External hard drive in a drawer?

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  1. joshysquashy macrumors 6502a

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    I am buying an enclosure for my 80gb seagate 3.5" drive here

    I was wondering if it would overheat if put into a drawer? The drive would be passively cooled, and I would keep the drawer fairly empty.

    Do hard drives create a lot of heat, is this bad for them?
     
  2. joecool85 macrumors 65816

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    Shouldn't be a problem at all. I know my 2.5" drive running in a FW enclosure doesn't even barely get warm unless transferring HUGE (1-2gb a piece) files.
     
  3. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    I kept my Western Digital external in a drawer for about 6 months. The drawer did have pretty good airflow, and the top wasn't completely solid, and allowed the heat to rise out of the drawer without any problems. The drive worked (and works) fine.
     
  4. joshysquashy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Great news! Just drilled a hole in the back, this should tidy up my workspace.
     
  5. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    you drilled a hole in the back of your hard drive?!?!? (; just kidding...
     
  6. michaelrjohnson macrumors 68020

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    :eek: Of the drawer, I hope! :D

    Good to hear you found such a simple solution to your problem!
     
  7. pubwvj macrumors 68000

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    Bad idea. Heat is a hard drive's second worst enemy (electric surges being #1). Figure out how to cool the draw if you're going to put it in there.
     
  8. Gokhan macrumors 6502a

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    k

    you can get a hdd cooler fan which fixes on the hd instead of the brand plate !!!
     
  9. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    I'm not sure I would get too concerned over it.
    The hole you drilled should help


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