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Vantec NexStar TX 2.5-Inch SATA to USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure (NST-210S3-BK)

by Vantec

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  • Supports ALL 2.5-Inch SATA I/II/III HDD/SSD(Height supported 7mm, 9.5mm, 12.5mm)
  • Easily Add Storage to Any System with USB 2.0 or 3.0
  • Maximum Transfer Rates Up to 5 Gbps w/USB 3.0
  • Aluminum Casing Cools Down Your Hard Drive
  • Maximum Transfer Rates Up to 5 Gbps with USB 3.0


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 12.7 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Item model number: NST-210S3-BK
  • ASIN: B00B7RJNPS
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: Jan. 29 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #89,935 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Supports ALL 2.5-Inch SATA I/II/III HDD/SSD Height supported 7mm, 9.5mm, 12.5mm.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike Ambrosone on July 25 2014
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Worked perfectly!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
What's going on with port powered USB 3.0 enclosures? May 18 2013
By J. C. Danko - Published on Amazon.com
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November 5, 2013 - I have changed my rating of this device to 5 stars because it is working very nicely as auxiliary storage with my new ASUS T100 Windows 8 tablet. ASUS Transformer Book T100TA-C1-GR 10.1-Inch Convertible 2-in-1 Touchscreen Laptop (Gray). Perhaps USB 3.0 firmware is maturing. I have not had any problems using it very heavily to run STEAM games.

May 15, 2013 - This is the fourth USB 3.0 external disk enclosure/adapter I have purchased from Amazon in the last 9 months. The first was powered by a traditional wall wart power supply and it works flawlessly. I have gone through three similar to the Vantec in the last two months and all have the same problem. They lose connection and re-connect to the host USB 3.0 ports intermittently and repeatedly. Any kind of intense file transfer activity is not reliable. When connected to USB 2.0 ports they work just fine. I am beginning to suspect the USB 3.0 logic built into Intel i7 Ivy Bridge chipsets in my two 2012 HP notebooks: DV7t-7000 CTO and DV6-7014nr. I'm thinking they don't supply enough power at USB 3.0 speeds. They certainly don't lack for anything else. I don't know haw to rate these devices so I default to a 3. I would dearly like to hear from anyone else on this issue and what kind of host they are using.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Not as good as as I hoped April 26 2013
By Dan - Published on Amazon.com
The Good
I got this enclosure at a local computer store. I was a little nervous about getting it because I was planning to use it on Ubuntu Linux. The package and on line descriptions made no mention of Linux. That's not a big surprise. It must be really hard for companies to write that on packaging I suppose. I usually have very good luck getting hardware to work with Linux. Anyway the drive worked just fine on Linux, as I expected, when connected to a USB3 port. Three of the six system I own or manage have USB 3 ports now so it was going to be nice having a little speed boost on those systems.

The Bad.
The problem was the enclosure package says it is backwards compatible with USB 2 so that it will run at USB 2 speed when connected to a USB 2 port. I found that was not the case for me. The linux dmesg output showed many strange errors when connected to USB 2 ports. My guess is the single USB cable connector included can not get enough power from a USB 2 port to power this laptop HDD. The enclosure does not have an external power port either. It might work with a SSD as they seem to need less power.

I purchased another enclosure here on Amazon and I still need to review it...
Sabrent USB 3.0 To 2.5-Inch Sata Aluminum Hard Drive Enclosure Case for 9.5mm, 12.5mm 2.5-Inch SATA-I, SATA-II, SATA-III HDD and SSD Black (EC-TB4P)
It comes with a Y style cable and does work, in USB 3 mode, with the large USB end connected to a USB 3 port. Or in USB 2 mode when both males ends are connected to 2 USB 2 ports. This is with the same physical HDD tested in both enclosures. This will allow me to use the drive in all of the six Linux systems I own or manage.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I don't like the product July 8 2013
By Jose H. Valenzuela - Published on Amazon.com
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I do not know what is wrong with this product... it simply fails (have 2 of em with the same problems).
Cons..
1.- Disconnects once in a while, had me BSOD twice already (really...), cable feels loose on both ends, tried another cable and got less disconnects.
2.- It gives you mistakes on large files, I have to check the CRC one by one (what a hassle!) had issues where unzipping failed because the CRC was wrong (files copied wrong), and turned out that the original file in the computer was fine, it is just that the controller on this enclosure introduced wrong data to certain file and changed the CRC (I'm assuming this because I have another brand of enclosure and this NEVER happened before)
3.- Did I mentioned that the way they "isolate" the disk circuitry from the enclosure is, they provide you with a clear rectangle plastic, with adhesive at both ends, barely the size of the circuit area, and they expect you to do a good job applying the "insulator" at your disk. So you have to trust your skills and insulator to avoid a fried disk, what a hassle!!! I used my own insulator method instead.
4.- The disk may jump inside the enclosure freely!, no bolts or clamping mechanism, may brake the connector inside due mechanical stress if placed upside down, my insulation method prevented this but again, what a hassle!!!!!
5.- Now I have to start saving/thinking about getting another pair of enclosures, my other enclosure from the other brand has my eyes set on getting him brothers...

The pros..
1.- USB 3.0 works, it compensates the time it takes me to check the CRC on large files, which makes me feel I'm back to USB 2.0 if you summarize the time it takes me to copy large files, but other than that, speed works just fine (around 100MB).
2.- Don't really know about the heat inside but the heat outside is nice, it might be doing a good job taking the heat out of the disk...
3.- Nothing else!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Stopped working after a few uses June 30 2013
By personage - Published on Amazon.com
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Worked fine for maybe 3 uses, then just stopped working. Now, the enclosed HDD gets power and spins, but isn't recognized by the OS. I took the HDD out of this enclosure, connected it to my computer with an older SATA->USB 2.0 interface, and it works fine, so it's not an issue with the HDD itself, just this enclosure.

Also, the screws are garbage; their threads get significantly degraded with every turn.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Yet another Vantec product that doesnt work Sept. 8 2013
By M. Bartlett - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
I received this enclosure to move my uncles 750G 2.5 SATA drive to here as i replaced his laptop drive with a 256G SSD and a 1T 2nd drive.

I tested out the enclosure with the new 1T drive - it would initially pick up and then not work if you browsed the drive, tried to format it or bench it.

Disconnect the USB 3 and reconnect and same, picks up for a few minutes then the HD light on the enclosure just flashes rapidly over and over.

Tested with the 256G SSD and another older 160G SATA 2.5 drive and same results.

this was tested on 3 different systems / motherboards on USB3 ports all with the same results.

trying on USB 2 ports the enclosure light just goes green and the drive is not accessible.

Seems like the same poor quality control like many of the Vantex 2.5 USB 2 enclosures.

Do not buy this faulty product.