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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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Product Description

Capacity: Dual-Bay

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.

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Capacity:Dual-Bay

Technical Details

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Hard Drive Desktop
Brand Name Thermaltake
Item model number ST0022U
Item Weight 2 pounds
Product Dimensions 5.5 x 3 x 5 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 5.5 x 3 x 5 inches
Color Black

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ASIN B0051U1XMS
Customer Reviews
3.6 out of 5 stars 279 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #11,435 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
#104 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Laptop Accessories > Docking Stations
Shipping Weight 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Date First Available May 30, 2011

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Size: Dual-Bay Verified Purchase
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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Size: Single Bay
I've owned the USB 2.0 / Esata version of the Thermaltake Hard drive dock for about 3 years. It's hands down the single most useful computer peripheral I've ever owned. It makes backing up your system, cloning hard drives, and diagnosing problems with hard disks not just easy but enjoyable. Thermaltake knows how to make a dock, and my USB 2.0 dock still works perfectly 3 years later and I expect this one to be just as reliable. I purchased this dock to use with my new computer which supports USB 3.0, since USB 3.0 is currently as fast or faster than Esata, and while it's not much faster now, as drivers improve it will far surpass it.

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.

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Size: Dual-Bay Verified Purchase
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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