Weme Showcase Overview
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What you get in the package
First off the packaging includes the docking station, a dust cover for the dock, something simple that is sorely missing from other hard drive docking stations, all though you may have to cut a flap out so you don’t have to disconnect the dock to cover it. There’s a 12V 3amp wall adapter and a beefy 3.3 foot (1 meter) USB 3.0 type A data cable, a type C is also available.
The docking station has a very subtle and compact design allowing it to feel right at home pretty much anywhere. I like that there’s only a small strip of glossy plastic along the top, I’ll leave the protective layer as I still don’t want finger prints all over it. The rubber feet on the bottom makes sure the dock doesn’t move around especially while your drives are spinning. Finally the simple LED layout and one-button operation makes off-line cloning as easy as it gets.
With support for two SATA drives of the 2.5 inch or 3.5-inch variety with capacities up to 12TB you can move absolutely tones of data in one fell swoop using the built-in cloning function.
Offline Cloning Details
A couple of key things to remember before cloning a drive, first the capacity of the drive you are moving data to, the target, needs to be larger than the one you are copying from, the source. For instance, if the source drive has a capacity of 500gb the target drive’s capacity should be something like 1terabyte or larger. Secondly, if there is any data on the target drive you should back it up somewhere else first, as all data on the target drive will be overwritten during the cloning process.
Offline Cloning Procedure
The set up for off-line cloning is very simple, plug in the power to the wall, slide in your storage devices, making sure to put in the drive that is being cloned, the source, into slot A and the drive the data will be copied to, the target, in slot B. Now you can turn on the dock by pressing the power button on the back. You’ll know everything is set when the power LED lights up along with the LEDs for slots A and B.
To start the cloning process hold down the clone button for about 3 seconds, at which point the 100% progress LEDs will light up indicating the cloning process is ready. Press the clone button again while the blue is on and sit back. While the cloning process runs the progress LEDs will flash and go solid as each step is completed going from 25% to 50% to 75% to 100%. Once the 100% progress LED is solid the cloning process is complete.
In my case I was copying roughly 63gigs of data from an older 120gig SSD that stopped being recognized in the BIOS into a newer 240gig SSD, this took about 17 minutes for me, but obviously larger capacities will take longer to complete. One nice feature of the dock is if you do leave it alone for a while and it completes a clone it will automatically power down after 30 minutes so it doesn’t needlessly use electricity.
One more thing to remember is that it’s best to power off the dock before removing or inserting any storage devices.
Once the clone was done I was able to pop in the new drive into my mom’s computer and she was able to pick up right where she left off when the old SSD stopped working.
Connected to a Computer / Mac
To use the dock as an external storage device simply hook it up with the provided USB cable to your computer or Mac, when you power it on any drives you have inserted will appear on your computer alongside your internal drives.
To best represent some real-world transfers I created a 1.5gb file package with almost 2000 files that consist of sizeable videos and a large hierarchy of smaller files like word docs, spreadsheets, pictures, etc. Doing some files transfer tests with an old Sandisk SSD slotted in place shows transfer speeds of up to 150megabytes per second or 1.2gigbits per second in both directions, dropping near the end as it hit all the smaller files.
These are pretty respectable real-world speeds for this old SSD, this is thanks to the help UASP protocols.
That wraps up my showcase of the WEme hard drive dock, it is a great little companion for anyone that needs to create clones or hook up large capacity hard drives without having to take apart their computer for one file and for $32 on you can’t go wrong. As a special offer to my viewers you can get an additional 10% off when buying the dock on Amazon.
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