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Vantec NexStar SX 2.5" IDE to USB 2.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure (Onyx Black) - Model NST-285U2-BK

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  • 2.5"
  • USB 2.0
  • Up to 320GB

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Form and functionality collide with style in the NexStar SX 2.5” External Hard Drive Enclosure from Vantec. With its mirror finish in two classic colors--- Onyx Black and Metallic Silver, the Vantec NexStar SX stands out from the crowd. The sturdy drive cage protects your hard drive while the aluminum case effectively draws away the heat, protecting your drive from overheating. The Vantec NexStar SX is a high performance, lightweight, and durable portable storage solution and lets you store your personal data in an enclosure with style!

  • newegg Compatible with IDE/PATA Hard Drives The Vantec NST-285U2-BK is compatible with 2.5-inch, up to 250GB IDE/PATA hard drives, offering an ideal solution for your external storage needs.
  • newegg USB 2.0 Interface The USB 2.0 interface enables high data transfer speeds of up to 480Mbps while powering the Vantec NST-285U2-BK. Support for plug-and-play significantly decreases the need for driver installations.
  • newegg Aluminum Enclosure The solid aluminum casing delivers excellent heat dissipation and provides tough, reliable hard drive protection.

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Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Return Policies
    • Return for refund within: 45 days
    • Return for replacement within: 1 year
  • This item is covered by's 45/1 Return Policy.
Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great Product 12/4/2011 5:38:51 PM

Pros: Small, compact, looks good, and comes in a very nice case. Worked great right out of the box! Used it to clone a new larger 2.5" PATA HDD to replace the small capacity HDD in my laptop. Used Acronis 10 Home edition and within no time I had a perfect bootable cloned HDD.

Cons: Not a single one!!!

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Ownership: less than 1 day
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Good product, Great service from NewEgg 7/11/2011 2:13:39 PM

Pros: Easy to assemble, looks great, terrific price. I like that this model has an on/off switch. The package comes with everything (including a mini-phillips-head screwdriver) to put the kit together.

Cons: 1 of the 4 screws that were included to mount the hard drive to the tray was stripped. I managed to find a similar one in my jars of odds and ends, but it was a pain. Also, this particular item must have been sitting in storage for a while, or the silica package was not working properly because the mini-screwdriver was almost completely rusted. Definitely not a deal-breaker.

Overall Review: The product photos do not clearly depict the assembly, as the top and bottom panels slide off. There is a metal tray attached to the board, and the drive must be slid (somewhat awkwardly, though without difficulty) into place and mounted to the tray from underneath. The panels are then reattached and snap into place. Not terribly convenient if you are going to be swapping drives often, but since I'm not planning to do so I didn't mind.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Not bad...I hope (waiting for replacement) 5/18/2011 12:17:04 PM

Pros: Nice case, long jumper-style (sort of Y-shaped) cord, and power input port (5V). The cord length could be a significant factor since older computers or those with weak power supplies may not supply enough current. The cord has a jumper-style split so that data and voltage can come through one tip while the extra tip is only used if you need more power, and it only connects to the USB voltage (5V), which is why there is a convenient USB port on the opposite side of this connector for another USB device, such as a thumb drive, and still get use out of both ports.

Cons: I guess you have to live with the slipperiness of the case, but it does cause a difficulty when replacing the drives since the case open svia friction with your hand and the compartment lids.
A general complaint I have regarding these external drives is they don't have rubber feet so they don't slide all over the place, including off the top of the computer or table where they're very susceptible to being bumped off. So I recommend buying some of those little, thin rubber feet to stick on the bottom. Or you could trade convenience for fanciness and buy one of the sticky rubber things that folks use on their dashboard to keep their phone from sliding off.

Overall Review: As I mentioned, older computers or computers with weaker power supplies may not supply enough current to the USB ports (nominal: 500mA) to run these external drives without using the extra USB attachment on the cord or a separate power supply. If you notice this on the front ports, you may have better luck on the back ports which come directly off the motherboard. Otherwise, try a shorter cord.
The cord that comes with this unit is unique in that the power-only connector has a USB female connector piggy-backed so you can use both ports.
Also, you will probably have issues with power if you use a non-powered hub. It's worth the extra few dollars to get one that uses a separate power supply for most USB devices.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
BK 3/3/2011 10:14:14 AM

Pros: It works and works some more oh let me see if it works yap it works.....

Cons: NON

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Practical 8/16/2010 3:59:22 PM

Pros: Cheap, practical, utilitarian. Nothing fancy, but gets the job done. Super easy to install.

Cons: None yet.

Overall Review: I just had a few old 2.5" hard drives from old laptops on a shelf collecting dust. I'm a pro photographer, so I need to send my RAW files to my post-processor on 2.5" external drives. Great way for me to recycle my old drives. They're cheap, so I don't care if they get banged around in shipping may data back and force to my post-processor.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great Job 8/12/2010 1:53:10 PM

Pros: Easy install of my old drive - literally, you slide the covers off, slide the drive in, and screw in four screws. Plugged it into my laptop (running Windows 7 Professional) and it auto-recognized the drive, even asked if I wanted to check it for errors.

Cons: The covers are a little wobbly, like they might slide off on their own, although it's probably just me being picky.

Overall Review: I payed for a 3 day delivery and it was delivered the next day. Nice job again Newegg.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Nicely Done! 5/25/2010 1:00:35 PM

Pros: Looks good
Sturdy aluminum construction
On/off switch
External power supply socket
Easy installation
USB cable with "T" connection doesn't block 2nd USB port

Cons: None

Overall Review: Recommended and I will buy more.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5
5/23/2010 8:04:47 AM

Pros: This is a great reasonably priced item. The installation was very quick. I used this on a WD 2.5" HDD 230GB that I had lying around from a previous project. It took all of 3 minutes to mount the HDD and close up. HDD fit with no problem and accompanying screws secured the drive to the case. Case seems durable, constructed out of aluminum. My computer recognized it right away and I have backed up my files without issue. I will also partition about 5GBs for a linux operating system and will see how that goes. Overall very pleased with the price and performance.

Cons: Comes with a mini-usb to double USB cable. So this would require the use of two USB ports on your computer. One USB port for Data and one for Power. Also cable is somewhat bulky though the "power" USB connection also has a female port, so if you really needed it you could connect another device.

Overall Review: Since I already have USB 2.0 I simply used my GPS cable which is just a USB to mini-USB cable. This powered the device and allowed data transfer, plus I'm carrying around less cables. Most GPS and cameras use these types of cables so likely most will be able use this work around.

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