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1.0 out of 5 stars Pathetic, 20 Jun. 2013
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This review is from: StarTech Hard Disk Drive Duplicator Dock SuperSpeed USB 3.0 to SATA HDD Duplicator (Personal Computers)
Bought this to replace my previous USB 3.0 dock (£30 from ebay 2 years ago) and thought I'd get a more expensive one as I use it a lot and having 2 bays could be useful and the Amazon reviews are pretty good BUT...

It doesn't work. Using known good, VERY thoroughly tested and verified drives it craps out within a minute every time, whether reading or writing. While it may work OK for people with a light workload under Windows I use mine daily under linux for imaging whole drives and it simply can't handle that. See below...

So, I may have got a duff one that can't read and write data reliably BUT the problems with it go deeper than that...

Even if reading and writing did work reliably it's still no use to me as whenever the machine encounters a bad sector on a drive it completely disconnects the interface and needs restarting. This makes it completely useless for data recovery (the other thing I use a dock for) and when that happens it doesn't just disconnect one drive - BOTH are disconnected meaning a single sector error on one drive can screw up 2 recovery or imaging operations (which can sometimes take days). Also the standalone cloning function requires that the USB cable is disconnected which is a pain in the arse and even though it has 2 bays, they are not hot pluggable which limits their usefulness. Also the cable uses the flimsy miniature USB 3 connector at the dock end, rather than the larger and more rugged full size connector that even my cheap old no-name dock used. Also, unlike my older cheaper dock it has no hinged dust flaps and no eject buttons - you just have to yank the drives out when you're done. All in all this is a badly designed, cheaply made, flaky device that doesn't even work as well as several older cheaper products. I would avoid it like the plague - I shall be returning mine forthwith and I have already hedged and ordered 2 cheaper single drive docks from ebay.

On a 320GB drive verified with 4 passes of badblocks full write test I get this just trying to read it...

r0g@steppa:~$ sudo dd if=/dev/sdf of=/dev/null
dd: reading `/dev/sdf': Input/output error
878048+0 records in
878048+0 records out
449560576 bytes (450 MB) copied, 6.21869 s, 72.3 MB/s

r0g@steppa:~$ sudo dd if=/dev/sdf of=/dev/null
dd: opening `/dev/sdf': No such file or directory

Lame :/
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Initial post: 9 Dec 2013 18:05:07 GMT
From the StarTech website:
If the source drive contains an EISA (Extended Industry Standard Architecture) partition, the EISA partition needs to be removed prior to beginning the duplication.
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