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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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Industry's most trusted hard drive docking station is now twice as convenient. BlacX Duet now offers two slots to turn any Serial ATA hard drives into external USB 2.0 or eSATA storage device in minutes. Moving large chunks of videos, musics or data files between hard drives will now happen in blazing speed (up to 3.0 Gbps for eSATA or 480Mbps for USB 2.0) instead of the slow network cable. The dock supports all 2.5 inch or 3.5 inch SATA hard disk drives up to 2 TB. Installation requires no screws or tools whatsoever. Simply pop your hard drive into the dock, plug it into your computer and you are set! Hot-swap support means you can use multiple hard drives with your computer without having to reboot. The dock also maximizes heat dissipation and exhaust to protect your device from damage and extend its life. Compatibility with both PCs and Macs makes the BlacX Duet adapt to multi platform environments.
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1) To use it with two drives over eSata, your computer has to have "port multiplier" capabilities on its SATA card. None of the three computers I have at home (and two of the three are new-ish) have this, so if I want to use eSATA I'm stuck with one drive. The Thermaltake site tells you this, but Amazon doesn't.
2) I have had the docking station eat two drives (separately), even when using only one drive at a time in the station. I have no idea what happened. They are working fine, I power the computer and the station off, I power it back on, and the drive is corrupted. I lost a lot of irreplaceable files the first time. Grrr.....
3) Thermaltake support is non-existent. Their "Support" link tells you nothing but how to RMA the product; their "Contact" link lets you send a message to someone somewhere, but I never received a response to my request for assistance after trashing my first drive. They have a support forum, but posting a message there got no responses either.
For what it's worth, the docking station appears to work just fine with USB, with one or two drives -- I've never had problems when using it with USB. However, since I need the eSATA capabilities, this baby goes into the trash. Unless you want it... :-)
Speed copying wise is okay…not great, but okay. Since it's an older USB it doesn't speed through so be prepared to go do something else if you're copying over large amounts of data. How does it look? It's pleasing to the eye so it's not too big of an eye sore sitting on a desk but it certainly can collect up the dust very quickly. I didn't notice that it damaged anything or caused any problems but because it's fairly open air it did raise some concerns. I know some folks have worries about leaving drives exposed but so far I haven't had many problems with this. I would say make sure to get anti-static bags and find something heavy duty to store the drives in long term though.
This seemed like a foolproof backup plan until recently. The following is long, but I hope it will help others develop a more robust backup plan.
I clone my C: drive rather than just backup selected data. Sure, it's great to save important data, but there is a lot of pain associated with re-installing an operating system and all your apps. Cloning solves this problem by making an exact copy of the entire drive.
I use Acronis True Image for cloning as I have done for a number of years, using the oldest of the two backups as the clone. Shortly into the last cloning process, Acronis said the drive "couldn't be cloned to". I should have stopped right there but I didn't. Not to worry, I stuck the second clone drive into the enclosure and, again, Acronis refused to clone.
I was pretty sure the drives were okay when I started because I always look at them after cloning. But, both backup drives were useless, most likely because Acronis had wiped something out, like the MBR or directory. Acronis was probably corrupted, as I've seen happen in previous versions.
I'll just pay the toll and install the latest version of Acronis True Image. Easier said than done. It wouldn't install and said I had to do something "manually". But what? I've had this problem with previous versions and somehow got them to install and run. So, I then downloaded and ran Acronis's "cleaner" software. This didn't help. Somewhere in this process, Acronis wiped out my C: drive so I could no longer boot my laptop. Now, I am really in deep do-do, three drives corrupted!
I fired up my backup laptop with this docking station attached. Putting the C: drive in this docking station, I could see that a lot of my files were intact. The other two clone drives wouldn't even show up. I found backup and recovery software from a company called EaseUS. I downloaded a trial version of the recovery software. It found tons of files on the two clones. But, I did't think it could create a bootable drive.
My next idea was to run the Windows 8 "repair" function. But, I didn't have a disk to run it from! Being cheap and stupid, I had simply downloaded W8 the first day it was offered and paid only about $50. So, I ordered another copy of W8, paying $150 this time.
I didn't want to trying repairing the C: drive since it had the best and only chance of recovering anything. That's why I ordered a second of these docking stations as well as the EaseUS cloning software as well as another hard drive. With two of these stations attached to my backup laptop, I was able to clone the C:. The clone went back into the laptop and the repair process began. W8 couldn't repair C:. I found disk errors and fixed these. In the end, I had to re-install W8. Now, the C: was back. But, thanks W8, for wiping out all of the apps I had installed. Fortunately, my mail and other data was intact.
So, lessons learned, not in any order:
1) Don't just install software by "running" the installer from a web server. Download the program and save it somewhere in a folder. Save order numbers, user names, and serials in the same folder.
2) Make sure you have a Windows disk so you can run the "repair" option without repurchasing. It also allows you to run DOS commands and that is how I ran "CHKDSK" to fix disk errors.
3) Never, ever, use Acronis True Image. Over the years, it has saved me several times, but, I've had enough. They come out with a new, buggy, version every year just to generate cash. They change the GUI which adds confusion and add functions I never use and would never trust. Look at EaseUS Todo Backup for cloning. Their s/w is cheap and upgrades are free. There are lots of backup programs out there, but, for some reason, not all do cloning.
4) Once, things start going "south", STOP!
5) Consider other places to store critical data including APP installation files and serial numbers. I have a networked RAID drive that I use to backup some C: data (not clone to). Use GOODSYNC to backup up data automatically. This helped me recover some things from the RAID drive, but, I wasn't "religious" about telling GOODSYNC what to backup so I didn't have everything I needed at my fingertips.
6) Consider using software like ROBOFORM for storing passwords and other account data. There's an app for the IPAD which "syncs" data with your laptop version. While I was trying to get my laptop up, I was still able to use my IPAD to access my bank account and pay bills and order needed stuff from Amazon.
7) Consider purchasing a duplicate computer. Otherwise, you probably won't be able to install the clones if the primary computer fails. Costly, but it can save your bacon. A desktop I had a number of years ago failed and with no secondary computer I didn't have any internet access to order repair parts!
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I use it only for backups, so its not continuous use, but I haven't had any problem with is, and really like the eSata interface,...Read more
Only problem is that it only works with one HDD at a time.
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HDD's are good and led's turn on, when inserting a HDD...