Apricorn has released a dual interface version of its popular EZ Upgrade Notebook Hard Drive Upgrade Kit, a solution that facilitates the transfer data from an old PATA/IDE or SATA notebook hard drive to a new hard drive in three easy steps.
EZ Upgrade - Universal Hard Drive Upgrade Kit
EZ Upgrade - Universal Hard Drive Upgrade KitNotebook Hard Drive Upgrade Kit
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 in three easy steps. To upgrade your notebook hard drive simply:
1) Insert your hard drive into EZ Upgrade enclosure and connect to the USB port on your computer.
The innovative EZ Upgrade enclosure has connectors for both Serial ATA (SATA) and Parallel ATA (PATA) hard drives, meaning that it can connect to any standard 2.5” notebook hard drive.
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 Hi-Speed USB 2.0 external backup and/or storage solution.
Once the new drive is installed, the old drive can be used in EZ Upgrade’s Hi-Speed USB 2.0 enclosure for external storage. When used with EZ Gig, the external drive becomes a state-of-the-art backup solution.
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.
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.
2.5 inch SATA or PATA/IDE hard drive support
3-step upgrade process
Use old hard drive in EZ Upgrade case for backup and/or external storage
USB 2.0 interface
Enclosure can house up to 9.5mm hard drives
Apricorn's Upgrade Suite Software CD
EZ Gig with Data Select – enables you to clone over just the folders you want
ShirtPocket SuperDuper! for Mac software
Worry free 3 year warranty
EZ Upgrade Enclosure
Quick Start Guide
Upgrade Suite Software CD
EZ Gig Cloning Software with Data Select
When using a 7200 RPM drive, Apricorn's AC Adapter is recommended
|Data Transfer Rate||USB 2.0 - up to 480mbps|
|Power Supply||100% Bus Powered - AC Adapter only required when using a 7200 RPM drive|
|Interface||Compatible with SATA & PATA/IDE 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
COOL, SO FAR SO GOOD. I USE IT MORE THAN MY INTENDED USE Review by CARL
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I NOT ONLY USED IT FOR IT'S INTENDED USE, OF MY HARD DRIVE, DRIVE UPGRADE TO A 1 TB. BUT I USE THE OLD DRIVE AS A BACK UP. AND I HAD A SECOND COMPUTOR THAT WAS DROPPED, AND BUSTED UP. BUT THE HARD DRIVE WAS STILL GOOD. I WAS ABLE TO RETRIVE THE INFO AND DATA FROM THAT DRIVE. AND I USE THAT HARD DRIVE TO STORE PICTURES AND DOCUMENTS. AND TO COLLECT, GATHER, PICTURES AND STUFF FROM FAMILY AND FRIENDS COMPUTORS. BECAUSE OF IT'S SIZE, PORTABILITY, AND EASE OF USE. PLUS IT SAVES TIME, FROM DOWNLOADING AND UPLOADING FROM E-MAILS. THEN EDITING LATER, AT MY LEISURE. (Posted on 1/8/13)
Upgrade Dynamic Disk Review by koldham
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Bought just as enclosure, then bought Inspiron 3520. Removed HDD before first boot and installed in enclosure. Installed SSD, changed BIOS to legacy, used Acronis True Image 2013 rescue CD to clone. Changed BIOS back to UEFI, worked perfectly. (Posted on 12/17/12)
Easy upgrade it is. Review by Mckdog
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Upgraded notebook from a 500g HDD to a Samsung 830 250g SSD. Loaded software, installed SSD in case, plugged into USB. All I did was follow prompts and two hours later finished. Just switched drives and booted up. Not a single issue, just a much faster laptop. Works as advertised. (Posted on 10/18/12)
Perfect set for HDD upgrade Review by honzikf
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I have received it in a pack with Intel SSD disk and the software helped to duplicate original HDD content to SSD in a fast and seamless way. I'd definitely recommend it (and the SSD of course). (Posted on 12/4/11)
Can I boot Windows to my USB Device?
I am unable to format my 40GB or larger hard drive with FAT 32 in Windows 2000 or XP?
Can I make a clone of my drive and put it in a different machine?
What should I do if the EZ GIG software is displaying an error indicating the block sizes are not compatible?
This error means that EZ GIG cannot determine the block size of one of the hard disks to be cloned. The only method to get past this error is for the user to clone the drives “backwards” (Steps provided below). This means that the drive being cloned from (Source) must be connected directly to the Apricorn adapter via USB and the drive being cloned to (Destination) must be connected internally in the PC onto the motherboard. Since the original drive cannot be booted to at this time, the user must boot directly to the EZ GIG CD by selecting their boot menu key and then the CDROM device at startup. When asked to select the Source and Destination, the Source will be the drive on the Apricorn adapter (usually disk 2), and the Destination will be the drive inside the PC (usually disk 1).
If the previous suggestion does not help, we recommend using an Apricorn USB 3.0 upgrade kit. Our USB 3.0 upgrade kits can be found here: http://www.apricorn.com/products/notebook-hard-drive-upgrade-kits.html
WARNING: While booted from the EZ GIG bootable CD, it is very important for you to know that it is possible to accidentally overwrite (delete) the data on your hard drive. To prevent such an accident, be very careful to pick your old hard drive (now currently attached to the USB port) as the Source drive, and that the Destination drive (now mounted internal to the PC) is your new blank hard drive. If you are uncertain of the Source and Destination, stop and call our tech support. Apricorn cannot be held responsible for your data loss, and we want to do everything possible to help prevent such loss.
Procedure to clone drives “backwards”.
Please read the instructions completely before starting:
If your product came with Apricorn’s bootable CD, proceed to “Shut down the computer”.
Create the bootable CD.
- While booted in Windows, launch the EZ GIG application, and select the option to “Create Bootable Media”.
- Insert a blank CD or DVD into your optical drive.
- Follow the steps to create the bootable media.
Shut down the computer and switch the hard drives.
- Shut down the computer, and remove the hard drive from inside your computer and connect it to the Apricorn device you purchased (refer to your computer manufacturer’s manual for specific instructions on how to remove the internal drive).
- Take your new (blank) hard drive and install it in your computer, connected to the motherboard.
Boot from the CD:
- Follow your computer manufacturer’s instructions for changing the boot order. Often times, pressing the F12 key during computer startup will bring up a boot menu that allows you to choose the CD as the boot device.
- Once booted, EZ GIG will display a listing of hard drives it finds in the computer. You will find that your old hard drive is listed as USB. Select it as your Source and click “Next”.
- When choosing the Destination, the Source drive you selected in step 2 will be greyed out. Your new drive will be displayed by Model and Size, and will be selectable. Choose the new drive as the Destination, and then click the Next button.
- Complete the EZ GIG cloning wizard by clicking “Next”. EZ GIG will challenge you one last time and ask you to verify the Source and Destination. Once you are confident you have selected correctly, click “Start Clone”.
- The cloning process usually finishes in a few minutes. Once completed, you should eject the CD from the optical drive.
- Then shut down the computer using the Power button on the computer.
- Disconnect the USB Apricorn device.
Turn on the computer, which will now boot from the new hard drive.