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StarTech.com SATA Hard Drive HDD Duplicator Dock - eSATA USB Hard Disk Drive Duplicator - 2.5 / 3.5-Inch Hard...
Report Date: 10/10/2015
Based on 351 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.5
Returned or considering to return: 2.8%

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Individual Feature Rating
Speed4.5   average
Price4.4   average
Quality4.2   below average
Boot3.8   above average
Dock3.5   below average
Partition2.9   average
Windows2.6   below average


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Boot

Boot:
"It would reboot and boot up from a shut down after that first attempt and it would run just fine the rest of the day."
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"I use it for back ups and duplicating my boot disk in case of hard drive failure."
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"To my disappointment, my old computer would not boot up as it did not recognize the drive as bootable."
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"It made a boot disk that allowed my to go in, find my missing 400gb, create a partition for it and format that partition so it could be seen and used, FYI I am using Windows 7."
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"These work great for bit-bit duplication especially for creating boot disk copies."
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"So I found this stand alone HDD duplicator and after talking to the tech support at StarTach I was told as long as your system will boot up and run without problems that this stand alone duplicator should work."
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"Best of all, the copy boots (Win 8.1)."
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"But my old computer refuses to boot from it, so I did not succeed in my attempt to give my old computer new life while avoiding the many hours of re-installing and updating everything from scratch and debugging all the new driver conflicts, etc, that always seem to arise from such efforts."
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"Cloning is slower than dirt but does a good job; while my boot CD clones a drive in 10 minutes this unit takes couple of hours so don't sit around wait for it..."
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Dock

Dock:
"Had a small problem with USB's dropping off and killing this dock at times The guys there know their stuff and fixed the problem quickly."
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"Now the only complaint about the StarTech dock is that it is quite slow, but it gets the job done."
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"The only downside of this docking station (and it's the same with all multi-drive docking stations) is that you can't read the SMART data from the drives because of the SATA chipset that is used to allow both drives to function simultaneously."
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"I was not able to use the dock for either purpose since the dock wasn't recognized by clonezilla which is why I used the DVD HDD caddy."
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"Only drawback is I have been unable to use both slots at the same time as a docking station."
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"- Win7 self loaded a driver when hooked to the pc and the device then acts like a dock to access the drives via usb 3.0- Easy to clone."
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"Part of the reason i bought this one is that we use the StarTech 2 bay dock to access disks on the desk now as it is and enjoy the quality there as well."
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"if you need to clone a drive, erase a drive, or just dock a drive, this works great."
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"This is a pretty cool dock."
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"Super easy to use, and the fact that it's also a docking bay is amazing."
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Partition

Partition:
"Following the advice of another reviewer, JPinCA Jim, I was able to fix this problem with a free partition tool called: Gparted."
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"I called and I found out if there are bad sectors or hidden partition etc, It will fail."
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"It made a boot disk that allowed my to go in, find my missing 400gb, create a partition for it and format that partition so it could be seen and used, FYI I am using Windows 7."
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"Unfortunately I was unable to use them to recover the deleted partition."
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"The Windows device Manager cannot fix this, but there is a free utility that can easily and quickly fix it: Aomei Partition Assistant."
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"The partition fixing took about 2 minutes, very easy."
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"This duplicator worked great for me, but if copying a smaller drive to a larger drive you may need a 3rd party partition manager (easily obtained for free) after the duplication to access the complete space available on the larger drive."
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"Following the advice of another reviewer, JPinCA Jim, I was able to fix this problem with a free partition tool called: Gparted."
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"i downloaded GParted, but read a little and was sold on the idea of allocating the space as a new partition so my boot drive could just be my boot drive and clear all the unnecessary files to the new partition."
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Price

Price:
"My only complaint is that the doors that cover the drive slots are CHEAP plastic!"
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"Other than that, no complaint for the money."
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"I would have given it only 4 stars but it appears it is hard to get this so cheap and have it work well with you understanding it in less-than-perfect conditions."
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"great product, great price, perfect"
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"Good product and worth the money in my opinion."
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"So far, everything I have run across from this company StarTech has really been a good quality item for the price."
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"Other reviews talk about excess heat, but I didn't notice too much additional -- and could easily be placed by a fan (open drives).Top marks for the utility value and the price, StarTech makes a great product for any computer enthusiast's tool-belt."
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"Nice product, nicely packaged, great price."
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Quality

Quality:
"I'm extremely satisfied with how it works, just beware of the potential for defects failures due to lesser quality construction."
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"I'm mostly interested in functionality, just beware of the quality."
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"Good Quality!"
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"- Good quality -- Nice and heavy for what looks to be plastic."
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"Part of the reason i bought this one is that we use the StarTech 2 bay dock to access disks on the desk now as it is and enjoy the quality there as well."
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"So far, everything I have run across from this company StarTech has really been a good quality item for the price."
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"It's over $200 to meet the quality & features of this unit -Great purchase."
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Speed

Speed:
"Now the only complaint about the StarTech dock is that it is quite slow, but it gets the job done."
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"It worked as advertised, and pretty fast too (80 GB in less than 20 minutes).My only complaint is that the drive bays are labeled 1 and 2 (rather than source and target), which led to some anxious moments reading the manual over and over to make sure I had things right before pushing the copy button."
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"make sure to point a fan on the drives or they will overheat during the process which causes the cloning time to increase as the drive speed degrades when temperature goes above normal."
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"Great product, performed as expected"
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"Throw a nice 2gb combo at the same speeds and you might want to just go eat dinner and watch a movie."
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"Nice fast unit for using bare drives as externals, or as a drive 'cloning' device to make copies of drives."
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"Read the reviews and it works as advertised.. Great for the price..FYI - copy speed for 250GB WD Caviar Blue drive to another of the same is 36 minutes..if that helps to figure out how long it would take for you.."
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"But it's fast and effective."
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Windows

Windows:
"All my previous attempts to clone C drive using computer failed because of that scary Windows is not genuine blue screen I was getting after booting up from a new drive."
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"But it's a bit flaky with Windows recognizing the disk, and there seems to be no safe-remove for it so I have been going into Computer Management and taking the drive offline there before powering it off and disconnecting."
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"The only problem I found was Windows Explorer (I use Windows7 Ultimate)showed the new 256Gb drive was only 111Gb."
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"I got a message that something was wrong with my version of Windows and it wanted to restore it."
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"But beware, if cloning a windows primary drive, and place the clone inside the PC, do NOT load the original, as Windows doesn't natively know how to tell the difference and will corrupt itself (but hey, that's usually for Windows)."
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"Well, I made it idiot proof and used my Windows Snipping tool to copy and save the reciept as a JPEG."
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"For a first time I was able to upgrade my Windows 7 C drive to a bigger one without re-installing Windows."
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"Both bays are easily accessible in Windows and Mac with drives."
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"Even though I use Windows XP, I was able to add the newly created 'unallocated' memory to my new C: drive using AOMEI freeware as suggested by a Star Tech customer here on Amazon."
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"Installed the new larger drive in place of the old drive in my new iBuyPower Valkyrie CZ-17 laptop running Windows 7 Pro and it booted up perfectly and normally."
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