TT BlacX Duet eSATA Dual HD Docking Stationssearch

TT BlacX Duet eSATA Dual HD Docking Stations

TT BlacX Duet eSATA Dual HD Docking Stations

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yes these ar junk ... do not buy
I have an older model (N0028USU) of this dock, with usb 2.0, sata and one bay. I use it with a couple 1TB drives for backups and long term storage.
It works great, but there is a minor design flaw with the power switch, which is simple to fix. I don't know if this flaw exists with the models in this drop.
The power button hits the pcb, preventing full switch actuation. The fix is to simply file a flat spot on the button sufficient to clear the pcb, then super glue it to the switch post. You should also file a little more away to account for switch wobble, which is considerable. After this fix, it won't be a problem ever again.
BTW, the eject button on these is just an assist. You have to pull the drive out while using the eject button, otherwise you might break it.

Why list something as eSATA when it's not? Very unprofessional.
That's MD for you. Posting wrong info in drop description is pretty much a rule here.
eSATA is dead.
The HDD with the window is an old Western Digital Raptor X drive for those wondering. Shame more companies didn't put a window on any of their drives, thats such a cool thing!
This dock is garbage though, save some money and get an aluminum Unitek.
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They came with a heatsink for a reason lol. I actually had to search a little bit to figure out the drive name. I'll still run mechanical drives for a while, I'd love a windowed one. It's one of the few parts in a PC that actually move while working on something (other than fans, meh) and I just always like that visible functionality.
I can't speak for the specific models in this drop, but the one I have is not junk. Cheap in price, yes. But I've had it for about 9 years and it still works perfectly. For what little I paid (maybe $20), it just can't be beat.
Where is the eSATA port?
"hard drives in all capacities (up to 3TB per slot) "
u wut m8? fkn make up your mind.
I have a Newer Tech single dock that is at least a 3yo design and it supports drives up to 6TB. How old is this design if it is limited to only 3TB drives? This seems more appropriate for Big Lots than Massdrop.
Ain't nobody gonna pay for that.
It's funny how this keeps popping up on Massdrop. I purchased one of these back in 2007 but the one with an esata connection. It is a great product though.
Not a bad dock but not eSATA. I clicked on this specifically because I thought it was eSATA. The title is misleading and definitely should be changed.
still says esata in description too. Just to be clear, the esata you were wanting was from dock -> computer not hdd->dock correct? (so we can make sure they know what's up)
Yes. Straight esata, not esata to USB. That's just USB with an adapter built in.
I recently scored a 7200 rpm HDD from work, with the intention of using it to install more games, but I don't have a desktop rig yet. (Gaming laptop for now). Can I use this with my gaming laptop?
You would be bottlenecked by the usb transfer speeds. Here is a good read on the subject.
So is it eSATA or not because the picture shows only usb3, this is my first drop, it would be nice that it was what was advertised and actually a good deal or it may be my last.......
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The original was USB2 and eSATA. I owned it, but sold it (for some reason they were selling on ebay for a ton of cash). The eSATA was kind of fake. I think it was a converter-type job, not real eSATA. The USB3 model is actually way faster, just make sure you are using a real USB3 port, not some adapter card. Those adapter cards are slower than USB2.
Also, if you plan on copying large spinning hard drives, get a fat. They get HOT. SSD's are fine. You can copy them without issues, same thing for smaller amounts of data on HDD's, but if you image a TB or more you really want some kind of active cooling, especially if you have two next to each other.
Overal though, this is a really good dock for the money.
@B.Hutch Can you please fix the title of this drop and inform those who have already committed that this is NOT eSATA? This is clearly false advertising.
It's already available for under 40 bucks. Doesn't look like an awesome deal to me.
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my bad. Thanks for correcting me. Is there a possibility to commit to a further drop if the number of sales pick up?
Well fuck me...They are different models but both only have USB3.0. Cancelling.
This isn't working out for me. Tried sticking 2 2TB HDDs into it. It literally crashes my desktop. I don't know why. Like I need to reset my BIOS. Janky at best, for me.
I have the double with 2 1tb's in it atm. It will also read ssd's as well. A great buy and useful as well.
Does it support 2TB?
Does anyone have trouble with drives disconnecting during large data transfers when using a docking station like this?
I've tried dragging and dropping, macrium reflect and after a couple minutes in my drives always drop out. It's connected via USB3.0. I've tried, 500gb Seagate, 500gb Western Digital and a 1TB Western Digital all with the same result. RMA'd the first to the manufacturer and still the same. Maybe just a bad product?
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The drives are over-heating. Try putting a powerful fan over them (server-grade Sunon or Delta fans work quite well, the loud ones).
FYI, you can always test this by loading up an SSD. If the SSD works, then it is not the dock. Also, make sure the dock is not moving. HDD's need to be still. If you bumb them or if they move around from spinning, it will ofen kill the job.
Howdy Everyone, Sorry about the confusion on this drop. Both of these models are actually USB 3.0 models. I have updated the specs section and added a photo of the rear of the product. Cheers @Ajax_of_Telamon @eddiek @SantiagoDraco
Thanks for the update.
So is this the USB 3.0 version as other people are stating below???
OMG why does this old version keep coming up
  • Supports USB eSATA Transfer Speeds up to 3.0 Gbps (this is SATA 2 last gen half the speed of SATA 3)
  • Supports USB 2.0 Transfer Speeds up to 480 Mbps last gen 1/10th the speed of USB 3.0 (if u want to use an SSD it will be slowed way down)

  • But if that does not matter to you then go ahead and get it.
Completely agree. I understand Massdrop isn't as technically sophisticated as the main online shops but this unit is either out of date or the data is misleading and from posts below likely incorrect (assuming they are shipping the USB 3.0 version).
I'm more interested in getting a hard dr with that fancy window
You and me both. Those are WD Raptor X drives I believe. SUPER expensive but have made me wish for HDD mods for years. Too bad they're next to impossible to do without ruining the drive, I want windows on my HDDs.
I got in on this drop to fill up a blank eSATA port on my thunderbolt dock, because hey, why not. I'm not gonna use that port for anything else and who can't use more attached storage? But, it turns out that it ended up being the USB 3.0 version after all. Whaddaya know about that. Model number matches what I ordered, but the specs for that model are USB3 not 2, and no eSATA port.
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I generally don't use spinners anymore except in larger raid configurations, which wouldn't work as external storage anyways. My current machine clocks in around 3GB/s throughput on the internal storage; easily fast enough for either esata or usb, so taking advantage of the 20% faster speed of esata vs my already crowded USB bus (which also hosts my audio interface) is handy when copying several hundred GB of data.
Of course, thunderbolt would be even better, but I haven't seen any docks with thunderbolt for a price that I can justify at the moment.
Did I really just get a last chance email for this dog turd? I can get a USB 3.0 one for cheaper than this on Amazon and have it in 2 days. Starting to think Massdrop may be overpriced, slow moving dog shit. I already bought the one on Amazon for 40$ (4$ more but whatever, totes worth it to have it in 2 days).
And it is SATA III the dog turd is SATA II lmao
Why the eSATA one and not the USB 3.0 one?
Had one of these a couple years ago, died after a couple months, still have the enclosure lmao. Slow when it works and before death would be spotty on recognizing disks anyways. Not worth it imo
Had this in the past, hardly worked with one drive in, didn't work with two in. Look for other options out there, besides the fact that this thing is outdated.
I had this and it was great. The USB2 is super slow, but it is not a bad way of copying drives, but it is painfully slow for SSD's. The other problem is over-heating if you transfer a lot of data to or from a spinning HDD. I could easily do 300 GB (and get really hot), but larger transfers more or less require a fan on the HDD.
This is a decent tool for making system images, but you should have eSATA. If one needs to use the USB2, then simply use your motherboard SATA connectors.
If it works it's good but it's just an outdated product, you may as well look for something different.
Still no USB 3.0? eSATA has been dead for a while on new laptops and motherboards. This seems pretty worthless in 2017
Looking at a way to transfer files between m.2 drives. Do any of you guys know of a good way to do that?
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NVMe M.2, the kind you use on the motherboard itself
you could add another slot for an m.2 if you have a spare pcie slot search for " M.2 PCIe to PCIe 3.0 x4 Adapter"
Does it do raid 1? aka transparently only show one drive to the system its plugged into. If not, what should I be looking for?
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Yes, I was referring to data written to two disks at once but shown to system(Windows, macOS, Linux) as one. I don't want to do software RAID.
Thanks for the suggestion. I'll just wait for a drop of RAID capable docks. Not in a hurry.
The product I linked to on Amazon has a hardware RAID controller. Just sayin.
All the best!
much as I like the idea, this is too much. I can get one with USB 3.0 for similar or cheaper prices on amazon.