There are lots of options out there, and most are very inexpensive. If one breaks, then it is easy to replace. Almost all Drive Docks can read or write to any SATA drive. In fact, these Docks should work with the original SATA v1.0 drives that were manufactured in 2004.
Side Note: Compare the backward compatibility of SATA Docks to LTO Tape Drives that are only backwards compatible to 2 generations. That means an LTO7 drive cannot read data on a LTO4 tape.
Check out this long list of Hard Drive Docks from Amazon.
If you want a more premium dock, then take a look at this from OWC. At $270, it is a little expensive, but it has Thunderbolt ports.
I highly suggest taking a look at the Seagate Archive Hard Disk Drives. These are perfect for long term Cold storage. I am in love with these.
Unfortunately, the Archive Hard Disk Drives can be expensive. I have worked with many customers who use “desktop series” drives for archiving, however the potential issue is that these are not rated for long-term data archiving. In general, desktop series drives are good for 1-3 years sitting on the shelf in a Hudzee. If your data retention needs extend beyond that time frame, then one should consider investing in the Archive series drives, LTO Tape, or an appropriate Cloud based archive solution.
Lastly, please make two copies of your data. Store one set of media off-site. This will reduce the risk of data loss. I can guarantee you that one day your data Archives will absolutely fail, and your data will be lost forever.
The best way to perform a data archive depends on the specific needs of each person, but the easiest way is to use a Cloning Utility to do the work. Also, PLEASE, Please, please, make sure that the data has been VERIFIED, and that you are sure the clone is a complete duplicate of the original data. Also, please double check that you can restore your data.
Take a look at Acronis True Image. It is a paid application, but it is really nice. Runs on Mac and Windows.Other options:
Now that you have completed your data archive, it is time for the Hudzee!
Slide the label out of the Hudzee and record the contents of your Archive. It is a good idea to include the date, the software and version used to make the archive, and any other pertinent data. Also, record information on the spine and the front of the label. This way it is easy to find the right drive while looking at them. Check off the box on the label corresponding to the filesystem that you are using.
Safely unmount and eject your hard drive from your computer, and place it with the electronics facing down inside the Hudzee. The anti-static foam and mylar is specifically designed to protect the hard drive and the electronic components.
You can download a PDF copy of the Hudzee label template if you wish to customize it, or print out a custom version.
Keep in mind that the speed of your archive is dependent on a lot of variables.
Note: I do not get any compensation from any of the links or recommendations listed above. These are just products that I like. If you need help architecting an appropriate Backup and Archiving solution for your organization, then please reach out to me at email@example.com. My day job is as a Technology Consultant.