Standalone 1:3 SATA 2.5 / 3.5” Hard Drive Duplicator and Eraser w/ Daisy Chaining
Clone or erase 2.5in/3.5in SATA hard drives, without a host computer connection
Product ID: SATDUP13
The SATDUP13 standalone HDD duplicator/eraser lets you copy up to three, or erase up to four SATA HDDs or SSDs simultaneously, without having to connect to a host computer. The duplicator/eraser works with any 3.5” or 2.5” SATA Hard Drive or Solid State Drive, and features an integrated LCD that makes it easy to monitor cloning/erasing performance.
The versatile 1-to-3 duplicator features three operating modes for duplication, including Data Only, All Partitions, and Sector by Sector cloning. The SATDUP13 also offers several erase modes, including Quick Erase, Secure Erase, and Single-Pass/Multi-Pass Hard Drive Overwriting (DoD), which passes over the hard drive 3 times to ensure that the data has been completely wiped.
For increased scalability, the HDD duplicator/eraser features a unique daisy-chain port that gives you the option to combine multiple SATDUP13 units together, allowing up to four additional drives to be erased or copied with each added unit to help save you time.
For added compatibility with different drive types in duplication and quick erase applications, the SATDUP13 supports the use of various drive adapters. The below list of StarTech.com adapters have been specifically tested, to ensure compatibility with this drive duplicator:
With high-quality aluminum construction, the durable SATDUP13 is backed by a 2-year StarTech.com warranty and free lifetime technical support.
- Forensic investigators who require disk sector imaging/cloning to create an exact replica of a source drive onto a different drive
- Professionals who require identical backups for when data integrity is crucial, such as data recovery
- Clone hard drives that contain hidden partitions, that some software disk cloning programs may skip
The StarTech.com Advantage
- Securely erase up to four drives simultaneously, with single pass and multi pass HDD overwriting (DoD)
- Increase duplication/erasing capacity by daisy chaining multiple SATDUP13 units together for a scalable solution
|Compatible Drive Types||SATA|
|Drive Size||2.5in & 3.5in|
|Number of Drives||4|
|Duplication Modes||System and File|
|Sector by Sector (Whole Drive)|
|Erase Modes||Quick Erase|
|1-Pass Overwrite (NIST SP 800-88 Rev 1 - Clear)|
|3-Pass Erase and Compare|
|Max Drive Capacity||Currently tested with up to 4TB 7200 RPM 3.5" hard drives per bay and 1TB 7200 RPM 2.5" hard drives per bay|
|Maximum daisy chain devices||30 (119 target drives in total)|
|Type and Rate||SATA III (6 Gbps)|
|Drive Connectors||4 - SATA Data & Power Combo (7+15 pin) Receptacle|
|Other Interface(s)||2 - 20 pin Daisy-Chain Female|
|OS Compatibility||OS independent; No software or drivers required|
|Special Notes / Requirements|
For duplication, the destination drive must be of equal or greater size than the source drive.
Speed of up 3.8 GB per minute was achieved in a bench mark testing environment, actual speed will depend on hard drive model, algorithm and other factors. Results will vary.
|LED Indicators||1 - Source Drive Power Indicator|
|1 - Source Drive Activity|
|1 - Source Drive Error|
|1 - Destination Drive 1 Power|
|1 - Destination Drive 1 Activity|
|1 - Destination Drive 1 Error|
|1 - Destination Drive 2 Power|
|1 - Destination Drive 2 Activity|
|1 - Destination Drive 2 Error|
|1 - Destination Drive 3 Activity|
|1 - Destination Drive 3 Power|
|1 - Destination Drive 3 Error|
|1 - LED Panel|
|Input Voltage||110V-240V AC|
|Output Voltage||12 DC|
|Plug Type||4-pin DIN|
|Power Consumption (In Watts)||108|
|Power Source||AC Adapter Included|
|Humidity||20% ~ 80%|
|Operating Temperature||5°C to 45°C (41°F to 113°F)|
|Storage Temperature||-20°C to -85°C (-4°F to 185°F)|
|Product Height||1.6 in [40 mm]|
|Product Length||4.7 in [120 mm]|
|Product Weight||31 oz [879 g]|
|Product Width||10.2 in [260 mm]|
|Shipping (Package) Weight||5.6 lb [2.5 kg]|
|What's in the Box|
|Included in Package||1 - 1 to 3 HDD Duplicator|
|4 - SATA Cable|
|1 - Daisy Chain Cable|
|1 - Universal power adapter: comes ready for NA/EU/UK only when you buy in NA/EU/UK; comes ready for Australia and New Zealand only when you buy in Australia and New Zealand|
|1 - Quick Install Guide|
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Frequently Asked Questions
Before You Buy
StarTech.com hard drive and flash drive duplicators perform a sector by sector copy, which means that the target drive must be the exact same size (down to the sector) or larger than the hard drive or flash drive that is being copied. During a sector by sector copy, each individual sector is copied over to the target drive, regardless of whether or not any data is present. A 500 GB hard drive with 50 GB of data on it will take the same amount of time to copy as a 500 GB hard drive with 450 GB of data on it.
If you have two hard drives or flash drives that are listed as the same size but are different makes or models, you need to check how large both drives are down to the sector to ensure that the target drive is is the exact same size or larger.
Solid-state drives (SSDs) use SATA connectors to access power and transfer data. Any duplicator that can copy to or from SATA hard drives will work with a StarTech.com duplicator.
Note: If you use a dock to duplicate SSDs, keep in mind that the StarTech.com disk duplicators execute a sector by sector read and write. SSDs are rated by a number of reads and writes. Repeated duplication and sector by sector reads and writes of SSDs can reduce the life cycle of the drive.
Software-level encryption on the drive poses no issue to StarTech.com duplicators, as the duplicators copy encrypted data sector by sector over to the new drive.
Hardware-level encryption or BIOS level hard drive locks cause the duplication to halt and fail, as the drive is unable to read or write the sectors that are encrypted.
Duplication of Hidden Protected Area (HPA) Partitions or Extended Industry Standard Architecture (EISA) cause the duplicator to halt and fail, as the drive cannot read and write the protected partitions on the drive.
Note: Our UNIDUPDOCK, SATDOCK22RE and SATDOCK4U3RE do include the ability to copy HPA partitions, but the duplication is still dependent on how the HPA partition is written to the hard drive, whether or not it is encrypted and how it is encrypted.
StarTech.com duplicators were not designed to recover failing or damaged drives. If the duplicator encounters a corrupt or unreadable sector, the duplication halts and fails.
SATDOCK4U3RE, SATDUP13 ,and UNIDUPDOCK all include a function that allows the duplicators to skip over corrupt or unreadable sectors. However, if the duplicators encounter too many errors, they still halt and fail. If this happens, you will need third-party recovery software or custom-built recovery hardware to copy from a failing or damaged drive.
Quick and secure erase functions
Quick erase and secure erase are functions the duplicators call on the hard drives themselves. How they work depends on the manufacturer of the hard drive.
Department of Defense erase function
A Department of Defense (DoD) erase is a function performed by the duplicator where it does three passes. The first pass writes all 0s. The second pass writes all 1s. The third pass writes 0s and 1s randomly.
Note: Not all duplicators will feature all of these erase modes. It is important to review the product manual to confirm the available erase modes.
To determine if your hard drive will work in this device, on the product page, click the Technical Specifications tab, and do the following:
- Make sure that the device supports the storage size of your hard drive. If the storage size of your hard drive is larger than what the device was tested with, the hard drive will likely still work with the enclosure.
- Confirm that your hard drive uses the same interface type as the device. For example, IDE, SATA, or M.2.
- Make sure that the device supports the physical size of your hard drive, such as 2.5 inches or 3.5 inches.
- Verify that the power consumption of your hard drive doesn’t exceed the power output of the device. If you’re using multiple hard drives, make sure that the combined power consumption of all of the hard drives doesn’t exceed the power output of the docking station.
When you troubleshoot issues with a hard drive dock or duplicator, there are some quick tests that you can complete to rule out potential problems. You can test to make sure that the following components are working correctly and are not the source of the issue:
- IDE, SATA, and eSATA cables
- Hard drives
- Hard drive dock or duplicator
To test your setup components, try the following:
- Use the cables, hard drives, and hard drive dock or duplicator in another setup to see if the problem is with the components or the setup.
- Use a different cable, hard drive, and hard drive dock or duplicator in your setup to see if the problem persists. Ideally, you should test a component that you know works in another setup.
When you test the hard drive and hard drive dock or duplicator, it is recommended that you do the following:
Note: For a hard drive duplicator you may need to switch the device to PC mode (if available).
- To check Disk Management, press the Windows key + R, type diskmgmt.msc, and press Enter. Check to see if your hard drive is listed.
- Do one of the following:
- If the hard drive is listed with unallocated space, the hard drive needs to be reformatted. Right-click unallocated and click New Simple Volume. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the reformatting.
Note: Formatting a hard drive erases all of the data on it. Make sure that you back up all of your data before you reformat the hard drive.
- If the hard drive is listed as healthy but does not have a drive letter, for example, C:, right-click healthy and click Change Drive Letter and Paths. Click Add, assign a drive letter, and click OK.
Note: A formatted hard drive will not show up in Computer or My Computer until it has a drive letter assigned to it.
You do not need to format your target hard drive before you begin to duplicate it, because the target hard drive is automatically overwritten during the duplication process.
The hard drive duplicator copies the exact partition from the source drive to the target drive. Since it is required that you use a target drive that is equal or larger in size than the source drive a portion of the target drive appears as free space. You can append free space to the live partition on the target drive so that the full size of the drive can be utilized.
Note: A partition cannot be extended on an operating system drive that is in use. You must extend the partition when it not being used by the operating system, and ideally when it is still connected to the duplicator.
Extend a partition on a computer running Windows
Note: Do not extend a System Reserved partition. Only extend the primary partition, which is typically the largest in size and formatted with NTFS or FAT32.
After you have successfully duplicated a drive and the target drive is still connected to your computer system (for example, through the duplicator), complete the following:
- Press the Windows key + R.
- Type compmgmt.msc and click Ok.
- In Computer Management, on the left side of the screen, click Disk Management.
- Find the target drive. It will most likely be at the bottom of the list, have a partition that is the same size as the source drive, and have an unallocated area on the drive.
- On the target drive, right-click the last partition on the right side of the screen and click Extend Volume.
- In the Extend Volume wizard, click Next. By default, the remaining drive area is the amount of space used.
- Click Next > Finish.
The primary partition on the drive now uses the entire drive area.
You can use the SATDUP13 to skip bad sectors on a hard drive. For more information, visit the following FAQ: http://www.startech.com/ca/faq/hard_drive_duplicators_failing_drives.
To use the SATDUP13 to skip bad sectors, you need to enable Read Error Skip. By default, Read Error Skip is disabled.
To enable Read Error Skip, complete the following:
Turn on the SATDUP13.
Navigate to Setup and press OK.
Navigate to Skip Error and press OK.
Select the amount of sectors that you want to skip and press OK.
To return to the duplication menu, press ESC and navigate to Copy.
StarTech.com hard drive duplicators only read from the source drive and only write to the target drives while in standalone duplication mode . A duplication that fails or halts will not cause a problem with the source drive.
To daisy chain SATDUP13 duplicators together, use the port closest to the power supply as the master port and the farthest port as the slave. Connect the SATDUP13 duplicators as follows:
SATDUP13-1 [Slave Port] -> [Master Port] SATDUP13-2 [Slave Port] -> [Master Port] SATDUP13-3 [Slave Port] -> and so on.
A maximum number of 30 SATDUP13 units can be daisy chained for a total of 119 SATA ports available for target drives.
You can use this device to duplicate an internal hard drive with the stand alone duplicator function if you remove the hard drive from the computer and connect it directly to this device.
Compliance and Safety
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- Product installation and/or mounting should be completed by a certified professional as per the local safety and building code guidelines.
- Cables (including power and charging cables) should be placed and routed to avoid creating electric, tripping or safety hazards.
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Standalone 1:3 SATA 2.5 / 3.5” Hard Drive Duplicator and Eraser w/ Daisy Chaining
Product ID: SATDUP13