View Full Version : Methods for cooling external hard drives

May 28, 2009, 02:05 AM
So I've got several external hard drives, and they're all in different types of enclosures. They get really, really hot... especially when they've been doing a lot of work. I'd like to find a way to cool them down a little bit, but after doing some research, I haven't found a solid answer.

I'm thinking about trying to find (or build) a small shelf specifically so they can be stacked without physically touching each other (as heat rises). In addition, I was looking online for a tiny (~2") fan to cool them. Unfortunately, I have found neither of these items online, so I may have to improvise.

Does anyone have any suggestions? Or think these ideas may work?

May 28, 2009, 02:08 AM
Well fans are probably the most common ways of cooling computer devices. I have an external enclosure with a hard drive in it that gets pretty warm, cuz its running 24/7.

May 28, 2009, 04:08 AM

Why don't u try an external USB fan? I have one where its a PC fan encased in a metal closure with speed controls, etc.


Build a sort of cabinet with fans to circulate air?