Then last month while in London, I bought this a USB drive dock. From Maplin at Tottenham Road. This is really terrific.
Bare drive can be just slid in 'browsed' and slid out. Push a button and the drive pops out like toast. No screws no connectors. Just keep the dock permanently connected to your Mac or PC. Even MacBook Pro. My dock sits on my table permanently connected via USB to my MacPro at work. And a drawer full of drives, now working like floppies.
It even works with laptop sized 2.5 in. drives.
I even got another through a friend who went there last week. A USB/SATA drive dock with a card reader and hub. Also from Maplin but at Wembley. I could get used to this place.
This has a SATA port. And a card reader and USB hub.
And to connect it to my MacBook Pro via eSATA I have a Sonnet TempoExpressCard SATA adapter.
and some others here.
It gets even better. If you want Firewire and can spend a bit more, Vantec makes one with Firewire.
And like me, if you're worried that the drive is exposed from the back check out the one with a case.
And a final twist, one with a fan.
Bear in mind that these things are a bit heavy. They have weights in them, else when the drive spins they'd fly. As a curious experiment try this. Connect the drive, and let it mount on your Mac. Then browse through folders, open and close a file or two. Then, unmount the drive, after its gone, switch off the dock and pop out the drive and hold it in your hand.
There's even a 'Please note...' at one web site which seems to be translated by a machine into English. It reads...
"Note: In order to keep still, the docking station has added weight this preventing the docking station to move when you are plugging in or out your HDD. This added weight is unfortunately increasing the shipping cost… We are very sorry for this inconvenient but there is nothing we can do on this matter. Thank you for your understanding."
The English is quaint, but this thing works. Recommended. If you can afford it get the version with Firewire and cases for your drives.