CineRAID CR-H116 USB 3.0 HDD Docking Station Review


It is a question that is almost as old as the computer hard drive itself. What do I do with this old hard drive? As soon as people started upgrading the storage on their computers, that question has been asked. For quite some time, the options were limited. You could reuse it, sell it, or recycle it.

This brings us to the CineRAID CR-H116. The CineRAID CR-H116 USB 3.0 hard drive dock allows a person to use any new or maybe not so new 2.5 or 3.5 SATA 6Gb/s drive and dock it to the computer of his or her choice. The dock can be connected by USB 1.1/2/3.0/3.1, which leaves plenty of connection options. Drives can be up to 6TB can be used. The CineRAID CR-H116 USB 3.0 Hard Drive Dock promises to be a cost-efficient, and versatile solution to access photos, pictures, music, or video files stored away in your any 2.5″ or 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s hard drive. Plus you can enjoy quicker and easy hard drive access through the latest built-in SuperSpeed USB 3.0 w/ UASP to maximize performance up to 5Gb/s transfer speeds.

CineRAID’s take on the CR-H116

The CR-H116 docking station makes it easy for you to connect and swap a 2.5in or 3.5in SATA Revision 3.0 hard drives (HDD) and solid state drives (SSD) through an available USB port.

Perfect solution for quick HDD access and transfer of Data, Pictures, Movies and Music.


USB 3.0 w/ UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol)

  • The CR-H116 performs up to 70% faster read-speed and 40% faster write-speed, faster than conventional USB 3.0 when paired with a UASP-enabled host*. The popular USB 3.0 format is limited by the original USB BOT (Bulk only Transfer) specifications, designed for the slower USB 2.0. But now with the introduction of UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol), it optimizes data transfers for products with USB 3.0 by allowing multiple simultaneous commands, while BOT only handles one command at a time. UASP simply reduces wait times, maximizes bandwidth utilization, and therefore enables faster and more efficient transfers.
  • UASP is supported in Windows 8, Mac OSX (10.8 or above), and Linux.

Reduced CPU Overhead

When USB 3.0/ UASP was applied, an 80% reduction in required host computer processor resources was shown. 

Let’s take a closer look on the next page.

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