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Vantec NexStar MX Dual 3.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Looks great, keeps drive secure and cool and does what it says it will do.

Cons: None really, perhaps fan noise, I have four units running 24/7 so I can definately hear the fans.

Other Thoughts: I have had these things in service 24/7 for quite some time with no failures. The last one I purchased I connected via USB port to a Linksys E4200 router and made an NAS drive out of it. They just work for me. These are a perfect match for Western Digital Green drives, and the enclosure keeps them nice and cool.

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Vantec NexStar CX 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Great Addition to the Desktop 04/15/2011

This review is from: Vantec NexStar CX 3.5" SATA to USB 2.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure - Model NST-300S2-BK

Pros: Slim small form factor, looks great and keeps my drive cool.

Cons: Instructions on connecting LED cable could be a little more clear. I relied on earlier reviews to help me connect the LED correctly. Make sure pin one on LED cable is oriented right.

Other Thoughts: I paired this with a Vantec FX NAS adapter and a 2Tb Western Digital Green drive and made a NAS out of it. The enclosure keeps the drive cool and it looks and works great. With this configuration I can create my own NAS unit and not be locked in to a ready made NAS. I picked my own enclosure, one with a good track record, and made my own NAS drive.

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Vantec NexStar FX Gigabit Ethernet External NAS Adapter - Model NST-600NU
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggs Vantec NST-600NU Works for me. 04/13/2011

This review is from: Vantec NexStar FX Gigabit Ethernet External NAS Adapter - Model NST-600NU

Pros: Small form factor, attractive casing, good instructions, attractive Status LED's, Decent web-based configuration options, and it does what it says it will do. I am a total novice when it comes to networking but I was able to set this up with a simple SMB share which I needed. I also set up a spare USB printer, and made it a network printer. I attached a Vantec CX USB external enclosure and a 2Tb Western Digital Green drive without any problems.

Cons: Seems to run a little warm, but the case is vented, and it is not too hot to be of concern, at least for me. I can't really say much about its speed because I have no referece device to compare it to. Also, the drive attached has to be formatted FAT32 which is pretty standard for this type of adapter. It also only supports one drive, and up to a 2Tb limit, it is not really a con, it is just the way these adapters are.

Other Thoughts: I was a little afraid to make this purchase because I could not find any reviews on the web, but I am glad I did now. Sometimes these types of adapters wind up as paper weights, but this seems like it is going to work for what I need it for. Considering, I was out of USB ports, and didn't want to clutter up my desk with a USB hub, I was able to add another external drive and printer without too much hassle.

My Network/Backup Subsystem:
4 Vantec MX Dual Drive enclosures holding a total of 12TB of Westen Digital Green drifves, and
1 Vantec CX External Enclosure w/ 2Tb Western Digital Green Drive attached to a Vantec FX NST-600NU via a Linksys E4200 router. The E4200 router also is populated with one of the Vantec MX encloures via the router's USB port, making a total of 8Tb attached storage and 5Tb of NAS storage. All bought at Newegg with the exeption of the E4200 router, and I would have bought it from the Egg too if would have been available.

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Display Name: Kenneth P.

Date Joined: 08/06/06

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 11/22/10
  • Last Review: 04/24/11
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