Thermaltake BlacX ST0005U Review :: Features

07-27-2009 · Category: Hardware - Cases

By Benjamin Sun
  • Patented Design
  • ROHS Compliance
  • Supports all 2.5" and 3.5" SATA HDDs up to 2TB
  • Hot-Swap capability for rapid multi HDDs access and exchange
  • Support eSATA transfer speeds up to 3Gbps
  • Support USB 2.0 Transfer speed up to 480Mbps
  • Windows and Mac OS Compatible
  • Compact Docking Station Design maximizes Heat Dissipation and exhaust
  • Windows Vista ready

Thermaltake BlacX ST0005U Review
Thermaltake BlacX ST0005U Review
Thermaltake BlacX ST0005U Review
Thermaltake BlacX ST0005U Review

External HDD enclosures have been around for years with different sizes and interfaces from the IDE to the SATA interface. Thermaltake's new BlacX external HDD enclosure comes in three flavors, the BlacX which supports up to 2TB on a USB interface, the BlacX ST0005U which is the unit being reviewed here that supports eSATA and USB, and the BlacX N0029USU which serves as a 4-port USB hub as well.

The top of the device has a door that fits 2.5" HDDs on the SATA interface. You can see where the SATA data and power is plugged into and it is impossible to install the drive wrong if you follow the orientation of those connectors. You can also install larger 3.5" HDDs by pushing the drive into position. There is a single button to eject the HDD from the SATA connection and a Power and Access LED to show the unit is drawing power.

The back of the unit has the Power Switch, a DC jack, a mini-USB port, and an external SATA port. Plug in the DC jack to a wall outlet or power strip will provide the unit with the power it needs. The USB port or the external SATA port can be utilized by plugging in the included cables to the PC. Installation is simple after plugging in the unit, Insert the SATA Hard drive with connectors facing down firmly, turn on the power switch and the OS should find the HDD Docking Station automatically. At this point the drive should be ready to go unless the drive is not formatted and raw.

Thermaltake BlacX ST0005U Review
Thermaltake BlacX ST0005U Review

If the disk is not formatted and raw you need to partition and format the disk. Assuming you're in Windows Vista, go to your Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Computer Management, Disk Management menu, select the unallocated disk, partition, and format the drive to your liking. At this point the BlacX drive enclosure is installed and the new HDD is also installed and ready to go. Note that if you are using Mac OSX simply plug in the drive and the Mac should display an icon with the drive name indicating it's active. Simple as pie to use and works on any Mac or PC what more can you ask for from an external HDD enclosure?