Recovering data from a hard drive can be a very annoying task, especially if the drive that dies or has an error is your operating system drive. Hard drive docks and adapters have been around for a long time and they make it extremely simple to connect your hard drive, then connect the dock to your PC so you can troubleshoot and repair the drive. The product we are taking a look at today is the WiebeTech UltraDock v5 which supports SATA and IDE hard drives and has USB 3.0, Firewire 400, Firewire 800 and eSATA connections so no matter what computer you will be connecting it to it will work. Will the UltraDock v5 be the newest addition to your PC troubleshooting and repair tools? Read on to find out!
Special thanks to WiebeTech for providing us with the UltraDock v5 to review.
LCD and Menu system – Four buttons (up/down/back/enter) make it easy to navigate the new menu system.
Three FireWire Ports – Two FireWire 800 and one FireWire 400, all support daisy chaining. You can connect up to two new FireWire devices behind UltraDock.
USB 3.0 Port – Connect to your computer via USB 3.0/2.0.
eSATA Port – Connect to your computer via eSATA
DC Power In – Allows powering using the included AC adapter.
SATA Disk Drive Power In – Allows powering from standard SATA drive power connectors as is found in most computers.
Power Input LED – Identifies valid power input source on DC input jack.
Power Output LED – Verifies that power output is operational.
On / Off Switch – Recessed to prevent accidental switching.
IDE Cable Connector – Supports attachment to drives inside of computers.
SATA Cable Connector – Connect 2.5″ or 3.5″ SATA drives
Aluminum case – Briefcase tough; excellent heat dissipation.
Small size – Take it anywhere.
The UltraDock v5 comes in a pretty standard box that has a photo of the UltraDock on the front and a list of features. Opening the box up the first thing you see the UltraDock v5 wrapped in an anti-static bag. All of the accessories are at the bottom of the box. Getting everything out you have the UltraDock v5 unit, AC adapter, FireWire 800 cable, FireWire 400 cable, eSATA host cable, USB cable, cables for SATA drive, cables for IDE drive, drive plate and screws and the quick start guide.
To give you a better idea of how the UltraDock v5 comes and for a brief overview check out our unboxing and overview video below.