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Vantec NexStar 3 2.5" SATA to USB 2.0 & eSATA External Hard Drive/SSD Enclosure (Onyx Black) - Model NST-260SU-BK

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  • 2.5"
  • USB 2.0 & eSATA
  • Up to 750GB

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This NexStar3 2.5" hard drive enclosure from Vantec wraps your drive in a shiny onyx shell with chrome accents. Working hard is no reason not to 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.


With support for drives up to 160GB, you can easily store all of your important data. Of course in today's fast paced business world getting the data on and off the drive quickly is of paramount importance, that's why there is an eSATA interface that can transfer up to 3Gb/s. An SATA to eSATA converter bracket is included so 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, an SATA to eSATA converter bracket and a handy carrying case. Carry your data in style and safety with Vantec’s NexStar3!

  • newegg 2.5" SATA HDD Compatibility The Vantec NexStar 3 NST-260SU-BK enclosure is compatible with 2.5" SATA hard drives, offering an ideal solution for your portable storage needs.
  • newegg Aluminum Enclosure The Vantec NexStar 3 NST-260SU-BK aluminum enclosure ensures excellent heat dissipation and tough, reliable hard drive protection.
  • newegg Dual Interface Support The Vantec NexStar 3 NST-260SU-BK 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.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Don M.
  • 7/24/2014 3:38:57 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsMaybe Not....

Drive is securely held to PC board with 4 screws.

Cons: eSATA port was DOA straight out of the box. Plastic front cap has poor fastener design and pops right off at any more than a slight touch. Plastic rear cap screws can be easily mis-aligned tough they appear correct. Requires 2 USB ports to deliver adequate current supply to some hard drives.

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4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Easy to install drive, quiet, good heat dissipation and does its job well

Cons: The light on it is a bit bright and annoying for having it in your room at night, but a bit of electrical tape solves that

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  • Kelly G.
  • 6/29/2013 1:10:00 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOutperforms

Pros: I've had this enclosure since March of 2010 so it's over three years old and this little enclosure is still performing as it should. In fact what's really awesome is it's rated at accepting a maximum of 750GB and I just installed a Seagate Solid State Hybrid (ST1000LM014) 1TB 64MB Cache 2.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Laptop Hard Drive in it and it reads it at 931GB which is what the drive formats out to. I can assure you that it can read drives over 750GB.

Over eSATA I get sustained writes over 78MB/s. That was copying over 8 .mp4 files rated at over 25GB total.

Cons: I really don't have any complaints about this enclosure.

Other Thoughts: I do recommend though that if your using a drive similar to the one I'm using or a SSD that you should use an enclosure that supports USB 3.0 for the super speed R/W rates that they can handle. I'm only using this one until I get my USB3 enclosure in. I'll use this enclosure for an older drive that I have lying around.

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  • Gregory C.
  • 6/19/2013 5:21:58 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIt works and can be abused

Pros: It works as intended. Usb and eSATA and a place for a plug if you can find one to fit it (or modify it for something you have)

Cons: Nothing to complain about, works with Western Digital and Seagate drives with no issues.

Other Thoughts: I have two of these that have gone though several airports, been dropped on concrete from 2 feet up several times now, and slightly abused due to rapidly packing and unpacking. They do get warm, but putting another metal object or a heatsink on top of it helps get heat off the case.

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  • 5/5/2013 7:21:26 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsok wile it lasted

Pros: looks nice worked great wile it lasted
it worked fine and was a great way to back up system wile it lasted

Cons: well I ordered a new one this morning as the led cover just fell off 3 days after I got mine .this morning the usb 2.0 shorted out and the whole thing stopped working I ordered a another one maybe this one will last more then 20 days

Other Thoughts: I am sure this is not new eggs fault just poor workmanship
on Vantec part or poor QC checking also never got the carry bag everyone is talking about

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  • 5/4/2013 8:59:05 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsnice

Pros: I like this little enclosure very simple to use and does what I need it to been using it to back up system
when it worked

Cons: only had a little over a month and noticed today the cover where it covers the led fell out today and I have to play with the cord to get it to work right or it cuts off ??
I guess I will be contacting Vantec about this one might have just slipped through QC check

Other Thoughts: would have been nice enclosure if it did not fall apart the back just fell off and usb 2.0 does not seem to want to work unless u wiggle cord all the time

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  • Richard H.
  • 2/7/2013 12:51:56 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHard Drive Enclosure

Pros: Straightforward installation. Does what it says it will.

Cons: None

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  • Rick S.
  • 11/18/2012 7:21:08 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice little enclosure

Pros: Ridiculously easy to set up. Just insert the drive, and plug in. The hardest choice you're gonna have to make is whether to use SATA or USB.

Cons: Doesn't run the vacuum or cook my eggs.

Other Thoughts: Previous reviewer said not to leave this running for long periods as there is no fan.. I've had this device for a year + , and the only time it's ever off is when I shut my computer down.. I run non-stop.. never turning my PC off.. and have NEVER had a problem with the external drive installed.

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5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Currently using as a quick connect for archiving backups. USB and ESATA ports working as they should. I haven't run into any issues.

Cons: Due to size of the enclosure and lack of fan (not that you'd be able to add one anyhow) I wouldn't recommend leaving this running for any long periods of time.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/8/2012 10:50:43 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNO CARRY BAG!

Pros: It arrived

Cons: I'm a little ticked as the device came shrink wrapped but included no carry bag. This is one big reason I chose this brand/model. Poor quality control on Vantec's part.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused you. Rest assured we try hard to provide our customer with the best before and after service. You can always write to us for assistance. Thank you for looking in our product. We do value your patronage. If you have any further questions, please feel free to write to us at
Best Regards, Vantec

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