Sabrent USB 3.0 to SATA Dual Bay External Hard Drive Docking Station for 2.5 or 3.5in HDD, SSD with Hard Drive Duplicator/Cloner Function [4TB Support] (EC-HDD2)
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I cloned about 1,700gb of data onto a new drive. I haven't found anything corrupted by the process, and it did it in under 5 hours. Using USB 2.0 and a computer to transfer the stuff would have been a long and tedious task, which I've done before. It's also a dual dock, which allows me to use hard drives without an external drive enclosure. Backing up data is fast and easy.
LED Light Scheme: Solid blue = idle. Blue with a running/moving/flashing green = cloning in progress. Solid green/no flashing = cloning complete!
Instructions: It doesn't come with much for directions. For cloning, initialize the (equal or larger sized) target drive with a computer. Disconnect the dock from the PC, insert your hard drives, and push the 'Cloning Button' twice. NOTE: When pushing the button, I had to press and hold for about half a second for each press. I failed many times before changing how I pressed it before it would work.
After you clone a smaller drive, you may need to go into the Admin Tools 'Storage' tool to "Extend" the drive's space. Cloning a 1tb drive onto a 2tb drive will leave you with the same 1tb of space you had before until you "Extend" the partition allocation.
Hope some of this helps!
it's gonna take all day.
'Cause I had data corruption,
Looked like nothing was gonna be saved.
So, I'm sitting by this Sabrent Dual Bay
Watching the bytes roll away.
Looks like nothing's gonna change...
Everything still remains the same.
I stare at the blinking green light
So I guess I'll let my mind go lame...
Sitting here resting my bones,
But this loneliness won't leave me alone
I'm just sitting by the Sabrent Dual Bay,
Watching the bytes roll away...
It's twenty hours I've waited.
Just to make this dock get done.
Oh I'm sitting by the Sabrent Dual Bay...
Watching my bytes get cloned to stay....
Yes, watching the Sabrent Dual Bay...
Watching my bytes get cloned to stay.
Bottom line: the dock works great. I cloned a failing 3 TB drive to a new 3 TB drive and it took a long time but it worked. Then, I was able to use the dock as an external dock to my computer for backups by plugging it into a USB 3.0 port. Works with both full-sze and notebook sized SATA drives. Highly recommended.
HOW TO DO IT:
1: BACKUP. Backup everything important to you that exists on your current machine. EVERYTHING.
2: Shutdown the machine.
3: Pull the power plug from the case
4: Open the computer case and remove the boot drive.
5: Keep the Sabrent device powered OFF for now
6: Look down into the Sabrent device and then gently push the source and target drives into sockets 1 and 2 respectively.
7: Be ABSOLUTELY sure that you put your source (existing-current-soon to be old) in slot #1 and then your target drive in slot 2. If you reverse this you will copy your new empty drive over to your old drive and you will erase everything on it.
8: Push the big power button on the Sabrent. A blue light will appear on the front.
9: Push the pencil eraser sized black "COPY" button on the back of the Sabrent TWICE. PUSH IT HARD AND PUSH IT TWICE.
10: Look for the front blue LED light to kinda sorta start flashing and scrolling and (maybe) changing color from blue to greenish-blue. This means that copying has begun.
11: Don't touch!
12: When the front light stops doing its flashy-scrolly thing (be sure) then the clone is done. 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". I assume this was because Windows saw the change in drive serial number or size or something like that). 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. If the new drive is bigger than the source you will see a blue active partition and a black "UNALLOCATED" partition. Right click on the blue partition and select "EXPAND" and a wizard will guide you after that. This will grow your active partition to the size of your new drive.
15: That's it.
P.S. You can't clone the machine for free. By this I mean that you can't take the old drive and put it in a duplicate box and use Windows without paying the licensing fee again. They figured that one out a long time ago.
UPDATE: It works as a USB drive also. If (as I did) you plunk the old drive into the USB-connected bay it won't show up...UNTIL you navigate back to the disk management interface (above). There you will see it with a red exclamation point and the On_Click message "The disk is offline because it has a signature collision with another disk that is online". Just move over the left side of that drive bar, right click and select "Online" and VOILA! Your drive is visible, readable and writable.