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Vantec Nexstar 3 External 2.5IN eSATA Black Hard Drive Enclosure USB2.0
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Very Good
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Rating: 9.07/10
Tarun
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Review Date: 09/17/13
Comment:
Works with no a hiccup with my new WD Scorpio Black 160GB 7200RPM HDD. The eSATA connection works with my only on-board eSATA port but the enclosure also comes with an internal SATA-eSATA hookup that uses a PCI expansion slot on your chassis. I pick to use this to connect the enclosure mainly because I have other components that use eSATA.Not getting to carry an AC adapter is extremely good. Two USB ports are more than enough to power the 7200RPM HDD. The enclosure is also incredibly sturdy and beautiful. The cables are really thick and longer than they will need to be. This is a difficulty due to the fact they are as well huge to fit in the carrying case with no straining its seams. Thus I carry them separately.It does not come with any sort of stand even when it claims to be capable to stand on its side. It would fall over extremely simply if you attempt it. This is purely an aesthetic con, for it would appear substantially nicer standing up. These who give this a negative review because their computer systems do not recognize it in all probability do not know how to use their personal systems, or they just gave up also very easily. On mine, after I connect the enclosure I have to go into WIN7's Device Manager, correct-click "disk drives," and select "scan for hardware adjustments" just before the OS recognizes it. As this is not a frequently applied function many people may possibly not know about it, but it exists.Make confident you "disable create caching" (Google it) if you are making use of eSATA. If you don't you could corrupt your information when you disconnect it as eSATA devices do not have the exact same "Safely Take away Hardware" function as USB devices. This decreases performance slightly but it's type of important.
Wheaton
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Review Date: 08/26/13
Comment:
shiny, simple installation, comes with back panel eSATA connector, eSATA cable and USB cable drivers do not perform with vista or 7. instruction booklet says included drivers are for 98/ME񳏀/XP only. no online drivers. its just sitting there not performing something
Tia
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Review Date: 08/25/13
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I adore these enclosures for my 2.5 drives! I have bought 3 of these instances for operate and play. Comes with an eSATA bracket that I put in my Computer. All the cables I need and a good case. No external energy. Supposed to use the incorporated USB for extra power when utilizing eSATA, but I don't genuinely care for that. Most likely just going to buy a compatible power adapter.
Laurie
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Review Date: 08/06/13
Comment:
Stunning, Shiny, Quiet, Cool (literally and physically), Tiny (in a fantastic way), and works flawlessly.This thing is considerably smaller sized than the images make it look. My Western Digital Scorpio WD3200BEVT 320 GB HD performs perfectly and gets detected super rapidly even with USB 2..I love that feature of it that shuts the device off upon clicking safely eliminate in Windows XP--haven't tested Vista or Mac however.Booted devoid of a hitch in my personal computer and I will test it more than the next couple of weeks on many other computers.I like the more USB port on the cable which permits you to plug in a different device--this will come in soo handy at work when working on laptops.Case zips up which will enable avoid dust/lint/muck from finding into the ports and cables (major plus for me). Did not come with a screwdrive. Set up is genuinely uncomplicated--just read the directions mainly because the images skip some steps.Photographs do this issue no justice. Had I seen one particular prior to purchasing it, I would've never hesitated in the 1st place--I in fact purchased this as a last resort--Man I regret that decision--ought to have bought this 1 from the begin.Carrying case appears a tiny bit awkward after USB cable is inserted but, at least it fits. Photos of the case don't show everything--It actually has two good pouches for the device and the cable(s?).Finish did have some lines in it--but I could care less about this and don't take into account this a con.Also quite a few good capabilities.I don't generally create hasty reviews but, unless I run into some main compatibility issues later on, I will contemplate the very best of my 13 External enclosure purchases by far.Study all directions ahead of working with due to the fact they are effectively written and have some good ideas as nicely as troubleshooting.
Vian
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Review Date: 07/15/13
Comment:
Rugged and tough Carrying Case holds the enclosure and the two sets of wires (USB & eSATA) nicely - tip: maintain them in the twisty ties with some wire unwound. This packaging tends to make my external drive fit nicely in my personal computer bag - I carry two in my pc bag. Doesn't pull also significantly power from the USB drive. Stays a good temperature - not too hot. Nice and compact, doesn't take also significantly desk space.Be confident to get an eSATA pcmcia card and you will get Great overall performance. I added two GB RAM and now this drive enclosure setup (VMware virtual pcs)I have runs more rapidly than my Computer. There isn't 1. Great product
Sachi
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Review Date: 07/06/13
Comment:
Seriously nice enclosure, operates with Windows 7, Vista and XP hosts with out the need for any drivers. Not confident what a different poster a handful of down encountered when they said "No Win 7 support", but this incorrect, I've employed it with 5 diverse Win 7 machines including two laptops and 3 desktops with out any issues.Really like the carry case and other accessories such as the eSata bracket. Shiny surface attracts fingerprints but knew that going in.
Percy
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Review Date: 07/06/13
Comment:
straightforward set up; works as advertised none that I can see no opportunity to test eSATA connectivity
Fidella
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Review Date: 07/05/13
Comment:
Fantastic style, functions effectively, so far devoid of fault. No drivers required for installation and relatively quickly for a USB drive. It's little size tends to make it slick poartable storage. Cable is an awful bulky gray y-connector thingy. I would have like to have seen an esata cable come with it to use such a port. The carrying case that comes with it can not comfortably carry the enclosure and its cable.The cable really detracts from this otherwise beautiful product.
Robbin
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Review Date: 06/26/13
Comment:
I like the shiny finish. The enclosure stays cool. The directions say that in order to use the eSata, you have to use the usb cable to give energy, or you can get an adapter. I like the carrying case; it holds the enclosure of course and the usb cable, zips closed. Great high quality zipper that won't strip open and split apart. The front blue led flashes as information is coming and going from the challenging drive. A tiny pricey, but it's very good high quality. My other one particular is five years old and it nevertheless performs fine. Newegg has the very best costs on shipping expenses. It was cheaper for me to order it at Newegg's price tag and spend for shipping as properly, rather than to go get it at the store which would have cost me about Ű far more. Newegg is the best place to acquire computer system parts, in my humble opinion.
Lotta
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Review Date: 06/17/13
Comment:
Decent hunting case and comes with nice carry pouch. No power provide incorporated if you want to take advantage of the esata interface. You'll have to find a 5 volt, 1 amp adapter for it. The usb "y" cable can't be employed to power the unit with esata because it tries to use that for the interface. Each ends will need to be utilised most probably since every usb port by design and style provides only 500ma of present even though most drives will need upwards of 1000ma, so if you only use a single plug, you could potentialy permanently damage the usb port or motherboard. The case ends appear metal but are plastic and can break simply... be careful putting this with each other. Tough drive Should be formatted prior to use, great luck whilst employing usb. Charge much more for the package AND include things like the power adapter as these are not simple to find with these specs. What excellent does esata do for speed if the drive has no energy!!! They must also include some partition application as some drives like toshiba's don't have downloadable setup computer software from the manufacturer's web site.
Mai
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Review Date: 06/14/13
Comment:
I bought this enclosure to house the stock 5200RPM Fujitsu SATA really hard drive that came in my two.1 GHz MacBook when I bought it. Installation was extremely easy: Slide the tray out of the enclosure, slide the difficult drive into its connector (don't use also a lot pressure), safe the challenging drive onto the slide with 4 screws, then slide the slide back into the enclosure and add 2 much more screws to retain the slide from coming back out. It's done a good job so far of keeping the tough drive incredibly cool. Sturdy, no loose parts, stays together properly. Comes with a carrying pouch and every single accessory you could possibly want for this issue. Bonus: a nicely-accomplished user manual thats WRITTEN IN READABLE ENGLISH!!! No ventilation holes (but with as cool as mine has stayed so far, they don't look necessary). Very bright blue activity LED on the front - doesn't bother me but might bother some - it's a matter of taste, I assume. A fingerprint magnet - the shiny aluminum looks great, just be confident to either pick this thing up by its edges or to wash your hands often. The LED side and the ports side each appear to be laminated with some sort of film that appears cheap and, on mine, peeled a tiny on the edges. It may possibly come off on its own in the future. Gives both USB2. and eSATA connections. I use only the USB, but it comes with a specific cable mainly because the difficult drive needs the energy only two USB ports can supply. So, anytime I plug it into my macbook, both USB ports are beinng employed (although a single of them has a unique adapter on the back that allows you to plug a low-powered USB device into). From reading the user manual, I collect you can get by employing just one particular USB cable, but the manual stated that the 2nd connection is for when the Really hard Drive needs more power than is accessible from one particular USB port.
Quilla
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Review Date: 05/28/13
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Functions completely with my Hitachi 120GB 5400RPM driver. Use it for backup with Microsoft Synctoy 2.. My laptop doesn't have eSATA...
Helena
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Review Date: 05/27/13
Comment:
Simple To Set up HDD And Set Up. Performs Good With USB and the incorporated eSATA cable is hassle-free. Did not come with a front panel eSATA adapter, but that shouldn't protect against anyone from acquiring it. And if you don't want to ues USB Energy you will have to buy a separate power adapter. Great Value, Rugged Enclosure, All in All a excellent item, and as constantly New Egg is Fantastic.
Renardo
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Review Date: 05/23/13
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Quick, outstanding make excellent for the price tag. Comes with a nice case + eSATA extras. Good quality USB Y-Cable. Vibrant blue LED on the front displays HDD activity. Unstable when placed in a vertical position. A uncomplicated nudge could knock the enclosure over resulting in HDD harm. Nonetheless appears great when placed horizontal although. I initially bought the Eagle iNEO I-NA202U enclosure and it failed inside a week of ownership. I RMA'd it and bought this instead. Glad I did.Its amazing to me that only 10 bones separates the difference among a quality and a shoddy item.
Dalila
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Review Date: 05/16/13
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eSata and USB No energy provide with unit so you should connect the USB cable with the eSata cable to get eSata speeds. Other testimonials say this won't operate with 160 drives if you have Initio chipset. This is incorrect. I have the Initio chipset and am working with a WD 160GB 7200RPM sata II drive without dilemma. If you use eSata port you ought to connect the eSata cable initially then connect the USB cable (needed to supply the energy) if you connect the USB very first it defaults to USB usage.
Hesper
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Review Date: 05/13/13
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very nice cover and straightforward to place with each other none
Althea
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Review Date: 05/11/13
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eSata performs properly, good develop. None. My notebook has separate eSata and USB ports and this enclosure is the remedy I will need. If you have a powered eSata port on your notebook/pc, I think there are single cable solutions offered.
Sabine
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Review Date: 05/10/13
Comment:
Slick look. Straightforward setup and use. eSATA really nice in addition to USB 2.. Screws to mount HDD to device have been a little tight. Could be my HDD but it's not huge deal.
Jahia
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Review Date: 04/22/13
Comment:
I picked this unit up to work on a friends laptop after it crashed. As I necessary to access the drive to attempt and recover as a lot of files as I could I decided to remove the drive and access it from my laptop. His laptop had a SATA drive and I had no way to use it on my pc.The Drive was speedy and uncomplicated to install and I was up in operating in below five minutes. This unit runs quiet an cool and information access time is outstanding. Both Tough drives I have run in this enclosure only required a single usb plug in for the two laptops that I have used it on.I would also like to mention that, as usual NewEgg delivery was outstanding. They have but to fail me in speedy shipping. I have yet to uncover any correct cons with this unit. Nice simple installation. Vantec and NewEgg have confirmed that they are tops in customer satisfaction.
Melodie
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Review Date: 04/22/13
Comment:
The drive can be powered by means of the USB cable devoid of a need for a power brick. It is a fantastic looking case.The incorporated carrying bag operates extremely nicely for storing and transporting the enclosure and included USB cable.The efficiency on USB two. is quite very good.The installation is very straightforward, though it is somewhat of a tight fit. None for my intended use. I use this external enclosure to backup my MacBook. I travel with the included carrying bag, the enclosure, and the USB cable. The drive can be powered utilizing two USB connectors on the laptop, which enables me to use it without having obtaining to carry a power brick for the enclosure.
Hume
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Review Date: 04/21/13
Comment:
Easy to install Hitachi 200Gb 7200RPM laptop drive. Anything fits collectively as it ought to. Took 7 minutes devoid of a issue. Functions well with USB port (don't have an eSATA port on my laptop yet). none. all cables supplied. excellent instructions. After this very good knowledge, will most likely get yet another set of this enclosure & Hitachi drive.
Saul
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Review Date: 04/18/13
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This is an eye-catching tiny enclosure and feels solid. I slapped in my spare two.5" sata difficult drive and it was great to go in minutes. I've only tested the USB connection so far, but it performs just fine. none for the esata connection you apparently require to connect the usb cables or an external energy device to energy the drive. that's just the nature of the esata normal and is not a con.
Sigourney
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Review Date: 04/18/13
Comment:
Specifically as advertised - worked 1st time with two different drives. Strong construction, holds disk securely, nice size. Bonus is integrated eSATA adapter and cable. No power adapter included, demands two USB ports, configuration of USB cable is odd so it doesn't fit well with vertical USB ports on laptops (but it operates) I have study reviews and I confirmed with Vantec that there may well be challenges when utilized with Hitachi 160gb 5400k but this unit worked perfectly with both the 120gb and 250gb 5400k Hitachi drives.
Avariella
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Review Date: 04/14/13
Comment:
The only pro I can say is the E-sata connection, but the enclosure didn't last lengthy sufficient for me to try it. The USB port is by far the worst I have ever applied. This is the second enclosure I have went by means of. The initially time the USB port lasted a few uses, this time I was capable to use it once. This enclosure is NFG and I wouldn't suggest it to any person.
Garan
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Review Date: 03/29/13
Comment:
Really good speeds are fast appears wonderful enjoy it . new egg is the finest if you by personal computer parts from any exactly where else you are stupid . n/a
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Product Features

Enclosure 2.5" Form Factor
eSATA USB 2.0

Vantec NexStar3 Aluminum 2.5" eSATA/USB 2.0 Hard Drive Enclosure
Make adding fast external storage easy with the Vantec NexStar3 Aluminum 2.5" eSATA/USB 2.0 Hard Drive Enclosure. Using the USB 2.0 interface, it makes back up and transferring large files faster than ever. It comes with an aluminum case for easy heat dissipation. Operating  at a speed of up to 3Gbps or 480Mbps, you can get faster data transfer that saves you time. This device supports any eSATA hard drive and is perfect to store tons of data. The easy, plug-and-play option allows you to plug-in or plug-off the hard drive without any interruption. With a built-in blue LED Indicator, you can view the Power/HDD Activity status. If you need to create a convenient storage solution, go for the Vantec NexStar3 Aluminum 2.5" eSATA/USB 2.0 Hard Drive Enclosure now!

What It Is And Why You Need It:

  • USB 2.0 interface; makes back up and transferring large files faster than ever
  • Aluminum case; for easy heat dissipation
  • 480Mbps; can get faster data transfer that saves you time
  • Plug-and-play option; allows you to plug-in or plug-off the hard drive without any interruption
  • LED Indicator; lets you view the power/HDD activity status

Product Specifications

Model
BrandVANTEC
ModelNST-260SU-BK
Spec
Size2.5"
MaterialAluminum
Internal InterfaceSATA
External InterfaceeSATA&USB2.0
FeaturesAluminum Casing Cools Down Your Hard DriveTransfer Rates Up to 3Gbps W/ eSATATransfer Rates Up to 480Mbps W/ USB 2.0 (12Mbps W/ USB1.1)Easily Add Storage to Any System With SATA or USBHot-Swappable: Plug And Play Without RebootingAttractive Blue LED Indicates Power/HDD ActivityColor: Black
Packaging
Package Contents2.5" External EnclosureUSB CableeSATA CableSATA-eSATA Convertor Bracket
Manufacturer Warranty
Parts1 year
Labor1 year
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