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GLOTRENDS K4 4 Bay USB 3.0 + eSATA Hard Drive Docking Station


GLOTRENDS K4 4 Bay USB 3.0 + eSATA Hard Drive Docking Station with Clone/Duplicator Function for 2.5/3.5 inch SATA Hard Drive
Offered by GLOTRENDS
Price: CDN$ 198.00

(10/10)

Very versatile HDD toaster type external peripheral and useable cloning

For me the biggest draw to this dock is the cloning capability. Not that it doesn’t work really well as a four bay dock, I just find it really useful for work, I deal with a number of servers and NAS devices. I can clone backup hard drives without tying up a PC. I have a previous model of drive duplicator from this seller and have had nothing but good luck with it. I can state that it’s saved me tens of hours. When cloning there is no need to watch it, just insert the donor drive and add up to three target drives. Switch to clone mode, power up, press the clone button twice, and viola it clones the donor drive all by itself. The only important item is that the target drive(s) are the same size or larger as this device will not work like some cloning software (Acronis) to copy data from a larger drive to a smaller one given that the amount of data isn’t larger than the target drive can hold.

► To provide a reference on how long cloning takes, a 1TB WD 7200RPM drive takes 3 hours and 51 minutes to produce one or three clones. The number of target drives has no effect on cloning time.

Cloning has so far worked on FAT, NTFS, exFAT, and various RAID formats, the file types I need to deal with. I can’t see why it wouldn’t work with other types as the cloning is done in a way which ignores any formatting.

The front mounted LED’s give a five stage visual indication of the cloning status, 0 to 20%, 20 to 40%, 40 to 60%, 60 to 80%, 80 to 100%. This visual indication is good for estimating time left. How long it takes to clone is wholly dependant on the size of drives. This is a one to one copy, not just copying over data as files rather sector for sector, a direct clone. When cloning is complete there is an alert but this is sounded only once and not that loud.

As a means to add up to four drives to a system this works very nicely. When connected to a Windows 7, 10, or Server 2012 R2 machine it was immediately identified and set up. Once drives are added they are also immediately identified the same as if they we’re installed in the box. Using Disk Manager I can manipulate each drive like any internal, partitions deleted, created, formatted, renamed, all options can be used on these drives.

I can write data to one drive as its being pulled from another. There is throttling as only so much data can be passed on a USB 3 port but the process is seamless. I find transfer seeds are faster if connected to an e-sata connection but this isn’t an easy to use option in my situation as the port is difficult to get at on each machine.

 

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