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Looking for hot swap server backup solution

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Back when RDX came out I felt certain their had to be a cheaper solution. $400 for a glorified 500GB notebook hard drive? Geesh. I found the solution. Seagate FreeAgent Go external USB hard drives. The beauty in those was the docking station. Users could swap out the drives nightly with absolutely no problem. Now Seagate in all their infinite wisdom, rather then simply upgrading the FreeAGent Go line to USB 3,0, has discontinued it.

  I haven't found a USB 3.0 solution I like. Seagate has a solution but once again in all their infinite wisdom the docking station is a pain, you can't buy the drives seperatly and they have dropped the warranty to two years instead of five.

   I am still looking. I have started playing with 2.5" enclosures for two reasons. 1) I can put WD Black in it and 2) If you loose a drive or an enclosure you can replace either easily. What I can't seem to find is the hot swap docking station.

   I am looking for suggestions. USB 3.0, hard drive must be enclosed (I do not want the users handling bare drives and I want it protected) and three need a docking station that is easy (so even users can do it). Wan't quality as opposed to price.

Thanks!
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Well I don't have a docking station but I use WD MyBook 2TB drives for my symantec exec backups.  The are usb 3.0.  Symatec allows you to name the backup devices as seprate drives, so I have Symantec configured to do backup 1 on backup device 1 for  then I switch out the drives to backup device 2 and Backup 2 runs on the 2nd drive.  I've never run into problems simply unplugging one and plugging in the other without a docking station.
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Thanks Paul. It is a thought. Some of the comments I have seen on the negitive side are "no power button" and "Comes with bloatware". What I don't care for is the AC Adapter and the Size. I would like to stick to 2.5" drives and have it bus powered. WD's Elements look interesting but for some reason they don't seem too available.
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