Thanks for your questions!
We do our best to provide as much detail on the listings as we can, however length restrictions make this a area where prioritizing information is necessary. Thanks for your input on details you’re interested in- we’ll look at adding some further details on these topics where we can and appreciate the input.
- What type of cable connection is used for the Plugable USB3-SATA-UASP1 Lay Flat Docking Station? Is it a USB 3.0 B-Type or is it USB micro B? There’s no detail images of the back of the device.
It’s a standard full size USB 3.0 A/B cable, with the same connections as this one:
- More images of the device.
Thanks for the input- we’ll get more photos up ASAP.
- Is the power button on the device mechanical power button? In other words, once it’s off, it stays off. If the device is turned off, and then encounters a USB power on event (like when the computer powers on) will it turn itself on?
Yes, it is a mechanical on/off switch. Off is off, no action from the host will change this.
- Does the hard drive dock turn off the hard drive after idle time?
No: this avoids any potential issues with resuming from sleep and subsequent missed backups/recordings/etc.
We understand this is important to many users, and while we are looking into releasing a firmware that has disks power down on the dock/drive when the system sleeps and/or when the safely remove/eject command, however we don’t want to risk the reliability/stability of the connection to implement this, so progress can be slow, and as a result we can’t promise a timeframe on this potential update.
- Does the dock pull the drive periodically if there’s no I/O access. If I’m using a hard drive that has power saving features (like the WD Green drives), will the dock’s periodic polling negate these power saving features on the hard drive.
From what I can tell, the power saving from the Green drives come primarily from variable rotational speed and parking the heads, not from actually spinning down/sleeping the drive. Please let me know if you have evidence otherwise, I haven’t found WD documentation here overly informative, and have been tracking this personally for years http://techreport.com/review/15769/we….
Here is the best/most recent resource I can find from WD on the topic (Jan 2013): http://www.wdc.com/wdproducts/library…
From what I can tell, the power savings from variable rotational speed and head parking would also be present, however again the sparse details from WD on the topic make me a little uncertain here.
I hope these details help, but please let us know if you still have any questions!
MCITP Enterprise Support Technician