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Thermaltake ST0026Z Max 5 Duo SATA HDD Rack

  • Enclosure Interface
  • - SATA I/II/III (For Drives)
  • - USB 3.0 internal 20 pin (For 2x USB 3.0 Ports)
  • Transfer Rate
  • - Up to SATA 6G
  • HDD Compatible
  • - 2.5" HDD or SSD x1
  • - 3.5" HDD or SSD x1
  • HDD Capacity
  • - 3TB+
  • OS Compatible
  • - Windows XP, 2000, Vista, 7 +
  • - Mac OS X
  • Material
  • - Steel Framing, Plastic bezel
  • Power
  • - SATA Power x1
  • Dimension
  • - 193 x 150 x 43 mm
  • Weight
  • - 475g
  • 2.5" & 3.5" Drives to 1 x 5.25" Bay
  • SATA I/II/III

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  • Warranty & Returns
  • Reviews

Learn more about the Thermaltake ST0026Z

Model

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Brand
Thermaltake
Model
ST0026Z

Details

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Mobile Rack Drives Support
2.5" & 3.5" Drives to 1 x 5.25" Bay
Mobile Rack Interface
SATA I/II/III
Specifications
Enclosure Interface
- SATA I/II/III (For Drives)
- USB 3.0 internal 20 pin (For 2x USB 3.0 Ports)

Transfer Rate
- Up to SATA 6G

HDD Compatible
- 2.5" HDD or SSD x1
- 3.5" HDD or SSD x1

HDD Capacity
- 3TB+

OS Compatible
- Windows XP, 2000, Vista, 7 +
- Mac OS X

Material
- Steel Framing, Plastic bezel

Power
- SATA Power x1

Dimension
- 193 x 150 x 43 mm

Weight
- 475g

Features

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Features
Dual bays to fit one of each 2.5" & 3.5": SATA HDD or SSD
- One (1) 2.5" SATA drive bay
- One (1) 3.5" SATA drive bay

Supports two USB 3.0 ports via internal 20 pin header

Fits in a standard 5.25" drive bay for easy installation

Fully supports hot-swap and hot-plug capabilities

Tool-free access for easy HDD installation

HDD Access LED indicators tell you everything is working

Front panel power switch for quick power up or power down of HDD's
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Klaus l.
  • 11/25/2015 7:27:44 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggseverything works now

Pros: see below, description in previous post

Cons: see below, description in previous post

Other Thoughts: So i earlier wrote I was having problems; having a dedicated power source worked and after some issues everything works as it should. I can now leave the drive in the bay, off, and turn it on and have it mount as it should so I can use it as backup, then electronically eject it and turn off the max as I wished. Of course this magically happened as I was speaking to customer support :)

Happy now,

Cheers.

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  • Klaus l.
  • 11/18/2015 9:01:16 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsimportant note

Pros: nice build, see below for important consideration(s).

Cons: Win 7 ultimate, new build.

I noticed when i turned on the Max my other D Drive would disappear/dismount. After much experimentation I found it is because I needed to run a dedicated power cord to the MAX. Being on the same power as the other drive somehow kicked the other drive offline, even though I have a brand new 750W Corsair PSU.

The biggest feature I wanted was to have a drive in the bay but turned off so I could use it for intermittent backups. My problem is after it has been off and I turn it on it doesn't auto-mount the drive; I have to go into device manager and rescan the drives. Even as I am writing this device manager is having a hard tiime even finding the drive. So I think you need to keep the max on at all times and physically pull the drive out, which is exactly what I dont want. And I cant just have the drive partially pulled out becasue the door is open and will no doubt get caught on something and bust off. So I would be forced to have a safe place to put the drive, which sucks.

Other Thoughts: About to call customer service....

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,
We at Thermaltake apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused you. Please contact tech support team about this matter. We like to get more information from you.
Best Regards,
Thermaltake USA Customer service
email: ttsupport@thermaltakeusa.com
Toll free: 1-800-988-1088
M-F 9:00AM ~ 5:30PM (P.S.T.)

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  • Klaus l.
  • 11/17/2015 8:03:28 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsklaus@klpstudio.com

Pros: It's nice, installed physically fine, usb 3 headers work

Cons: See my problems below...

Other Thoughts: So I just installed the Max 5 duo today in a win 7 ultimate machine with essentially a brand new build.


My issue is: I have the C drive, a D drive that is also in an older Tray-less drive, and then the E drive in the Max Duo.


--If I start the machine with the max on, all drives show up fine. I can then "Safe eject" the Max drive, and turn off the Max, leaving the disk plugged in but off.


Then, if I turn on the Max drive again, the D drive disappears and no sign of the E drive either. I then go into Device manager to scan disks and the Max drive immediately mounts, without the D drive. Device manager does not see the D drive. Disk management shows the D drive, disk 2, completely missing from the lineup. If i hit rescan disks under disk management nothing comes up.


If I then turn off the Max Drive, manually eject the old trayless "missing" D drive and reinsert it, it shows up in device manager and eventually also in the computer.


I have tried changing to full permissions, I have tried giving the Max drive a path letter of M to make sure there is no conflict, and same results.


So it appears when i turn on the MAX I see in Disk Management my D drive is kicked out of Disk 1 and the MAx drive takes its place.

I am at a loss but I hope someone here can add some insight.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,
We at Thermaltake apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused you. Please contact tech support team about this matter. We like to get more information from you.
Best Regards,
Thermaltake USA Customer service
email: ttsupport@thermaltakeusa.com
Toll free: 1-800-988-1088
M-F 9:00AM ~ 5:30PM (P.S.T.)

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/15/2014 10:22:50 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsIt's comfy

Pros: Well, I've had this chair for the past three months now. It is comfortable to sit in and game for hours on end. The seat is thickly padded and the web back is great for keeping your back from getting sweaty. The adjustable height and swivel work well and are smooth. The arm rests adjust and can be high or low depending on how you sit.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Great chair to have, though I got it 3 days before it went on sale for half price.

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  • Marcel C.
  • 10/11/2013 11:50:21 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsA great idea but did not work

Pros: The idea is great, very usefull in any type of hardware environment. Extra USB 3.0 - if your motherboard has the connector for it - 2.5 and 3.5 drive bay giving you more lattitude, very compact, fits well in any type of case.

Cons: We had issues from the start with one of the bay not working, any drives placed in it was not detected. The power connector assembly for the 3.5 drive is very bladly designed, the cable is very tight, this tend to apply undue pressure to the connector and the tip of the connector stick out from the back, which makes it very easy to break. The latch mechanism is not efficient for the 3.5 drive, hard to close the door. When the unit was installed in our main (different) production machine, Windows 7 started crashing and would not boot until we removed the unit from it.

Other Thoughts: This is odd since we have always considered Thermaltake like a dependable manufacturer, their products are usually above standards and this is the first time we ran into such an issue with a product from them.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Please contact our customer service department @ 1-800-988-1088 or ttsupport@thermaltakeusa.com 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
1-800-988-1088
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  • Thomas S.
  • 9/22/2013 6:13:28 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Bought to mount my 2.5" SSD. Works great. I use the 3.5" bay on it to put in my back up drive or if i need to make a quick file transfer to a friends HDD. Its also nice having the extra 2 USB 3.0

Cons: none

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  • Donald B.
  • 8/9/2013 5:07:38 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsCaution: Fragile

Pros: Very useful.
Awesome for a small case to save drive real estate.

Cons: Fragile
Flimsy
No response from support emails.

Other Thoughts: I had the Max 5 duo for about a week.
Loved it. For most of that time however I was doing burn in on my new computer. When I was finalizing cable routing I somehow pulled a cable too hard, and it snapped the power connector on the ssd, and the data connecter on the 3.5.

I've built hundreds of computers over the last 25 years and never had something break with such ease.

I emailed Thermaltake at their support address twice in April to see if I could buy replacement connectors or whole circuit boards, and they never responded.

When it works it's awesome. I would highly suggest
you add this to your build last to ensure touching it as little as possible.

Manufacturer Response:

Hi Don B.,
We at Thermaltake apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused you. We can replace it through warranty service. Please contact our customer service team for RMA instructions.
Thermaltake USA Customer Service
email: ttsupport@thermaltakeusa.com
Toll free: 1-800-988-1088 M-F 9:00AM ~ 5:30PM (P.S.T)
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  • Glenn M.
  • 4/26/2013 1:53:47 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent internal drive bay.

Pros: I dual boot my primary computer with both Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, and Ubuntu 13.04 64-Bit. Windows 7 is on a 500GB SSD drive, while Ubuntu is on a 64GB SSD. I have tried various combinations of hot-swappable internal enclosures, but kept getting having problems with the lack of a power button on most drive bays. The Thermaltake ST0026Z Max 5 Duo allows you to power down the bay, then safely change drives without potential damage from power spikes. Plus, the drive can mount both SSD and conventional platter drives simultaneously.

Cons: The only possible problem that I can identify is the amount of pressure it takes to fully mount the SSD drive, and close the bay door. The door itself appears to be metal, but somewhat thin, and thus prone to breakage in the future.

Other Thoughts: If you are like me, and your power supply does not have a power switch, or a switch that is not readily accessible, then the Thermaltake ST0026Z Max 5 Duo is for you. You can safely power down the bay and swap drives without spiking the system. I know because I blew out a motherboard because of drive hot swapping while power was still in the capacitors.

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  • Albert S.
  • 4/13/2013 6:47:29 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: At the end of the day it works, it's pretty and the usb 3.0 ports are a nice feature I use more than I expected.

Cons: I've had some issues with it not recognizing drives, but I'm pretty sure it was a motherboard issue and not the device. It'd be nice if both bays had a lock, it seems silly to just have one on the top.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/4/2013 11:05:34 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: I now own *2x of these, bought for under $40 each!!

best investment I've made in a long time - will now be part of every future build, as long as they're available; not sure how this device can be beaten

if you know your way around Windows Device++Disk Manager or its commandline or Linux equivalents then you can hot-swap (well "warm swap" technically) with these devices, without hotswap hardware

Cons: would be nice if bays were powered independently

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