Thermaltake BlacX SATA Hard Drive USB Docking Station Review
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You need this, even if you don't
Every once in a while a piece of hardware makes its way across my desk that is truly inspiring and changes the way I use my computer for the better. It's not often, and it hasn't happened since the first quad-core Intel processors were released, but I think I have another contender on the text bench today: a SATA hard drive USB docking station.
No, I'm serious.
This one of those "why didn't I think of this before" products. The idea is incredibly simple yet has benefits that are pretty far reaching if you, like me, store a lot of data in various places. My views might be skewed somewhat since I deal with so much testing hardware on a daily basis, but I imagine that many hardware enthusiasts have spare hard drives sitting around; either from previous system builds or from machines that have passed on to the great Creator. If you do, the new Thermaltake BlacX SATA hard drive USB docking station is probably a product you are going to invest in.
The Thermaltake BlacX docking station
The BlacX is the base version of a pair of the external, USB-based SATA hard drive docking stations that Thermaltake is introducing this year. Taking bare hard drives, in both 3.5" and 2.5" forms, you plug them into the BlacX and are greeted with a new storage drive on your PC or Mac.
One note I will make here is to be careful of the SPINNING that will be going on inside the hard drive if you eject a hard drive without shutting it down properly in Windows. You can just wait for the platters to stop rotating before picking it up off the dock - and that's probably the safest bet.
holds, from left to right, the power button, power input and USB 2.0 data connection. The power button is used to power up the device (and hard drive if installed) and you are required to power the BlacX directly - no passive USB power here.