't have any problems the few times I did tho.

I've had an Aluratek dock for a few months now, haven't had any trouble with it, tho its only sata. (Dual-bay version)
Did just come across this dock from Icydock with sata/ide; don't know about its quality however.
 
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post #5 of 11
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I saw that the ones with the IDE port just have a dummy slot. What a load of crap. So what's so bad about these adapters you mentioned?

Funny, I had an Icy Dock enclosure, and it pretty much survived, though I still haven't attempted to recover the data. That dock's design doesn't seem very sturdy for the IDE ports though.
post #6 of 11
Been through two of them over the past ~two years. One was a Sabrent which didn't last very long at all, second not sure what brand. The one I have now is a Vantec, problem with this one is, it doesn't recognize data on most IDE drives no matter what jumper setting and thinks they're unformatted.
 
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post #7 of 11
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Hmm, what if I got a 2x SATA dock but used an IDE bridge board when I needed to plug in an IDE drive? Do you think that would work, provided the bridge board would fit in the slot.
post #8 of 11
No idea, wouldn't hurt to try tho.
 
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post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks for your help on this.

Is there anyone else that can weigh in on this? Is there seriously only one person that uses a toaster style drive dock on this board?

Update
I found out the bridge board is SATA female. Since SATA drives are male, this would require me to run cables, between the dock and the bridge board, in addition to running IDE and molex cables to the IDE drive. I'm not liking this situation. I guess this idea is shot...unless I can find a reliable adapter. u_u I could use a gender changer, but this is starting to get ridiculous.
Edited by Pakeo - 12/7/12 at 9:31am
post #10 of 11
I have one of these around for my PC repairs kit. Seems to work pretty well. http://www.meritline.com/usb-30-to-dual-ide-hard-disk-cd-rom-ram-dvd-rom-ram-adapter---p-69029.aspx
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