• Vantec SSD/HDD Aluminum Caddy for 12.7mm ODD Laptop Drive Bay (MRK-HC127A-BK)
  • Vantec SSD/HDD Aluminum Caddy for 12.7mm ODD Laptop Drive Bay (MRK-HC127A-BK)
  • Vantec SSD/HDD Aluminum Caddy for 12.7mm ODD Laptop Drive Bay (MRK-HC127A-BK)
  • Vantec SSD/HDD Aluminum Caddy for 12.7mm ODD Laptop Drive Bay (MRK-HC127A-BK)
Vantec SSD/HDD Aluminum Caddy for 12.7mm ODD Laptop Drive Bay (MRK-HC127A-BK)
Vantec SSD/HDD Aluminum Caddy for 12.7mm ODD Laptop Drive Bay (MRK-HC127A-BK)
Vantec SSD/HDD Aluminum Caddy for 12.7mm ODD Laptop Drive Bay (MRK-HC127A-BK)
Vantec SSD/HDD Aluminum Caddy for 12.7mm ODD Laptop Drive Bay (MRK-HC127A-BK)

Vantec SSD/HDD Aluminum Caddy for 12.7mm ODD Laptop Drive Bay (MRK-HC127A-BK)

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  • Built-in HQ capacitor for stabilized power to HDD/SSD
  • Static Electricity Protection (ESD)
  • 4 channels switch, for most brands of Laptop PC

Customer Reviews

Works as advertised and easy to assembleInstalled a LG WH16NS40 Bluray drive in this enclosure. Works as advertised and easy to assemble. Standard bullet type power connection (uses the same size and amperage as my Western Digital MyBook). USB 3.0 speeds are great! Solid aluminum construction with plastic back and front. Mostly positive with the few cons listed below:-I do not like the "advertising" company logos on the side. I'd rather have a solid black finish. The logos can be removed using gasoline or acetone without any harm to the black finish.-I wish it used a USB 3.0 mini connection as I seem to have more of those cables lying around, plus those types of cables seem to have a smaller diameter and are more flexible.-The blue LED is not very well sealed, so the light leaks out near the drive. This was easily solved by wrapping the white LED "reflector" in electrical tape before the drive was installed.Overall I am happy with my purchase. Maybe these issues will be solved in a future revision. I will update my review if I have any issues in the future.4Tough Enclosure for Any FULL SIZE 5.25" Optical DriveStrong and rigid aluminum case with plastic ends. It comes with the power supply, USB cable and six-screws (4 of the screws are to secure the drive and the other 2 are to attach the back plate.Assembly was easy, but I did have to work the drive into the brackets in the case (which means a good tight fit!).The power cord takes up one outlet on a strip because the prongs are positioned that way (at least on the power strips I have).If you want a carry case, I bought the "BAGSMART Double Layer Travel Universal Cable Organizer Cases Electronics Accessories Storage Bag for 10.5'' iPad Pro, iPad air, Charger, Kindle, Grey" It fits the drive perfectly and has room to spare (see photo).The only downside about the drive is the USB port (USB 3.0 Type B), which is standard, but hard to find if you forget to take the power-pack.5Updated 5.25" version a major downgradeFor those that are familiar with the previous Vantec 5.25" enclosures, I have a few words of warning. The "updated" version of the 5.25" enclosure has no cooling fan, an external power supply (a "wall wart" switching adapter), and does not have rubber feet that are designed to nest with additional enclosures for added stability when stacking multiple enclosures.For me, these were all major selling points of the previous versions. The lack of rubber feet that mate with an enclosure placed above/below is perhaps the biggest and most puzzling let-down. Once the optical drive was installed, I placed the new version enclosure atop a stack of the previous versions, and the new enclosure literally rotated when I pressed the drive's open/close button. Basically, the stick-on feet included with this new version do not grip the aluminum surface of these enclosures AT ALL. However, the notches are still present on the front/rear bezels, so it makes even less sense why the original rubber feet were replaced with stick-on feet. Whoever made the decision to cut this corner obviously hasn't tried using the product! The only way to use this drive with a stack of older versions is to place it at the bottom. That way, the feet of the previous generations will fit into the notches on the new version, properly griping the new version when placed below.This was my 8th purchase of a Vantec NexStar 5.25" enclosure, and it will be my last. I've recommended this enclosure to many friends, colleagues, and customers over the years. Unfortunately, I will have to find another 5.25" enclosure for future projects.3No semaphore timeout error on Dell's XPS 8700 PC; Works well initially then randomly drops communicationI can pass along that on Dell's 8700 XPS tower PC from 2014, this enclosure does not have the semaphore timeout issue some external enclosures/burners have. This is no guarantee you won't experience it on your PC. It's an issue involving a conflict between the SATA to USB bridge controller in the enclosure and your SATA/USB controller on the motherboard in your PC. The only way, generally, to resolve it is to replace your motherboard or the enclosure. Since it's cheaper and easier to replace the entire PC versus just the motherboard, it's not as easy or cheap, though, as just replacing the enclosure. Unfortunately, the only way you'll know for sure if your PC doesn't have this issue is to try this enclosure.EDIT: 2018-06-10 - Changed my review. It seemed to work fine, but after more thorough testing with different drives, media, and on different PC's, it has one fatal flaw that I cannot recommend this unit for. It randomly drops communication with the device. The drive lights will still be flashing indicating it's doing something, but the actual write/verify rate in ImgBurn will be 0.0x. Cancelling the operation in ImgBurn leaves ImgBurn in an infinite loop until you power off the enclosure. This can, and has, caused me to waste a writable disc because communication was dropped with the device.This has happened on a Dell XPS 8700 and 8930, with an LG and a Pioneer burner, on DVD+RW and BD-R. So, the problem is the enclosure.This unit seemed to work well for a while and then started doing this. I don't know if this means the device always did this and I just happened to get lucky in that it didn't do it before. Or if this unit is faulty or simply this device is not very good quality. Either way, I can't recommend this product anymore after my experiences.I'm going to try the OWC Mercury Pro next.EDIT 2018-09-07 The 0.0x communication drop issue is the fault of the enclosure. I just now tried it with 2 different Pioneer BD-R 2209 drives and the same thing happened. Immediately on the first attempt to write a BD-R in the newer 2209, this enclosure dropped communication with the drive. So, it appears to be a decent product at first, but thorough examination and testing reveals it's pretty much poor construction.And right after the above update, I may need to rethink this thing entirely. It could be the result of a bad USB cable. I was getting these communication dropout issues and finally got a semaphore timeout error. None had ever manifested itself before with this enclosure. So, I tried swapping in an OWC enclosure, but Windows did not recognize the device. So, I put in a different USB cable on a different USB port and Windows recognized the device. I put this new cable in the old port where the old USB cable was and Windows recognized the device. So, it wasn't the port and it was the cable. A bad USB cable could, theoretically, as far as I understand, cause communication dropout issues with a USB device. So, I may need to examine this more closely and re-evalutate my review.EDIT 2018-09-12: After more thorough testing with this enclosure, a 2nd, and a different USB cable, I determined the problem was NOT a bad USB cable. The problems with this enclosure are either the enclosure itself, the Pioneer 2209 used along with it, or the latest 1.51 firmware for the 2209. I doubt it's the firmware because the 2nd enclosure seems to handle the 2209 fine, leading me to blame this Vantec enclosure more.2A word about blue power LED's...I'm using this to house an internal DVD burner drive for my driverless Apple Mac Mini. I appreciate the USB3 speeds and quiet fanless operation. What I really like is the blue indicator LED. It illuminates when the power is on and flashes when data is being transferred. That's not the best part - it turns off when I put the machine to sleep. On a Mac or Linux operating system, disconnecting a USB device wakes the computer back up e.g. if you sleep the machine with the drive enclosure power on you normally need to re-wake the machine and turn it back off. Not this drive - just sleep the machine and the LED turns off. Other manufactures can learn something from this design. I can also leave the power on all the time rather than flipping it on and off to avoid a blue glow lighting up the room at night - and, no black electrical tape needed.and... DVD/CD burning was supported at full speed. No issues on OS X 10.10. The power "wall wart" is needed but it does not take up much room - single outlet design on most power strips. It comes with a USB3 cable as well - just tad short, tho.5A great encloserI purchased a LG WH16NS40 Super Multi Blue Internal SATA 16x Blu-ray Disc Rewriter here on Amazon. I paired it up with this case, a Vantec NST-536S3-BK NexStar DX USB 3.0 External Enclosure for SATA Blu-Ray/CD/DVD, again purchased here on Amazon.com.About a 5 minuet job installing the blue ray player in the enclosure. Needed only a Philips screwdriver. I plugged in the power cable, plugged in the USB cable to my mid 2014 MacBook Pro using Catalina, plugged in a CD, and the CD showed up on the desk top. WOW!!!! Next I removed the CD and installed a blue ray disk. Guess what? It showed up on the desktop. Almost ready to pee my pants with happiness I double clicked on the movie file, and alas, no application was found to view a blue ray movie. None the less, for 5 min worth of work, I have a blue ray player that can be seen by my MAC.FYI, you can get blue ray software to pay blue ray movies on your Mac real easy. I think VML is free but the mouse doesn t work. I also tried demos of VideoSolo Blu-rayPlayer and Blu-ray Player Pro, both about $35, and in demo mode both players played my blue ray disk on my Mac.I have no idea if this combo works with a Windows machine, but with no added software, I can read/write files to a blue ray disk, and with added software, watch a blue ray movie. I haven t tried coping Blue ray disks yet, but at least I know the computer can see the disks and view the movies.If I were to find any issue with either, it would be the LG blue ray player is a bit noisy when running. That is I know when it is working because I can hear it.5Just add acetone for a clean elegant designDeliriously happy with the 12.7mm version. The main body is made of black brushed anodized aluminum, and judicious application of acetone allows the clean and complete removal of both the label on the bottom and the graphics on the top of the enclosure. This leaves the main body a featureless rectangular prism of brushed black aluminum. The slimline drive is secured to a removable tray by four screws, and the tray is secured to the body by two screws.My only complaint (not worth removing a star) would be regarding the tiny plastic tab that helps hold the rear panel in place. For initial assembly it was necessary to locate a long, thin tool to detach the tab by reaching through from the front of the enclosure. But once the drive is installed, it becomes impossible to do this - hence one should think of this enclosure as a one-shot deal. Don't expect to open it again without breaking that tab.5I have always liked Vantec NexStar hard drive enclosuresI have always liked Vantec NexStar hard drive enclosures. This external Blu-ray Drive case is even more expressive than the pictures on Amazon.Nice solid aluminum with only plastic end caps. It is a good product better than what I expected. I installed my new Pioneer BD-XL Blu-ray burner in just a couple of minutes. It came with everything you need. Plugged it into my laptop USB 3.0, switched on the power button and my laptop found it right away. (I used my CyberLink Media Suite v14 Ultimate which I purchased separately) and burned my first BD disc of Photo's and Video clips and they turned out beautiful. You can use it in the vertical position or lay it flat. It even came with four stick on rubber feet. If I need another CD or BD external case I would buy this again. A little pricey buy I think it is well worth the money.5Works PerfectlyThe design of this 5.25" drive enclosure is nothing new. I have an old IDE/ATA FireWire enclosure made by ByTecc from years ago with the exact same design - only silver coloured. It is easy to put together and looks decent.This newer design has a black paint job along with the obviously modified controller (in this case a SATA -> USB 3.0 bridge). I picked it up to go with my LG Electronics 14x SATA Blu-ray Internal Rewriter without Software, Black (WH14NS40) knowing I would be limited to around x6 Blu-Ray speeds until I get a new computer with USB 3.0. It was detected without issue with Mac OS 10.8 and burning to the installed drive works perfectly (and maxes out my USB 2.0 interface no problem).The fan makes a small amount of noise (to be expected, it's a fan after all) and the enclosure is equipped with a BRIGHT blue LED which blinks when accessing the drive. I have disabled the LED by disconnecting its power connection (see photo I have uploaded).My Mac detects the enclosure as:USB-SATA Bridge: Product ID: 0x2773 Vendor ID: 0x067b (Prolific Technology, Inc.) Version: 1.00 Serial Number: PROLIFICMP000000028 Speed: Up to 480 Mb/sec (Note that my system does NOT have USB 3.0 at this time) Manufacturer: Prolific Technology Inc. Current Required (mA): 1005Almost perfect except for the fit-and-finnishI was just about to pull the trigger on a FireWire 800 / 400 / USB-2 enclosure when I discovered this one. I knew I was going to sacrifice some speed right now because my 3-year old Apple MacBook Pro is only USB-2. The reason I wanted USB 3 is because it appears that even Apple is going to phase out the FireWire port as evidenced by their new line of MacBook Pro's with Retina display. (At least the 13" model that I have my eye on.) So I actually chose this for future compatibility / speed and I'm glad I did.I put an LG WH14NS40 Blu Ray DVD burner in it. The combination works flawless. The installation took all of 5 minutes. Some people complained about the USB 2 version not being deep enough to hold certain drives but this drive has no issues with the LG burner. Not only that, there's an extra 1.5" of space behind the drive to accommodate larger drives. (See user uploaded photos.) No additional brackets were needed and the kit includes a total of 6 screws: 4 to hold the drive of your choice and 2 to install the back plate. Speaking of the back plate... it's made of plastic. So is the front plate. The middle section is solid aluminum. The plate on the front I don't mind being plastic as it likely needs the flexibility to squeeze drives in through it. It's a very tight fit. But the back plastic just feels wrong. It hosts a standard size power plug (included) (another bonus here as many drives have a proprietary jack with external power supply) and it has a heavy duty on/off switch. No other ports other than a single USB 3 port. This kit also comes with a USB 3 cable.The fan is a bit on the loud side but not a deal breaker by any stretch. It kicks out a good amount of air.The blue LED light on the front is big and bold. Many people disable it. I didn't. It's an attractive blue and I can see where it will annoy some but I don't have the drive on full time anyway. My gripe about the light area is that there is a gap nearby that which looks like it shouldn't be there. The gap is 1-2mm and really hurts the overall fit-and-finnish on the front. If it's an intentional air-gap for cooling, then Vantec did a lousy job ascetically.This was one of the only USB 3 Optical drive enclosures I could find as of December 2012. Other than my two nit-picks (plastic back and front gap) the enclosure works flawless. It's priced fairly too. I would not hesitate to recommend this to a friend. (In fact I already have.)Specs: Model: NST-530S3-BK Device Support: CD+ROM/R/RW, DVD+ROM/RW Blu-Ray Device Size: 5.25'' Internal Interface: SATA External Interface: USB 3.0 Power Supply: Intergrated Power Supply Material: Aluminum Dimension: 252 x 172 x 49mm4
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Description
  • Built-in HQ capacitor for stabilized power to HDD/SSD
  • Static Electricity Protection (ESD)
  • 4 channels switch, for most brands of Laptop PC
Reviews

Customer Reviews

Works as advertised and easy to assembleInstalled a LG WH16NS40 Bluray drive in this enclosure. Works as advertised and easy to assemble. Standard bullet type power connection (uses the same size and amperage as my Western Digital MyBook). USB 3.0 speeds are great! Solid aluminum construction with plastic back and front. Mostly positive with the few cons listed below:-I do not like the "advertising" company logos on the side. I'd rather have a solid black finish. The logos can be removed using gasoline or acetone without any harm to the black finish.-I wish it used a USB 3.0 mini connection as I seem to have more of those cables lying around, plus those types of cables seem to have a smaller diameter and are more flexible.-The blue LED is not very well sealed, so the light leaks out near the drive. This was easily solved by wrapping the white LED "reflector" in electrical tape before the drive was installed.Overall I am happy with my purchase. Maybe these issues will be solved in a future revision. I will update my review if I have any issues in the future.4Tough Enclosure for Any FULL SIZE 5.25" Optical DriveStrong and rigid aluminum case with plastic ends. It comes with the power supply, USB cable and six-screws (4 of the screws are to secure the drive and the other 2 are to attach the back plate.Assembly was easy, but I did have to work the drive into the brackets in the case (which means a good tight fit!).The power cord takes up one outlet on a strip because the prongs are positioned that way (at least on the power strips I have).If you want a carry case, I bought the "BAGSMART Double Layer Travel Universal Cable Organizer Cases Electronics Accessories Storage Bag for 10.5'' iPad Pro, iPad air, Charger, Kindle, Grey" It fits the drive perfectly and has room to spare (see photo).The only downside about the drive is the USB port (USB 3.0 Type B), which is standard, but hard to find if you forget to take the power-pack.5Updated 5.25" version a major downgradeFor those that are familiar with the previous Vantec 5.25" enclosures, I have a few words of warning. The "updated" version of the 5.25" enclosure has no cooling fan, an external power supply (a "wall wart" switching adapter), and does not have rubber feet that are designed to nest with additional enclosures for added stability when stacking multiple enclosures.For me, these were all major selling points of the previous versions. The lack of rubber feet that mate with an enclosure placed above/below is perhaps the biggest and most puzzling let-down. Once the optical drive was installed, I placed the new version enclosure atop a stack of the previous versions, and the new enclosure literally rotated when I pressed the drive's open/close button. Basically, the stick-on feet included with this new version do not grip the aluminum surface of these enclosures AT ALL. However, the notches are still present on the front/rear bezels, so it makes even less sense why the original rubber feet were replaced with stick-on feet. Whoever made the decision to cut this corner obviously hasn't tried using the product! The only way to use this drive with a stack of older versions is to place it at the bottom. That way, the feet of the previous generations will fit into the notches on the new version, properly griping the new version when placed below.This was my 8th purchase of a Vantec NexStar 5.25" enclosure, and it will be my last. I've recommended this enclosure to many friends, colleagues, and customers over the years. Unfortunately, I will have to find another 5.25" enclosure for future projects.3No semaphore timeout error on Dell's XPS 8700 PC; Works well initially then randomly drops communicationI can pass along that on Dell's 8700 XPS tower PC from 2014, this enclosure does not have the semaphore timeout issue some external enclosures/burners have. This is no guarantee you won't experience it on your PC. It's an issue involving a conflict between the SATA to USB bridge controller in the enclosure and your SATA/USB controller on the motherboard in your PC. The only way, generally, to resolve it is to replace your motherboard or the enclosure. Since it's cheaper and easier to replace the entire PC versus just the motherboard, it's not as easy or cheap, though, as just replacing the enclosure. Unfortunately, the only way you'll know for sure if your PC doesn't have this issue is to try this enclosure.EDIT: 2018-06-10 - Changed my review. It seemed to work fine, but after more thorough testing with different drives, media, and on different PC's, it has one fatal flaw that I cannot recommend this unit for. It randomly drops communication with the device. The drive lights will still be flashing indicating it's doing something, but the actual write/verify rate in ImgBurn will be 0.0x. Cancelling the operation in ImgBurn leaves ImgBurn in an infinite loop until you power off the enclosure. This can, and has, caused me to waste a writable disc because communication was dropped with the device.This has happened on a Dell XPS 8700 and 8930, with an LG and a Pioneer burner, on DVD+RW and BD-R. So, the problem is the enclosure.This unit seemed to work well for a while and then started doing this. I don't know if this means the device always did this and I just happened to get lucky in that it didn't do it before. Or if this unit is faulty or simply this device is not very good quality. Either way, I can't recommend this product anymore after my experiences.I'm going to try the OWC Mercury Pro next.EDIT 2018-09-07 The 0.0x communication drop issue is the fault of the enclosure. I just now tried it with 2 different Pioneer BD-R 2209 drives and the same thing happened. Immediately on the first attempt to write a BD-R in the newer 2209, this enclosure dropped communication with the drive. So, it appears to be a decent product at first, but thorough examination and testing reveals it's pretty much poor construction.And right after the above update, I may need to rethink this thing entirely. It could be the result of a bad USB cable. I was getting these communication dropout issues and finally got a semaphore timeout error. None had ever manifested itself before with this enclosure. So, I tried swapping in an OWC enclosure, but Windows did not recognize the device. So, I put in a different USB cable on a different USB port and Windows recognized the device. I put this new cable in the old port where the old USB cable was and Windows recognized the device. So, it wasn't the port and it was the cable. A bad USB cable could, theoretically, as far as I understand, cause communication dropout issues with a USB device. So, I may need to examine this more closely and re-evalutate my review.EDIT 2018-09-12: After more thorough testing with this enclosure, a 2nd, and a different USB cable, I determined the problem was NOT a bad USB cable. The problems with this enclosure are either the enclosure itself, the Pioneer 2209 used along with it, or the latest 1.51 firmware for the 2209. I doubt it's the firmware because the 2nd enclosure seems to handle the 2209 fine, leading me to blame this Vantec enclosure more.2A word about blue power LED's...I'm using this to house an internal DVD burner drive for my driverless Apple Mac Mini. I appreciate the USB3 speeds and quiet fanless operation. What I really like is the blue indicator LED. It illuminates when the power is on and flashes when data is being transferred. That's not the best part - it turns off when I put the machine to sleep. On a Mac or Linux operating system, disconnecting a USB device wakes the computer back up e.g. if you sleep the machine with the drive enclosure power on you normally need to re-wake the machine and turn it back off. Not this drive - just sleep the machine and the LED turns off. Other manufactures can learn something from this design. I can also leave the power on all the time rather than flipping it on and off to avoid a blue glow lighting up the room at night - and, no black electrical tape needed.and... DVD/CD burning was supported at full speed. No issues on OS X 10.10. The power "wall wart" is needed but it does not take up much room - single outlet design on most power strips. It comes with a USB3 cable as well - just tad short, tho.5A great encloserI purchased a LG WH16NS40 Super Multi Blue Internal SATA 16x Blu-ray Disc Rewriter here on Amazon. I paired it up with this case, a Vantec NST-536S3-BK NexStar DX USB 3.0 External Enclosure for SATA Blu-Ray/CD/DVD, again purchased here on Amazon.com.About a 5 minuet job installing the blue ray player in the enclosure. Needed only a Philips screwdriver. I plugged in the power cable, plugged in the USB cable to my mid 2014 MacBook Pro using Catalina, plugged in a CD, and the CD showed up on the desk top. WOW!!!! Next I removed the CD and installed a blue ray disk. Guess what? It showed up on the desktop. Almost ready to pee my pants with happiness I double clicked on the movie file, and alas, no application was found to view a blue ray movie. None the less, for 5 min worth of work, I have a blue ray player that can be seen by my MAC.FYI, you can get blue ray software to pay blue ray movies on your Mac real easy. I think VML is free but the mouse doesn t work. I also tried demos of VideoSolo Blu-rayPlayer and Blu-ray Player Pro, both about $35, and in demo mode both players played my blue ray disk on my Mac.I have no idea if this combo works with a Windows machine, but with no added software, I can read/write files to a blue ray disk, and with added software, watch a blue ray movie. I haven t tried coping Blue ray disks yet, but at least I know the computer can see the disks and view the movies.If I were to find any issue with either, it would be the LG blue ray player is a bit noisy when running. That is I know when it is working because I can hear it.5Just add acetone for a clean elegant designDeliriously happy with the 12.7mm version. The main body is made of black brushed anodized aluminum, and judicious application of acetone allows the clean and complete removal of both the label on the bottom and the graphics on the top of the enclosure. This leaves the main body a featureless rectangular prism of brushed black aluminum. The slimline drive is secured to a removable tray by four screws, and the tray is secured to the body by two screws.My only complaint (not worth removing a star) would be regarding the tiny plastic tab that helps hold the rear panel in place. For initial assembly it was necessary to locate a long, thin tool to detach the tab by reaching through from the front of the enclosure. But once the drive is installed, it becomes impossible to do this - hence one should think of this enclosure as a one-shot deal. Don't expect to open it again without breaking that tab.5I have always liked Vantec NexStar hard drive enclosuresI have always liked Vantec NexStar hard drive enclosures. This external Blu-ray Drive case is even more expressive than the pictures on Amazon.Nice solid aluminum with only plastic end caps. It is a good product better than what I expected. I installed my new Pioneer BD-XL Blu-ray burner in just a couple of minutes. It came with everything you need. Plugged it into my laptop USB 3.0, switched on the power button and my laptop found it right away. (I used my CyberLink Media Suite v14 Ultimate which I purchased separately) and burned my first BD disc of Photo's and Video clips and they turned out beautiful. You can use it in the vertical position or lay it flat. It even came with four stick on rubber feet. If I need another CD or BD external case I would buy this again. A little pricey buy I think it is well worth the money.5Works PerfectlyThe design of this 5.25" drive enclosure is nothing new. I have an old IDE/ATA FireWire enclosure made by ByTecc from years ago with the exact same design - only silver coloured. It is easy to put together and looks decent.This newer design has a black paint job along with the obviously modified controller (in this case a SATA -> USB 3.0 bridge). I picked it up to go with my LG Electronics 14x SATA Blu-ray Internal Rewriter without Software, Black (WH14NS40) knowing I would be limited to around x6 Blu-Ray speeds until I get a new computer with USB 3.0. It was detected without issue with Mac OS 10.8 and burning to the installed drive works perfectly (and maxes out my USB 2.0 interface no problem).The fan makes a small amount of noise (to be expected, it's a fan after all) and the enclosure is equipped with a BRIGHT blue LED which blinks when accessing the drive. I have disabled the LED by disconnecting its power connection (see photo I have uploaded).My Mac detects the enclosure as:USB-SATA Bridge: Product ID: 0x2773 Vendor ID: 0x067b (Prolific Technology, Inc.) Version: 1.00 Serial Number: PROLIFICMP000000028 Speed: Up to 480 Mb/sec (Note that my system does NOT have USB 3.0 at this time) Manufacturer: Prolific Technology Inc. Current Required (mA): 1005Almost perfect except for the fit-and-finnishI was just about to pull the trigger on a FireWire 800 / 400 / USB-2 enclosure when I discovered this one. I knew I was going to sacrifice some speed right now because my 3-year old Apple MacBook Pro is only USB-2. The reason I wanted USB 3 is because it appears that even Apple is going to phase out the FireWire port as evidenced by their new line of MacBook Pro's with Retina display. (At least the 13" model that I have my eye on.) So I actually chose this for future compatibility / speed and I'm glad I did.I put an LG WH14NS40 Blu Ray DVD burner in it. The combination works flawless. The installation took all of 5 minutes. Some people complained about the USB 2 version not being deep enough to hold certain drives but this drive has no issues with the LG burner. Not only that, there's an extra 1.5" of space behind the drive to accommodate larger drives. (See user uploaded photos.) No additional brackets were needed and the kit includes a total of 6 screws: 4 to hold the drive of your choice and 2 to install the back plate. Speaking of the back plate... it's made of plastic. So is the front plate. The middle section is solid aluminum. The plate on the front I don't mind being plastic as it likely needs the flexibility to squeeze drives in through it. It's a very tight fit. But the back plastic just feels wrong. It hosts a standard size power plug (included) (another bonus here as many drives have a proprietary jack with external power supply) and it has a heavy duty on/off switch. No other ports other than a single USB 3 port. This kit also comes with a USB 3 cable.The fan is a bit on the loud side but not a deal breaker by any stretch. It kicks out a good amount of air.The blue LED light on the front is big and bold. Many people disable it. I didn't. It's an attractive blue and I can see where it will annoy some but I don't have the drive on full time anyway. My gripe about the light area is that there is a gap nearby that which looks like it shouldn't be there. The gap is 1-2mm and really hurts the overall fit-and-finnish on the front. If it's an intentional air-gap for cooling, then Vantec did a lousy job ascetically.This was one of the only USB 3 Optical drive enclosures I could find as of December 2012. Other than my two nit-picks (plastic back and front gap) the enclosure works flawless. It's priced fairly too. I would not hesitate to recommend this to a friend. (In fact I already have.)Specs: Model: NST-530S3-BK Device Support: CD+ROM/R/RW, DVD+ROM/RW Blu-Ray Device Size: 5.25'' Internal Interface: SATA External Interface: USB 3.0 Power Supply: Intergrated Power Supply Material: Aluminum Dimension: 252 x 172 x 49mm4
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