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Vantec NexStar CX NST-300S2-BK 3.5-Inch SATA to USB 2.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure (Black)

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  • Aluminum Casing Cools Down Your Hard Drive
  • Easily Add Storage to Any System with USB
  • Hot-Swappable:  Plug and Play Without Rebooting
  • Compatible with PC or Mac
  • Support 3.5-inch SATA I/II Hard Drive up to 4 TB
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  • Contains External Power Adapter

Product Description

Vantec introduces the NexStar CX 3.5-inch SATA External Hard Drive Enclosure, ideal for anyone in need of storing and transferring large amounts of data. NexStar CX conveniently upgrades your storage array into an external hard drive system by utilizing 3.5-inch SATA Hard Drives and creating a USB capable external hard drive that can be used with virtually any system. In addition, the sleek aluminum casing not only protects the drive from overheating but also provides sound dampening qualities to minimize vibrations. The NexStar CX features an eSATA (external Serial ATA) and USB 2.0 interfaces offering speeds up to 3Gbps or 480Mbps respectively. The Vantec NexStar CX 3.5-inch SATA External Hard Drive Enclosure is great for anyone who requires a high performance, lightweight, and durable external storage solution.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 8.5 x 4.8 x 1.2 inches
Item Weight 2 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B0015LURY2
Item model number NST-300S2-BK
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4.5 out of 5 stars 236 customer reviews

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Best Sellers Rank #698 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Computer Accessories > Hard Drive Accessories > Hard Drive Enclosures
#899 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > External Hard Drives
Date first available at Amazon.com March 7, 2008

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COMPARISON REVIEW for Acomdata Samba USB 2.0 3.5-Inch IDE/SATA Hard Drive Enclosure SMBXXXU2E-BLU (Blue) and Vantec NexStar CX NST-300S2-BK 3.5-Inch SATA to USB 2.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure (Black)

I recently swapped out two 750 GB Seagate SATA drives from my HP Mediasmart Servers and replaced them with 2 TB WD Green drives (WD20EADS). I wanted to convert those two Seagate drives into external drives for backup purposes using USB drive enclosures. I had bought several enclosures a while ago, so I had to do the research to figure out which were better these days. My criteria were (1) not expensive (drives are so cheap today that an expensive enclosure sort of defeats the purpose of re-using old drives if you want to be cost-effective since you can just buy a new external drive for not much more than the fancier enclosures); (2) easy to assemble without the stress of thinking you are breaking something or somehow degrading the performance of the drive; (3) it just works (the occasionally elusive ease of the "plug and play" ideal). Also, a personal preference, I wanted a physical on/off switch and not a "touch-sensitive" electronic switch (like that found on the Macally G-S350SU Hi-Speed eSata/USB2.0 External Storage Enclosure for 3.5inch SATA HDD) or no switch. Finally, I also wanted good heat dissipation and vibration control.
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This is a great performing enclosure! When I first made this review February 2010, I had it for 7 months working flawlessly! Now it is October 2014 and this drive is still working perfectly! In the video I show you how I put mines together and it working connected to my computer.

I highly recommend this enclosure!
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Having briefly skimmed over the reviews before ordering, I ordered this device as my desktop crashed and I need to recover my files from the two hard drives that were in it, also I need them for storage as my laptop is running on a small ssd drive. I became quite worried when after I had already ordered this I start seeing numerous people with windows 7 stating this does not work, and that it does not work with western digital drives. Well I am using both, windows 7 64-bit and a western digital caviar black 1tb drive. Within 5 minutes of getting home to my package it was installed and working, all of my files were there and there was no need to install drivers, windows 7 took care of it and the drivers worked. To anyone worried because of these reasons, don't fret. I think the reasons so many people are having problems is either using a drive larger than this will support, or possibly not connecting the cable inside the case that connects to the caddy, or a combination of these things coupled with the fact some surely will ship DOA as any electronic device. My point, if you use win 7 or have a WD hard drive, so do I, and this worked instantly out of the box once the hard drive was inserted and I connected it to my pc. I hope this helps any of you on the fence about this device that are thinking of spending more on a device that will not do anything this one doesn't. If you just need to recover files or utilize a hard drive for extra storage like me, and you do not need it to have e-sata or usb 3.0, this thing is awesome and I'm actually very surprised at how fast it is considering the usb 2.0 interface.
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I was originally leaning towards a Nexstar 3 enclosure but decided I was far too cheap to cop the extra couple of bucks. I ordered this case, received it reasonably quick for free shipping, and had no issues with it. It got luke warm in the process of copying over 12 gigs of information. Runs flawlessly with a Maxtor Diamondmax 7200rpm 200GB hard drive. Solid aluminum case with a tight fit. The only 3 possible flaws are:
1) Lack of clear instructions (I thought it was true plug and play such as a flash drive...but I had to use my Maxtor CD to set it up)
2) LED Cable is a small pain the butt. A non-issue once you put it in if you plan to keep one drive in all the time like I do.
3) Screws to assemble the case seem to be self-tapping? This is an issue for some. Just screw it in straight the 1st time and it's a non-issue as well.

Overall: Great design (smaller than some 3.5" enclosures) and performance...especially for the money.
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I never write reviews, but want to start this year, to contribute to the overall helpfulness of the Amazon community. One of my old LaCie 320 GB external hard drives suddenly stopped working (it would no longer start up even though the power supply was good), and I was extremely worried that I would have to pay for expensive data recovery services. However, I did some research and saw that one person was able to extract the 3.5" SATA hard drive from inside the LaCie and transfer it to their computer. As long as the drive itself is still working, it seemed like a feasible idea. So using the Vantec NexStar, I was able to bring my drive back to life and access all its data again (via USB 2.0). You can imagine my relief, since I didn't bother to back up any of the files on that drive! I can't believe how simple the solution was and how affordable this great product is. A real lifesaver.

Sorry, I'm not really a techie, so my enthusiasm might be weird. I just hope that anyone who has a similar problem can be saved some money and the stress of what I went through.
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