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Vantec NexStar CX SuperSpeed 3.5" SATA to USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure - Model NST-310S3-BK

  • 3.5"
  • USB 3.0
  • Up to 3TB
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Vantec introduces the NST-310S3-BK 3.5" SuperSpeed USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure, ideal for anyone in need of storing and transferring large amounts of data. Integrated with the latest USB 3.0 technology, performance is increased by 10 fold offering maximum speeds of up to 5 Gbps. In addition, the sleek aluminum casing not only protects the drive from overheating but also provides sound dampening qualities to minimize vibrations. The Vantec NST-310S3-BK 3.5" SuperSpeed USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure is great for anyone who requires a high performance, lightweight, and durable external storage solution.

  • newegg USB 3.0 and Backwards-Compatible with USB 2.0 or 1.1 The state-of-the-art USB 3.0 is capable of providing a bandwidth of about 5Gbps - around 10 times the bandwidth of the current USB2.0. This allows for faster transfers of high definition data, such as movies and videos, as well as various other large capacity file formats. It also charges USB-chargeable devices with 900mA, faster than the 500mA of current USB 2.0. Finally, the USB 3.0 helps to extend battery life, suspending operations when it is in idle mode. In addition, it features excellent compatibility with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1.
  • newegg HD Capacity up to 2TB With high capacity up to 2TB, it is continent for you to store a wide range of audio, video, picture, etc.


Learn more about the Vantec NST-310S3-BK

Model

Brand
VANTEC
Series
NexStar CX
Model
NST-310S3-BK

Spec

Color
Black
Size
3.5"
AC Adapter
Yes
Material
Aluminum
Internal Interface
SATA I/II
External Interface
USB 3.0
Maximum Capacity (per Bay)
Up to 3TB
Features
Backwards-Compatible with USB 2.0 or 1.1

Hi-Quality Shielded USB 3.0 Cable Ensures Data Integrity and Speed

Hot-Swappable: Plug & Play Without Rebooting

Attractive Blue LED Indicates Power & HDD Activity

Compatibility

Operating Systems Supported
Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7 or Mac OS X v10.4 and Above

Dimensions & Weight

Dimensions
215 x 123 x 31mm

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • 12/10/2013 5:32:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Enclosure

Pros: Works just like I expected it would. Speeds are excellent especially for backups and large file transfers. Drive case gets warm but not overly hot, even when under high work loads for long periods of times.

Cons: Could maybe use a fan of some sort, but not worth losing an egg as I didn't want the bulk of a fan on the enclosure.

Other Thoughts: Bought this to use for a network accesable drive to watch movies on devices around the house and for household computers to perform backups too.

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  • He-Yann
  • 6/15/2013 4:35:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGreat enclosure for the price

Pros: Price
Ease of use
Good look
USB 3.0

Cons: Disk didn't go to idle mode before firmware update.

Had some trouble with updating the firmware since the chip set was not the same as specified on the vendor's website. But once it was done everything is going great!

Other Thoughts: Like Bobwired pointed out, my chipset was not the JMedia chip like it it specified on the vendor's website. It was indeed ASMedia 1051. Since it wouldn't spin down into idle mode (even with my computer turned off) it was a hassle to manually turn off the disk everytime. Fortunately I stumble upon Bobwired's review and started doing research on the ASMedia chip set. I've found a page where you can find the update and some tools for the drive. Just Google station-drivers and ASMedia, it should be the first result at the top. Then the right firmware are the ones at the bottom of the page, Asmedia ASM 105x . Once updated, it now goes into idle mode as it should after 10 minutes, and I can even choose the time I want. Also it seems like it solves the problem of the disk not accepting HDD over 2TB. But I can't confirm that since I'm using a 1.5TB in it.

PROBLEM SOLVED !!

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  • 3/27/2013 2:36:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIt's good

Pros: -Easy setup
-price
-build quality
-holding a 2TB HDD
-USB 3.0

Cons: Nothing really

Other Thoughts: instructions weren't clear after the step where you hook up the LEDs. When it asks you to shove it back into the enclosure, there are two holes that are pretty small. Look for the long black screws to hold the casing together, it doesn't just snap, must be held together with those two screws.

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  • bobwired
  • 2/17/2013 3:30:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSome units don't need a firmware update

Pros: Unit works twice as fast with USB3 as it does with USB 2 (with an old ~320 GB eSATA drive.

Cons: Vantec web site could be more helpful in pointing out that SOME of these units (mine has a PC board PA-703 rev 1.1) don't use the JMedia chip, and don't need an update, and that the update firmware will give "No device found", because my unit uses a Asmedia 1051 chip rather than a Jmedia chip.

Other Thoughts: Don't know what chip set is shipping now.

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  • 2/1/2013 7:37:48 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Great build quality, the aluminum makes it feel like a premium product. USB 3.0 for speed and backwards compatibility.

Cons: Expensive, but you do at least get nice build quality.

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  • Bob
  • 6/28/2012 8:05:23 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsUpdate - New chip not working with over 2TB

Pros: Vantec has been generally good in the past.

Cons: After EXTENSIVE time wasted, this box will not work with a WD Green 3TB drive. (Drive works well in other enclosures).
Tested on 6 different (Old and New) computers, will only lock up the computer until unplugged, works FINE with drives of 2TB or less. (Also WD Green)
Vantec customer service bot denies this, but apparently this was tested to work with a different controller than this one has. (See other thoughts.)

Other Thoughts: After writing the previous review, I was notified that the unit was extensively tested with the WD 3T drive, and was found working.
HOWEVER, I also noticed that their firmware update (on Vantec's web site - See FAQ on their site), was for the JS539 chip.
This box now (at least the one I got), has the AS2105 controller, on which I can find very little (anywhere!) information, other than to an incompatability problem (1 link). Apparently, the Vantec-bots don't read the reviews well.)
I just hope that this is not indicative of other problems at Vantec. - They had very good other products for a long time.
Since Vantec insists this will work with 3TB drives, I've RMA'd it back to them to continue their "Extensive testing". (For refund)
I've bought a different model. Let's see what chip that one has.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,
We try hard to provide excellent customers service. If you have questions about our products, or anything that are not functioning the way it is advertised, please feel free to write to us for assistance at support@vantecusa.com . We will try our best to support and answer your questions. Thank you for looking into our products.
Best Regards, Vantec

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  • Bob
  • 6/19/2012 12:00:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsStill no working firmware update

Pros: Decent product with 2T drive or less.

Cons: WILL NOT recognize a WD green 3T drive. (Drive works in other enclosures, on different PC's, etc. - Enclosure works with 2T or less drives)
Spent a TON of time troubleshooting this. - "Firmware update" mentioned below says "NO DRIVE FOUND".
Not willing to try firmware from an unknown site.
I see reviews over a year old stating problems with this update. - Still not working....

Other Thoughts: Over a year with update problems uncorrected by Vantec. - VERY bad.
In Linux, "lshw" shows this unit as "unidentified volume"
Windows shows "AS2105", NOT "JMS539"
Vantec, you've really dropped the ball with this one.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,
We try hard to provide excellent customers service. If you have questions about our products, or anything that are not functioning the way it is advertised, please feel free to write to us for assistance at support@vantecusa.com . We have tested our product with WD Green 3TB drive extensively and knows that it works. We will try our best to support and answer your questions. Thank you for looking into our products.
Best Regards, Vantec

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  • 5/15/2012 10:18:36 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSuper Speed indeed

Pros: Worked like a gem right out of the box, though I saw that some folks needed to update the firmware previously I didn't need to do anything to get USB 3.0 speeds. Just like the USB 2.0 versions of this that I own it's easy to keep your HDD cool and safe.

Cons: None at all

Other Thoughts: I own 8 Vantec external enclosures (yes, I'm insane) and I love them all. I've had bad experiences with some other externals but thus far not with Vantec, and that includes this model.

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  • vincent2236
  • 3/26/2012 12:00:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDoes What It Should

Pros: Allows me to use an internal hard drive as an external, does exactly what it should on a impressive level and seems very reliable.

Cons: I am having an issue with USB 3.0 on the previously formatted internal hard drive, it thinks it isn't formatted but I am sure it has something to do with the new USB 3.0 drivers. Not really worried about it, still very fast on 2.0. Also wish the bottom had rubber mounts for a table but I just bought some for it, not really a big deal.

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  • 2/4/2012 4:03:55 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Simply a great HDD enclosure, and at a pretty good price. It was relatively simple to set up my Hard Drive, and I love the USB 3.0 capability that it has. The aluminum enclosure does a pretty good job at keeping the setup at a reasonable temperature.

Cons: If you're working in a particularly hot environment, just bear in mind that there are no cooling fans that come with the enclosure. It shouldn't really be an issue anyhow

Other Thoughts: The best deal in terms of price, build quality, and performance.

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