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| p.1 #5 · external hd for macbook pro recommendation needed please |
thanks, I'll check it out..reading reviews is maddening, even the top rated ones have flaming comments about failures, overheating blah blah blah...sometimes the internet is more trouble than it's worth
Yup! I find there's really only one site I can trust and that isn't biased (that I can tell) and which offers no "opinions" - only the facts… and that's www.tomshardware.com their charts are awesome for this sorta thing.
As for overheating in the case of an external case which start at $15 and go up to $100 for a single drive enclosure, you will always need to test temperatures. If running too hot you will need to buy a faster fan and/or reposition the drive. In the case of a drive dock you can tell just by touching the drive. I run 3 duals in my setup from different manufacturers. All are about the same speed with features that vary. One has a built in card reader, another has self contained stand-alone drive cloning, and so on. If you use Dock types intensely for long periods of time you need to cool the drives. I use a $5 USB fan for this. I don't see mine listed but it's similar to this: http://www.amazon.com/Gino-Blades-Flexible-Gooseneck-Tabletop/dp/B00622987G/ref=zg_bs_3015416011_82 and the lowest setting (maybe 250 RPMs ?) is good enough to cool two dual docks (4 drives).
Ah, here's mine: http://en.akihabaranews.com/22397/legacy-unused/pc/elecom-s-fancy-new-usb-fan
Another almost identical: http://www.alibaba.com/product-gs/226347526/Adjust_Speed_USB_Fan_UF_212_/showimage.html