Vantec NexStar HDD Duplicator Review


Hassle Free Drive Duplication.

We’ve seen our share of hard drive docks and even a few from Vantec, but this time they have something a little different. The NexStar HDD Duplicator also does as its name implies, it can duplicate drives on a sector-by-sector basis. The beautiful part is that it can do it independently, without the need of being connected to a host PC. Therefore, no software is needed and it doesn’t really care what data or OS is on the drive. This makes for a very flexible tool which may appeal more to the techie crowd than the average user since not everyone has the need for drive duplication.

Vantec NexStar HDD Duplicator and Box

For $63.09 shipped, the dock carries a little more of a price premium than that of a normal dual drive dock but it’s meager given the extra functionality and what we’d expect to pay. It supports both 3.5″ and 2.5″ drives easily as long as they are the SATA I, II or II variety. While it’s OS agnostic in duplication mode, if used as a more traditional dock, it requires Windows XP or higher, or Mac OS X v10.6 or higher. The dock is covered by a one year warranty which is pretty standard for products of this type.

Vantec NexStar HDD Duplicator Drives

Vantec NexStar HDD Duplicator (NST-DP100S3) Features and Specifications:

  • Features:
    • Standalone Hard Drive Duplicator Dock
    • One Button Sector-by-Sector Cloning
    • LED Display Lights For Duplication Status and Progress
    • Hard Drive Dock Design For Quick and Easy Access
    • Multi-Function: Duplication or Storage Mode
    • Supports Two 2.5″ or 3.5″ SATA I/II/III Hard Drives
    • USB 3.0 Transfer Rates With Hard Drive Dock Mode
  • Specifications:
    • Model: NST-DP100S3
    • Device Support: SATA I/II/III Hard Drive
    • Device Size: 2.5 or 3.5 Hard Drive
    • Internal Interface: SATA
    • External Interface: USB 3.0 (Backawards Compatible with USB 2.0 & 1.1)
    • HD Capacity: Up to 8.0TB
    • Power Supply: AC Adapter
    • Material: Aluminum & Plastic
    • Dimension: 150 x 108 x 61.5 mm
    • OS Support: Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7,8 or Mac OS X v10.6 and Up
  • System Requirements:
    • Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7,8(32/64-bit)
    • Mac OS 10.6 & Greater
    • For USB 3.0 Speeds, the System Must Support USB 3.0 Specifications
  • Package Contents:
    • NexStar HDD Duplicator
    • USB 3.0 Cable
    • Power Adapter
    • User’s Manual

In the box along with the dock, we have a power adapter, a USB 3.0 cable and a multilingual user manual. On their product page, that have a little more robust version of the manual. The USB cable is only necessary when used as dock and not in duplication mode.

Vantec NexStar HDD Duplicator Contents

Let’s have a little closer look at the dock and its use.