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Unitek Aluminum USB 3.0 to SATA Dual Bay External Hard Drive Docking Station EXPIRED

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Unitek via Newegg has Unitek Aluminum USB 3.0 to SATA Dual Bay External Hard Drive Docking Station on sale for $16.99. Shipping is free. Thanks mchlbus36

Unitek via Newegg also has Unitek USB 3.0 to SATA Dual Bay External Hard Drive Docking Station on sale for $16.99. Shipping is free.

Note, USB 3.0 Dual Bay Hard Drive Docking station supports all 2.5''/ 3.5'' SATA I, SATA II, SATA III HDD SSD up to 8TB
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Newegg has UNITEK Aluminum USB 3.0 to SATA Dual Bay External Hard Drive Docking Station with Offline Clone Function, For 2.5 3.5 Inch HDD SSD SATA I/ II/ III up to 2 x 8TB & UASP on sale for 16.99

Link https://www.newegg.com/p/1Z4-0040...2BP4MP1741

Also available https://www.newegg.com/p/234-005D...2BP5JC5732 for 16.99

https://www.newegg.com/p/1B0-00AF...2BP4SV3298 9.99 >NLA

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I'd be seriously concerned about bad sectors depending upon the cause of those bad sectors. Bad sectors are even present from the factory and naturally occur on an aging drive. The drive will just essentially remember where the bad sectors are and stop attempting to read or write over them after it marks them as bad. The issue comes when the bad sectors are caused by physical damage to the drive from something like a bad head or damage to the platters themselves. At that point, only a data recovery expert with access to both a clean room and specialized equipment (usually a pcie card with sata connectors which is designed for data recovery such as the pc3000.) A good way to know if merely cloning the drive using equipment like this is safe is to listen to listen to the drive as it is spinning for any sort of clicking or grinding noises, and also connect it to your computer first to make sure there are no read instabilities as well. If either of those situations apply to the drive, you will cause damage which will result in further data loss. I would also not recommend using the clone function unless you're absolutely positive the drive is in excellent condition. Even with a healthy drive, I prefer to use the imaging function from good data recovery program, and for free software that does an excellent job, I highly recommend using gddrescue which only runs on linux (you can run linux off a usb flash drive for the cloning process)
The other risk with these types of devices can be overheating. Years ago I did make the mistake of leaving one to clone overnight and wound up burning out the pcb on the drive

Sorry for the extra long reply, but I have done a bit of data recovery professionally and wanted to share the information in the hope it is useful to someone looking at this deal who intends to use it to clone a failing drive. Most professional data recovery is extremely expensive, (aside from one place I know who charges less than a quarter of what they are worth) and I hope my comment helps someone avoid unnecessary cost due to avoidable damage they may cause.
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Looks like a good price - just keep in mind it says it ships from overseas.
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I bought one but buyer beware: "Any bad sectors may prevent duplicator and cause overheating, which damages to the station."
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I bought one but buyer beware: "Any bad sectors may prevent duplicator and cause overheating, which damages to the station."
I've had one of these for a long time but just picked up this aluminum one. The cloning feature is really cool, but the USB cable must be disconnected for it to work. I did have one drive that had bad sectors, and my old unit simply gave up after a while. It still works and all that, so I'm not sure how worried I'd be about bad sectors.

For that drive, I connected this up to a computer and used Macrium to clone the drive which went off without a hitch.
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Thanks op. In for one for the clone function.
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Good deal. I used these to clone my Xbox X drive to SSD so I could upgrade to avoid manually setting up the drive by hand using tools.

If these does make exact copies. Then I did power up the Xbox x with the sad inside without any issues. Another factory reset and reimagine then I can see all my space.

It did take all night though to clone though. The manual method can be faster as long as you have everything in place. It is also more involved and has more steps. So expect about and hour before the drive is ready. Cloning avoids all those manual steps and you just leave it alone until next day. Also you don't need to install additional drivers and tools with your PC.

If it works this good for Xbox it can basically clone nearly anything.
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The two dual stations go up to 8TB, and the single "lay flat" docking station goes up to 6TB. Drives of 10TB (and higher) are readily available so these are a bit behind the capacity curve. Just something to consider for planning future needs.
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Good deal. I used these to clone my Xbox X drive to SSD so I could upgrade to avoid manually setting up the drive by hand using tools.

If these does make exact copies. Then I did power up the Xbox x with the sad inside without any issues. Another factory reset and reimagine then I can see all my space.

It did take all night though to clone though. The manual method can be faster as long as you have everything in place. It is also more involved and has more steps. So expect about and hour before the drive is ready. Cloning avoids all those manual steps and you just leave it alone until next day. Also you don't need to install additional drivers and tools with your PC.

If it works this good for Xbox it can basically clone nearly anything.
That is an awesome idea....wish they had gone with ssd to begin with or make it easier to swap. Tempted.

Now the magic question.. what type of improvement are you seeing .. in the os mostly and navigation
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Is this a good deal?
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...unless your bread has bad sectors.
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Does it have RAID features?
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Surprised it's not front page yet.
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