OWC Drive Dock Hot Swapping Sata Drives
There was a time when one internal computer hard drive was sufficient to support everything digital in our lives. Today we have dozens of devices that all produce content such as photographs or videos which we actually want to keep. Professionals and content producers have long nurtured external hard drives. We have hard rives ranging from 125GB up to 6TB but even that’s not enough storage for the sheer volume of content we produce on a weekly basis. Our external drives are either powered by mains adaptors or via USB connectors. Hot swapping drives can be a nightmare when using drives requiring power, we’ve enough hard drives on our desk to confirm how tedious this act can be when searching for content.
We’ve just started using Sata drives rather than power driven hard drives. External hard drives are nothing more than Sata drives in plastic hard shells. You can find a variety of cheap options on Ebay but if your serious about managing content and your time efficiently then the Drive Dock by OWC is the mean machine of Sata drive readers. Supporting 2.5” and 3.5” Sata drives the Drive Dock makes hot swapping them a breeze but the most important feature of this unit is the speed. Whether it’s backing up data or transferring files between drives, speed is the difference between waiting and working. USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt compatibility ensures files can be read, edited or moved quickly.
OWC produce a range of high quality Sata drives but just about any brand can be used. On the docks arrival we broke open two old faulty external hard drives from 2006 and they actually worked in the Drive Dock. The unit paid for itself within ten minutes of arriving from across the pond.