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Looking for USB 3.0 portable drives with dock

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  Back when RDX came out and they wanted half a million dollars for a RDX drive I started backing up my servers with FreeAgent Go external usb hard drives. Sweet. They had a docking station that was very easy to swap drives in, they were fast, reliable, inexpensive and small.

   It now looks like these FreeAgent Go drives might be coming to end-of-life. They are getting harder and harder to find. I have been searching for replacements that are USB 3.0 Seagate has their GoFlex Pro but the documentation on them is horrid. I can't really tell what I am getting or what accessories I need. The main drawback I have found with them is that the drives are amazingly difficuly to swap because of the design of the docking station. VERY poor design.

   I have looked at Lacie, Buffolo, WD and Seagate. No joy. Does anyone know of a USB 3.0 solution with good design and swap-ability? Docking station and small?

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GoFlex and Free Agent Go are the same drives. Seagate made rebrending on its drives. Inside of GoFlex the same drives like in FreeAgent Go.
As for USB3.0, first of all you need your server or workstation has USB3.0 interface or PCI card for USB3.0
Then select one of these docking stations: http://www.google.com/search?q=USB3.0+SATA+to+USB+dock&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=29x&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&prmd=ivns&source=univ&tbs=shop:1&tbo=u&sa=X&ei=7aB4Tdr0I4bwsgaH0bzmBw&ved=0CDcQrQQ&biw=1680&bih=867
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  Internally the GoFlex and FreeAgent Go drives are the same. 5400rpm and USB 2.0. Externally the shells and docking stations are radically different. That is why I can't see going from the FreeAgent Go to the GoFlex. It would be a lateral move. USB 3,0 will soon be all that is available and as long as I am forced to move to something it would be USB 3.0

   The docking stations you linked to are nice but...   I use these "hot swappable" drives for server backups and rely on the customers to switch the drives. I am not sure how warm and fuzzy I am about my customers handling bare drives with absolutely no "clamshell" or protection. That was (is) another nice thing about the FreeAgent Go drives. They come in a clamshell that offers some (maybe not a lot but some) degree of protection but from the elements and accidently dropping one.

   The thing that worries me a little about the links you sent is the quality. Do you think any of those would support swapping disks on a daily basis?
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I use one of similar docking station. And swapping is quite easy. Tun off the dock and take out the drive.
I will check its model exactly and post you back on Monday.
Otherwise you would need to got with USB3.0 WD external drives: http://wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=440
I use this one and have not hat yet any problem with it.
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