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VANTEC ST-530S3-BK Aluminum 5.25" SATA USB 3.0 External 5.25" Optical Drive Enclosure USB 3.0 External Interface

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  • 5.25"
  • USB 3.0
  • Aluminum

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  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Nice Case

Pros: Was easy to put together.

Cons: Non so far.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Good enclosure, but USB port on back is not a non-standard Type A!!

Pros: Works very well, fast transfer speeds, no trouble with USB connection or W7-W8-W10 recognizing.

Cons: Instead of using a proper USB Type B port on the back, they used a Type A. And even though they give you a cable to connect, it is super short (about 20 inches). So you will have a super hard time getting a longer cable that works. See below.

The cable goof keeps this from being a home run.

Other Thoughts: I did find this USB 3.0 Type A to Type A 6' cable on Newegg: Item N82E16812816141.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
VERY noisy fan.

Pros: Nice when it works.

Cons: After 10 months of use the fan started making a lot of noise. USB connection drops intermittently requiring power down and restart (this started about 1 week before the fan noise).

Non Standard USB Cord makes is difficult to use on multiple computers

Complete lack of concern by Vantec for defective products

Other Thoughts: FYI. Unit is shown in a vertical position. Most is not all full size CD/DVD drives can not be used in this position. This is not a problem since I use it horizontally.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Why Would You Want This If You Have a Blu-Ray Drive?

Pros: Solid construction, good performance , portability, Windows 10 compatibility

Cons: None as yet. As usual, it's impossible to assess product longevity on something you recently purchased.

Other Thoughts: To answer the question, I've owned quite a few DVD and Blu-Ray burner drives. Even though Blu-Ray burners are technically read compatible with DVD disks, occasionally some DVDs read much faster and more reliably on a DVD drive. So, if:

1) you don't want an external DVD or Blu-ray drive
2) you're out of 5-1/4" drive bays
3) you don't stream ALL of your entertainment
4) you want portability, fast USB 3.0 interface, Windows 10 compatibility, etc.

... then this is a good product to consider.

Of course, you can put any SATA compatible drive you want in this unit. It may be forward compatible with upcoming UHD drives, but we'll have to see.

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5/ 5
Great Enclosure for External Blu Ray

Pros: - Fit 5.25" Blu Ray burner without any issues
- External power switch allows me to power down the drive when not needed
- Windows 7 & 10 auto recognized the drive when I powered it on and disconnected it when I powered it off

Cons: - Cooling fan can get a bit loud (but that's why the power switch is useful)
- Takes up a bit of space on my desk, but it was the trade off for the higher performance these 5.25" drives bring.

Other Thoughts: - highly recommend this enclosure to take advantage of price and performance of 5.25" optical drives. USB 3.0 data rate support allows you to read and write at the drives maximum speeds.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Worked well for a while, then just crapped out

Pros: I installed a Bluray recorder in the case and it worked well for a while. Installing a drive in the case was quite simple.

Cons: It's been a few months now and it crapped out. The power supply is okay - the installed drive powers up but the USB interface is dead to the world. It had been intermittent at one point with my Windows 8 machine and now it's a doorstop.

Other Thoughts: I may end up having to buy another just to be able to read my backups but I'm not happy about pouring more money down a rathole.

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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
Ownership: less than 1 day
Verified Owner
5/ 5
works just great, nice metal enclosure.

Pros: mostly metal frame, internal power supply, heat exhaust fan, easy to assemble, USB 3.0, and no dedicated drivers needed. it was very easy to setup and I'm happy hope simple it was to get a portable Blu-ray drive together.

Cons: I wish both ends were also metal instead of plastic

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
External Case of Superior Quality.

Pros: Easy to install the Pioneer Blu-ray Burner BDR-2209 inside.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I suggest to any buyer to get this external case.

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