Docking Stations for Hard Drives
A docking station is in the PC area especially for hard drives and SSDs a sensible thing. If you only want to connect several individual drives to a desktop computer or laptop for a short time, you do not need to buy an external hard drive enclosure, which can be a cost or space issue. In addition, the installation of a hard drive in an external housing is relatively expensive, which is not worthwhile, especially if you often want to test different solid-state drives or HDDs on function or speed. Right here is a docking station for drives the right choice!
DOCKING STATIONS WITH THE RIGHT INTERFACE FOR TRANSMISSION
In a few cases, a hot-swap docking station is integrated ex works, into which you can plug in an external drive and connect it to the PC. To do this, however, the mainboard must support 'hot-swapping' (also known as 'hot-plugging') and the function must have been previously configured in the BIOS accordingly. In addition, there are permanent retrofit solutions for enclosures in the form of drive-change frames, which are to be equipped from the outside. The most convenient are external docking stations for hard drives and SSDs , which are connected to the computer and placed on the desk. It is important to consider different aspects:
- How big are the SATA drives I want to include? Many docking stations are compatible with both 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch disks.
- Would I like to be able to read and write two volumes at the same time on a single docking station (for example for mutual data exchange)? In that case, not only will there be two physical drive ports, but also a so-called "port multiplier" among the technical details of the docking station.
- How fast should the hard disks / SSDs be connected? Depending on the answer you should pay attention to the type of connection between the docking station and PC (USB 2.0, eSATA, USB 3.0 or even WiFi / WLAN).
- Which additional functions do I need? Some docking stations shine with an extra USB hub and / or card reader.