What's Up Dock??
by Gary Woods
As I upgrade from computer to computer I'm always worrying about leaving something behind. I carefully plan all my migrations but in the back of my mind resides the thought, what if I didn't transfer something I really need? What I end up doing is taking the old drive out of the old computer and then slapping it in a portable case or maybe I'll do an image backup of the drive to an external hard drive. Consequently I end up with drives all over the house that are really kind of a pain to get at.
To make the data on those old drives more accessible I came up with Voyager Q from Newer Technology http://www.newertech.com/. This hard drive dock allows you to insert a 2.5 inch laptop drive or a 3.5 inch SATA drive which can then be connected to your Mac computer via its four different storage interfaces including external SATA (eSATA), Fire Wire 800, Fire Wire 400 or USB 2.0.
The Voyager kind of looks like a sci-fi toaster, complete with lever-tab on the front and a big slot on top. But instead of a slice of bread, you pop in a bare hard drive. A spring-loaded panel on top, with a cutout helps you line up a laptop drive, or folds down out of the way when you insert a desktop drive. There's a circular blue light on the front panel that indicates power and a blinking red light comes on during disk activity. The base is weighted and has rubber feet to keep it from sliding around on a desk.
The Voyager Q retails for $85 and could be a great addition to your setup if you move in an out of drives a lot or if you do video editing requiring massive transfers of data.
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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc