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Old 08-06-05, 12:25 PM
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External Hard Drive Enclosure -- need fan?

Hey all,

A few months ago, I bought a 3.5" external hard drive enclosure from CompUSA. It had an on off switch with an internal fan that also had a switch -- it works just fine (except for some occasional weird fan vibrations)....anyway -- I just bought another one -- it's the same same brand (compusa brand) and it's the only one they sell of their brand. I thought it was the same exact model -- except, when i opened it, it doesn't have a fan. How can this unit function properly? Especially it's on all the time? Or am I wrong, and they don't need a fan?


Old 08-06-05, 02:31 PM
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My two enclosures are both made out of pretty thin aluminum. They don't have fans. They get pretty warm but I have them out in the open on my desk and they seem to work fine.

The aluminum disappates the heat really well, I guess.
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My first external hard drive had a small fan. I didnt notice that it had quit working and my hard disk burned up.

My new external is a CompUSA brand made of aluminum with no fan, I am hoping that it lasts longer than a year. The aluminum seems to be the way to go, it doesnt get more than warm to the touch which should be fine for the hard drive.

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