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Vantec NexStar 3 2.5" IDE to USB 2.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure (Midnight Blue) - Model NST-260U2-BL

  • 2.5"
  • USB 2.0
  • Up to 320GB
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Form and function intersect beautifully in the NexStar3 NST-260U2-BL 2.5" external enclosure. The elegant blue color, splendid mirror finish and sleek curves raises the bar to new heights in style. This enclosure is capable of supporting USB 2.0 or the 1.1 interface for flexibility and speedy data transfers, with a 2.0 data transfer rate of up to 480 Mbps. You're in luck even if you want to transfer big and bulky files. The enclosure is Hot-Swappable, so you can install/uninstall this enclosure without rebooting the system.

An external enclosure gives you freedom to add greater capacity to your system. The sturdy drive cage of this enclosure offers effective protection to the hard drive on the move. Its aluminum casing effectively keeps things cool no matter what you're up to. Attractive blue LED indicators show Power and HDD activity, to keep track of processes. The enclosure supports up to 160 GB hard drives, taking care of the most extensive data needs.

The NexStar 3 lets you store your personal data in an enclosure to match your own inimitable style!

  • newegg Support 2.5-inch Hard Drives The VANTEC NexStar3 NST-260U2-BL provides broad compatibility with standard 2.5-inch 9.5mm IDE hard drives to enable capacities of up to 160 GB or more!
  • newegg Aluminum Body The solid aluminum body delivers excellent heat dissipation and tough, reliable hard drive protection.
  • newegg Blue LED The attractive blue LED indicates power/HDD activity and provides eye-catching fun, too.
  • newegg USB 2.0 Interface The USB 2.0 interface enables high data transfer speeds of up to 480Mbps so you save time while copying or moving data. Support for plug-and-play significantly decreases the need for driver installations (Windows 2000/XP or above editions of OS).

Learn more about the Vantec NST-260U2-BL

Model

Brand
VANTEC
Series
NexStar3
Model
NST-260U2-BL

Spec

Size
2.5"
AC Adapter
USB Power
Material
Aluminum
Internal Interface
IDE
External Interface
USB 2.0
Maximum Capacity (per Bay)
Up to 320GB
Features
Aluminum Casing Cools Down Your Hard Drive
Transfer Rates Up To 480MBPS w/ USB 2.0  (12MBPS w/ USB1.1)
Easily Add Storage To Any System With USB
Hot-Swappable: Plug And Play Without Rebooting
Attractive Blue LED Indicates Power/HDD Activity
Supports up to 320 GB hard drives

Compatibility

Operating Systems Supported
Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7 or Mac OS X v10.4 and Up

Dimensions & Weight

Dimensions
132 x 80 x 15mm

Packaging

Package Contents
2.5" External Enclosure
User Manual
Driver Disk
USB Cable
Bag

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year
Labor
1 year

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Charles Y.
  • 7/25/2014 8:53:02 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice compact

Pros: small, compact, works right away

Cons: a bit tricky to plug in drive

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  • David C.
  • 10/8/2012 11:41:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsEXTREMELY tight fit

Pros: Cheap. works long term. durable.

Cons: EXTREMELY tight fit. Currently devising ways of removing the hard drive thats stuck inside the case the past two days with out destroying the drive. at this point, dont care about the case.

Other Thoughts: 2mm wider and this case would be awesome.

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  • Billy A.
  • 4/3/2012 12:18:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat!

Pros: Cheap, Easy to install and works Great!

Cons: None

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  • MK H.
  • 1/11/2012 9:10:34 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks

Pros: Easy install
Fit and finish are good

Cons: Manual rather useless.
Needs 2 USB ports in close proximity. (1 power, 1 data)
Has a place for a power adapter, but doesn't come with one.

Other Thoughts: Bought it to use an old drive for data back up. I was a bit worried about the mixed reviews on Win 7 compatibility. First pass, neither Windows nor Linux could read the drive. Changed jumpers on disc from cable select to master, and bingo, both OS's now can read and write to the drive.

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  • Thierry P.
  • 12/1/2011 9:51:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsAverage

Pros: Sturdy construction
Appearance
Good quality carrying case

Cons: Smudges easily with fingerprints
Slippery and easily dropped
May not work with all drives

Other Thoughts: This is an update to my previous review

Didn't work with Western Digitial WD3200GBEVE (320GB) drive in either XP or Vista, but worked with a smaller 60GB drive.

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  • Roy S.
  • 6/18/2011 8:13:50 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks with Win 7 Pro

Pros: This product works fine on Win 7 Pro. Two New Egg reviews I looked at for this product said that it would not work with Win 7. Forty other reviews said nothing about Win 7 incompatibilities, just that it was a good product. I decided to gamble with the majority, and try it, and was not disappointed. Four screws held the drive, two more closed the case. Win 7 recognized the drive immediately, and I had a like-new external drive again. The drive I am using came from a five year old external HDD, and had files I needed and wanted. My old drive USB port cracked and fell out, and I had to hacksaw out the old drive to transplant into this new case, but it works beautifully, and looks great too.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: When I want my next portable HDD upgrade, I'll look for another external case from this company. I don't have any complaints.

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  • Trent P.
  • 3/10/2011 5:48:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOES NOT WORK ON WIN7

Pros: N/A

Cons: Does not work on Windows7, and does not appear to work at all.

Other Thoughts: I RMA'd my first one (see first review) with the hopes that I had a defective unit. I just got it today and put a HDD in it and hooked it up. Win7 Pro recognized something attached to USB, but there is NO drive letter. It's a useless paperweight that has set me back too much money now. I will never, ever, again buy anything made by this company. I know the box says that it is only supported to XP, but I have tried it on 3 different machines running XP and it doesn't work on them either. Pure garbage.

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  • Benjamin F.
  • 3/7/2011 5:24:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGarbage

Pros: None it does not work with windows 7

Cons: It only works with windows XP or lower OS.

Other Thoughts: I bought this because it stated that it is compatable with windows 7 -- "Support for plug-and-play significantly decreases the need for driver installations (Windows 2000/XP or above editions of OS). " Now I get the package and it has been busy but finally tried to use it this evening and it states on the box that it is only good for XP or lower.

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  • Trent P.
  • 2/22/2011 7:48:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsJunky Piece of Tin

Pros: Nice looking aluminum case. Comes with a handy carry case.

Cons: Will NOT give me a drive letter on XP or Windows 7. Why??

Other Thoughts: It spins the HDD. I have put in 2 different HDD's and hooked this gizmo to 3 different computers. I have XP and Windows 7 Home AND Windows 7 Professional all on my machine. No OS would recognize a drive letter. I used EASUES Partition Manager to try and format at least one of the drives. No such luck. The instructions are vague at best, and there's no driver support for any OS after Win98. Everyone else seems to really enjoy this thing, but I'm not convinced at all.

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  • Max T.
  • 11/25/2010 8:35:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsApology!!!

Pros: I am apologizing because I wrote a negative review. I was dissatisfied because the connector didn't match. After going to the mfg's page and found out that the drive had an adapter on it. Once I removed all was fine. The enclosure is actually great!! It is sturdy and very easy to use. I didn't even have to load the driver for my hard drive. In a nutshell the product is great!!

Cons: None

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