Vantec NexStar TX External 2.5in SATA HDD Enclosure, USB 3.0, Black

MX64164 NexStar TX External 2.5in SATA HDD Enclosure, USB 3.0, Black
MX64164 NexStar TX External 2.5in SATA HDD Enclosure, USB 3.0, Black MX64164 NexStar TX External 2.5in SATA HDD Enclosure, USB 3.0, Black MX64164 NexStar TX External 2.5in SATA HDD Enclosure, USB 3.0, Black

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Worked great with Dead Acer laptop’s HD

Submitted on Sunday, May 17, 2020
By Will
From Edmonton

Strengths of the product

Bought this as my wife’s laptop died unexpected. We needed to get some important photos and documents off it, but didn’t want to bring it in to a technician. Bought the NexstarTX as it was an inexpensive option. Easily removed the laptop HD and followed the instructions that came with the Nexstar. Simple install and plugged the Nexstar case with the Acer HD into another computer and it worked great. Just like any other plug and play external HD. Transferring between the Nexstar and the new computer seemed alright. Not the fastest external HD I’ve seen, but we only wanted it to access a dead laptop’s HD. Worked as I was hoping it would.

Weaknesses of the product

It came with stickers and what looks like to be a cushion. The instructions never say what it’s for. I’m assuming the cushion pad is so it keeps the HD more secure in the case, but the instructions never mentioned when or where to place it. I’ll try placing the cushion on once we’re sure all the photos and important documents are off it before tinkering around with it

Additional Comments

Worked great accessing the HD of a dead Acer laptop. Once the HD was installed, it was plug and play to access the contents. Decent transfer speed for a inexpensive way to salvage files from a dead laptop.

Hard Drive no longer works after 3 days

Submitted on Wednesday, May 13, 2020
By Jeff
From Saskatoon

Strengths of the product

Worked for a few days

Weaknesses of the product

Stopped working after a few days

Additional Comments

After using this enclosure on my hard drive for 3 days, the drive failed to recognize on my computer. I tried putting my hard drive into another enclosure, and it still wouldn't run. It may have been a fluke, but to be on the safe side I cannot recommend this enclosure if you want to keep your data.

Bad USB 3.0 cables

Submitted on Wednesday, August 07, 2019
By James T
From Calgary

Strengths of the product

Good Price

Weaknesses of the product

Intermittent connect and disconnecting the enclosures, bad cables.

Additional Comments

I bought two of these enclosures to be used on the ADATA 1TB SSDs, most of the time the my laptop has trouble with plug and play on SSD drives. It will come on and off intermittently. Fixed the problem by replaced the USB 3.0 cable with a cable from the Seagate 4TB external drive. I suspect both cables came with the enclosures were bad.

Underwhelming

Submitted on Tuesday, March 05, 2019
By Scott AM
From Edmonton

Strengths of the product

Weaknesses of the product

Additional Comments

There is a reason why this is only $15. In a world of good "tool free" enclosures, it's kind of bizarre to find this thing. It's held together with 2 dinky Phillips screws, about the same size as the ones on your eyeglass frames. The logic board is held to the connector plate with solder only - don't bend it by accident! And the back plate is flimsy plastic. Still, it works fine. And i think it will hold up if you don't plan on changing out drives too often.

Didn't like 1TB WD Blue SSD

Submitted on Monday, January 14, 2019
By John
From Edmonton

Strengths of the product

Weaknesses of the product

Additional Comments

Perhaps I received a faulty instance of the product. A full format or full drive erase always hung, and never finished (bad sectors, not sure). Ironically, using a different model enclosure (3.5" powered caddy NST-D328S3-BK worked just fine). So I can only conclude my instance was faulty, or it simply isn't compatible with this drive.. even though a much older caddy of the same brand worked fine.

Can't beat the price

Submitted on Wednesday, December 26, 2018
By Darek
From Calgary

Strengths of the product

Good build quality. Includes a nice leather pouch.

Weaknesses of the product

None. It's an enclosing for a small hard drive.

Additional Comments

Bought over 5 of these already and they all work great. Converted each of my laptop hdd's to external drives when I swapped for SSDs.

Not the best

Submitted on Monday, August 27, 2018
By Josh
From Edmonton

Strengths of the product

- looks nice, i guess

Weaknesses of the product

- led is so bright you can use it as a flashlight - Bad connection

Additional Comments

Not the best. Look elsewhere

Weak adhesive

Submitted on Friday, May 11, 2018
By Lok
From Calgary

Strengths of the product

Works as expected - if the USB cable fits all the way in

Weaknesses of the product

The HDD adapter board is connected to the cover with weak glue that ended up not holding them together, and thus, with the adapter not right up to the cover openings, the USB cable cannot fit all the way in and the HDD cannot be accessed.

Additional Comments

Great, but lacks information

Submitted on Thursday, October 05, 2017
By Tyler
From Edmonton

Strengths of the product

Works as advertised

Weaknesses of the product

Not much guidance for installation. You will find an information sheet in the box, but it will not explain how to use the plastic sheet and the tiny adhesive foam piece. It may be common sense for some people like me, but not for others. Here is what you do: the case is enclosed at one end, remove that end by sticking the screwdriver into the holes on the sides,insert the plastic piece inside, it needs to stick inside the case to prevent the hard drive from shorting out, make sure that when you insert the hard drive into the enclosure that the circuitry is covered entirely by the plastic sheet. Stick the tiny foam piece on the plastic end that you remove from the beginning.

Additional Comments

Great price, does its job well.

Submitted on Thursday, June 01, 2017
By Terry J
From Edmonton, AB

Strengths of the product

I needed to check an SSD that would no longer boot. Plugged it into my laptops USB 2.0, and there were all my files! I wasn't totally sure it would work, but for only $15 I figured I'd try it.

Weaknesses of the product

None really, sure the read LED it bright but at least you know it's there.

Additional Comments

Easily turn any 2.5in drive into an exterial drive. Or just use the SATA to USB adaptor for testing drives.