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XcellonHDD-01 SATA Hard Drive Dock
 
3.9

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Versatile (6)
  • Fast connection (5)
  • Quiet (5)
  • Reliable (5)
  • Durable (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Back-up (6)
  • Laptops (3)
  • Large projects (3)
  • Multimedia (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Multimedia professional (5)
    • Primary use:
    • Business (8), Personal (3)
    • Computer Platform:
    • Mac (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good Alternative to Voyager Quad

I read a lot of reviews of the Newer Technology Voyager Quad on the net and it sounded very unstable. There is not a lot of quad sata adapters out there. So I thought...Read complete review

I read a lot of reviews of the Newer Technology Voyager Quad on the net and it sounded very unstable. There is not a lot of quad sata adapters out there. So I thought I'd try Xcellon's and so far I am quite happy with it. It is stylish and sleek. I think that if you take care of your equipment, it should't burn out like what I read about the Voyager on [@] etc. The Xcellon adapter comes with instructions and as long as you mount, power, connect things in order (and reverse) and also be gentle about not forcing the drives etc...I think everything should be fine. I'm very happy with this purchase...so far.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Trouble with two

I'm rating at 3 stars because of a few things: tiny start up button that is as black as the case and right next to the power cord which means, as one person...Read complete review

I'm rating at 3 stars because of a few things: tiny start up button that is as black as the case and right next to the power cord which means, as one person noted, you can bump the cord and inadvertently shut the device down.

Start up button on the back - still not sure why manufacturers expect us to be able to reach the button when it is on the back.

And finally, I titled my review "Trouble with two" because it seems when I turn on my second (exact same device) it kicks the first device off - disconnects from the computer. This could be a safety feature, I don't know. I have a daisy chain using FireWire 800 with two RAIDS and 4 of these "toasters" as I call them (2 Xcellon and 2 Newer Tech). In any combination, even with the 2nd Xcellon on FireWire 400 port, as soon as I turn it on, it kicks the other off.

You have been warned.

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3.0

Trouble with two

By Alex

from Tampa Bay, FL

About Me Pro Photog Tech Know

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Takes Hds Up To 4tb

Cons

  • Tiny Power Button

Best Uses

  • Backups

Comments about Xcellon HDD-01 SATA Hard Drive Dock:

I'm rating at 3 stars because of a few things: tiny start up button that is as black as the case and right next to the power cord which means, as one person noted, you can bump the cord and inadvertently shut the device down.

Start up button on the back - still not sure why manufacturers expect us to be able to reach the button when it is on the back.

And finally, I titled my review "Trouble with two" because it seems when I turn on my second (exact same device) it kicks the first device off - disconnects from the computer. This could be a safety feature, I don't know. I have a daisy chain using FireWire 800 with two RAIDS and 4 of these "toasters" as I call them (2 Xcellon and 2 Newer Tech). In any combination, even with the 2nd Xcellon on FireWire 400 port, as soon as I turn it on, it kicks the other off.

You have been warned.

  • Primary use:
  • Business
  • Computer Platform:
  • Mac

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2.0

Good product but limited speed.

By Mike M.

from Oakville, Ontario, Canada

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Connect
  • Reliable
  • Well built

Cons

  • Slow For Large Data Trans

Best Uses

  • Backup

Comments about Xcellon HDD-01 SATA Hard Drive Dock:

This hard drive dock is well built, easy to connect and performs as advertised. Unfortunately it only has a USB 2.0 connection. As a result large data transfers can be slow. I have now purchased another dock that has USB 3.0, FireWire 400 & 800 and SATA connections. It is a good product if you want to back-up files and data and speed isn't a concern.

  • Primary use:
  • Personal
  • Computer Platform:
  • Mac

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5.0

One word. INCREDIBLE!

By XSite Studios

from Los Angeles

About Me Multimedia Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Fast Connectivity
  • Quiet
  • Reliable
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Laptops
    • Large Projects
    • Multimedia
    • Travel

    Comments about Xcellon HDD-01 SATA Hard Drive Dock:

    Supports multiple high speed transfer protocols - the perfect in the bag accessory for dumping data from ssd and hard drives. Push button on operation and you put the drive in and plugin the connection and you're good to go.

    • Primary use:
    • Business
    • Computer Platform:
    • Mac

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    2.0

    get a voyager

    By abellsound

    from LOS ANGELES

    Comments about Xcellon HDD-01 SATA Hard Drive Dock:

    already had to send 1 in for not mounting consistantly...when i got mine back it wont mount 3tb HDDS via usb 3 on mac...on via fw 800...on boyager toaster this works fine...

    buy a voyager....after not being able to return mine, i shelfed it and bought another voyager...

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    1.0

    Loose Power Connector

    By Trey

    from Arlington, TX

    About Me Multimedia Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Flimsy Construction

      Best Uses

        Comments about Xcellon HDD-01 SATA Hard Drive Dock:

        Out of the box the power connector was loose, when touched slightly the unit would shut down. Effortless return to B&H for store credit to apply towards a different dock.

        • Primary use:
        • Business
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac

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        4.0

        Versatile Add-on To Any System

        By froejoe

        from Rochester, NY

        About Me Tech Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Bulky Cables

        Best Uses

          Comments about Xcellon HDD-01 SATA Hard Drive Dock:

          I purchased this to be able to access bare drives without having to install them in permanent enclosures for maintenance purposes. The best thing about it is that it supports multiple interfaces and is platform-agnostic. The worst thing about it, and this is a minor issue, is that the provided cables are a bit bulky, especially the eSATA cable. I've owned similar devices in the past, and they came with thinner, more flexible cabling (hence, the subtraction of 1 star). I've found this device to work flawlessly on Mac, Windows, and Linux machines. I also connected it to the eSATA port on Synology NAS expansion units like the DX213 and DX513, and it works on those devices as well. Other than the provided cabling, I have no complaints with it whatsoever.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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          5.0

          Works great!

          By Dan at Vigorotaku

          from Washington DC

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Xcellon HDD-01 SATA Hard Drive Dock:

          Works as advertised

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          5.0

          nothing special, but it's cheap

          By gc_photo

          from greenwich, ct

          About Me Multimedia Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast Connectivity
          • Quiet
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Flimsy Construction

          Best Uses

          • Backup

          Comments about Xcellon HDD-01 SATA Hard Drive Dock:

          A very inexpensive option for transferring and backing up data. I've had no problems with mine, but I only use it once in a while for creating backups for storage.

          • Primary use:
          • Business
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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          5.0

          Works great, impressed

          By Xcellent

          from San Francisco, CA

          About Me Multimedia Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Fast Connectivity
          • Quiet
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Laptops
            • Large Projects
            • Multimedia
            • Travel

            Comments about Xcellon HDD-01 SATA Hard Drive Dock:

            Simple to download, simple to use, I'm very impressed that it comes with three different cords for your choosing to connect to your computer. In an age where things come with no cords, its refreshing!

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Computer Platform:
            • Mac

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            5.0

            Seems to work fine.

            By Uncle Donald

            from St. Joseph, MO

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Fast Connectivity
            • Quiet
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Clone Drives
              • File Transfer

              Comments about Xcellon HDD-01 SATA Hard Drive Dock:

              Using primarily to clone one drive to another for replacement and/or upgrades. Works with 2.5" and 3.5" hard drives.

              • Primary use:
              • Business
              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac

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              4.0

              Good Dock

              By Thierry

              from Montreal

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Xcellon HDD-01 SATA Hard Drive Dock:

              Good choice of connections. Hard drive are a bit loose in the dock

              • Primary use:
              • Business
              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Works Great

              By ScottErv

              from Aitkin, MN

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Fast Connectivity
              • Reliable
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Laptops
                • Large Projects
                • Multimedia

                Comments about Xcellon HDD-01 SATA Hard Drive Dock:

                I have been using my Xcellon dock for video editing. So far, so good. It boots up the hard drives very fast and works like a champ. I had two others from a competitor and they both stopped reading disks shortly after their warranty ran out. So, after some searching, I thought I'd give this one a shot.

                • Primary use:
                • Business
                • Computer Platform:
                • Mac

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                5.0

                Good Alternative to Voyager Quad

                By gotblue

                from los angeles

                About Me Multimedia Professional

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Quiet
                • Reliable
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Xcellon HDD-01 SATA Hard Drive Dock:

                    I read a lot of reviews of the Newer Technology Voyager Quad on the net and it sounded very unstable. There is not a lot of quad sata adapters out there. So I thought I'd try Xcellon's and so far I am quite happy with it. It is stylish and sleek. I think that if you take care of your equipment, it should't burn out like what I read about the Voyager on [@] etc. The Xcellon adapter comes with instructions and as long as you mount, power, connect things in order (and reverse) and also be gentle about not forcing the drives etc...I think everything should be fine. I'm very happy with this purchase...so far.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • Mac

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