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Vinpower Digital 25GB 4X BD-R 50 Packs Disc Model OQBDR04LT-50
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Good BD-Rs for not much money 09/17/2014

This review is from: Vinpower Digital 25GB 4X BD-R 50 Packs Disc Model OQBDR04LT-50

Pros: After purchasing my Blu-Ray burner I needed media to burn onto, but that field is pretty wide. Thankfully I grabbed these discs. They are not at all costly and they have burned perfectly so far. All of my discs have been burned on Windows x64 systems (two different systems). I use Pioneer BDR-209DBK in one system and a Pioneer BDR-208DBK in the other. I burn my discs at 2x speed

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Between the discs I have burned (about 80 thus far) and those that my friends have burned (about 100 on two different PCs) there have been no issues.

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ORICO 6629US3-C USB 3.0 Dual Bay 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch SATA Hard Drive Docking Station with Stand Alone Clone Function
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: When it worked properly it was adequate, though those times were very few...

Cons: This was easily the worst dock I have ever used. The first time I used it I noticed that the speeds were slower than I was accustomed to with my other USB 3 docks. It was faster than USB 2, but not as fast as it should have been. I noticed that it didn't like some of my older HDDs, the transfer speeds for an old M*xtor and an old W*stern D*igital were about 30MB/s, which is exactly what I get from a USB 2 dock that I use and about half of what I should get from those drives. About the fastest that it would transfer was 75MB/s, which is not great for a SATA III 7200 HDD over USB 3. The other (far more serious) issue I had was random dismounts. There's nothing more frustrating than having a drive dismount in the middle of a Blu-Ray burn. This dock refused to stay mounted for anything from file copies to disc burns. The dismounting was completely unpredictable. It dismounted 4 times in a half an hour, and another time it stayed mounted for nearly 4 hours. It didn't seem to matter if there was one drive in or two, it behaved erratically (and performed poorly) in all cases.

This case was tested on a Windows 7 x64 system and a MAC running 10.58 with similar results on each.

Other Thoughts: I never got the opportunity to try the cloning feature. If I can't keep a HDD mounted to my computer I wasn't about to trust it to clone drives. I purchased this at a local store (not Newegg) and as such I had to return it within a week to get my money back. I wanted to give it every chance so I worked with it every way I know how, but nothing I did changed anything. I suggest avoiding this dock. Spend the extra money and get something that works. In the end that's what I had to do.

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Vantec NexStar NST-DP100S3 standalone SATA 2.5” & 3.5” Hard Drive Duplicator Dock with USB 3.0
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: After 10 months of use it is still a work horse. I've used this for standard HDD dock duties most of the time, most often with a single drive in one of the bays. I have cloned 10 drives with it, some for use in raid, so the feature is quite nice if you need it (it's great to be able to create an exact copy of a drive without your pc being involved). I've used this dock for extended copies, moving 2 TB of data at a time, and it has performed flawlessly every time. My dock has been used on a Windows 7 x64 system primarily, but it works just as will with an older computer running Linux Mint 17.

Cons: The only con that I have found is the same con that exists with every dock - the lack of air circulation. Whenever I use a dock I always point a fan at the drive. It only takes a minute and it will keep your drive(s) cool while you move data.

Other Thoughts: For the money this dock is a good deal. I have tried other docks of a brand which I will not mention here and it kept dismounting. I'd rather spend an extra $10 or $15 and get a reliable Vantec than something cheaper that won't stay mounted.

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