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Vantec NexStar3 SuperSpeed 3.5" SATA to USB 3.0 & eSATA External Hard Drive Enclosure (NST-380SU3-BK)

by Vantec
4.5 out of 5 stars 71 customer reviews
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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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Product Description

3.5'' SATA to USB 3.0 & eSATA External Hard Drive Enclosure

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Technical Details

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Hard Drive External
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 1
Brand Name Vantec
Item model number NST-380SU3-BK
Operating System Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Mac OS X 10.4+
Item Weight 2.2 pounds
Product Dimensions 11 x 2.8 x 10 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 11 x 2.75 x 10 inches
Color Black

Additional Information

ASIN B0064I1NRG
Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 stars 71 customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,198 in Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > External Hard Drives
Shipping Weight 2.3 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available October 10, 2011

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Customer Reviews

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This is a good quality drive, there is one caveat... As I was trying to find a suitable enclosure for my HTPC, one of my main requirements is that the hard drive spins down when not in use. I did not want the drive running 24/7.

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.
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I was a little wary ordering this. No reviews, new item, etc. However, I could really use an external enclosure that supported both interfaces. Well, it works very well. I ran benchmarks using my Western Digital 1.0 TB disk, both directly, via e-sata and via USB 3.0. Virtually no difference in read speed (no write benchmarking done), and the only difference is that the average access time via USB 3.0 is 19.1 ms instead of 14.3 ms via sata/e-sata. FYI: Max read speed was 100.8 MB/s (direct), 101.4 (e-sata), 101.4 (USB 3.0).

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.
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The short story: Just terrific. Looks smart, went together easily and properly.

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!
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I got this unit more than a month ago for my Dell XPS 8300 i7 and it performs very well. I got around 100 MB/s transfer speed with both eSATA and USB 3.0. I tried to find this unit in local Fry's but Fry's carried this unit with only USB 3.0 but no eSATA so I had to buy it from amazon.com.
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The drive enclosure is a competent piece of work, and does its job. It appears to be solidly built

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.
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I got this for eSATA because it is super fast (as is USB 3) but it has lower latency so it's more responsive overall. I like that it has USB 3 for the rare isntance that I'll need that (which I have on some PCs). So it's pretty much perfect.

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.
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I'm just purchasing my third unit and I am picky about external drive enclosures. I've found that Amazon beats the only other source I've found (Tiger Direct B2B) by almost five dollars - not a huge deal but worth it because it's Amazon Prime and I can get it in a couple of days or overnight if I want to spend an extra couple of dollars. But on to the good stuff...

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.

Pros:
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.

Cons:
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.
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