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VANTEC NexStar NST-D300SU3 Plastic 2.5" & 3.5" USB3.0 & eSATA SuperSpeed Hard Drive Dock

  • 2.5" & 3.5"
  • USB3.0 & eSATA
  • Up to 3TB
  • Plastic
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The Vantec NexStar® SuperSpeed USB 3.0 & eSATA Hard Drive Dock is a complete and easy way to add or swap hard drives with your computer. Integrated with the latest USB 3.0 technology, performance is increased by 10 fold offering maximum speeds of up to 3 Gbps. The need of opening up your computer case or installing the hard drive into an enclosure is now a distant memory. Simply insert any 2.5" or 3.5" SATA I/II/III hard drive into the Hard Drive Dock and you are ready to transfer, copy, or backup files. The NexStar® SuperSpeed USB 3.0 & eSATA Hard Drive Dock is the perfect solution to access any hard drives in seconds.


Learn more about the Vantec NST-D300SU3

Model

Brand
VANTEC
Series
NexStar
Model
NST-D300SU3

Spec

Size
2.5" & 3.5"
AC Adapter
Yes
Material
Plastic
Internal Interface
SATA
External Interface
USB3.0 & eSATA
Maximum Capacity (per Bay)
Up to 3TB
Specifications
Device Support: SATA I/II/III Hard Drive

System Requirements:
USB-Equipped System
For USB 3.0 Speeds, the System Must Support USB 3.0 Specifications
For eSATA Speeds, the System Must Support eSATA Specifications
Features
Maximum Transfer Rates Up to 5 Gbps w/USB 3.0

Maximum Transfer Rates Up to 3 Gbps w/eSATA

Backwards-Compatible with USB 2.0 or 1.1

Hi-Quality Shielded USB 3.0 Cable Ensures Data Integrity and Speed

Eject Button for Easy Removal

Install & Access in Seconds

Attractive Blue LED Power & HDD Activity Light.

Compatibility

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

Dimensions & Weight

Dimensions
136 x 83 x 87 mm

Packaging

Package Contents
NexStar SuperSpeed USB 3.0 & eSATA Hard Drive Dock
USB 3.0 Cable (3ft)
eSATA Cable
Power Adapter
User's Manual

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Jonathan B.
  • 6/23/2014 1:54:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsStarted having issues after a year

Pros: USB 3.0
eSATA

Cons: Has trouble reading drives. Plug things into the old USB 2.0 dock and it works fine there. I tried swapping cables and several computers and it still has an issue.

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  • James T.
  • 6/3/2014 4:39:34 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsVanTec NexStar HDD Dock

Pros: Easy install. W7 saw the docking station. It seems to be plug and play. Works well with either USB 3.0 or USB 2.0. I use this with my desktop and my wifes laptop. I use this once a month to backup our HDD's and have been for almost two years. I have the older model NST-D300S3.

Cons: None yet

Other Thoughts: A must have if you are backing up a HDD and don't want to get into your computer case.

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  • John W.
  • 1/28/2014 11:07:57 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat customer service!

Pros: USB3
attractive
multiple inputs

Cons: like anythign you can get a defect. Except that in this case VANTEC stands behind it's products, so I really cannot call that a "con".

Other Thoughts: I bought one of these in 2012 and while cleaning out the office I found it again (don't ask!). I had set it aside because it didn't work. Well, before pitching it I shot an email to customer support and it turns out that all was wrong was the cable, which they are replacing at no cost. Real stand up guys!

Do NOT be fearful of buying this brand. They really do support their products, unlike 90% of all other ones.

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  • Michael K.
  • 2/20/2013 6:29:15 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Have only used a few times since purchasing -- for backing up mynetwork drives. Formatted multiple disks just fine. Network backups worked great. No issues.

Cons: none

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  • Roger C.
  • 12/2/2012 9:57:13 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsTerrible Reliability/Slow Speed

Pros: Sleek design, nice feel, very Apple like

Cons: Unit came with issues in the assembly (power button was flaky, spring load eject was not functioning). Dis assembly of the entire housing/unit/board was required; the unit came improperly assembled. Once the parts (thankfully there were only a few) were separated, the physical issues were gone (after some basic reassembly).

However, the unit immediately exhibited strange behavior when powered on; the unit would reset after about 4 hours of operation. This happened with both Windows and Linux/BSD. This made extended data transfers problematic. The dock continued to function (albeit with a limp).

This unit runs at a slow speed regardless of connection type (SATA I/II/III and USB3.0). This is a known issue with this dock due to the included hardware.

After 3 months of operation, the eSATA interface stopped working; the dock is no longer recognized. "Thankfully", there is a USB 3.0 interface to fall back on. Same hiccuping behavior appears; drive blanks online/offline now within an hour, regardless of activity/load.

Other Thoughts: I had much better luck with the Thermaltake BlacX ST0005U; 25 months of reliable operation without hiccups. Speed is a slow USB 2.0/eSATA, but they're upfront about the capability. I've had the same bad luck with the 2.5" Vantec enclosures, but their 3.5" Hot Swap docks are rock solid.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
We try hard to provide our customer with the best service. If you have questions about our products, please feel free to write to us for assistance at support@vantecusa.com. We will try our best to answer your questions. We do not encourage disassembling the unit because it can create more problem for the user. Thank you for looking into our products. We do value your patronage.
Best Regards, Vantec

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  • Andrew C.
  • 11/21/2012 7:25:54 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

3 out of 5 eggsDoes not work on Synology DS213+

Pros: Works well with multiple PCs and Synology DS1511+ NAS

Cons: Does not work with Synology DS213+ at all using the USB connections (USB 3 ports in back or USB 2 port on front). When using the eSata connection the Synology DS213+ will recognize the drive briefly, but the drive disappears and is inaccessible after 10-30 seconds.

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  • John W.
  • 11/16/2012 11:30:52 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWorked ONCE

Pros: Seems like it should work and did for me once. The problem appears to be in the cheap cable it comes with.

Cons: Cheap defective cable, I think.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused you. We do provide a one year warranty from the date of purchase on your product, so feel free to get that exchanged for a brand new unit.
Please contact support@vantecusa.com
Best Regards, Vantec

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  • Christopher T.
  • 11/14/2012 11:08:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDoes what it needs to.

Pros: It works.
Inexpensive.

Cons: Flimsy plastic construction.
Obnoxiously bright blue LED.

Other Thoughts: This would be a great little product were it not for the blue power LED. It's way too bright. You could use it as a nightlight. The plastic construction is a little flimsy and cheap, but that might be expected in an inexpensive model such as this.

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4 out of 5 eggsI DID NOT order this but

Pros: Everything! Other than not fully supporting 6Gbp/s

Cons: I carefully read their tech specs online.
Inside, there is only a Sata-II connection. This bottlenecks the USB 3.0 speeds to e-Sata speeds.

I confirmed:
...

Me: "It appears that this device supports USB3 out; however, internally does this use SATA II speed only?"

Them: Support Oct 19 (2 days ago)
"Hi Michael, You are correct. The eSATA port is 3Gbps"

...

eSATA delivers 3 Gbps. 3 Gbps is 384 MBps
USB 3 delivers 5 Gbps. 5 Gbps is 640 MBps.

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  • Gloria L.
  • 9/10/2012 8:40:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsJust perfect!

Pros: Works with every single SATA drive I'v tried on. I used this for regular SATA II disk from an old case and on external USB drives that were no longer working. Just broke down the casing and all of them are SATA disks inside. This thing read them all. USB 3.0 interface is really fast when used with compatible PC.

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: Its top of the line, USB 3.0, SATA III and up to 3GB disks... All max specs in the market ATM

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