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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

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

Joel Chapman
  • Good Enclosure
  • Works great with my 4TB 7.2K drive.
  • 2015-08-24

Paul Hoehne "political programmer"
  • Good way to do a multi-boot environment
  • I use this to boot my PC into FreeBSD and Linux, when I all Windowed out. I bought a SATA to eSATA bracket for my desktop and set my BIOS to boot from the 3rd drive by default and then the first drive. The SATA to eSATA bracket is connected to the 2nd and 3rd SATA ports on the motherboard. I connected the Anker eSATA External Hard Drive docking station to the eSATA bracket. When I want to boot into Linux or FreeBSD I simply plug the appropriate disk into the docking station, turn on the docking station, and boot up. I've also toyed with using the docking station to back up my hard drive. It's a great product. So far it's been a lot easier than installing a boot-loader and trying to cram multiple OSes onto one disk. Removable drive caddies have been hit and miss for me, but the Anker hard drive dock has been pretty solid. If you're like me and like to experiment with different Linux distros, I recommend getting this product and a couple of cheap 500 gig ro 1TB spinning rust hard drives.
  • 2015-08-24

  • Five Stars
  • 2015-08-23

R. Johnson
  • Five Stars
  • Works just as described - Thank you
  • 2015-08-20

  • and for good reason! I previously had a "Sabrent USB 3
  • I carefully researched what SATA to USB adapters existed reading hundreds of reviews. This one was the #1 reviewed SATA to USB docking station, and for good reason ! I previously had a "Sabrent USB 3.0 SATA/IDE 2.5"/3.5"/5.25" Hard Drive Converter USB-DSC9", and it failed after about a year with light use and when it did work, it performed mediocre...NEVER AGAIN. So I opted for this one. The very first use was with a 80GB 2.5" notebook drive. . No need to read the manual, just hook it up! I used it with Windows 7 Pro 64-bit. Windows found the drivers & installed ...I was ready to rock. The performance was spectacular !! I'm a Infrastructure Engineer, and I take this to any client I travel to. It's a life saver (or job saver !! LOL)
  • 2015-08-19
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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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Latest Post

Windows 10 Support

I just purchased the Hard Drive Dock so I could use a install a new drive in my desktop (and put Windows 10 on it) and still be able to access my old Windwos 7 hard drive via the dock. .  I cannot see the drive in the dock on Windwos 10.  Windows 10 knows there is something there (connected via USB 3) because I can hear the sound and teh drive spins up.  The drive is a WD 10EZEX 1TB.   Ideas?

Replies(2) Collapse Report as spam Aug 17, 2015 at 5:56 PM

Are you trying to set up a dual boot with win 7 and 10? If so which is in the PC and which is in the docking station? Enter your BIOS and see if the drive in the station shows uo in there, that loads before windows.

Reply Report as spam Aug 17, 2015 at 7:05 PM
Sorry to hear about this! Please try whether the problem occurs with another computer as well (if possible). If the problem persists contact our friendly service team at and they will find a solution.
Reply Report as spam Aug 20, 2015 at 2:30 AM

I have a 6618 and ca't get it to open my old harddrive, it has the same drive letter as computer which is C, 



Replies(3) Collapse Report as spam Jul 28, 2015 at 5:11 PM
Sorry to hear about this! This issue might come from your hard drive. Please try the following troubleshooting from Windows for changing the drive letter:

If possible, try the docking station with another hard drive to make sure everything is working properly. If you are still experiencing problems, please contact our friendly service team at
Reply Report as spam Aug 6, 2015 at 3:30 AM

Change the drive letter to one not being used. You can rename it from the drives properties.

Reply Report as spam Jul 28, 2015 at 8:40 PM

it is impossible to have the same drive letter 

please plug in the dock cables to power and usb port

go to the disk manager or search diskmgt 

and see if its connected 

If not your disk might be broken or the dock is not working 

Reply Report as spam Jul 29, 2015 at 7:01 AM
Missing Power Adapter

Hi there,

I love my Anker docks but unfortunately, I have lost the power adapter for one of my two Anker docks. Can I get a replacement one from you? What is the cost?

Best regards,

Olga Mazurkiewicz

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Sorry to hear that! Please contact our customer service team at for information about availability and price.
Reply Report as spam Jul 26, 2015 at 9:30 PM

please contact 

Reply Report as spam Jul 29, 2015 at 7:00 AM
Not Available in Canada.... EH???

Why is this not available in Canada from

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Sorry for the inconvenience, there must have been an issue with the link. Our website team will fix this issue asap.
Here is the link for the product:
Reply Report as spam Jun 8, 2015 at 2:30 AM
Gabrielkbkim should be avaliable soon 

Reply Report as spam Jun 8, 2015 at 6:56 PM
Spin Down During Idle


Was wondering if dock will automatically spin up/down when drive is idle for a period of time when connected to either ESATA or USB3.

Thanks in advance!

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Sorry 1 more question! Is it accurate that the dock supports up to 8TB as per posting?


Reply Report as spam Apr 23, 2015 at 8:03 PM

What do you mean by spin up/ down? 

If you plug in the hard drive the disk will spin 

Any Hard drive would work but up to 8TB and some of the Hard drive does not work like 

ST3000DM001/9YN166/3TB ST2500DM001/9YN16L/2.5TB ST2000DM001/9YN164/2TB ST1000DM003/9YN162/1TB ST500DM005 


Reply Report as spam Apr 23, 2015 at 8:28 PM

Quote From Arkeal: keep in mind please that this forum is where users interact and offer suggestions. To contact tech support for the most definitive answer just drop a line to

Reply Report as spam Apr 24, 2015 at 2:17 AM
This will depend on the hard drive you have attached and your computer settings.

For more information contact your hard drive manufacturer.
Reply Report as spam Apr 24, 2015 at 5:00 AM
3 TB only show 1.81 TB


I have a WD 3TB Red. Model No. is: WD30EFRX.

When I dock with Anker USB 3.0 and eSATA Docking Staion. I only see 1.81 TB.

I am running Windows 7.1. I have checked it is GPT. It shows up in windows as 1.81 TB as well.

Any ideas?


Many Thanks,

Tony Casey




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Please give our customer service team a shout at, they'll be able to help further!
Reply Report as spam Apr 1, 2015 at 10:00 PM

WD likes to install silly utilities on their drives. Have you wiped it clean first?

Reply Report as spam Apr 1, 2015 at 12:26 PM

Check the drive in the drive manager and see what the O/S actually sees. There could be unformatted partitions, who knows what. But the drive manager would what the disk allocation actually looks like.

Reply Report as spam Apr 1, 2015 at 4:46 PM

Quote From gherardini: still, it looks like Tony Casey has a pretty huge difference.

Reply Report as spam Apr 1, 2015 at 5:03 PM

Could you check the partition? Also if you see the same thing could you unplug the HDD unplug the power to the dock and replug everything?

if you still have problem contact


Reply Report as spam Apr 1, 2015 at 7:32 AM
Mr. Gurney

I have your USB 3.0/e-Sata docking station, and it worked for a while but now when I plug-in a HD, it doesn't get listed. Am running Windows 7, and already read your FAQ that suggested to use the system tools, etc. I've tried several different HD's but they do not list in windows explorer. Can you help?

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Gary Gurney

Thanks, I emailed your support dudes. Yes, I get it, it's a Hard Drive (HDD) Docking Station, and it worked great for a about two months. I know what it is and how it works. Thanks.

Reply Report as spam Apr 1, 2015 at 12:04 AM

Hd- as hard drive right? 

Reply Report as spam Mar 31, 2015 at 12:10 AM

Please try contacting 

They will help you immediately 

Reply Report as spam Mar 31, 2015 at 12:11 AM

Quote From Gabrielkbkim: scroll up, the product is described on this page as a Hard Drive Docking Station

Reply Report as spam Mar 31, 2015 at 1:15 AM
Please get in touch with our customer service team at, they'll be ready and waiting to help further.
Reply Report as spam Mar 31, 2015 at 2:30 AM

I purchased an ANKER Docking Station.

Can't format the hard drive

6618 series

Serial # 310LOH

Another number ins big letters 68UPSHDDS-BU

I have a 4tb Seagate disk,



Win 7 32 bit

Windows does not see the device in Sorage Management but I think I see it in the device manager list as IDEATA/ATAPI ??



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Please contact: for more technical help. 

Reply Report as spam Mar 7, 2015 at 4:50 PM
Does the hub work other than with the hard drive?

Please give our customer service guys a shout at and provide as much info as you can, they'll be ready and waiting to help further.
Reply Report as spam Mar 8, 2015 at 10:00 PM

Reply Report as spam Mar 31, 2015 at 12:21 AM
Unexpected reboots, Yosemite

I just bought a new ExpressCard/34 for my Macbook Pro running Yosemite (10.10.2) and I struggled during 3 days to have it working on whether eSATA or USB 3.0 using the Anker USB 3.0 and eSATA To SATA External Hard Drive Docking Station.

My Macbook Pro was rebooting each time I was trying to copy data to the external hard drive, I tried both a standard HDD and an SSD with no luck. The symptom was as follow:

- Initiate data copy to external drive...
- Calculating....
- System freeze, no response from keyboard or mouse
- Rebooting with no error message

I had to repair the external volume each time.

I finally fixed my issue by disabling "Trim Enabler" which I had enabled for my "non apple" internal SSD drive. Since then, I enjoy copying data with no more unexpected reboot.

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Thanks for letting us know.

We hope your fix helps others too!
Reply Report as spam Feb 25, 2015 at 2:00 AM
Don't know what's going on
Hi, I bought this item to access a HD, WD 2.0 TB Sata 64MB Cache. Both bottons turned blue and the button showing the hard drive turn pink only in ocasions. I looked on my computer and I can't see the additional drive. Do you have an idea what's going on?
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Please give our customer service guys a shout at and give them as much information as you can regarding the problem, they'll help you further.
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