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External Enclosure: With fan or without fan?


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rabidturtle2501

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I'll be getting a Western Digital Caviar Black 640 GB drive soon to put into an external enclosure. I need to keep the drive plugged in and running full-time, as I need to access files on it throughout the day. Should I make a point to get a case with a fan, or would it work to use an aluminum case with no fan?

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I should probably mention that it will be a 7200 RPM drive
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Interesting discussion here: http://forums.cnet.c...threadID=192359
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I would tend to use one with a fan if you are going to have it on all the time. Part of the reason is that often the connection between the disk and the case is not always the best, in terms of heat.

If you get a case without a fan, you can always use a small fan to blow air across the case.

One question is if they disk is always going to be on, why does it need to be external? If you need it to be removable, you can get drive trays (need to power cycle the machine). There is also the issue with those and fans.
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