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Thermaltake BlacX Duet 5G ST0022U ABS Plastic 2.5" & 3.5" USB 3.0 HDD Docking Station, Black

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  • Blazing fast data transfer with USB 3.0 SuperSpeed. Up to 5.0 Gbps.
  • Supports all SATA hard drives: SATA I, II and III (6 Gbps) with any capacity Maximum transfer speed is determined by the host controller.
  • Conveniently hot-swap hard drives without having to use an external enclosure.
  • Fully backward-compatible with USB 2.0.
  • Asynchronous signaling method utilized in USB 3.0 SuperSpeed interface allows the BlacX 5G to operate in bi-directional data interface
  • Data copying between two hard drives has never been easier with BlacX Duet 5G's ability to support dual hard drives at one time.
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Thermaltake
  • Model: ST0022U
  • Warranty: Comes with Manufacturer Warranty.
  • Hard Disk Description: Desktop
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 3 x 5 inches ; 2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0051U1XMS
  • Item model number: ST0022U
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 30, 2011

Product Description

Fast data transfer just got a whole lot better thanks to the all-new Thermaltake BlacX Duet 5G Dual Hard Drive Docking Station. Continuing the award-winning concept of allowing user to conveniently hot-swap drives without the use of any tool, BlacX series of hard drive docking station re-defined the way users transfer large amount of data. BlacX Duet 5G utilizes the latest in USB 3.0 (SuperSpeed USB) interface that enables blazing fast data transfer with maximum throughput of 5.0 Gbps, 10 times the transfer speed found on previous USB 2.0 (480 Mbps) interface. To achieve the added transfer speed, BlacX Duet 5G fully utilizes the bi-directional data interface, for each receive and transmit signals, rather than the half-duplex arrangement found on USB 2.0. BlacX Duet 5G is also fully backward-compatible with USB 2.0 host devices providing future-proof upgrade capability to USB 3.0. Included are AC Adapter, premium shielded USB 3.0 cable, as well as 2.5" and 3.5" hard drive silicone protective sleeve.

Customer Reviews

I own the USB 2.0 version of the Single and Dual slot.
jakthebomb
Non or Regular RMA(if you do not click on "Advance Service" Button Thermaltake will wait for the customer to return the failed product.
vthreee
I insert a hard drive in and while I am copying over file or using a file from it the BlacX Duet disconnects ALL the time.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Hyoun Kim TOP 100 REVIEWER on April 9, 2012
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I was introduced to hard drive docks not too long ago and still think they are one of the best inventions around. In my opinion, it's much better than external hard drive enclosures considering the amount of HDDs I have laying around the house... Having to deal with a single external SATA enclosure and swapping the drives repeatedly is a pain and I needed a different method of swapping drives in & out. Not to say external closures are bad... as they do have place in the computing industry but in my scenario, they aren't for me.

A colleague of mine owns the previous version of the Duet, the Thermaltake BlacX Duet eSATA USB Dual Hard Drives Docking Station ST0014U and I was very impressed with the ease of use, the dual drive recognition, and the eSATA/USB2.0 port options on the HDD docking station. Even some PC-savvy acquaintances of mine said that the original ThermalTake BlacX was one of the best around.

When I was initially shopping around on Thermaltake's website, I noticed they came out with the "5G" version of the dock available in single & dual drive options. Being the kind of guy that gets the "latest & greatest", I was excited to see that the 5G version showed that it was compatible with USB3.0, a technology I have yet to take advantage of because I don't have any USB3.0 devices. After seeing that, I pulled the trigger and bought one.

After receiving it, I realized something was missing. No eSATA port! A little miffed at my discovery because i wanted the eSATA option (despite the USB3.0 for my main usage), I started doing some research which cleared up a lot of things and justified my purchase... Hopefully this will explain & help you out.
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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Just Jim on July 17, 2012
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My computer is the latest Ivy Bridge generation with a desktop Z77 system board. USB 3 is native to this system and I have Windows 7 running. Everything is new and working fine. I thought that this Thermaltake gadget would be perfect for managing my assortment of spare drives without opening the PC cabinet to make power and SATA connections. Unfortunately, if you are copying a large drive to another you can expect the thing to simply disconnect a few minutes into the process and the copy fails.

Note that I have no idle timers set on my PC, it is on full-bore all the time until I manually turn it off.

The worst thing is that you can sometimes see the entire directory structure on the target drive and think all went OK. But when you open folders you find they are empty. It's like a bad practical joke. The drives do not seat well and I think they may possibly be losing connection sometimes because of the poorly designed socket. The drive eject buttons are also a laugh riot because they have no mechanical advantage to lift the drive from the unit unless you mash them down with more force than one wants to put on a a tiny plastic lever. Just pulling the drive out by hand is easier than mashing that eject button.

Overall, I think the main problem is the unit just doesn't make nor maintain the connection in a reliable manner. It is hit-or-miss. When large drive operations sometimes take hours to complete, this gadget can't be trusted to stay functional that long. I was burned twice with failed copies and that's it for me. I can't recommend this thing and am returning it.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Plankwing on July 13, 2011
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We have used several types of backup hardware, including the USB2 version of this two-bay dock for about two years. This is the all-new-greatest version in USB3 form. Easy to hookup and install; literally a plug-and-play. Of course, USB3 capability must be available on Motherboard or via PCIe expansion card. It looks like any on-board drive, so it is "native" to the computer for browsing, etc. (We use Second Copy but any backup software could be used.) Bonus is, we have two of these in USB3 single-bay form that travel with us to plug into our laptops. By carrying one of the backup drives from the desktop with us, everything is instantly available, no muss, no fuss. Excellent product, fairly priced.

UPDATE:
Two reviewers have raised the issue of "3TB" in Amazon's "headline" (as well as the photos, some of which show hard drives in the dock). NOTE that the Product Description section is clear about what is included; no hard drives are mentioned.

"Included are AC Adapter, premium shielded USB 3.0 cable, as well as 2.5" and 3.5" hard drive silicone protective sleeve."

This device is a docking station for SATA hard drives but DOES NOT include any hard drives. The buyer must supply their own hard drives. That fact does not diminish the value or usefulness of this dock. And, keep in mind that nearly all external "backup" devices do not include hard drives, but are only housings that hold compatible hard drives of the buyers choice. This dock's main "feature" as compared to external housings is that the drives may be easily swapped in and out as needed without having to open a closed housing or the computer to swap drives. As noted in my review above, when we travel, we take a drive from the desktop dock and use it in a single-bay version of this device attached to our laptop. In this way, all of our data is always on hand at home and abroad without having to wondering whether we can connect to the "cloud" when on the road.
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