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Vantec NexStar HX NST-330SU3 Hard Drive to USB 3.0 / eSATA II External Case
Vantec NexStar HX NST-330SU3 Hard Drive to USB 3.0 / eSATA II External Case - PCSTATS
The Vantec NexStar HX NST-330SU3 is an economical external hard drive enclosure for 3.5" SATA II drives that permits extra storage space to be easily added to any desktop computer via USB 3.0 or eSATA cable.
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Closer look at the NexStar HX Drive Enclosure

At the rear of the NexStar HX external chassis is a hard power switch, USB 3.0 and eSATA data slots, the DC power connector and a small fan control switch.

The front has an 80mm fan embedded into it for keeping hard drive temperatures in check. Air is exhausted out the side of the NexStar HX chassis. This fan can be controlled by the small switch at the back of the unit. If you don't need it, just turn it off.

Front edge showing the LED strip light which indicates drive status when on.

Top of the Vantec NexStar HX which has air vents.

The SATA hard drive installs into the NexStar HX unit and connects with a hot swappable SATA data/power jack fixed at the rear.

The NexStar HX is powered by an AC brick adaptor and comes with a 1 meter USB 3.0 and eSATA cable. The unit must be plugged in to operate, neither eSATA nor USB 3.0 cables deliver power to support a 3.5" hard drive.

In Use

If you're running Windows 7 or Vista, the PC will react pretty sensibly to NexStar HX drive enclosure. It's best practice to go to "removable devices" in the control panel and "stop" the hard drive before turning off the power to the unit or unplugging a data cable, or data loss may occur.

The general build quality of the Vantec NexStar HX is nice, we particularly like the aluminum panels that should hold up to little bumps well enough.

PCSTATS isn't going to benchmark a SATA hard drive in the Vantec NexStar HX because serial ATA devices like this do not have any significant impact on data transfer speeds. In terms of USB 3.0, transfer speeds will be limited by the drive speed.

Quick, Simple, Easy External Storage

The Vantec NexStar HX looks good, works with USB 3.0 data connections or eSATA and supports a single 3.5" SATA hard drive without the need to crack open your computer case. What's not to like about that?

Connecting the external hard drive up to a desktop computer is as easy as plugging in the Vantec NexStar HX's power cord and connecting the appropriate data cable.

With a retail price of $40 CDN ($40 USD / £25GBP), the Vantec NexStar HX is a straight forward device which allows anyone to add a substantial amount of external storage to their desktop PC.

Data transfer speeds on the eSATA cable are just as fast as internal SATA drives, with USB 3.0 it's never been quicker to move a massive amount of data off to an external drive - this is the biggest attraction in our eyes. The Vantec NexStar HX NST-330SU3 is a simple and versatile approach to anyone's burgeoning storage needs, recommended.

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Contents of Article: Vantec NST-330SU3
 Pg 1.  Vantec NexStar HX NST-330SU3 Hard Drive to USB 3.0 / eSATA II External Case
 Pg 2.  — Closer look at the NexStar HX Drive Enclosure

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