Wednesday, July 22nd 2009

Akasa Announces DuoDock Desktop HDD Dock

Akasa expanded its portfolio of hard drive enclosures with the DuoDock. This highly portable desktop dock measuring 140 x 108 x 71 mm, uses a top-loader to mount 3.5 inch and 2.5 inch HDDs or SSDs using the standard SATA II interface. The loader allows you to insert and eject the drives like SNES cartridges. The device draws power from an external DC power plugin, and connects the drive to the system using eSATA or USB 2.0 interface. With an AHCI-aware operating system, the dock provides hot-plug capability it is available in matte-black and piano-white colours. It will be priced around US $40.
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16 Comments on Akasa Announces DuoDock Desktop HDD Dock

#1
Breathless
why doesn't ANYONE create one of these with both SATA and IDE capability?
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#2
DanishDevil
Because it's almost physically impossible to allow both to plug into the same spot:



They would have to implement some sort of rotating connector that you would have to flip every time you swapped from SATA to IDE, and many people would probably forget to do that, and mess up their drives.
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#3
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
by: Breathless
why doesn't ANYONE create one of these with both SATA and IDE capability?
Becuase the IDE plug (inside the dock) would get in the way of the sata plug - clearence issues....

Unless IDE harddrives started coming with built in SATA & SATA drives came with built in IDE.. then maybe it might fit.

In any case it you cant HAVE both.
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#5
tigger
I'm the only one
Would'nt it be nice if all your mates had one of these.musch faster than usb,and no power brick to carry.
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#6
DanishDevil
Beat you :p

But yeah, it would be nice to have a SATA and IDE option, but it's physically very hard to do. The only way I could see doing it is having an IDE to SATA adapter that you put on the HDD before you put it into the SATA dock. Those require their own power, though, so that would have to be worked into the design as well.

Edit: LOL!
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#7
Breathless
How about have two seperate slots in the same device? Thats not too hard, it just makes for a bigger design. :nutkick:
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#8
DanishDevil
People would still plug stuff into the wrong place, and bend all their IDE pins, or snap the SATA connectors off of the drive's PCB.
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#9
Breathless
No, they probably wouldn't, and if they did, it would be their fault.

Thats like saying they shouldnt make cpu's with pins because people will bend the pins. :wtf:
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#10
DanishDevil
For something that cheap, companies try to make things foolproof so they don't get a crapload of warranty requests for people doing things wrong. That's why they have notches in RAM, and differently-sized connectors that just don't fit elsewhere.

I'm just offering possible reasons for why companies don't have a combo version. Trust me, there are plenty of people who are ignorant enough to plug stuff into the wrong place. I've heard of people building their own PC's without motherboard standoffs and expecting the store to give them new stuff.
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HTC
by: DanishDevil
For something that cheap, companies try to make things foolproof so they don't get a crapload of warranty requests for people doing things wrong. That's why they have notches in RAM, and differently-sized connectors that just don't fit elsewhere.

I'm just offering possible reasons for why companies don't have a combo version. Trust me, there are plenty of people who are ignorant enough to plug stuff into the wrong place. I've heard of people building their own PC's without motherboard standoffs and expecting the store to give them new stuff.
I remember once hearing about this case:

A dude wanted to install a program that came in 3 diskettes. Inserted disk 1 and started installing. Then it asked to insert disk 2, which the dude did but, when it asked for disk 3, the dude tried and tried and, no matter what he did, he just couldn't insert the 3rd disk ... while the 1st and 2nd were still in the floppy drive ...

It's an old one and i'm not sure it actually happened, but it just goes to show how dumb one can be ...
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#13
qwerty_lesh
HDD Docks have been as common as the cold for ages now, theres nothing special in the slightest that i can see which seperates these from all the others flooding the market.
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