Well, it’s happened to most of us, our computer or external hard drive has failed at some point or another. When this happens, panic sets in mostly because there is no backup available. This is where a hard drive docking station comes in handy. Basically, you just connect the failed external hard drive or the internal hard drive to the docking station to access all your data.
In addition to using the docking station for data recovery, it can also be used for other applications such as copy or transfer data, to clone storage media offline, to plug and play connected media (without drivers) etc.
How to install and use a USB hard drive docking station?
Installing and using a USB hard drive docking station is extremely simple. These steps outlined below will help you use a USB hard drive docking station.
- First, connect the docking station to a power supply
- Then, connect the USB docking station to your Mac system using a USB cable
- Insert the hard drive into the docking station in the proper slot
- Turn ON the docking station with the help of Power button
- Your Mac will detect the device automatically
- Now, you can transfer data from the hard drive
Types of USB hard drive docking stations
There are many different types of docking stations like single-bay, two-bay and multiple-bay. A single-bay docking station is used to retrieve data from a failed Mac device. Using this, you can copy data manually or use the disk image feature in Disk Utility.
A two-bay docking station is used to access data from failed hard drives in an offline mode. All you have to do is insert the source and target drive into the docking station and switch it ON. Then click on the Copy button to transfer all data.
Multiple-bay docking stations are mostly used by IT technicians for mass data transfer. These stations also support RAID systems mostly used in corporate environments. So, depending on your requirement, you can use a single or a two-bay docking station.
Conclusion: Disadvantages of USB hard drive docking stations and data recovery using Remo Recover
USB docking stations can be used for data recovery from hard drives but not in cases when the drive has completely failed and in other complex scenarios. Below are some situations where docking station cannot be used and data recovery tools like Remo Recover are necessary.
- Complete Drive failure: If your hard drive has failed completely, the docking station may not detect the device and may not recover data
- Bad sectors: If your hard drive is on the verge of failing, it may mostly encounter bad sectors. This often results in the drive becoming inaccessible making data recovery difficult for docking stations
- File system/partition damage: Often occurs as a result of virus attacks/improper shutdowns etc.
If you encounter any of these situations like complete drive failure, bad sectors, file system damage/corruption etc, then professional data recovery services like Remo Recover are your best choice. It is an all-in-tool data recovery tool to recover data in all kinds of data loss situations. For instance, if bad sectors are present on your drive, it is capable of creating disk images to recover data by skipping the bad sectors.
Also with the help of Remo Recover, you can recover data from failed hard drives by connecting it to a healthy system. These are the advantages of using Remo Recover. Refer the link to recover failed logical drive.
This tool works with all latest versions of Mac OS as well as Windows, so you should not face any issues with compatibility.