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-- Vantec NexStar External Hard Drive Enclosure
-- Category: Review
-- Posted by: merlinicorpus
-- Posted on: 2004-10-05
-- Price: ~ $59.99 USD
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Installation seems fairly straightforward, but past experience has taught me that things like this can go downhill in a hurry.

To test the NexStar, I will be using my trusty IBM 40GB Deskstar hard drive.

This is a shot of the inside of the NexStar.  The PCB is much smaller than I thought it would be, but that is not a bad thing considering how cramped the interior is.

Before installing the hard drive, you should get used to seeing this little engineering marvel.  Itís a small piece of translucent plastic that fills the gap between the power LED and the outside. When you open the NexStar for the first time, expect it to fall out and land on the floor.  Considering it's translucent, it is very difficult to find when dropped.  It fell out of my drive at least a dozen times when I was working on it, and I finally lost it altogether.  Vantec really, really needs to glue this into position.

Here is where the little plastic piece is when it hasn't fallen out yet.  There is nothing to hold it in place so when you so much as bump the enclosure without its cover on, expect it to fly out.

Connecting the drive is exactly the same as if you were hooking it up to a standard IDE connection.  Simply plug in the IDE cable and molex connection and you are set.

Unfortunately, everything is so tight that the cables have to be jammed in.  Otherwise they stick way out and prevent the lid from being attached.

The drive itself is anchored by 4 screws on the reverse side of the NexStar.  The screws are included, but you must remove both covers on the NexStar to install or remove a drive.

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