Vantec NexStar MX Dual Bay External Hard Drive Enclosure is a quick and simple way to expand storage capacity to your computer. It comes without the hassle of diving inside the PC and messing with all the wires, cables and connections. The sturdy drive cage protects your hard drive while the stylish aluminum case effectively draws away the heat; the front vents and rear fan keep your hard drive(s) cool and improve performance. Add two independent SATA I/II hard drives or configure into a single JBOD drive for up to 2 terabytes of drive space.
Supports 2 SATA I/II Hard Drives Up to 2.0 TB of Storage.
USB 2.0 External Interface Allows You to
Transfer Data Up to 480 Mbps.
Front Ventilation and Rear Fan for Better Air Circulation and Cooling.
Stylish Aluminum Case to Draw Away the Heat.
Easily Add Up to Two Independent Hard Drives.
Supports JBOD Configuration; Turn Two Hard Drives into One.
Simple Plug & Play Connection; Does Not Require Drivers.
Arcsoft Totalmedia Backup™, Archive Photos, Music, Video and Data with Three Easy Clicks.
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I have 2 of these, holding some 1 TB drives (Seagate & WD) for camcorder backups. Both work well, and I've had no problems with either. I have them set to "individual drives" mode, not JBOD, to make it easier to change out a drive if one should fail.
USB is fast enough I've got it streaming my iTunes library and a 720p movie off a Time Capsule (router) with only slight delay when starting up. If you've got a Antec 900 it's going to blend right in, but otherwise it's noisy- I don't have it on if I want to sleep in the same room. It's also a 50MM fan so it's not easy to find a replacement, going to try one and we'll see. For taking up one USB slot it's handy and cheap enough to abandon if you have to go to a 4-5 drive array.
I bought this dual hard drive enclosure after filling up my old 500GB drive. I bought a 1TB drive with this enclosure and paired it with my old hard drive (different companies, different sizes) with no problems whatsoever. Just flick the internal switch to JBOD and you’re good to go. All the data from my old 500GB drive was recognized with no problems. I had to format the brand new 1TB disk, but that’s simple enough to do in Windows. I did a quick format and had the new drive operating in 2 minutes. I also decided to get this model because my old enclosure ran very hot and had no cooling system which made me uneasy. I’ve kept the enclosure on for a week straight and so far the built in fan has kept the drives quite cool. The fan is a little noisy, but it doesn’t really bother me.
This is a great product - absolutely no install/connection issues - worked first time with 2 brand new, unformatted SATA 500G drives. This is a high quality build and I will definitely buy another product by Vantec. A nice touch is that my two 500G drives can appear (a flick of a switch) as one 1G drive.
Looks like a great product. I hope it will last long. If it does (I have it only for 2 days) I would highly recom,end. This review was modfied by poster r 07-25-08 02:05 PM This review was modfied by poster k 07-25-08 02:50 PM
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I've always found single drive enclosures to be a pain floating around on my desk, always in the way (laying flat) or falling over (standing on edge). This enclosure is great as it looks sharp, is very stable and can support a cup of coffee quite nicely. I accidentally killed the stock fan soon after I got it and replaced it with a higher volume fan so it a little noisier than out of the box but it's not on all the time and a noisy fan is better than none at all.
Like others mentioned eSATA or Firewire would have been nice for spending $60. A Samsung 750gig went in and easy and I plugged it into a XP comp, it found the brand new drive right away. I performed a quick format and was transferring files to it in less than a couple minutes. Not sure why others said it took hours to format or to format the drive before you put it in the case??
I have a 750 GB Seagate drive and a Maxtor 300 GB drive working as one big disk, formated with NTFS in Windows XP. I plan on using 1 TB drives when the need arises. eSATA would have been a nice option, as it seems to be catching on with device manufacturers and is quickly becoming standard equipment. Have had one error, likely from turning it off without using the 'Safely Remove Hardware' option in Windows. CHDSK fixed the issue quickly. The fan is a bit noisy, but I only turn the unit on when I need to do a backup and thus don't find too annoying. Don't see why it couldn't have internal power rather than a brick. Probably the biggest annoyance is the front panel, which keeps popping off. Looks like an easy fix though. All in all, no major complaints. It works as expected for being a USB 2.0 device.
Bought this as I have digitized almost all my CD's so that I can listen to them on many computers. With the 2 1 Terabyte HD that I put into this it's a great unit and would recommend for anyone.
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