Vantec NexStar MX Dual HDD Enclosure Review

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Introduction

If you’re looking for a slim compact SATA drive enclosure, the Vantec NexStar MX is one to consider! Vantec has hit a homerun with this simple, easy to use 2 drive enclosure. The enclosure is barely thicker than 2 drives stacked on top of each other, and only slightly longer. The enclosure is designed to operate as 2 separate drives, or as one larger JBOD drive.

The NexStar MX unit comes with the following useful features:

  • Supports 2 SATA I/II Hard Drives Up to 2.0 TB of Total 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

Model NST-400MX-SR
Modes Support Individual/JBOD/RAID 0/1
Device Support 3.5″ SATA I/II Hard Drive (two)
Device Size 3.5″
Internal Interface Serial ATA
External Interface USB 2.0/eSATA
HD Capacity Up to 2TB
Power Supply AC Adapter
Material Aluminum
Dimensions 197 x 123 x 72 mm

With the prices of storage media coming down, it’s easy to come up with a couple of extra hard drives that you can put to good use. The NexStar MX will easily allow you to expand storage onto your computer via USB. If you’re using a product like Windows Home Server, you can use this drive to easily expand your Server Storage.


A Walk Around the Unit
The front panel provides you three simple LEDs, two for hard drive activity and one for power. On the back of the unit, you’ll find: power switch, fan, USB connector and the power connector. The total size of the unit is not much larger than the size of the 2 actual hard drives. The nice black aluminum finish makes this an easy addition to a workspace.