Programmers' Pain
21Jul/120

Offtopic #2: Sharkoon SATA QuickPort XT USB3.0 and its on/off switch

Sharkoon SATA Quickport USB3.0 XT before/after moving the on/off switch from the back to the top part of the docking station

Sharkoon SATA Quickport USB3.0 XT before/after moving the on/off switch from the back to the top part of the docking station

While searching for an USB3.0 docking station for 3.5" SATA hard drives the SATA Quickport XT USB3.0 offered by Sharkoon got my attention at one point. It's simple, not that pricey and doesn't take up too much space. One of the things I was looking for was that it should provide an on/off switch so that you don't have to rely on the operating system to suspend the disks which usually depends on how well the SATA<->USB bridge inside the docking station is supported. What I don't understand is why Sharkoon places this switch on the back of the docking station so that it can't be reached easily if a disk is inserted into it - this kind of sucks if suspending the disk via the operating system doesn't work reliable. But luckily the top part of the docking station isn't used by an eject button, activity-LEDs or anything else except the imprinted Sharkoon logo - guess where I've moved the on/off switch to 🙂