StarTech specializes in hard-to-find connectivity parts and the occasional gee-whiz device, the latter of which is what the company's new USB 3.0/eSATA to SATA Standalone 1:3 Hard Drive Duplicator Dock falls under. In case it's not obvious from the product title, this is a device that performs 1:3 sector-by-sector duplication from a single SATA drive onto three others all at the same time, and you don't need to plug it into a PC.
Pay no attention to Intel dragging its feet in adopting USB 3.0, companies are jumping on the SuperSpeed bandwagon nonetheless. The latest is StarTech, which just announced the availability of its SATDOCKU3S USB 3.0 docking stations.
There are two docks in all, the 2-port PCI Express USB adapter (SATDOCKU3SP) and 2-port ExpressCard USB 3.0 host adapter (SATDOCKU3SE).
"The SATDOCKU3SP and SATDOCKU3SE hard drive docking stations offer users major value by providing the necessary USB 3.0 host adapters," said Carey Cline, Senior Product Manager for StarTech.com. "By bundling the docking station and the adapters, users get everything they need to take advantage of USB 3.0 speeds and reliability all in one package, and won’t have to rely on backward compatibility with previous USB standards to access external data."
Key features include support for both SATA 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch drives, an easy-to-use design with a hard drive release button, and hot-swappable, plug-and-play operation.
The SATDOCKU3SE ($119) and SATDOCKU3SP ($115) are available now.