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Vantec NexStar 3 3.5" SATA to USB 2.0 & eSATA External Hard Drive Enclosure (Onyx Black) - Model NST-360SU-BK

  • 3.5"
  • USB 2.0 & eSATA
  • Up to 3TB
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Form and function combine in the Vantec NexStar 3 drive enclosure. Turn a standard 3.5-inch Serial ATA hard drive up to 3TB in size into an external USB 2.0-and-eSATA storage device. The sturdy drive cage protects your hard drive while the aluminum case effectively draws away the heat, protecting your drive from overheating.

The NexStar 3 features eSATA (external Serial ATA) and USB 2.0 interfaces offering speeds up to 3Gbps or 480Mbits per second, respectively. This flexibility allows you to use your hard drive at its full performance where eSATA is available and still have the option of using USB where it's not. The drive is hot swappable, letting you plug and unplug the unit without needing to reboot. An attractive blue LED lets you know you have power and when the hard drive is actively working.

The drive can lie horizontally or stand vertically, and is powered by a bundled power adapter. In the package you'll find a driver disc, user manual, the enclosure, eSATA and USB cables, a SATA-to-eSATA bracket, along with the power adapter and stand. The NexStar 3 is a great way to store and transfer data in style!

  • newegg Supports 3.5-inch Hard Drives The VANTEC NST-360SU-BK external enclosure provides broad compatibility with all standard 3.5-inch SATA hard drives to enable capacities of 3TB!
  • newegg eSATA Interface The eSATA interface delivers transfer rates of up to 3Gbps to match that of your internal hard drive.
  • 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-360SU-BK


NexStar 3


AC Adapter
Internal Interface
External Interface
USB2.0 & eSATA
Maximum Capacity (per Bay)
Up to 3TB
Aluminum Casing Cools Down Your Hard Drive
Transfer Rates Up to 3Gbps W/ eSATA
Transfer Rates Up to 480Mbps W/ Usb2.0 (12Mbps W/ USB1.1)
Easily Add Storage to Any System With SATA or USB
Hot-Swappable: Plug And Play Without Rebooting
Attractive Blue LED Indicates Power/HDD Activity
Supports Up to 3 TB Hard Drives


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

Dimensions & Weight

8.1" x 4.8" x 1.3"


Package Contents
3.5" External Enclosure
Power Cord
Power Adapter
USB Cable
eSATA Cable

Manufacturer Warranty

1 year limited
1 year limited

Quick Info


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

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  • Adam E.
  • 2/17/2014 7:11:49 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Feels durable. Easy to install. Easy to use. eSATA!

Cons: Power plug feels a little cheap.

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  • Richard P.
  • 11/30/2013 9:38:13 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Great, have no problems, used until I got a new desktop, SATA, USB 2, have NO problems, and easy to use.

Cons: None

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  • Jack L.
  • 9/25/2013 8:02:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSimplicity

Pros: Very good single drive via eSata.
Easy to use and readily seen by your OS (I use Linux).
Good price.
Does not occupy much desk space.

Cons: Gets warm but that is the drives fault and with the metal casing, not an issue here in Hawaii as I have a desk fan blowing on my laptop/external HD.

Other Thoughts: Have not really used the USB option very much but that still worked well when needed.

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  • Kurt M.
  • 9/15/2013 5:12:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggsNice Solid Case, Cheap Electronic Inside

Pros: Nice Solid Case, very sturdy.

Cons: The electronic are very delicate. I had two units and both shorted out the power connection. Once even blowup and killed my working HDD. I heard a loud pop and saw a puff of smoke from the case. It went dead. Had to RMA two before I gave up and bought an enclosure from a big box store.

Other Thoughts: Good unit then working, I've have a IDE enclosure from Vantec and it's been working great for over three years.

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  • Andrew P.
  • 6/15/2013 8:36:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat enclosure

Pros: Very straightforward to get a drive installed. Compatible with every drive I've used with it, and every computer I plugged it into. Fast, good build-quality, and good-looking. No issues at all.

Cons: Can get hot with certain drives installed, but has not seemed to cause any reliability issues.

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  • Joel N.
  • 2/6/2013 3:44:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsPower Connection is Cheap. Inexcusable.

Pros: Aesthetically an absolutely beautiful case. The design of being able to stack these when you have multiple drives is a very nice touch. Simple and easy assembly.

Cons: Horrible power connector. Using these as back-up drives, it is understood that these will be frequently plugged in to backup then unplugged and put away when done. The power connector design and quality is the weakest part of these drives. The connector flexes and the AC adapter is not keyed well to ensure proper connection by the end user. Very, very poorly executed. One of the cases I purchased won't power up a 2 TB drive. It did initially. Then it stopped. The same drive works fine in a tower.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,
We value your input about our product and will strive hard to provide our customer with good quality products. If you have questions about our products, or anything that are not functioning the way it is advertised, please feel free to write to us for assistance at We will try our best to support and answer your questions. Thank you for looking into our products.
Best Regards, Vantec

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  • Neumann V.
  • 1/30/2013 12:07:01 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMine just died.

Pros: Pretty cool looking, works just fine.. didn't had any issue until yesterday . all of the sudden started t blink blue non stopping and my Win 7 didn't recognize it anymore ..

Cons: Not really the enclosure itself , but newEgg I logged in to my account and wanted to process a RMA , reached RMA's form choose the enclosure and put a RMA reason and there wasn't any submit button to finish the RMA , i guess I will have to call them to get a RMA..

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  • Ralph M.
  • 1/3/2013 10:20:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks flawlessly

Pros: Works like its supposed to, inserted drive, plugged drive in, and that was it.

Cons: None that I have noted

Other Thoughts: This replaced an earlier Vantec drive enclosure that I had for 3 years, worked flawlessly the entire time. Only reason to replace it was that it only went up to 1TB drives, and I now needed to go beyond that.

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  • Davin b.
  • 12/12/2012 9:41:09 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsPower Supply crapped out

Pros: Was great while it worked. Transferred files provided good protection to my HD as I dropped the enclosure form my desk to the carpet. Stayed cool and never got too hot.

Cons: Power supply crapped out on me after two years of light use.

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  • David C.
  • 11/30/2012 6:31:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat machine

Pros: Works as advertised.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I've had two of these for almost 5 years now. One as a backup, and the other as my main drive so it's used daily. Just upgraded to 3Tb drives with no problems. The LED light at the fron bunt on one of the units a couple of years ago, but other than that they've been very dependable. Highly recommended.

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