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

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StarTech.com eSATA USB to SATA Hard Drive Docking Station for Dual 2.5 or 3.5in HDD
Report Date: 10/10/2015
Based on 201 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.9
Returned or considering to return: 7.0%

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Individual Feature Rating
Price5.0   above average
Speed5.0   above average
Dock3.5   below average
Cable3.0   below average
Connection2.9   below average
Power2.0   mediocre


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Cable

Cable:
"I use this thing every single day, I'd buy another one just like it in a heart beat, however, it does have a slightly annoying nuance; the power cord has a tendency to fall out."
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"One tiny problem, the cables on either side of the transformer are just a tad too short."
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"update: 3 12 14The pins on the power cable eventually broke."
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"The esata cables are very stiff, and might damage the female connector if repeatedly plugged in and out."
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"The only downside in my opinion is the length of the cable from the dock to the AC power adapter is too short."
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"Sure enough, switched the power cables, both drives were fineOverall ReviewGood, but the not the best dual dock on the market."
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"As others have pointed out, this dock works best when you have two dedicated eSATA cables connected to your computer."
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"The power cord is short, and I only needed it from USB to USB, but it is reliable and really did the job great."
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"This is great because it has two eSATA cord ports - it serves a specific purpose for those who understand and dont have replicators."
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"I HIGHLY recommend locking eSata cables."
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"The fastest interface I can use is eStata (I have a Port Multiplier card with updated drivers and good cables)."
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Connection

Connection:
"I would not buy this if I needed regular USB connectivity: It only supports USB 2.0 (slow), and USB also binds the slots together as two (separate) devices."
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"some occasional connecting glitches."
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"Other reviewers have noted the less-than-snug fit of the drives when loaded into the dock--I have had no connectivity or drive damage issues related to this ability of the drives to wiggle in the dock."
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"This thing also gives you the option of USB 2.0 (SLOW) connectivity for universal compatibility purposes, but the key to this thing being useful is its eSATA connectivity."
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"But with the clunky USB connection it is a fairly major drawback."
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"Problem: When I connect the station I get the Windows wizard which tries to find a USB Hub driver - with no success."
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"Easy to use and install on a USB or eSata connection."
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"This unit is easy to connect and saves me so much time in recovering data from my clients hard drives."
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"USB3 worked well (occasionally has dropped connections) and surprisingly its speed was marginally slower than eSATA."
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"As others have pointed out, this dock works best when you have two dedicated eSATA cables connected to your computer."
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"The dock works very well when connected via the usb port, but works even better when connect the the eSATA ports."
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Dock

Dock:
"I have had many intermittent problems since using this docking station."
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"One dock is pretty much useless and the other is flaky."
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"I've bought other StarTech docks and they were great, but this one is horrible."
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"Unfortunately the other docks I'd bought were so nice, I threw the packaging for this one away before I figured out it what I had."
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"First one of the docks mysteriously stopped working, but the second dock was ok. Today, both docks are broken."
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"Good Buy for a dual hard drive dock."
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"I literally just popped in my hard drive, plugged in the docking station to another macbook, and I was able to transfer all my files to another external hard drive."
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"Easy to use, dock it and you are ready to go.......I use it quite a bit at work and make my job much easier.....highly recommend this to others."
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"My work had a bunch of SATA drives not being used, so the dock was very cost effective compared to a stand-alone external drive."
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"I still have yet to find a reliable drive dock that lasts more than a few months."
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Power

Power:
"The power switches aren't the easiest to turn on, but at least they are recessed and unlikely to be accidentally bumped on or off."
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"The power buttons are not labeled where you can easily tell which drive bay they are for."
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"I use this thing every single day, I'd buy another one just like it in a heart beat, however, it does have a slightly annoying nuance; the power cord has a tendency to fall out."
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"update: 3 12 14The pins on the power cable eventually broke."
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"This seems like a good unit, although not perfect- as others have said, the power adapter is a pin type, the eSATA cables fit a bit loose in the back and the hard drives can be a bit wobbly in the dock, but overall the product is as good or better than the Thermaltake and seems like a very good product."
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"My only real complaint is the power adapter being a bit big."
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"- Really appreciate the separate power buttons... Makes you able to test power up and power down on drive A while simultaneously pulling data off drive B. Con- Wish it operated at USB 3.0 speedsOther- Wish it had a Thunderbolt port for OSX, but understand that it would cost significantly more if it had one."
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"I would recommend avoiding this product due to its propriety power cable with pins, instead go for a more generic power cable that the other Startech products have."
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"I originally gave it 4 for ease of use because of R-L power buttons and I could not read the ejct buttons without a flash light but it only takes a few seconds to memorize that, once you figure it out."
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Price

Price:
"But for the price, its a great deal."
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"Pro- Great price and value."
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"It's a great price, but know that you're only buying 18-24 months of use."
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"Exactly what it's supposed to be at a reasonable price."
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"Pros: Cheap, quicker than USB, good for cloning without installing in PC MacCons: Cheap build, unreliable power buttons, external power connecter can pop out, eSata limitations (cable length), drives not snug fit, drive vibration will oscillate through enclosure."
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Speed

Speed:
"Good USB 3.0 transfer speed."
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"Very good product and fast shipping."
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"I have over 30,000 pictures and videos in iPhoto and I can scrool through them effortlessly as fast as I want with no delays."
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"Works well and as fast as this type of hardware allows."
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"The speed is kind of slow but it is nice to have backward compatibility with more machines, captured and restored several images so far with no issues."
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