Setup & Usage
Getting the UltraDock setup with your drive is very simple. We will be using a Corsair Force GT 120GB Solid State Drive. Now connect the AC adapter to the unit, your preferred connection and then the drive. For SATA drives there is a a nice adapter that has a single connector for both power and data. The adapter then goes into 2 separate connections, one for power and the other for data. You plug those into the designated ports on the UltraDock. Your setup should look something like what we have below.
When you turn the UltraDock on the LCD will light up and allow you to see all of the information on your connected drive.
With the dock you are also about to create a Host Protected Area (HPA) and Device Configuration Overlay (DCO). These are normally not visible by the operating system and can be used to troubleshoot and diagnose the drive.
Oh course with the dock connected we were able to easily access out drive. One thing that I did not like was that the USB 3.0 port was not backwards compatible with USB 2.0. This was confirmed by testing on 2 different systems as well as a laptop. We ran a few speeds tests in HD Tune Pro using the USB 3.0 and eSATA (SATA II) connections. The results are below.