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Thermaltake BlacX Duet eSATA USB Dual Hard Drives Docking Station ST0014U

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  • Read & Write 2 Hard Drives simultaneously (Note: Device's eSATA must support the "port multiplier" function to see both drives, USB will automatically detect)
  • Supports All 2.5" & 3.5" SATA Hard Drives up to 2TB (per slot)
  • Supports eSATA Transfer Speed up to 3.0 Gbps, USB 2.0 Transfer Speed up to 480 Mbps
  • Windows & Mac OS Compatible
  • Rapid Data Access & Exchange w/ Single eSATA or USB Cable Connection
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Thermaltake
  • Model: ST0014U
  • Hard Disk Size: 2.5 GB, 3.5 GB
  • Weight: 908 grams

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 4.8 x 2.7 inches ; 11 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002MUYOLW
  • Item model number: ST0014U
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 25, 2009

Product Description

Industry's most trusted hard drive docking station is now twice as convenient. BlacX Duet now offers two slots to turn any Serial ATA hard drives into external USB 2.0 or eSATA storage device in minutes. Moving large chunks of videos, musics or data files between hard drives will now happen in blazing speed (up to 3.0 Gbps for eSATA or 480Mbps for USB 2.0) instead of the slow network cable. The dock supports all 2.5 inch or 3.5 inch SATA hard disk drives up to 2 TB. Installation requires no screws or tools whatsoever. Simply pop your hard drive into the dock, plug it into your computer and you are set! Hot-swap support means you can use multiple hard drives with your computer without having to reboot. The dock also maximizes heat dissipation and exhaust to protect your device from damage and extend its life. Compatibility with both PCs and Macs makes the BlacX Duet adapt to multi platform environments.

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Customer Reviews

You can also insert one & use it for backing up data or just as a spare drive.
Jim Murphy
If you force eject the drive and remount you can write to the drive but after a while the error 50 comes up again.
Brian
I haven't had the opportunity to use the eSATA connection, but via USB, the bay works flawlessly.
Joey

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

117 of 131 people found the following review helpful By John on December 15, 2009
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Bought the unit for a computer with P7P55D Pro motherboard running Linux (Fedora 12). The system recognized the port multiplier without issues; two disks over eSATA worked out of the box. Tested it with two 500G drives (a Seagate and a WDC). Reading from a single drive gives a decent ~75 MB/s; simultaneous reads from two drives drop the rate to 45 MB/s.

A major problem, though: while idle, the drives hover around ~47 degC. With ~1hr of heavy reading, they heat up to ~60 degC (with ambient temps around ~20 degC). The design of this dock blocks _all_ airflow to the bottom end of the drives, leading to severe overheating. This makes BlackX practically useless for duplication of larger drives; they'll overheat/fail long before the duplication has finished. E.g., I managed to copy ~150G of a 500G drive before it hit 60degC and stopped.

Looks like a major design flaw; plan to return it.
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44 of 51 people found the following review helpful By G. Morris on November 23, 2009
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I bought this mainly for the fast eSata support, but was greatly dissapointed to find out that my computer will not support dual eSata as it doesn't have port multiplier functionality. My computer is fairly new as well and running Windows 7 Professional. Most people won't know if their computer has port multiplier functionality until they buy an item such as this and try it. Dual drives work good using USB, but you only get 400MB transfer rates and not 3GB as you do with eSata. The eSata with 1 drive does work but is somewhat flakey as well. What will happen is at least 25% of the time when you reboot the computer and you are using the dock connected via eSate cable, the computer will lose sight of the dock and tell you there is no eSata dock/drive connected. Only way to redetect the dock and drive is to power down the dock as well as computer, then power on the dock, let the drive initialize for approx. 30 seconds, then power back on the computer. Using the USB cable, this does not happen, so one can only assume the eSata connectivity between the port and the computer is flakey. Other than that, I like the dock as it's fairly light and easy to use amoung several computers to backup and copy data too.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Brian on February 12, 2010
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The product works great when you are just reading from the drive on a Mac. The problem comes when you try to write. The drive get's messed up and can't write any longer. You get an Error -50 when you try a write operation. From the finder it's easy to see, but some applications don't handle the error veery well and you can think the file ha been updated when it hasn't. If you force eject the drive and remount you can write to the drive but after a while the error 50 comes up again. The single drive version works great on the Mac but not the double drive version.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Danks on November 24, 2009
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I bought a 1TB Western Digital My Book Essential Edition about 3 months ago for my PC-based TV upstairs. It worked fine, then one day just stopped. I could feel it trying to start when I played with the power cord. WD sent me a replacement to try a new power cord, but that didn't solve the problem. I could keep the new drive and send back the old one but there's no way to get all the data off if I do that, so I broke the warranty, popped open the cover, and plugged the old drive in this Thermaltake Duet using the USB connector. (My machine doesn't have an eSATA port; a mistake I won't make again.) My Vista 64-bit machine recognized it and started the drive promptly. Everything is still on my WD drive, and I now have a slot for another drive if I want to expand further.

Before you buy, make sure you do your homework as to what's on your machine. (Duh!!!) If you expect to use eSATA and want to plug in two drives, be sure you have a port multiplier on your eSATA port, which is, apparently, a device on the card ([...]). Might not be easy info to get since I found it mentioned on only one of the dozen+ eSATA controller cards & laptop adapter cards I just looked at. However, some of them mention supporting RAID, and I'm beginning to wonder if that means they must have the multiplier device.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Trice on December 5, 2009
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This is a great product. I bought it together with a WD Green 1.5 TB drive for $130 combined. Together, they are an excellent, silent storage solution.

I do recognize that other reviewers had an issue with the doubler not working if their eSATA port did not have a multiplier. Perhaps -- though I don't know -- Thermaltake was not clear about this issue in previous sale posts. This is now clear in the about section (it says "eSATA port requires Port Multiplier function"), so buyers should be aware before they purchase that they may be getting just single HD capacity IF they plan to use eSATA AND they don't definitively have a multiplier on their computer connector.

That said, however, the double was only $10 more than the single, so its worth the try even if you can't determine before hand what your port can do.

Also, this all has no effect on USB 2.0 connections, which are able to double up -- i.e., accept two SATA hard drives -- up to a total capacity of 4 TB (2 TB each).

It works seamlessly out of the box and is whisper quiet (at least with the WD Green). The manual could use some improvement; for example, it doesn't say that if you only have one drive, it needs to be in the first slot. But other than that -- totally awesome storage solution.
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