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Hey all, I have an "ultra" External hdd enclosure and the fan in it is crap. I took it out and I can't run it long without the hard drive getting to hot and I have to let it cool down. The whole problem with the stock fan was that one of the blades broke off of it and it is off balance it makes a tone of noise! So I want to cut a hole in the side of the case and put an 80mm fan I have on it. Do you guys think this is a good idea? I saw someone do it here, but I forgot who.

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Go for it. No reason not to mod.
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If you have enough room in your case, cut a hole for a 120 mm fan. It will be quieter and move more air.
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My external HDD case doesn't have a fan, and it doesn't get hot enough where i can't touch it. Mine's a Vantec eSATA, made of aluminum. Is yours really getting that hot?
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Here's what I did to cool my external HD( that originaly had no fan), in the upper left picture is the way it came in it's box, in the right picture is one of the two plastic packing forms that I cut out most of the bottom and then taped it to an old 5 & 1/4 bay cooler. This cools well there is no warmth to the touch on the case whereas before there was.
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Originally Posted by The Hundred Gunner View Post
My external HDD case doesn't have a fan, and it doesn't get hot enough where i can't touch it. Mine's a Vantec eSATA, made of aluminum. Is yours really getting that hot?
I have the same enclosure, I am thinking of cutting a hole on the side and putting a 80mm fan with either a switch or speed controller.

to the OP, MOD IT!!! plan it and then get it done!
Edited by Danker16 - 12/18/10 at 10:29pm
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