From here, closing up the PC, plugging in the AC adapter, and plugging the cable into the PC were all that were involved to complete the installation. Upon reboot, the PC identified new hardware and added it as “external SCSI mass storage."
There is an ambiguity in the manual. Under “Features," it claims the device is “Hot-swappable plug and play without rebooting." In a later section it says, “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."
I advise some caution here. Some operating systems, such as Windows Vista, employ “delayed write" to improve performance. Using “Safely Remove Hardware" in Windows, in my opinion, would be the safest way to disconnect the drive.
This enclosure utilizes passive cooling – it does not have a fan. It relies on the surface area of the aluminum housing to dispel heat. In over a week’s use, I’ve observed it getting warm to the touch, but never too hot to be uncomfortable.