StarTech's New Docking Stations Deliver Access To Four Drives

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News Posted: Thu, Jan 27 2011 5:44 PM

StarTech launched two new 4-Drive External Hard Drive Docking Stations that support both USB and eSATA connectivity. Both of these new docking stations also accept 2.5- or 3.5-inch SATA or SSD drives. StarTech claims these new docking stations are the first in the market to offer support for four drives simultaneously. The new SATDOCK4U3E offers USB 3.0 and eSATA connectivity while the SATDOCK4U2E  offers USB 2.0 and eSATA connectivty.

StarTech.com Launches the First SATA Hard Drive Docking Stations
to Support Four Drives Simultaneously

New 4-Drive Docking Stations offer eSATA and USB host connectivity, enabling users to access up to four external SATA hard drives and solid state drives simultaneously, without having to install them within a computer case or drive enclosure

Groveport, OH – StarTech.com, a leading manufacturer of hard-to-find connectivity parts has announced the availability of two new 4-Drive External Hard Drive Docking Stations, both offering USB and eSATA host connections, with support for 2.5” and/or 3.5” Serial ATA hard drives or Solid State Drives (SSDs).

Adding to StarTech.com’s extensive line of Hard Drive Docking Stations, the SATDOCK4U3E SuperSpeed single connection dock and SATDOCK4U2E high speed single/multi-PC drive docking stations are the first in the market to support four SATA hard drives or solid state drives simultaneously, offering users a practical way to maximize their external storage capacity.

SATDOCK4U3E

  • Supports up to four 2.5” and/or 3.5” SATA HDDs or SSDs
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and eSATA connections to host with support for data transfer speeds of up to 5Gbps and 3Gbps, respectively
  • Backward compatible with USB 2.0 host connections
  • High speed eSATA with Port Multiplier host interface with supported transfer rates up to 3 Gbps
  • Dual variable-speed cooling fans
  • Independent power buttons and drive eject buttons for quick, easy hot-swapping

SATDOCK4U2E

  • Enables fast, swappable access to four 2.5”/3.5” SATA drives, from multiple computers
  • Supports up to four 2.5” and/or 3.5” SATA HDDs or SSDs
  • Dual High Speed USB 2.0 host interfaces with support for transfer rates up to 480 Mbps
  • Four high speed eSATA host interfaces with supported transfer rates up to 3 Gbps
  • Dual variable-speed cooling fans
  • Independent power buttons and drive eject buttons for quick, easy hot-swapping

The SATDOCK4U3E (MSRP: $189.99 USD) and SATDOCK4U2E (MSRP: $186.99 USD) are currently available directly from StarTech.com as well as through leading technology resellers including CDW, Dell, Newegg.com, TigerDirect.com, PC Connection, and Insight, and will also be distributed by Ingram Micro, Tech Data, D&H and SYNNEX.

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coolice replied on Sat, Jan 29 2011 3:42 PM

I wonder if theres a large enough market for this. 4hdd bays? I can imagine computer repair stores buying these, but.... isnt it cheaper to buy 4 single docks? sure you use 4 extra sata/usb ports, but decent mobo's come with at least 6 sata ports now. sata pci-card can also be used... as well as a usb hub.

At my university, theres program where students get laptops. Every semester they have images and need to install all these various softwares. To save time, since all the laptops are identical, they have a large hard drive bay, you can attach ~50 hard drives and using a custom software that someone made, flash/ write/ reimage 50 hdds in a row. Takes about 20 mins to get ~30 gb (OS, office, a whole bunch of apps) identical data from one source to 50 hdds. Very cool stuff.

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