releases IDE-capable external USB docking station

Subject: Storage | April 11, 2012 - 10:33 PM |
Tagged: usb, Startech, IDE, dock

StarTech has always had a rather large line of external USB and eSATA HDD docks, but up until now most have been limited to SATA connectivity. Now they have released a dock that's able to connect to IDE hard drives as well! It pulls off this trick by including a short IDE ribbon cable that can connect to the back of the unit (see pic below).

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The verbiage straight from StarTech:’s new USB 3.0 to SATA/IDE HDD Docking Station (UNIDOCK3U) offers two top-slot drive bays, enabling IDE and SATA hard drives to be inserted vertically into the dock. This minimal footprint design helps reduce desktop/workspace clutter, while offering a simple solution for transferring data from an older IDE hard drive to a newer SATA drive.


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April 11, 2012 | 11:37 PM - Posted by Angryfuture (not verified)

Is it limited to 2.5in drives?
That particular ide cable is specific to laptop ide drives...

April 11, 2012 | 11:50 PM - Posted by Wolvenmoon (not verified)

It works on full size IDE drives (that was my first question, too), but it's also $100, which is right at my "I'll just grab an old system and run it out of the case and use a Linux live CD and LAN to transfer data" price.

April 12, 2012 | 08:27 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Why didn't they incorporate the IDE connection into the base? Them ribbon cables look damn ugly sticking out.

April 12, 2012 | 01:31 PM - Posted by Princess (not verified)

I bet they tried, but maybe it was difficult to connect?

April 12, 2012 | 07:42 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

There's too much of a chance that the average user will bend the pins on the drive when they insert it.

April 12, 2012 | 03:24 PM - Posted by cyke1 (not verified)

60$ is a bit pricey for this, there is usb to sata/ide options on newegg for 15-20$ that do exact same thing that do 5.25/3.5/2.5inch IDE drives and SATA.

July 30, 2012 | 05:06 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

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