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Thermaltake 5G 5.0Gbps USB 3.0 SATA Hard Drive Docking Station with Hard Drive Pouch ST0019U
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- Supports 2.5" & 3.5" SATA I/II/3.0 & SSD Hard Drives up to 2 TB.
- Hot-Swap Capability for Rapid Multi HDDs Access & Exchange
- Supports SATA-III (6 Gbps) Hard Drives with maximum speed up to 5 Gbps (maximum theoretical speed offered by USB 3.0)
- Windows 7 - 32 & 64-bit Ready !
- Windows & Mac OS Compatible.
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The 5gbps speed that Thermaltake quotes is pretty theoretical at this point. With two extremely fast SATA 6Gbs drives you might get somewhere close, but with standard 7200rpm drives or even most SSDs, your throughput is going to be limited by the disk, not the USB standard. However, what you do gain is everyday speed, that make backing up to external drives 3-4x faster. Since I already have a Thermaltake USB 2.0 dock, I decided to compare the two and give you an idea of what you'll gain in speed using this dock vs. the old one.
For the test I used a Samsung 500 GB Hard Drive. I tested the transfer of a large collection of media files ranging from 3-4mb mp3 files to 8Gb .MKV BlueRay rips. The total transfer size was 104GBs. The source drive was another Samsung F3 drive, but 1TB in size. My motherboard is the Asus P6X58-E, which features two USB 3.0 ports. This test was not scientific, but it should give you a general idea of the speed difference.
Here are the results:
USB 2.Read more ›
* Supports USB 3.0 SuperSpeed - Maximum Transfer Rate up to 5.0 Gbps.
* Backward-Compatible with USB 2.0 (Max: 480 Mbps) & 1.1 (Max: 12 Mbps).
* Premium Shielded USB 3.0 Cable - Corrosion Resistant Plating & Heavy Gauge Wires for Years of Reliable Use. .
* Plug & Play Installation - Ready to Work in seconds, No Software needed.
* Supports 2.5' & 3.5' SATA I/II/3.0 & SSD Hard Drives up to 2 TB.
* Hot-Swap Capability for Rapid Multi HDDs Access & Exchange.
* Trendy Docking Station Design maximizes Heat Dissipation & Exhaust.
* Windows & Mac OS Compatible.
* Windows 7 - 32 & 64-bit Ready
* Supports SATA III (6 Gb/s) Hard Drives with maximum speed up to 5.0 Gb/s (maximum theoretical speed offered by USB 3.0).
Thermaltake has continually updated the BlacX line to match with the changing storage technologies over the years. With the BlacX 5G they have now added USB 3.0 and SATA III to bring added bandwidth along with simplicity of USB.
Really about the only minor knock on the BlacX 5G is the slightly reduced read performance when compared to a direct SATA connection. This minor setback is easily forgotten when you consider the speed increase you get in comparison to USB 2.0.
At first glance a lot of people may not appreciate the usefulness of a hard drive dock, but when you have to access a friend or relatives drive to recover data they are a welcome piece of equipment. Thanks to the latest update to Thermaltake's BlacX line, the BlacX 5G now utilizes USB 3.0 making it not only handy but fast as well.
-Plug and play
-3.5' and 2.5' drive support
-Read speeds not quite as fast as SATA
1. Plugged per in to BLACX 5G, plugged USB cable from BLACX 5G to MBP (MacBook Pro). Plugged Samsung 1TB 7200RPM
drive into the BLACX 5G Dock and powered up dock. System recognized it fine, hard drive needed formatting for OSX
to use it so a message appeared stating that the drive wasn't usable but was recognized and asked me what to do with
it. Told it to mount it anyways, then went into disk utility and formatted to my liking for back uses with Time Machine.
2. Transferred 138.29 GB through the USB 2.0 port on the MBP. Estimated time about an hour.
- Files copied correctly with no errors
3. Plugged the CalDigit SuperSpeed 2 Port USB 3.0 Card into the MBP (with no external power, only the MBP's expresscard power).
Downloaded install files from CalDigit's website for MBP's with the new Thunderbolt port(early 2011 and later).
4. After computer rebooted from driver install, I transferred a 280GB file over to the hard drive, finished after
about 25-30 min no errors no problems.
5. Ran system test on the hard drive transfer rate speed (using AJA System Test), ran at 138.5 MB/s write, and close by on read (136 MB/s maybe).
Tested external drive (same RPM) through firewire 800 (LaCie rugged, early 2011), ran at 76.0 MB/s write and 85.5 MB/s on read.
My conclusion so far is that both of these products run very well on a MacBook Pro, it has been no more than 24 hours but I have
used the external Samsung drive in the BLACX 5G dock to edit recording sessions and bounce many files from the same session ("bouncing" is
like exporting, only your exporting multiple audio tracks as a single audio file).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing!!! A friend of mine in IT recommended this and it has been a lifesaver! Not only can you take a harddrive from a computer, you can take one out of a laptop and insert it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by schaeffj
It works about as you'd expect and importantly for me it works with smartmontools in linux.
For smartctl compatibility, in linux/unix (not sure about windows) just use... Read more
It works fairly well, the only issue I'm having is that after replacing a prior unit that was USB2 & eSata combo version this one will not mount the drives on reboot. Read morePublished 7 months ago by R. Slezak
It worked well the first time; then it stopped working so I went back to my USB 2.0 version.Published 10 months ago by Sleepy in Seattle
Works great for most drives. Some legacy drives though cannot be seen. Transfer rate is unbelievable.Published 14 months ago by joedetroitmi
I own at least 80 hard drives and have gone through the quality issues of all the suppliers. This external hard drive dock is fantastic. Read morePublished 15 months ago by JJCEO