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Plugable USB 3.0 SATA III Lay-Flat Hard Drive by Review Summary ,  Oct 7, 2015

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Plugable USB 3.0 SATA III Lay-Flat Hard Drive & SSD Docking Station (Supports UASP and Drives 8TB+)
Report Date: 10/10/2015
Based on 975 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.7
Returned or considering to return: 2.4%

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Individual Feature Rating
Reliable5.0   above average
Price4.6   average
Quality4.6   average
Speed4.6   average
Service4.4   average
Transfer4.3   average
Dock4.2   above average
Read4.0   above average
Cable3.9   average
Adapter3.8   average
Connection3.8   above average
Port3.8   above average
Windows3.6   average
Case3.5   average
Power3.1   average


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Adapter

Adapter:
"Figured out the problem with the Seagate GoFlex USB adapter was the 2Tb limit on older drives."
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"Faulty power adapter is unlikely since I have two and they both behave the same."
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"I just love my mojo, it's very easy to hook, before I had the little usb to SATA IDE adapters, but one got the SATA broken after some hard usage, the other one never was fully functional."
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"the power adapter was dead on arrival."
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"However, the case adapter in the package seemed a little flimsy."
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"Put them to use with this fast and easy to use USB 3 hard drive adapter."
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"Some of the R W performance numbers from BlackMagic benchmarks on a MacMini are impressive versus the Seagate GoFlex adapters I used previously, both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt."
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"I have hard drive enclosures and hard drive adapters for getting data off drives but this was nice 'in between' option."
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"I bought this one after returning SATA PATA IDE Drive to USB 2.0 Adapter this one works great!"
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"Edit March 2015< You can also buy a cable adapter from SATA 3 to USB 3, that has the advantage of being passive (you don't need a power adapter to plug it in, HOWEVER it will only work for 2.5 drives not 3.5."
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Cable

Cable:
"Well worth the extra couple of bucks compared to the flimsy SATA to USB cables and separate power supply which I've seen some other computer techs use."
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"My only complaint is the included USB 3 cable, and power cabels are a little too short, they could stand to be about 2 ft longer."
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"So, if you're sure you'll only be using it for 2.5 drives (laptop drives) then you're better off buying the cable, as it's much less hassle and takes much less space>So here's my problem: My laptop stopped working, it wouldn't even turn on, now I have to take it to someone to repair it, but then again I don't really trust them to have access to all the sensitive information on my laptop, so I needed to access those, copy them and then delete them before I send my laptop to be fixed, and this docking station worked just great."
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"My only slight complaint would be that I wish the usb cord was slightly longer, but still not a big enough issue."
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"My only complaint is that the included USB 3.0 cable is way too shortif you're using this with a laptop, you'll probably be fine, but if you want to have the dock sit on your desk and connect to a desktop sitting below (like me) then you'll need to buy a longer one."
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"Works perfectly on my Xbox One, the cable that it comes with is just fine"
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"It has two cords; a power coard, and a USB cord to connect to your computer...very simple, yet very effective."
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"The box works great for keeping everything together (power cord, usb cord, etc.)."
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"A nice length USB 3.0 cable."
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"I had received a bad USB 3.0 cable when I got this and their support was amazing."
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Case

Case:
"Cons: -Power button is flush with the case, hard to push to turn on and off."
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"I recently broke down an old computer to scrap parts but wanted to be able to keep the hard drives in case I missed something."
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"Thank god for this thing - when my hard drive broke (the usb chord yanked out breaking it inside) I tried taking the external hard drive apart (western digital element) i broke the case as well."
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"This way my backup is not used all the time and therefore should be nice and fresh in case I ever need to recover from the failure of any sub component of the computer."
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"Really good for pull data off a drive in case of computer problem."
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"That sort of behavior by the manufacturer makes me confident that I'll get good customer support in case something goes wrong."
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"It's nice that it is compatible with both 2.5 (laptop) and 3.5 (desktop) drives, as well as SSD and spindle drives, so you'll be covered in all cases."
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"My drives slide right into it, the case seems a great design to keep the drive from moving around."
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"reasonably well built, easier to have one of these than 5 external cases for all the extra drives that come through here."
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"My Windows 7 PC was able to detect the attached drives immediately, and the dock was able to read my 4TB HDDs (which isn't the case with many external enclosures)."
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"Really great if you don't want all you hard drives in your case."
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Connection

Connection:
"The physical connection between a 3.5 HD and this is not great."
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"While you don't *need* USB 3.0 ports for this, you're really missing out if you connect it to USB 2.0 ports."
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"Of course, you can do the same without this device if you're comfortable opening up your desktop computer and connecting drives internally."
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"The ASMedia chipset is a solid performer, and does usually work with hubs but because of issues that can occur between different manufacturers USB 3.0 systems and USB 3.0 hubs we recommend connecting the SATA-UASP1 directly if you experience any problems.<<< .....so I allow that this may be my issue particularly since my USB 3.0 Express Card costs a mere $3 bucks plus $3.99 shipping off Amazon!"
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"Gets USB 3 speeds - no difference in performance compared to my old seagate enclosure (only this is a lot more reliable - see below)The USB 3 Tybe B Plug (Looks like a USB 2 Type B with another little tab on top) in my opinion is MUCH better designed than the flimsy Micro USB based connection found on most externals, including my Seagate Expansion."
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"It ran about 18 hours straight with no connection interrupts, no error messages, and did not stop until all the files were copied."
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"The drive lined up with the sata connection easily."
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"It has two cords; a power coard, and a USB cord to connect to your computer...very simple, yet very effective."
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"I don't have the fastest hard drive connected, but I'm seeing 100+ MB sec pretty constantly."
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"Makes it easy to connect"
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"Nice to grab a drive off the shelf and connect via USB in a snap."
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Dock

Dock:
"I just discovered what it was doing to the hard drives when I talked to the Geek support at Best Buy today and they replaced free of charge all the hard drives this one dock ruined when I brought them back saying they did not work."
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"I purchased this hard drive dock to hot-swap 2 hard drives that were installed on my computer, this was mainly due to one of my internal hard drives getting reallocated sectors (anyone who knows HDD's knows that reallocated sectors are VERY bad news, avoid seagate 3tb HDD's everyone), and eventually, to use with backup drives, i was able to use my smaller but reliable samsung internal drive as an external drive with this, though the failing seagate finally died when i tried fixing it with this dock, though this is not the hard drive dock's fault."
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"After digging into it with the tech support team, here was there response:Hello Jeff,Since the drive came from another enclosure likely the reason it cannot be read is because the Seagate enclosure has written to the drive in a non standard way (either sector emulation or encryption) causing our dock to not be able to read it."
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"I expect my hard drive to go before this docking station fails."
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"They troubleshooted the problem with me, and sent a new dock right away."
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"I have tried three different working drives (work fine in my PC) fail to operate correctly in this docking station."
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"Great Hard Drive Dock."
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"Great little docking station for adding additional capacity to workstations when the case can't accommodate any more hard drives."
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"The Plugable USB 3.0 SATS Docking Station was recommended so I decided to try it out."
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"This is a great little docking bay."
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"I love this dock!"
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Port

Port:
"I have this hooked up on my iMac on a USB 3.0 port and a WD 2TB Green disk and it is PAINFULLY slow."
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"While you don't *need* USB 3.0 ports for this, you're really missing out if you connect it to USB 2.0 ports."
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"I broke the USB port on a Seagate 1TB drive that had ALL my music, photos and movies and had to access everything."
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"I also have an Seagate Backup Plus 5TB Desktop External Hard Drive with Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0 (STDT5000100) ...and this Docking Station works just as good, but this allows me to plug in all my spare SATA 3 HD's I have from over the years, and access them through USB 3.0 instead of having to turn the computer off, take the case off and hook it up to the internal sata and power ports, etc... ...Now I have easy instant fast access via USB 3.0Love itedit: 6 25 2015Today I noticed after saving a 1 TB partition image to this drive just to save the image for backup, that when it was done, the Seagate 2TB HD I had plugged into it was Very Hot, much hotter than normal for sure."
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"Highly recommended if your computer has USB 3.0 ports to take advantage of higher speed."
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"Never had a problem for fitting the drives into the port."
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"I connect 2.5 and 3.5 drives often enough to justify this simple solution that takes full advantage of my external SATA III ports."
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"If you have a need to swap drives and or SSDs on a regular basis, the Plugable does a great job on my 2013 Macbook Pro and USB3 port."
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Power

Power:
"Well worth the extra couple of bucks compared to the flimsy SATA to USB cables and separate power supply which I've seen some other computer techs use."
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"Power button is accessible but not easily bumped."
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"I only give it 4 stars because the Power button seems a little flimsy and I am being real careful with it."
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"Cons: -Power button is flush with the case, hard to push to turn on and off."
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"Great Item, only issue is that the power button is not very well built (flimsy), but is still working so far."
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"Turns out there was nothing wrong with them (I think a power surge fried the motherboard), so I was happy I could access my old files on my new laptop."
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"works well and is fast but power button is difficult to switch on and off (very recessed, has to be pressed with pinky)"
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"The box works great for keeping everything together (power cord, usb cord, etc.)."
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"I also have an Seagate Backup Plus 5TB Desktop External Hard Drive with Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0 (STDT5000100) ...and this Docking Station works just as good, but this allows me to plug in all my spare SATA 3 HD's I have from over the years, and access them through USB 3.0 instead of having to turn the computer off, take the case off and hook it up to the internal sata and power ports, etc... ...Now I have easy instant fast access via USB 3.0Love itedit: 6 25 2015Today I noticed after saving a 1 TB partition image to this drive just to save the image for backup, that when it was done, the Seagate 2TB HD I had plugged into it was Very Hot, much hotter than normal for sure."
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"Setting this up was as simple as it could getplugged everything in, USB connected to another laptop, pressed the power button and I was back in business and able to retrieve my files."
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"Turns out there was nothing wrong with them (I think a power surge fried the motherboard), so I was happy I could access my old files on my new laptop."
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Price

Price:
"They usually look pretty cheap and they've always flaked out early in their lifespan."
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"this product works well and is fast, but the power button feels cheap and is hard to press."
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"If you are looking to add space to your One, this and a good quality hard drive is a much better option than an external hard drive setup - cheaper, at least as fast, and you KNOW you don't have a cheap drive that could fail at any moment."
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"This is the worst docking station I've ever wasted my money on."
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"They were very helpful in diagnosing the problem (turns out the drive was bad, nothing was wrong with this product).This is a very handy item to have, especially for the price."
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"Based on the proven(to me)safe and easy use of this, one of a kind, small product's many features, giveaway price of $25.95, and free shipping, I without any reservations recommend this product to anyone looking for a keeper product."
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"good quality, works fine, easy to use, good price."
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"UASP over USB truly is faster than standard USB3.The only things I would change would be to make the USB and power cords a little longer, not a big deal, and when you look at the price point of this unit I absolutely will not complain."
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"Very pleased with performance as well as looks and price.."
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"Great price"
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"Great price, easy set-up, worked right out of the box - I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it or buy another."
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Quality

Quality:
"Occasionally the drive will stop reading writingThe build quality is mediocre at best...power button falls out, housing is cheap plastic, and cables (while they appear to be high quality) are prone to being a bit loose and wiggly."
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"Build quality is good but not great."
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"good quality, works fine, easy to use, good price."
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"Great build quality, and performance to and from PC is more than usable."
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"Super easy to use quality product."
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"Easy to use and high quality"
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"High quality, very happy."
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Read

Read:
"After digging into it with the tech support team, here was there response:Hello Jeff,Since the drive came from another enclosure likely the reason it cannot be read is because the Seagate enclosure has written to the drive in a non standard way (either sector emulation or encryption) causing our dock to not be able to read it."
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"Read the other reviews, this is a known problem with this device."
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"I thought I would mention it because apparently the mfr reads these reviews and is pretty responsive."
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"My Windows 7 PC was able to detect the attached drives immediately, and the dock was able to read my 4TB HDDs (which isn't the case with many external enclosures)."
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"I was able to read my data off my extra HDDs and copy them to another drive."
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"I am very pleased with this dock, it powers down when it is suppose to and the read write speeds are as advertised."
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"Purchased after reading reviews that noted speeds with a SSD in this enclosure would reach ~400Mb s. Read speeds were exceptional (400-500 Mb s) , while write speeds topped out at ~120Mb s then steadily decreased to ~100Mb s. I was trying to use this drive to boot windows from as a Windows 8 Usb To Go Drive, but with write speeds that low it wouldn't fit my needs."
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Reliable

Reliable:
"It is a great product that is simple to use and it is reliable."
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"This has been wonderfully fast and reliable so far."
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"For me, this is a very good and reliable solution."
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"I purchased this hard drive dock to hot-swap 2 hard drives that were installed on my computer, this was mainly due to one of my internal hard drives getting reallocated sectors (anyone who knows HDD's knows that reallocated sectors are VERY bad news, avoid seagate 3tb HDD's everyone), and eventually, to use with backup drives, i was able to use my smaller but reliable samsung internal drive as an external drive with this, though the failing seagate finally died when i tried fixing it with this dock, though this is not the hard drive dock's fault."
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"Good Quality, reliable, fast."
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Service

Service:
"But the customer service email was very polite and when I emailed them back and said it was my fault for not checking the drive first they were very polite & friendly again and replied that it was not a problem they were happy to help and do not hesitate to contact them if I needed any further assistance."
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"That kind of service is hard to come by these days."
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"The second unit (glad I ordered two, but sorry I didn't get the service contract for less than $3 because I don't expect the good one to last at this rate) seems to be working just fine otherwise."
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"As I said in the title, customer service is just outstanding."
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"Works great, had a little issue with installing it with a new drive so I contacted customer service and they were very helpful and able to walk me through how to install it."
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"I'm very pleased with the customer service."
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"Very Easy Install and Setup (Plug'n'Play), up and running in 5 mins, purchased several for my other systems, installed WD Sata Drives for backup storage, nice hot swap out feature, Outstanding Customer Service from Plugable Technoligies -- nice touch with follow-up email (right after order, ie."
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"Great product and great service from Plugable Tech people."
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Speed

Speed:
"Worked as advertised, fast, convenient, no installation, no problem with using 3.5 or 2.5 drives, cheaper than a toaster (one or two bay upright hard drive dock)."
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"I broke it in with a 12 hour data back-up and it performed extremely well."
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"I have this hooked up on my iMac on a USB 3.0 port and a WD 2TB Green disk and it is PAINFULLY slow."
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"Until then recognition by the computer was sporadic, transfers were slow, and the first big one died with errors in the middle."
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"this product works well and is fast, but the power button feels cheap and is hard to press."
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"If you are looking to add space to your One, this and a good quality hard drive is a much better option than an external hard drive setup - cheaper, at least as fast, and you KNOW you don't have a cheap drive that could fail at any moment."
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"While I was at it I even went ahead and made a backup of my Windows 10 system just to test the speed and it was great!"
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"Works quite well - plenty fast."
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"Great product; performed flawlessly."
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"Works perfectly at 3.0 speeds."
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"This is the fastest and the most compatible hard drive enclosure that I have owned yet."
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Transfer

Transfer:
"although the device is built a little bit flimsy, it provides very fast transfers to hard disks."
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"Unfortunately, I'm still on USB 2.0 so I can't speak to the transfer rate."
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"I was using this to transfer files from a failing hard drive and it worked beautifully."
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"Fast data transfer and no errors saved many hours of work."
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"At first I thought something was wrong, because I wasn't getting the theoretical max transfer speeds per the advertised up to 5Gbps data transfer speeds!"
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"I was able to easily transfer files from my old, fried Windows 7 laptop to my new Windows 8.1 laptop."
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"It easily comes loose, and has made file transfers a pain."
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"It will still work great with USB 2, but transfer speeds through USB 3 are crazy fast."
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"Transfer speeds are great."
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"It's USB 3.0 transfer rates are excellent as I watch it transfer from a Seagate 2TB drive to another one via USB 3.0, and it averages a full 140 MB s throughout the transfer - it transfers a 10 GB file in just 60 seconds flat for me on my modern i7 computer... very nice."
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Windows

Windows:
"I had a problem when I inserted the drive that the system could see it but windows explorer could not."
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"When I wasn't able to open the hard drives because windows had become corrupted I purchased this device with hopes to be able to recover my old files."
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"This worked great for getting information off my dead laptop's hard drive (Windows 7 format)."
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"And I had no problem cloning the 500GB HD's entire Windows 7 Pro Operating System and all data files to the new 2TB HD."
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"I'm a procrastinator so I missed two different windows for a review with Amazon purchase verification flagged."
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"Drives are recognized in Windows, Ubuntu, and Fedora with no hassles."
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"While I was at it I even went ahead and made a backup of my Windows 10 system just to test the speed and it was great!"
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"I was able to easily transfer files from my old, fried Windows 7 laptop to my new Windows 8.1 laptop."
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"No problems installing with Windows 7, 8 and the more common linux distros like ubuntu."
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"Great compatibility with windows, linux, freebsd and mac."
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"I don't think the process would be as painless for this kind of partitions on Windows.5) On Ubuntu you might need to install mdadm before the RAID partitions are recognized automatically."
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