Glad that you got your data drive back!
I haad never heard of aUSB docking station or USB transfer cable so I'm going to have to look at thes4e in Google to see what I can find out. Any further info on this would be great especially on how and when to use these.
Docking stations & USB transfer cables are good for all computer owners to have. With a spare drive, one can backup their computer, save data. test drives (what I was suggesting if it came to it), if another OS on a different computer is too infected to run, it can be scanned using another computer, many other uses.
I use my docking station & USB enclosure primarily for backups, but also use it for some of the other reasons stated above.
A USB transfer cable can be used for many of the same things, sometimes SSD's are bundled with one to migrate the OS onto it.
These are basic things that many computer enthusiasts has on hand for when needed, along with spare drives & other tools.