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Vantec NST-530S3-BK 5.25in SATA to USB 3.0 Optical Drive External Enclosure

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External 5.25" Optical Drive Enclosure USB 3.0 External Interface

With the Vantec NexStar DX External 5.25" Enclosure, you can easily add any 5.25" optical drive to your existing system. The NexStar DX connects to your computer through USB 3.0 , offering speeds up to 5 Gbps and even supports Blu-Ray drives! The NexStar DX is perfect for anyone looking to add any 5.25" device, such as a DVD burner, to any notebook or desktop computer. Because you don't have to open your computer, you will not have to worry about voiding your existing warranty or dealing with messy wires. The integrated fan and aluminum case keeps your device cool and operating at optimum conditions. The NexStar DX External 5.25" Enclosure is the smart way to upgrade any computer.

Quick Specs:
Material Aluminum
Host Interface USB 3.0
Form Factor External
Height 1.9"
Width 6.8"
Depth 9.9"
Wireless LAN No
Number of Total Expansion Bays 1
Number of 3.5" Bays No
Number of 5.25" Bays 1
Number of 2.5" Bays No
Number of 2.5"/3.5" Bays No
Cooling Fan Yes
Drive Interface Serial ATA
Number of 1.8" Bays No

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General Information  
     Brand Name: Vantec
     Manufacturer: Vantec Thermal Technologies
     Manufacturer Part Number: NST-530S3-BK
     Manufacturer Website Address:
     Product Line: NexStar DX
     Product Model: NST-530S3-BK
     Product Name: External 5.25" Optical Drive Enclosure USB 3.0 External Interface
     Product Type: Drive Enclosure
I/O Expansions  
     Number of 1.8" Bays: No
     Number of 2.5" Bays: No
     Number of 2.5"/3.5" Bays: No
     Number of 3.5" Bays: No
     Number of 5.25" Bays: 1
     Number of Total Expansion Bays: 1
     Drive Interface: Serial ATA
     Host Interface: USB 3.0
     Platform Supported: PC
Network & Communication  
     Wireless LAN: No
Physical Characteristics  
     Cooling Fan: Yes
     Depth: 9.9"
     Form Factor: External
     Height: 1.9"
     Material: Aluminum
     Width: 6.8"

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Experience: 2 Weeks
 Verified Owner
- price
- one of the few options making 5.25 writer external
- solid build
- works with Windows 7
- size
- fan (not loud but a passive cooling system would be nicer)
- weight
- does not work with Windows 10
Bought this for "ASUS BW-12B1ST Blu-ray Writer" and works like a charm on Windows 7. However Windows 10 failed to detect this device. The system had to down-grade previously upgraded Windows 10 back to Windows 7 to work with this device. Further troubleshooting is required for Windows 10 users.

Experience: 1 Days
 Verified Owner
I got two - both worked out of box.
I PM'd so it was a great deal when I had to use all 5.25 bays on HAFX boxes for drive trays -and so needed external optical drive.
Super construction and looks - just like all Vantec enclosures.
USB3 Cable included.
You might want to glance over instructions before inserting first drive. You'll be fine thereafter.
Turn off your computer and you'll be very aware of it's fan noise. Otherwise fine for me.
My first thought when having to resort to an external optical drive was, "Here we go with more clutter on the desk". This is a well constructed and good looking casing, though. It works well vertically or horizontally, so to suit your loading preference.
I burn lots of DVD's for my sister, but I use Bluray (for backup..). Simple to switch drives with two of these cases.
if you have to burn or use a lot of optical disks, then having one of these just in front of you sure beats reaching for a drive in the computer.

Experience: 1 Days
 Verified Owner
Very good speed. No special configuration
The fan is a bit on the loud side but not a deal breaker by any stretch. It kicks out a good amount of air.
I threw in a LG Blu-ray burner (WH14NS40K) and it is turning out successful copies each time. The case is solid and it has a small case fan that keeps everything cool. If your looking for a portable 5.25 inch drive, this is a great solution.

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