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Vantec Nexstar MX 2 Bay SATA Hard Drive Enclosure Black USB2.0 JBOD

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Part #: NST-400MX-S2

SKU: 27143
Shipping Weight: 3 lbs
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Experience: 1 Years


Appearance, hold 2 drives, ease of use
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.

Be aware the fan in the enclosure is pretty noisy - it's the noisiest thing in my computer room when it's turned on. I use these things for backups so they're usually switched off, but when I switch one on I'm certainly aware it's there!

The convenience factor of holding two drives is pretty huge. As an added bonus being two drives in width the unit is nice & stable; no risk of toppling over.

I'd certainly buy these things again. For my usage anyway, because they're usually switched off. But I wouldn't buy one if noise was a purchasing factor; just remember the enclosure is kinda loud as these things go.

Experience: 3 Weeks


Simple and cheap. Encloses drives.
Loud fan. Lights aren't a nice as they could be.
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.

Experience: 7 Days


Solid construction, durable metal casing
No internal wires, drives slide right in and plug directly into board
Easy set up (had it going within 10 minutes upon opening the box)
Fan keeps things cool (unlike my last enclosure)
Great price for a dual enclosure
Fan is a little noisy
Short USB cord (had to buy extension)
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.

Experience: 1 Days


Quality build and user friendly
As it is only USB, other options would be a welcome upgrade - but as a USB output, no downside.
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.

Experience: 2 Days


1. First I get it quite a bit cheaper than advertised. :-)

2. The installation of my 2 new WD 640GB drives was just a snap taking not more than several minutes.

3. It is build so sturdy, I think one can stand on it and it would survive.

4. I do not know what some people complained about long formating times and the need to format drives outside on the enclosure first. I was able to Quick format both of the drives in minutes inside of the box. The Full formating of both of the drives (and it over 1TB in total) took under Windows XP about 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Since I'm going to use it under Linux too I tested the formating with the same great results as above for Windows.

5. After running Full Test with WD Diagnostic utilities on the new drives, that took several hours, the drives were still cool.

6. It looks very nice. I particularly like it not being glossy, since I hate cleaning up those fingerprints.
1. Yes, the fan is a little loud. But since the sound is not a high pitch (it sound like a little fridge :->) it's very tolerable even for me being quite picky on that.

2. USB cable that comes with it is only 3 feet. That's rather short, especially comparing with its power cable that is about 4-5 times longer. Luckily I opened a box in store and picked up 6 feet Belkin cable that was on sale. Cost me just additional 3 bucks.

3. I think Vantec could make it having separate 2 Off/On switches for each drive for "separate drive" mode, with one switch being "master" for JBOD mode. Otherwise both drives always spin even if you intend at a moment to access only one of them.

4. Doesn't have e-SATA interface. Though who cares. :-)
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

This review was modfied by poster @ 07-25-08 02:39 PM

Experience: 6 Months


Solid construction, easy installation of drives, won't fall over
Blue LEDs. I hate blue LEDs but that's just me...
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.

Experience: 2 Days


+ looks
+ price
- no RAID for this price
- no eSATA or Firewire
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 no use for the back-up software since I will just be attaching this to my apple airport as a NAS drive.

The brushed aluminum finish as usual looks as if it could scratch easy. The plastic base is O.K. but does not grip the unit tight enough to pick up the enclosure and base as one if you want to move it around the house.

The yellowish green power light is not to bright, but the two blue HDD activity LED's are fairly bright in a dark room.

Comes with everything to get you going, screws and cables. Instructions are short and perhaps a little vague, but if you can figure things out just by looking you'll be fine.

Unfortunately due to funds I could only afford one drive to start, so I can no comment on the JBOD functionality of the enclosure.

I also wouldn't be to surprised if the small cooling fan in the back of the unit packs it in relatively quickly into the life span of me owning this enclosure. Those little fans are known for their "cheesy" quality.

4 well deserved stars. This review was modfied by poster w 05-18-08 11:40 AM

This review was modfied by poster @ 05-18-08 11:07 AM

Experience: 46 Days


- Good cooling and USB 2.0 speeds.
- Can use two dissimilar SATA drives.
- JBOD or two individual drive letters.
- Quality construction and materials.
- Very easy to insert drives.
- Front plate keeps popping off!
- eSATA is a must these days.
- Must format hard drives first.
- Fan is kind of noisy.
- External power brick.
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.

Experience: 3 Months


Good cooling
Holds 2 1 TB HDs
SATA and USB 2.0
JBOD RAID or single drive
Damn Noisy
Dont have eSata or Firewire
Currently have this with a 1TB hitachi deskstar inside. Very easy to use and keeps the HD pretty cool.
PnP with XP/Vista etc.
Bulky to carry around but good for extended trips.

If it wasnt for the noise and only USB 2.0 this would be 5/5

Experience: 2 Months


great for 2 1 terabyte HD's
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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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.

Specifications [ Edit | History ]

Hard Drive Supported: (2) 3.5” Serial ATA Hard Drive(s)
Internal Interface: Serial ATA
External Interface: USB 2.0
Transfer rate: USB 2.0 (Up to 480Mbps)
Dimensions:    197x123x72mm
Material:       Plastic and Aluminum Alloy

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JBOD (2fives- Oct 05, 08, 3 Replies)
enclosure quiet? (Keith_D- Jul 26, 08, 1 Replies)
Any Chance of getting the SATA version (sizzle- Jul 18, 08, 3 Replies)
MX with Firewire or eSATA? (Caughy- Jun 09, 08, 4 Replies)
So just to clarify... (May_K- Apr 14, 08, 2 Replies)
will it work under linux? (ViktorO- Apr 09, 08, 1 Replies)
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