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Sabrent USB 3.0 to SATA External Hard Drive Lay-Flat Docking Station with Built-in Cooling Fan for 2.5 or 3.5in...
Report Date: 10/10/2015
Based on 1704 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.2
Returned or considering to return: 4.3%

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Individual Feature Rating
Service5.0   above average
Shipping4.6   average
Speed4.6   average
Price4.4   average
Dock4.3   above average
Transfer4.2   average
Quality4.1   below average
Case3.8   average
Power3.6   average
Cable3.4   average
Port3.4   average
Read3.4   average
Connection3.2   average
Windows3.2   below average
Connector2.3   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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"Only complaint is that the USB cord is very short, about 3 feet, so it's difficult to make it a true permanent dock since I can't plug the cord in behind my computer and place it on top of my desk."
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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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"I can easily achieve 90MB s from other cases so I doubt there's a problem with my USB3 drivers or settings."
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"Love this case"
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"A decent case for the price."
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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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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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"So I removed the hard drive from the dead machine and used this to connect it to her new one."
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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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"Problems with drivers on VMWare Fusion connections, and the description made you think it could hold 2 drives for copying but it does not just one connection in that case."
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"Pros:* Easiness to connect hard drives."
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"Works great with both 2.5 and 3.5 drives, but 2.5 are hard to get disconnected because of a easy way to grab pull it out once connected."
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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 product is perfect as i have a ton of internal hard drive that i need to easily connect and disconnect on the go."
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Connector

Connector:
"I don't know how well the SATA connector will hold up to frequent insertion and removal."
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"the usb cable connector (on the mac side) does not plug in easily, it can be plugged in with force, but gives you a feeling of poor qualify."
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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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"You could easily damage the connector if you're not careful pulling a drive out."
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"If your sata connection is remotely tight, or not perfectly lined up, it will bend the connector backwards."
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"The tendency is to lift up on the end of the drive but I'm afraid that is not good for the connectors because it should be pulled straight out... so be careful."
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"It works at usb3.0 speeds, recognises all drives that I've checked, has good quality cable connectors, supports 230v."
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"Great internal hardrive external connector that works for both laptop and desktop internal hardrives that uses the SATA connector."
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"You could easily damage the connector if you're not careful pulling a drive out."
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"The biggest thing I would have liked would be a longer USB3 connector cable."
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"I could look past this considering the price if it wasn't for the horrible sata connector."
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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'm using 2 x 2TB HDD's so I can't comment on how well 4TB drives work in this dock .."
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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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"Luckily I was able to test this docking station out and it worked perfectly!"
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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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"works great, but external dock i have used so far"
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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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"The best part is you can hook it up to the USB port on a Time Capsule (other compatible routers) and have BOTH drives accessible remotely."
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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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"Used this to recover a 2TB Iomega external HDD that had a faulty power board and had corrupted the partition table."
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"Sadly device did not work, it was able to power itself on but did not Register 2 of my previous hard disk drives."
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"The only downside is power is supplied through a brick."
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"The power button is rather flimsy."
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"Mine has a special case in which the power button won't click when I press it, requiring multiple attempts before it sticks and powers on."
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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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"Love the power switch."
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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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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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"So far no complaints and for little money, a great item that works when needed."
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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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"Great hard drive cabinet for a great price & superfast delivery."
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"It's also has been handy since you can make any hard drive an external on the fly, which saves a lot of time and money, and makes it easy for extracting data quickly from failing hard drives."
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"Just what I thought I was buying and at a great price."
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"this does its job great device for the money"
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"Great product 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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"One might say the feel build quality isn't the greatest but as long as it works properly who cares."
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"Thank you Sabrent for making excellent quality products!"
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"I eventually threw them in the garbage and went with a higher quality brand, which works great."
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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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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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"Maybe I am missing something and maybe it can't read the NAS files."
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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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"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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"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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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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"So, needless to say, I am disappointed in Sabrent products, but can't say enough GOOD THINGS ABOUT AMAZON, their fast shipping and their customer support team."
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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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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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"I should mention when I installed the cloned hybrid drive it took 3 times as long to boot up the first time ( I was getting scared) after the first time it was screaming fast."
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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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"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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"It's fast, compact, great design, and works with almost any size of hard drive."
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"USB 3.0 built in has really speed things up as well."
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"Works great with my USB 3.0, it's really fast and has a handy button on the top so that you can switch it on and off as needed, would recommend."
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"Decided I needed to expand my laptop HDD's capacity, so I decided to use this to make the process fast and easy."
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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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"Such a hassle deciding what to transfer to the lap top and what to transfer to a back up drive."
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"While attempting file transfers, it corrupted both of my drives because of the recurring problems."
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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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"I was able to pull out my harddrive from my old computer and transfer all of my data quickly onto my new harddrive."
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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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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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"If any of my hard drives should fail, I'm ready with windows 7 spare hdd's."
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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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"Fast transfers, no hassle install in Windows, and very easy to use! "
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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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"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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