Vantec NEXSTAR 2 NST-355U2, NEXSTAR 2 355UF User Manual

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E X T E R N A L E N C L O S U R E

U S E R M A N U A L

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Package Contents:

NexStar 2 External 3.5”HDD Enclosure:

(NST-355U2,NST-355UF):

Driver CD

User Manual

NexStar 2 External 3.5“ HDD Enclosure

Power Adaptor

Power Cable

USB Cable

FireWire Cable (NST-355UF Only)

Screws

Vibration Dampeners

NexStar 2 External 5.25”IDE Enclosure:

(NST-525U2,NST-525UF):

Driver CD

User Manual

NexStar 2 External 5.25“ IDE Enclosure

Power Cable

USB Cable

FireWire Cable (NST-525UF Only)

Screws

Mounting Brackets

TRADEMARKS

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Table of Contents:

1. Introduction ......................................................................................................................................

pg. 2

2.Specifications/Features

 

2.1. NexStar 2 External 3.5” HDD Enclosure ..........................................................................

pg. 3

2.2. NexStar 2 External 5.25”IDE Enclosure ...........................................................................

pg. 3

3. System Requirements ....................................................................................................................

pg. 4

4.Parts Layout

 

4.1. NexStar 2 External 3.5” HDD Enclosure ..........................................................................

pg. 5

4.2. NexStar 2 External 5.25”IDE Enclosure ...........................................................................

pg. 5

5.Installation

 

5.1.NexStar 2 External 3.5”HDD Enclosure

 

5.1.1. Hardware Installation .................................................................................................

pg. 6

5.1.2. Driver Installation .........................................................................................................

pg. 8

5.2.NexStar 2 External 5.25”IDE Enclosure

 

5.2.1.Hardware Installation .................................................................................................

pg.11

5.2.2.Driver Installation .........................................................................................................

pg.14

6.Disconnecting the NexStar 2

 

6.1. NexStar 2 External 3.5”HDD Enclosure ..........................................................................

pg. 16

6.2.NexStar 2 External 5.25”IDE Enclosure ...........................................................................

pg.17

7.CreatingANewPartition..............................................................................................................

pg.18

8.Troubleshooting/FAQ

 

8.1. NexStar 2 External 3.5”HDD Enclosure ..........................................................................

pg. 20

8.2.NexStar 2 External 5.25”IDE Enclosure ...........................................................................

pg.22

9.Warranty .............................................................................................................................................

pg. 23

10. Contact .............................................................................................................................................

pg. 23

Table of Contents

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1.Introduction:

With its NexStar 2 series of enclosures, Vantec literally puts technology in your hands. Whether you’re looking for the ideal portable storage device or simply a convenient way to share hardware (hard drives, DVD burners, etc), the NexStar 2 series of enclosures is the perfect solution.

Sleek and stylish, the NexStar 2 External 3.5” Hard Drive Enclosure is a great way to upgrade any internal 3.5” hard drive into an external storage solution. Installing a new hard drive can be a hassle, especially if you are trying to add storage to a notebook computer. With the NexStar 2, you can upgrade your storage in minutes. The NexStar 2 takes advantage of USB 2.0 or FireWire (NST-355UF only) to offer speeds up to 480Mbps. Because the NexStar 2 is plug & play, you can easily transfer data between Windows XP/2000 systems without worrying about drivers or rebooting.

With the Vantec NexStar 2 External 5.25” Enclosure, you can easily add any 5.25” IDE Device to your existing system. This unit also connects to your computer through USB 2.0 or FireWire (NST-525UF only) offering speeds up to 480Mbps and eliminating the need to open your system. The NexStar 2 is perfect for anyone looking to add any 5.25” device, such as a CD/DVD burner, to a notebook or desktop computer. Because you don’t have to open your computer,you don’t have to worry about voiding your existing warranty or dealing with messy wires. The integrated fan also keeps your device cool and operating at optimum conditions. The NexStar 2 External 5.25” Enclosure is the smart way to upgrade your computer.

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Introduction

2.Specifications/Features:

2.1.NexStar 2 External 3.5”HDD Enclosure:

Specifications:

Interface:IDE to USB 2.0/FireWire (NST-355UF only)

Dimension:210 X 135 X 40 mm

Features:

Dampens Hard Drive vibration

Transfer Rates Up to 12Mbps With USB 1.1

Transfer Rates Up to 480Mbps With USB 2.0

Transfer Rates Up to 400Mbps With FireWire (NST-355UF only)

Easily add storage to any system with USB or Firewire (NST-355UF only)

Hot-swappable:Plug and play without rebooting!

Attractive blue LED indicates power/HDD activity

2.2.NexStar 2 External 5.25”IDE Enclosure:

Specifications:

Interface:IDE to USB 2.0/FireWire (NST-525UF only)

Dimension:251.5 x 173 x 47 mm

Features:

Integrated 40x40mm Cooling Fan

Transfer Rates Up to 12Mbps With USB 1.1

Transfer Rates Up to 480Mbps With USB 2.0

Transfer Rates Up to 400Mbps With FireWire (NST-525UF only)

Easily Add A 5.25”Device to Any System With USB or FireWire (NST-525UF only)

Hot-Swappable:Plug & Play Without Rebooting!

Easy Installation:No Need To Open Computer!

Specifications/Features

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3.System Requirements:

Intel Pentium II 350MHz-compatible or Apple G3 processor and greater

Microsoft Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP or Mac OS 8.6 and greater

USB-equipped system

For USB 2.0 speeds,the system must support USB 2.0 specifications

For FireWire,the system must support FireWire (IEEE 1394) specifications

CD Rom drive (if drivers are needed)

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System Requirements

4.Parts Layout:

4.1.NexStar 2 External 3.5”HDD Enclosure:

Power Cable

Right Vibration Dampener

IDE Cable

Left Vibration Dampener

4.2.NexStar 2 External 5.25”IDE Enclosure:

Power Cable

Left Mounting Bracket

IDE Cable

Right Mounting Bracket

Audio Cable

Parts Layout

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5.Installation:

5.1.NexStar 2 External 3.5”HDD Enclosure:

5.1.1.Hardware Installation:

Preparing the hard drive:

1)Set the hard drive jumpers to MASTER or SINGLE DRIVE ONLY. Please refer to the documentation included with your hard drive for information on how to accomplish this.

2)Place the vibration dampener on the hard drive as pictured below and screw it in place. (note:The lip of the vibration dampener is on the bottom of the hard drive.)

Vibration Dampener

3)Repeat with the second vibration dampener so that the hard drive appears as below.

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Installation: NexStar 2 External 3.5”HDD Enclosure

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