Review: Inateck Docking Station FD1003 helps you let go of your hard drive enclosure

Inatech DockDo you have multiple hard drives stacked up high and only one enclosure to use between them? Then Inateck has a device that may just make your life a little easier. I’m sure many of you may already have large flash drives, portable hard drives, or even built your own enclosure that hold tools or programs you need to troubleshoot a system. When you need to back up files from a crashed system or if you just want to back up your files to another hard drive, you have few choices. Sure you could use an enclosure or set up some hot swappable drive on your system, but if you have multiple drive or help others with programs issues, it’s not the best solution.

That’s where the FD1003 Docking Station from Inateck comes in. This USB 3.0 docking station allows you to quickly and easily load up any SATA hard drive or SSD. This simple device cuts the clutter of reusing an enclosure to hook up a hard drive backups or to recover files.

In the box you’ll find the Docking Station, a power cable, a USB 3.0 cable and instruction manual. The docking station is like an enclosure, without the complete enclosure part. It’s very light and really resembles a small toaster. On the back you have the power connected and a nice USB 3.0 connection. You can load up standard 3.5-inch drives or 2.5-inch hard drives as long as they have a SATA connection. Sorry, IDE hard drive users, no love for you this time. On the front of the dock you have a power button that you press once you’ve docked the drive.

IMG_0480Loading up a hard drive is very simple; take your hard drive with input connections facing down and simply dock the drive by pushing down. A nice feature on the device is flap goes down when you dock a 3.5-inch drive, but stays up to add stability when you dock a 2.5-inch drive.

To eject the hard drive you have a nice eject button at the top of the device toward the back. Simply press the button and the drive will un-dock, and you can then pull out the drive. The USB 3.0 interface is super fast with up to 5 Gbps at your disposal.

My impressions on the device are quite good. Everything comes packaged nicely, the dock is made of plastic so it’s very light and small and you can easily take it with you, or have it nicely placed on your desk. You can easily dock a drive or eject a drive without much hassle.

Now the important part – the speed! The speed is really determined by the drive you are using. While you do have the power of USB 3.0, if you are using a drive that runs at a low RPM you probably won’t see amazing speeds. In doing multiple fie transfers back and forth between my laptop to a docked drive, I was averaging about 32 MB/s read and 28 MB/s write. I had much better results when loading up a spare SSD, hitting speeds of 230 MB/s reads and 180 MB/s write.

My final conclusions, the Inateck Docking Station FD1003 is a must have for the IT pro, but its also a very handy alternative to enclosure if you have several hard drives you use to do backups or store your files. You can find one for under $30, so for that price it’s a must have tool for those of you archiving the internet.

Features:

  • USB 3.0 super transfer rate up to 5Gbps
  • Compliant with 2.5/3.5″ SATA HDD/SSD
  • Stable data processing scheme which guarantees the efficiency and stability of data transmission
  • Compliant with USB 2.0 or lower version
  • Plug and Play, hot swappable
  • Compliant with hard disks of high capacity (Up to 4TB)
  • Supports Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 (32/64-bit), Mac
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