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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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Product Description

Style: NexStar CX - USB 2.0

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.

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Style:NexStar CX - USB 2.0

Technical Details

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Hard Drive External
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 1
Brand Name Vantec
Item model number NST-300S2-BK
Hardware Platform PC, Mac
Operating System Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7, Mac OS 8.6
Item Weight 2 pounds
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 4.8 x 1.2 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 8.46 x 4.84 x 1.22 inches
Color Black

Additional Information

ASIN B0015LURY2
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4.4 out of 5 stars 574 customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #950 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > External Hard Drives
Shipping Weight 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Date First Available March 7, 2008

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Style Name: NexStar CX - USB 2.0 Verified Purchase
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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Style Name: NexStar CX - USB 2.0/eSATA
Vantec is a well-known and reliable brand for external HDD enclosures.

Despite what is printed on the outside the box, I confirm that this enclosure can work with the latest SATA 3 (aka SATA 6Gbps) and up to 2TB of HDD. I installed the Hitachi Deskstar 7k3000 3.5 inch 2TB drive with this enclosure.
Hitachi Deskstar 3.5-Inch 2 TB 7200RPM SATA III 6 Gbps 64 MB Cache Internal Hard Drive 0F12115

I had a spare eSataP port on my laptop and wanted to add an external HDD to my overall setup. Please note that there is a subtle difference between eSATAp and eSATA. The eSataP port is able to power up external HDD on its own akin to USB 2.0/3.0. eSata ports however require an external power supply to be provided. This HDD enclosure comes with eSata and USB 2.0 ports and comes with an external power supply.

Some reviewers claimed that their HDD was not provided with sufficient power by the enclosure. I'm glad to report that there is no such situation when you pair this HDD enclosure with the Hitachi HDD I mentioned above.

Here are some important specs from my actual usage of the product:-

1. Heat
The HDD enclosure is as cool as a cucumber!
Most of it is made of metal so heat is conducted away very efficiently.

2. Noise
It is also very silent.

3. Vibration
There is minimal vibration from the HDD but it is not great enough to be considered annoying.

4. Speed
The transfer rate is about 1.5GB/Min. This is for data transfers from SATA to SATA.

For data tranfers from USB HDD to this SATA, the rate drops slightly to about 1.1 to 1.2 GB/Min.

5. USB 2.
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Style Name: NexStar CX - USB 2.0/eSATA Verified Purchase
I used this enclosure for about a month now, no problems so far, worked nicely.
This USB + eSATA 3.5in enclosure actually works with 2TB drives (I use it with WD), not just 1.5TB as specified in the description. It's a slim enclosure, and very simple to assemble, comes with both USB and eSATA cables (and a sata bracket).
The power adapter is unusually large, though, almost enormous in size.
Other than that, it's a solid and well built enclosure.
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Style Name: NexStar 6G -USB 3.0(Black) Verified Purchase
I have owned Vantec Nexstar enclosures in the past and this just as well built. Plenty of ventilation for heat dissipation in an aluminum casing. The it comes with silver screws used to secure the hard drive in the the bay (1 will be extra) and black screws to match the outer casing also will have one extra screw. The hard drives slides into the bay the ninto the sata connector. then you use the silver screws to keep the drive stable. Then you slide the bay into the casing and secure that with the provided black screws. It has a USB 3.0 cable and power adapter. The back has an off/on switch. It includes small vertical stand or you can lay the drive flat. It has a bright blue light that shows hard drive activity. I attached this to an xbox one as the June 2014 update allows games to be installed onto external storage, as longas the drive/enclosure supports USB 3.0 and hard drives greater than 256GB. I attached it, went through the Xbox One's prompts and it was formatted and ready for use. it was plug n'play and ready to go. Oh and it supports up to 4TB internal 3.5" hard drives.
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