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XcellonHDD-01 SATA Hard Drive Dock
 
4.0

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Versatile (7)
  • Fast connection (6)
  • Quiet (6)
  • Reliable (6)
  • Durable (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Back-up (7)
  • Large projects (4)
  • Laptops (3)
  • Multimedia (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Multimedia professional (5), Tech savvy (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Business (8), Personal (4)
    • 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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

The Product is Fine

By Scholar One

from New York City

Verified Buyer

Comments about Xcellon HDD-01 SATA Hard Drive Dock:

I bought the dock to make use of a hard drive I took out of my windows XP (circa 2002) desktop unit went into meltdown. I hoped that the dock would enable me to plug the drive into my laptop so that I could review whatever files were available. But it was not to be: the hard drive was what seemed to have gone into a non-recoverable state. I am glad that I bought the dock because it assured me that I was not passing up a chance to rejuvenate and reuse the hard drive. I did not, if you are curious to know, lose any files because I had everything backed up in other external drives. The dock is a reasonably priced way for me to assure myself that retiring the hard drive is a good decision.

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5.0

Why did I wait so long to buy this Hard Drive Dock???

By boggers

from Washougal WA. Bedroom city, Portland OR

About Me Tech Savvy

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast Connectivity
  • Quiet
  • Reliable
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Large Projects

    Comments about Xcellon HDD-01 SATA Hard Drive Dock:

    Out of the packing, plug in the power supply, drop an old hard drive into it, connect to a USB socket and it worked the first time. Then it worked with every hard drive I tried. From smallish, 200 GB up to one TB. They all worked! Really handy to have for testing the drive contents.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC

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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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                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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                  (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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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