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post #16 of 20
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Originally Posted by FrederikS|TPU
Fan vs. fanless is a hard call. Try Googling the enclosure you want to buy and read some reviews. Some of the fanless enclosures are actually better at dissapating heat than some of the cheaper ones with fans installed.
That's a good point... I guess these drives should be examined on a case-by-case basis. Judging by the Newegg reviews, practically every drive has a handful of failures in the batch, but the fact that most of them are fanless may not be the sole cause for the failures.

Your comments about the controller board sound like what I've heard about the newest Seagate FreeAgent line, especially the ones with eSATA-capable boards. There have been a lot of complaints that the heat is coming from the base rather than the hard drive.

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Originally Posted by stevenkelby View Post
I also use it on detachable soldering iron tips, between the tip and the ceramic element. They get much hotter at a lower setting. Makes smoke for a couple minutes at first though.
I have a little tube of Arctic Silver 5 left over from my last build... That's a pretty cool idea. I'll have to try it with my soldering iron. Thanks for the tip.
post #17 of 20
And from my experience the quality of the PSU (the lack of it) is which kills HDD's most.
post #18 of 20
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And from my experience the quality of the PSU (the lack of it) is which kills HDD's most.
Are you talking about internal drives, or do you mean the power bricks that come with external drives, or the portable USB drives that run using the computer's power?
post #19 of 20
i got 2 external hard drives, the cheap laptop ones you get on ebay with the small metal case, never again, they both failed within a year, now im going to have 2 internal laptop hard drives
post #20 of 20
I like the AMS venus cases. Though I don't think the USB + firewire is available anymore =/.

hefty price of $50, but it has good chipsets for usb and firewire, and to me has been a pretty solid case. Though my firewire right now isn't working. I'm not sure if it's the external case or my laptop firewire jack. That was the only firewire item I have nearby.
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