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Vantec NexStar TX 2.5-Inch SATA to USB 2.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure
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- Aluminum Casing Cools Down Your Hard Drive
- Easily Add Storage to Any System with USB
- Hot-Swappable: Plug & Play Without Rebooting
- Supports SATA I and II
- Hard drive not included
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- Brand Name: Vantec
- Model Number: NST-210S2-BK
- Hard Disk Size: 1.5 TB
- Manufacturer Warranty Description: 1 Year
- Hardware Platform: Pc
Top Customer Reviews
However, the enclosure I received couldn't be more different than what I expected. It came beautifully packaged in a box with a nice little manual (with pictures and clear English), a carrying pouch, USB cable, installation screws, and even a screwdriver! As other reviews have mentioned, the included cable is a y-cable to allow a high-speed drive to draw power from 2 USB ports if necessary. This is the kind of thoughtful packaging you expect from high-end consumer electronics, not a cheap one-time-use drive enclosure. The enclosure itself is solid aluminum and just barely bigger than the 2.5" drives it's designed for. It has a sleek, simple design and flawless construction -- there's no flex to it at all and not a single rough edge.
After (easily) installing the drive within the enclosure, there's still no feel of flexing, and shaking the apparatus gently produces no noise or sense of movement. All seems very snug and secure (there's a padded foam cushion inside one end of the enclosure to help with this).
When I turned it on, the drive loaded up flawlessly. There was a small vibration noise, but considerably less than you would expect from (for example) a hard drive fan in a PC case. The enclosure became warm to the touch over time, but not hot, which I took as a sign that the aluminum was conducting heat away as desired.
All in all, I couldn't be more pleased with this enclosure, especially given the low price. I don't remember the last time I was so pleasantly surprised by an electronics purchase.
Also included was a little screwdriver, 4 screws to secure the drive and a nice vinyl pouch to store the enclosure in. The included USB cable utilizes a Y-type end adapter (2 USB-A connections opposite the mini-USB plug), this is so that the drive may draw extra power from the device you're connecting it to. I just use one of the USB plugs and it works fine on my laptop.
One issue to address is the fact that this enclosure was meant to also work for slightly "taller" 2.5-inch drives, so normal drives will not fit so securely inside. You can hear the drive rattling inside if you shake it. This has not proven to be an issue as far as the device's functionality.
Overall a fantastic enclosure, especially for the price.
Update 10/12/2015: Still going strong 5 1/2 years later!
When looking for an enclosure for the hard drive I decided to go with Vantec because they have a good reputation for external enclosures. I own one of their DVD drive enclosures and have been very happy with it. I used it as a portable DVD burner. When I went looking for a hard drive enclosure I wanted something simple but of good quality and low cost so I ended up with this Vantec model which fit the bill perfectly.
This model is simple..very simple. It has a single green power/activity LED and one mini USB jack. The exterior design is very nice and the enclosure itself is made of aluminum so it helps cool the hard drive inside. The enclosure comes with a USB Y cable that has two fullsize USB jacks but for my use I only needed to plug in one. If you're using a power hungry highspeed HDD then you may need to use two USB ports to power it. Assembly was equally simple with only two screws. A small screwdriver is also included.
One thing to note is that my HDD slightly rattled inside the enclosure.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It only came with 2 screws, So I can only put one at each end, Should include 4 screwsPublished 2 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Great little product. My daughter killed her laptop but needed the files on the Hard Drive (HD). BestBuy wanted $85.00 to attempt to recover files. Read morePublished 12 days ago by B NYC
Minimal but effective. There is no real mounting for the drive, it just gets pressed against foam at one end of enclosure. Read morePublished 12 days ago by karen dyer
Pretty bad quality. The drive is left floating around, would not recommend.Published 1 month ago by diegoz281
His is really pretty average, nothing special. If you can get it for a good price it does its job. It's a very thin metal which helps to keep it light and it is sturdy but the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jill G