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Vantec Hard Drive Enclosure (NST-640S3R-BK)

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  • Vents To Intake Cool Air
  • Maximum Transfer Rates Up to 5 Gbps w/USB 3.0
  • Maximum Transfer Rates Up to 3Gbps w/eSATA
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Vantec Hard Drive Enclosure (NST-640S3R-BK) + Seagate Desktop 3 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 7200 RPM 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST3000DM001
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.9 x 8.3 inches ; 5.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00DMLTQMW
  • Item model number: NST-640S3R-BK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 1, 2012

Product Description

NexStar HX4R - a quad 3.5" SATA to USB 3.0 & eSATA External Hard Drive Raid Enclosure

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It was extremely easy to set up.
Chris
Without RAID support you cannot do redundancy between the drives and you cannot stripe the hard drives....it's basically just a collection of separate drives.
Ryan Manning
For the amount of money I love this box and plan to buy another.
Jim

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By anthonyg on April 5, 2013
Pros: For the price, compared to the Rosewill two-drawer unit I've had for years (which I love but only runs at USB 2.0) and the piece of CR%P Mediasonic I've been putting up with for too long, this thing rocks!

I stared out moving single drives from the Mediasonic I was looking to replace and backing up files to an older WD Black drive I have that's out of warranty. I did all of the copying, erasing and formatting of the original drive, and copying back WITHIN the Vantec as my way of testing it out and putting it under some load.

Never dropped a single connection - never gave up under large transfers ranging from 10gb - 200gb at a time. I would reformat and write zeroes to the old drives, eject the unit, restart the unit, let Windows detect the blank drives, reformat, run WD diag on it, copy about 250gb to the drive, wipe the drives again, format and then copy the original files back to the drive. I was getting anywhere from 80MB to 120MB write speeds to SATA II drives and slightly faster on SATA III drives - I'm happy with that. I was able to do things like run chkdsk on one drive and defrag a second at the same time - something the Mediasonic always balked at and would always stop on.

I've been spending a few hours each day adding and removing drives, wiping drives, doing things like running utilities and creating Truecrypt volumes - things that would just about guarantee my Mediasonic would shut down eventually and stop functioning. This Vantec handles all of that w/o a hitch.

Lights - not as bright and annoying as other units. Tell me just what I want to know.

Design: thought it was a little odd looking, but the bonus with this, and the reasons it's shaped this way, is the giant 80mm fan on top that pulls air up and away.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. C. Dunlap on May 12, 2014
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I did a lot of research and shopping around before settling on this device. This is one of those items I simply had to WAIT before reviewing. I don't care if it works great out of the box if it is going to trash my data, down the road, later.

Well, I bought it in 2/2014 and it is now 5/2014. It has running nonstop, stocked with four 3TB drives (I bought these: http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Internal-ST3000DM001/dp/B005T3GRLY ), since the day it arrived. I am using it to replace a giant power-sucking rack-mounted 10-fan server with a 1.36TB RAID 5 array in it. It was, finally, getting full.

I ran both in parallel on my network and have used ROBOCOPY (/MIR) to mirror copy one to the other a number of times (to test it and, also, to make that final copy before shutting down the old system more rapid...less difference in the differential copy). On the OS attached to the array, I have it doing deep scans and DEFRAGS on a daily basis just to beat the tar out of it. All good. I went the extra mile and, while it was running, yanked out one of the drives in the 4 drive RAID 5 stripe set. It didn't miss a beat. I re-inserted the drive and the array was rebuilt before too awful long. That's what you need to have happen.

The only thing I had to do was ensure that I have a USB 3.0 connection. I'm attaching it to a small form factor PC that only has USB 2.0, so I had to buy an add-on internal USB 3.0 card. So, for the first couple of months, it was USB 2.0. You are GONNA want that USB 3.0, people. It is superior to even the "eSata" connection. I thought about going with the eSata option, because the PC already had an external eSata port, but it was slower than USB 3.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scope on January 9, 2014
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i have 2x3tb and 2x2tb for total of 10tb and it works great, set up is easy, fan in the first one i got makes some noise but second one works quietly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth W. Adams on November 13, 2013
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I love this drive enclosure. I bought it to replace 2 StarTech 2-drive docks at work on my lab server so I can take those docks home. Having the 4 drives from those 2 docks in one enclosure is saving me lots of space and allows me to better monitor the drive activities. This drive enclosure is quiet with its variable speed fan keeping my drives nice and cool.

I currently have the enclosure connected to my lab server via eSATA with an internal eSATA card that supports multiple SATA drives on one connection. I'm getting very good performance at the moment, but plan to replace the eSATA connection with USB 3.0 once I can get my new USB 3.0 card installed. Per the documentation for this enclosure, I should get better performance with the USB 3.0 connection than with the eSATA.

I love the RAID feature, although I'm not using it at the moment. I may buy another of these enclosures if I need to expand the drives on my lab server again.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ron S. Stransky on January 12, 2013
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Seems to me you need to fill this baby with four hard drives of the same size to get maximum utility with it if you plan to use the internal raid five for maximum safety. I only had three two TB drives, and it would only create a two TB raid with that. I added my own raid controller which let me create a four TB raid five with the same setup. Don't forget, with a setup like this you should really make sure you have a raid card that provides port multiplication (not supports, but provides, big difference). So far i am happy with this unit. I really like that it shuts down when the computer goes to sleep, so the drives don't run constantly when not in use

Here's an update after 3 months. I now have 4 - 2tb drives in this enclosure. I have a redundant 4tb raid array and a spare disk which can re-build automatically after one of the drives fails. Everything seems fully reliable. I have had no problems at this point. Once again, when the computer goes to sleep, all the drives stop spinning. I am happy with this product and would recommend to others
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