Kingwin EZ-Clone USB 3.0 Overview
In this segment we will see the individual parts of the Kingwin EZ-Clone USB 3.0 including the black box unit and the Accessories that come with it and study the quality and workmanship of each of these parts and what their purpose is and how they work.
First is the black box unit itself.
The Black Box or the main brain of the unit doesn’t need a computer as all that is needed for the duplication process is inside or part of your accessories. You simply plug in the Source and Target HDD’s into the unit. Make sure its plugged into the wall outlet. Use the Molex power plug if you need it for older IDE units. Then once those are both plugged in make sure the power supply is plugged into the wall socket then simply flip on the power switch to the on position. Wait until both the Target and the source red LEDs have stopped blinking then press the blue button down for 3 seconds.
At this point the blue indicator lights will start to move in a one after the other fashion from left to right until soon the first blue 25 % indicator will light solid and stay on and that will verify that your duplication is working properly. There is no need for a PC to be plugged into the unit for this operation.
Below is the power side of the Unit.
As we stated before the Molex power connector interface is only needed if there is an older IDE hard drives that requires a Molex power connection to operate. There is also a fitting for the older IDE 2.5 inch hard drive from older laptops. With this attachment you simply affix the Molex into the IDE adapter or straight to the 3.5 inch hard drive.
The Main Power supply is the usual AC to DC inverter that this rated at 120 Volts 60 Hz. to 12 Volt @ 3000 mA for the unit to run at normal operating voltage.
One thing that got my attention while I carefully studied the unit was the hand solder joints that make up the 40 pin mini IDE adapter. You only need this part if you are using an older 2.5 inch IDE hard drive that to interface to the Kingwin EZ-Clone. I found the solder joints were well done but are very close together and there were no shorts between any of the solder joints but I was slightly concerned about this area as could be a potential problem for someone down the line if the manufacturing standards changed or the solder tech was having a bad day. But that was not an issue with our unit and since the interface worked well and plugged in right and had a very tight connection I was not greatly bothered by this.
Here is a further study under slight magnification on the solder joints issue and we will leave that for your own judgment call. It’s all data transfer connections so it’s very low voltage and the possibilities of any voltage arcing between joints are nil with the unit we have, so as long as there are no direct shorts on the adapter it passed our inspection but there could be a potential for the human factor if the person assembling this unit would be careless but it looks as though they have a good system of fitting it first and then have a jig to lie over the solder points during the solder process to keep a uniform distance from the other points. While this is nit picking it is my job to pick nits.
The interfaces are very easy to use. The SATA connections plugs in effortlessly and tightly. The guides on the side of the black box make it easy to plug it in right the first time and that’s a Grade A there.
The IDE interface is easy to plug into the larger IDE port as well with a notch at the top to help guide your insertion. Also the interface is easy to use as well. I tried both applications and types of hard drive and found them to be quite easy to install and it was really intelligently thought out and most of all worked.
Finally there is the USB 3.0 Printer type plug that makes this system a great way to dock a temporary or test Hard Drive to any computer system and transfer data as fast as your hard drive can send and receive information. The 3.0 is Rated at just over 6MB/s but you will get the same speeds as the hard drive plugged into it but no slower.
The Kingwin EZ Clone SuperSpeed USB 3.0’s main black box does have to be plugged into the power plug that is provided and the switch on the interface needs to be set into the ON position for the Docking to work, but you can Dock either a 3.5 or 2.5 inch IDE or any Sata mechanical or ssd Drive into the dock to read or write to the hard drive if you wish to do so.