Compact package but some drives may not fit – Joe
SUMMARY: Compact, but some drives may not fit.
The NexStar features
- USB 1.1 and 2.0 compatible
- Provision for separate DC 5 volt power source, if needed
- Cable with two USB connectors, if needed for powering the HD
- Carry pouch, install Cd and manual
The unit is very slim – only 12mm high – and very compact:
The PCB is compact and attaches directly to the HD:
The drive is held in place by two very small screws:
You need a small Phillips head screwdriver for these, such as the kind you get in a jeweler’s pack.
To test out the unit, I tried two drives; an IBM Travelstar (DBCA-206480) and a Toshiba (MK2110MAT). Here I found a problem – the IBM did not fit in the sleeve:
I looked down into the sleeve and saw a small foam strip; figuring that maybe this was the problem, I managed to remove it and tried again – no luck. This was not the problem. At the bottom of the sleeve is a small tab:
It seems that this tab hits the IBM just right so that it prevents the drive from fully enclosing. I compared the two
and perhaps the screws at the base are just high enough to prevent it from fully closing.
I used both drives with the NexStar and had no problems.
Vantec’s NexStar is a very nice, slim package for an external 2.5″ hard drive. The manual that ships with it covers installation and even formatting for various OS’s. The only caveats I have is that some drives may not fit (not good) and the screws are so small that losing one is a distinct possibility. If you plan to change drives frequently, this can be a concern.
Thanks again to Vantec for sending this our way.