By Terry Currier
For those of us with extra SATA drives just laying around the Cirago SATA Hard Drive Docking Station can really come in handy. Connection is with USB, not only that but it comes with USB 3.0. Don’t worry if you don’t have USB 3.0, it is backward compatible. Just set the extra hard drive into the cradle and up comes another drive for your computer.
What I decided to do was buy a 1.5TB SATA drive and create backups of my computers onto it. I’m then going to store the drive at my daughter’s home after making for a complete backup. I can fit all my computers onto this drive. I brought a Western Digital 1.5TB on sale for $59. Half the price of an enclosed external drive of equal size. So I can really just rotate them. It also take up less desk space then either of my external (Seagate and Western Digital) drives.
Another choice would be to clone your hard drive with something like CMS’s Bounce Back, or Paragon Drive Copy. Then if (or when) your hard drive crashes you can just pop in it’s replacement.
Setting it up and using it is really easy. Then it is just a matter of what you want to do with it – copy files over or backup. The worse thing I could say about it is it would not use my IDE drives of which I have three extra, but a $12 attachment converts them to SATA.
Just set the drive into the SATA connections
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