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Date: November 17th, 2009
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Thermaltake USA
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PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING



Installation requires no tools - all you have to do is insert each drive into its respective slot, plug in either the USB or eSATA cable, then plug in the power adapter and turn the unit on (remember to use formatted drives). The operating system will detect and install the drives automatically.



There are no fans on this unit so the only noise generated will be from the drives themselves. The drives stay cool since they are out in the open air, but obviously one has to be very careful when working with drives like this. They are much more susceptible to things like spilled drinks, the accidental bump and fall to the floor, and curiosity from pets or children just to name a few. Make sure it is in a secure area and all should be fine.

 
For testing, I first copied a 4.35GB file between two internal SATA drives on my PC which took 1 minute, 35 seconds. Let's see how that compares to copying the same file to and from a drive docked inside the BlacX Duet. We'll use the USB interface first:


 

4.35GB File Transfer (USB 2.0)

 

Time (minutes:seconds)

Write to docking station

2:14

Read from docking station

2:10


Next up, the same test but with the eSATA interface:


4.35GB File Transfer (eSATA)

 

Time (minutes:seconds)

Write to docking station

1:41

Read from docking station

1:49


And now, let's test out how long it takes to move the same file between two drives docked inside the BlacX Duet:


4.35GB File Transfer

 

Time (minutes:seconds)

Copy file from drive 1 to drive 2

4:16


It goes without saying that eSATA is the way to go for large file transfers, although if you want to work with both drives at once using eSATA you will need to have a host that supports the port multiplier function. If not, you can still use eSATA, but only drive #1 on the BlacX will be detected. This issue does not occur when using USB.

 

 


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