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NewerTech Voyager S3

Use and swap 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch SATA drives with this USB 3.0 / USB 2.0 drive dock.

USB 3.0 / USB 2.0
Mac / PC / 2 Year NewerTech Enclosure Limited Warranty
Swap Drives at Will
Accessing multiple drives couldn't be simpler as Voyager's unique design makes hot-swapping drives a breeze. Just insert any standard 2.5" or 3.5" SATA drive with up to 6.0TB capacity into the Voyager, and connect it to your Mac or PC via USB 3.0 or USB 2.0. There's nothing else to install or configure!

When you're finished using a drive, a simple press of the eject button lifts the drive off the SATA connector, allowing the drive to be easily removed.
Perfect for Data, Photo, and Video Workflows
Managing libraries of drive data just gets easier when a Voyager is integrated into your workflow. Save yourself the time of installing a drive into a computer, or the cost maintaining multiple external enclosures, power supplies, and interface cables. And unlike internal SATA connectors inside a computer or external enclosure, Voyager's SATA drive connector is made to be reused over-and-over to ensure long-term reliability.
Universal Capability
With the USB 3.0 / USB 2.0 cable included, an auto-switching power supply for worldwide compatibility, and flexible operating system compatibility, the NewerTech Voyager can traverse your data universe with ease.

Note: These Voyager docks are designed to spin down the hard drive and sleep after 15 minutes of inactivity, even if "Put drives to sleep when possible" is disabled in System Preferences. This is a power-saving and heat management feature.

Features

  • Supports all 2.5" and 3.5" SATA drives up to 6.0TB
  • USB 3.0 for maximum data transfer rates and fully backward compatible with USB 2.0 for system compatibility
  • Data transfer rates up to 6.0Gb/s (500MB/s)
  • Push button drive eject for safe removal
  • Hot-Swap functionality for fast access of multiple SATA drives
  • Weighted base and non skid rubber feet for stable operation
  • 2-Color Status LED:
    Left side Blue = Power
    Right side Flashing Red = Disk Activity
  • Compact design…measures 5.28″ x 3.70″ x 2.68″ inches
  • Quiet fanless operation
  • Plug and Play with Macs and PCs
  • High quality USB 3.0 (Standard-B to Standard-A) USB 2.0 backwards compatible cable included
  • RoHS Compliant
  • 2 Year NewerTech Enclosure Limited Warranty

Includes

  1. 2.5" & 3.5" SATA 6Gb/s, 3Gb/s or 1.5Gb/s drive connector
  2. Hinged flap for 3.5″ drive access
  3. Drive eject lever for safe removal of 3.5″ drives
  4. Status LED:
    Blue = Power
    Flashing Red = Disk Activity
  5. Power receptacle
  6. USB 3.0 port
  7. External Auto-Switching US/Intl. UL Listed 100-240V AC/ 50-60Hz, 12V/2.5 Amp Output
  8. High Quality USB 3.0 (Standard-B to Standard-A) USB 2.0 backwards compatible cable
  9. Voyager S3 Manual (980KB PDF)
  10. 2 Year NewerTech Enclosure Limited Warranty with 48-Hour Turnaround Time

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Product Specifications

Bridge Chipset

  • ASMedia 1053e

Interface/Ports

  • One USB 3.0 port, fully backward compatible with USB 2.0

UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol) Compliant

  • Yes

Supports

  • Supports all 2.5" and 3.5" SATA drives up to 6.0TB

Data Transfer

  • USB 3.0 SuperSpeed up to 500MB/sec

Port/Interface Bootability

  • Can I use this solution as an external startup drive?
  • USB 3.0: Supported on Macs and PC's meeting minimum requirements. - Click for more info
  • USB 2.0: Supported on Macs and PC's meeting minimum requirements. - Click for more info

UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol) Compliant

  • Yes

Material

  • ABS black plastic with non-skid rubber feet

Dimensions and Weight

  • 5.28″ x 3.70″ x 2.68″ (W x D x H)
  • 134.11mm x 93.98mm x 68.07mm
  • 1.35 lbs. (.61kg) (without drive)

Power Supply

Compatibility

  • Macintosh Requirements:
    Macintosh OS 8.6 to 9.2.2, OS X 10.2.x or later including 'Mavericks' 10.9.x, and an available USB 3.0 port. Time Machine® Compatible: Mac OS X 10.5 (version introduced) and later. Support for drives over 2TB requires Mac OS X 10.2 and later.
  • Windows Requirements:
    Windows 98 or later and an available FireWire, USB, or eSATA port. Support for drives over 2.0TB requires Windows XP 64-bit and later.
  • Linux Requirements:
    Linux compatible via supported the USB interface.
  • OWC Note: Windows XP 64-bit version and later recognize drives over 2.0TB.  Windows XP 32-bit version DOES NOT support drives over 2.0TB.

Product Manual

Warranty

2 Year NewerTech Enclosure Limited Warranty

The best warranty is one you never have to use, but should the need occur - NewerTech is proud to provide a superior level of support and warranty coverage to our customers. Even when not used, we understand the peace of mind afforded by a longer warranty period. NewerTech's industry leading coverage is a testament to our confidence in the reliability of the solutions that we offer. NewerTech solutions are engineered to demanding quality standards in order to deliver the most reliable, highest performance available on the market in each storage category.

View more information about the 2 Year NewerTech Enclosure Limited Warranty

Note: Do not disassemble or otherwise open your NewerTech solution prior to the conclusion of NewerTech's 2 year Limited Warranty period. Doing so will void the remainder of the NewerTech limited warranty.

Recommended USB 3.0 Cards

Manufacturer provided specifications for Newer Technology p/n U3S3HD UPC#: 811643012233

Reviews

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.7 / 5 41 out of 41 (100%) reviewers would recommend this product
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Reviewer: Blick Location: Utah Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Yes! November 8, 2016 If you are looking for a USB 3 dock without having to pay for other types of ports this is the one. Works exactly as advertised.

I would recommend this item to a friend! Customer Videos:

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Reviewer: jjjonas
Rating: 5/5 Worked perfectly & inexpensive October 28, 2016 Not much more to say. Plug & play.

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Reviewer: pcsnet Location: St. Louis Age: Over 65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Very easy to use. Very reliable. August 14, 2016 I have 3 of these.

I use one with a SSD drive to boot my iMac. It boots in 30 seconds. I have used other SSDs to test apps and OSs.

I use the other two for attaching hard drives. The response time is very good.

I would recommend this item to a friend! Customer Videos:

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Austin, TX Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 3/5 Voyager S3 Review June 12, 2016 Works as advertized, but does not perform well as a Time Machine drive.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User
Rating: 5/5 working well April 4, 2016 No problems with this device yet. Don't expect any.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 Overall very good. March 14, 2016 I have used an earlier model for weekly backups and archiving files for the past 3-4 years and never had any problems, nor with this one in the 3 months of use. The older model has a 2 TB drive limitation but I have used this one with 4 TB hard drives.

It would be nice if there was a flap or separate cover which would entirely block the drive opening instead of just reducing it to a 2.5" drive outline. I live in a very dusty house and the opening just invites dust and lint settling on the drive connectors. I guess I can use an inelegant plastic bag when the drive is not in use.

The power adapter as I have it now is plugged directly into a powerstrip and with my strip covers a total of 4 outlets! It looks like one should be able to remove the plug and perhaps use a cord instead but I just looked at my box and do not see or recall seeing a separate cord. I tried to remove the plug and it is in there so tightly or the release button just is not working I was worried about breaking it just to see what kind of cord it would take.

The older design which sat with the shorter side towards the user fit better on my shelf.

I like the addition of power button but is is at the back of the unit and fiddly to reach instead of on the top front as part of the operation light display (it just looks like a button). My information may be out of date but even with a power button of this kind the adapter may still draw power when the unit is turned off so I like to keep mine plugged into a powerstrip I can turn off completely. If the adapter were inside the unit the power button could really fill a purpose and it would reduce clutter.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User
Rating: 5/5 Good performance for a low price February 20, 2016 I use this docking station with a variety of Seagate drives to backup my data using USB 3. Data throughput for large files is 160+MBytes/sec. Sometimes I will see close to 200MBytes/sec. Much better than the USB 2/Firewire 800 docking station I was using.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: CT
Rating: 5/5 Great way to swap drives on my iMac. February 18, 2016 Works like a charm for swapping out drives. I don't need hot swapping so this does the trick.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous
Rating: 5/5 easy to use at a great price January 10, 2016 This unit is basically plug-and-play. Swapping hard drives is a breeze and the hookup couldn't be easier. As a real bonus, the price is very low.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Indiana Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Very handy device December 18, 2015 Provides a quick and simple means for archiving project data

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Calgary, AB
Rating: 5/5 Works great with all drive types November 18, 2015 Very reliable drive bay - compared to other solutions like a simple USB to SATA cable for low powered drives. Durable and easy to use.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from (*) Newer Technology Voyager S3 'SuperSpeed' USB 3.0 SATA 2.5" & 3.5" Drive Docking Solution *Used*.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: NH
Rating: 5/5 great way to re-use old hard drives October 27, 2015 After swapping my slower hard drives in my Mac or PC I was looking for a way to recycle the pulled drives usage......

This works perfectly for both 2.5 and 3.5 drives!

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: NH Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 required for hard drive upgrades September 9, 2015 upgrading a drive? use this to plug in and format the new drive. use carbon copy cloner to clone the installed drive. install new drive no problems with files.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: San Jose, CA Age: 55-65 Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 great price/meets an unmet need September 6, 2015 A couple of years ago, I had a hard disk die in my MacBookPro and replaced it with a hybrid from OWC. I kept the old drive on my desk for years, wondering what I would find if I could ever extract the information from it. When I saw this item, it seemed like just the ticket...and it was! Using this and data recovery software, I was able to recovery quite a bit of data (photos especially) that I thought were gone forever. Works with 2.5 inch and 3.5 inch drives, I can also use it with a 3.5 inch drive as an external drive for the MacBookPro. Just what I needed!

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Fresno, CA Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Easy External Cloning Docking Station August 29, 2015 I use this USB 3 docking station (plus an eSATA one) to clone the 6 hard drives in my MacPro. This docking station allows me to purchase less expensive 'bare' hard drives for my backing up work.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous
Rating: 4/5 Awesome product August 16, 2015 Thought my hard drive was inaccessible but this tool helped me download all my photos and data. Also useful as a standby disk device.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer Top 100 Contributor
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Plainsboro, NJ Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 NewerTech Voyager S3 'SuperSpeed' USB 3.0 Interface SATA 6Gb/s Drive Docking Solution August 14, 2015 OWC provides good solutions that last along time.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer Top 250 Contributor
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Doha Qatar Age: 35-44 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 4/5 Good Hot Swap Desk HDD Docking Bay August 11, 2015 This is a good quality product and very reliable in performance.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Age: 35-44 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Great Docking July 30, 2015 I had a usb 2.0 now bought this usb 3.0... Great product, fast, reliable... My old docking is 5 years old... and still working... But the new one is a lot faster

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer Top 250 Contributor
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Batimore Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 Voyager makes swapping drives and backing up easy July 11, 2015 The Voyager S3 is a great way to archive information onto bare drives. Also when mirroring a drive or simply backing up data, the S3 is a capable piece of hardware. So far so good; others have complained about the durability of the unit, but I've only used it half a dozen times, so I can't speak to how it holds up.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Las Vegas Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User
Rating: 5/5 Fast interface! June 24, 2015 This unit replaced a USB 2 unit I used prior to getting this one. Much faster with USB 3.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: PA Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Smart, very smart June 22, 2015 This product is so smart, so simple. I recently had to replace the entire guts of a medical device that included a new hard drive. I took the previous hard drive, dropped it into the Voyager and had a new backup device for my desktop at very little expense.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer Top 250 Contributor
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: ohio Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 5-6 months
Rating: 5/5 great item May 9, 2015 great item

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer Top 250 Contributor
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: L.A., CA Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Get the S3, not the Q April 29, 2015 I have the Voyager Q and the Voyager S3. Get the S3. I've had problems with the Micro-B Cable and Micro-B receptor on the model Q. THe S3 works like a charm.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Round Rock, TX Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 This is a great tool for backups! April 25, 2015 I recently purchased a NewerTech Voyager S3 SATA disk dock from OWC for use with my Mac Mini. So what is the Voyager S3? It is a stand into which 3.5" or 2.5" SATA disk drives up to 6 TB in size can be 'plugged in'. The Voyager S3 has it's own external power source and attaches to your computer via a USB (USB 3.0, backwards compatible with 2.0) connection.

The stand has a power and activity light on the front, and a power button on the rear. An eject button on the top of the unit assists in removing drives. With the industry standard USB connection the unit is compatible with OS X, Linux and Windows systems.

Operation is simple. When I received the unit I connected it by USB cable to my Mac Mini, then attached the included power adapter. I dropped in an 80GB SATA drive and turned the unit on. My Mac saw the drive and let me know that it was not formatted. I formatted the drive using Disk Utility and the drive was automatically mounted upon completion of formatting.

I currently have three SATA drives that I have formatted and can attach any of them in minutes for data archiving and retrieval. This is a low cost method of augmenting your system storage while keeping your costs low. I have wanted one of these for a few years and now that I have it, I see that it will become an integral part of my system operation.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from (*) Newer Technology Voyager S3 'SuperSpeed' USB 3.0 SATA 2.5" & 3.5" Drive Docking Solution.

*Use of eSATA interface requires system reboot in order to recognize drive

NOTE: Voyager only accepts SATA interface drives If you have IDE/ATA interface
drives (show IDE), we recommend the NewerTech USB Universal Drive Adapters.

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