StarTech Releases 4 Bay Hard Drive Duplicator/Dock

Written by John Ponio    Tuesday, 18 October 2011 15:40

StarTech DuplicatorStarTech, a company who makes connectors for different computer peripherals, announced recently a hard drive duplicator that doesn't need a computer. It has four SATA drive bays, with support for both 2.5in and 3.5in drives. It also comes with a SATA to IDE converter for those of you who still use IDE drives. Basically what you do is put the drive to be copied in one bay, three empty drives in the others, and it will copy the contents of one drive to every other drive. For when you don't need to duplicate, it also serves as a 4 drive bay with USB 3.0 and eSATA connections. It retails for $499.99. Highlights:

• Up to 72 MBps data transfer rates between drives, when used for hard drive duplication
• Up to 5Gbps or 3Gbps data transfer rates (connected through USB 3.0 or eSATA, respectively), when utilized as an external drive docking station
• Secure Erase feature simplifies erasing/wiping drive contents for further cloning use or disposal of a hard drive
• Dual 60mm cooling fans mounted beneath the drives help to keep docked hard drives at optimal operating temperatures
• Supports 2.5” or 3.5” form factor hard drives (HDDs) or Solid State Drives (SSDs)
• Integrated LCD displays duplication progress and duplicator options menu
• Included SATA to IDE adapter enables users to dock an IDE hard drive in place of a SATA hard drive in one of the four bays, making it possible to copy the contents of an IDE hard drive onto three SATA drives where necessary, when IDE drive is used in source slot