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Windows 7: XION eSata/USB2 dock experience

05 Apr 2011   #1
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 
XION eSata/USB2 dock experience

I am looking for an eSata dock. This XION dock seems to look pretty good. Does anybody have such a dock and can give me feedback. Thanks

Newegg.com - XION XON-SAHDCB-COMBOCR 2.5" & 3.5" Black USB2.0 & eSATA Combo Dock Station


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06 Apr 2011   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Well, I guess nobody knows anything about the dock. The user comments on Newegg were pretty good, so I will take my chances.
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06 Apr 2011   #3
scoopeeedoo

 
 

Yep, it looks fine!

I thought about that type of dock yet, must be useful for multiple purpose...

Enjoy it & Cheers!
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06 Apr 2011   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by scoopeeedoo View Post
Yep, it looks fine!

I thought about that type of dock yet, must be useful for multiple purpose...

Enjoy it & Cheers!
Thanks for "encouraging" me, I want to use it to compare eSata with USB3 (for which I have an enclosure). And also use it to boot Linux from eSata on my Win7 laptop. Another use will be for imaging my laptop.

I like the hotswap facility. With my Sata 2 and Sata 3 enclosure I always have to fumble a lot to switch the disks.
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07 Apr 2011   #5
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Looks like a good dock with several functions. Let us know how it works, I may be interested.
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07 Apr 2011   #6
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Thanks for finding that dock whs $ 39.99 with a $20 mail in rebate = $ 19.99 .

I am with you on this, I am going to order one right now


THis FRee Rosewill dock I got has proved to be very usefull for testing HDs


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07 Apr 2011   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Doc, did you see - it also has 2 USB ports which are handy to have on the desk and a card slot. Then I do not have to crawl under the desk when I want to read a card from my cameras.
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08 Apr 2011   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Received my dock today. Was trying it out with a 3.5" 7200 RPM HDD. A 23GB Macrium image took 19 minutes in eSata mode. The transfer rate was hovering around 250Mb/sec. I had hoped it would be a bit faster because it is imaging from an SSD.

I am just running it now on an USB3 port with a USB3 enclosure and a 5400 RPM disk. That took exactly the same 19 minutes - not too bad for the slow HDD. So I conclude that USB3 has a slight advantage over eSata - at least on this Vaio with an i7 and those particular disks.

PS: I do not like this unruly eSata cable. That thing is so stiff that you can hardly bend it.
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08 Apr 2011   #9
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

WHS, I don't know the computer you are using, but I have read that usually Gsata is a Marvel add on port and do not perfrom as well as the native sata3 ports. I also read that it is not the Marvel controller as much as it is the # of lanes of traffic the MB manuf. gave the Marvel ports. Supposedly they skimp on the gsata lanes to give them to pcie X16.
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08 Apr 2011   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
WHS, I don't know the computer you are using, but I have read that usually Gsata is a Marvel add on port and do not perfrom as well as the native sata3 ports. I also read that it is not the Marvel controller as much as it is the # of lanes of traffic the MB manuf. gave the Marvel ports. Supposedly they skimp on the gsata lanes to give them to pcie X16.
It is this laptop with a few upgrades like a Vertex2 SSD, HD screen, 1GB GPU, etc. No idea though what the inners are - I never explored them.

I got this laptop only for toying around and teach classes at my computer club. Normally I prefer to use my desktop (which is old and needs to be replaced) - but that is a project for the fall.
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