Form and functionality collide with style in the NexStar 3 External Hard Drive Enclosure from Vantec. With its mirror finish, sleek curves and bold colors, the Vantec NexStar 3 stands out from the crowd. The sturdy drive cage protects your hard drive while the aluminum case effectively draws away the heat, protecting your drive from overheating.
2. Specifications/Features: NexStar 3 External 2.5” IDE HDD Enclosure (NST-260U2): Specifications: • Interface: IDE to USB 2.0 • Dimensions: 134mm x 80mm x 25mm Features: • Aluminum housing cools down your hard drive • Transfer rates of up to 12Mbps with USB 1.1 •...
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 • USB port, internal SATA port, or eSATA port • For USB 2.0 speeds, the system must support USB 2.0 specifications •...
4. Parts Layout: NexStar 3 External 2.5” HDD Enclosure: Hard Drive Caddy NST-260U2 Power Jack LED Light (DC +5V) IDE Connector USB Port NST-260SU Hard Drive Caddy USB Port LED Light eSATA Port SATA/Power Connector Power Jack (DC +5V) Parts Layout...
5. Installation: NexStar 3 External 2.5” HDD Enclosure: 5.1. Hardware Installation: Preparing the NexStar 3: 1) Remove the side of the NexStar 3 with the power and USB connection ports. If it has previously been screwed in place, remove the screws first. 2) Carefully slide out hard drive caddy.
2) Secure the hard drive to the hard drive caddy by screwing it in place throught he back of the caddy. 3) Insert the hard drive caddy back into the NexStar 3 housing as pictured below. Besure to align the caddy with the guides within the housing. 4) Secure the caddy to the housing using the screws provided.
Connecting the NexStar 3 to your computer: 1) Connect both USB-A connectors of the included USB/Power cable to two different USB ports on your computer. USB is used to power the drive. The second USB connection is to provide additional power if the drive needs it. 2) NST-260SU only: If you are using eSATA, connect the eSATA cable from your computer to the enclosure (if your computer does not have an eSATA port, connect the eSATA/SATA adapter bracket to an available SATA port).
NST-260SU only:If this is the first time you use NexStar 3,you have to run [98se.exe] from install CD before you connect NexStar 3 to your computer Mac OS 9.0 or later: 1) No drivers are necessary when using Mac OS 9.0 or later. If the hard drive does not appear on the desktop, be sure to partition your hard drive.
6. Disconnecting the NexStar 3: NexStar 3 External 2.5” HDD Enclosure: Warning: NEVER remove the NexStar 3 while the hard drive is in use. Doing so may corrupt the data on the hard drive or damage the hard drive, NexStar 3, or computer.
7. Creating A New Partition: Note: Most hard drives should come with a CD that includes its installation program. If not, a download should be available on the manufacturers website. The best way to partition a new hard drive is by using the manufacturers program. However, if that is not possible, please try the following instead (if using Mac OS 9 or below, please refer to your hard drive documentation for information on formatting/partitioning the hard drive): Warning: Doing the following will erase any existing data on the drive.
Mac OS X 10.x.x: Initializing a Hard Drive: If you are using a new hard drive, you may need to initialize it first. You can initial- ize your internal hard drive using a program called Drive Setup, which is on the Mac OS CD that came with your computer.
Mac OS X 10.x.x: Formatting a Hard Drive: 1. Start the Disk Utility tool (under Applications) 2. Select the new hard drive you are trying to install 3. Click on the “Erase” tab 4. Choose a volume format and assign a name to the new drive. 5.
8. Troubleshooting/FAQ: NexStar 3 External 2.5” HDD Enclosure: Q. What are the specifications for the power adapter if I need one? A. The power adapter should be 5V and a minimum of 1A. The connector is center positive. Q. My computer recognizes the NexStar 3, but it does not assign a drive letter to it. A.
Q. Why can’t Windows 98SE read my hard drive? It works with Windows XP/2000. A. Windows 98SE cannot recognize the NTFS file system. If you wish to use the device with Windows XP/2000 and Windows 98SE, you need to format the drive as FAT32. Q.
Also, check for any cosmetic flaws. If any parts are missing or if there are cosmetic defects, please contact the retailer from which you purchased the unit immediately and ask for a replacement. 10. Contact: Vantec Thermal Technologies 43951 Boscell Rd. Fremont, CA 94538 tel: 510-668-0368 fax: 510-668-0367 website: www.vantecusa.com...