Windows 10: $17 way of migrating to SSD

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  1. Posts : 4,338
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       21 Sep 2014 #1

    $17 way of migrating to SSD and more...


    I stumbled upon this Startech Portable Dock/Cloner/Duplicator on Bestbuy.ca for only over $16.

    Startech Portable SATA Hard Drive Duplicator With eSATA and USB (SATDUPUE) : Storage Accessories - Best Buy Canada

    Other sites are selling it for a higher price up to more than twice this price. So to satisfy my curiosity, I purchased one. If it doesn't work, I can always return it back to the store anyway.
    But after testing it to clone a Mac OSX and Windows OS (standalone without a help of a PC), this is now a keeper. It gave a smooth boot up on any OS. This will become handy in the future like perhaps copying a dying drive or just a test dock for an OS (boot up via eSATA port on it). It also has USB port. Very versatile little thing.

    Last edited by badrobot; 21 Sep 2014 at 12:49.
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  2.    21 Sep 2014 #2

    Under £19 at dads UK
    http://www.dabs.com/products/startec...e%20Enclosures

    Looks handy.
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  3. Posts : 4,338
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    Thread Starter
       21 Sep 2014 #3

    theog said: View Post

    Yeah, that's almost $29 canadian. Almost double but yeah I think it's still worth it.
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  4.    21 Sep 2014 #4

    I like that.. may get one!
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  5. Posts : 4,338
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    Thread Starter
       21 Sep 2014 #5

    Btw, before diving in to get one I must also let you know that like all other standalone duplicator/cloning docks, when cloning with this device, the destination drive must be equal or greater than the capacity of the source drive. On my photo above, I am cloning from a clean install backups on 80GB drives (got those drives for $15 each from local store). So, direct (no PC) cloning may not work with everyone. But it can be used as a dock to migrate to SSD using a PC with software that supports cloning from bigger capacity hard drives to smaller capacity hard drives like Free Macrium Reflect or Paragon MigrateOS software.
    Last edited by badrobot; 21 Sep 2014 at 14:41.
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  6. Posts : 7,882
    Windows 10
       21 Sep 2014 #6

    Here is a link for the Manual
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  7. Posts : 4,338
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       21 Sep 2014 #7

    labeeman said: View Post
    Here is a link for the Manual

    Thanks. The device came with a printed manual with the same exact content.
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  8.    21 Sep 2014 #8

    I wonder how that works with SSDs - concerning the alignment.
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  9. Posts : 7,882
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       21 Sep 2014 #9

    You are welcome. Most of the time it is better to look over the manual before purchase. Some times the manufacture does not make the manual available I do not purchase those items because of that practice.
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  10. Posts : 7,882
    Windows 10
       21 Sep 2014 #10

    badrobot said: View Post
    Thanks. The device came with a printed manual with the same exact content.
    I do like a PDF manual some times the paper one is lost or of such fine print that you need a magnifier to read it.
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