Top 7 Best Hard Drive Docking Stations of 2017
Got a spare hard drive laying around and want to put it to good use? You can do so by getting yourself a hard drive docking station. The docking station is a simple way how to use your internal hard drive as external. Just plug dock station into your PC and insert your desired hard drive, that’s it! If you have to switch between hard drives and swap them frequently, there isn’t an easier way than dock station.
You can find tons of stations on the market. Some are cheaper some more expensive, some has only one HDD slot some have 4 and more. Interfaces vary too. We have created a list of Top 7 Hard Drive Docking stations based on their performance, price and quality.
If your planning to use your internal HDD for mostly one hard drive, check out our article about Top 7 Hard Disk Drive (HDD) Enclosures.
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Summing everything up
Hard drive docking station is a must get device if you want to put your old PC HDD to good use or if you are working with multiple HDDs and have to swap them frequently. Maybe external hard drive doesn’t offer exact specifications you would like to, with docking station feel free to choose your desired hard drive. We loved the clone feature on such docking stations as Inateck. It’s very nice that you can clone all your HDD data to another hard drive even in offline mode.
You can always get a docking station with standard USB 3.0 interface and should avoid USB 2.0 – it’s noticeably slower. eSata interface is another good choice. It has a slightly better transfer speeds than USB 3.0. Whether your planning to use your docking station for one HDD, we still would advise you to get a docking station with two HDD slots/bays.