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Vantec Nexstar SATA 2.5IN/3.5IN Hard Drive Docking Station USB2.0 eSATA

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SKU: 29676
Shipping Weight: 4lbs

Part #: NST-D100SU

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The Vantec NexStar Hard Drive Dock is a complete and easy way to add or swap hard drives to your computer. It gives you the flexibility of connecting any SATA I/II hard drive to your computer via USB 2.0 or eSATA connection without opening up your computer case or installing into an enclosure. Simply just insert any 2.5" or 3.5" SATA I/II hard drive into the NexStar Hard Drive Dock and you are ready to transfer, copy, or backup files. Quick and easy, the Vantec NexStar Hard Drive Dock is the perfect solution to access your hard drive in seconds.

Quick Specs:
Package Contents
  • NexStar NST-D100SU Hard Drive Dock
  • USB Cable
  • eSATA Cable
  • SATA to eSATA Bracket
  • Power Adapter
  • User Manual
  • CD Driver
Host Interface USB 2.0 eSATA
Color White
Form Factor External
Height 3.4"
Width 5.4"
Depth 3.3"
Number of Total Expansion Bays 1
Number of 3.5" Bays 1
Drive Interface Serial ATA/300

Specifications    [ Edit | History ]
     Controller Type: Serial ATA
General Information  
     Brand Name: Vantec
     Manufacturer: Vantec Thermal Technologies
     Manufacturer Part Number: NST-D100SU
     Manufacturer Website Address:
     Product Line: NexStar
     Product Model: NST-D100SU
     Product Name: NexStar NST-D100SU Hard Drive Dock
     Product Type: Drive Dock
I/O Expansions  
     Number of 3.5" Bays: 1
     Number of Total Expansion Bays: 1
     Drive Interface: Serial ATA/300
     Host Interface: USB 2.0
     Package Contents:
  • NexStar NST-D100SU Hard Drive Dock
  • USB Cable
  • eSATA Cable
  • SATA to eSATA Bracket
  • Power Adapter
  • User Manual
  • CD Driver

Physical Characteristics  
     Color: White
     Depth: 3.3" (83 mm)
     Form Factor: External
     Height: 3.4" (87 mm)
     Width: 5.4" (136 mm)

Vantec NST-D100SU Customer Reviews

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Experience: 2 Days
 Verified Owner
- easy to use
- reasonably priced
- blue LEDs
- eSata
- blue LEDs
- good build quality
- none
Well built product and does what it is supposed to do. Transfer speeds are reasonable on USB (it IS USB 2.0 so don't expect blazing speeds) and fast on eSata. For those who are complaining that this product doesn't work with eSata, you might want to check your BIOS settings and drivers before complaining. Besides that, I also like the color scheme and blue LEDs of this product and they match with my WD external drive.

Experience: 1 Months
 Verified Owner
Easy to used
Nice color
Work well until now
Cheap plastic
Cable a bit short
Hi there,

I bought this to make all my hard drive live again.
I can say this is very easy to install....a real plug and work fine for a 2TB hard drive no can even format brand new hard drive with this babies....cable seem a bit short....quality is a bit cheap....but the color is nice....i rate this easily 4-5

Experience: 1 Days
Easy to work with. Installs in a minute or two! Plop a SATA HDD and it works just like that.
None so far
Picked one up today to replaced a failed external HDD from Western Digital. Was debating whether to get this or the one of the Thermaltake BlackX docks. Ultimately went with this because of the included e-SATA bracket, which did not come standard on my EX58-UD3R motherboard from Gigabyte. Using one of my old 160GB HDD's on it and it works like a charm! Highly recommended for those looking to take advantage of the e-SATA transfer rate.

Experience: 1 Days
 Verified Owner
Great for handy access to data storage drives. All cables and accessories included as with other Vantec products. It works with big drives.
The drives get warm compared to proper enclosures. If you are going to do large file transfers, then remember to use an AC fan.
I'm very pleased because besides drives in enclosures, I also have bare data drives. Like many others (I'm sure) I've had drives sitting on things next to an open computer with power and SATA cables. This is much tidier and safer!
I just hooked it in and it worked perfectly. So far, other than one Vantec power supply, their stuff has done great service for years, and I have used lots.
I use Linux so unmounting isn't such a problem, but make sure that drive is unmounted before using power button etc..

Experience: 2 Months
- Works like it's supposed to be
- Product quality may vary...
- Not worth $40+ as it was only $20 with NO MIR when Thermaltake was the first company to come up with this hard drive dock.
The product works as it's supposed to be, but there are times that Windows does not recognize the device, even after turning it on and off. I had to wiggle the USB a bit in order for Windows to recognize it.

Now I haven't got any damages to this thing yet, unlike how other people say that the door already broke...they haven't heard of "gentle touch" and I bet they just push it in like it was a video cassette.

I bought a second one, and that doesn't have the USB issue like the one I have.

Experience: 12 Months
Really Hot-Swappable with both JMicron JMB363 SATA-II RAID Controller (on board of ASUS P5B) and Silicon Image SiI 3132 SATARaid Controller (N-Gear 2 E-Sata ports controller)
With more than 10 Hard Drives, I personally own 4 of these (1 for a Mediagate 350HD, 1 for a Western Digital HDTV and 2 for my PC). I have recommended this to my friends and they are all very pleased with it. Usually I wait when it is on sale for 29.99 to buy, what makes it an excellent buy. Instead of more than 10 enclosures (more than 200, 300 Dollars), I just need 1 of this (30, 40 Dollars)

Experience: 2 Days
 Verified Owner
480Mbps w/USB 2.0 I was able to get this to work all the time
3Gb/s w/SATA I was not able to get this to work all the time, I tried on more than on MB but no luck
Install and Access Hard Drive in Seconds
Simple to Use Design; No Need to Add Enclosure or Open Case
Eject Button for Easy Removal of Hard Drive
Compatible With Any 2.5"" or 3.5"" SATA I/II Hard Drive
Add Storage to Any System with USB or eSATA
Plug & Play
Attractive Blue LED Power & HD Activity Light
Transfer Rates Upto 480Mbps w/USB 2.0
Transfer Rates Upto 3Gb/s w/SATA

Experience: 1 Months
 Verified Owner
-Small and compact
-Can use with 2.5 and 3.5" SATA drives
-USB/E-SATA interface, only one at a time
-Can easily tip over if not careful
-I cant stand the blue lights
I got this sucker for $36 and cant really complain, besides the stability of it, as in the tipping factor. Used primarily as a caddy for my 6th hard drive, since my mobo only has 5 internal and might as well get the most of the E-SATA. Fairly simple. Currently a Hitachi 1TB drive occupied it. Ummm, also cant stand that blue light, why blue on everything now? Even in my car.

Experience: 6 Months
Quick installation and swap, supports eSATA in addtional to USB 2.0.
A little bulky - not very space saving compared to other flat-shaped enclosures. One of the rubber pads fell off and now there is some vibration when using it. The release button can pop up your drive quite violently
This is a nice looking HDD docking station that allows you to literally snap-in a drive and use it without any installation like other conventional HDD enclosures. However, i think the build quality could improve a bit. The power button feels very loose and the overall product is very plasticy. Also one of the rubber pads fell off and now there is some vibration when the drive spins.

Experience: 60 Days
 Verified Owner
Works pretty well so far, and all necessary cables/brackets included
Very light and cheap looking, one wonders whether it will last. Also doesn't take IDE drives
I have no complaints about its workings so far. I wish I could use it with IDE drives, since I have a few lying around from old laptops. It doesn't seem very durable, but I'm not exactly throwing it around, so we'll see. I liked the fact that it comes with all necessary cables, including a bracket for eSATA!

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Messages about Vantec Nexstar SATA 2.5IN/3.5IN Hard Drive Docking Station USB2.0 eSATA

How to unmount? (mellina_p- Dec 21, 09, 13 Replies) Read this message
Support 1.5TB? (ndru- Aug 23, 09, 8 Replies) Read this message
SATA withstands only 50 insertions?! (Daniel_L- Jun 08, 09, 10 Replies) Read this message
Backwards Compatible? (Glen_L- May 19, 09, 4 Replies) Read this message
USB2.0 doesn't work!? (Dong-Sheng_T- Oct 02, 08, 1 Replies) Read this message
does this dock support spin down ? (Computer_User- Aug 22, 08, 4 Replies) Read this message
SATA is GEN 1 speed, not 2 as advertised (K_B- Jul 30, 08, 23 Replies) Read this message
Vantec Nexstar or Thermaltake BlacX? (Mushy- Jul 30, 08, 15 Replies) Read this message
On/Off switch get stuck? (Elmo- Jul 24, 08, 2 Replies) Read this message
Will this work with this hard drive? (Dhoomdhoom- Jun 02, 08, 2 Replies) Read this message
eSATA work on this thing? (Stefan_M- May 30, 08, 4 Replies) Read this message

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Reviews from the Web

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Comment: - highly rated "toughness is somewhat a question, it is clear that Vantec has done a great job with the cosmetics and the layout of the design. The ejection lever is solid and the front panel mounted on/off button is convenient. The drive activity indicator is also a nice touch."
Posted by: Bill_M @08/14/08
Comment: - eSATA definitely outflies USB - Complete package including cables - Lightweight plastic gives the impression of flimsisness
Posted by: Bill_M @08/14/08
Comment: Detailed review with pictures.
Posted by: FirewireX @06/14/08
Comment: Pros: Easy to insert/remove HDDs USB 2.0 and eSATA connections All required cables included Cons: Body made entirely of plastic
Posted by: Ferdi @04/30/08
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