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Saved the photos of my old dog - thanks
February 27, 2019
** Full Disclosure ** I got an email offering me a coupon code in return for my review. I was writing this review anyway, so all it did was net me a coupon code. It's nice when things work out!
My dog got very sick around the beginning of the year, which spurred me to start looking for old photos and videos to ensure they were backed up and safe (I love that dog - even if she hogs the bed and snores in my ear). Unfortunately, a good chunk of the photos/videos were on an old PC that had corrupted itself to the point where it couldn't even boot up. I was panicked, thinking I was going to lose 5+ years of memories. I got desperate and posted online asking for help and someone suggested I try removing the hard drive from the old PC and using a docking cradle to copy the files over to a new computer. I went searching and found this one, reasonably priced and with decent reviews that didn't seem fake. I couldn't really pony up $100+ for something that I wasn't even sure would work, so this seemed like a fair compromise.
It's pretty easy to use, if you're someone who knows these types of things exist, you probably already know how to use it, but there are basic instructions included. If you aren't someone who is savvy with computers, you'd probably be best off asking for help as you can mess things up (read: corrupt your drive) if you aren't careful. Of course, if you aren't good with computers you probably don't know where to find your hard drive anyway, so maybe this is all a moot point.
The hard drive I was trying to recover from appeared as a separate drive, where I was able to copy the files I wanted to save over to the desktop of the new computer. You connect the docking station to your computer with a USB port. I thought the files copied over pretty quickly, considering I was moving 5+ years worth (and I take a lot of photos, and I never edit out the bad ones because I'm lazy and forgetful). There was nothing to install, it was simply plug and play, which was nice.
I didn't use these features, but I noticed on the front it also comes with a slot for other things, including something called an X-memory, an SD card, a CF and an MS (I have no idea what these are except for the SD card).
Some caveats: it doesn't appear to fit ALL hard drives. I have one hard drive (albeit from a very old computer, so I don't necessarily hold this against the docking station) that it doesn't seem to fit. I'm at a loss as to how to handle that one, but at least I have the main one backed up. The plastic fin on the back (that I think is supposed to support the hard drive while it sits in the cradle) feels flimsy, it will likely break in the future. But for the price, it's tough to beat.
I'm just really grateful that 1.) this thing exists and 2.) someone was kind enough to tell me about it, so I could retrieve the photos and videos that mean so much to me. You hear all about how people are jerks on the internet, but this time the internet really came through and helped me when I thought I was going to lose my dog. (I'm also pleased to report my dog has stopped behaving like she's on death's door!)