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Wasted a lot of time - Did NOT Work with several versions of Windows
on 26 December 2015
Out of the box were :-
• small screwdriver
• generic SATA 6Gb/s cable
• Apricorn SATA to USB 3 cable
• Apricorn’s EZ Gig IV Cloning Software CD
• SanDisk quick start leaflet.
Apart from the original packing box which the kit came in, the leaflet is the only SanDisk part in the box. It is printed in a small font and in dark grey instead of rich black colour. Straight away this gave me a bad impression – as Sandisk is cost cutting, why bother with this leaflet; it didn’t give very much information; it was easier to read the instructions from Apricorn website.
The box says “Hassle-free solid state drive installation kit …….” This is an incorrect description.
• It didn’t work in Windows 7 Starter domain on 1st Toshiba NB520
• It didn’t work in MSDOS domain on 1st Toshiba NB520
• It didn’t work in Windows 7 Starter domain on 2nd Toshiba NB520
• It didn’t work in MSDOS domain on 2nd Toshiba NB520
• The only way left open to me as home user to fault-find was to try the recommended installation on 3rd computer, a HP DM4 laptop. It didn’t work in Windows 7 domain but it finally worked in MSDOS domain. (This was successful via downloaded software onto USB flash drive; with this drive inserted into laptop, then cold booted.)
o This indicated to me that the cable was ok but the EZ Gig IV was not entirely ok.
• Went back to 1st and 2nd Toshiba and used my trusted rescue software, Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 SE (free with computer magazine at the time) to copy the HD onto SSD’s. Installation worked – proved the cable was fine but EZ Gia IV was not.
• Well maybe my computers too old ? Can’t think why as they were all genuine Windows and updated from Microsoft update site before installation. Time to try Windows 8.1 (4th computer) (again updated before EZ Gig IV installation attempt).
o Failed in Win 8.1 domain
o Failed in MSDOS domain (at least I thought was MSDOS domain, via cold boot from USB flash.)
o Successful with MiniTool Drive Copy (as another reviewer mentioned (Paragon 2010 SE was too old to deal with GPT disc)).
In conclusion, thank goodness for Christmas holidays otherwise would not have found so many days available to make these attempts by trial & errorS. This kit is going back and thanks to Amazon, no hassle return as opposed to “Hassle-free” description on the box.
My suggestion if I were to start again ? Buy a cable from another supplier because even Apricorn did not recognise it’s own cable with Window 7 Starter edition. Buy a cable from another manufacturer anyway, even if you need the rest of the kit for a desktop conversion; and if you are converting for a laptop, don’t bother with this kit. I can’t have rescue equipment that is not reliable. I am getting a cable from another supplier, SSD, and an enclosure box to create an emergency rescue drive. MiniTool was so easy to use for disc copying that I might even buy the Pro version and never touch EZ Gig again.