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Vantec NexStar SE MRK-515ST 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s SSD/HDD Mobile Rack, SATA III ready (Supports 7, 9.5, 12.5, 15mm height SSD/HDD)

  • 2.5" SATA I or II, SATA III ready
  • Up to 1.0 TB
  • Hot-Pluggable
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Expand your storage with the Vantec NexStar SE 2.5” SATA Hard Drive Rack. Equipped with a tool-less removable tray design, the NexStar SE supports 2.5” SATA hard drive (7mm – 15mm) making switching and swapping drives easier than ever. Simply slide the tray into the 3.5” rack and enjoy a pure SATA connection with speeds of up to 3GB/s. Designed to fit in any standard 3.5” drive bay, integrate this unit seamlessly into any computer or enclosure. Transfer files painlessly and effortlessly with the new, truly versatile, NexStar SE 2.5” Hard Drive Rack.

  • newegg Supports 2.5” SATA I or II Hard Drives or SSD (7mm ~ 15mm height) With the support of two 2.5” SATA hard drives, it helps switch and swap drives in a more convenient way.
  • newegg Metal HDD Case Metal HDD case brings excellent heat dissipation as well as tough, reliable hard drive protection.
  • newegg Hot-Pluggable With the hot-pluggable function, it is easy for you to replace your hard drive without shutting down the system.


Learn more about the Vantec MRK-515ST

Model

Brand
VANTEC
Model
MRK-515ST

Spec

Specifications
Device Support: SATA I/II Hard Drive

SATA III ready

Device Size: 2.5" (7mm - 15mm height)

Internal Interface: SATA

External Interface: SATA

HD Capacity: Up to 1.0 TB

Material: Metal & Plastic

Dimensions: 143 x 102 x 26 mm

System Requirements: Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7 (32/64-bit), Mac OS X 10.4 & Greater, For SATA speeds, the system must support SATA specifications

Features

Features
Supports 2.5" SATA I or II Hard Drives or SSD (7mm - 15mm height)

Seamless integration In Any Standard 3.5" Drive Bay

Tool-Free Hard Drive Installation

Metal HDD Case For Maximum Heat Dissipation

Universal NexStar SE Removable Hard Drive Trays

Hot-Pluggable

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Anonymous
  • 2/18/2014 2:47:54 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDecent rack with a few flaws

Pros: Rack is solidly built -- a steel cover (open back and w/ clearance) fastened to a rigid plastic frame with threaded screw holes on each side at 2.5cm + 5.5cm from rear, screws included

Tool-less 15mm-high tray secures drive along its sides at the standard 2.5" screw points, also clicks into frame after insertion to take stress off the SATA connector

Packaging is surprisingly nice

Cons: Horrible blue LED light shines regardless of drive activity, spin state, or presence

Frame screw holes don't match a 3.5" drive (but near the front has a non-threaded drill-through on each side)

Cheap rack means cheap tray with side-facing tabs you have to pinch for removal

Other Thoughts: The always-on LED may be a design limitation of 2.5" drive support -- it's fed by a 3-pin jumper on a "dumb" bridge board serving as the SATA backplane. With the powered-up case continuously supplying 5v and most SFF drives not drawing 12v the simple way to detect spin-up is unavailable (for want of a feedback plug on the SATA power connector, the way an expensive rack does it). Luckily the LED is quite easy to disconnect.

An activity light would just trace to pin #11 so they have no excuse there.

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  • Jeff M.
  • 9/11/2013 3:48:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggsGood Solution for HD or SSD to SSD cloning

Pros: Works well in my 5.25" tray that I bought for 3.5" HDDs. Like a previous reviewer stated, they are very proud of their packaging ... maybe put more money into the product by changing the plastic tray for holding the notebook drive to metal? I will be repeatedly popping in and out drives from this plastic piece and it's only a matter of time before it fails. This is the reason I didn't give it 5 stars, because the rest of it is built very well.

Cons: Plastic piece to hold SSD or notebook HDD.

Other Thoughts: I used to use a USB device to clone HDDs and SDDs, but have since put drive trays in my tower since I got tired of plugging that thing in, having unsightly cables and putting unnecessary forces on the SATA data and power connectors on the drives ... not to mention the SLOW USB speed. For this to work properly you must setup SATA in BIOS for hot-swapping ... otherwise it can have undesired effects on Windows =).

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  • Hong C.
  • 3/8/2013 1:11:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBroken tab of SATA adapter

Pros: The device work well with my 2.5" ssd and HDD. I like it.

Cons: The SATA plastic adapter tab of the box had broken and made the connection of SATA cable into the box impossible....

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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  • Joseph K.
  • 2/14/2013 7:18:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat for SSD's

Pros: I have removable 3.5" full size SATA hard drives with several operating systems that I swap out but wanted to try an Samsung SSD drive. Problem its 2.5 in format and I use 3.5 swap. This was the solution that has worked for almost a year now. Installed the 2.5 SSD into this unit. Slide the entire unit into the swap bay. Works like a champ.

Cons: None

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  • Dick I.
  • 10/12/2012 4:10:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot the same anymore:{

Pros: Works flawlessly storing & retrieving data. Easy to install.

Cons: BUT!!! The newer ones no longer operate their Indicator Lights. The first units I purchased are VERY user friendly, with the panel lite blinking when transfer to it are being made and goes off whenever the drive is removed. The latest ones purchased this month do not indicate ANYTHING.

Other Thoughts: The lite stays on ALL TIME. Does not blink or go off when the drive is NOT installed in bay. This is extremely problematic for the user.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,
We try hard to provide excellent customers service. 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 support@vantecusa.com. 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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  • Anonymous
  • 8/14/2012 7:59:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsdont bother

Pros: possible rack for a hard drive

Cons: definately didnt work with my 2.5" SSD hard drive so i say its a waste of money

Other Thoughts: bought a Kingston HyperX SH100S3B 120G 2.5" SSD

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,
We try hard to provide excellent customers service. 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 support@vantecusa.com. We have tested all major brand of SSD drives in this hard drive rack without any problem. 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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  • Pete A.
  • 11/4/2011 4:28:24 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBetter than a usb3 external!!!

Pros: THIS is the way to go with PC backup systems IF you do not have a NAS.
Format the laptop drive you have in this unit with exFAT in windows 7, that way it can be identified as a removable hard drive (storage). and left in the desktop!!

EZ and secure latching system!!
Do not worry about the bright activity light!! It is great once windows identifies this as a removable drive it works Flawlessly!! REMEMBER if you use this drive Format GPT and exFAT. You cannot go wrong!!!!!

Cons: Wish I would have found this system years ago!!

Other Thoughts: USE a WD black edition laptop Drive 7200rpm with 5 year warranty that Beats ANY external drive!!!
SUPER fast Backups of Large HD video files with absolutely NO corruption.

Purchase Extra trays for additional hard drive fast swaps!!

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  • Curtis C.
  • 4/22/2011 12:26:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGot it to work

Pros: Makes a nice way to protect your expensive SSD and prevent other family members from sabotaging your computer by hiding it! It comes with SATA cable and a power adapter pigtail.

Cons: Packaging fit for a diamond ring, let alone a little plastic drive drawer! I'd rather have it shipped in a bubble pack and save a couple of bucks then waste so much cardboard! As for the drive drawer, I got it to work after making a little mod. I installed my new SSD and all seemed fine until I tried to remove it from the enclosure. Opps...It won't come out! Got jammed in. Darn. Had to remove the whole thing from the computer, take the metal cover off, gently coax the drawer to release itself from the slot. Learned that the little spring clips that hold the drive in were not seating well into the little screw holes on the hard drive. Because of that, the "ears" on the clips were hanging up on the mouth of the the enclosure. Dremel Tool to the rescue! Sanded down the offending "ears" just a bit and it now slides in and out just fine.

Other Thoughts: Nice design, but leaves very little "wiggle room". Seems my OCZ SSD drive is like a nanometer bigger than it's spinner cousins and fit quite snug in the tray. Also, has this bright blue LED light that incessantly blinks all the time, lighting up my room like a discotheque! Black electrical tape cures that little annoyance. Overall, ya, if your budget is tight, especially after blowing a weeks pay on a SSD, this is the way to go!

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