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Vantec NexStar SE MRK-525ST Dual 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s SSD/HDD Mobile Rack, SATA III ready (Supports 7, 9.5, 12.5, 15mm height SSD/HDD)

  • 2x 2.5" SATA I or II, SATA III ready
  • Up to 2.0 TB
  • Tool-Free Installation
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Equipped with a tool-less removable tray design, the VANTEC MRK-525ST NexStar SE supports two 2.5” SATA hard drive (7mm – 15mm) making switching and swapping drives easier than ever. Simply slide the two trays into the 5.25” rack and enjoy a pure SATA connection with speeds of up to 6GB/s. Designed to fit in any standard 5.25” drive bay, integrate this unit seamlessly into any computer. Transfer files painlessly and effortlessly with the new, truly versatile, NexStar SE Dual 2.5” Hard Drive Rack.

 

  • newegg Supports TWO 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-525ST

Model

Brand
VANTEC
Model
MRK-525ST

Spec

Specifications
Device Support: SATA I/II Hard Drive

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

Internal Interface: SATA

External Interface: SATA

HD Capacity: Up to 2.0 TB

Material: Metal & Plastic

Dimensions: 143 x 149 x 43 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 TWO 2.5" SATA I or II Hard Drives or SSD (7mm - 15mm height)

Seamless integration In Any Standard 5.25" Drive Bay

Tool-Free Hard Drive Installation

Metal HDD Case For Maximum Heat Dissipation

Attractive Blue LED Power & Activity Indicator

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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  • Drew C.
  • 8/22/2014 4:59:50 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks, blue lights are annoying

Pros: It works, what more can I say?

Cons: When the others commented on how bright the blue LED lights are, they were under-exaggerating. These lights belong in a flash light they are so bright.

Other Thoughts: Using Arch Linux

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  • Scott J.
  • 8/6/2014 12:04:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsBroken rather quickly

Pros: I use it as a single bay adapter.

Cons: Bakelite SATA connectors snapped off inside my cables after I mounted it. Very fragile... I was still using it as a single drive adapter after it broke.

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  • Marc M.
  • 7/14/2014 1:20:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Low
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsPoor Design reflected in Low Cost

Pros: Inexpensive... But at a cost.

Cons: Docking Tray locking mechanism. The outer clips are so thin (.75mm) that I have had two trays break from only occasional use.

Other Thoughts: This product is usable, but I would not rely on it if you plan on removing the HDD tray docks on a regular basis... which was for me less than 2 times per month..... I's simply a bad design in my opinion.

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  • Thomas W.
  • 3/11/2014 9:03:05 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggsNice Swappable drive bays, but watch out

Pros: I bought 3 of these to transfer large files between 3 of my offsite computers.
1. Easy to install
2. They work (with a caveat)

Cons: The drives have to to be pushed rather forcefully into the connectors to work properly and this causes a problem. See Other thoughts.....

Other Thoughts: When you put the trays containing you drives into the slots to connect them to the power and sata ports, you have a to push a little extra to get them to "take" once they are seated they are "really" seated. When you go to take them out i requires you to push the two clips on the sides in order to release the drives from the connectors the combination of the hard seating and the weak clips has now twice resulted in two of my clips breaking on the left side. At that point the trays are basically static trays and can no longer be removed without some tweaking. And wow i just found out that they
sell extra trays for 9 bucks what a concept... you think they knew that these things would break pretty easily? I do.... anyway 2 stars the design and the fact that they do indeed work as advertised... negative 3 stars for the fact they the trays are saltine crackers.

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  • george n.
  • 11/28/2013 12:48:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDOES THE JOB

Pros: GREAT FOR PAIRING UP SOME SSD's FOR A RAID SETUP-BEATS OPENING UP CASE TO REMOVE DRIVES-SIMPLE SETUP.

Cons: BRIGHT BLUE LIGHT(BUT SOME BLUE PAINTERS TAPE DIMS THAT)-A SMALL WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE BUT WITH SSD's NOT REALLY A ISSUE FOR HEAT.

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  • Korey R.
  • 7/11/2013 4:49:23 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsBetter than you'd think

Pros: - Two 2.5" bays.
- Doesn't _need_ screws to hold drives.
- reliable drive detection
- independent SATA connections

Cons: - independent SATA connections

Other Thoughts: I used this exact model for around six months while I was employed for a computer repair center. We had a custom server designed to do all of our malware sweeps, and this thing was rock-solid. I was unplugging and plugging in 2.5" drives five or six times a day on two of these units and not once was I concerned they were going to break.

The fit is snug enough that in the horizontal position, I never worried about the drives coming lose without screwing it in. This allowed rapid insert\removal of drives.

This was used in a workplace, so the lights never bothered me, but I can see the complaints--blue LEDs are very difficult for the eyes to adjust to, and they're -bright-.

Oh--and they don't use port-multiplication, they're two independent SATA cables--the bays are just pass-through, so they were fantastic for my line of work. However, if your drives are going to be a bit more 'long-term,' port multiplication probably would be a nice option.

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  • Donald L.
  • 7/6/2013 9:54:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsalways use caution with computer components

Pros: this little item is a fantastic idea except for no cooling fans but you should use caution and make or design somehow yourself how to put a cooling fan in there and you should always be careful plugging in your cables.
for me this was a perfect item to experiment with so far I have come up with some great ideas I added fans to the back from the fans for memory and I have changed the LED's so that they only come on when the hard drive is in operation ( remember, a led is a light emitting diode! There are thousands of these diodes with different ohm's! You do need tech experience to know how to check ohm's)! Buy a few and use your imagination on one of them to change it!

Cons: TOO MANY IGNORANT COMPLAINTS!

Other Thoughts: It makes no sense if you do not have at least a little tech experience and some common sense when installing any type of computer part!!!

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  • Frank M.
  • 3/30/2013 2:13:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsNice Idea ... But ...

Pros: Was on a very good sale at another major online site.
Drive activity LED's easily disconnected.

Cons: The drive trays leave a portion of the hard drive circuit board exposed, not a problem when they are in the docking bay. Could be a problem though if drive left on table, desk, and so forth.
The drive trays are very hard to remove from the docking bay once inserted.
The blue drive LED's are extremely bright. They stay on all the time and flicker with drive activity. If they were off and flickered with drive activity that may be OK. But probably not in a dark room.

Other Thoughts: There are other companies offering similar products, check them.

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. Thank you for looking into our products. We do value your patronage.
Best Regards, Vantec

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  • kelly M.
  • 3/15/2013 4:34:48 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood mobile racks

Pros: These are decent little mobile racks... They work as they should, beyond that, there isn't much to add.....

I purchased two of these units, plus the one that has the card reader and they all work.

I would buy them again and recommend them to people.

Cons: Little hard to get in and out. But for the price I can NOT complain.

Other Thoughts: Like other reviewers mentioned, the lights are really bright. I picked these racks over other racks because I wanted the blue lights to match my case, but these are obnoxiously bright.

If the manufacturer reads this, please, keep using blue LED but find ones that aren't as bright.

In other thoughts, if the lights annoy you, just unplug them... The LED's aren't soldered to any circuit board and are attached VIA a plug.. You could also change them very easily if you wanted and are a DIY'er....

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  • Ron H.
  • 2/16/2013 11:11:06 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot So SURE

Pros: Vantec NexStar SE MRK-525ST Dual 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s SSD/HDD Mobile Rack, SATA III ready

Cons: BOX says SATA I/II up to 3Gbps, I bought accourding to heading DATA III 6Gb/s, afraid to put in my system if its going to corrupt files

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,
The Mobile Rack is using a pass thru interface and will run at SATA III speed without any problem. It will work with SATA III hard drives and SSD. 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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