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Vantec NexStar 3 3.5" SATA to USB 2.0 & eSATA External Hard Drive Enclosure (Midnight Blue) - Model NST-360SU-BL

  • 3.5"
  • eSATA& USB 2.0
  • Up to 3TB

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This NexStar3 3.5" hard drive enclosure from Vantec wraps your drive in a glossy midnight blue shell with chrome accents. Just because you work hard doesn't mean you can't look good. The internal drive cage locks your drive securely into place and protects it from damage while the aluminum housing functions as a heat sink to keep your drive cool and extend its life.


In today's fast paced business world, getting the data on and off the drive quickly is of paramount importance, so there's an an eSATA interface that can transfer up to 3Gb/s. An SATA to eSATA bracket is included to help you take advantage of the incredible speed. There is also a USB 2.0 port for when eSATA isn’t available.

The enclosure comes with everything you need, both USB and eSATA cables, power adapter, and a stand for vertical mounting. Carry your data in style and safety with Vantec's NexStar3!

  • newegg 3.5" SATA I/II HDD Compatibility The Vantec NexStar 3 NST-360SU-BL enclosure is compatible with 3.5" SATA I/II hard drives, offering an ideal solution for your external storage needs.
  • newegg Aluminum Enclosure The Vantec NexStar 3 NST-360SU-BL aluminum enclosure provides excellent heat dissipation and tough, reliable hard drive protection.
  • newegg Dual Interface Support The Vantec NexStar 3 NST-360SU-BL supports the eSATA interface for an ultra-fast data transfer speed of up to 3Gb/s and USB 2.0 interface for plug-and-play connectivity.

Learn more about the Vantec NST-360SU-BL

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Dennis D.
  • 9/30/2012 11:28:31 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat case

Pros: Fast SATA connection is great! Placed a 2TB drive into this, and it's been working flawlessly. The drive gets warm, but this case allows the heat to escape to keep the drive from getting too hot.

Cons: None

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  • Charles W.
  • 8/16/2012 5:41:57 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNeeded it

Pros: I had a 1 TB OEM 3.5 disk that I didn't want to keep in a dock, so I needed an enclosure. This one fits the bill exactly and is a good one so far.

Cons: None as yet

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  • Raymond J.
  • 5/10/2012 3:01:00 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood But

Pros: looks good eSATA seems to work fine ,external power, comes with eSATA cable

Cons: The adhesive they used to tack down the LED cable
protruded into the enclosure and interfered with insertion of the
HD tray. had to trim it with a knife (minus 1 star)

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  • Arnold M.
  • 5/7/2012 12:21:31 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsScrews too long

Pros: Easy to assemble with exception of screws as mentioned in cons below.
Handles 3TB hard drives
Excellent heat dissipation

Cons: The two black, front screws which hold the cover in place are too long. I have experienced this condition with at least three of these cases. At first I thought maybe I had cross threaded the screws. But further examination showed the screws are indeed about twice as long as they need to be. They will not seat.

Other Thoughts: I would have given this five eggs if it weren't for the issue with the front screws.

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  • Daniel P.
  • 3/6/2012 6:59:46 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsConstant Errors

Pros: Looks nice, good features.

Cons: This is the flakiest USB drive enclosure I have ever used. I am constantly getting USB read errors when trying to talk to it, and it has corrupted drives more than once. I will never buy from Vantec again.

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  • Donald L.
  • 3/2/2012 9:54:54 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat eSata enclosure

Pros: Seems well built. Two minute install.

Cons: Blue light on the front IS CRAZY!

Other Thoughts: I bought this to add storage to my DVR. Worked like a charm. Gonna put tape over the blue light or disconnect it.

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  • alicia m.
  • 1/14/2012 11:22:38 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsGood for the price

Pros: Easy to install hard drive - plug in and go. Took longer to format the HDD than the installation. Great case for starters.

Cons: Case not what expected. A bit on the flimsy side. Screws didn't line up so well, and you need to be gentle so as not to strip the plastic housing for the screws. Okay. Works. But not what I thought I was paying for.

Other Thoughts: Still give it high marks as it's sleek looking guy. Works well, and transports well.

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  • Dereatha C.
  • 1/13/2012 10:02:08 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsCheap and Works

Pros: I bought 2 of these. It is cheap and quiet. The USB and eSATA works great. The light seems to glow fine for me. I used the drive enclosures for doing backups and when I'm done I unplug them.

Cons: I was unable to get it to see my Seagate Barracuda XT ST33000651AS 3TB 7200 RPM drive. I ended out using 1 TB drives in it instead. The 3 TB drive I ended out putting in a different enclosure. I know someone was able to get a 3 TB drive to work so it might be my particular drive.

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  • Thomas D.
  • 12/9/2011 5:25:04 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot as advertised

Pros: An easy way to clone your entire internal hard drive and then put it on the shelf.

Cons: Does not include the eSata bracket as adverised. USB is way too slow to transfer hundreds of GB. Had to purchase a eSata bracket seperately delaying the use of this item.

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4 out of 5 eggsPretty awesome enclosure

Pros: -Sleek aluminum finish, looks fantastic
-USB2.0 worked perfectly from the start, have yet to use eSATA
-Mine came with a bracket to add an eSATA port to a desktop expansion slot, nifty!
-Data transfer rate is twice as fast on USB2 over the dead WD MyBook this replaced
-Have yet to have any significant problems with the case, LED works fine after almost a year of use

Cons: -Does get a bit warm when on for extended periods of time
-A bit pricey
-No USB3.0 support
-Front LED is really bright, I don't mind it too much though
-Supplied power connector is ridiculous, you could fit two AC adapters inside the massive wall block this thing has.
-Proprietary cable is extremely short

Other Thoughts: The adapter fell out of the wall socket twice before I moved it to my power bar, this thing would get an easy 5/5 if it had a better plug, otherwise i'm super happy.

Bought it at a local store for $49.99 because I needed the data off the drive in the broken WD external. Kinda unhappy with that but I feel it has reasonable quality for that price tag.

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