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

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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 glossy midnight blue shell with chrome accents. Just because you work hard, there's no reason 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.


With support for up to 160GB drives you can easily store all of your important data. In today's fast paced business world, getting the data on and off the drive quickly is of paramount importance; that's why there's an eSATA interface that can transfer up to 3Gb/s. An SATA to eSATA 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-BL 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-BL aluminum enclosure ensures excellent heat dissipation and tough, reliable hard drive protection.
  • newegg Dual Interface Support The Vantec NexStar 3 NST-260SU-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.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Bruce G.
  • 1/29/2014 10:12:38 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNo Carrying Case

Pros: The NexStar 3 case is solid and reliable. I own 6 of them in various models, which I use to recycle old laptop drives as external backup drives. They have always worked perfectly, and I have never had a problem with any of them.

Cons: The Newegg image shows a carrying case. My most recent drive arrived without one, and it is no longer on the list of package contents on the outside of the box. I now need to find another storage solution.

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  • Michael K.
  • 1/27/2014 2:19:11 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat enclosure!

Pros: Hard drive mounting feels secure. After assembling, just plugged into laptop and it found and installed drivers instantly. Worked perfectly and allowed me to finally use the hard drive from my fried laptop!

Cons: Nothing bad to say about this product, unless you are OCD about fingerprints, in which you should probably keep wipes around since the glossy case attracts them. Not worth taking off an egg.

Other Thoughts: After reading the other reviews I decided to choose this enclosure, and I am not disappointed!!! I highly recommend this to anyone looking to give life to an extra hard drive.

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  • Aaron H.
  • 11/28/2013 12:50:34 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood for backup

Pros: Good way to make use of an extra HDD.

Cons: Drive not immediately recognized by multiple computers. Slow to connect and this eSATA is slower than a USB 3.0 WD Passport. Could be the drive, not the enclosure's fault.

Other Thoughts: Replaced laptop HDD with a SSD. Repurposed HDD as external storage using this product. Great way to use otherwise useless hardware while staying mobile.

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  • Robert W.
  • 3/21/2013 1:19:29 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice but no Cigar

Pros: Light weight, looks cool. usb and esata do work.

Cons: power adapter fail. I needed to run this as an esata external drive without usb power available. So, I bought the power adapters on secondary market that were advertised to work with the device. They were awful.
So, It would have been really nice if Vantec would produce reliable power adapters that shipped with this enclosure.

Other Thoughts: I boot into linux using external hard drives from various hardware at various office locations. The machines have esata ports but may not have enough available usb ports to supply power. I was hoping this encasement would provide a cheap and lightweight replacement for a couple enclosures I bought a few years ago that began to fail. However, Vantec did not have a power adapter for it and I bought a compaible one on the secondary market. It was awful. So, my overall rating for is minus a star for the devide having a power input, but no power supply that could supply stable power

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  • Michael U.
  • 3/4/2013 10:58:39 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice little enclosure

Pros: Flexibility of both USB 2.0 (for widest compatibility) and eSATA (for fastest throughput). Solid construction. Simple drive installation.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: The included USB Y-cable can be used to power it when using it in eSATA mode. Would've been nice if they had provided an AC adapter too, but the power jack is compatible with the AC adapters used by many USB hubs. I had an extra AC adapter from a USB hub that died in my spares pile, and it works great with this enclosure.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/16/2012 10:07:51 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing enclosure

Pros: Everything I wanted, looks great, stays cool, and protects the drive great. I put a HDD from an old Laptop of mine and it works perfectly. I've even dropped it a few times and the case hasn't dented or scratched.

Cons: None

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/30/2011 9:03:59 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Product

Pros: The enclosure itselft is Perfect. No problems installing my drive and no problems connecting it to my sistem. I color and design of the enclosure are awesome. I love the fact that you can select to use USB or eSATA, and it even comes with an eSATA PCI slot bracket for those that don't already have an eSATA port. I can't speak to weither or not the bracket works because I already had an eSATA port.

Cons: I didn't particularly like the USB cable that came with the encloser so I used a different one.

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  • Dale B.
  • 7/28/2011 3:26:07 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBeautiful and well-built

Pros: It is gorgeous - slim, nice color, and sturdy metal construction. It stands on its flat edge without needing a stand and is smaller than I expected.

The included screws fit the drive perfectly and everything went together without any trouble - it was so simple to put together I almost laughed to see an instruction manual (actually, wait a minute - I did laugh).

They include a tiny driver disk, but I can't imagine anyone is going to need it for WINDOWS 98!! Still, it was very nice of them to do that.

Cons: You can't touch it without leaving fingerprints, but that just gives you a reason to cradle it in your hand and rub them off! =)

Other Thoughts: It's a looker! I bought it for a customer and want one for myself now!!

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  • Simon T.
  • 7/23/2011 10:33:04 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsSturdy case

Pros: - Sturdy aluminium casing
- Nice transport bag
- PCI bracket included (had eSATA on my laptop but not on the desktop, so I can use it everywhere)
- eSATA is indeed very fast
- Blue color is cool :P
- I can run a 5400rpm on a single (3rd party) USB cable for power for eSATA

Cons: - Power/activity LED is kinda bright, but im just picky :D
- USB and eSATA cables are way too long is you use it as an external drive on the go. I bought a short USB and eSATA drive on an auction site and now I can fit everything in the included bag
- I once installed Win7 on this drive using eSATA, but after formating the drive, USB connection would not work anymore. Maybe I should remove the drive and externally format it, anyway thats the only bad thing I have to say :P

Other Thoughts: Perfect for mobile user if you buy shorter cables (the included cables are very hard to fit in the bag), and it has taken many many hits in the last 2 years so it's really a solid case. It cost a little bit more than some others, but it worth every penny :)

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  • Oshane G.
  • 6/27/2011 10:35:22 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsData enclosed with style

Pros: -stylish
-sufficient cooling (heat dissipation)
-comes with carry case

Cons: -doesnt fit 1tb drives

Other Thoughts: The cd it comes with is useless if you have W7.

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