Methods for cooling external hard drives

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by ziggyonice, May 28, 2009.

  1. ziggyonice macrumors 68020


    Mar 12, 2006
    Rural America
    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?
  2. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    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.
  3. peepboon macrumors 6502


    Aug 30, 2008

    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?

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