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Pros: In my business, I have very expensive equipment. In 2013, I upgraded my office with $13,000 investment in 3 new Windows 7 PC's running Win7 Ultimate with Win XP virtualization for legacy hardware and software support. However, I needed to keep 3 older PC's running Win XP, because of complex hardware issues related to a very expensive legacy HP laser printer ($6500, large format) and legacy software that won't run on even Win 7 in XP virtualization. So, I needed to protect the old legacy hardware and software investment. The answer for me was (is) the StarTech USB 3.0 HDD Duplicator. I bought 3 new high end Seagate Constellation ES.2 2 TB hard drives, with MTBF failure rating of 1.2 Million hours, and 5 years warranty for the legacy PC's. With the StarTech duplicator, I was able to clone the old hard drives in my old PC's in one day, literally turning them into new PC's with extreme reliability. My most worrisome reliability issue is now completely gone. This is a killer piece of hardware for protecting PC operating systems and data, with a virtually identical copy on a new hard drive. A 250 GB drive is cloned onto a new duplicate drive in about 75 minutes. A 2 TB drive takes about 5-6 hours. It's the size of the drive, not the amount of data on it that determines the cloning time. This hardware will be a life-saver for many people with aging computers.
Cons: The user instructions are not clear that the buttons must be held for 3-4 seconds to start cloning or erasing of hard drives.
Other Thoughts: It is also a hard drive dock, permitting connection of the cloned (or any working hard drive) to a desktop or notebook computer for file updating, through the USB 3 port. The lights on the front change over to activity lights, equivalent to the hard drive light on PC's, when using the duplicator as a dock. The duplicator works with both desktop and notebook hard drives. Just drop them into the slots on top, turn the power switch on, in back, and go to work cloning or transferring files. There is an erase button, concealed on the back of the duplicator to remove all data from drives. Cloning copies bit-by-bit from HDD1 to HDD2 slot. To start cloning, or erasing, the user must hold the respective button for 3-4 seconds to start the clone or erase. Erase will erase the data drives in either slot. The slots are labeled Source, and Destination. I recommend for safety that users label their hard drives on the opposite end from the connectors (on top) with masking tape, before cloning or erase to make sure that the drives are inserted into the correct slot. After you have cloned your older hard drive, you will sleep much better, knowing the PC will not fail. DO keep the old drive as a backup, AND you can also update it in the dock feature, later on. SIMPLY AMAZING! You won't want to be without this hardware to protect your PC's. It adds to your backing up arsenal tremendously. It has given me tremendous piece of mind, knowing without a doubt that my old PC's will not fail me in the legacy support that I need in my business. (My purchase of the StarTech duplicator was not from newegg, but, I do purchase from newegg regularly)READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: C2G 28104 5m USB 2.0 A/B Cable - Black (16.4ft)
Pros: Excellent quality; available in the length I needed for a CPU to Monitor application. A very good quality product, you can trust, and it will work well.
Cons: None at all
Other Thoughts: The Cables to Go 28104 cable was purchased for a new system I am building for my engineering office. It connects a new HP ZR2740w monitor to a high end HP Pavilion h8-1360t desktop PC, permitting the PC USB access from 4 monitor ports. The cable works NICELY!READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Tripp Lite Model P583-010 10 ft. Mini Displayport to Displayport Cable M-M
Pros: I've had the Tripp Lite P583-010 (10 Ft) male Displayport to Mini male Displayport cable in service on my new PC, for about 8 months. It's working extremely well on a high end engineering PC, running with a HIS HP7870 Ghz edition graphics card, connecting to a HP ZR2740w IPS monitor, running at 2560x1440 pixel resolution. I am very pleased with the cable. In fact, Iam building a second identical work station beside this one. (HP h8-1360t Pavilion desktop with i7, fully loaded, running Windows 7 Ultimate, with Virtual Windows XP support activated).
Cons: None, at all.
Other Thoughts: A VERY fine cable. A great price on newegg.com. Buy it, and you'll like it. I am purchasing my second cable today, for the new duplicate PC engineering work station.READ FULL REVIEW