Vantec NexStar3 Enclosure

by Greg King on January 13, 2006 in Storage

We all know that keeping our components cool is the best way to prolong their life, and our Hard Drives are certainly no different. Vantec is offering us a great looking solution for our external drives that grants us great speed and enough class to satisfy anyone.

Page 2 – Installation

The installation of the HDD into the enclosure was nice and easy. In this next picture, you will see the back end of the enclosure where the power switch is and where you plug everything into.

At the top and the bottom of the enclosure, on the back side, there are 2 small black Phillips screws. To remove the hard drive tray, you must first remove the 2 black screws. Once the 2 screws in question are removed, the tray slides right out and the hard drive is secured in the same fashion as a desktop case. Easy enough.

The hard drive that I chose to pick up is a Seagate Barracuda 7200 RPM 250 GB. Seagate is been a long time favorite of mine when it comes to hard drive manufactures but that is for another review. This particular hard drive comes with NCQ and can be found at for the sick price of $130 US. Here is some serious linkage lovin’ for all you in need of a good SATA hard drive. Get one. Now.

Above you can see the SATA connection that will have to be made before you place everything back into the enclosure. Once inside, replace the 2 black screws and power her on.

The enclosure is made to be setup either flat on its side or vertically with some help of the provided stand. The stand is made out of black plastic and just slips around the bottom of the enclosure. If placed on its side, gravity does the work for you and the four rubber nubs in each of the corners help.

I have chosen to use this with its stand and go the vertical route. This will allow me to test this drive on my desktop.

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