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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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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. .
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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.
1. 5G models (Thermaltake BlacX Duet 5G ST0022U ABS Plastic 2.5" & 3.5" USB 3.0 HDD Docking Station, Black) & (Thermaltake 5G 5.0Gbps USB 3.0 SATA Hard Drive Docking Station with Hard Drive Pouch ST0019U) DO NOT have the eSATA port.
2. While one may debate that if you're going to use eSATA, just get the original BlacX Duet there is a **BIG** difference. The Original BlacX models do have eSATA, but it's ***eSATA 2.0***. SATA2 has the bandwidth of 3Gb/sec. USB3.0's spec is 5Gb/sec. So as you can see, USB3.0 is faster.
3. Even if SATA 3.0 (6Gb/sec) is available on a future dock by Thermaltake, it wouldn't make that much of a difference to me vs USB3.0 because of hot swapping. USB is and will always be hot swappable. SATA (all revisions), despite the capability of being hot swappable, ultimately depends on the SATA controller on the PC. My PC certainly does not support hot swapping, so I ultimately have to reboot everytime I change my drives. Furthermore, if I needed to use the dock at someone else's home, the USB3.0 is backwards compatible with USB2.0.
So for that reason alone, I have justified that the Thermaltake BlacX 5G Duet was a good purchase and having eSATA really isn't that big of a deal as I once thought.
I tested this unit with a Toshiba R85-P56x dual core i5 laptop running 64 bit Windows 7, with a dual boot setup for Ubuntu. The laptop has one USB3 port and two additional USB2 ports. The drive I used was a WD, 1TB, Blue, WD10EAX-009BA0 with a SATA 6 Gb/s interface, 7200 rpm.
I first booted unto Ubuntu (Linux) and used the disk utility to benchmark the read speeds. The laptop's internal SATA 5400 rpm drive averaged 67 MB/s. The external WD SATA 6 Gb/s, in this interface, averaged 107 MB/s on the USB3 port. On the USB2 port it averaged 38 MB/s, about what I expected.
I then used Clonezilla to make an image copy of the laptop's hard drive. The 640 GB drive with 97 GB of data took 39 minutes to complete, 2.48 GB/min.
If you use a SATA 6 Gb/s drive with a USB3 port you will get some very impressive speeds with this device. As far as performance for the money, this is definitely a five star rating. I would recommend this to anyone needing a good backup solution.