Updated: 02/12/2015…the review has changed. Read the last section of this article.
So in the process of upgrading the machine that this little server runs on I ordered about 6 items.
- A new Western Digital 1 TB Hard Drive
- A new 2.66 GHz processor
- An 8 GB flash drive (Kingston)
- A PNY 64 GB flash drive
- A PCIMax USB 3.0 PCIExpress card
- A Sabrent USB 3.0 docking station.
As it turned out I was able to use a Program called Macrium Reflect which I posted about a few days back to backup the small 80 GB hard drive on this Dell PC to the 64 gb USB flash drive. I was then able to restore it all to the new drive using the Macrium software on the USB drive.
At that point I used the Kingston flash drive to install Windows 64 bit onto this machine and moved the VM to this partition. That means I got it all done using some relatively cheap flash drives. But being out of practice upgrading/cloning machines, I had thought that I might need that USB Hard drive docking station….
….thanks to luck I didn’t need it, and that is a good thing. It doesn’t work at all. It fires up the drive and the docking station gets recognized and that is where the fun ends. So if you are in the market for a USB Hard drive dock, do yourself a favor and DO NOT buy one of these Model EC-DFLT Sabrent SATA docking stations.
The packaging is fine, the product appears to be decent, but it simply is so cheaply made that it doesn’t properly make contact with the pins on the hard drive. Needless to say, I shall be returning it.
I can actually hear the hard drive starting and stopping constantly, and that isn’t a good thing. At this point all I needed it for was to wipe the old drive, in case someone wishes to buy a nice WD 80 GB drive. But this product won’t even allow me to do that.
In all fairness, I only got to test one of these things, so this may be a bad seed, but based on reviews at Amazon, I think not.
I received a new product directly from the seller and it works perfectly! So in all fairness I guess I will just say ignore my review and if you need a backup drive, this could be a decent option for you. I did confirm that the original product I received was non-functional and at first I thought this one might also be, but in the case of the replacement, I merely had to right click on the “Computer” icon in the start menu and select manage and do a little Drive letter maintenance. (See this link for a how-to)
Note here, this enclosure should be run with the top door open, otherwise you will fry a hard drive in just a few hours. But since the reason to own one of these things is for backups, I would say that is not a real issue.
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