External Hard Drive vs Hard Drive Docking Station


Are there any downfalls to using a Hard Drive Docking Station such as (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00APP6694/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1) vs an external hard drive?

More so looking for Pros and Cons.

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Are there any downfalls  <-- On a modern computer, no.  A USB 3 connection is very fast (I use a 1 TB USB Western Digital external drive and it works fine for backups, access, reading and writing.

If you wish to use a dock and do it differently, you would need a bay adapter and put the hard drive in the bay. That works as well and I have done this, but I do not see it as better for reading or writing data.

One caveat. My ThinkPad X230 wants to boot from a bus connected hard drive or DVD. It is supposed to boot from USB but it does not work properly and IBM could not fix it when new.

So:  If I wish to boot from Hard Drive or DVD, I use my Docking Station.

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Docks are far better than using an external "black box" disk. The pros are that you can get any cheap standard disk, so you are very flexible. If the disk breaks, you just replace the disk, not the dock, if the dock breaks you only need to replace the dock, not the disks you used in it. disks meant for internal use are usually also cheaper than external packages, and you can even use 2nd hand ones.
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
If you are not going to use an external drive as mobile storage then the answer is: no.
Docking station would be too bulky for mobile storage purpose. But as an external storage the docking station is a preferrable choice.
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For mobility you'd use a USB stick these days, not a disk.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
One reason I like a USB hard drive of very high quality is I can stuff large images and virtual machines on it. USB sticks are great as well, but drives have bigger capacity and so I use both.
You can get sticks with capacities of 128 GB or more in the meantime.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@audiotech520  - Thanks. I was happy to help and good luck with your choice.
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