Those who are working at computer repair shops or just need to copy the data from a certain device to an HDD or SDD should always have a docking station at hand. Many may say there are large capacity flash drives and external hard drives for this goal. But you have to connect them to a laptop or a PC to operate. And there are many cases when there is no electricity or the HDD/SSD is taken out. For all those cases, we are recommending to have a Xiaobi 4-in-1 docking station. It is relatively cheap at $44.99 and comes with many useful features.
Xiaobi 4-in-1 docking station Selling Points
First, this gadget comes with a compact design that not only saves space but also is very comfortable for installing SSD or HDD due to the vertically placed slots. You just have to confirm the SATA connector position before inserting HDD and gently press the gray bezel. Now you can insert the SATA HDD/SSD vertically into the slot. The first slot is for the source disk, while the second one is for the target disk.
By the way, it has 4-in-1 functions of Offline Clone, Storage, USB hub, and USB Fast charge. The first one supports 2 HDDs (8TB x 2) reading option simultaneously. The Xiaobi 4-in-1 docking station is compatible for all 2.5/3.5-inch SATA hard drive and SSD. But you can use it for other purposes as well. Say, you can connect it to the router’s USB to use it with samba and as a media server.
- To use the Office Clone function it requires the target disk to be larger than the source disk is. It is able to copy data and system files from Source HDD to Target HDD completely via finger touch. Once both disks are inserted, connect the power supply without connecting to PC by USB cable. When the power is on, the SATA HDD/SSD LED indicators will light up. The power indicator is red LED, the SATA HDD/SSD indicator is blue LED. Press and hold the CLONE button for 3 seconds. The docking will enter CLONE mode automatically, where three clone LEDs start marquee flashing. Once the cloning progress reaches 33%, the LED will turn on, while the other two LEDs continue marquee flashing. When progress reaches 66%, the LED will turn on, and the other LEDs flash. When progress reaches 100%, the LED turns on. So, the cloning action has been completed. You can control this process. Say, you can stop it when you continuously press the clone button twice within one second. What we like more in the Xiaobi 4-in-1 docking station is the Sleep Function. The HDD can be suspended automatically if no operation for 10 minutes. This saves energy and improves HDD/SSD lifetime.
When we were getting acquainted with the Xiaobi 4-in-1 docking station, there were some negative reviews, saying this product doesn’t work properly after a few times of use. But the truth is you have to know some instructions to provide a long life to it. One of the vital things is the safe removal. You have always to use the Safely Remove Hardware feature before shutting down the docking or disconnecting the USB cable and power cable. It may cause data corruption if do not do USB safe removal correctly. It should be done only if you are sure the docking is not in working condition. Just right click the device icon from the system tray at the lower right corner of your screen and click the device icon to safe removal.
- Xiaobi 4-in-1 docking station provides three USB3.0 downstream ports with a maximum speed of 5Gbps. It supports convenient USB expansion and operation either pen drive, card readers or other USB devices connected. Due to them, the recovery will be done way faster. One of the USB ports has a lightning symbol that meant to connect a device for fast charging.
- The FLASH symbol in the right side of USB downstream port supports not only data access but also USB BC1.2 protocol. Shortly, it can provide a fast charging for various devices.