2.5"/3.5" SATA HDD Cloner/Copier with or without a Computer - £17.70 @ DX - HotUKDeals
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Clone one SATA hard drive to another (or two others) without using a computer
Ideal for Back-ups, especially if you are fixing someone elses PC !
or
Connect 3 additional SATA drives Including DVD/CD drives to your PC with a USB cable.
or
Using the Software included - Clone your running PC to a backup drive - without opening your PC case.

For the price it is brilliant value for an Offline Hard Drive Cloner - compared to similar devices costing 100's of pounds - look up Diskology.com

See my instructions and findings at
http://www.dealextreme.com/forums/Forums.dx/Forum.37954~threadid.649615

Not for everyone I agree, but this to me is the ultimate backup - its a duplicate of the original disc - plug the cloned disc into the PC the original disc came from and it will boot.

Make a clone of a freshly installed PC, setup with all the drivers installed, the software the way you want it, anti-virus installed, accounts created, back-ups scheduled etc. Then clone it.

If the original hard drive fails, stick in the clone, restore your backups, do a windows and anti-virus update.
Youre back just the way it was before in a fraction of the time.

Oh and its RED
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#1
This looks like a very useful bit of kit for the money

H&R
#2
Why do I get the feeling I'd end up copying a blank HD to one of stuff I want to keep? :D
1 Like #3
Original Disc (the one you want to copy) on SATA A connector

SATA A :arrow: Copies to both :arrow: SATA B & SATA C

I have checked it - but I know exactly :oops: what you mean
1 Like #4
Well I did it. Went to a computer show and bought some software on a 51/4 disk and being a careful person backed it up when I got home.

...Except I copied the blank over the bought one :-(
#5
tweety;8964392
Well I did it. Went to a computer show and bought some software on a 51/4 disk and being a careful person backed it up when I got home.

...Except I copied the blank over the bought one :-(



You so need this device - :-D trust me
#6
Would this copy smaller HDD's to a new larger HDD say in a laptop, and copy recovery partitions such as those from Lenovo/Hp etc?
#7
BlackCloud;8964460
Would this copy smaller HDD's to a new larger HDD say in a laptop, and copy recovery partitions such as those from Lenovo/Hp etc?


I would say Yes.

I copied a 40GB to a 250GB - the "Clone" created a 40GB partition on the 250GB and left the remainder un-touched. Easy enough to resize in Win7 or via a partitioning tool.
I have also copied a Windows 7, disc with all the HP recovery partitions, successfully.
I have to admit I am very surprised at how capable this device is.

Do look at the link in the OP as it has a lot more information on the DX site that I have submitted.
#8
Should have said - do not be put of by the power lead shown on the DX site. The PSU is 100-240V and the PSU connector is a standard 3 pin IEC lead (kettle lead to you and me)
#9
Look like there is on IDE cable add-on too, so maybe useful for those wanting to upgrade from IDE to SATA,
EDIT: although clone option doesnt seem to be an option judging by the second pic....

http://www1.dealextreme.com/productimages/sku_37954_8.jpg

http://www1.dealextreme.com/productimages/sku_37954_9_small.jpg
#10
I wouldn't trust Deal extreme with my data, Ive had products from them which broke after hours of use so to put my HDD on the line - No way.
#11
alfreer1;8964592
Look like there is on IDE cable add-on too, so maybe useful for those wanting to upgrade from IDE to SATA,
EDIT: although clone option doesnt seem to be an option judging by the second pic....


The box the "Clone" arrives in and as pictured on DX - seems to cater for may different product options, which makes it confusing - this is deffo' only SATA (by USB as an option if you like) and only USB 2.

The exciting part is, looking at the multi-purpose box, at some point in the future a USB 3 version maybe available :w00t:.
#12
Lost Symphonies;8964621
I wouldn't trust Deal extreme with my data, Ive had products from them which broke after hours of use so to put my HDD on the line - No way.

Said ...even though I have now tested this about thirty+ different times - successfully :whistling:.
#13
kinell
Said ...even though I have now tested this about thirty+ different times - successfully :whistling:.


Do you have an affiliation with the company that produces, markets, or otherwise work for DealExtreme?
#14
UnoriginalGuy;8964953
Do you have an affiliation with the company that produces, markets, or otherwise work for DealExtreme?


Don't Be Ridiculous ...... I can hardly speak English properly.... let alone Chinese

:thinking:.
#15
Anyone know if this will connect an internal CD/DVD/Bluray drive to a netbook, both for OS installation and as an external drive?
#16
This would be handy! TY :thumbsup:
#17
macthaidhg;8964981
Anyone know if this will connect an internal CD/DVD/Bluray drive to a netbook, both for OS installation and as an external drive?


Good Question, did not try that in my (now seemingly) exhaustive testing.
Give me 10 minutes ....:geek:.
#18
What a pointless piece of kit!
Just a hardware version of ghosting software you can get FOC
#19
macthaidhg
Anyone know if this will connect an internal CD/DVD/Bluray drive to a netbook, both for OS installation and as an external drive?


If you can get power off the pc it's fitted in you can get a sata to USB lead off eBay for a quid that'd do the same thing

Item 290391686192
#20
Pretty tempted by this :/ hmm
#21
theserpent;8965025
What a pointless piece of kit!
Just a hardware version of ghosting software you can get FOC

ahh .... so that software runs without a PC then ..........its magic !!

This pointless bit of kit does not need either software or a PC

:roll:.
#22
How fast can it transfer data?
#23
macthaidhg;8964981
Anyone know if this will connect an internal CD/DVD/Bluray drive to a netbook, both for OS installation and as an external drive?


I will not go into how much more difficult I thought this would be to test ...but as I sit here now with my PC in bits and the SATA DVDRW removed and plugged into my netbook via the "CLONE" booted to the Live Linux DVD contained with in - i.e. ready to install to my netbook hard drive - the answer is ..........Yes.

As an external drive - I just unplugged the thing and stuck it in (to what is remaining of my PC) and yes ... I can read the Externally attached DVD drive no probs.

It just gets better and better.
#24
alasrati;8965131
How fast can it transfer data?

Not tested properly, there is only so much time in a day ...
but....

160GB drive to another 160GB drive took 30 minutes.
It was the same if it was cloning to two 160GB drives.

Some one with a much larger brain than mine can work that out .....at the mo ....
I am re-assembling my PC after the last test :w00t:.
#25
kinell
ahh .... so that software runs without a PC then ..........its magic !!

This pointless bit of kit does not need either software or a PC

:roll:.


So, to summarise, this is a great device for those who don't have a PC.

But if you don't have a PC, what, exactly, do you intend to plug your freshly imaged 3.5" hard disk into...?
1 Like #26
No8;8965184
So, to summarise, this is a great device for those who don't have a PC.

But if you don't have a PC, what, exactly, do you intend to plug your freshly imaged 3.5" hard disk into...?

Do I really need to answer this :oops:.
How about the PC that the that the original disk that you created your "freshly imaged 3.5" hard disk" came out off ?
If you do not own a PC, where did the original disc that the "freshly imaged 3.5" hard disk" was cloned from .....come from?

More to the point if you do not have a PC ......Why the hell do you care?

Forgive me If I am missing your point here .........its late, and My PC is in bits.
#27
kinell
Do I really need to answer this :oops:.
How about the PC that the "freshly imaged 3.5" hard disk" came out off ?
If you do not own a PC, where did that "freshly imaged 3.5" hard disk" come from?

Forgive me If I am missing your point here .........its late, and My PC is in bits.


The point is that you're promoting the fact that by using this device you don't need a PC; if you have one (which, of course you will), why not dl some free imaging software and use it to save you shelling out another £17.70?!
#28
I think its interesting not needing the pc and just being able to clone things easily.

These days HDs are more like interswappable data cratridges. not sure if this is better than a sata dock, for me, but yes I cna see why not needing the comp is useful. You would have to know which were the empty drives and which one had the data on. maybe more use for an engineer who is in control of a number of machines.
#29
There are times when using ghost is not practicable, ie a hardware engineer (like myself) needing to ghost a clients drive, dont have to mess about with ghost/windows or anything. just take the drive out, plug this in, walla!
#30
No8;8965220
The point is that you're promoting the fact that by using this device you don't need a PC; if you have one (which, of course you will), why not dl some free imaging software and use it to save you shelling out another £17.70?!

Point taken ...
I have never had much sucess with Software Cloning, It always seems to be a gamble. I have used many different software cloners (showing my age PowerQuest Disk Image from floppy). My Fav at the mo being the Acronis offering. Its not bad but ...

.... All these methods involve some form of software, be it a bootable CD/DVD or installed onto the PC before use.

This device does not need any thing other than power, and a couple of clicks on a red button.

If it works. .... which it has for me on nearly everything I have tried so far ( and I have tried to make it fail ) you have a copy (or two) of the original disk.

You need no software i,e, no pc to do this.
That's the beauty and the simplicity of it.

I hope that explains the difference between a software driven clone and an Off-line clone.
From experience .... this is a good device.
#31
kinell
Point taken ...
I have never had much sucess with Software Cloning, It always seems to be a gamble. I have used many different software cloners (showing my age PowerQuest Disk Image from floppy). My Fav at the mo being the Acronis offering. Its not bad but ...

.... All these methods involve some form of software, be it a bootable CD/DVD or installed onto the PC before use.

This device does not need any thing other than power, and a couple of clicks on a red button.

If it works. .... which it has for me on nearly everything I have tried so far ( and I have tried to make it fail ) you have a copy (or two) of the original disk.

You need no software i,e, no pc to do this.
That's the beauty and the simplicity of it.

I hope that explains the difference between a software driven clone and an Off-line clone.
From experience .... this is a good device.


Fair point! Never had any probs with True Image myself, and, of course, it will do a hell of a lot more that a straight clone, but I do appreciate the simplicity of this device.
#32
can someone point me to where I can get this GHOST software from? I have a problem with my VISTA when i boot the machine it has an error which says a device failed...it wont let me go throgh Safe mode or anything else..I even tried repairing via the Vista CD and it still does not work...if someone can help me I would be greateful
#33
abbh347
can someone point me to where I can get this GHOST software from? I have a problem with my VISTA when i boot the machine it has an error which says a device failed...it wont let me go throgh Safe mode or anything else..I even tried repairing via the Vista CD and it still does not work...if someone can help me I would be greateful

Ghost wouldnt be any good in this case, you would have the same fault after youve ghosted it!
#34
abbh347;8965314
can someone point me to where I can get this GHOST software from? I have a problem with my VISTA when i boot the machine it has an error which says a device failed...it wont let me go throgh Safe mode or anything else..I even tried repairing via the Vista CD and it still does not work...if someone can help me I would be greateful

Cloning won't help here......using this device or a software clone such as Ghost...
....you will just end up with a second disk that has the same problem.

That said ... you could clone it .... then "experiment" on the clone ....like re-installing the OS over the top of the damaged OS ....etc. The possibilities are endless ....knowing that you have the security blanket that your original (damaged) disc has been untouched by your meddlings ..........that's the whole reason for a device like this being available in the first place, in my mind.
#35
Thanks very much. Something usefull for a change.
#36
will it clone any drive. would it clone a locked original xbox drive for example (on a sate drive) locked / unlocked
#37
Does anyone know how long this takes to do its copy, say for a drive with 120gb on ?
#38
check the post on dx. Half an hour b y the looks of it..

I am thinking this would be quite useful...
#39
alera
will it clone any drive. would it clone a locked original xbox drive for example (on a sate drive) locked / unlocked


To answer this is yes and no, first you need some software to read whats on the xbox hard drive, so technically this is possible although a real pain to do, xbox do do their own software to transfer hard drive data.
#40
alera;8965370
will it clone any drive. would it clone a locked original xbox drive for example (on a sate drive) locked / unlocked

Now this I do not know ..... I am not sure that the device is a bit for bit copier, or is limited to NTFS, FATxx etc.
I need to check if it is able to copy other file systems such as the Linux variants.

Having just re-assembled my PC from the last test, I will not get to check this till next week.
If it did ...copy bit for bit ... well that would be exceptional :w00t:.

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