SATA Wire - Apricorn

SATA Wire - Apricorn
SATA Wire 3.0
User’s Guide
If your SATA Wire shipped with a previous
version of EZ Gig III, you can download the new
EZ Gig IV from Apricorn’s website at:
Review the most current SATA Wire FAQ’s at:
Getting to know your SATA Wire HotCopy / LiveImage Avoid exclusive read access 20
Partitions 21
Start Clone Before running EZ Gig we recommend EZ Gig instructions for Windows 7 & Vista Changing the default “Power Options” 6
Congratulations your Clone is Complete 25
Connecting Your Hard Drive 8
SuperDuper! Backup Software for Mac 26
After the Clone 27
SATA Wire FAQs 29
EZ Gig FAQs 32
Contacting Technical Support 37
Introduction The Package Contains System Requirements Connecting your SATA Wire Device Installation Before Running the Software EZ Gig Start Up Options Creating a Bootable EZ Gig CD Cloning your hard drive with EZ Gig Selecting the Source Drive Selecting the Destination Drive Speed Test Drive Verification 8
Data Select 14
Advanced Options 18
More Advanced Options 19
Using the Data Select feature Analyzing files Selecting Folders to Omit Verify Copy Copy Free Areas SmartCopy Media Direct (Dell) FastCopy SafeRescue CachedMemory SharedMemory Animation Resizing your partitions manually Interupting the Cloning Process Aborting the Cloning Process Interupting the Verification process Using the SATA Wire as a external backup drive Device Removal (Windows) RMA Policy Warranty Conditions Getting to know your SATA Wire
Connecting your SATA Wire
Device Installation
The SATA Wire is perfect for transferring data to bare drives. Use it to
connect any 2.5” SATA notebook hard drive to your computer. With the
help of Apricorn’s user-friendly cloning software, you can clone or backup
your notebook drive in a snap.
The Package Contains
Installing your SATA Wire is easy. Simply connect your 2.5” SATA drive
to the SATA Wire and connect the SATA Wire to your computer USB port
(for optimal data transfer speeds connect to a USB 3.0 port, SATA Wire
is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0). Now you can upgrade your
notebook drive using the Upgrade Suite CD. Instructions for upgrading
your Microsoft computer are provided on the following pages. If you are
upgrading your Mac, please refer to page 27.
• SATA Wire 3.0
• Upgrade Suite CD
• Apricorn EZ Gig IV
• ShirtPocket SuperDuper! Lite
• Quick Start Guide
System Requirements
Pentium CPU II or Apple G3 or later
128MBs RAM
Available USB Port
CD ROM or CD-RW drive
Supported Operating systems:
Microsoft: Windows 7, Vista, XP and 2000
OS 9.2 or later
OS X 10.2 or later
Before Running the Software
EZ Gig instructions for Windows 7 & Vista
After many years of use, hard drives can become cluttered with unusable
file fragments and other file-system errors. Most file system errors are not
immediately obvious to the user, but can be identified and repaired with a
few simple steps. Although the steps below are not absolutely necessary to
run EZ Gig, it’s best to try and clean-up disk errors BEFORE they are copied
over to the new drive.
Windows 7 and Vista User Account Control helps stop unauthorized
changes to your computer. The User Account Control window pops up in
Administrator Approval Mode whenever a program tries to run on your
Windows system.
Before running EZ Gig we recommend
When the User Account Control window pops up there will be a warning
symbol and message that reads, “A program needs your permission to
continue.” The instructions will read “If you started this program, Continue.”
1) Clean up any file-system errors by running Windows
ScanDisk (or a similar disk cleanup utility) on your internal
hard drive.
2) Defragment your hard drive using the Windows DiskDefragment Utility (or a similar disk defragment utility) on
your internal hard drive.
3) Backup any critical files or data.
4) Attach the AC adapter to your laptop, and make sure it is not
running on battery power.
5) Attach the USB cable from your computer to the DriveWire.
Please click the Continue button and proceed to the EZ Gig Start-Up
Changing the default “Power Options”
Be default the Windows 7 operating system will “Turn display off” after 20
minutes and “Put the computer to sleep” after 1 hour of keyboard or mouse
inactivity. It will take more than 20 minutes to clone most of today’s larger
hard drives. If the system goes into display is turned off or the computer
goes to sleep during the clone, your clone may fail. This will not damage
your original hard drive in any way but you will have to restart the cloning
process. To avoid this issue change the default “Power Options” before
starting the backup on Windows 7 Systems.
From your Window Start menu type “Power Options” in the “Start Search
bar” and the “Power Options” program will be listed in the results window.
Alternately you can go to Start Menu – Control Panel – Power Options.
Click on “Power Options” to launch the program. On the left window click
on “Choose when to turn off display” and make the changes as listed
Turn Display Off
Put computer to sleep Never
Once you have completed the clone go to “Power Options” and restore the
default settings.
Connecting Your Hard Drive
Before starting the EZ Gig software,
please ensure that your new hard drive
is connected to your notebook’s USB
port via one of Apricorn’s Upgrade
products listed on the previous page.
Creating a Bootable EZ Gig CD
If you downloaded EZ Gig from Apricorn’s website, you have the option
of creating a bootable EZ Gig CD or thumb drive to use in the future.
To create a bootable media disk follow the appropriate directions below:
To create a bootable CD/DVD, choose the desired drive at ‘CD/
DVD writer’ and click “Create CD/DVD”.
To create a bootable USB key, choose the desired drive at ‘USB
medium’ and click “Make bootable”.
EZ Gig
Start Up Options
Follow the instructions and wait until the installation program reports
successful creation of the bootable medium.
Depending on how you received EZ Gig, you have two options.
Once you have created you bootable media device, click “Exit” and then
choose “Start EZ Gig”.
1. If you have EZ Gig on a CD, please choose the Start option (proceed
to page 11 of this manual to continue).
2. If you downloaded EZ Gig from Apricorn’s website, you can either
choose the Start option (go to page 11) or create a bootable EZ Gig
CD to use in the future (go to page 10 for instructions).
Cloning your hard drive with EZ Gig
Selecting the Source Drive
1. Click the “Let’s Get Started” button to proceed.
Once EZ Gig has scanned for connected drives, you will be asked to select
your Source Drive. This is the drive you would like to copy from and in
most cases is the internal drive in your notebook.
2. EZ Gig will then scan for connected drives. This may take a few
NOTE: Your computer’s internal drive will usually be denoted by the
prefix AHCI or IDE.
Select the appropriate drive from the menu and click “Next” to continue.
Selecting the Destination Drive
Drive Verification
Once you have selected your Source Drive, EZ Gig will ask you to select
your Destination Drive. This is the drive you would like to copy to and in
most cases is the external drive connected to your notebook’s USB port.
You are almost ready to start your clone, but before you do, EZ Gig asks
that you verify that the choosen drives are correct.
NOTE: Your external drive will be denoted by the prefix USB
Select the appropriate drive from the menu and click “Next” to continue.
If they are you have one of two options. Either click “Next” to
continue (go to page 24) or to deselect files from the cloning process,
press the “Data Select” button (go to page 15).
If you need to change your drive selection, click the “Back” button
At this point you can also modify the default options for your clone using
the “Advanced Options” button. Only select this option if you would like
to change your options from the default (go to page 19 for more info on
Advanced Options).
Speed Test
Click the Speed Test icon
on either the Source or
Destination drive for an
estimate of the drive’s read
From this estimate, a rough
estimate of the clone time
may be gauged
Data Select
Using the Data Select feature
EZ Gig’s Data Select feature provides a simple method to deselect data
folders from the cloning process which is helpful when migrating from a
large HDD to a smaller SSD and perfect for creating a Boot Disk. This
gives you the option to run your OS and applications from a fast, smaller
SSD boot drive, while keeping your documents and media files on your
original hard drive.
The Data Select feature shows the capacity of the:
There are two ways to get to the Data Select feature:
1. If the Destination drive is smaller than the Source drive, EZ Gig
will direct you to the below screen. To deselect files from the
clone click the “Data Select” button, this will open the Data Select
Destination Drive
Source Drive
Available Capacity
If the Source drive is smaller than the Destination drive, the available
capacity will be highlighted in orange and shown as a negative value.
EZ Gig will only proceed with a clone if the available capacity is positive
(i.e. the Destination capacity is larger than the Source capacity.)
In order to decrease the size of the clone (i.e. the Source image), EZ Gig
enables you to deselect files from the cloning process to save space.
2. On the “You are almost ready to Clone” screen, you may press
the “Data Select” button to open the Data Select feature.
The files you may deselect from the cloning process are from the folders:
1. Documents
2. My Videos
3. My Music
4. My Pictures
Selecting Folders to Omit
Analyzing files
To analyze the amount of space used by each of the folders, select the
checkbox to the left, under the “Select Folders to Analyze” column. EZ Gig
will then analyze the space used in the ajoining “Space Used” column.
To select folders to omit, select the checkboxes to the right, under the “Select Folders
to Omit” column. Any selection from this column will automatically be reflected in an
updated amount for the “Available Capacity” value. Once the “Available Capacity”
value is positive, you will have the option to “Apply” the changes.
To analyze the
amount of space
used by each
folder, select
the appropriate
EZ Gig will then
display the space
used in the ajoining
Once you hit the “Apply” button, you will be directed to the “You are almost
ready to Clone” screen. The Data Select button will have a check mark to the
left, indicating that you have choosen to omit files from the clone.
To continue with the clone, click the “Next” button (go to page 21).
Advanced Options
More Advanced Options
To access additional advanced options, click on the Apricorn logo in the
bottom right corner of the “Advanced Options” window
Verify Copy
Compares the data of source and target after copying. If verify copy is
chosen, the free areas between partitions will also be copied. This option
has no influence on the copying performance itself, but offers the possibility
to synchronize the data of the source and target after the copying process.
However, the whole process of copying and verifying then normally takes
approximately the double amount of time. Choose this option according to
your needs of copying and your time available.
Copy Free Areas
This option is off when doing a default clone, but when selected allows
you to copy free space between partitions from your internal drive to your
external drive.
Special copy algorithm. Can increase the regular copy speed up to double.
SmartCopy enables you to clone your file systems in a fraction of time
usually required - this option is chosen by default
Media Direct (Dell)
Used to deactivate MediaDirect software on the Destination drive. Check
your Dell notebook specs to see if you have Media Direct on your system.
Special algorithm for data recovery. Tries to recover as large areas on the drive
as possible. Can also stay turned on for normal copies.
Use fast intermediate memory.
Use fast data transfers.
Switch off copy animation, may lead to a slight speed increase.
HotCopy / LiveImage
Allows or denies EZ Gig access to the Windows shadow copy mechanism.
If this option is deselected, EZ Gig is not able to create copies or file
images of the system volume or of volumes, which are used by other
programs at the same time.
When used in the Default mode, EZ Gig will automatically resize your
partitions according to the new hard drive space.
However, EZ Gig also gives the option of keeping your partition sizes the
same or allows you to resize your partition sizes manually.
Avoid exclusive read access
Usually, EZ Gig when running on Windows, at first tries to reserve the
source drive for exclusive access. This is the most reliable way for creating
an identical copy, but it may interfere with other programs running at the
same time. If this option is selected, EZ Gig tries to create a HotCopy or a
LiveImage at first.
Resizing your partitions manually
Start Clone
To resize your partition manually:
Now you’re ready!
1. Choose the “Manually” radio button on the “Advanced Options”
Press the “Start Clone” button to start the cloning process.
2. Once this radio button is selected, click the “Apply Changes” button.
The “Adjust Partitions” window (shown left) will pop up.
Positions and sizes of the partitions to be copied to the Destination
drive are displayed graphically in a bar. The original size of the
partition is displayed in dark green, while the additionally assigned
space is displayed in light green. The size of partitions displayed in
black cannot be altered. Free space not yet assigned to any partition
is displayed in white.
EZ Gig will keep you up-to-date with the status of the clone throughout the
entire process with a progress bar and percentage completed. Depending
on your system size a clone can take anywhere from several minutes to a
couple of hours.
3. To resize, click the desired partition’s extended space (light green
portion) and drag with your mouse. You can also use the [+] and [-]
cursor keys to the same effect.
4. Once you have resized the partitions to the desired size, choose “Apply
Adjustment” which will then close the window.
5. Once the “Adjust Partition” window is closed, close the “Advanced
Options” window by clicking the “Close Window” button.
Interupting the Cloning Process
Congratulations your Clone is Complete
The cloning process can be stopped at anytime using the “Stop” button.
Continue cloning by clicking “Continue copying”. To stop the clone
completely, select “Abort copying.”
Once your clone is complete, EZ Gig will let you know with a pop up
window. To get a report of the cloning process, click the “Details” button.
Aborting the Cloning Process
If the cloning process aborted, a new clone must be commenced.
The final report will outline
the number of sector
copied, read errors, write
errors and if verified, will
also report verification
Interupting the Verification process
If you chose the “Verify Copy” option before starting the clone, EZ Gig will
automatically compare the information on the “Source” and “Destination”
drives once the clone is complete. If this process is interupted or stopped
at anytime, the aborted verification run will have no influence on the copied
data. The copy itself is already finished at that point of time.
Once you have finished
your clone, click “Quit
EZ Gig”. You will then
be prompted to turn
your computer off and
disconnect the attached
hard drive.
When the final report is read, EZ Gig will report that the clone is only
partially verified.
SuperDuper! Backup Software for Mac
After the Clone
1. Insert Apricorn CD into your CD-ROM drive
Once the transfer is complete, you are ready to install your new hard drive.
2. When the Apricorn CD appears on your desktop, double click to open.
Turn off the laptop and disconnect the SATA Wire with hard drive. Disconnect
the Laptop’s AC adapter, and remove the laptop battery to reduce the risk of
damage or electrical shock.
3. Double click on the SuperDuper!.dmg icon
4. This will open the package and mount a drive on your desktop.
5.Open this drive by clicking on the newly created disk icon. The below
window will open on your screen.
Consult the Computer’s User Manual for instructions on how to remove the
original hard drive from your computer. Some laptops may have the disk
drive mounted under a cover. Other laptops may have the original drive
mounted inside a “drive caddy” to allow quick removal of the drive from the
laptop (although it might appear that the drive caddy and the SATA Wire drive
are not the same, once you open-up the drive caddy you will find an identical
hard drive inside). If the hard drive is mounted inside a drive caddy, carefully
remove the hard drive from the caddy. Be careful not to damage the hard
drive pins or any custom connectors. The hard drive may have a connector
covering the pins. Please take note of all connectors and their orientation.
Remove the original drive and replace it with the new one. If the laptop drive
is mounted inside a caddy, install the new drive into the caddy and then
insert the assembled caddy back into the computer. For specific instructions,
please refer to your computer’s User Manual or manufactures’ web site.
Boot the laptop from your new hard drive. The new hard drive should boot up
as though it was the old drive.
Using the SATA Wire as a external backup drive
WARNING: Formatting a Hard Drive will erase everything on the drive!
Please do not reformat the original drive until you have verified that your new
drive is working properly.
6. To install SuperDuper! drag SuperDuper! icon to Applications and run.
7. Follow the instructions included on the SuperDuper! User’s Guide to
After successfully copying everything over to your new drive, the SATA Wire
with old hard drive can be used as an external USB backup drive. At this
point we recommend that you wait until you are certain that your new hard
drive is working properly. When you are certain that your system is working
properly, follow these basic steps listed below to use the SATA Wire with old
drive as a backup drive.
1. Install the old hard drive into the SATA Wire. (Please refer to Page 5
for hard drive installation instructions.)
2. Connect the SATA Wire to your system.
3. Reformat the old hard drive (See FAQ #4 on page 26 of this manual for
a link to the Microsoft website with complete instructions for both XP,
Vista & 7)
4. Follow instructions in the appropriate section of this manual for cloning to
create a full bootable backup or just use as an external storage device.
Device Removal (Windows)
Windows 2000, XP, Vista and 7
1) Locate the system tray on your Windows Desktop (the system
tray is the part of the taskbar that displays the date and time).
2) Click on the “Safely Remove Hardware” icon
(2000, XP)
or (Vista, 7) in the system tray. A dialog box will appear.
Please note that in Windows Vista and 7 the “Safely Remove
Hardware” icon is different.
3) Click ‘Safely Remove Mass Storage Device – Drive (D:) in the
dialog box. (Your drive letter may differ).
4) Wait for few seconds until the system prompts ‘The hard disk
storage device can now be safely removed from the system.”
Click OK, and then unplug the SATA Wire.
1. Why does my new drive or connector look different from my old
drive or connector?
The first thing you need to do is to determine if you bought the right
drive. There are now two standards for 2.5” laptop hard drives, Serial
ATA (SATA) and Parallel ATA (PATA). Check with your manufacturer
for the drive specifications and compare it to the specifications on the
drive you purchased. All SATA drive connectors should look exactly the
same. Use Apricorn’s hard drive configurator at to
make sure you are getting the correct drive for your laptop or notebook
2. What is Serial ATA (SATA)?
Serial ATA is the next generation interface for the high-speed transfer
of data in PCs, workstations, and laptops. SATA allows an increase in
bandwidth from PATA’s 100 MBps to 150 MBps and higher down the
road. SATA cable connectors are much smaller than PATA connectors
and have no pins to be bent or broken. SATA connectors are more stable
and require very little pressure to attach the hard drive making them much
easier to use than PATA connectors. If your laptop requires a SATA hard
drive you must replace it with a SATA hard drive. Use Apricorn’s hard
drive configurator at to make sure you are getting the
correct drive for your laptop or notebook computer.
3. How do I format my drive?
For Windows 2000 and XP cut & paste or type the URL below into your
Internet browser or click the link below:
NOTE: To protect against unexpected data loss, Windows checks that all
files on the disk are closed before allowing the USB device to be removed. If
you receive an error message that says “The device cannot be stopped right
now. Try stopping the device again later.” Close all Windows and Programs
that are using files from the Drive, then repeat the procedure.
For Windows Vista & 7 cut & paste or type the URL below into your
Internet browser or click the link below:
4. What is USB 2.0?
USB 2.0 represents the next generation of PC peripherals and connectivity.
USB 2.0 is the first major evolution of the Universal Serial Bus standard,
which was originally designed to bring low cost connections and “plugand-play” consumer devices to the PC world. USB 2.0 adds new
functionality to your laptop, by allowing faster connections and greater
flexibility without the need for upgrading your existing USB devices.
5. Why USB 2.0?
Modern PC peripherals can run faster and do more than the original
USB designers ever dreamed. The USB standard was upgraded to keep
pace with the rapid advances in technology, and the explosion of new
consumer devices. USB 2.0 host controllers add the faster speeds and
greater flexibility than these new devices require. USB 2.0 will allow your
computer to connect to the newest USB devices: High-Speed Video and
Ethernet, ultra-fast scanners and disk drives, etc.
6. How much faster is USB 2.0?
USB 1.1 devices can communicate at about 12 Megabits/sec. USB 2.0
devices can communicate at speeds of up to 480 Megabits/sec.
7. The SATA Wire is connected, but the drive is not automatically
detected by the operating system.
The mass storage device drivers are not installed correctly or there is a
resource conflict in the system. Use the Windows Add New Hardware
Wizard to detect the drive, or, if the drive has already been installed,
use the Windows Update Device Driver Wizard. Be sure that there are
no resource conflicts in the Windows Device Manager before installing
the drive.
10. Is it possible to restore a single file from the clone stored on my old
Yes. EZ Gig allows you to mount an image as a “virtual” hard drive. You
can access this “virtual” drive as if it were a physical hard drive. You
would use your Windows Explorer or My Computer and copy the file
or folder and paste it on to your hard drive.
11. I am unable to format my 80GB or larger EZ Upgrade with FAT 32 in
Windows 2000 or XP?
Windows 2000 and XP limit a FAT32 partition to 32GB. If you choose to
format the drive in a larger partition, you will need to use the NTFS file
12. Can I boot Windows to my USB Device?
No. Because of limitations (both hardware and software) Windows is
currently prevented from booting and running off a USB drive.
8. What software is included with my SATA Wire?
PC Software Includes: EZ Gig IV with Data Select
EZ Gig for Windows is one of the most powerful yet easy to use
backup utilities available. EZ Gig is the third generation of the award
winning EZ Gig Data Transfer Utility.
MAC Software Includes: ShirtPocket SuperDuper! for Mac
SuperDuper! is the wildly acclaimed program that makes recovery
painless, because it makes creating a fully bootable backup painless.
Its 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.
9. Can I make a clone of my drive and put it in a different machine?
A clone is for disaster recovery purposes (i.e. when your drive fails and
you need to get back up and running). You should not make a clone of
your drive and put it in another or multiple machines. There are licensing
issues for the software on your machine.
The below FAQs refer to cloning your hard drive with EZ
Gig only. For information on issues using Shirt Pocket
SuperDuper! software for Mac, please go the ShirtPocket’s
website at
Load errors
During the start of the program, before EZ Gig is loaded itself, a message
and a progress bar will appear on the boot screen. In case of an error, one
of the following error codes will be indicated here.
Error #5002 and ‘Disk error’
This error will be displayed if the boot medium is not readable when
booting the program. The error is reported by the BIOS of the computer
and points to a defective data carrier or a problem with the used boot
drive. In many cases, in particular when booting from a floppy disk, an
incompatibility between drive and data carrier is the cause. Principally
this problem can be fixed. Please try the following steps, at best in the
indicated order:
Try again to boot the program, perhaps with/without cold start.
Create once again a bootable disk (page 10).
Floppy disk: format the floppy disk (no quick format) before
creating a new one.
Floppy disk: use another floppy disk.
Use (if possible) another boot drive.
NOTE: If you didn’t receive EZ Gig as an installation package but on a
bootable disk and if a disk shows this problems also after multiple trials on
different devices, please contact Support.
Keyboard and mouse
EZ Gig supports keyboards and mice with PS/2 standard or USB
connector. This also includes many wireless mice, given they are
connected as a true USB device. Input devices connected with Bluetooth
are currently not supported. In this case, please connect a separate USB
device. If keyboard or mouse (or both) do not function with EZ Gig, this is
usually due to a wrong legacy emulation setting in BIOS setup. On most
computers, you can fix this problem by changing (activating or deactivating,
depending on the current setting) the emulation for PS/2 devices in BIOS
setup. Please consult your computer manual on how to change this setting
since it may be named differently according to the respective BIOS. In
most of the cases, you can find it under the name USB Legacy Support or
USB Keyboard Support (often under Integrated Peripherals or Advanced
NOTE: In some of the cases, problems with the PS/2 keyboard and/or
mouse occurred with an activated emulation for PS/2 devices. If you do not
use any USB input de-vices, please switch off the PS/2 emulation in the
BIOS setup.
General problems
Slowed down system
If you think the speed of the total system or the copying speed – also with
IDE and SCSI devices – is too slow, a USB controller can be the cause,
even if it is not used.
Read, write and verification errors
If EZ Gig reports errors, these are usually defective areas on the
respective medium. However, general problems with the hardware
can possibly also cause (putative) read and write errors. This is mostly
noticeable by a very high number of displayed errors. First of all, try
to fix the problem via the help instructions for the respective hardware
types (IDE, SCSI, USB) because the causes are usually found there. If
the problems cannot be fixed this way either, deactivate step by step the
following options, at best in the indicated order:
Read cache and write cache
If the problem does not occur any more after having deactivated a certain
option, the previously deactivated options can be reactivated as a test.
Hard disk not recognized
If EZ Gig does not recognize a hard disk, there can be several reasons.
Perhaps the controller which the disk is connected to has not been found
(See next section: IDE controller not found). A further possible reason can
be a non-standardly connected hard disk. This is for example the case if
a hard disk is configured as slave and if a CD/DVD drive or no drive at all
is connected at the same IDE channel as master. Normally, EZ Gig can
handle that, too.
NOTE: If an SATA hard disk is not recognized, this can also be due to the
used SATA controller.
IDE controller not found
There are the following three reasons why EZ Gig has not automatically
recognized an IDE controller:
The IDE controller/channel is deactivated, e.g. on an onboard IDE
controller. Activate the IDE controller/channel via the BIOS setup.
Standard IDE controllers (ISA) are not taken into account if PCI
IDE controllers are available. Connect the respective hard disk to a
PCI IDE controller in this case or deactivate the PCI IDE controller
or controllers.
The used controller does not correspond to the PCI IDE standard.
Although most controllers support this standardized programming
interface, there are some controllers which have only a proprietary
programming interface. Connect the corresponding drives to
another controller (PCI IDE controller).
Source & Destination Size Differences
Equal Size
If source and target are of the same size, EZ Gig creates an absolutely
identical copy(clone). On this clone, all sectors on source and target, from
the first to the last sector, are 100% identical, provided that the process
was error-free.
Small to large
If the source is smaller than the target, EZ Gig copies only the data that
is available on the source. This data is copied from the beginning of the
source onto the beginning of the target medium. The area at the end of
the target medium, which is larger than the source, remains unaffected.
Apart from that the unaffected area remains possibly unused during a later
usage, such a copy is usually comparable to a real clone as far as the
capacity of use is concerned because the target contains entirely all data of
the source
Large to small
If the source is bigger than the target, EZ Gig will direct you to the Data
Select feature. EZ Gig’s Data Select provides a simple method to deselect
data folders from the cloning process. EZ Gig will only allow to proceed
with the clone, once the available capacity on the target drive is a positive
Automatic troubleshooting
In case of occurring errors, EZ Gig tries to troubleshoot them the
best possible. If this is not possible, the errors will be mentioned in a
corresponding error statistic in the detailed report after the clone is
Intensive reading/writing
In case of read or write errors, EZ Gig uses different strategies in order
to still be able to read or write this data, if possible. The time used for
defective areas depends to a large extent on the respective medium.
According to the medium and its state, several seconds up to minutes can
be needed for the recovery trials. Therefore, it is recommended to always
activate the option SafeRescue because then handling defective sectors
takes place after the copying of all intact areas has been finished. The
process can then be aborted if it takes too long without losing the data of
the intact areas.
Read errors
During the copying process, read errors can only occur on the source
medium. EZ Gig then tries to read the defective areas immediately after
the termination of the copying process (with the option SafeRescue) with
the help of special data recovery strategies within a single troubleshooting
run. During the troubleshooting run, the number of the indicated read errors
can reduce according to the areas on the source medium, which could be
NOTE: Read errors, that occur during the verification run, are not counted
as read errors but as verification errors.
Write errors
Write errors can only occur during the copying process and only on the
target medium. EZ Gig then tries to read the defective areas immediately
after the termination of the copying process (with the option SafeRescue)
with the help of special data recovery strategies within a proper
troubleshooting run. During the troubleshooting run, the number of the
indicated write errors can decrease according to the areas on the target
medium, which could be recovered.
Verification errors
When the option Verifying is activated, EZ Gig executes a verification run
after the copying process. A verification error is counted if the data of two
sectors on source and target do not correspond. Furthermore, read errors,
which occur during the verification run in one or both of the areas to be
compared, are also counted as verification errors. Therefore, the number
of verification errors gives you absolute information on how exactly source
and target correspond to each other after the copying process. In case of
an error-free copying process, EZ Gig should not report any verification
errors and signalize a 100% conformity of source and target.
Contacting Technical Support
Apricorn provides the following helpful resources for you:
1. SATA Wire 3.0 User’s Guide and Quick Start Guide
2. Apricorn’s Website (
This gives you the ability to check for up-to-date information.
3. E-mail us at
4. Or call the Technical Support Department at 1-800-458-5448.
Apricorn’s Technical Support Specialists are available from 8:00 a.m.
to 5:00 p.m., Pacific Standard Time from Monday through Friday.
RMA Policy
An RMA (Return Merchandise Authorization) tracking number must be issued
by Apricorn. If you need to return or replace your upgrade kit, Apricorn
requires that you perform the following steps:
1. Find your original receipt.
2. Simply call Apricorn’s technical support department with your upgrade kit
part number and a description of the problem(s) you are experiencing.
3. If the Apricorn representative finds cause for a return, they will issue an
RMA number. Please write this number down.
4. Fill out an RMA authorization form with your package. The RMA form is
available on-line at
5. Please send the prepaid package including RMA form and receipt to the
following address, make sure the RMA# is written on the exterior of the
RMA#: __________
12191 Kirkham Road
Poway, CA 92064
The purchaser shall be responsible for any loss or damage to the returned
product until it is received by Apricorn. Purchaser should consider obtaining
insurance with respect to shipping the product.
Warranty Conditions
Apricorn offers a 1 year warranty on SATA Wire 3.0 against defects in materials
and workmanship under normal use. The warranty period is effective from
the date of purchase (validated by your original receipt) either directly from
Apricorn or an authorized reseller.
Disclaimer and terms of the warranties:
The warranty becomes effective on the date of purchase and must be verified
with your sales receipt or invoice displaying the date of product purchase.
Apricorn will, at no additional charge, repair or replace defective parts with
new parts or serviceable used parts that are equivalent to new in performance.
All exchanged parts and products replaced under this warranty will become
the property of Apricorn.
This warranty does not extend to any product not purchased directly from
Apricorn or an authorize reseller or to any product that has been damaged or
rendered defective: 1. As a result of accident, misuse, Neglect, abuse or failure
and/or inability to follow the written instructions provided in this instruction guide: 2. By the use of parts not manufactured or sold by Apricorn; 3. By
modification of the product; or 4. As a result of service, alternation or repair
by anyone other than Apricorn and shall be void. This warranty does not cover
normal wear and tear.
No other warranty, either express or implied, including any warranty or merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, has been or will be made by
or on behalf of Apricorn or by operation of law with respect to the product
or its installation, use, operation, replacement or repair.
Apricorn shall not be liable by virtue of this warranty, or otherwise, for any
incidental, special or consequential damage including any loss of data resulting from the use or operation of the product, whether or not Apricorn was
apprised of the possibility of such damages.
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