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Anker USB 3.0 and eSATA To SATA External Hard Drive Docking Station for 2.5 / 3.5in HDD and SSD

Anker USB 3.0 and eSATA To SATA External Hard Drive Docking Station for 2.5 / 3.5in HDD and SSD

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Product Description

SuperSpeed. Versatile. Tool-free. A premium dock for your 2.5” and 3.5” hard and solid state drives.

2.5” and 3.5” HDD/SSD compatible.

Due to its unique spring design, this docking station holds both your 2.5” and 3.5” HDD or SSD firmly in place. Moreover, the e-SATA interface accommodates all SATA standards (SATA, SATA II, SATA III).

SuperSpeed up to 5Gbps.

Equipped with both USB 3.0 and e-SATA ports, this docking station delivers SuperSpeed of up to 5Gbps (3Gbps for the e-SATA port). Transfer your data in just minutes, instead of hours and have more time to do what you want.

Ease of use.

Instead of complicated screws to work with, our docking station just snaps in place, holding your hard drive firmly and securely. The LED indicator with two colors reveals power status and data activity. What’s more, a power button lets you disconnect to protect your data when not in use, instead of unplugging the power cable.

For optimal use

• Your drive cannot be accessed via both eSATA and USB 3.0 ports at the same time. If both are connected, only the eSATA-connected computer will be recognized and interact with the drive.
• Do not attempt to remove your HDD or SSD device while it is active. Please power off the docking station before removing. • Active use may result in expected surface temperatures up to 50°C or 120°F. Please take caution when removing your drive.
• The following Seagate SATA drive models will require a firmware upgrade, downloadable from the Seagate official site, before use:
• Note for Mountain Lion (10.8) users: If you are experiencing formatting problems, please note that this is unrelated to our dock’s performance. You may try reformatting your disk to the FAT32 format on using another operating system.

Customer Reviews

Don B
  • True Swapping at Fast Speed
  • I bought this to replace a similar product that connected via USB 2.0 or eSATA. The old product was slow through USB and when using eSATA I had to reboot to swap the drive. Now I can swap on the fly and get great speed. I'm very pleased and will likely be ordering a 2nd one for elsewhere in the house.
  • 2014-04-18

Jim Spencer
  • Simple Design
  • I was first attracted to this unit because of its simplicity and straight-forward design. Right out of the box, I had no set-up or other installation issues; just simply plug and play and process the first drive flawlessly. I wanted it for use as a somewhat portable device, to pair with my 17" Alienware Laptop which has a solid-state drive. While there other units out there that do the same thing, many of which I have tried and watched them fail after several uses, this one seems to be very well made. By using the special USB 3 connection, I noticed also the transfer speed was dramatically better, boosted by the solid-state drive. I will keep a close eye on this one, and let everyone know how well it performs six months from now, but so far, I cannot complain any at all.
  • 2014-04-17

  • Fast and Effective
  • This docking station works great and is very fast using USB 3.0 I have not used the eSATA only because the cord is not as flexible as usb 3.0 and usb is just more convenient. I use this docking station with Linux.
  • 2014-04-14

R. Dumont RiverRon
  • Very convenient to transfer files from old drive or backup existing.
  • Connected via eSata - and could not get the drive to spin up or be seen by Win7. Only after disconnecting eSata and connecting to USB3 port was I able to see drive, and use it. Speed is very good.
  • 2014-04-14

M. S. Edwards cristobal
  • Fast, Nice Looking, great packaging?
  • I like Anker products. They seem reliable, well built and support (although I've never used it) seems to be top notch. This dock in particular is, well, fast and reliable with my SSD drives using USB 3. Only like 10 MBs slower than eSata, which is pretty good! The unit comes with all the necessary cables, and the only reason i didn't give it 5 stars is that I still find it kind of expensive for a dock.
  • 2014-04-12
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Customer FAQ

Q1.  Some hard disks from Seagate are unable to be identified. Why is this?
There's a batch of hard disks produced by Seagate that has compatibility issues with their firmware. You can update your firmware on Seagate’s official website to solve this problem (
The serial numbers of the defective products are listed below for your reference:
    ST3000DM001/9YN166/3TB     ST2500DM001/9YN16L/2.5TB     ST2000DM001/9YN164/2TB     ST1000DM003/9YN162/1TB     ST500DM005
Q2.  Why am I unable to reach SATA-III transfer rates of up to 6Gbps?
While many of our SATA devices can detect and transfer data for SATA III disks, e-SATA cables limit these transfer speeds to 3Gbps. We are currently looking into upgrade options.
Q3.  Why is the transfer rate so much slower than the 5Gbps promoted?
The USB 3.0 transfer rate is 5Gbps and has a theoretical transfer speed of 500MB/s which is about 8 times faster than the USB 2.0 transfer rate of 480Mb/s with theoretical transfer speed of 60MB/s.
There are numerous variables that will affect USB transfer rate including data source and destination and file type. With all reasonable usage environments taken into account USB 3.0 can achieve average transfer speeds about 3 times faster than that of USB 2.0.
Q4.  Why doesn’t my hard drive fit into the docking station?
The docking station is only compatible with e-SATA hard drives. If the drive is another specification then it won't fit.
Q5.  Why isn’t the docking station visible under “MY COMPUTER” when I plug it in?
This may be caused by one of the two scenarios below:
a. Conflicting drive names. If the hard drive has been used on a different computer and was given the name C: then it will cause conflicts if the computer it is currently being used with already has a drive named C:.

Solution: Go to “COMPUTER MANAGEMENT”, select “DISK MANAGEMENT,” locate the external hard drive, and then assign a different name to it.

b. The hard drive is configured to operate with another OS:

Solution: Format the hard drive.
- Quick formatting: Good for a new hard drive. Since no data is stored, there is not much “clean up” needed.
- Full formatting: Good for a used hard drive. Remember, this method will wipe ALL data on the hard drive so please make sure important files are backed up.
Q6.  Why is the hard disk disconnecting from the computer during data transfer?
Make sure the device is connected to a power source to ensure a stable power supple.
a. Try not to move the docking station during data transfer as it can loosen the cables in the ports and interrupt transfer.
b. Ensure the cable you're using is less than 1m long.
Q7.  How do I use the Y-shaped cable for the USB 3.0 HDD External Enclosure?
a. When using the USB 3.0 port to transfer data: connect the USB-B cable to the USB interface on the docking station, then connect the USB-A cable to the USB interface on your computer to supply power.
b. When using the e-SATA port to transfer data: connect one end of the e-SATA cable to the e-SATA interface on the docking station, then connect the other end to the e-SATA interface on your computer. Connect the USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 cable to the USB port on your computer to supply power.
Q8.  Can I use the USB 3.0 and e-SATA ports together to transfer data?
No, you can’t. When both ports are in use, only the e-SATA port will be used to transfer data, while the USB 3.0 port will simply be used to supply power.
Q9.  Can I use the USB 3.0 and e-SATA ports on the docking station at the same time?
If the USB 3.0 and e-SATA ports are connected at the same time (whether to two computers or one) the docking station will give priority to the e-SATA port. The station is not able to provide functionality to both ports at the same time.

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Windows Server 2008?

Please confirm if this product is compatible with Windows Server 2008 R2.

We've got an AnkerDirect ticket asking this same question, #465881.

Thank you.



Replies(2) Collapse Report as spam Apr 8, 2014 at 11:46 AM
Yes, it's compatible!
Reply Report as spam Apr 18, 2014 at 2:00 AM
Tech X-Ray

Yes it should work with no problem as it is standard USB connection

Reply Report as spam Apr 8, 2014 at 2:16 PM
source for purchaser in Canada

Do any sellers carry this dock in Canada or ship it to Canada? won't ship here, and the source on ( ) shows it as unavailable.

Replies(2) Collapse Report as spam Mar 25, 2014 at 12:08 PM

if amazon won't ship, then you'll have to wait for Anker to stock up the store. send them a message, to and let them know you're waiting for them in Canada, eh?


goood luck.

Reply Report as spam Mar 25, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Contact Anker support to find a distributor.

Also try ebay 

Reply Report as spam Mar 25, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Can someone list the uses of this product?...this is totally new to me n of course i am not a techie...

Replies(8) Collapse Report as spam Mar 23, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Not an item most non-techie people have a need for IT, hence a specialty item. And yes, the description states it is USB compatible.

Reply Report as spam Mar 23, 2014 at 11:39 PM

You can plug in an internal hard drive that you take out of an old computer into a new computer's USB port and access the data

Reply Report as spam Mar 23, 2014 at 1:41 PM

It's a specialty item. Some people may have an old hard drive that they want to use with a new computer to upload old files. However most computers don't have the high speed SATA port as a standard feature. And it's not a very elegant way to add storage as there are many external hard drives available now for a very low price.

Reply Report as spam Mar 23, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Yeah, this is totally convenient when you have HDDs all over the place or swap them out for wahtever reason. repair bench, you have data from old systems that you disposed of that you kept the HDDs from. This is a way better design than a simple connector. Just slip the drive in. That it handles both laptop drives and desktop sized drives is way cool.

Reply Report as spam Mar 23, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Quote From TechToyWizard: Not really a speciality item. Has many use cases

It has a USB port for connecting to computers.

Every computer has one.

Internal drivers are still cheaper than external drives.

Reply Report as spam Mar 23, 2014 at 8:29 PM

thanks guys..what i normally do is i case the internal hard drive and make it an external hard drive with usb whenever i change my notebook and i get to see all the data in it and also use it as an external storage!..

Reply Report as spam Mar 24, 2014 at 7:55 PM

I wish I had one a few motnhs ago, I just threw out a bunch of old HDDs that weren't worth the trouble of me attaching them each individually to the cable USB adapter to find out what was on them. Funny looking at "HUGE" 8.4 GB hard drives...

Reply Report as spam Mar 24, 2014 at 9:11 AM

That is exactly why someone would buy a product like this gheradini.  I have a couple of them but after the old drives were cleaned off, not a lot of use for it on a continuing basis.  As I sit here and prepare to unbox my newest 8TB external, lol.

Reply Report as spam Mar 28, 2014 at 1:57 AM

One of the exciting thing about this forum is users sharing about things we may have overlooked. Very interested in this!

Replies(2) Collapse Report as spam Mar 23, 2014 at 12:05 AM

Anker makes some pretty good docks. Have had some of their older models in my IT department for a while now

Reply Report as spam Mar 23, 2014 at 12:33 AM

So happy to see users sharing

Reply Report as spam Mar 23, 2014 at 12:38 AM
Leave HD In Or Out?

Love the device.  Just one quick question:  Is it advisible (okay) to leave the drive in the dock when not in use?

Thanks in advance,



Replies(4) Collapse Report as spam Mar 22, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Just turn off the power when not in use. You can leave the HD plugged in the dock with no problem

Reply Report as spam Mar 22, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Should not make a difference.

Reply Report as spam Mar 23, 2014 at 12:07 AM

It does not make a difference but leaving it turned on just wastes energy when not in use. Also can keep it in spin. Leave it not spinning when not in use and increase longevity of your drive.


Unless it's an SSD, then there's no spin

Reply Report as spam Mar 23, 2014 at 12:47 AM

Debate is out about letting drives spin or shut down/start up. The drive manufs and many IT pros say let them spin for longer life. Probably a case of neither/both are correct.

Reply Report as spam Mar 23, 2014 at 12:53 AM
Power adapter (12V/2A AC power adapter)
Hi, I've been trying to find pictures of the 12V/2A AC power adapter for the Anker USB 3.0 and eSATA To SATA External Hard Drive Docking Station for 2.5 / 3.5in HDD and SSD. As i'm planning to have it sent to Singapore. Thanks in advance.
Replies(3) Collapse Report as spam Jan 23, 2014 at 10:18 AM
IT Owl
It is just a regular barrel plug adapter. I think it should just be a 2.1 x 5.5 mm adapter
Reply Report as spam Jan 23, 2014 at 11:24 AM
Arev JR
I meant the plug which goes into the electrical socket. Do you happen to have a picture of it?

Thanks in advance.
Reply Report as spam Jan 24, 2014 at 12:37 AM
Thanks for contacting us. Please send a request for the same directly to Someone will help you out on this. Please include the amazon/eBay order ID for your transaction.
Reply Report as spam Jan 27, 2014 at 1:40 AM
Good useful product!!!
Good useful product. My western digital black harddrive failed and i was in need of a solution quick. found this product on amazon together with the usb 3.0 pci card (3 external and 1 internal which worked out great by the way). it arrived in a couple of days. i installed the the card and plugged in the the dock. It worked right away. in no time all my files were copied and saved in another hard drive. Quick USB 3.0 speed. The only issues i had(which customer service contacted me right away and clarified). the manual needs to be updated. The manual stated up to 3TB but now its up to 4TB which matches the discription on Amazon. Thanks for a great product!!!!
Replies(2) Collapse Report as spam Jan 1, 2014 at 1:13 PM
Haha Yeah hard drives keep getting more and more storage. 3TB in one drive was unheard of when I started IT help. 4TB is definitely supported on this drive and probably 6TB too when Toshiba releases the new ones

I use these to back up and recover user data all the time. It's even faster if you use esata instead of USB 3.

Great purchase
Reply Report as spam Jan 1, 2014 at 1:54 PM
We are glad to know you are satisfied with the purchase, and it is always a great pleasure to hear such positive feedback from customers. Thank you for choosing Anker! Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any assistance in the future.
Reply Report as spam Jan 12, 2014 at 8:19 PM
Hard drive cover
Does Anker make a hard drive cover for the dock?
Replies(2) Collapse Report as spam Dec 18, 2013 at 11:29 PM
Unfortunately not as that would defeat the purpose of the dock. It is for quick access to quickly plug in and out hard drives
Reply Report as spam Dec 19, 2013 at 7:59 AM
Thanks for contacting us. Unfortunately, we do not make any covers for the dock. Sorry about that. Anker Team
Reply Report as spam Jan 5, 2014 at 10:41 PM
Very Convenient to use and Fast
I order so many SATA Docking in past but, this the best docking and almost using from past 8 months Very Durable and Fast using with Anker USB 3.0 PCI Card as well
Replies(1) Collapse Report as spam Oct 15, 2013 at 1:12 AM
Thanks for your feedback! Glad it's working well for you.
Reply Report as spam Oct 17, 2013 at 11:26 PM
Speed Limit: SATA II
The ASM1051 SATA-USB chipset only supports up to 3GB/sec data transfer rates. The ASM1453 SATA bridge only supports SATA II (3GB/sec). Thus while the docking station accepts SATA III drives, it does not support data transfer rates above SATA II. Is this correct?
Replies(2) Collapse Report as spam Oct 8, 2013 at 9:54 AM
Yes, you are totally correct.
Reply Report as spam Oct 9, 2013 at 8:36 PM
Whoops, I should have said Gb not GB.

The 3 Gb limit is somewhat irrelevant since few, if any, hard drives are capable of speeds in excess of 3Gb/sec.

Reply Report as spam Oct 10, 2013 at 12:41 PM
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