Startech Portable eSATA USB to SATA HD Duplicator

Startech Portable eSATA USB to SATA Standalone HD Duplicator Dock
Published: September 30, 2011
Author: Ville Ilonen
Editor: Amber Lupala
Provider: Startech

Today we will take take a look at an interesting product from Startech. Startech Portable eSATA USB to SATA Standalone HD Duplicator Dock is a hard disk duplication device that you can do easy hard disk cloning with. Let’s see how it performs in our tests and how easy it is to use.

About Startech:

Check their webpages at www.startech.com for information about the company.

Features:

  • Supports SATA revision 1/2/3 (1.5/3.0/6.0 Gbps) drives
  • Supports both 2.5in and 3.5in form factor hard drives
  • Standalone Sector-by-Sector copying
  • Push-button switching between Duplicator mode and Docking Station mode
  • LED progress bar for duplication status
  • Hot-Swap and Plug-and-Play compatible
  • High Speed USB 2.0 compliant host interface, with supported data transfer rates of up to 480 Mbps
  • Compact, pocket-sized form factor
  • A single SATA revision 2 compliant eSATA host interface, with supported transfer rates up to 3 Gbps

Specifications:

Warranty 2 Years
Color Black
Drive Size 2.5 & 3.5in
Interface USB 2.0 & eSATA
Shipping (Package) Weight 560 g [19.77 oz]
Enclosure Type Plastic
LED Indicators 1 – Mode Indicator (Green – JBOD, Red – Duplication)
LED Indicators 1 – Progress Bar/Drive Activity (Green)
LED Indicators 2 – Drive Detect (Green)
Number of Drives 2
Drive Type SATA
Max Drive Capacity Tested up to 2.0 TB
Insertion Rating 15, 000 Cycles
Host Connectors 1 – eSATA (7 pin; Data) Plug
Host Connectors 1 – USB Mini-B (5 pin) Female
Drive Connectors 2 – SATA Data & Power Combo (7+15 pin) Receptacle
Type and Rate SATA II (3 Gbps)
Type and Rate USB 2.0 – 480 Mbit/s
Product Weight 45 g [1.59 oz]
Product Height 16.3 mm [0.64 in]
Product Width 70 mm [2.76 in]
Product Length 80 mm [3.15 in]
Power Adapter Included Yes
Input Voltage 110 ~ 240 AC
Input Current 1000 mA
Output Voltage 12/5 DC
Output Current 2000 mA
Humidity 8% ~ 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)
Chipset ID JMicron JMB352U
OS Compatibility Windows 2000/ XP(32/64-bit)/ Server 2003(32/64-bit)/ Vista(32/64-bit)/ 7(32/64-bit)/ Server 2008 R2, Mac OS X, and Linux
Carton Quantity 30

The Product:

Startech Portable eSATA USB to SATA Standalone HD Duplicator Dock
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Startech duplicator comes in an orange cardboard box. Specifications and main features are printed throughout the box and there are some pictures of the device itself in there too. Specifications reveal that the device is based on JMicron JMB352U chipset which is a high speed a high speed USB/SATA2 to dual SATA2 multiplier bridge. If you are more interested about the specifications of the chipset, please check JMicrons specification sheet at their homepages www.jmicron.com for more information. Startech Portable eSATA USB to SATA HD Duplicator comes with one year warranty and has a price of 69.99€ at www.startech.com.

Startech Portable eSATA USB to SATA Standalone HD Duplicator Dock
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Inside we find the actual device accompanied with the power supply, manual, eSATA- and USB cables. The device itself is about 7cm / side and square in formation. It has SATA (data + power) connectors on two sides; one side has eSATA connector and the fourth side has DC-in jack and USB-connector. The manual has six pages and it reveals us how to use-the device step by step.

Startech Portable eSATA USB to SATA Standalone HD Duplicator Dock
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On top we find start and dup / pc buttons (mode select duplication / USB HDD) and rough four step progress bar. Startech Duplicator can act also as USB->SATA bridge, meaning you can plug your hard disk in and use it as USB device getting the same function as with USB hard disk drives. If you want to use HD Duplicator Dock as USB HDD, you simply press dup/pc button for couple seconds and the dup/pc led should become green. In duplication mode, it will be lit as red.

 

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