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SATA Hard Drive HDD Duplicator Dock - eSATA USB

Exactly duplicate one 2.5in or 3.5in SATA hard drive to another, effortlessly and without a computer

Product ID: SATDOCK22RE

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  • Standalone Sector by Sector copying including the HPA
  • LED progress bar for duplication status
  • Push-button switching between Duplicator mode and Docking Station mode

The SATDOCK22RE USB and eSATA Standalone Duplicator Dock lets you duplicate/clone an existing hard drive without the use of a host computer system, or can be connected to a computer system for use as an external hard drive dock.

As a hard drive duplicator, you can create an exact 1 to 1 sector clone from one hard drive to another, including partition and boot sector information and all data, at a rate of 72MB/second - ensuring data integrity and consistency for sensitive operations, such as data recovery.

As an external hard drive dock, the duplicator/dock supports plug-and-play installation and can be connected to your host computer through USB 2.0 or eSATA, providing data transfer speeds up to 480Mbps or 3Gbps respectively from the hard drives to your computer system. Large capacity drives (tested with up to 4TB 3.5" and 1TB 2.5" drives per bay) can be used to greatly enhance your computer's storage/backup capabilities.

Not having to install the hard drives into an enclosure or tray system allows for quick setups - a perfect solution for situations that require swapping through multiple drives, which combined with no driver or software installation requirements delivers a convenient and versatile storage solution. The value of this hard drive docking station can be extended, using a SATA to IDE hard drive adapter (SAT2IDEADP), which enables you to use any 2.5 or 3.5in IDE hard drive in a SATA hard drive dock slot.

Applications

  • Disk sector imaging/cloning to create an exact replica of a source drive onto a different drive.
  • Create identical backups for when data integrity is crucial, such as data recovery and forensic applications.
  • Technicians who require access to bare hard drives for backup/recovery purposes or needs to swap between drives regularly.
  • Quickly access data from a drive, without having to install it internally or into an enclosure.

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • Standalone cloning operation with LED progress indicator allows for creating 1:1 copies of hard drives without having to connect to a host computer.
  • On-the-fly switching from Duplicator to USB 2.0 or eSATA connectivity with the push of a button, allows a connected computer system to read/write to the drives.
  • A top slot-loading design and unique drive ejection mechanism provides quick and easy access to the data without having to install drives into an enclosure or tray.

Partner Numbers

  • UPC 065030840729

Compatibility

  • OS Independent logo
OS independent; No software or drivers required

Specifications

Warranty Information Warranty 2 Years
Connector(s) 2 - Drive Connectors SATA Data & Power Combo (7+15 pin)
1 - Host Connectors USB B (4 pin)
eSATA (7 pin, Data)
Environmental Operating Temperature 5°C to 80°C (41°F to 176°F)
Storage Temperature -40°C to 70°C (-40°F to 158°F)
Humidity 8~90% RH
Hardware Interface USB 2.0 & eSATA
Number of Drives 2
Drive Size 2.5in & 3.5in
Compatible Drive Types SATA
Chipset ID JMicron - JMB352U
Indicators 1 - LED Indicators Power Indicator (Blue)
2 - LED Indicators Drive Status (Blue - drive detected, Red - drive not detected, Flashing Red - Activity)
1 - LED Indicators Progress Bar (Blue)
Mode Indicator (Blue - JBOD, Red - Duplication)
Packaging Information Package Length 18,5 cm [7,3 in]
Package Width 12 cm [4,7 in]
Package Height 21 cm [8,3 in]
Shipping (Package) Weight 820 g [28,9 oz]
Performance Type and Rate USB 2.0 - 480 Mbit/s
SATA II (3 Gbps)
Max Drive Capacity Currently tested with up to 4TB 5400 RPM hard drives per bay (8TB total) and 1TB 5400 RPM 2.5" hard drives (2TB total)
Insertion Rating 15,000 cycles
Physical Characteristics Color Black
Material Plastic
Product Length 14,7 cm [5,8 in]
Product Width 13,2 cm [5,2 in]
Product Height 70 mm [2,8 in]
Weight of Product 547 g [19,3 oz]
Power Power Source AC Adapter Included
Input Voltage 110V-240V AC
Output Voltage 12/5V DC
Output Current 3A
Power Consumption (In Watts) 36
Software OS Compatibility OS independent; No software or drivers required
Special Notes / Requirements Note For duplication, the destination drive must be of equal or greater capacity than the source drive.

If the source drive contains an EISA (Extended Industry Standard Architecture) partition, the EISA partition needs to be removed prior to beginning the duplication.

eSATA operation with two hard drives installed, requires an eSATA host controller with Port Multiplier support.

What's in the Box 1 - Included in Package SATA HDD Duplicator Dock
eSATA Cable
USB 2.0 Cable
3 - Included in Package Power Cord (NA/GB/EU)
1 - Included in Package Universal Power Adapter
Instruction Manual

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Frequently Asked Questions

Troubleshooting

SATA hard drive controllers require a feature called port multiplier to read more than one hard drive per SATA or eSATA port. The port multiplier feature is not standard on many SATA hard drive controllers.

If your computer is only recognizing one of your hard drives, you need to plug the eSATA cable into a SATA controller that includes the port multiplier feature. If none of your current hard drive controllers include this feature, you can add a hard drive controller that does support port multiplier in any available expansion slot (for example, PCI, PCI-Express, PCMCIA, CardBus, or ExpressCard). StarTech.com has hard drive controllers available that support the port multiplier feature. To view the hard drive controllers, click here: http://startech.com/Cards-Adapters/HDD-Controllers/SATA-Cards/?filter_PORTMULTIPLIER=Yes.

If you have a hard drive controller card that does support the port multiplier feature but it is only reading one hard drive at a time, update the drivers of the hard drive controller. To find the most current StarTech.com drivers, click here: http://www.startech.com/Support.

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).

  1. To check Disk Management, press the Windows key + R, type diskmgmt.msc, and press Enter. Check to see if your hard drive is listed.
  2. 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.

This docking station allows the hard drive to enforce its own power state, as opposed to enforcing a power state that keeps the hard drive active at all times. Since most newer hard drives have low-power energy conservation modes, this will cause the hard drive to enter an idle state if it is not used for a certain amount of time. 

 

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:

  1. Press the Windows key + R.
  2. Type compmgmt.msc and click Ok.
  3. In Computer Management, on the left side of the screen, click Disk Management.
  4. 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.
  5. On the target drive, right-click the last partition on the right side of the screen and click Extend Volume.
  6. In the Extend Volume wizard, click Next. By default, the remaining drive area is the amount of space used.
  7. Click Next > Finish.

The primary partition on the drive now uses the entire drive area.

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.

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.

How To

To confirm that Windows detects your USB device, complete the following:

  1. Press the Windows key+R, type devmgmt.msc, and press Enter.
  2. In Device Manager, under the appropriate heading, confirm that your expansion card is listed and that there isn't an exclamation mark next to it.  For example, a USB controller card would be under Universal Serial Bus controllers.

Your USB device is listed according to the name of the chipset. To determine the name of the chipset of your USB device, navigate to www.StarTech.com and look on the Technical Specifications tab for your product.

To confirm that the Mac OS detects your USB device, complete the following:

  1. Click the Apple icon.
  2. Click About This Mac.
  3. Click More Info or System Report.
  4. Under the appropriate heading, confirm that your USB device is listed and that there isn't an error. For example, a network card would be under Ethernet Cards.

You may need to refresh the System Information page after you plug in your device.  To do so, press Command R with the System Information page open.

Your USB device is listed according to the name of the chipset. To determine the name of the chipset of your USB device, navigate to www.StarTech.com and look on the Technical Specifications tab for your product.

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 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.  If the source drive has bad sectors, use the Read Error Skip feature if your model of duplicator has it; however, if there are too many errors, it may still halt and fail even with this feature. If this happens, you will need third-party recovery software or custom-built recovery hardware to copy from a failing or damaged drive.

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.

Compliance and safety

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Safety Measures

  • If product has an exposed circuit board, do not touch the product under power.
  • If Class 1 Laser Product. Laser radiation is present when the system is open.
  • Wiring terminations should not be made with the product and/or electric lines under power.
  • 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.
*Product appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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Amazing time saver!!

By: markland425 - 04/27/2014
Bought this a few months ago. This is a great disk duplicator! I havent had any issues with it and it seems to be working great! Only thing I find as a downfall is that it wont remember the last setting (PC mode or COPY mode) after you turn it off.. But I can live with that...
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Did the job!

By: rph195618 - 12/13/2015
A few days ago Windows informed me that my hard drive would soon fail. I called some local repair places and found that no one would clone a hard drive. I did some quick research and found the Startech SATA Hard Drive HDD Duplicator Dock. It had the features that I needed and was very reasonably priced. I attached the old drive and a new drive and a few hours later I was back up and running as if nothing had happened. My only quibble is that the users manual had very little in it. At one point, it appeared that something was not working correctly. I had to go to an online chat with a Startech rep to determine what was going on and what to do. Brian, the rep, did tell me what the issue most likely was and what to do to finish the cloning. (I would give him 5 stars as well)
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Worked For Me!

By: ClarkB - 05/22/2016
I purchased this product in March 2016. My intention was to clone a WIndows 7 Pro home system O/S and data drive. Both were 1TB drives. (Other cloning methods proved unreliable.) SATA drives of the same size or larger as the machine drives works. To clone the operating system drive, simply place the master drive in the back slot, and the target drive in the forward slot. Turn on and push a button per instruction manual. A 1TB dive copies in a few hours, so I let it run overnight. Swapped drives; the cloned O/S drive booted perfectly. The old OS drive got stored for backup. The data-only drive is a little more involved. Place the master in the back slot and the target in the front slot. Place the included USB2 cable between dock and a port on the powered-on computer. Follow the instruction manual. Cloning the 1TB drive to another 1TB drive started and completed in a few hours. The cloned drive appears normal in every way. Like other writers stated, the instruction manual could be more informative. This product is good for a few computers and backups done monthly or so. It may not be real speedy, but cost just a bit over $100 to arrive at my front door. Knowing I have a good backup is well worth the minor cost of this product.
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Worked well

By: Ken Wade - 02/06/2017
I bought this last year and just had the opportunity to use it to duplicate a drive. The only thing I didn't like were the HDD LED's did not light as explained in the manual. Like others who reviewed this product the LED's lit blue and red (violet), but the LED progress bar flashed and I waited to see what would happen. I calculated a 500G drive would take ~2hrs at 72Mbp/sec. After 2 hrs the progress bar was lit 3 bars (not 4) and stopped flashing. I installed the duplicated drive and it was fine. I did have to reinstall the anti-virus software again but that was to be expected.
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