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TechSlate | January 24, 2014

NewerTech Voyager S3 Drive Docking Solution For Mac

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You might have the need to access data from an older hard drive or check the files in it from your MacBook Pro or iMac. This especially happens when you are migrating from your Windows-based desktops and laptops to Mac or want to retrieve data from a computer with failed hardware (save the HDD). There could be a large amount of data like Music files, videos, movies and other kind of files to move to your Mac. If you have a lot of data that could be hard to copy and move to your computer with the help of a pen drive. The NewerTech Voyager S3 docking base could be the best solution to help you move or take a look at the data in an older SATA hard drive. The Voyager S3 could also be a great option to bypass an expensive Macbook Pro hard drive upgrade and backup the files to regular Serial ATA drives that are cheaper when compared to external hard drives.

2.5 and 3.5 inch SATA drive
The NewerTech Voyager S3 is compatible with PCs and MACs. You can insert any standard 3.5 inch and 2.5 inch drive into the Voyager S3 and start reading and writing data and blazing speeds. There are 2 LEDs that notify the status of the device – the blue notification light on the left side glows when the device has power and red LED flashes when there is any disk activity.

Plug and Play and Hot-Swap Ready
The device doesn’t need the installation of any additional software on your computer nor do you have to configure anything on the device or your computer. Once the docking base is connected to your Mac, you just have to insert your hard drive in to the device and start reading or writing data. If you have several drives that you need to access, you can remove the drive with the help of the eject button and insert a different one and you don’t even have to restart your computer. The best thing about this docking system is the noise-free operation, even though the SATA drives used with the device have moving parts.

Build and Design
Although the device doesn’t look stunning, it is small and doesn’t take a lot of room on you disk and has a really good build quality. It has a top loading design and it looks more like a bread toaster. It measures 5.2 x 3.7 x 2.6 inches in dimensions and weighs just over half a kilogram. On the base are rubber feet, which ensure stable operation and safety when perched at a good height from ground.

Who needs this device?
The device is ideal for people who have a lot of data to handle and can’t afford to have several computers to store data. Whether you are a photographer or a videographer who does not have the luxury of multiple enclosures for archiving all the multitude of data the Voyager S3 is the right solution. Backup or retrieve data from the drive effortlessly and store your hard drives safely.

USB 3.0
It supports USB 3.0 and supports data speeds up to 500 Megabytes per second. Even if you have an older Mac with only USB 2.0, you will still be able to hook up this device with your computer since it is backward compatible with USB 2.0 machines.

Macintosh Requirements and compatibility
NewerTech Voyager S3 BackThe Voyager S3 is compatible with literally all Mac machines out there. It is also compatible with Time Machine if you are using Mac OS X 10.5 and later. However, you won’t be able to use a drive over 2 TB unless you have Mac OS X 10.2 and later. This is because older versions of Mac OS were made for hardware that supported 32 bit architecture. It is the same with older versions of Windows as well and not an issue with the Voyager S3, but just a shortcoming of an obsolete operating system.

The product is not only great for recovering data from a PC with a failed motherboard, but also help your store information on to an hard drive when you are running low on disk space and avoid a dear Macbook Pro hard drive upgrade.
Voyager S3

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