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Sabrent USB 3.0 SATA-IDE 2.5-3.5-5.25 Hard Drive Converter USB-DSC9 by Review Summary ,  Oct 7, 2015

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Sabrent USB 3.0 SATA/IDE 2.5"/3.5"/5.25" Hard Drive Converter USB-DSC9
Report Date: 10/10/2015
Based on 831 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.2
Returned or considering to return: 4.7%

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Individual Feature Rating
Transfer4.7   average
Quality4.4   average
Speed4.3   average
Price4.0   below average
Service3.7   average
Windows3.5   average
Read3.3   average
Connection3.1   average
Cable3.0   below average
Adapter2.9   below average
Port2.7   average
Power2.4   above average
Connector2.3   average


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Adapter

Adapter:
"Even with the broken adapter issue, the product works well enough that I'd be willing to give it a four star rating except for the fact that, if I didn't happen to have the right spare parts on hand, I would not have been able to use the product at all."
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"In the end, two of the pins ended up pushing through the back of the adapter, rendering it useless."
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"A solid power supply - always the weak link in these type adapter devices, but Sabrent has included an excellent power supply."
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"If you plug in the power adapter and the blue light is not on, it is pretty sure that you get a broken one."
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"Either this drive was damaged too or something was wrong with the adapter."
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"So it's even more disappointing that Sabrent's adapter does not have the same standards."
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"Even with the broken adapter issue, the product works well enough that I'd be willing to give it a four star rating except for the fact that, if I didn't happen to have the right spare parts on hand, I would not have been able to use the product at all."
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"Fortunately, I have another IDE to SATA power adapter that works, so I was able to simply replace the defective one."
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"Since this Sabrent 3.0 adapter is very similar to my old one, I was confident it would work just as well."
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"A solid power supply - always the weak link in these type adapter devices, but Sabrent has included an excellent power supply."
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"The Sabrent USB 3.0 SATA IDE adapter works as advertised, and I highly recommend getting one of these adapters, but this particular model has a total of 5 separate cords to connect each time you want to use it."
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Cable

Cable:
"I wasn't able to read from my suspect drive, but that's not the cables fault."
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"The data cable opening is only designed for their tiny, flimsy cable."
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"I was really eager to use this to go through some really old files and as soon as I plugged in the power source the light which would indicate power did not turn on, then I noticed that a pin receiver was missing which would make the cable useless even if power was going through the defective power cord."
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"The only problem I had with it was the power cord that came with it was junk and wouldn't plug into the box all the way to give it power, but it is your standard 10A 125V power cable and I had plenty of others lying around."
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"Still worried about that finicky sata cable connector, though."
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"I wasn't able to read from my suspect drive, but that's not the cables fault."
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"I'd recommend the cable to anyone."
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"-NICE3) Extra 5V power cable for 2.5 IDE drives when older USB ports don't provide power."
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"Otherwise, I am quite pleased with the backwards compatable USB3 model and have cleaned and formatted a drawful of old hard drives that i can turn into either external usb drives or use them as internal SATA drives, with this wonderful cable"
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"This cable was easy to use (if you follow the directions) and worked like a charm."
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Connection

Connection:
"My problem came in when trying to connect a standard 2.5 SATA hard drive."
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"It's a hassle to get everything connected, and the separate plugs for the SATA power and SATA data can be a tight fit."
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"There s a problem with the connectors as they lose connection with a slight bump."
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"The power connectors that connect power to the drive are crappy."
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"Connectivity problems have cropped up on a number of different drives and computers."
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"It would either still remember the old drive and show it as connected or it would fail to recognize the next drive installed."
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"The data connection was easy, but I to this day have not figured out how I was supposed to connect power to the hard drive."
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"If you are looking for an excellent USB 3.0 to connect and image backup restore entire drive(s) or partitions, this is the cable to order."
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"I wasn't optimistic, but this inexpensive converter was able to read all the drives that I connected to."
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"I was able connect my portable pc to 4 old desktop hard drives, retrieve data i had thought to be lost, cleanup the drives and am now able to use the old drives to back up new data using the Sabrent device."
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Connector

Connector:
"There s a problem with the connectors as they lose connection with a slight bump."
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"When I received it I followed the instructions, however, I wasn't able to insert one connector into another that was supposed to slide together."
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"The power connectors that connect power to the drive are crappy."
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"Still worried about that finicky sata cable connector, though."
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"- Speedy USB 3.0The bads:- The 2.5 inch connector adapters feel a bit flimsy, as does the 3.5 power adapter."
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"The cable connectors are flimsy so be careful when you move it around."
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"No flimsy connector or crappy board solder joints here!"
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"I didn't want to damage the connectors so I opted to call the companies tech line."
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"No problem with the two pin connector, just the four pin."
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"Was very happy to see it comes with all the different connectors and a separate power cable."
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"The instructions that came with the package are pretty bare bones, but the various connectors in the package are pretty foolproof to understand and hook up together, even for a novice with no experience building or repairing computer hardware."
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Port

Port:
"Got USB error as soon as I plugged into the USB port."
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"I STILL HAVE PROBLEMS ON SOME OF THE USB 3 LAPTOP PORTS BUT IT WORKS GOOD ON THE USB 2 ON THE SAME LAPTOPS (AND GET TRANSFER RATES OF NO LESS THAN 20 MB PER SECOND)."
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"That said, only one of my approximately 20 IDE drives appears to have this problem, and for the more typical port layouts spacing is not an issue."
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"When I plugged in a failing 750gb 2.5 sata drive into a usb 2.0 port it mounted nicely and showed all the data available."
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"These problems persisted no matter which USB port I plugged the device into."
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"Either way, it had my old internal writable DVD drive working through my USB port without a hiccup."
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"Since the PC I was using this on only had usb 3.0 ports on the back of the case under a desk, that was a pretty big inconvenience."
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"I STILL HAVE PROBLEMS ON SOME OF THE USB 3 LAPTOP PORTS BUT IT WORKS GOOD ON THE USB 2 ON THE SAME LAPTOPS (AND GET TRANSFER RATES OF NO LESS THAN 20 MB PER SECOND)."
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"I was able to connect it to the front USB 2.0 ports on my PC, and it was recognized fine."
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"When I plugged in a failing 750gb 2.5 sata drive into a usb 2.0 port it mounted nicely and showed all the data available."
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Power

Power:
"A solid power supply - always the weak link in these type adapter devices, but Sabrent has included an excellent power supply."
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"The power connectors that connect power to the drive are crappy."
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"I was really eager to use this to go through some really old files and as soon as I plugged in the power source the light which would indicate power did not turn on, then I noticed that a pin receiver was missing which would make the cable useless even if power was going through the defective power cord."
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"Missing power pin was not the issue."
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"One of the power pins was missing making device unusable."
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"Fortunately, I have another IDE to SATA power adapter that works, so I was able to simply replace the defective one."
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"A solid power supply - always the weak link in these type adapter devices, but Sabrent has included an excellent power supply."
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"-NICE3) Extra 5V power cable for 2.5 IDE drives when older USB ports don't provide power."
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"Features I liked:1) In-line power switch (some don't even have any switches - you have to pull the power cable!"
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"It's good but didn't power up my IDE drive no mater which setup I tried but they work fine in my old desktop..great product tho but couldnt use it for what I purchased it for."
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Price

Price:
"Works as advertised, saved some photos off a dead computer... still a value at twice the price! "
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"My experience was terrible with this adapter, and I lose my money because the last return day was on January 31, so I have to keep it."
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"Waste of money and terrible support."
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"Build quality is good, though certainly not anything spectacular at this price."
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"This device allowed me to recover valuable data files from a failing hard drive, and for a reasonable price to boot."
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"Since I needed to use the first one, i dug into the short problem and rendered it UN-RETURNABLE so the maker got my money and I got a crap piece of merchandise that now sits in the garbage can."
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"I purchased this product thinking it looked easy enough to use and the price was right."
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"I wasn't optimistic, but this inexpensive converter was able to read all the drives that I connected to."
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"great tool for exceptional price."
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"This is really a great little device for not much money."
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"Well worth the money."
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Quality

Quality:
")Any complaints on build quality are overshadowed by this: It only saw two of the 10-12 IDE drives I tried on it (all the drives read fine on my ancient USB 1.0 drive adapter."
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"I have not yet plugged in a hard drive in but my first impression of the quality of this product is not good."
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"It's very good quality and even has the adaptor and the other cables which has not shown on the pictures."
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"As for quality of the product, I've only had it for a few days now, but everything looks like it is of good quality standards."
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"good quality, works so far"
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"Nice quality product"
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"Quality device and excellent price."
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Read

Read:
"I wasn't able to read from my suspect drive, but that's not the cables fault."
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"You probably won't be able to read it."
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"It works intermittently, but speeds are mediocre and inconsistent at best (ranging from 50MB s write to 513KB s read), and when they are decent, they only last for a short while."
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"I read many reviews complaining about the power supply."
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"Works okay(read:not good, but it works) for archiving data off old IDE drives at work."
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"It was even able to read one drive which I had labelled as broken (wouldn't boot and couldn't be read when connected as a slave drive) - just plugged it in and the contents showed up right away."
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"I wasn't able to read from my suspect drive, but that's not the cables fault."
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"It turns a HDD into a USB drive so you can read it easily."
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"As long as you haven't had a hardware failure on your disk drive you should be able to read it with this converter."
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"I wasn't optimistic, but this inexpensive converter was able to read all the drives that I connected to."
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"I bought this back in March of 2014.I read the reviews and it received Good Marks So I decided on this one...I used this quite a bit so I know of where I speak...The performance was disappointing!"
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Service

Service:
"I had a drive that was set to Master (as it had been when it was in service), plugged in, but would not spin up, so assumed it was dead and trashed it."
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"Works okay but the parts are flimsy and Sabrent customer service isn't very good."
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"Good customer service is hard to find these days unfortunately, yet Andrew delivered it!"
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"I had a problem with my unit, but customer service replaced it within two days."
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"I will be trying to contact their service number today to see how painful this process this is, or if the cheaply included power supply is a known issue."
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"I called customer service and after 30min of holding I was told it is a problem with the hard drive."
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"After all they did insert a small piece of paper into the instructions that pacifically said their customer service techs were standing by and will be happy to help."
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"Their service was FANTASTIC and they immediately sent me another set."
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"Good customer service is hard to find these days unfortunately, yet Andrew delivered it!"
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"Originally, I gave it a one star since it simply did not work, but I am giving it five since I value good customer service, which Andrew provided..."
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"good price, fast service, good product, fast transfer of data"
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Speed

Speed:
"I bought this back in March of 2014.I read the reviews and it received Good Marks So I decided on this one...I used this quite a bit so I know of where I speak...The performance was disappointing!"
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"It works intermittently, but speeds are mediocre and inconsistent at best (ranging from 50MB s write to 513KB s read), and when they are decent, they only last for a short while."
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"purchased this along with a SDD drive to clone replace a fast failing HD."
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"The connection and operation on my Windows 7 machine through the usb 3.0 is seamless, extremely fast and could not be easier or better."
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"Good diagnostic tool, but not great performance."
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"However, when I tried to initialize the SSD, I got an error: The request could not be performed because of an I O device error."
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"Works great, fast transfer rate, good compatibility with most drives, compared to other similar solutions I've used."
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"Works well, arrived fast! "
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"The connection is easy, and the data transfer speed is good."
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"It works intermittently, but speeds are mediocre and inconsistent at best (ranging from 50MB s write to 513KB s read), and when they are decent, they only last for a short while."
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"The USB connection makes it fast and easy and the number of connection possibilities makes this very versatile."
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Transfer

Transfer:
"I'm not a techie and this was easy to use to transfer my files from my POS laptop to my desktop PC."
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"Once I got everything out and hooked up to transfer to my laptop I couldn't be more pleased."
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"Works great, fast transfer rate, good compatibility with most drives, compared to other similar solutions I've used."
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"It was easy to use and worked very well to transfer data from my old hard drive to my new computer."
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"The connection is easy, and the data transfer speed is good."
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"I love the transfer speed of USB 3.0 with the transfer from data on old hard drives to my PC."
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Windows

Windows:
"Now the drives are recognized by BIOS but they are unable to be accessed by Windows or DOS."
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"The adapter itself still took several attempts to install correctly, however - Windows didn't recognize the adapter at first but after inserting and removing the USB cord from the PC 3-4 times, Windows recognized the device and it works as advertised."
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"After several unsuccessful attempts with my Windows XP Notebook PC connected with the Samsung set to Master I set the Samsung Hard Drive to Slave (no jumpers at all) and voila, the Sabrent IDE Busy light began flashing and, after reading through all the hard drive stored data, everything on the drive became available."
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"I have USB 3 on my Windows 8 machine, but unfortunately this adapter does not apparently work with Windows 8."
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"I bought this one because of the USB 3.0 support, but when I connect it to my USB 3.0 ports on the back of my PC, Windows gives me an unrecognized USB Device error."
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"My Windows Xp died on me but thanks to this I was able to get all of my family photos and more off of my old hard drive! "
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"Was easy to setup and when plugged into Windows comes up like a USB drive."
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"For a Windows 7 computer it works absolutely perfectly."
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"The disk powers up just fine, but is identified as a removable disk by Windows 7, and I get a Please insert disk anytime I try to access the hard disk drive."
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"Works perfectly, easily, simply and automatically on Vista and Windows 7."
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