EZ Upgrade 3.0 - SATA Notebook Hard Drive Upgrade Kit with USB 3.0 Connection

EZ Upgrade 3.0 - SATA Notebook Hard Drive Upgrade Kit with USB 3.0 Connection

Notebook Hard Drive Upgrade Kit for SATA Hard Drives and Solid State Drives

Quick Overview

  • Upgrade your notebook 10x faster with USB 3.0

  • Just three simple steps

  • Compatible with any SATA 2.5" 9mm notebook hard drive or SSD

  • After upgrade is complete, use old drive in the EZ Upgrade enclosure as a superfast USB 3.0 backup system for your notebook

  • Includes Cloning Software:
    Apricorn EZ Gig IV® with Data Select
    ShirtPocket SuperDuper!
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  • EZ Upgrade 3.0 - Upgrade your notebook hard drive with USB 3.0 speeds
  • Step 1 - Connect the hardware
  • Step 2 - Run the software
  • Step 3 - Swap out the hard drives
With a Super Speed USB 3.0 connection you can now upgrade your notebook hard drive in just 10% of the usual time.
EZ Upgrade makes upgrading your notebook hard drive as easy at 1-2-3.
This innovative kit includes all the hardware and software needed to painlessly transfer all the data from an old hard drive to a new hard drive or SSD in three easy steps. To upgrade your notebook hard drive simply:

Upgrade your notebook in 3 easy steps
1) Insert your hard drive into EZ Upgrade enclosure and connect to the USB port on your computer.
The innovative EZ Upgrade enclosure connects to both Serial ATA (SATA) hard drives and solid state drives, making it the perfect tool to upgrade your notebook to a higher capacity hard drive or a fast SSD.

2) Run the included cloning software to copy all of your data, email, settings and OS from your notebook to the new drive.
Our Upgrade Suite CD has cloning software for both PC and Mac.

3) Swap out your old notebook drive with your new one, and you’re done!
Simply remove a couple of screws, slide out the drive in your notebook and replace it with your newly cloned drive from the EZ Upgrade enclosure. It really is that simple.

If that’s not enough, EZ Upgrade transforms the old hard drive from the notebook into a portable Super Speed USB 3.0 external backup and/or storage solution.

Once the new drive is installed, the old drive can be used in EZ Upgrade’s super fast USB 3.0 enclosure for external storage.

EZ Gig enables you to clone your hard drive in just three simple steps

Apricorn's EZ Gig transfers all of your data, settings, OS and email from your computer's internal drive to an external drive in just three simple steps. Once the clone is complete, simply swap out your notebook drive with the new one and your notebook is instantly upgraded.

Step 1
Select your Source drive

This is usually your computer’s internal drive and is denoted by the prefix IDE

Step 2
Select your Destination drive

This is your external drive connected to your computer by Apricorn’s EZ Upgrade

Data Select tool

Select files you wish to exclude from the clone, such as photos, videos, music or documents. This is helpful when migrating from a large HDD to a smaller SSD or when creating a Boot Disk.

Step 3
Press the "Start Clone" button

EZ Gig will clone everything to the drive on the EZ Upgrade. It really is that simple

Upgrading your system to a high performance 7,200 RPM hard drive

For most applications, a standard 5,400 RPM notebook drive provides great performance, but what if you are looking for even greater speeds?

In addition to increasing capacity, Apricorn's high performance 7,200 RPM drives can also increase your notebook's speed. The fastest available hard drive for notebook computers, Apricorn's Xtreme Drives have a 70% faster spindle speed and a 400% larger cache over 4200 RPM drives. These drives can improve overall system performance by 30%, providing desktop performance in a notebook computer.

Due to the higher spin rate of a high performance 7,200 RPM drive, you will need an upgrade kit with an AC Apdapter for additional power. To purchase an AC Adapter, click on the link below.

AC Adapter for EZ Upgrade
Data Transfer Rate USB 3.0 - up to 5Gbps
Power Supply 100% Bus Powered - AC Adapter only required when using a 7200 RPM drive
Interface Compatible with SATA hard drives
Dimensions 19mm X 84mm X 148mm (0.75” X 3.3” X 5.8”)
Warranty 3 year limited
Approvals FCC & CE
System Requirements Hardware: Pentium© CPU, 128MBs RAM, USB, CD ROM or CD-R/RW drive
Supported Operating Systems: Windows® 7, XP® & Vista™
Comments Hardware: Apple©G3 or later CPU, 64MBs RAM, USB, CD ROM or CD-R/RW drive
Supported Operating Systems: OS 10.x
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Will the EZ Upgrade work with desktop size drives?

No. Desktop drives are two large for the EZ Upgrade enclosure and require both 5 volt and 12 volt signals. The EZ Upgrade gets power from the USB port, which can only provide the 5 volt signal.

Can the EZ Upgrade be used with the older USB 1.1 port?

Yes. The EZ Upgrade is backward compatible with older versions of USB.

Will the EZ Upgrade work with 1.8” laptop drives?

No. Most 1.8” drives will use the Micro SATA connector, which is not available on the EZ Upgrade.

Can the EZ Upgrade be used without the cloning software?

Yes. The EZ Upgrade can be used as a way of accessing data on a drive and no software needs to be used to accomplish this. Once plugged in, the drive should show up as a new drive letter in My Computer (assuming the drive is formatted and partitioned). For new drives, access disk management to partition and format the drive. It can then be used as a storage drive.

Can the EZ Upgrade be used to recover data off an old drive?

If the drive shows up in Windows explorer, the EZ Upgrade can be used (without the software) to access the file system and recover files. If the drive does not show up, recovery software can sometimes be used to recover files on a corrupted drive. This assumes that the drive is still functional.

What Mac software is included with my EZ Upgrade?

Shirt Pocket SuperDuper! is the wildly acclaimed program that makes recovery painless, because it makes creating a fully bootable backup painless. It’s incredibly clear, friendly interface is understandable, easy to use. And it runs beautifully on both Intel and Power PC Macs! SuperDuper’s interface confirms all your actions in simple, clear language to ensure that the end result is exactly what you intended.

Why doesn’t my SATA Wire 3.0 or EZ Upgrade 3.0 work with my computer’s USB 3.0 port?

A very small percentage of computer manufacturers incorporate an ASMedia 1042 or 1043 USB 3.0 Host Bus Controller. Revision 1 thru 4 of this ASMedia chipset does not adhere to the USB 3.0 standard and is not compatible with Apricorn USB 3.0 products. If your computer was manufactured with one of these chipsets, you will only be able to use your Apricorn product on a USB 2.0 port. For troubleshooting purposes you can view the manufacturer of your USB 3.0 chipset by viewing the properties of your USB 3.0 controller in the computer's Device Manager, unfortunately the revision of the chipset is not displayed.

What are the ECCN and HST codes used for shipping this device outside the US?

ECCN: 5A992A and HTS code 8473.50.3000

Warning from Microsoft for XP users and advanced format drives (includes all SSDs).

Taken from “Microsoft Compatibility Cookbook”

Overall Windows support for large sector media

This table documents the official Microsoft support policy for various media and their resulting reported sector sizes. See this KB article for details.

Windows Support

NOTES: While not stressed in the preceding table, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2003 R2 do not support 512e or 4Kn media. While the system may boot up and be able to operate minimally, there may be unknown scenarios of functionality issues, data loss, or sub-optimal performance. Thus, Microsoft strongly cautions against using 512e media with Windows XP or other products based on the Windows XP codebase (such as Windows Home Server 1.0, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows XP 64-bit Edition, Windows XP Embedded, Windows Small Business Server 2003, and Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2).

Q. What is BadUSB and are Apricorn devices susceptible to this exploit?

A. BadUSB is a theoretical exploit that was presented by SR Labs at the Black Hat conference in August of 2014. SR Labs demonstrated a vulnerability in one USB device that allowed malicious code to be programmed into the USB controller through a firmware update process. The attack described is very sophisticated and in the case of Apricorn’s products would require advanced knowledge of our USB controller, a leaked version of our firmware, the programming tool to update our controller, the password used for our programming tool, and an in depth understanding of the device’s functionality, etc. According to SR Labs, the failsafe method to eliminate this threat is to simply disable the ability to update the controller’s firmware. Many of Apricorn’s devices shipping today, including all of our USB 3.0 security products, Padlock and Padlock Pro families already have the firmware locked which prevents field updates to the USB controller. As a continuous improvement, Apricorn is locking down the firmware on all USB controllers used in Apricorn devices to safeguard against this vulnerability. We recommend checking our website periodically for notices regarding BadUSB and Security Updates.

Will EZ GIG work with Windows 10?

For the vast majority, yes EZ Gig will work without any user intervention required. However, there are some security options in the BIOS on newer computers that can complicate this otherwise simple process. If you are unable to boot to the new drive in the cloning process, here are a few steps you can take:

Boot the computer and enter the BIOS set-up. This will vary from computer to computer but it usually involves tapping on one of the “F” keys or using the ESC or DEL key after turning on the power. (Check your manual or try a Google search for “Entering the BIOS”) If you are unable to boot to the new clone, security settings are the most likely culprit. Once in the BIOS, go to the security settings and look for “Secure Boot” or “Secure Start-up.” You will want to remove the secure boot key and disable the feature until you have booted to the clone for the first time. You should then be able to go back into the BIOS and re-activate the Secure Boot on the new drive.

Full-drive encryption can be another obstacle to producing a bootable clone. Whether you use Microsoft’s BitLocker or third party tools, such as True Crypt, you will first need to unencrypt the entire drive before a successful clone can be accomplished. Once the clone is finished, you can then re-encrypt the new drive. Keep in mind that the old drive is now no longer encrypted, so you may also want to re-encrypt that drive, shred the data with a tool that securely erases the data, or store the unencrypted drive in a secure location.

You should also make sure you do not boot with both the original and cloned drives attached to the system. Doing so may confuse the BCD (boot configuration data) and cause the drive to lose some of the boot instructions (which drive to boot from, where the OS is located, etc.) If this happens, the easiest solution is to boot to the original drive and re-clone the drive. If that is no longer an option, you will need to boot to your recovery disk and run bcdedit from command line to correct the corrupted entry.

Syntax https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc709667(v=ws.10).aspx

Tutorial http://pcsupport.about.com/od/fixtheproblem/ht/rebuild-bcd-store-windows.htm

EZ Upgrade 3.0 Manual
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EZ Upgrade 3.0 Datasheet
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Apricorn End-User License Agreement
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