USB 3.0 SATA Hard Drive Duplicator & Eraser Dock - Standalone 2.5/3.5in HDD & SSD Eraser and Cloner

Clone a 2.5in/3.5in SATA drive without a host computer connection, or dock the drives over USB 3.0 for easy access

Product ID: SATDOCK2REU3

3.3 stars (14 reviews) |
  • Supports 2.5in and 3.5in form factor SATA hard drives (HDD) and solid state drives (SSD)
  • Standalone Sector-by-Sector hard drive duplication
  • Stand alone single pass overwrite erase
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€101.99 EUR excl. VAT
€123.41 EUR incl. VAT

The SATDOCK2REU3 USB 3.0 Standalone Duplicator and Eraser Dock lets you connect your 2.5in/3.5in SATA HDDs or SSDs through SuperSpeed USB 3.0, with the ability to swap drives in and out as needed. The dock also functions as a standalone drive duplicator and eraser – an efficient and versatile solution for external drive management.

Featuring standalone Sector by Sector hard drive duplication with built-in LED progress bar, and support for 2 drive single pass over writing the SATDOCK22EU3 is a user-friendly all-in-one solution for any application requiring hard drive duplication or erasing.

With support for SATA I/II/III, and large capacity drives (tested up to 4TB) this HDD/SSD docking station is compatible with virtually any SATA hard drive, and greatly increases the storage/backup capabilities of your computer.

Extend the value of this hard drive docking station further with the addition of our SATA to IDE Hard Drive Adapter (SAT2IDEADP), allowing easy insertion of any 2.5 or 3.5in. IDE hard drive into a SATA hard drive dock.

The SATDOCK2REU3 is backed by a 2-year StarTech.com warranty and free lifetime technical support.

Applications

  • Data Archiving
  • System administrators who need quick access to drives for imaging
  • Data recovery specialists who need quick access to drives to recover/retrieve data
  • IT administrators that wish to quickly clear/erase a drive in preparation for use in other applications
  • Cloning hard drives that contain hidden partitions, that some software disk cloning programs may skip
  • Professionals who require identical backups for when data integrity is crucial, such as data recovery
  • Forensic investigators who require disk sector imaging/cloning to create an exact replica of a source drive onto a different drive
  • Technicians who regularly test or benchmark different hard drives and need to swap between them

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • Quickly copy hard drives, with standalone sector by sector HDD/SSD duplication
  • Securely erase up to two drives simultaneously, with Single Pass HDD overwriting
  • Hassle-free access to drive data, with hot-swappable top slot-loading dock design that supports both 2.5in and 3.5in HDD/SSDs

Partner Numbers

  • Ingram Micro España V932936
  • Esprinet SATDOCK2REU3
  • UPC 065030852654

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 Type-B (9 pin) USB 3.0
Environmental Operating Temperature 0°C to 85°C (32°F to 185°F)
Storage Temperature -10°C to 95°C (14°F to 203°F)
Humidity 5-90%
Hardware Fan(s) No
Interface USB 3.0
Number of Drives 2
Drive Size 2.5in & 3.5in
Compatible Drive Types SATA
Drive Installation Removable
Chipset ID Prolific - PL2775
Indicators 1 - LED Indicators Power / 50%
Link / 25%
HDD2 / 100%
HDD1 / 75%
Packaging Information Package Height 13 cm [5.1 in]
Package Length 19.5 cm [7.7 in]
Shipping (Package) Weight 885 g [31.2 oz]
Package Width 16.5 cm [6.5 in]
Performance Maximum Data Transfer Rate 3Gbps
Type and Rate USB 3.0 - 5 Gbit/s
SATA II (3 Gbps)
Duplication Modes Sector by Sector (Whole Drive)
Erase Modes 1-Pass Overwrite (NIST SP 800-88 Rev 1 - Clear)
Max Drive Capacity Currently tested with up to 4TB 7200 RPM 3.5" hard drives and 1TB 7200 RPM 2.5" hard drives
Duplication Speed 11GBpm
Physical Characteristics Weight of Product 424 g [15.0 oz]
Product Length 12.8 cm [5.0 in]
Product Width 10.3 cm [4.1 in]
Product Height 62 mm [2.4 in]
Power Power Source AC Adapter Included
Input Voltage 100 - 240 AC
Input Current 1.2A
Output Voltage 12V DC
Output Current 3000mA
Center Tip Polarity Positive
Plug Type M
Power Consumption (In Watts) 36
Software OS Compatibility OS independent; No software or drivers required
Special Notes / Requirements Note Destination drive must be the same size or larger than the source drive
What's in the Box 1 - Included in Package HDD Dock
USB 3.0 Cable
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
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Frequently Asked Questions

Troubleshooting

Ensure there is no USB cable connecting the duplicator to a computer.

  1. The drive may be damaged. Test with a known-working drive, or test the drive directly to a PC.
  2. The operating system on the computer may not support reading and writing to the file system on the docked hard drive or SSD.  Remember, Windows cannot read Mac or Linux file systems. Also, macOS can read but not write to NTFS drives.
  3. If the drives came from a RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks), they would not be accessible in our docking stations.
  4. If the drive uses 4Kn sectors, check the technical specifications of the docking station, and ensure it can read 4Kn drives.

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

It is not possible to duplicate from a larger drive to a smaller one.  The capacity of the target drive must be equal to or greater than that of the source drive.

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

Some old hard drives (often low capacity as well) may not work because they use an old IDE standard not supported by the duplicator.  Use a newer drive to determine if the duplicator works or if the drive is not compatible.

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.

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.

Hard Drives

Windows 10 

Before you can access a new or formatted drive in your operating system, you need to initialize it first and then create a partition on the drive. A partition defines an area of the drive to use for storing data. The partition uses a file system (for example, ex-FAT, NTFS, and so on).

Initialize a drive

Note: You typically only need to initialize a drive if the drive is new. If you cannot find an uninitialized drive in Disk Management, skip the following steps and try to partition your device.

  1. Press the Windows key + R, type compmgmt.msc, and click Run to open Computer Management.

  2. Navigate to Disk Management.

  3. When prompted to, initialize your disk(s). If you are running Windows® 7 or later and are using a drive larger than 2TB, initialize the disk(s) with GPT. If you are running an earlier version of Windows, initialize the disk(s) with MBR. For more information, visit the following FAQ: https://www.startech.com/support/faqs/technical-support?topic=hard-drives#mbr-vs-gpt.

  4. Click OK.

Create a partition in a drive

Note: The following steps create an NTFS partition that uses the entire drive space. To use a different file system, select a different option in step 6.

  1. Right-click Unallocated or RAW volume, and select New Simple Volume.

  2. In the New Partition Wizard, click Next.

  3. Select Primary partition.

  4. Leave the partition size set to default, and click Next.

  5. Assign a drive letter or leave it set to the default, and click Next.

  6. Enter the following settings to format the partition:

  • In the File System field, enter NTFS.
  • Set the Allocation unit size to Default.
  • In the Volume label field, enter <your name/reference>.
  • Select the Perform a quick format check box.
  • Clear the Enable file and folder compression check box.
  1. Click Next > Finish.

The new drive should appear in Windows Explorer.

Mac OS

Before you can access a new or formatted drive in your operating system, you need to initialize it first and then create a partition on the drive. A partition defines an area of the drive to use for storing data. The partition uses a file system (for example, HFS+, ex-FAT, NTFS, and so on).

Initialize a drive

Mac OSX detects a drive that needs to be initialized and automatically prompts you to initialize the drive. If you are prompted to initialize the drive, click Initialize. If you are not prompted to initialize the drive and you cannot find the drive in Finder, you will need to create a partition on the drive.

Create a partition on a drive

Note: The following steps create an HFS+ (Mac OS Extended (Journaled)) partition that uses the entire drive space.

To create a partition on a new drive, complete the following:

  1. Open Finder.

  2. Navigate to Applications and click Utilities.

  3. Open Disk Utility.

  4. Select the new drive and click the Partition tab.

  5. Click Options and verify that it is set to GUID Partition Table.

  6. Enter a name for the partition.

  7. Click Partition.

The drive should now be accessible in Finder.

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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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(5 Stars)

Great Product

By: Intruder85 - 04/20/2014
I have three laptops. I use this to clone the hard drives about once a month. I then put the newly cloned drive in till the next cloning then switch again. I recently got a bad virus on one laptop that prevented boot up. Put in the clone (lost a couple weeks data-my fault) and was up again. Cloned over the bad disk and had 2 good again. This works great if it is easy to remove the hard drive from the laptop. However I have a 10 inch mini that requires major surgery to get the disk out. I have not figured out how to clone when you can't get the disk out of the laptop and use the provided cable. Instructions lacking in this area.
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By: Kenn2ns - 05/22/2014
I've used a cloning program, in my case, it was EaseUS Todo Backup Workstation .  When plugged into the USB 3.0 port, the duplicator and Hdd act as an external.   Very easy.  Worked great on both my latop and desktop.
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(4 Stars)

Easy enough to use, manual no troubleshooting

By: Fitz - 08/09/2014
I bought this to clone hard drives for a school computer lab. I have cloned almost 40 drives with no problem. Now, all of a sudden, the product won't clone. In the middle of a clone the LEDs went from the flashing amber to Off-Solid Red-Off-Off. I ejected the destination drive, turned off, turned back on and LEDs showed Off-Solid Amber-Off-Solid Amber. I now cannot get the product to clone or perform any other function. Have had product less than one week.
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(5 Stars)

Worked as advertised

By: Kodeman - 12/10/2016
We are a small IT tech shop and in the past we've utilized cloning software with a SATA adapter to clone Windows OS. But, we found ourselves stuck when trying to clone server OS, it just wouldn't work. So we purchased this unit after talking to the people here and was pleasantly surprised when after doing a Windows 8 clone we didn't have to go in and initialize the MBR to get it to work. It booted right up. We did the Windows 2012 R2 Essential clone and worked as advertised. We are very happy that we made this purchase and will continue to use this instead.of the cloning software.
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(1 Stars)

50/50 product

By: commtech - 07/19/2017
This cloner has about a 50 percent success rate. There are much better cloning docks available, but they cost more. I would not purchase this again.
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Brian, Customer Support on 7/21/2017 11:47:10 AM
Hi, Thanks for your feedback and review. We are sorry for any inconvenience you encountered with this drive duplicator and wanted to offer some assistance. Did any of the drives have bad sectors or other operational issues? StarTech.com duplicators may not work with failing or damaged drives. If the duplicator encounters a corrupt or unreadable sector, the duplication halts and fails. We hope this helps and should you have any further questions of concerns please get in touch with our Technical Advisors by clicking "Support" at the top of our website. Thank you.
(5 Stars)

Worked as Desribed

By: duplicatoraide - 09/07/2017
The duplicator worked exactly as advertised. We have duplicated over 100 drives with this device and have not had any issues. Great value and great product overall!
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(4 Stars)

Nice product but solid red LED...

By: Chris G - 03/21/2018
You MUST power on the unit EMPTY. Then insert the source hard drive, then insert the destination hard drive. Lastly push the clone button on the front for 5 to 10 seconds until the front LEDs activate. This exact procedure is not listed/clear in the manual
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By: Scott7802 - 11/30/2018
Just got this and will not clone to a brand new drive. Took the new drive, formatted it, tried again. Still shows that duplication can't start. No idea why
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(2 Stars)

Don't use with a PC

By: robbiederbyuk - 06/23/2018
As a stand alone copier / eraser it works fine, but it does not work properly when connected via USB 3.0. The drive(s) randomly disconnect and reconnect, whether they are being used or not. Very annoying if you're trying to move or copy files. You are risking your files if you use the move function.
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(1 Stars)

Does NOT Duplicate the Hard Drive

By: KrAkEn - 12/07/2018
I bought this last week, and tried to clone a laptop hard drive. The duplication process said everything worked fine, but the disk did NOT get duplicated. It booted up, but some of the programs no longer work. I'm returning it, and writing a review on Amazon. I won't be buying another Startech product.
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Stefan , Customer Support on 12/13/2018 2:13:05 PM
Hello! Thank you for taking the time to review our SATDOCK2REU3 duplicator dock. We apologize the dock did not meet your needs in cloning your drive and are sorry to hear you had to return the product. You mentioned it did complete and booted properly, which usually means the drive copied fully, as it is a complete recreation of the drive sector by sector, so it will either completely succeed or fail in most cases. Regarding your issue, some programs, especially paid ones, do not allow themselves to be cloned and used on new hardware for security purposes, you may need to transfer licenses or keys over using software to ensure all programs work properly. This may be a part of why you are experiencing this behavior. If this does not seem to be the case or you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to one of our Technical Advisors, and we'd be happy to help. We are available 24 hours a day, 5 days a week, at www.startech.com/chat or 1-800-265-1844. Thank you,
(4 Stars)

Pretty good duplicator, but...

By: PProf - 03/14/2019
Used many times over the last year or so. When it works it's fast and great. Sometimes though, when cloning the last LED lights solid. No clue as to why it can't start duplication... I can try another and it works fine. The source HDD boots and runs fine in host computer. Irksome.
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(5 Stars)

great features for a low price

By: HJMosser - 04/12/2019
feels a little flimsy, but duplicated a 1 TB Sata drive in under an hour.
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(1 Stars)

Doesnt Pickup HDD

By: finn - 06/05/2019
Every time i plug a HDD into this thing it doesnt pick it up, swithch to an SSD and it lights right up.
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Matt, Customer Support on 6/6/2019 12:57:10 PM
We're sorry to hear our SATDOCK2REU3 is not working with HDDs in your setup. If the HDDs are brand new they may need to be initialized in Disk Management before they can be used. We would be happy to help get this working for you. Please contact us at www.startech.com/support where our Technical Advisors are available 24 hours a day, 5 days a week to provide support.
(5 Stars)

By: Herb - 06/28/2019
I am an IT Tech and have been using this duplicator for many years and it has worked great. The reason for any failure is 99.99999 % is user related. Either the Hard Drive they are trying to clone is defective or the main one is they are trying to clone to a Hard Drive that is smaller than the original one (ie: 750 gb to 500 gb). The issue of programs not working after a clone is one issue I have never come across. I also have cloned Sata to SSD and using the USB interface to clone M.2 to SSD using cloning software. Before you use this product or any other device, understand the working of the device first. Do your research first.
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(2 Stars)

Worked great till it didn't work at all

By: SCD Tech - 10/17/2019
We have used this to duplicate a few hard drives. It did a couple of drives without a hitch, but now only gives us the solid red light on the front of the unit
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Matt, Customer Support on 10/22/2019 3:43:29 PM
Thank you for your feedback on our SATDOCK2REU3. We understand your disappointment in the performance of our duplicator and want to help get this working for you. The solid red light is most often seen when trying to convert from a larger drive to a smaller one but it can also happen when the source drive is damaged or encrypted. The SATDOCK2REU3 has a 2-year warranty with lifetime technical support and you can contact us for assistance at www.startech.com/support. Our Technical Advisors are available 24 hours a day, 5 days a week to provide support.
(2 Stars)

Duplicate Drive Issues

By: billieg42 - 12/23/2019
I purchased this device about 1 week ago. I tried to use it to duplicate a 240 Gb ssd drive that is full. This unit does duplicate the source drive perfectly. The target drive has 1 Tb of space. When I installed the target drive it showed that the target only had 250 Gb and was full. Although it did show that there was more space on the drive which was not being accessed. So, I was back to the same problem. . I believe this docking drive has a lot of potential, but I don't understand what's going on. Any suggestions would be appreciated
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Matt, Customer Support on 1/30/2020 4:01:20 PM
We apologize for any confusion when purchasing our SATDOCK2REU3. This dock completes a sector-by-sector hardware clone of your source drive which means that the new drive will look like an exact copy. When using a larger drive as the destination, you may need to go into Disk Management in Windows and extend the partition there. If you require any assistance, we'd be happy to help get the new drive working properly. You can contact us at www.startech.com/support where our Technical Advisors are available 24 hours a day, 5 days a week to provide support.
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