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USB to IDE SATA Standalone HDD Hard Drive Duplicator Dock

Clone any combination of 2.5in or 3.5in IDE or SATA hard drives

Product ID: UNIDUPDOCK

  • Sector-by-Sector drive duplication, including the HPA
  • Integrated LCD display for duplication progress and options menu
  • Compatible with both SATA (1.5/3.0/6.0 Gbps) and IDE (66/100/133 Mbps) drives
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  • Supports 2.5in or 3.5in form factor hard drives (HDD) or solid state drives (SSD)
  • Built-in quick drive erase function
  • Additional independent support functions: drive comparisons, pre-scanning drives and hardware self-diagnosis
  • Manually switchable between Duplicator and Docking Station modes.
  • Built in RAID 0, 1, and BIG functionality
  • Built-in protection against drive short circuiting
  • High-speed USB 2.0 host interface, with support for transfer rates up to 480Mbps
  • Package includes two 40pin to 44pin (3.5in to 2.5in)IDE adapters for mobile hard drive compatibility
263,99 € EUR exc VAT
263,99 € EUR inc VAT

Overview

The UNIDUPDOCK Universal SATA/IDE Dual Hard Drive Duplicator functions as both a convenient solid state (SSD) or hard drive (HDD) copying/imaging solution or an external SATA/IDE SSD or HDD docking station for 2.5in or 3.5in drives (SATA, SATA II, SATA III).

Providing quick, yet complete hard drive cloning functionality, this universal dock can operate as a standalone HDD duplicator with no connection to a host computer, delivering an exact 1 to 1 clone of the target hard drive including partition and boot sector information, the Host Protected Area (HPA) as well as user data at a copy rate of 72 MB/sec. A built in LCD screen then allows for tracking the duplication progress , as well as reporting errors on the drives.

Supporting both IDE and SATA, this universal duplicator dock enables duplication from SATA to SATA, IDE to SATA or SATA to IDE, and IDE to IDE, as long as the source drive does not exceed the size of the destination drive. Or the docking station can even be used to quickly erase hard drives, for reuse in the future.

Functioning as a universal IDE and SATA HDD docking station, the hard drive duplicator can be connected to a computer through USB with support for simple plug-and-play installation, allowing users to access hard drive contents without having to mount in an external drive enclosure or open the computer case for conventional drive installation. 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.

Contained in a small form factor design that makes it a suitable addition to desktop and laptop operating environments, this hard drive duplicator/external HDD docking station is a versatile storage and hard drive cloning utility that also features a host of other built in utilities that are accessible via a built in menu system.

Menu Options:
UNIDUPDOCK - Menu Options

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • Push-button controls and an LCD display makes creating exact 1-to-1 hard drive clones or erasing drives without a host computer easy, for both SATA and IDE drives.
  • On-the-fly switching from Duplicator mode to USB 2.0 connectivity with the push of a few buttons allows for any connected computer to access the drives.
  • A small form factor design ensures maximum heat dissipation for the exposed drives, while fast Plug-and-Play installation enables quick, convenient access to the data.

Applications

Disk imaging/hard drive cloning - create exact replicas of a source drive onto a new drive - perfect for scenarios/environments where consistency and integrity is crucial (law enforcement and forensics applications)

SMB, OEM, System Integrators, IT and service technicians requiring quick access to bare external hard drive contents, or the ability to clone data for data / disk recovery.

Law Enforcement and Forensics

Quick, hassle-free hard drive backups, data recovery and drive erasing

Technical Specifications

Warranty Information
Warranty 2 Years
Hardware
Chipset ID ACARD - ARC286
Compatible Drive Types SATA & IDE
Drive Size 2.5in & 3.5in
Interface USB 2.0
Number of Drives 2
Performance
Duplication Modes Sector by Sector (Whole Drive)
Duplication Speed 4.2GBpm
Erase Modes Quick Erase
Insertion Rating 15,000 Cycles
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)
Maximum Data Transfer Rate 480Mbps
Supported RAID Modes BIG (Spanning or Concatenation)
JBOD - (Just a Bunch of Disks)
RAID 0 (Striped Disks)
RAID 1 (Mirrored Disks)
Type and Rate USB 2.0 - 480 Mbit/s
Connector(s)
Drive Connectors 2 - IDE (40 Pin, EIDE/PATA) Male
2 - LP4 (4 pin, Molex Large Drive Power) Male
2 - SATA Data & Power Combo (7+15 pin) Receptacle
Host Connectors 1 - USB B (4 pin) Female
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.
Power
Input Voltage 115V-230V AC
Output Current 3A
Output Voltage 12/5V DC
Power Consumption (In Watts) 36
Power Source AC Adapter Included
Environmental
Humidity 90% RH
Operating Temperature 5°C to 80°C (41°F to 176°F)
Storage Temperature -40°C to 70°C (-40°F to 158°F)
Physical Characteristics
Color Black
Enclosure Type Plastic
Product Height 27 mm [1.1 in]
Product Length 151 mm [5.9 in]
Product Weight 235 g [8.3 oz]
Product Width 110 mm [4.3 in]
Packaging Information
Shipping (Package) Weight 1 kg [2.3 lb]
What's in the Box
Included in Package 1 - Universal HDD Duplicator
1 - USB 2.0 A B Cable
2 - 40 to 44 pin adapters
2 - IDE 40 to 40 pin Cables
2 - LP4 to LP4 Cables
3 - Power Cord (NA/UK/EU)
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 - Instruction Manual
Supports any operating system.
No additional drivers or software required.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Before You Buy

Note: For more information on how to detect an IDE hard drive, visit http://www.startech.com/faq/hard_drive_accessories_ide_detection.

Older IDE drives are not supported by current StarTech.com products. Typically, these drives were made earlier than the mid-to-late 1990s and are smaller than 1 Gigabyte in size.

There are a number of reasons that older IDE drives may not be detected, including the following:

  • The drive uses PIO (Programmed Input/Output) mode and not DMA (Direct Memory Access).

  • The drive is non-ATA or is using an ATA mode that predates the chipset's compatibility (usually older than ATA-4).

  • The sector size is not 512 bytes.

Unfortunately there is no workaround in these situations. An older system or an older IDE controller card must be used to access older IDE drives.

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 UNIDUPDOCKSATDOCK22RE 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.

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.

Note: Not all StarTech.com devices support each of the RAID modes described below. For more information on the RAID modes that your device supports, refer to the manual or the StarTech.com product page.

Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) is a virtual disk technology that combines multiple physical drives into one unit. RAID can create redundancy, improve performance, or do both.

RAID should not be considered a replacement for backing up your data. If critical data is going onto a RAID array, it should be backed up to another physical drive or logical set of drives.

The following are terms that are normally used in connection with RAID:

  • Striping: data is split between multiple disks.
  • Mirroring: data is mirrored between multiple disks.
  • Parity: also referred to as a checksum. Parity is a calculated value used to mathematically rebuild data.

Different RAID levels exist for different application requirements.

Refer to the following table for the list of RAID modes offered by some StarTech.com products:

RAID mode Description Operation Advantages Disadvantages Recovery
RAID 0 Striped disks Data is split evenly between two or more disks. Large size and the fastest speed. No redundancy. If one or more drives fails, this results in array failure.
RAID 1 Mirrored disks Two or more drives have identical data on them. A single drive failure will not result in data loss. Speed and size is limited by the slowest and smallest disk. Only one drive is needed for recovery.
RAID 3 Striped set with dedicated parity Data is split evenly between two or more disks, plus a dedicated drive for parity storage. High speeds for sequential read/write operations. Poor performance for multiple simultaneous instructions. A single drive failure will rebuild.
RAID 5 Striped disks with distributed parity Data is split evenly between three or more disks. Parity is split between disks. Large size, fast speed, and redundancy. The total array size is reduced by parity. A single drive failure will rebuild.
RAID 10 1+0; Striped set of Mirrored Subset Four or more drives are made into two mirrors that are striped. Larger size and higher speed than RAID-1, and more redundancy than RAID-0. No parity. Only one drive in a mirrored set can fail.
JBOD Just a Bunch Of Disks Any number of drives are accessed independently by the operating system. Software RAID modes can be used. Hardware RAID may have better performance. N/A
Big Spanning or Concatenation Data is written on one drive until it is full, and then the next drive(s) until it or they are full. Creates a very large and simple array.

No redundancy.

N/A
Clone RAID 1 + Spare

Two drives have identical data, plus one drive is used for rebuilding in case of a primary array failure.

Seamless operation when one drive fails in a RAID-1 array. Spare drive is not accessible to the user. Only one drive is needed for recovery.