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USB 3.0 Does NOT work with Windows 8/8.1 02/22/2014
This review is from: Orico 6518SUS3-BK USB3.0 & E-SATA SATA HDD Docking Station Enclosure
This drive bay works great with Windows 7, USB 3.0 is supported on both Intel and Renesas USB 3.0 controller. eSATA support also works great.
Drive is easy to remove and the flat design makes it very sturdy for a heavy 3.5" drive.
USB 3.0 for this docking station is NOT supported for Windows 8/8.1 as others have stated. I had hoped Orico would address this but so far, nothing. They have a cryptic firmware update procedure listed on their Chinese support site claiming Win8/8/1 compatibility but it did not work for me. Other Orico USB 3.0 models have received a firmware update so they do work in Win 8/8.1. The problem lies with MS/Intel and Orico, not one shares in all the blame because USB 3.0 drivers have been handled very poorly on the platform. If you absolutely must have USB 3.0 support from this dock, then you will be disappointed.
See link to support site below.
The power button is also very cheaply floating around, it falls off easily so be careful with it.
Works well enough as an eSATA drive, but I really wanted this for USB 3.0 support. Very disappointed but this seems to be par for the course due to the state of USB 3.0 drivers for Windows 8/8.1
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