The market for HDD docks is not exactly a large one, but it can easily be said to be a persistent one, as there are quite a few hardware makers that supply it on a regular basis, one of them, Sharkoon, having made its most recent move just a short time ago.
The one big problem with buying a new storage unit is that older hard disk drives end up gathering dust somewhere, even though they are still perfectly functional, provided the reason for acquiring a new storage device wasn't the previous one's failure.
With all the new, high-capacity HDDs and very fast SSDs getting launched, many consumers have no doubt upgraded their machines. Add to this the element of hybrid drives (HDDs with built-in NAND) and there will be many bystander storage devices.
Fortunately, there are IT players that know of how their prospective customers would love to still make use of their old, trusted sidekicks, so to speak.
On that note, the HDD dock was invented, essentially a peripheral which supports SATA units and connects them to a computer via USB or whatever other, external interface the company chooses to add support for.
Sharkoon has several of these on sale, and the most recent one might just be trying to top the rest, being capable of supporting up to four units at once.
The drives can be hard disks, SSDs (solid state drives) or even hybrid drives featuring the 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch form factor.
A pair of adjustable fans is present, while the link to the host PC is done via eSATA or USB 3.0 (one of each type of port exists).
All in all, the newcomer measures 285 (L) x 165 (W) x 95 (H) mm and weighs 1,030 grams, its name being SATA QuickPort Quattro.
Online stores should start listing it, if they haven't already, for 98.50 Euro, and all available information can be found here