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Sabrent USB 3.0 to SATA Dual Bay External Hard Drive Docking Station for 2.5 or 3.5in HDD SSD with Hard Drive... by Review Summary ,  Oct 7, 2015

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Sabrent USB 3.0 to SATA Dual Bay External Hard Drive Docking Station for 2.5 or 3.5in HDD, SSD with Hard Drive...
Report Date: 10/10/2015
Based on 1705 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.2
Returned or considering to return: 4.3%

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Individual Feature Rating
Service5.0   above average
Shipping4.5   average
Speed4.5   average
Price4.4   average
Dock4.2   above average
Power4.1   above average
Quality4.1   below average
Transfer4.0   average
Case3.8   average
Read3.5   average
Port3.3   average
Cable3.2   below average
Connection3.1   below average
Windows3.1   below average


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Cable

Cable:
"had a different brand that had a cable that was hard to keep in."
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"Cable is very chunky which is annoying to cable manage but again for the price, overall excellent hardware."
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"The minute I got this thing the USB 3 cable failed."
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"If it is the cable, then I may be inclined to upgrade the rating... not to 5-stars, maybe 3 at most because it shipped with a faulty cable and no help from tech support."
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"I had a problem with the supplied USB 3.0 cable."
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"All I had to do was plug in the power supply as well as the USB 3.0 cable, slide in my drive, and hit the power button."
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"This one uses a much more standard usb 3 cable that is included so works great."
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"Cable is very chunky which is annoying to cable manage but again for the price, overall excellent hardware."
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"Zero problems with the Cable Matters dock."
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"It is an attractive case and the convenience of being able to swap drives quickly is a big plus...much easier than the knurled screws and cables design of my earlier case."
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Case

Case:
"Pop the new drive out with the button on the back of the Sabrent and carefully put it (not the original) into your computer case and boot-up.13: I got an error on the first boot attempt (Win 8.1) saying something like Windows encountered a problem and needs to restart."
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"Missing from the description is the fact that the case does not have a separate power connector for the hard drive."
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"I have taken two drives which failed in other enclosures and put them in the Sabrent enclosure to see if it was the drive or the enclosure that failed and in both cases I have tried so far, it was the enclosure."
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"Plastic case is flimsy."
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"Love this case"
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"I have used Sabrent external drive cases forever and have had no problems."
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"It is an attractive case and the convenience of being able to swap drives quickly is a big plus...much easier than the knurled screws and cables design of my earlier case."
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"Well this product it is really nice, I have too many hard drives without case and with this product I could backup in just one hard drive all my info and I recommend it, it is easy to copy"
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"Would appreciate some kind of notch or minor case redesign! "
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Connection

Connection:
"I handle a lot of bad or failing hard drives and I had a problem with other products where the connection to between the hard drive and the computer would disconnect when I moved them even slightly."
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"The big problem with it losing it's connection is it is holding an encrypted drive so even though it reconnects right away, it gets a new drive assignment and I have to reinput the encryption keys."
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"Unfortunately, when both hard disks are connected, the data transfer speeds seems as though they are in a constant tug-of-war between the two drives."
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"0012 Item type: AVHD Video Size: 8.88 MB I had no problems, no error messages when I connected the drive directly to the PC."
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"I tried multiple drives in it, and connecting it to multiple PCs...problem is definitely in the dock."
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"I have tried to copy a number of filesonto it, but none of the files are completely moved before the computer fails to stay connected to the unit."
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"Pros:* Easiness to connect hard drives."
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"I performed tests with being directly connected to the back of my desktop as well through a HooToo Super-speed USB 3.0 hub."
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"Easy to connect and use."
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"This docking station, with its really fast USB 3.0 connection, is perfect for this."
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"The speed is quite nice connecting USB 3.0 ports."
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Dock

Dock:
"Like others have said, the dock also feels light and flimsy, and the drives never click into place."
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"Drives do not sit comfortably in the dock and are wobbly."
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"I tried multiple drives in it, and connecting it to multiple PCs...problem is definitely in the dock."
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"I've used lots of docks, from different manufacturers....this is by far the worst!"
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"This used to be a good HDD dock but as of recently one of the drive docks as failed which means I could only access one of the two drives I have plugged in."
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"I love how fast my Mac Mini responds and this docking station from Sabrent did the trick in allowing me faster speeds without gutting my Mac Mini."
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"I would definitely recommend this docking station."
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"I was able to load the hard drive in this dock and use recovery software to transfer my files to a new hard drive."
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"This External Hard Drive dock from Sabrent is by far the best dock I have ever owned!"
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Port

Port:
"Too bad, since Powered USB 3.0 ports are hard to come by and I have none, the only solution is to use an USB 2.0 port but it defeats the purpose of the external dock...."
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":) The technical support person thought the USB 3.0 ports must be faulty on my new laptop."
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"BIG PLUS: It takes any 2.5' laptop, 3.5' desktop, or even SSD SATA drive B-) Only downside is that it does not like my inegrated USB 3 ports, but works great in USB 2 ports :-"
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"I decided to test by connecting to the front USB 3.0 port of my desktop, only to have the same problem as the laptop."
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"Will not detect on USB 2.0 (Tried two computers to make sure it was not port as well as other devices in USB port)"
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"The speed is quite nice connecting USB 3.0 ports."
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"I plugged 2 drives into this unit and it worked perfectly when I plugged it into the PC and only needed 1 usb port."
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"Compared with to an Anker case which may or may not be recognized requiring unplug plug to different ports , this one consistently shows up and I've had not problems so far."
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"BIG PLUS: It takes any 2.5' laptop, 3.5' desktop, or even SSD SATA drive B-) Only downside is that it does not like my inegrated USB 3 ports, but works great in USB 2 ports :-"
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Power

Power:
"The connectors might be a tad on the short side inside the enclosure, some of my drives need to be inserted and pressed hard to the bottom to power on, but once working it works well... Good speeds, got 170 MB s transfer rate on this while backing up a drive with medium to large files."
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"The only downside is power is supplied through a brick."
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"I was a little concerned that removal of the drive might cause some damage to the SATA and power connectors because I had to bend the drive in order to pull it out."
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"Just the power button's quality is not good."
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"It works as is should, but, the power button on the front is not very good at all."
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"Plugged in the old 3.5 drive (checked 3 or 4 times to make sure it was actually seated, as it's hard to tell), connected the supplied power adapter and USB 3.0 cable, crossed my fingers and hit the power button."
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"All I had to do was plug in the power supply as well as the USB 3.0 cable, slide in my drive, and hit the power button."
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"Works great, has its own power, fast, sturdy fat USB 3.0 cable, fits 2.5 drives, and or 3.5 drives (of course)."
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"Even laptop sized ones that should be able to get enough power via USB alone."
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"Great product; never had any issues with it, except that the power button in the front seems to be a little 'sticky' or 'clicky'."
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"So you have to power off the Sabrent to eject a drive, effectively turning off both drives."
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Price

Price:
"Works great, I needed to download some software from Seagate and manually add the hard drive to the computer so that it could be recognized but now everything works great and we have not had any problems, great product and price."
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"Cable is very chunky which is annoying to cable manage but again for the price, overall excellent hardware."
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"The quality a bit flimsy (Thin Plastic Housing) but then the price like I said was good so there are trade offs in life."
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"I threw an old 1.5 TB HDD into this enclosure to digitize some old movies, I've used close to 750 GB without a hitch, pleasantly surprised by the performance price ratio."
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"I'm always worried these inexpensive goodies will not operate, but it worked on every computer I tried, and I don't even have anything that is USB 3.0 yet, except some WD passports."
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"Don't waste your time or money on this item......junk! "
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"Did what was expected of it at a reasonable price."
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"good product, good price, easy to use, compact and portable."
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"The mobility and utility you get with this device for the price is well worth it!"
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"Great hard drive cabinet for a great price & superfast delivery."
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"this does its job great device for the money"
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Quality

Quality:
"Lost 2 stars for seemingly low quality and failure rate of 33% at this point."
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"As with many of these things make in China, there are occasional quality problems."
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"The quality a bit flimsy (Thin Plastic Housing) but then the price like I said was good so there are trade offs in life."
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"Drive cloning function is mediocre, quality is as expected."
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"The build quality seems a little flimsy, but since it's basically a stationary device, that doesn't really matter."
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"Just the power button's quality is not good."
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"Quality of the drive is very good and I expect a number of years of service."
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"The fan gets plenty of power in order to keep the docked drive cool and makes virtually no noise at all, I would have liked the dock to have been constructed of a more quality material like aluminum."
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"Excellent product, and highly recommended for its reliability, performance, and build quality."
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"So, I went into this purchase with the same confidence that I would be getting a quality Sabrent product and I was right."
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"Appears to be good quality and worked very well."
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Read

Read:
"What a totally useless thing to do - encrypt the data so that only the one single interface you purchased have can read your drive - if (33% when) that interface fails, you will lose all of your data even though the drive itself is fine - thanks, but no thanks WD - Stupid design! "
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"Nothing wrong with the item, I returned it because I thought it would read IDE hard drives as well as SATA, it doesn't."
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"very unlucky, it did not able to read a 2TB SATA drive."
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"I was able to read data from some old hard drives that won't got read from my computer due to some damaged sectors."
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"One of my WD red 3TB hard drive on Synology started failing (with couple of read issues) this month; I got a replacement from WD since it still has warranty."
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"Sometimes, it's hard to read which is slot 1 or slot 2 because you have to look closely at it."
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"So far this works great, the computer reads it every time and it is safe to slide the hard drive in."
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"Product works nicely to access (read or write) files on SATA hard drives as well as cloning hard drives for backups and OS upgrades purposes."
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"This works great as both a dock to read HDD SSDs and as a duplicator."
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"This is great to read hard drives and access data that you might need off older drives."
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"Sometimes I read these reviews and I think yeah thats great, but what about after few months, hows it working then."
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Service

Service:
"Can customer service reach out to me please? "
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"Quality of the drive is very good and I expect a number of years of service."
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"always good quality and service."
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"Great service and quality product"
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"Hangs the virtual disk service as well."
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Shipping

Shipping:
"This is a known problem for this device and rather than resolving the manufacturing or design issue or (heaven forbid) testing the product before shipping it they just replace the ones that customers complain about."
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"The price is good as is the fast Prime shipping."
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"Excellent build, quality, and fast shipping."
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"great product fast shipping"
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"There's not a lot to say about this is worked great right out of the boxCame quick with amazon prime shipping and is still working great."
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"Fats shipping and i recommend this item to the people who have to open their computer case in order to access files on a separate drive."
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Speed

Speed:
"As a result, Hard Disk Sentinal Reports the speed inconsistencies fluctuations as slow sectors, which give a misleading impression of the hard disk's actual health."
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"Worked perfectly; really fast and couldn't be easier."
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"The request could not be performed because the I O device error."
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"I threw an old 1.5 TB HDD into this enclosure to digitize some old movies, I've used close to 750 GB without a hitch, pleasantly surprised by the performance price ratio."
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"It's been a slow painfully process recovering data from the failed HD but at least I save a few hundred bucks doing that on my own with this handy device."
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"This product didn't seem to have any problems, and the transfers speeds were pretty good, and can be viewed in the video review."
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"Overall: Great product, I would recommend,Pros: Great performance, plug and play, not drivers needed, recognize drive and operated seamlessly."
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"I love how fast my Mac Mini responds and this docking station from Sabrent did the trick in allowing me faster speeds without gutting my Mac Mini."
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"The interface is fast and syncs well."
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"Clone feature works well, and insanely fast transfer speeds compared to my old USB 2.0 dock."
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Transfer

Transfer:
"Unfortunately, when both hard disks are connected, the data transfer speeds seems as though they are in a constant tug-of-war between the two drives."
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"Once you try to transfer the files which are more than 15GB, this USB device will be disconnected which lead to the failure to transfer or backup the files."
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"Tried using this on my Xbox One as an external at first i was working fine after I converted the hard drive for Xbox One settings then Hard drive ready to use keeps popping on to my screen and was unable to properly transfer my game data."
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"I've been using a Seagate 6TB desktop for movies on my media player but the interface was not working well during transfers."
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"While attempting file transfers, it corrupted both of my drives because of the recurring problems."
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"i have used it with my 2 2tb drives to transfer gigs of files and no transfer errors or problems with heat."
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"This product didn't seem to have any problems, and the transfers speeds were pretty good, and can be viewed in the video review."
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"Clone feature works well, and insanely fast transfer speeds compared to my old USB 2.0 dock."
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"Very good product from amazon it is now easy to transfer data from my computer to my external drive ."
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"a great addition to my system, makes doing large transfers or checking out old hard drives so much easier."
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"Write 110.2 MB sPackage contents: Sabrent EC-DFFN USB 3.0 Flat Docking station for 2.5 & 3.5 inch Hard Drives 12v output Power Adapter with a 3FT cable non-removable pin plug 3FT USB 3.0 Cable - roughly about a 8 to 10 gauge wire Installation Assistance Card Multilingual User Manual: English, Spanish, French and ItalianTechnical Data, taken from listing: Supports Standard Desktop 2.5 3.5 SATA Hard Drives Supports hard drives up to 6TB On Off power switch LED light indicates Power and Activity status Hot-swappable, plug and play, no drivers needed Reverse compatible with USB 1.1 & USB 2.0 Transfer Rates Up to 5 Gbps w USB 3.0 Transfer Rates Up to 480 Mbps w USB 2.0 Dimensions: 7.2 x 4.9 x 1.9 inches ; 9 ouncesI tested this device on: Dell e6410 with Linux Mint 17.2, Custom Built desktop with Windows 10 ProDISCLAIMER: Please note, I have received this product to provide an unbiased and honest review, thank you for reading."
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Windows

Windows:
"After that, the machine DID restart and there were no further problems.14: (Windows only) Go to SETTINGS>CONTROL PANEL>SYSTEM AND SECURITY>ADMINISTRATIVE TOOLS>COMPUTER MANAGEMENT>STORAGE>DISK MANAGEMENT and then find your new drive."
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"Pop the new drive out with the button on the back of the Sabrent and carefully put it (not the original) into your computer case and boot-up.13: I got an error on the first boot attempt (Win 8.1) saying something like Windows encountered a problem and needs to restart."
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"***NOTE***If you have Windows 7 or XP, you won't be able to 'see' the drive in the Explorer menu UNLESS you initialize it properly by GPT!"
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"Unless there is some trick I don't know you CANNOT do a raw direct clone of a disk drive with this that has a Windows 7 operating system because of a hidden partition that Windows 7 boots from."
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"The only downside is that Windows 7 (atleast mine) automatically turns the hard drive off after 10 minutes of inactivity."
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"This is a great Idea but not sure if it works for a Windows 10 install."
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"I tested this dock out on Windows and Linux and it is compatible with both OS's."
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"Write 110.2 MB sPackage contents: Sabrent EC-DFFN USB 3.0 Flat Docking station for 2.5 & 3.5 inch Hard Drives 12v output Power Adapter with a 3FT cable non-removable pin plug 3FT USB 3.0 Cable - roughly about a 8 to 10 gauge wire Installation Assistance Card Multilingual User Manual: English, Spanish, French and ItalianTechnical Data, taken from listing: Supports Standard Desktop 2.5 3.5 SATA Hard Drives Supports hard drives up to 6TB On Off power switch LED light indicates Power and Activity status Hot-swappable, plug and play, no drivers needed Reverse compatible with USB 1.1 & USB 2.0 Transfer Rates Up to 5 Gbps w USB 3.0 Transfer Rates Up to 480 Mbps w USB 2.0 Dimensions: 7.2 x 4.9 x 1.9 inches ; 9 ouncesI tested this device on: Dell e6410 with Linux Mint 17.2, Custom Built desktop with Windows 10 ProDISCLAIMER: Please note, I have received this product to provide an unbiased and honest review, thank you for reading."
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"I was able to successfully clone a drive I genned up with Windows 7 x64 and use the newly cloned drive as a bootable and fully identical drive."
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"Also works great in Windows 10."
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