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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

  • Convenient tool for swapping data between any harddrive
  • Opening up my case to swap drives is a thing of the past with this tool! I often transfer data for a whole host of reasons off of harddrives both PC and laptop drives and this thing makes it seamless. The USB cord is nice but if you are doing large data transfers regularly then I would highly reccomend using the SATA port, it really transfers about 2-3 times fast than the USB.Remember, this thing works with any harddrive. 3.5, 2.5 and SSD's too!
  • 2015-01-30

Lewis Cass Dalton
  • This dock works great. I had a WD USB external drive that ...
  • This dock works great. I had a WD USB external drive that died. Come to find out, the drive is fine, just the controller was toast (as is apparently common for my model). I had to wipe the drive because there's some proprietary encryption or format protocol that makes the drive unreadable outside of the controller, but after formatting, I put the drive in the Anker and I got my drive back. I haven't used laptop drives in it, but I have used both the USB and eSATA interfaces and they both work.
  • 2015-01-30

  • "Anker" sounds like someone saying "thank you" while holding their nose shut.
  • I've had a number of external drive docks. This one is by far both the most substantial (it's solid) and the easiest to use. And it's pretty!
  • 2015-01-30

William Brashers
  • Worked like a charm right out of the box
  • Worked like a charm right out of the box. Has been working flawlessly for a week now... I'll update later on reliability over time
  • 2015-01-27

Thac Pham
  • Five Stars
  • 2015-01-22
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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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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?
Replies(1) Collapse Report as spam Oct 8, 2014 at 8:39 PM

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.
Reply Report as spam Oct 8, 2014 at 11:30 PM
I have a Dell Inspiron 15 and I was wondering. I'm replacing my HDD on my Desktop. I need to backup all the data. So will this work for it? It's a 3.5 Inch 7200 RPM Hitachi SATA 3 drive. Will the dock work or will I need to plug in the molex adaptor cable from the PSU to the HDD. Thanks.
Replies(1) Collapse Report as spam Aug 7, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Yup, this should work fine!
Reply Report as spam Aug 8, 2014 at 1:30 AM
Docking Station Not Found
My Anker hard drive docking station does not appear in my "My Compueter" or my devices nor is it listed on the Computer Management>Disk Managment tool. I have tried the eSata and USB 3.0 connections (but not at the same time)  but it is not seen by my computer for either of them. Please can you tell em how I install the docking station so my computer can see it.
Replies(2) Collapse Report as spam Jul 20, 2014 at 3:04 AM
have you installed the drivers, (if needed), from the Anker site?
Reply Report as spam Jul 20, 2014 at 6:12 AM

It may be caused by a conflict in drive names or the hard drive needs formatting.

Please check out the FAQ at the top of this page for a quick guide on how to sort out these problems.

If you're still having issues then give our customer service guys a shout at and let them know, they'll be able to help you further.
Reply Report as spam Jul 21, 2014 at 1:30 AM


Firmware Upgrade Tool
How do you upgrade the firmware?  I downloaded from here: upgrade Tool.zipBut PDF's are not in English and I don't understand how to use this upgrade tool at all.  Make no sense. 
Replies(1) Collapse Report as spam Jul 15, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Sorry for the lack of English instructions, we're currently working on getting that sorted.

Please get in touch with our CS guys at and they'll be able to help you through the installation process.
Reply Report as spam Jul 16, 2014 at 2:30 AM
Maximum Hard Drive Capacity
Hello,I purchased an Anker USB 3.0 and eSATA To SATA External Hard Drive Docking Station for 2.5 / 3.5in HDD and SSD. I was reading the documentation and it says the maximum HDD support is 3TB, however on Amazon it states 4TB. I bought it because of the 4TB support. I have 4 - 4TB hard drives that I need to use for this. I tried plugging in one of my 4TB hard drives but my computer does not recognize it. What is the maximum hard drive size for the 6618 SUS3?Thank you,Shane
Replies(2) Collapse Report as spam Jun 5, 2014 at 4:47 PM
Hmm, try contacting and they can tell you
Reply Report as spam Jun 6, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Sorry for the confusion on this, the latest manual actually states that the docking station can support up to 4TB to go along with the Amazon listing.

If you're having trouble with your hard drive then get in touch with our customer service guys at and they'll be able to troubleshoot for you.
Reply Report as spam Jun 8, 2014 at 8:30 PM
Auto Power On
Hi,I use Crashplan to back up to a hard drive connected to this Anker dock. If there is a power outage, I usually forget to turn the dock back on, until Crashplan sends me an email complaining it can't access the hard drive. Is there any way to have the dock power on automatically when the power comes back on? Thanks
Replies(1) Collapse Report as spam May 29, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Unfortunately there isn't a setting for the dock to auto power-on when it receives power.
Reply Report as spam May 30, 2014 at 3:30 AM
Can't order from Amazon


I'm in Canada. says it's unavailable, won't ship here. Help!

Replies(3) Collapse Report as spam May 9, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Unfortunately, due to a lower level of demand up in Canada we don't actually have plans to begin selling it there.

Apologies for that!
Reply Report as spam May 11, 2014 at 11:00 PM
Fire and Ice

It's currently out of stock. You should wait a week or 2 for it to be back in stock in Canada

Reply Report as spam May 9, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Yep, keep checking back into and get it when it's back in stock. If it offers you an in-stock notification, then sign up for it. Makes it easy.

Reply Report as spam May 9, 2014 at 1:58 PM
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
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
Yes, it's compatible!
Reply Report as spam Apr 18, 2014 at 2:00 AM
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
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