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In order to create this rating list of the best external hard drive bays, we had to look through hundreds of products. We compared such aspects as material, cost, weight, and many other characteristics. You can always contact us and suggest any ideas if you think that our list can be improved.

We had to run numerous test in order to find the best possible external hard drive bays. The list of TOP external hard drive bays below is a great way to find a good model: simply choose a external hard drive bays you like and contact the seller.

Our Favorite 10 External Hard Drive Bays of 2018

Rating Image Name and Features Details
Design 5/5
Materials 5/5
Performance 5/5
Value 5/5
Inateck Usb 3.0 To Sata Dual-bay 1. Inateck Usb 3.0 To Sata Dual-bay
Integrated safeguards preventing overvoltage, leak currents, short circuits and peak voltage, interference and disturbance, guaranteed safer data transfer and access.
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Design 5/5
Materials 5/5
Performance 4/5
Value 4/5
Unitek Usb 3.0 To Sata I Ii Iii Dual Bay 2. Unitek Usb 3.0 To Sata I Ii Iii Dual Bay (Best Classic Design)
Super speed usb3.0 interfaces with data transfer rates up to 6gbps, 10 times faster than usb2.0, backward compatible with usb2.0 and 1.1.
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Design 5/5
Materials 5/5
Performance 5/5
Value 2/5
Support UASP 3. Support UASP
A perfect solution for backup & processing it data, batch processing data, formatting, file transfers, data recovery, etc.
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Design 4/5
Materials 5/5
Performance 5/5
Value 3/5
TerraMaster D5-300 USB3.0 4. TerraMaster D5-300 USB3.0
Compatible with various hard drives including 3.5″ sata hard drives, 2.5″ sata hard drives and ssd.
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Design 4/5
Materials 5/5
Performance 3/5
Value 3/5
Inateck Usb 3.0 To Sata Dual Bay 5. Inateck Usb 3.0 To Sata Dual Bay
Uasp and sata iii compatibility support 6 gbps transfer speeds.
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Design 3/5
Materials 3/5
Performance 4/5
Value 5/5
WAVLINK HDD Docking Station USB 3.0 to SATA 6. WAVLINK HDD Docking Station USB 3.0 to SATA
Insert 2 hard drives and access them as soon as they spun up.
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Design 5/5
Materials 2/5
Performance 5/5
Value 3/5
Yottamaster Aluminum Alloy 4 Bay 7. Yottamaster Aluminum Alloy 4 Bay (Best Lightweight)
Support for 4 bay hard disk read, the maximum 40tb large capacity and 10tb for single disk.
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Design 5/5
Materials 2/5
Performance 4/5
Value 4/5
Wavlink Usb C 3.1 To Sata Dual Bay 8. Wavlink Usb C 3.1 To Sata Dual Bay
Support 2x 8tb hard drive.
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Design 5/5
Materials 3/5
Performance 2/5
Value 4/5
Unitek Upgraded Version 9. Unitek Upgraded Version (Best Versatility Features)
Offer usb a and c connector for computer, compatible with macbook 2015/2016, chromebook pixel and more.
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Design 3/5
Materials 2/5
Performance 3/5
Value 5/5
Hard Drive Docking Station SATA III  II  I to USB 3.0 External Enclosure 10. Hard Drive Docking Station SATA III II I to USB 3.0 External Enclosure
Hdd docking supports sata i / ii / iii hard drive, and data transfer through usb 3.0 at speed of up to 5gbps.
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№ 1. Inateck Usb 3.0 To Sata Dual-bay Usb 3.0 Hard Drive Docking Station with Offline Clone Function for 2.5 3.5 Hdd Ssd Sata (sata I Ii Iii), Support 2x 8tb and Uasp, Black (fd2002)
 

Design
5/5
 

Materials
5/5
 

Performance
5/5
 

Value
5/5
 
Overall Brand Model Dimensions Weight Details
5.0
Inateck FD2002 5.7 x 4.3 x 2.4 inches 1.3 pounds
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Package includes: 1x usb 3.0 & ssd hdd sata docking station; 1x usb 3.0 cable; 1x 12v/3a power adapter; 1x manual. Support 2x 8tb hard drive; support offline clone, no drivers needed, easy installation; completely new cloning technology, computer-independent duplicating/cloning without computer support possible. Usb 3.0 external, sata-iii internal, especially made for 2.5 inch and 3.5 inch sata hdd/ssd, usb 3.0 superspeed & supports uasp, even faster data transfer. Stable and reliable dc power source: the power supply is highly efficient (12v.3000ma), so that a stable energy supply is guaranteed; entering sleep mode without operation in 30 minutes.

Integrated safeguards preventing overvoltage, leak currents, short circuits and peak voltage, interference and disturbance, guaranteed safer data transfer and access.

 

 
Pro
Usb 3.0 external
Support 2x 8tb hard drive
Package includes
Integrated safeguards preventing overvoltage
Con
It does not have cons at all.
 

What exactly did you take into consideration while making the list of the best external hard drive bays?

We considered so many factors that it is nearly impossible to tell you about all of them. Believe us, we did not forget about anything. Price, material, user score, and other characteristics of external hard drive bayswere used to create this TOP list. We tried our best to help you choose the best external hard drive bays!

 

 
№ 2. Unitek Usb 3.0 To Sata I Ii Iii Dual Bay External Hard Drive Docking Station for 2.5 3.5-inch Hdd Ssd, Hard Drive Duplicator Offline Clone Function, Support Uasp and 10tb, Black
 

Design
5/5
 

Materials
5/5
 

Performance
4/5
 

Value
4/5
 
Overall Brand Model Dimensions Weight Details
4.5
Unitek Y-3032 6.5 x 5 x 5 inches 1.6 pounds
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Supports uasp, provides faster transfers up to 70% faster read speeds and 40% faster write speeds over traditional usb 3.0; one touch backup function, led light indicates power and clone progress: 25%.50%.75%.100%. Compatible with windows xp / vista / 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10 (32 / 64 bit), mac os 10.10 or higher, linux, standalone duplicating / offline clone operation with led indicator offers 1: 1 copies of hard disks at a rate of up to 485 mb/s. Super speed usb3.0 interfaces with data transfer rates up to 6gbps.10 times faster than usb2.0, backward compatible with usb2.0 and 1.1; automatic sleep mode after 30 minutes of inactivity saves energy. Supports all 2.5”/ 3.5” sata i/ sata ii / sata iii hdd ssd (up to2 x 10tb); plug and play, no driver needed, hot-swapping, easy and quick, easy to set up and disassemble.

24h friendly customer service and email support. Package includes: 1 x usb 3.0 to sata hard drive dock; 1 x 3.9ft data cable; 1 x 12v 3a power adaptor; 1 x user manual.

 

 
Pro
We believe in
Super speed usb3.0 interfaces
Supports all 2.5”/ 3.5” sata i/ sata ii / sata iii hdd ssd
Supports uasp
Con
Not suitable for everyone due to the specific construction.
 

How to find out whether is external hard drive bays that I am buying is good?

Thanks to the our site, you do not have to worry about anything. Choosing a external hard drive bays on this site is very simple! You can check photographs. read detailed description of any specific external hard drive bays and read various user reviews. Learn from the experience of other people!

 

 
№ 3. Support UASP, Alxum Usb 3.0 to Sata Dual Bay External Hard Drive Hdd Ssd Docking Station for 2.5 3.5 Inch Sata I Ii Iii Up to 2 X 8tb, with Clone Function, Aluminum
 

Design
5/5
 

Materials
5/5
 

Performance
5/5
 

Value
2/5
 
Overall Brand Model Dimensions Weight Details
4.3
Alxum 4328574960 5.3 x 5 x 4.8 inches 1.59 pounds
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Apple aluminum stylish design and solid aluminum construction perfectly complements apple macbook air, macbook pro, imac, cinema display. Usb 3.0 dual bay hard drive docking station supports all 2.5”/ 3.5” sata i, sata ii, sata iii hdd ssd up to 8tb. No reboot and additional driver needed, hot-swapping, easy and quick tool-free installation. A perfect solution for backup & processing it data, batch processing data, formatting, file transfers, data recovery, etc. Backwards compatible with usb 2.0/1.1, provides faster transfers up to 70% faster read speeds and 40% faster write speeds.

 

 
Pro
Supports uasp
A perfect solution
Apple aluminum stylish design
Con
It is too expensive.
 

What am I supposed to do if I get a wrong product instead of the chosen external hard drive bays?

There is no need to worry since the support team will help you to return your money or replace the wrong item with the chosen external hard drive bays. Simply contact a support agent and describe your situation to get all the required help.

 

 
№ 4. TerraMaster D5-300 USB3.0 (5gbps) Type C 5-bay External Hard Drive Enclosure Support Raid 5 Hard Disk Raid Storage (diskless)
 

Design
4/5
 

Materials
5/5
 

Performance
5/5
 

Value
3/5
 
Overall Brand Model Dimensions Weight Details
4.3
TerraMaster D5-300-US 8.9 x 8.9 x 5.3 inches 7.49 pounds
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Compatible with various hard drives including 3.5″ sata hard drives.2.5″ sata hard drives and ssd. The product might not be able to detect the newly installed hard drives that had been used on other devices before. For the security of the data, please format the hard drives on the d5-300 before use. D5-300 can support five sata hard drives, is compatible with 12tb 3.5 inch sata hard drive, and has a total storage capacity up to 48tb ( in raid 5). (note: users need to purchase their own hard drives. ) d5-300 is equipped with brand new usb type-c high-speed interface and compatible with mac and windows computers.

Raid 5 is recommended as the best option for d5-300, which balances between data security and storage capacity. Please use hard drives in the same brand, model and capacity to build raid. Raid 5 in five hard drives guarantees the best performance. D5-300 comes with terramaster official software raid manager for building raid and checking hdd info. Please do not use 3rd party softwares. Real super speed with usb3.0 (5gbps) transport protocol. D5-300 adopts usb3.0 (5gbps) superspeed protocol. The speed is up to 235mb/s (read, max), and 210mb/s (write, max) with sshd.

Great for video editing, photo backup, storage of r&d technical documents, archival backup, music libraries, financial records, storage of video surveillance recordings and corporate data storage. Featuring an aluminum-alloy shell and low-noise fans, d5-300 is extremely solid and reliable with good heat dissipation capabilities and low noise production. It has passed multiple certifications, including fcc, ce, ul, gs and rohs.

 

 
Pro
Raid 5 is recommended as
Real super speed
Various applications
Con
It is more expensive than the most of similar product on the market.
 

 

 
№ 5. Inateck Usb 3.0 To Sata Dual Bay Hard Drive Docking Station In Gamer Style with Offline Clone Function for 2.5 3.5 Inch Sata I Ii Iii Hdd and Ssd, Support Uasp and 8 Tb Drives, Black(fd2005)
 

Design
4/5
 

Materials
5/5
 

Performance
3/5
 

Value
3/5
 
Overall Brand Model Dimensions Weight Details
3.8
Inateck 1.55 pounds
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Here s what you ll get: 1x usb 3.0 docking station; 1x usb 3.0 type-b to usb 3.0 a cable(1.2m); 1x dc power supply(12v.3a); 1x multilingual user manual. Compatible os: compatible with windows xp/ vista/ windows 7/ 8 /8.1/ 10/ linux/ mac os. 16 tb capacity: support up to two 8tb sata 2.5 /3.5 hard drives simultaneously with this attractive gamer style design. Easy-to-use offline cloning function. High-class chip asm1156: uasp and sata iii compatibility support 6 gbps transfer speeds. Superspeed usb 3.0 supports 5 gbps transfer speeds; 10x faster than usb 2.0. User friendly: transfer data without the hassle of drivers or installations with the lastest hot swapping/plug and play technology. Also, it will enter sleep mode after 30 minutes of inactivity.

 

 
Pro
User friendly
High-class chip asm1156
Compatible os
16 tb capacity
Con
May be too heavy for some people.
Is not affordable for an average person.
 

 

 
№ 6. WAVLINK HDD Docking Station USB 3.0 to SATA, Dual Bay External Hard Drive Dock with Offline Clone Backup Function for 2.5 3.5 Inch Hdd Ssd SataⅠ …� …� Support 2 X 8tb and Uasp
 

Design
3/5
 

Materials
3/5
 

Performance
4/5
 

Value
5/5
 
Overall Brand Model Dimensions Weight Details
3.8
WAVLINK WL-ST334U2 6.5 x 5.1 x 4.9 inches 2 pounds
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Stable and reliable – built-in power control switch; highly efficient (12v.3a), stable and reliable dc power source guarantees a steady supply of energy; automatic sleep mode after 30 minutes of inactivity saves energy. Recognize hard drives immediately – insert 2 hard drives and access them as soon as they spun up; no need to waiting for a long time any more; simply plug the hard drive into the sata docking station and connect it to a pc or computer, it is really easy to use. Led indicator showing the cloning states – with beautiful red blue led indicator light showing the hard drive dock working process, you can track the sata docking station cloning states all the time; everything is in your control.

Offline clone & support 2 8tb – get an sata external duplicator for your 2.5 inch/3.5 inch hdd, ssd; great way to transfer data between hard drive; hdd docking station also can worked as an external hard drive disk enclosure ; support 2 8tb hard drivers with uasp protocol.

 

 
Pro
Offline clone & support 2
Data transfer rates up to 5gbps
Led indicator showing the cloning states
Recognize hard drives immediately
Con
It is too short.
 

 

 
№ 7. Yottamaster Aluminum Alloy 4 Bay 3.5 Inch Usb3.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure Tool Free Sata3.0 Desktop Support 4 X 10tb and Uasp -silver
 

Design
5/5
 

Materials
2/5
 

Performance
5/5
 

Value
3/5
 
Overall Brand Model Dimensions Weight Details
3.8
Yottamaster 4328327051 8.6 pounds
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Super speed: usb 3.0 to sata 3.0 provides 5gbps max data transfer rate; uasp protocol increases speed by 20%, reducing cpu utilization, data delay and waiting time. Support: support for 4 bay hard disk read, the maximum 40tb large capacity and 10tb for single disk; widely compatible with most major systems of windows, linux and mac. Material: made of aluminum alloy, sandblasted with anodic oxidation process on the surface; powered by an external 12v6.5a power supply. Excellent design: tool-free installation; plug-and-play hot swapping; led light will monitor the working status of the hard drive at any time; designed with honeycomb heat dissipation holes, to improve heat dissipation performance, and a high-power 8cm silent fan.

Multi-safe protection: anti over voltage, over current, overheating, short circuit, leakage and other multiple-protection designs, to ensure the safety of data transmission.

 

 
Pro
Multi-safe protection
Super speed
Excellent design
Con
Starts to tear apart after a month of use.
 

 

 
№ 8. Wavlink Usb C 3.1 To Sata Dual Bay External Hard Drive Docking Station with Offline Clone for 2.5 3.5in Ssd Hdd Sata (sata I Ii Iii ) 6gbps, Support 2x 8tb and Uasp-black
 

Design
5/5
 

Materials
2/5
 

Performance
4/5
 

Value
4/5
 
Overall Brand Model Dimensions Weight Details
3.8
WAVLINK FBA_WL-ST334UC 6.5 x 5.2 x 5 inches 1.5 pounds
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Support 2x 8tb hard drive; supports 2.5″ & 3.5″ sata (sata i/ ii/ iii) hdd and ssd. Compatible with windows, mac os, linux. Highly efficient (12v.3000ma), stable and reliable dc power source guarantees a steady supply of energy; automatic sleep mode after 30 minutes of inactivity saves energy. Offline data copy between two hard drives with no computer involved. A competent assistant for data backup. Compatible with usb3.1, usb3.0, usb2.0. Usb c-c cable is packaged with a bandwidth of 5gbps. Can be used with different type c laptops and tablets, including macbook pro 2017.2015 chromebook pixel, and etc.

Package includes: 1x usb 3.1 & ssd hdd sata docking station; 1x usb type c cable; 1x 12v/3a power adapter; 1x manual.

 

 
Pro
Highly efficient
Support 2x 8tb hard drive
Offline data copy between two hard drives
Package includes
Con
In comparison with other options, this one offers the lowest number of features.
It is very hard to store because of the big size.
 

 

 
№ 9. Unitek Upgraded Version, Usb 3.1 Usb-c(type C) to Sata Gen 2 (10gbps) Single Bay External Hard Drive Docking Station for 2.5 3.5 Inch Sata Ssd Hdd, Includes Usb-a and Usb C Cable, Support Uasp and 8tb
 

Design
5/5
 

Materials
3/5
 

Performance
2/5
 

Value
4/5
 
Overall Brand Model Dimensions Weight Details
3.5
Unitek Y-3605 5.4 x 3.2 x 2.5 inches 1.25 pounds
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The sata hdd docking station supports sata 6g, sata 3g & sata 1.5g, supports all standard 2.5” or 3.5” sata-i, sata-ii, sata-iii hdd ssd drives up to 8tb. Uasp (usb attached scsi protocol): supports for hdd/ssd faster transfer performance.70% faster than traditional usb 3.0, requires uasp capable host controller and operating system. Compatible operating systems: windows 2000/me/xp /vista/7/ 8 /8.1 (32/64-bit), windows 10, mac os 10.10 or higher easy and quick tool-free installation for windows and mac systems. Includes usb-a & usb c cables: offer usb a and c connector for computer, compatible with macbook 2015/2016, chromebook pixel and more.

Usb 3.1 gen: equipped super speed usb 3.1 transfer speed up to 10gbps. Backward compatible with usb 3.0.2.0 and 1. Please note: disk throughput is limited to sata iii interface-6gbps maximum transfer rate. Real world performance depends on the disk drive and host system.

 

 
Pro
Usb 3.1 gen
The sata hdd docking station supports sata 6g
Compatible operating systems
Includes usb-a & usb c cables
Con
May be too heavy for some people.
Housing material smells disgusting.
 

 

 
№ 10. Hard Drive Docking Station SATA III II I to USB 3.0 External Enclosure for 2.5 and 3.5 Inch Sata Iii Hard Drive Ssd Hdd Single Bay Hdd Docking Supports Uasp and Hard Drive Up to 10tb Capacity
 

Design
3/5
 

Materials
2/5
 

Performance
3/5
 

Value
5/5
 
Overall Brand Model Dimensions Weight Details
3.3
Rosewill RX234 7.5 x 6 x 1.8 inches 10.4 ounces
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Compatible with windows 2000/windows me/windows 98/xp/vista/7/8/10, mac os 9.1/10.8.4 above. No drivers needed (ndn) for windows os and mac os. Hdd docking supports sata i / ii / iii hard drive, and data transfer through usb 3.0 at speed of up to 5gbps. It has 40 inch usb 3.0 cable and a 12v / 2a power adapter. Hard drive docking station sata iii / ii / i to usb 3.0 external enclosure for 2.5 & 3.5 inch sata iii hard drive ssd hdd single bay hdd docking supports uasp feature. With 64 bit os (operating system), it supports hard drive capacity up to 10tb. With 32 bit os, it supports up to 2tb.

Single eject button makes it safer to remove the hard drive from the docking station.

 

 
Pro
Single eject button makes it safer
Hdd docking supports sata i / ii / iii hard drive
Hard drive docking station sata iii / ii / i
With 64 bit os
Con
The material quickly gets wet under the rain.
 

What is the defining factor when choosing a external hard drive bays?

If you are buying a external hard drive bays for the fist time in your life and do not really know much about it, you should always look carefully for user reviews from other customers. Learn from the experience of other people and try to find a external hard drive bays according to its material and assembly quality.

How long is the minimum warranty period for an average external hard drive bays?

In the most cases, two-year long warranty period is considered as optimal for external hard drive bays. external hard drive bayshave a tendency to lose their quality with time. Replacing old external hard drive bayswith a new model is a much better option than an overpriced lifetime warranty.

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