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Vantec NexStar3 SuperSpeed 3.5" SATA to USB 3.0 & eSATA External Hard Drive Enclosure (NST-380SU3-BK)
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- Easily Add Storage to Any System with USB 2.0, 3.0 or eSATA
- Maximum Transfer Rates Up to 5 Gbps w/USB 3.0
- Aluminum Casing Cools Down Your Hard Drive
- Hi-Quality Shielded USB 3.0 Cable Ensures Data Integrity and Speed
- Backwards-Compatible with USB 2.0 or 1.1
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This drive will NOT spin down in USB 3.0 mode. However, it will spin down in eSATA mode in the same manner described below.
If this feature is important to you, I can confirm that a similar enclosure, the Vantec NST-330SU3-BK, will spin down (turn off) the hard drive in both USB 3.0 and eSATA modes. The drive will then start up again on a cold boot, or if the computer was asleep, it will start once the drive is accessed.
I hope this helps someone interested in this feature... if you have any questions regarding a particular drive, I recommend contacting the manufacturer. In the case of Vantec, they were able to confirm the drive's behavior prior to purchase.
There's no fan, it comes with a stand so that you can stand it up vertically. It even comes with both e-sata and USB 3.0 cables.
The *only* drawbacks, and the reason that I gave it 4 stars instead of 5: It's not screwless like the Silverstone TS07.
I'm definitely happy with it, and will be ordering another one.
The longer story: I wanted another external drive but was put off by a consistent number of reviews pointing to various defects in the ready made external drives, typically offered by Western Digital and Seagate. (Loose connectors, no power switch etc etc). So I decided to buy a case and buy a drive and put the two together. And it worked out fantastically. The Vantec case looks smart, has a power switch (!), has the eSata connector which maybe I can use with the next PC. And it feels "solid" and real. And to top it off, I had a minor technical question about using the case for cloning a solid state drive. I emailed Vantec Tech Support, and blow me down, if I not only got a reply within about an hour (no kidding), but even better it answered both of my questions succinctly and clearly. Outstanding!
I do have a few quibbles:
- The screws that hold the front of the case on are very hard to screw in. I had to leave one of them slightly protruding for fear that trying to screw it in the rest of the way would strip the head. That would make it difficult difficult / impossible to physically access the enclosed drive. Definitely one star subtracted for this.
- The indicator light on the front of the front panel is too bright. I have noticed that a lot of manufacturers do this with their hard drive enclosures, but I find it very distracting (particularly when the room is dark). I ended up disconnecting the indicator light. Fortunately, that is easy to do with this case.
- The case has a mirror finish. I know many people like this, but I find it a nuisance - the least bit of handling, such as repositioning the case on my desktop - leaves it covered with very obvious fingerprints. It is then necessary to clean the case, or it will look terrible. A low gloss finish would have been much more practical.
OK... the blue color is perfect and matches my MicroServer's blue light wonderfully. This thing is running a 3TB drive to backup my WHS 2011 system. Super awesome.
Electrically the enclosure plays just fine according to the sheet music. I've found good transfer rates and with all the necessary interfaces present and accounted for it is every bit as versatile as I need it to be.
Versatile interfaces and extremely well built. Great performance and is currently the best enclosure for the money when you need to add utility storage to a one-off workstation or grab a backup for a migration. Easy to assemble and very rugged. SO far I the two I have in service have performed flawlessly even on older finicky machines.
Non-standard power supply requirements. The external power supply is usually the weakest link with any drive enclosure and I prefer enclosures that use a standard single 12V supply and a standard connector because they're easier to support with standard replacement AC adapters. But that isn't a show-stopper by any stretch. Also the enclosure has no ventilation whatsoever and relies on straight conduction to draw heat away from the drive. This makes the enclosure surprisingly warm to the touch and if you aren't expecting that at first it can be a little alarming.
All in all I like it and at around $50 it rivals boxes twice the price. Unless it skyrockets sometime soon I'll certainly buy more.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
running for over 3 months and love this little guy -- this is my 2nd enclosure from vantec and I will buy them for life -- highly recommended.Published 3 months ago by Tret-ta
USB3.0 and eSATA is hard to find one external enclosures.
Great unit, looks good and HDD install is a breeze. Read more
Had trouble finding a single enclosure for a 6TB HDD. This one works perfect and easy installation.Published 8 months ago by Luis Aguasvivas
Bought this 9 months ago for storage expansion to my TiVo. After adding a spare SATA hard drive, opening TiVo box and some finesse modifying firmware, this works great and beats... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Wding2000
I have several of these and they all work fine. Unlike other similar devices, these come with a small plastic stand so they stay securely on your desk. Read morePublished 15 months ago by M. Anderson
Use one with a 3T Western Digital red drive hooked to a Sony HAP S1 Digital player. It transfers music up to DSD DFF 5.6MHz with no problems at all. Read morePublished 19 months ago by jj77
This is a USB 3.0 case, so fast transfer rates. Easy to install any 3.5" drive, and be up and running in 5 minutes. Super fast. No problems, but the light is very bright. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Frank