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StarTech.com USB to SATA IDE Hard Drive Docking Station for 2.5in or 3.5in Hard Drive - HDD Dock by Review Summary ,  Oct 7, 2015

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StarTech.com USB to SATA IDE Hard Drive Docking Station for 2.5in or 3.5in Hard Drive / HDD Dock
Report Date: 10/10/2015
Based on 239 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.1
Returned or considering to return: 5.0%

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Individual Feature Rating
Connection4.7   above average
Speed4.6   above average
Cable3.8   average
Price3.8   below average
Read3.8   above average
Dock3.5   average
Power3.3   above average
Transfer3.2   below average


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Cable

Cable:
"I just found the cable is broken and the unit works only when it's bended."
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"So far, so good...The problem came when I connected the IDE ribbon cable & Molex power connector to an old 40GB Western Digital drive I'd just pulled from an old computer."
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"My snake pit is already too extensive, so I was disappointed at needing more cables."
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"It came with all the necessary cables for both SATA and IDE, and it worked perfectly for both."
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"otherwise great product it did what i needed and comes with any cable you may need to use with it."
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"The cables guarantee that you will not have a problem with the location spacing of the power connector."
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"The product works great and had all the cable I needed."
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"It is very easy to use, just plug the USB cable and start using it."
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Connection

Connection:
"So far, so good...The problem came when I connected the IDE ribbon cable & Molex power connector to an old 40GB Western Digital drive I'd just pulled from an old computer."
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"Great solution for connecting old computer hard drives."
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"Connecting it to my Mac, I was even able to read information from a drive whose file system was slightly corrupt."
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"The dual capability of connecting either SATA or IDE drives is a fantastic feature."
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"So far, so good...The problem came when I connected the IDE ribbon cable & Molex power connector to an old 40GB Western Digital drive I'd just pulled from an old computer."
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"Love the usb 3.0 connection."
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Dock

Dock:
"This dock failed to read the SSD drive (it was an OCZ Arc 100 Series 240GB SATA III Ultra-Slim SSD)."
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"Unfortunately, I ordered the dock in May 2014, and my return window closed in June, but I only got around to unpacking and trying it in mid-August."
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"Just to make sure that it was the docking station's fault I have a backup USB IDE adapter."
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"I take my time and am careful with the docking station, but it does feel a little flimsy as though some of the components could break easily if mishandled."
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"Dock appears flimsy at first glance but is holding up under a hectic work load."
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"com USB 3.0 to SATA IDE HDD Docking Station for 2.5in or 3.5in Hard Drive JUNK!"
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"Pretty happy with the performance of this dock so far."
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"Dock works well, took a looong time to get it as they picked the wrong order and shipped that to me first."
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"Beyond this issue, the dock works perfect."
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"I did test the dock with other drives, and it worked well."
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"It works very well and so nice to have when you need itI have been able to do so much with this docking station."
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Power

Power:
"I recommend this over the cheap kits that can damage drives due to their cheap faulty power supplies."
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"The only thing this produce is missing to make it perfect is a longer IDE and power cable."
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"There appears to be a problem with this docking station being able read power 2.5 IDE laptop drives."
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"Disconnect it from the Dock (The Plastic White Power connector) then attempt to remove it from the Hard drive if you have to, because for some hard drives it take a lot of force to insert and remove it."
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"The dock was able to power the drive and make it available."
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"Things look great, the power button actually works and the LED's boot up and things look great."
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"The unit is easy to work with - just plug it in to the power, the computer, hit the appropriate drive button (1 or 2) and the drive is recognized."
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"I really like the separate power buttons for each device as well!"
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"The cables guarantee that you will not have a problem with the location spacing of the power connector."
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Price

Price:
"I recommend this over the cheap kits that can damage drives due to their cheap faulty power supplies."
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"I would not waste my money on this junk!"
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"To begin with the construction is cheap, and the material is flimsy."
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"Price is also great for this unit, much cheaper than the local PC mega-store."
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"Great product for the money."
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"So, if you're not in a big hurry, this is a great, hassle-free product for the price."
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"But for the price I think its a great deal."
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"It was totally worth money and a great price."
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Read

Read:
"This dock failed to read the SSD drive (it was an OCZ Arc 100 Series 240GB SATA III Ultra-Slim SSD)."
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"Read ALL the features, because imo, #5 is more a caveat."
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"There appears to be a problem with this docking station being able read power 2.5 IDE laptop drives."
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"I was able to read all of my old hard drives- SATA and IDE without issues."
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"I was able to read and copy files from that drive by mounting it as read only using the following commands in the Linux terminal:sudo mkdir usr mntsudo mount -r dev sdd2 usr mntI then was able to list the contents of the drive with this command:sudo ls -l usr mntAfter mounting the drive, I used the Linux GUI file manager (Nemo) to copy and paste the files from usr mnt to an internal hard drive raid array."
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"Connecting it to my Mac, I was even able to read information from a drive whose file system was slightly corrupt."
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"If you have spare usable drives and need to read them I recommend this device."
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"I have not had any problems with it and it has read all the hard drives I have plug to it not like the other unit I bad."
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Speed

Speed:
"I returned this junk and brought a better device to perform the same task for far less money."
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"Pretty happy with the performance of this dock so far."
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"That's the only reason I took couple stars offPros+ It worked on SSD 840 Pro, 2 HDD SATA II and an IDE DVD-RW drive perfectly as advertised+ The speed and plug n play feature works just fine in windows 7, 8 and 8.1, although a couple times it needed some minutes to appear as a disk.+ Unit is relatively heavy, which helps keep it in position while inserting HDDCons-Poor quality of the power cable, considering the unit has been used only about 10 times in 2 years it needs to be bent to power it."
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"Seems to perform very well in my application."
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"Bummer...I'll keep it because I do love the ease and speed with which it transfers files from SATA drives."
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"Both worked flawlessly with excellent performance."
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Transfer

Transfer:
"For small transfers I can sometimes squeeze the file in, but it often fails in the middle of larger transfers."
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"The SATA function works just fine and I was able to pop in several SATA drives and transfer at blazing 3.0 speeds no problem."
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"This means that if you have two SATA drives, you can't plug them both in simultaneously and transfer between them, which will surely irritate me somewhere down the road."
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"Bummer...I'll keep it because I do love the ease and speed with which it transfers files from SATA drives."
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"I can't complain, it worked precisely as advertised and the transfer rate was amazing."
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"The SATA function works just fine and I was able to pop in several SATA drives and transfer at blazing 3.0 speeds no problem."
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"I have had my Stardock for about 1 year and it is perfect for any kind pc hard drive testing and transfer."
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"Have used it multiple times for data transfer on both SATA and IDE with no problems."
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