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Thermaltake - BlacX Duet Hard Drive Enclosure Docking Station - Black

Read and write to two 2.5" or 3.5" SATA hard drives or solid state drives at once with this Thermaltake BlacX ST0014U-C docking station, which offers a hot-swappable design to ensure rapid file transfers via the USB interface.
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    Overview

    What's Included


    • BlacX Duet Hard Drive Enclosure Docking Station
    • USB cable, AC power adapter

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    89% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (921 out of 1036)

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    Features


    Fits two 2.5" or 3.5" SATA hard drives or solid state drives

    For compatibility with a variety of drives.

    Provides easy access for reading and writing on up to 2 hard drives simultaneously.

    Hot-swappable design

    Streamlines the process for rapid exchanges.

    Plug and play

    LED activity indicators let you monitor the status of your hard drives.

    Compact design

    Dissipates heat and exhaust efficiently.

    Windows and Mac OS compatible

    For simple use with your existing computer.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 1036 reviews

    89%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      LARGE DRIVE WARNING !!!

      Posted
      Rantz
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Recently run into issues with drives that I've docked in this unit. After having 2 drives somehow "lose" their format and went back to RAW, I started to do some research and this is the best I can find (Other people have commented on this same issue): DO NOT USE ON 3TB (I think 2TB max is ok ,but I won't guarantee that) OR GREATER capacity drives (personally, I wouldn't use at all until the company clarifies the drive sizes that are supported). Although the drive initially will show the correct size, the problem I believe is that when writing data over 2TB, the drive starts over again (sector 0, or starting sector) and continues writing from there again. This corrupts the necessary tables (boot recs, partition tables, etc). It appears that everything is going alright, until you've written over everything in those critical areas, and this makes the drive appears as it's been corrupted to goes to either RAW or and UnFormatted status. You can possibly use another tool, like Easeus Partition Recovery, to get your data back. But avoid the situation entirely by getting a dock that has been verified to work with larger drives !! Like I said earlier, I think 2 TB is the max for this dock, per drive. Also, been reported that Dock doesn't have a big enough power supply to start 2 drives at once. I didn't seem to have that problem, but be warned on that as well.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Easy to use

      Posted
      DerrickPCS
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I just purchased this about a month ago, and so far I have been very pleased with it, the drives I have plugged into it have been easily recognized, I know it can only accept SATA hard drives, but I figured I should mention that in case someone is looking for an easy way to read IDE or PATA hard drives. All in all, I really like it, I guess the only "complaint" I have against this docking station is that the eject buttons can be a little hard to push down to get the drive pop up, but that's more of a gravity thing than a bad workmanship thing, once you get used to it, it's easy to use. One thing I really like about this station is the hard drive activity lights and how they're a part of the power button, it's really neat! I also like how the power button is right on the top, I don't have to search and get frustrated trying to find a lousy on/off switch that's in an odd place on the device like several other docking stations I've had before or finding out that there's no power switch on the station at all, just plug it in and away it goes, which is NOT what you want when you're connecting hard drives to a pc or mac. Again, I really like this station, there's a lot of other stations out there but not at this low of a price, and those that are definitely don't have this level of quality built in. If you're looking for a docking station, I highly recommend this one.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      So much potential, so much disappointment.

      Posted
      BenGeekn
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I don't like writing negative reviews, and I really, really, wanted - needed - this to work but sadly, it just didn't. Just in case there's a newer model or something, the exact unit I had was model ST0014U-C, copyright 2016 on the box. It worked fine for reading from a hard drive, but extended attempts to write to the drive - two different ones that worked fine in other environments - resulted in errors. The dock would disconnect from my Windows 10 laptop randomly, and the activity light would just flash non-stop, requiring me to power-cycle the dock to get it to recognize in Windows again. I had hoped that this was just a lemon, but searching online resulted in many other users encountering the same problem. Yes, I tried multiple different drives. Yes, I tried only connecting one drive. Yes, I tried both ports. Yes, my laptop was plugged in with power-saving off. Yes, I tried multiple USB ports. Yes, I tried different software. Yes, I checked Thermaltake's site for a firmware update. Yet all had the same result. It would run fine for a few hours with constant writes, then it would suddenly fall off the bus and fail. I'm not sure if it's just an issue with the Jmicron controller the dock uses or what, but it just didn't work reliably. I have other Thermaltake products (cases, power supplies, CPU coolers) and they are great, but this dock was a disappointing dud for me. Others online noted the single-drive BlacX non-Duet version didn't have the same problem, but I was on a deadline and couldn't chance if having the same problem. So I ended up returning the BlacX Duet and buying an Insignia USB 3.0 3.5-inch drive enclosure and that worked fine using the same drives and operations that failed on the BlacX Duet.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Convienent Docking Station

      Posted
      Mtownshend
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      A bit pricy compared to other online sellers, but I needed to get one from the store, $70, I've had a few of these in the past, recently lost due to a fire, but the drives still are readable. Would be nice if they had the option to connect each drive to the pc so that transfers to disks also in the docking station are fast, currently it's 4x or more slower than copying to a separate drive (internal or external). For that price you would think that would be an option. I do expect this to last over 5 years based on past experience, so it's gonna be worth the cost as the cheap docks ($22 online) tend to break within a year or so..4 stars because out of the 10+ years they have been making this, they haven't added separate USB/eSata connections for each drive. Took 12 hrs to transfer 200gb from and to drives in the dock. So it's not good as a disk duplicator. I'm trying to condense 50+ drives damaged in the fire to large capacity internals in one shot (I don't know how long these drives will work due to the smoke and humidity) I got a cheap sata to USB adapter (online, $12) to connect my source drives and transfer to the dock, which seems to be around 50mbps to 100 at times. Don't have the funds or time to rebuild my main pc (not til we settle with insurance) to get max transfer speed, but need to get the important data off these drives asap. Also never had any issues with drives overheating while in this dock, that will depend on your ambient temp though. Very well built and will last 5+ years under normal operation.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      A little flakey

      Posted
      MidwestEditor
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This unit has a number of idiosyncrasies. You have to cycle the power off and on again before the computer will recognize discs inserted into the device. If you have 2 drives mounted you can't unmount just a single drive. If you eject just a single drive and remove it the second drive will also be unmounted and you will get a warning that the second disc drive was improperly removed. The unit will take the drive(s) offline at random intervals for no apparent reason. (This usually doesn't happen until the drives have been mounted for at least a few hours but makes it a real pain to do overnight backups.) If you're using the unit for temporary storage or transferring files it's okay, but I wouldn't trust it to be able to make backup copies overnight without going offline. I have two of these units, but only because I really need this functionality and I can't find any alternatives locally. I wouldn't have bought the second one if I could find a reasonably priced (or indeed any) alternative in the area. If it weren't for the randomly going offline I give this 3/5 stars and a lukewarm 'buy' recommendation. I'm running this on MacPros using OS 10.10.4 (Yosemite).

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Complete Junk

      Posted
      TheMeh
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      With all the reviews online I figured it would suit my needs and seemed to have stable firmware. Most of the complaints I've seen are about OS recognition of devices. What I didn't manage to see, until now, was that this item is notorious for being defective. I was able to use both drives at once, after I did some raid settings, and I managed to read drives up to 2TB, you can't see anymore with this model. I used this for backups and clones for system builds using Acronis. Only, the fun didn't last very long. After two months of use the LEDs quit working and my OS(s) would have trouble staying connected to the duet. I did some exhaustive tests on multiple devices and cables and it simply was the unit failing. In the third month the unit would spin up the drives but that was it. Nothing else seemed to work. I put a voltage meter on it and the voltage was irregular and that's when I noticed brown spots on the PCB. Apparently the PCB was defective and just burned itself out. Now I know why they did such a quick release on the 5G release after this model was failing! Tried to contact Thermaltake for the 3yr warranty but that was hopeless.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A must have if you own several hard drives!

      Posted
      Tristan
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I bought this to add the ability to hot swap hard drives. i do a lot of photo/video editing and have accumulated lots of hard drives over the years. With this device i was able to go through my files on several drives organize them and then label the drives for future use. What a time saver, and allowed me to use drives i had packed away and have not used in years. I will list some pros and cons below hope it helps! Pros: 1) Fast 3.0 usb speeds. (must have an available 3.0 usb port off the motherboard or a 3.0 pci-e card) 2) Built well and sturdy. Even with (2) 3.5" hard drives inserted the unit was stable and not top heavy. 3) Accepts both 3.5" and 2.5" hard drives 4) Plug and Play Cons: 1) Accepts only hard drives. The ability to plug in 3.0 Flash drives would of been a big+ for those lacking a 3.0 usb port on their towers front panel. 2) Although this is speculation i believe the eject buttons may not stand the test of time. Works very well with the smaller 2.5" drives but the 3.5" requires some assistance. Most likely a weight issue. 3) Supplied usb 3.0 chord is 4 ft. i purchased an additional 8 ft chord for more flexibility with placement.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great For Hard Drive Recovery

      Posted
      Charlie
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      The unit allowed me to recover data from a Hard Drive that was bad. The first time I put the bad hard drive in I was able to immediately retrieve all of my data that I thought I had lost forever. However, the second day it took me several tries to power the docking station on and when I was finally able to my hard drive was totally unreadable. It seemed as though the Thermaltake docking station had formatted my bad hard drive and completely erased everything. My advice is that if you buy this unit and insert your hard drive to recover any and all data that you do it immediately because it may wipe out all data. Because it was success for myself, I give it 5 stars. However, as far as second day use I give it 0 stars due to trouble getting the docking station to even power on and the fact that it formatted my hard drive. Hopefully this review is helpful.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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