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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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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.
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.
I have a DROBO which had 4 1Tb drives in it since I set it up. I have grown out of that and decided to add two bigger drives to the DROBO. What to do with the 2 drives coming out of the DROBO? I had originally thought I'd buy complete external drive housings, but these would cost almost as much as the drives themselves. I had never seen the "dock" solution.
After reading the reviews about this unit, I was confused and felt I was taking a risk. But I sprung for it anyway. It arrived; I popped in the two 1 Tb drives; plugged in the power; plugged in the USB cable to a Mac Mini (running Snow Leopard); voila !! The Mac asked me if I'd like to initialize the drives -- which I did.
From that point on they have functioned perfectly. I've backed up over 200 Gb to each of them without a hitch. Heat? What heat? They need to be in a place where the air can freely and naturally circulate around them (unrestricted).
That's it!! This is a great product and a real cost saver compared to buying individual drive boxes.
In short, totally satisfied.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a Dual Bay drive, but only one of the drive bays worked when I received it and the other one died just after the warranty ran out. Read morePublished 1 month ago by G. Holt Webb
A pain to set up. Had I known the convoluted procedure required to get both disk connections to work, I would not have bought this device. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Larry Poffenberger
I've tried other external SATA HDD readers without success. This one works with both USB and SATA connections and is fast and reliable.Published 2 months ago by Shakespearnoir
This works great! I'm using 2 1tb spare drives I had around in this unit as extra storage for my server @ home.Published 2 months ago by Buckaroo Bonzai
Won't read two drives simultaneously. Doesn't always show up on the workstation.Published 3 months ago by john f siegel
Product arrived as promised on time
Installed very easily and is functioning as described