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Cable Matters SuperSpeed USB 3.0 to SATA Hard Drive Docking Station - Supports 3TB Hard Drives by Review Summary ,  Oct 7, 2015

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Cable Matters SuperSpeed USB 3.0 to SATA Hard Drive Docking Station - Supports 3TB+ Hard Drives
Report Date: 10/10/2015
Based on 544 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.6
Returned or considering to return: 1.5%

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Individual Feature Rating
Price4.8   above average
Quality4.7   average
Speed4.7   average
Transfer4.6   above average
Dock4.5   above average
Case4.3   above average
Port4.1   above average
Read4.1   above average
Connection3.8   above average
Cable3.6   average
Windows3.6   average
Power2.5   below average


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Cable

Cable:
"Since my drive had two leads in the computer which weren't exactly matched in the cable matters box I worried needlessly."
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"Only complaint is the power cord it came with has the obnoxiously large block plug size."
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"I bought this because I broke my roommate's cheap Chinese SATA cable (prolly worth $2 or somthin), He asked for this toasterso I had to spend freakin $20 for breaking $2 cable."
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"Use a regular USB cable if you have problems or do not have USB 3.0 - The cables are interchangeable, but realize that you MUST use a USB 3.0 cable to achieve USB 3.0 data transfer speeds."
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"The power cord and USB cord are pretty short, that'd be my only complaint."
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"all the cable matters products that i have chosen to buy are of very good quality."
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"i am happy with cable matters products and i have no regrets so far."
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"Its was a pleasure to find the item I needed, and purchase it from Cable Matters."
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"Being able to just pop one in or out is a lot easier than messing with a floppy usb cable type hard drive connector."
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"It also looks a lot nicer sitting on my desk than a random sata cable."
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Case

Case:
"The only problem is that sometimes you need to open the case and adjust the hard disk position, once it slip out of place and doesn't mount anymore."
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"I've even had these drives fail and either had to trash or crack the cases open and replace the internal drives (which are the same internals one buys for their computers)."
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"I had to access and copy the contents of two HDDs that were originally in a Linksys NAS anddidn't want the hassle of opening the case and all that."
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"I scanned mineand saved it as a .pdf in case I lose the original and because it's easier for me toaccess the file than to dig through all my paper copies."
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"The case snaps to close tightly and locks very well."
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"Just buy a small plastic hard drive case (Amazon sells the Orico which does a great job of protecting) andstore it is a safe or safe deposit box and you have a great backup strategy."
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"It's a good case overall, but I've had issues that it kept plugging in and out constantly."
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Connection

Connection:
"I theorized the circuit board was bad because I could still hear the drives head moving around trying to connect and when it did the connection was erratic; so this was a patch to get the data (about 400GB) that resides in the actual drive (a Seagate Barracuda 7200- 500GB).Installation is a cinchit is more complicated to get the unit, power brick and data cable out of the box than it was to set it ."
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"Read write on my usb 3.0 is not easily discerned as any slower than if connected sata."
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"I have this attached to a rocket fish (Best Buy) USB 3 hub and it's not really happy with sustained transfers but when direct connected works fine."
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"I though that I might be a power issue (as other reviewer said that faced same problem) but then I connected to my windows notebook and it appears to be working fine (until now, 10 hours of use) and very fast."
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"When connected to USB3 it is very fast and works well as an external hard drive with multiple drives."
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"This hub recognize perfectly 4TB disks and connect them fast, works fine with USB2 and very good on USB3, the transfer speed is very good, of course depending on the hard drive memory cache."
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"Bought it, dropped in a new Seagate 3TB drive, connected it to my Macbook Pro and everything was good."
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"SATA drives insert easily with a confirming click when the connection is engaged."
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"Ok, if you are looking for a was to recover data from a hard drive that you know is still good but just cant connect to it; then this will do the job!"
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Dock

Dock:
"Errors are a not good when backing up data, so I decided to give a docking bay a try."
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"The Kingston drives are the only drives I have had problems with while using this dock and win-doze 8-1."
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"I recommend this dock to anyone with a similar problem."
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"This dock has solved the problem of saving the drives and their files."
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"On the other hand I have some plastic pieces that if taped to the dock would make it very hard to tip over."
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"I bought the 2.5 3.5 version of this dock (model 202019) from Amazon unfortunately, it doesn't to work with my 4TB drive (Seagate ST4000DM000)."
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"This docking station works great!"
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"The Asmedia bridges are well regarded, and I see good performance from my HDD's attached to this dock writing at over 150MB s, which is about what they would do internally anyway."
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"Also, I cannot presently comment on the longevity durability of the dock as I just received it today."
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"Great docking station, I realized that for less money you can get a cable version that also does IDE, but if you need the docking part then this is it! "
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"The dock itself worked great."
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Port

Port:
"For example: I had an external hard drive that the USB port broke so I was not about to plug it into my computer to access the data on the hard drive."
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"By the time the metal plate is pushed to lean far enough to reach the side wall of the dock, the SATA data power ports will have sustained some damage if they haven't cracked already."
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"I bought the docking port and was able to use it to format the disc and then install it back in my computer."
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"Work great, the real speed is when you conect it to a 3.0 usb port"
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"I am using the cable that came with the drive on USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports with no problems."
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"Does what it's meant to do beautifully, but hard drives tend to slip out of the port inside."
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"Seems to have strange issues in all my USB 3 ports, but works perfectly fine in 2.0 ports."
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Power

Power:
"There is something wrong with the power supply, often the drive does not spin up."
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"Only complaint is the power cord it came with has the obnoxiously large block plug size."
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"Power button is tiny and hard to find."
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"I was not able to power up my computer with it but I got my info off it with this."
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"After my western digital 1TB hard drives power supply broke I ripped out the hard drive to try and salvage it and this is what made that possible."
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"One thing I did dislike was the length of the power cord, it is too short."
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"The on off switch is a nice addition and lets you power down the system when it isn't needed."
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"It easily plugs into a power outlet and your computer (thru USB) and is instantly ready to go."
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"It's pretty portable too, as long as you have access to a power source."
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"The power cord and USB cord are pretty short, that'd be my only complaint."
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"I'd prefer a toggle switch than the toggle button it has but power on power off is easily noticed with the light on the top, right of the drive when inserted."
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Price

Price:
"When I purchased it, given the price, I really expected to receive a cheap hunk of plastic with flimsy wires hanging out."
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"I bought this because I broke my roommate's cheap Chinese SATA cable (prolly worth $2 or somthin), He asked for this toasterso I had to spend freakin $20 for breaking $2 cable."
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"I wanted an affordable drive reader that was easy to use."
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"Pros: Nice price point."
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"Very good price and works as needed."
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"Very very solid build quality (feels nice to the touch and to hold, decent weight behind it) for a good price."
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"Great docking station, I realized that for less money you can get a cable version that also does IDE, but if you need the docking part then this is it! "
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Quality

Quality:
"I can't recommend this product for its performance, but I can recommend it for its quality control and reliability (so far).I don't know if I'll return the product or not."
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"all the cable matters products that i have chosen to buy are of very good quality."
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"Very very solid build quality (feels nice to the touch and to hold, decent weight behind it) for a good price."
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"Cable quality is great as always."
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"This hard drive docking station is great quality and insanely easy to use."
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"The build quality is very good."
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Read

Read:
"After trying all possible standard recovery procedures that fixed most system crashes from the system 32.dll error, the files from the Windows 7 OS still could not be read."
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"Then I added the SATA drive from my broken Dell XPS and I was able to read the data."
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"Read write on my usb 3.0 is not easily discerned as any slower than if connected sata."
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"Works great, reads my drive correctly unlike the Samsung adapter."
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"After I read the review and it said that it was compatible with windows"
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"It is so wonderful to be able to read and write to my older SATA drives."
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"Then I added the SATA drive from my broken Dell XPS and I was able to read the data."
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"Plug the power and the data cable, drop the drive you want to read into the unit and viola, you are good to go!"
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Speed

Speed:
"I can't recommend this product for its performance, but I can recommend it for its quality control and reliability (so far).I don't know if I'll return the product or not."
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"Unfortunately this item does not perform as well as I had hoped."
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"I believe I bought this from a suggestion I saw on Lifehacker - it was cheap, it's fast with the USB3 bus, and does the job with no hassle."
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"It is not very often I am pleasantly surprised by a product, but when it comes to performance this was above expectations."
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"well simple machine, easy to use, fast delivery, no problem with it yet, i'll have to give it a hard time to see what happens ;-)"
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"Super fast on USB 3.0 and i can format hard drives with ease."
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"The SATA to USB 3.0 has very fast transfer rates and it hasn't failed me yet."
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"When connected to USB3 it is very fast and works well as an external hard drive with multiple drives."
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"The Asmedia bridges are well regarded, and I see good performance from my HDD's attached to this dock writing at over 150MB s, which is about what they would do internally anyway."
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"This hub recognize perfectly 4TB disks and connect them fast, works fine with USB2 and very good on USB3, the transfer speed is very good, of course depending on the hard drive memory cache."
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Transfer

Transfer:
"I had an older IDE SATA to USB adapter, but it kept failing during transfers."
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"I have this attached to a rocket fish (Best Buy) USB 3 hub and it's not really happy with sustained transfers but when direct connected works fine."
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"The SATA to USB 3.0 has very fast transfer rates and it hasn't failed me yet."
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"This hub recognize perfectly 4TB disks and connect them fast, works fine with USB2 and very good on USB3, the transfer speed is very good, of course depending on the hard drive memory cache."
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"The transfer speeds are good enough for use as a backup device."
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"Purchased as an easy way to transfer large photo and iTunes music movie library from an old pc to new Mac."
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"works well and has great transfer times."
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Windows

Windows:
"Was not compatible with windows 9 so it was useless to me."
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"After trying all possible standard recovery procedures that fixed most system crashes from the system 32.dll error, the files from the Windows 7 OS still could not be read."
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"This happened on Mac Pro (2013) running Mountain Lion, MacBooks (2012 2014 Pro, 2011 Air) and Mac minis (2011-2014) running Mavericks Yosemite, using SSDs from OWC (bought before 2014), Samsung (840 Pro bought summer 2014), and Kingston (Hyperx Fury bought 12 2014).Did not try spinning HDDs and did not use much on Windows (but noticed no problems there).As a result, cannot recommend."
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"I've used this twice now with Windows 8.1 to import data from an obsolete dead system to its replacement."
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"I though that I might be a power issue (as other reviewer said that faced same problem) but then I connected to my windows notebook and it appears to be working fine (until now, 10 hours of use) and very fast."
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"After I read the review and it said that it was compatible with windows"
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"This device works perfectly with my Toshiba laptop with Windows 8.1 and SATA I & II hard drives."
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"I'm using it now to recover data from a failed NAS and it's working great with my linux as well as my windows pc."
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"The drive is recognized by Windows after a few seconds, after which everything is fully functional and I'm able to perform all the normal operations."
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"She did need to go into Windows drive management and increase the partition to take advantage of the larger drive space after installing it (that's a Windows feature and not related to this product..) Booted first time."
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