Is there such a thing as a dual bay "fanless" external hard drive enclosure?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Jottle, Jul 24, 2009.

  1. Jottle macrumors 6502

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    Do these even exist? I want to get one as I hate the sound of fans. Would this just be hard drive suicide considering it would get warm? Recommendations please.
     
  2. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    I found one, but it's interface is USB 2.0. If you want others, it may limit the choices, assuming there are any others. :eek: ;)

    As per the drives getting too hot, it will depend on the drive even more than the enclosure. For example, you might want to consider a Green drive (low power, and runs at lower rpm, all resulting in a cooler drive). The downside is overall throughput is reduced, but USB 2.0 isn't the fastest interface to begin with. :p
     
  3. pprior macrumors 65816

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    The green drives will be faster than the interface (usb2) so it really doesn't make sense to buy a faster drive in such an enclosure anyway....
     
  4. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    Yeah, I should've been clearer. ;) But the interface will make a difference if another type is selected, particularly eSATA. :)
     
  5. Jottle thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I should have been more clear. Specifically, I'm looking for a FW800 dual bay enclosure that is fanless. These are really hard to find!
     
  6. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    I am looking for the exact same mystical enclosure. If you find it, let me know ;)
     
  7. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    Those are rare, but I did locate one. WD My Book Studio II (2TB).

    Plenty with a fan though, and not a bad idea to have. Some are quiet enough, and worst case, you can replace them if you've the inclination. ;)
     
  8. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    nanofrog, that enclosure already has drives in it ;)
     
  9. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    I know. :D

    I didn't see one that didn't. They may exist, but seem on the rare side, and would require a lot of searching around to locate. :(

    So either patience is in order, use one with drives already in it, or get an enclosure that uses a fan. :eek: :p Up to you. ;)
     

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