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Thermaltake BlacX Duet 5G USB 3.0 Dual Bay Hard Drive Docking Station for 2.5 Inch & 3.5 Inch HDD SSD SATA (SATA I/ II/ III)
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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) up to 2TB with 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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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.Read more ›
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:
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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Only one drive works at a time. I probably should have returned it, but it solves a real-world problem for me as it is so it is OK.Published 18 days ago by Steve F.
Been using Thermaltake BalckX externals for a long time. Recently ugraded to the USB 3.0 5G and had nothing but dropping problems with both of them no matter what I did. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Paison
Works beautifully! I revamp hard drives for customers often. The BlacX simplifies the job and others. Well worth the purchase price.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This product is a piece of crap, disconnects all the time when trying to copy information to disk. Completely unuseable.Published 2 months ago by Ronald Nolan
Having had a USB 2 model before, this one is 'really' fast. The new design looks more professional.Published 3 months ago by Carlos Silva
This device is crap. I have tried 4 different drives in it and all it does is give me I/O errors when trying any operation on the drive it contains. Read morePublished 4 months ago by jim
update: I replaced this with an Inateck dual bay USB 3.0 enclosure Inateck USB 3.0 to SATA Dual-Bay USB 3.0 Hard Drive Docking Station with Offline Clone Function for 2. Read morePublished 4 months ago by mbpautz762