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Vantec NexStar TX 2.5-Inch SATA to USB 2.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure

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  • Supports SATA I and II
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Style: NexStar TX - USB 2.0

Vantec NexStar TX 2.5" SATA to USB 2.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure

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Style:NexStar TX - USB 2.0

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Hard Drive 1.5 TB External
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 1
Brand Name Vantec
Item model number NST-210S2-BK
Hardware Platform Pc
Operating System Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7, Mac OS 8.6
Item Weight 3.2 ounces
Product Dimensions 5 x 1 x 3 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 5 x 1 x 3 inches
Color Black

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ASIN B002JQNXZC
Customer Reviews
4.2 out of 5 stars 2,536 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #161 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > External Hard Drives
Shipping Weight 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Date First Available April 2, 2004

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By Corey White on September 27, 2010
Style Name: NexStar TX - USB 2.0 Verified Purchase
When you buy something like a hard drive enclosure from a second-tier manufacturer for such a low price, there are certain expectations: shoddy workmanship, poorly translated manual, baffling packaging, poor design, etc. I'll confess I had those expectations, but I didn't expect it to matter -- I wanted this enclosure for one-time use, to clone my Macbook's current drive onto a new (higher capacity) drive before installing it.

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.
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By Jason on June 5, 2010
Style Name: NexStar TX - USB 2.0
Not much to say about hard drive enclosures. This one works well and it is cheap. Very slim design, looks nice, easy to install and the fact that it's aluminum means no fans are necessary. The aluminum casing keeps the drive cool at all times. I used a 7200rpm drive in the enclosure to transfer a large amount of files and the enclosure never heated up at all.

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!
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First let me explain why I needed this product. I had a 3 year old laptop which stopped working and was out of warranty, so I went and got a repair estimate for the laptop which turned out to be much higher than I'd expected. I decided to part it out but kept the hard drive because it was fully functional and had ample space which would be ideal as a portable USB HDD. I didn't own any portable HDDs but have always considered getting one for transferring large DVD movie files. I searched around for a quality aluminum enclosure that didn't break the bank which is where this Vantec comes in.

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.
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The first question you need to answer is why do you want something like this? If it is to carry an extra drive around with you, I would not not buy this one. If you need to house a drive to keep a backup on, or you just replaced your old internal drive with an upgrade, and want to be able to access all the stuff you had on this drive, it is hard to beat. And this second reason is why I bought it. For travel I prefer the Rockfish enclosure. This Vantec is priced very low because it is very cheaply made. It does not securely hold a drive in place. You literally "plug the drive" into the end plate, slide it into the case, then screw the end plate in with the two screws provided and the provided screwdriver. Nothing securing your drive at all. So if you are only going to use the drive to recover data once it awhile, it's a great deal. Transporting data, no so much.
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