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Old 02-02-07, 02:27 PM
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Is it safe to leave external HDD on 24x7?

I have an older box running an Athlon 800mhz chip and the internal connections will not accept my 80gb WD HDD. Every time I connect it internal it boots up to the BIOS and just locks up. I flashed my BIOS to the latest version (it's an Aopen AK72). So I bought an external enclosure at CompUSA and connected it to the USB 1.1 and it works like a champ. My question is whether or not I can leave this drive on for 24x7 in an enclosure with no fans? Will this cause damage over a few months. This machine is a server and is always left on. Here's the enclosure that I bought:

http://www.compusa.com/products/prod...pe=pi#moreinfo

But I'm thinking this one might be better, especially since it's the same price:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817145378
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If the enclosure is removing the heat from the drive it should be ok.

It's hard to know if it's doing that though. Maybe run it for a day and then shut it off and open it quickly and feel how hot the drive is.
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I connected it last night and it's been running all last night and today and it's up right now. According to the customer reviews for that enclosure, there isn't very good ventilation and the aluminum doesn't contact the HDD to dissipate heat. I'll take it off tonight and see how hot it is. If it's too hot I'll get the NewEgg enclosure with the fans.

I was wondering if anyone has any experience with this scenario?
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I have some drives in enclosures that I keep running. They either have metal cases that make good contact with the drive or have fans.

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