External hard drive with enclosure and docking station

I tried to find a external hard drive (SSD/HDD) that can be connected via a docking station using USB 3.0 and have a drive enclosure so that the drive is well protected. I was primarily interested in 2.5 inch drives.

Seagate once offered the good "Free Agent" 2.5" model together with the "Free Agent Go Dock" docking station. But that's in the past.

It seem we won't get lucky currently if we're not a bit flexible. So here is the list of devices I found. I highlighted the bad properties - and there is always one. Only looked for devices that are available on the european market.

  • Seagate GoFlex Desk
    1x 3.5", USB 3.0
  • Seagate GoFlex Home
    1x 3.5", USB 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet
  • Seagate GoFlex Net
    2x 2.5", USB 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet

parted: Warning: The resulting partition is not properly aligned for best performance.

sudo parted /dev/sdc mkpart primary ext4
Start? 0
End? -0

Ergab:

Warning: The resulting partition is not properly aligned for best performance.

Lösung:

sudo parted -a cylinder /dev/sdc mkpart primary ext4
Start? 0
End? -0

Ursache:

Die Sektoren der Festplatten sind mittlerweile physikalisch 4096 Bytes groß. Dem Betriebssystem wird aber dennoch aus Kompatibilitätsgründen 512er Sektoren vorgegaukelt. Damit es nicht zu Geschwindigkeiteinbußen kommt, müssen vier 512er genau über einem 4096 Sektor liegen. - http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/linux/library/l-4kb-sector-disk