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    This deal is from VANTEC NST-D100SU NexStar 2.5/3.5' target=_blank>ZipZoomFly.com. Its not very pretty but I like the fact that it’s USB and eSata. I like the ability to instantly plug a drive in to my WHS or other machines. It’s $34.99 with a $15 rebate. End price is $19.99. Not bad!


    “The Vantec NexStar Hard Drive Dock is a complete and easy way to add or swap hard drives to your computer. It gives you the flexibility of connecting any SATA I/II hard drive to your computer via USB 2.0 or eSATA connection without opening up your computer case or installing into an enclosure. Simply just insert any 2.5” or 3.5” SATA I/II hard drive into the NexStar Hard Drive Dock and you are ready to transfer, copy, or backup files. Quick and easy, the Vantec NexStar Hard Drive Dock is the perfect solution to access your hard drive in seconds.”

    VANTEC NST-D100SU NexStar 2.5/3.5" Hard Drive Docking Station $19.99 after $15 MIR Shipped til 6.7 image-3070213-10546468


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    That's a great item for a home built WHS. There are all kinds of these bays out there. I like the docks because I can move them around from PC to PC if need be. Thanks for the comment. Anyone else using a dock or multiple drive bay?
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    Posted here an e-mail is a reply to StarTech Dock support questions after they receive my second reply e-mail. Hum...! "Was your hard drive detected in Windows Disk Management? Were you able to access the drive using Windows Explorer?" Summary of the information written below line: As implied in my previous e-mail to support.-Hard drives placed into StarTech Dock are detectable, recognizable by Windows Explorer, and likely readable and writable by the Acronus backup program ( if the operation is simple-similar cut and paste). Hard drives placed into StarTech Dock failed to be writable for the more complex backup of a restorable operating system and data, as well as. fail to write to the disk for the slightly different process of cloning hard drive. Obviously I purchased Acronus backup program and the want to use that backup programs capability to make a restorable backup of the entire computer including operating system, programs and data. Acronus True Image is not a completely unknown obscure backup program, so StarTech should logically anticipate and support Acronus True Image use in their devices. I need to backup up my computers complete hard drive to a hard drive. That computer backup needs to be restorable to the computers existing hard drive or a new hard drive installed in the laptop. If restored the computer should be identical to the time the backup was made. My second actual use of Acronus, however before beginning the backup process, the target disk put in to the StarTech Dock was recognizable by the computer. After my computers hard drive was selected for restorable backup-that attempted restorable backup failed-and presented this message appeared-Failed to write to disk Acronus True Image requires a reboot after the operating system, and the computer hard drive existing data is selected for backup. I suspect but cannot confirm StarTech Dock is not recognized immediately after the reboot required to initiate the backup process, so instead of writing eventually this message appeared-Failed to write to disk. Questions asked before: Are you able to determine, after computer reboots whether or not the typical drive put into StarTech Dock is quickly and adequately recognized by the computer? Is there a StarTech Dock firmware update needed? Is there a backup program known to be compatible with StarTech eSATA docking station? ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Trying to use your StarTech Dock, was long process of more than one session and more than one day, so memories are not precise. Hopefully I will able to answer your question. As well, I recognize my report is not concise enough, for those simply searching databases to find answers... So As written in my previous e-mail... "Later still using the eSATA connection, Acronus, and StarTech Docking Station successful backup of documents and photographs files," (not operating system) "to a 150 MB Maxtor drive. drive. (No reboot was required by the Acronus backup program to perform this operation)" "The difference might be back up," (writing) ",to the second hard drive did not require the computer to reboot. Or I could have simply cut and pasted without needing to use a backup program". (Implied use of Windows Explorer). These additional memories. If writing to a External USB drive: Acronus Backup Program appears to have successfully backed up restorable operating system and data files. Detecting, reading, or writing to, hard drives in StarTech Dock: When initially inserted into the dock, drives not recognize by Windows Explorer/computer. However drives in the dock are recognizable by Windows Explorer after use of hard disk manager. I tried 3 different hard drives in the the StarTech Dock: First drive-New 2.5' Seagate Momentus 500 GB Sata-readable and presumably writable because I formatted the drive after unsuccessful operating system and computer data backup attempt. Partitions were created but no backup of operating system and data files using the StarTech Dock and Acronus program. Likely readable and writable, because in addition to formatting, as well I was able to check the Seagate rive using Seatools. Second drive-. As e-mailed before-New 3.5" Maxtor 160 GB hard drive. Not large enough so did not attempt system backup however the Acronus Backup Program successfully backed up text documents and photographs to Maxtor drive. Additionally able to read or copy from the drive using Windows Explorer. As said before-the important difference might be the backup program is simply automatically copying and pasting in a manner similar to Windows Explorer and paste. Third drive- A 2.5' hard drive removed from a broken netbook. Contains the operating system and data files. Data files are readable with Windows Explorer. Did not try to write. Though I presume the copying and pasting will work. Did not attempt to delete or fformat and use this drive to backup my operating system because total disk GB is smaller than needed.
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