Using the Kingwin Clone USB 3 unit was very easy to test. It’s made to be an easy device to operate. The only way it doesn’t work is if the Hdd that you are copying is too small in storage space than the one that you are copying. It seems that this device must have an equal capacity or greater target disk to do the transfer so I did probably what none of the users would do and copied a solid state drive to an older mechanical just to see if it would work. And I needed the SSD somewhere else so I used the mechanical that I had for the target disk. It would also be interesting to see if it read the SSD and wrote to the mechanical.
The Source disk was a fairly new Samsung SSD 840 128 GB with a the full operating system installed and other programs that I would need for the system that I was transferring to.
The Destination drive was a fairly old Western Digital mechanical Black 500 GB hard drive that had been pre formatted for some time back as at from one of my first Mods that I did some 5 years back in 2009.
They both were healthy active drives and worked well but I wanted to test if different generations of the drives would matter with the transfer and since I switched it up by going from Source SSD to Target mechanical it also added an interesting part to the test.
First the Kingwin Clone USB 3 was plugged into the AC outlet plug using the included power supply or plug in brick. Then I plugged in the source SSD Samsung 128 GB drive into the source SATA port connection at the bottom of the little black box. The connection went smooth and tight and was easy to know that we had made a good connection and the ssd mated all the way against the EZ-Clone unit. Then we connected the mechanical SATA WD Black 500 GB hard drive into the Kingwin Clone USB 3 Target SATA port and again I noted that the plug was very easy to interface and it had a nice tight connection.
Now all I had to do was to flip on the black slide power button and then press the clone button for 3 seconds in the center of the device. Everything was powered up and everything was plugged in and all was ready for the transfer. The Red light on the left side signaled that I had a good connection on the source SSD drive port and the Red light on the far right signaled that I had a solid connection to the target WD 500GB Black drive so all we had to do now was to press the blue button.
I pressed down the center blue button and heard a click and I held it down for 3 seconds as per instructions and as I let off the blue button the blue LEDs in the center of the two red lights started to light in succession as if it was saying it was directing me that it was transferring the data. The LEDs flashed first one then another then the third and forth. Each going off and on in sequence from left to right. I wondered for a moment that something maybe wrong but then I saw the 25% LED light up solid I took a slight sigh of relief. It seemed to be working fine. So far so good.
The flashing lights stopped now and then then after a short time later the 50% blue LED lit solid and stayed on while the others two no longer flashed. It seemed to be working as I watched it. I could faintly hear the mechanical hard drive whirring and I touched it to validate my assumption and tell myself that I was not hearing things. It’s a pretty silent drive for being so old. Sure enough it was running and doing something.
As the third LED indicated that 75% of the job was complete I touched the drive again for validation. Everything was happening just as I had hoped. The Kingwin EZ Clone Super Speed USB 3.0 duplicator seemed to be working as advertized but only time would tell. As we all have had the experience of something going wrong just at the last moment and I waited for that time to come. I am not a pessimist but I have had it happen before so I waited; watching for it all to be over.
That time of dread did not happen. The Kingwin EZ-Clone SuperSpeed USB 3.0 got to 100 % and then the LEDs flashed to indicate that it was done. But now the real test. Would the mechanical drive function as if it has always been the main boot drive?
I inserted the old 500 GB mechanical drive into the PC and plugged it in as the solid state drive had been and I turned on the PC still waiting for something not to work but it that little black Kingwin EZ-Clone had duplicated the computer’s operating system and programs to the very last little byte. The computer booted and ran slightly slower than before because I had downgraded from a faster ssd to slower mechanical hard drive, but the important part was that it worked flawlessly and without any problems.
The computer is still booting up with that cloned drive and still is working with no differences except for the slightly slower boot time speed of the mechanical drive takes over the solid state drive but I needed the larger storage for this older computer I was replacing the drive into a newer test unit for faster system boot and product tests, so it was a great trade and both are working well.
Also in the end you don’t need to pack away the Kingwin EZ Clone SuperSpeed USB 3.0 duplicator after you are through duplicating with it because it doubles as great little docking station as well.