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BYTECC BT-300 USB 2.0 to IDE/SATA Adapter
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Fool me once... 03/26/2014

This review is from: BYTECC BT-300 USB 2.0 to IDE/SATA Adapter

Pros: I love the design of this thing. for SATA drives, just plug int he power and then the entire adapter plugs right into the drive.
There are less cables to get in the way because of that. That's great if its up on your cluttered work bench.

Cons: Two have failed on me with the same problem.
They will not read some drives. I had two identical drives; could read one fine, second drive came up and said there was a problem and needed to format.
Quality control is an issue it seems.

Other Thoughts: Some people think this works great. I also used the Vantec SATA/IDE to USB. NewEgg number: N82E16812232002. They have been working with no issues for years. It's a great alternative to this one around the same price. BYTECC needs to get quality control better. Vantec has proved for this price you can get quality. I normally shy away from bytecc in general.

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BYTECC BT-300 USB 2.0 to IDE/SATA Adapter
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Like a stubborn child 01/25/2014

This review is from: BYTECC BT-300 USB 2.0 to IDE/SATA Adapter

Pros: *The price was great
*I like how the device is set up. My other SATA/IDE to USB device requires you to plug in a Molex to SATA power adapter and a SATA data cable. This one just plugs in!
*It's fairly small and easy to store.
*It mounts drives in Windows as actual hard drives. Not a USB mass storage.

Cons: *Is failing on me within 2 months
*Speed doesn't seem as good as my other one (different manufacture - could be that it's defective)
*Seems very touchy - If I try to move it while its on, it will disconnect the drive.
*IDE works only 25% of the time now and the SATA side of it will not work at all.
*The power supply is also hissing at me! (What did I do?!)

Other Thoughts: Even though this is failing on me, I am giving it 3 eggs. For the price, you are going to have some quality control issues. If you want something that will work 100% of the time, maybe go for a little better quality docking station or something. I have a RMA in the works and will update this when I get a new one. These things save my life when it comes to recovering data from a bad hard drive. I just use this one in my shop for the typical "get my pictures back" request. I'm not mad that it has failed and I've only gotten a few good runs out of it. It's going to be replaced. Don't let other bad reviews discourage you from this. If your getting it on sale, it's a great deal. If you are paying full price, I would take a look at other options in the price range.

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IOGEAR GearPower White 11000 mAh Mobile Power Station GMP10K
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Packs a lot of power! 01/02/2014

This review is from: IOGEAR GearPower White 11000 mAh Mobile Power Station GMP10K

Pros: *Very high capacity battery. It charged my S4 4 times before going dead.
*Dual outputs for charging
*2A Charge charges things faster

Cons: *When you plug in a device, it seems you have to push the little button to start the charge.
*It's a bit heavy for carrying around in your pocket or purse
*It takes a VERY long time to recharge after a complete discharge. Mine took 8+ hours

Other Thoughts: This things is great! It is a large capacity battery, so it will weigh more. It's still about the size of a thick phone or small digital camera so you can still slide it into your pocket. I'm not sure why it took so long to charge back up. The first two bars came back within an hour or two but the last two bars took sometime to finish. (I'm not sure exactly how long but I left it plugged over night to fully charge)

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Date Joined: 04/01/07

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  • Last Review: 03/26/14
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