cooling attachment for external hdd case (just a small project)

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  1. scarletxfi

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    I bought a couple of weeks ago this ext. hdd case (abit different you can see by the pictures), and i put a wd 320GB inside (this one in it).
    While backing up info I realized the the case gets pretty hot (especially in this country at summer). So i decided to improvise and make a cooling device...

    first i started off with a plate of painted fiber-glass (the person who painted it for me.. painted it with a .... tongue dispenser, that's why it looks so badly done)
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    i got a couple 12 cm fans like these:
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    next, i stuck the fans on the fiberglass and soldered a PL insert (for power) and a switch.. so this is what it looked like. I also stuck a bit of black sponge on the side that i stuck the fans (so that when i put the unit on the enclosure it won't bang it in anyway):
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    I cleaned it up, and made it tidy, looks like this:
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    next, i put some black sponge on top (making it more aesthetic and nice ) looks like this:
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    connected, and running looks like this
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    unfortunately i can't measure temp before and after, but i can say that if i touched the box it was pretty hot, and now it isn't hot at all.
    next step (when i get back to Australia) will be to solder the connections straight to the button of the enclosure ...

    anyway, beside that.. any thoughts?
     
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    Wherever you put those images, doesn't like hotlinking. Imageshack them or something
     
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    do the pics work proply now? (sorry about the resolution)
     
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    yup..pics work.. That's pwetty :p although mind you the coolermaster kind of has the drive floating inside the case to allow ventilation, so is a bit better design IMO.
     
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    Where i am now ...

    computer parts are a fortune.. so i have to improvise :)
     
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    i have the black coolermaster externals for my two 400gb sata's - those things heat like a bitch! the only good way to have them is on their side - unless you have the room to separate them so you arent stacking like i do...
    i think you have a good idea...despite the not-so-prettiness. :cool:
     
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    lol... thanks

    unfortunately those are the only materials i can get.
    I've got better and nicer idea which I'm making...
    and it does the job. People come over to my place and go "cool... what's that?!" so... all in all I'm happy with it.
     
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    where did you get the fans, im looking for those, they look low profile.

    Also, i cant tell from the photos how you managed to power the thing
     
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    pork roll:

    looks like 120mm fans to me, thats why they appear low profile in the pictures.

    also looks like a multi adapter end hooked up onto the fan's wires, so maybe a hobby transformer of some sort.
     
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    @ Pork_Roll , I can't really help you with the fans since I'm currently living oversees.
    what ZeroRaven said is correct. The fans are powered by a hobby transformer (12V 250 mAh)

    I assume you can get 12cm fans at any computer store. like Austin
    the fans are 120 mm
     
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    nice, my maxtor external hdd gets hot....i just keep it under a heap of 5 cent peices


    heatsink FTW
     
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    pics or bs :D
     

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