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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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- Brand Name: Thermaltake
- Model Number: ST0014U
- Manufacturer Warranty Description: Comes with Manufacturer Warranty.
- Hardware Platform: PC, Mac
- Form Factor: 2.5 inch
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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 the most inconsistent, unpredictable dock that I have ever used. Sometimes one port will work, sometimes the other port will work, sometimes both will work, and sometimes... Read morePublished 17 days ago by C. MacTavish
I was able to transfer files from a HDD with a corrupt OS to a new HDD without any issues. It did what it was supposed to, which is good.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Used a single bay BlacX for the past five years with excellent results. I moved it on to a work site & am now using this two bay for my home backups & overflow photo file storage. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dan T. L.
I tried this with several different drives: desktop platter drives, laptop platter drives, and two different SSDs. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kyle Falconer
Piece of garbage, DOA and unable to return it. Got another DOA from a local store. Open up that product and found a preaty simple cheap board inside. Not worthyPublished 2 months ago by Pipe Chaves