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Vantec NexStar MX Specifications
Table of Contents:
1. Introduction ...................................................................................................................................... pg. 2
2. Specifications/Features
NexStar MX DUAL 3.5” SATA HDD Enclosure ............................................................................ pg. 3
3. System Requirements .................................................................................................................... pg. 4
4. Interface Information
NexStar MX DUAL 3.5” SATA HDD Enclosure ............................................................................ pg. 5
5. Installation
NexStar MX DUAL 3.5” SATA HDD Enclosure
5.1. Hardware Installation .................................................................................................... pg. 6
5.2. Driver Installation ............................................................................................................ pg. 8
6. Disconnecting the NexStar MX
NexStar MX DUAL 3.5” SATA HDD Enclosure .......................................................................... pg. 10
7. Creating A New Partition .............................................................................................................. pg. 11
8. JBOD Configuration.........................................................................................................................pg.14
9. Troubleshooting/FAQ
NexStar MX DUAL 3.5” SATA HDD Enclosure .......................................................................... pg. 15
10. Warranty ............................................................................................................................................ pg. 16
11. Contact ............................................................................................................................................. pg. 17
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1. Introduction:
Vantec NexStar MX Dual Bay External Hard Drive Enclosure is a quick and simple way to
expand storage capacity to your computer. It comes without the hassle of diving inside
the PC and messing with all the wires, cables and connections. The sturdy drive cage
protects your hard drive while the stylish aluminum case effectively draws away the
heat; the front vents and rear fan keep your hard drive(s) cool and improve performance.
Add two independent SATA I/II hard drives or configure into a single JBOD drive for up
to 2 terabytes of drive space. Easy-to-use Arcsoft Totalmedia Backup™ software allows
you to archive precious family photos, music, videos, and games with three easy clicks.
The Vantec NexStar MX Dual is a high performance, capacity, and durable storage
solution and lets your store your personal data in an enclosure with style!
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2. Specifications/Features:
NexStar MX Dual 3.5” SATA HDD Enclosure:
SPECIFICATIONS:
Application:
3.5” SATA hard drive (x2)
Interface/Ports:
Serial ATA (Internal), USB 2.0 (External)
Windows Requirements: USB 2.0: Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP
USB 1.1: Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP
Mac Requirements:
USB 2.0: Mac OS 10.2 or higher
USB 1.1: Mac OS 9.1 or higher
Power Supply:
Universal auto-switching external power adapter
Input: AC 100-240V, 1.2A, 50-60Hz
Output: DC +5/1.5A, +12V/1.5A
Enclosure Dimensions: 197 x 123 x 72mm
FEATURES:
2.0 TB of Storage
Supports 2 SATA I/II Hard Drives Up to 2.0 TB of Storage.
Air Circulation & Cooling
Front Ventilation and Rear Fan for Better Air Circulation and Cooling.
Aluminum Casing
Stylish Aluminum Case to Draw Away the Heat.
Simple Plug & Play
Simple Plug & Play Connection; Does Not Require Drivers.
JBOD Configuration
Combining Multiple Physical Disks Drives into a Single Virtual One.
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3. System Requirements:
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Intel Pentium II 350MHz-compatible or Apple G3 processor and greater
Microsoft Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP or Mac OS 9.1 and greater
USB-equipped system with available USB port
For USB 2.0 speeds, the system must support USB 2.0 specifications
CD Rom drive (if drivers are needed)
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4. Interface Information:
NexStar MX Dual 3.5” SATA HDD Enclosure:
Fan On/Off Switch
USB port to
PC/Mac
Power Connector
On/Off Switch
Exhaust Fan Vent
USB Port
Connect to a computer directly using a USB cable.
Fan
Automatic fan to keep the hard drives cool.
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5. Installation:
NexStar MX Dual 3.5” HDD Enclosure:
5.1. Hardware Installation:
Preparing the NexStar MX:
1) Release the 2 screws then pull out the rear panel and tray of the NexStar
MX Dual
Installing two hard drives into the NexStar MX Dual:
1) Place the first HDD onto the drive caddy then insert the HDD into the SATA
connector.
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2) Place the second HDD onto the drive caddy then insert the HDD into the SATA
connector.
3) Secure the hard drives onto the drive caddy with screws provided.
4) Insert the drive caddy back into the aluminum houing. Be sure to align and
secure with the screws provided.
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Connecting the NexStar MX Dual to your computer:
1) Connect the type B USB connector to the NexStar MX Dual and the type A USB
connector to an available USB 1.1/2.0 port on your system.
2) Connect the power cable to the NexStar MX Dual and plug the cable into an
available outlet.
3) Turn on the NexStar MX Dual via the power switch.
4) Your operating system should detect the NexStar MX Dual and automatically
install the necessary drivers (if you have Windows 98SE/MacOS 8.6, you will
need to install drivers). Once your operating system finishes setting up the
NexStar MX Dual, it will mount your hard drive. On Mac OS systems, the new
volume should appear on the desktop. On a Windows PC, the new volume will
appear under My Computer.
NOTE: For new hard drives, you will need to initialize and partition your hard
drive before it will appear in Windows Explorer or on your Mac desktop. Please
refer to your hard drive manufacturer’s documentation or read the “Creating a
New Partition” section of this manual.
5) Your NexStar MX Dual External Hard Drive is now ready for use.
5.2. Driver Installation:
Windows ME/XP/2000
1) No drivers are necessary when using Windows ME/XP/2000. If the hard drive
does not appear under My Computer, be sure to partition your hard drive.
Windows 98SE
1) The first time you plug in the NexStar MX Dual into a USB port of your
computer, the [Add New Hardware Wizard] dialog box will appears.
2) Click on [Next]. Check the [Search for the best driver for your device] and click
on [Next] again.
3) Insert the device driver CD into your CD-ROM drive if you have not already
done so and click on [Next], a screen should be appears to show which
Storage Device you installed. Click on [Next].
4) After the needed files are copied into your system, click on [Finish].
5) You should now be able to see the new hard drive under My Computer. A
green Unplug or Eject hardware icon will appear in the system tray as well. If
the drive does not appear, you may need to partition your hard drive first.
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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.
Mac OS 8.6:
1) Unplug the NexStar MX Dual if you currently have it connected.
2) USB Mass Storage Support 1.3.5 must be installed on your system. If it is not,
you can download the USB Mass Storage Support 1.3.5 from the Apple
Software Updates website: http://www.apple.com/support
3) Follow the direction associated with the USB Mass Storage Support driver to
install
4) Repeat the steps listed under “Connecting the NexStar MX Dual to your
computer.”
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6. Disconnecting the NexStar MX DUAL:
NexStar MX Dual 3.5” HDD Enclosure:
Warning: NEVER remove the NexStar MX Dual while the hard drive is in use.
Doing so may corrupt the data on the hard drive or damage the hard drive,
NexStar MX Dual, or computer.
Windows 98SE/ME/XP/2000:
1) Make sure all operations using the hard drive within the NexStar MX Dual has
ceased.
2) Close any windows and programs pertaining to the NexStar MX Dual.
3) If connected by USB, double click the green “Unplug or Eject Hardware” icon
in the system tray and select [Safely Remove Hardware]. Select the device
you wish to remove and click on [Stop]. The system should prompt, “It is now
safe to remove the USB device.” If not, wait for any programs still using the
device to finish and try again.
4) Turn off the NexStar MX Dual.
5) Unplug the USB cable from the system.
Mac OS:
1) Make sure all operations using the hard drive within the NexStar MX Dual has
ceased.
2) Close any windows and programs pertaining to the NexStar MX Dual.
3) From the Desktop, drag the NexStar MX Dual hard drive to the trash.
4) Turn off the NexStar MX Dual.
5) Unplug the USB cable from the system.
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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. If the
drive is damaged and you wish to recover the data, continuing may overwrite
the existing information!
Windows 98SE/ME:
1) You will need to use the FDISK utility that is included under MS-DOS. Please
refer to Microsoft Knowledge Base Article – 255867 for complete instructions
on how to use FDISK.
(http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q255/8/67.ASP)
2) Once complete, you should now be able to see the drive in Windows Explorer.
Windows XP/2000:
1) Right click on "My Computer" and choose Manage.
2) Under “Storage” on the LEFT pane, select Disk Management
3) Windows should now give you the option to initialize the disk. If not, locate the
new drive, right click on the new disk (where it reads "Disk #") and choose
Initialize. (This step may not be required for some hard drives.)
4) Go through the wizard.
5) Once complete, locate your hard drive in the bottom right pane. Right click on
the area with a status bar (to the right of the “Disk #” area) and choose New
Partition.
6) Follow the directions of the wizard. The recommended partition type is
“primary” and the recommended file system is “NTFS.” Please note that
Windows XP/2000 limits FAT32 partitions to only 32GB. Also, Windows 98 is
not capable of reading the NTFS file system. (FULL format for new hard drive.)
7) Once format complete you should now be able to see the drive in Windows
Explorer.
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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 initialize your internal hard drive using a program called Drive Setup, which is on the
Mac OS CD that came with your computer.
1. Start up your computer from the Mac OS CD.
2. Locate the Utilities folder on the Mac OS CD and double-click it to open the
folder.
3. Double-click the Drive Setup icon to open the program.
4. In the list of drives, select the drive you want to initialize.
5. Click Initialize.
To format your hard drive with Mac OS Extended format, a method of formatting
hard drives that allows for more efficient use of hard drive storage space, follow
the steps below:
1. Click Custom Setup.
2. Select the desired partitioning scheme.
3. Open the Type pop-up menu in the Volume Info area and choose Mac OS
Extended Format.
4. Resize the volumes if desired.
5. When ready, click OK.
6. Click Initialize.
If initialization fails, do the following:
1. Choose Initialization Options from the Functions menu.
2. Click the checkbox next to "Low level format", then click OK. Choosing this
option adds significant time to the initialization process.
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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. Click on Erase.
6. Once complete, your new hard drive should be mounted on your desktop.
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8. Troubleshooting/FAQ:
NexStar MX Dual 3.5” HDD Enclosure:
Q. My computer recognizes the NexStar MX Dual, but it does not assign a drive letter to it.
A. You are probably using a brand new hard drive. If not, then your computer may not
be able to recognize the partition on the hard drive because it is damaged or not a
valid format. Please refer to the section “Creating A New Partition” for information on
how to create a useable partition on your drive.
Q. My computer sometimes recognizes the NexStar MX Dual, but sometimes gives me errors.
A. If your computer is giving you problems with the NexStar MX Dual, be sure to
connect the USB cable to a rear port, directly off the motherboard or USB PCI card.
The cables connecting front USB ports are not always properly shielded and cannot
properly handle USB 2.0 speeds, thereby corrupting the signal between the NexStar
MX Dual and the computer.
Q. Why is the data on my hard drive corrupted?
A. Connecting your hard drive to the NexStar MX Dual is just like connecting a hard
drive to the inside of your computer. The NexStar MX Dual itself will not corrupt your
data. If your data has become corrupt, it is likely caused by the removal of the
NexStar MX Dual while data was still being written to the hard drive. CAUTION: Never
remove the NexStar MX Dual while data is being written to the hard drive! Doing so
may cause the hard drive to become corrupt. Make sure all applications being run off
the disk and all files in use are no longer in use before removing the unit.
Q. Why is my computer not showing the full size of my hard drive?
A. If you are using Windows 98SE, please refer to Microsoft’s Windows 98 Support
Center and download the large capacity drive patch. Else, verify that your motherboard supports large capacity drives. Some older motherboards cannot use drives
larger than 137 GB. If Windows XP/2000 will not let you create a partition larger than
32GB, make sure you are using the NTFS file system, as Windows XP/2000 limits
FAT32 partitions to only 32GB.
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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. Why can’t I copy files larger than 4GB onto my NexStar MX Dual?
A. You have probably formatted the hard drive in the FAT32 file system. FAT32 limits the
file sizes to 4GB maximum. The NTFS file system does not have this limitation.
Q. What is JBOD?
A. JBOD (for "just a bunch of disks," or sometimes "just a bunch of drives") is a derogatory term - the official term is "spanning" - used to refer to a computer's hard disks
that haven't been configured according to the RAID (for "redundant array of
independent disks") system to increase fault tolerance and improve data access
performance. The RAID system stores the same data redundantly on multiple disks
that nevertheless appear to the operating system as a single disk. Although, JBOD
also makes the disks appear to be a single one, it accomplishes that by combining
the drives into one larger logical one.
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9. Warranty:
The NexStar MX Dual comes with a 1 year limited warranty (90 day parts). If your unit
should become defective within that time frame, please go to http://www.vantecusa.com
for information on how to receive warranty exchange or repair. Cosmetic defects and
missing parts are not covered under this warranty. Please check the contents of the unit
to make sure you received all parts. 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
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