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Item#: N82E16817153160

Thermaltake Silver River 5G ST0025U Aluminum 3.5" Black USB 3.0 External Enclosure

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  • USB 3.0
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The Thermaltake ST0025U supports 3.5" SATA solid state drive/hard disk drive gives you new the power to store your movies, music, applications and documents for easy sharing. Featuring USB 3.0 SuperSpeed, the ST0025U gives you a data transfer speed of up to 5Gbps. Designed plug-and-play ready - no software needed. Plus, its aluminum case offers rigid protection and effectively draws away the heat.

  • newegg Support 3.5-Inch Hard Drives The Thermaltake ST0025U easily connects any 3.5" SATA hard drive to your computer via USB connection, so you can quickly access and store data without having to dig around inside the case.
  • newegg USB 3.0 port The Thermaltake ST0025U equips SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology to deliver ultra-fast data transfer speeds of up to 5Gbps. It is also backward compatible with USB 2.0 & 1.1.

Learn more about the Thermaltake ST0025U


Silver River 5G


AC Adapter
Internal Interface
External Interface
USB 3.0
HDD Compatible: SATA I, II, III & SSD

HDD Capacity: All Standard 3.5" SATA SSD & Hard Drives in ALL Capacities

-External Universal Switching Power Adapter
-CE, FCC, GOST-R Certified
Aluminum Casing - Rigid Protection and Excellent Heat Dissipation

Hairline surface treatment, provides a high quality finish.

Supports USB 3.0 SuperSpeed - Maximum Transfer Rate up to 5.0 Gbps.

Backward-Compatible with USB 2.0 (Max: 480 Mbps) & 1.1 (Max: 12 Mbps).

Premium Shielded USB 3.0 Cable - Corrosion Resistant Plating & Heavy Gauge Wires for Years of Reliable Use.

Plug & Play Installation - Ready to Work in seconds, No Software needed.

Supports 3.5" SATA I / II / III Technology Hard Drives.

Windows & Mac OS Compatible.


Operating Systems Supported
Windows 7 / Vista / XP / 2003 / 2000 Mac 10.3 and later

Dimensions & Weight

125 (W) x 70 (H) x 195 (D) mm
4.92 (W) x 2.76 (H) x 7.68 (D) in
419 g / 0.92 lbs


Package Contents
USB 3.0 Cable

Power Adapter

Screw Driver

Vertical Stand

Screws (x4)

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

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  • David R.
  • 3/2/2014 5:35:37 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Enclosure

Pros: This is a great enclosure. No fan or moving parts to go bad, uses the metal body as a heat diffuser to cool the drive.

Cons: none

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  • Eric R.
  • 8/11/2013 4:00:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDoesn't work with a modern Mac for extended periods.

Pros: Sleek, seems like quality manufacture.

Cons: with my 2009 Macbook pro running 10.8.3, after leaving idle for sometime the thing stops working. Drive is recognized, not unmounted, but all access results in spinning beachball of death, or other errors. Mac is set to sleep never, nor to put harddrives to sleep.

Incidentally, did not ever notice this problem with a G4 powerbook.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Your Pal,

Please contact our customer service department @ 1-800-988-1088 or so that we may assist with getting you a replacement through our RMA services.

Have a great day and thank you for choosing Thermaltake.

Best regards,

Thermaltake USA Customer Service

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  • Ben N.
  • 4/14/2013 8:19:09 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWorks great, when it's working.

Pros: Fairly easy to install the Hard Drive. Very fast, when it's working.

Cons: Doesn't stay connected to the computer. Probably has something to do with the USB controller, but the drive becomes un-usable by the host after an idle period. The OS can still see the controller/drive, but all read/writes fail.

Other Thoughts: Running Mac OS X 10.8 on MacMini. Maybe this thing works better on Win, but it doesn't work for me. I know some people will think I'm an idiot and that it's the Mac or the drive, but I swapped the drive into another enclosure and the problems went away. It's definitely the Thermaltake enclosure that's the problem.

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  • Luis A.
  • 4/11/2013 5:03:12 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsnice while it lasted

Pros: Sleek and very easy to put together fast works well with s 3 tb hdd (the reason why i bought it)

Cons: The screws that came with it where fine tread and the drive wasnt.

Other Thoughts: well it was nice i had the bad luck to have dropped the drive and it failed after word it would show up and the disconnect so i lost my data since once to install a hdd it has to be formated for some reason so when i installed the hdd into desktop i had to reformat it again so thats was fun this was my fault ID10T error

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  • Josh P.
  • 3/28/2013 6:15:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsWrong screws packaged with enclosure

Pros: It works. I like the power switch, and the white indicator strip light on the front.

Cons: Including the wrong sized screws is inexcusable. They are far too large to fit into the sides of the hard drive. I had to use duct tape to hold the drive in the enclosure because all of my extra hard drive screws were too tall to fit into the enclosure without seriously damaging the metal sides.

Other Thoughts: Much too expensive for them to mess up the screw sizes. I expected something with more quality for the price.

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  • Milton B.
  • 3/22/2013 2:25:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat 2TB+ Housing

Pros: No issues at all with this enclosure. Prior reviews said the wrong screws were enclosed. I guess they fixed that as none were enclosed with mine! Just pulled some out of my parts box and drive installed fine. I needed an enclosure to hold a 2.5TB (2500GB) WD drive & most stop at 2TB. Once connected, Win7 installed the appropriate drivers and drive was visible in Computer Management. Set it up as a GPT drive so it would recognize the entire drive. MBR drives max out at 2TB so it showed it as 2 drives (Primary & Secondary partitions). Vista & higher can recognize GPT drive formats up to 9TB I believe.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: It's been running for 3 hours and housing is still cool to the touch. I have several enclosures for backup drives and find Thermaltake & Vantec to be the best. Comes with free cheapie screwdriver! Hey, it's free... and works.

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  • Philip L.
  • 3/12/2013 5:58:41 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsAfter iMac sleeps, this drive does not come back online

Pros: Fast, easy to setup and use.

Cons: After my new Late 2012 27" iMac sleeps, this drive does not come back online. I have another USB 3.0 device and it works fine, but not this Thermaltake.

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  • Dennis R.
  • 3/10/2013 9:07:42 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFix The Screw Issue

Pros: It's a well-built case, assembly is easy and it functions as it should right out of the box. And a lot of external cases don't do that; just read the reviews. But... one would expect as much at this price. Pricing is just a few bucks shy of name brand external drives that include the hard drive.

Cons: Come on Thermaltake, put the right screws in the box. It's not that hard. Just like a lot of the other reviews of this case have noted, this case comes with fine-thread screws that if used will strip the threads on your 3 1/2 inch drive.

As a computer technician I have hundreds of spare screws so it wasn't a big problem, but be aware that the standard sized head, coarse thread screws for 3 1/2 inch drives you have lying around will not work. The heads are too large and will not slide all the way into the case. You have to find coarse threaded screws with a very flat head to slide the drive into the case, and this may be a problem for the casual computer user.

This is a premium priced box and there simply is no excuse for this kind of oversight. And we all know the manufacturers read these reviews and Thermaltake has made a financial decision to keep shipping these boxes with incorrect parts and let the end user fix their mistake.

Other Thoughts: Newegg's free shipping, a combination of FedEx handing off to USPS, took over a week for delivery.

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  • David R.
  • 3/8/2013 5:12:54 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat unit, easy to install HDD, but wrong screws

Pros: Aluminum body radiates any heat efficiently so no need for fan.

Off switch.

USB 3.0

comes with screwdriver

Cons: wrong screws in package. if you try to use the screws that come with it to screw in the hard drive, you will strip the threads on the drive.

Other Thoughts: Other than having the wrong screws this is an excellent value.

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  • Robert P.
  • 3/1/2013 4:37:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsWorks

Pros: Works as described. This storage unit has the appropriate SATA III controller chip to allow hard drives greater than 2TB to be formatted and used to their fullest capacity. I am using the enclosure with a Seagate 3TB sata III 64MB cache hard drive connected to a QNAP TS-212 via USB 2.0 The external enclosure was immediately recognized by the QNAP and the drive formatted to EXT4 to match my internal RAID 1 drives. I then set up the backup jobs to run and they are completing with no problems.

Cons: The frame that holds the drive is rather bendable plastic and the screws to mount the drive are the wrong threads and are not compatible with a standard 3.5" hard drive, so find some from around the house or go buy some at local hardware store, but do not force these into your drive.

Other Thoughts: External enclosure is aluminum, on/off switch and decent length on the usb cable and power supply cable.

Ability to use any size drive is a big plus.

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