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Thermaltake BlacX 2.5/3.5IN SATA Hard Drive USB2.0 Docking Station

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Part #: N0028USU

SKU: 28316
Shipping Weight: 1.8 lbs
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Experience: 6 Months


Excellent build quality.
Looks nice.
Rubber feet keep unit in place from moving and also absorb small vibrations.
Nothing really. It's a USB 2.0 but there is a more expensive model that you can purchase if you need 3.0 speeds.

PS. Not 100% but I think I read somewhere that it only reads up to 2TB HDDs. I might be mistaken and it might actually be 4TB. But I believe that there is a limit.
Works great. Very convenient. I would really recommend this if you go through a lot of HDDs and even if you don't, it a good thing to have sitting on your desk.

Experience: 2 Months


Convenient method to use SATA drives and swap quickly
Great for backup
USB speed limitations
I noticed this SKU on sale again a few months ago and almost bought the double slot model, but since I already had one of them in my "toolkit", I decided not to lay out the extra cash and save it for another HD :-)

With the declining prices of SATA HD drives, these docking stations are terrific for backups and quick system/file maintenance chores.

Experience: 13 Days


Looks cool, AWESOME tool
Always wanted one and now that I have it, I can't stop using it! Had a 500GB Win7 Ultimate drive go down (was dual booting from another 500GB w/XP Pro) and nothing would even see this drive until I dropped it in the dock! Recovered all of my files without hastleThermaltake, you've done me right once again!

Experience: 14 Days


Does what it's supposed to do
The LED on the front looks like the power button
Like others have said, this unit does what it's supposed to do. Easy to insert/extract the HD.

Only issue I had was the LED on the front looks like the power button. SO I pushed it. Nothing. Only now the LED is pushed into the unit.

It still works but, well it shouldn't look like a button IMO.

I'd get this unit again.

Experience: 7 Months


looks good, works, compact
poor cooling, seems to be overheating catches dust
I don't like this one. My WD 1.5TB green (WD15EADS) was overheating in this thing..
I got my rebate, but I've barely used this thing, as I'm afraid my hard drive will overheat.
Use it with caution. I wouldn't trust it with an important hard drive.
Speed is decent though. I haven't tried it on a 2.5" drive, just 3.5". It's a nice idea, but it would've been better if they could provide some radiator or a fan somehow..

Experience: 3 Months


Quick, convenient and looks good on the desk
I use this to easily access any sata drives I have and can easily transfer large files between computers without taking everything apart

Experience: 4 Months


Functions as one would expect. Good, somewhat portable device for transferring files around.
For the price, e-sata would have been nice. Activity LED shaped like a button.
It works as advertized. If it were me, I don't think I would have put the power button around back... and/or shape the LED like a button! Through my own stupidity (without reading and previous reviews or manual) I just assumed the circular button shaped thing was the power. I pushed twice on it and the second time dislodged it so now it sits crookedly.

I can't fault the product's construction for that but I can fault its design. Maybe it's just me but even knowing where the power button is now, I'm still drawn to the oval on the top lol.

That aside, I find that hard drives don't always seat themselves the first time they're inserted. It can require a little fiddling/re-adjusting. Again, not sure if a better guide could have helped in this regard.

Other than those gripes, if I had bought this at regular price I would have loved to see e-sata on there. But at the sale price I find it perfectly acceptable that it doesn't. It functions great and I see it being a good addition to my drive-reading arsenal. It's by far the quickest for swapping out drives on a whim.

Experience: 12 Weeks


Versatile and convenient for occasional access to infrequently used hard drives.
Fast, as USB2 goes.
Installation issues, at least on some systems.
Vulnerable to dust?
I had a problem during installation on my Windows XP computer. The BlacX locked up with continuous drive access and even after hot unplugging I had to power it off from this state. After reconnecting and restarting I found that the driver had installed ok and the dock and drive were working properly with no apparent ill consequences. However, I could no longer access a mapped network drive for my NAS. Eventually I realized that the installation had reassigned some drive letters and a flash card drive was conflicting with the mapped drive. Changing back the drive letters in disk management solved the problem and it has not recurred during subsequent use of the docking station. Perhaps the BlacX is not to blame as it installs a standard Windows driver, but I have never experienced this problem with other external drives or any USB devices. Undoubtedly the issue is specific to the system configuration and installation on my Vista laptop was fast, simple and problem free.

Performance seems comparable to typical standard USB drive enclosures, perhaps faster than most at initial access to a file. The eject button is pretty useless with poor leverage and is very stiff to operate, easier just to hold the unit with one hand while pulling out the drive with the other. The hinged dust cover leaves the 2.5" drive slot uncovered, right above the SATA connector which raises long-term concerns about dust entry. Otherwise, the BlacX seems solid and well built. Its footprint is a bit large considering the vertical drive orientation but that gives it good stability. It pretty much has to take up space on a desktop to provide access for inserting drives.

Experience: 2 Months


Works exactly as it should, easy to use.
This has served my needs perfectly. Easy to use when fixing computers, especially when I need to reformat them. Recommend to anyone who needs a Hard Drive Dock.

Experience: 2 Months


Great design
Very great quality, useful product. It looks solid, the design is awesome, totally worth the price. I'm using it to transfer files from old or spare drives and I couldn't ask more than what it offers.

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Quick Specs:
Host Interface USB 2.0

Operating Systems:

  • Windows Vista / XP / 2003 / 2000 / NT / 98 / 95
  • Mac 10.3 and later
Form Factor External
Height 2.6"
Width 3.6"
Depth 5.1"
Environmentally Friendly Yes
Environmental Certification RoHS
Number of Total Expansion Bays 1
Number of 3.5" Bays 1
Drive Interface Serial ATA/300

Specifications [ Edit | History ]

     Controller Type: Serial ATA
General Information  
     Brand Name: Thermaltake
     Manufacturer: Thermaltake Technology Co., Ltd
     Manufacturer Part Number: N0028USU
     Manufacturer Website Address: https://www.thermaltake.com
     Product Line: BlacX
     Product Model: N0028USU
     Product Name: BlacX N0028USU Docking Station
     Product Type: Drive Enclosure
I/O Expansions  
     Number of 3.5" Bays: 1
     Number of Total Expansion Bays: 1
     Drive Interface: Serial ATA/300
     Host Interface: USB 2.0
     Additional Information:

For all 2.5" or 3.5" SATA HDD up to 1TB


Operating Systems:

  • Windows Vista / XP / 2003 / 2000 / NT / 98 / 95
  • Mac 10.3 and later

     Environmental Certification: RoHS
     Environmentally Friendly: Yes
Physical Characteristics  
     Depth: 5.12" (130.05 mm)
     Form Factor: External
     Height: 2.56" (65.02 mm)
     Width: 3.55" (90.17 mm)
Power Description  
     Input Voltage: 12 V DC

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Messages about Thermaltake BlacX 2.5/3.5IN SATA Hard Drive USB2.0 Docking Station

I wish there's an adapter for IDE drive to wor (Stephen_W- May 03, 11, 4 Replies)
Beware of rebate - mine was denied (Michael_K- Aug 02, 10, 15 Replies)
Problems with Mac AND PC (Gorisan- May 20, 10, 7 Replies)
Anybody try this on a PS3 (jan_p- May 07, 10, 16 Replies)
DOA DOA DOA ON ARRIVAL !!! (punk_guy182- Nov 02, 09, 15 Replies)
support 1tb wd caviar green? (KL_H- Nov 01, 09, 6 Replies)
Up to 1Tb? What about 1.5TB and 2TB? (Chao_Z- Oct 16, 09, 8 Replies)
OS transfer (lakosa_1- Oct 13, 09, 3 Replies)
So Close... Lets make and awesome easy to use prod (Cattaman- Oct 12, 09, 15 Replies)
Can I read from OS drive or 1 RIAD 1 drive? (rdurand- Oct 07, 09, 3 Replies)
Beware of rebate (Eric_G- Sep 23, 09, 1 Replies)
thermaltake blacx dock n0028usu (oppo- Aug 01, 09, 3 Replies)
Will SATA drives work with my intel iMac? (Lyle_B- Sep 12, 08, 3 Replies)

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URL: http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/5476-the
Comment: HardwareCanucks.com take a look at the Thermaltake BlacX Hard Drive Docking Station . Receives a "Dam Good Value" award
Posted by: Shin_Chan @09/04/08
URL: http://www.mikhailtech.com/Reviews/Thermaltake/BlacX_Hard_Drive_Dock/p
Comment: Adding more and more storage to one’s PC is inevitable as more and more media files, applications, games, and random program installs are saved to a user’s hard drive. Consequently, the need to transfer these files and the ability to easily back them up also increases. The Thermaltake BlacX makes li
Posted by: moon111 @08/26/08
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