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SATA HDD Docking Station

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Pop it in. Pop it out. Accessing your SATA HDDs has never been easier with Antecs Easy SATA internal hard drive docking station. The Easy SATA fits in one 5.25" drive bay and supports all your 3.5" SATA HDDs, while the convenient built-in eSATA port lets you transfer data at up to 3Gbps. Plus, the stylish black finish blends in seamlessly with your PCs front panel. With an included 600mm internal SATA data cable for simple connection to your motherboard, the Easy SATA is the quickest, easiest way to access your SATA HDDs any time of the day! Its just that easy with Antecs Easy SATA.

ManufacturerAntec, Inc
Manufacturer Part NumberEASY SATA
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.antec.com
Brand NameAntec
Product NameEasy SATA Hard Drive Enclosure
Product TypeStorage Enclosure
Technical Information:
Case StyleRemovable Drive Case
Bays1 x 3.5" - 1/3H
Drive Support1
Drive Type1 x Serial ATA
Interfaces/Ports1 x Serial ATA Internal
1 x eSATA External
Management & Protocols:
Security Features

Hard drive locking switch

Physical Characteristics:
Form FactorInternal
Bays Required1 x 5.25" - 1/2H Front Accessible
Dimensions1.70" Height x 5.80" Width x 6.30" Depth
Weight9.60 oz
Green ComplianceYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Standard Warranty3 Year Limited


Submited By: Jonathan Sample on 10/21/2009
I ordered this item for my Antec case. It is amazing and makes my movie collection very easy to manage however, I have to warn people about using this device for hot swapping. You cant hot swap with this in WindowsXP. I had to finally install my Vista copy that has been laying around the house for 2 years to get the hot swap working and even then, it only works with newer sata drives. So, if you plan on getting newer sata drives, then this is worth the money. If you want to use it with gen one satas, or in WindowsXP, plan on rebooting everytime.

5 of 5 Stars!
Submited By: Jeff Fenstermaker on 11/19/2009
In my video transfer business I swap a lot of large large files (some upwards of 30 gigabytes) back and forth between 4 computers. In the past, I ve used several different methods to accomplish this: network attached storage, fast and gigbit ethernet through a hub or switch and driectly connected, and external hard drive enclosures (via usb and esata) Each has advantages and drawbacks. But none really fit the bill. Enter the Antec Sata HDD Docking Station.

Installation was painless: slide it in just like any other external drive. Each comes with 8 mounting screws to anchor it in place. Hook up was simple enough. Just plug in a sata power connector and connect a sata cable (which is NOT included) between your motherboard and the back of the enclosure. The sata cable that IS included and shown in the pictures feeds the eSATA port on the front of the enclosure. To hook this up you need to use an additional sata header on your motherboard. However, the enclosure works fine without it. After running one for a while, the drive seed a bit hot so I took an extra step: I mounted an 80mm cooling fan to the bottom of the enclosure. It fit perfectly on a diagonal between two existing screws. The drawback is it takes up an extra external slot, but the drive runs SO much cooler (added benefit: the DVD writer above it stays cool now, too).

The transfer time is as fast as any internal sata (because that is exactly what it is). I haven t found a quicker, more convenient way to get large files back and forth between my computers than this. The other area where the Docking Station shines is making backups. I picked up a few extra hard drives and use those to back up my computers and then store those off-site (you can t be too careful). No fuss, no muss. No difficult setups, no extra formatting.

A word about hot swapping: all of my computers run Windows XP pro. The newest (a 2009 AMD 3-core) will not recognize a drive unless it boots with the drive inserted. I actually haven t tried to hot swap it yet. The oldest (one of the earlier sata mobos - vintage 2003) will not boot up with the drive inserted but hot swaps just fine (don t ask me why - I don t know). The others seem to do ok either way. So you might have to experiment a bit to figure out how it will work in your system.

Long story short: I love these little things. Wish someone had thought of it sooner.

5 of 5 Stars!
Submited By: FPS Addict on 01/29/2010
Very well made. No electronics, just a cable and fixed connector between your drive and your motherboard sata port, ie., nothing to really fail or cause data corruption except your cables. You MUST have AHCI or Raid enabled during OS installation and in bios and drivers installed to use hotswap for those that don t know, eg., the two previous reviewers. You don t have to use Raid, just have the drivers installed. Good for backups or removable storage or even replaceable raid drives. One of the coolest PC addons I have ever used. I liked it so much, I bought two. E-sata port would work well with an external enclosure solution with a power adapter and Antec has a nice one of those also.Antec MX-1 USB/e-SATA 3.5-Inch Hard Drive Enclosure Then you could backup your laptop with USB 2.0 or E-sata with an express-card. Ensure you press the release button while installing or removing the drive so you don t break the lock.

5 of 5 Stars!
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