Might check out the ANTEC MX-1 external enclosure...USB 2.0 and eSATA with active cooling. Bought one but haven't installed a drive in it yet. I've used Adaptec enclosures but I only run the drives as secondary BACKUPs or file transfers for short periods. Never used externals as primary data storage, primary backup or run them 24/7 like I do my PC.
Can't install/mount the drive internally ??
Last week, I bought an external hard drive off newegg. This one to be exact - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822173047
When I got it up and running. It seemed to be running kind of hot. I did a rather improvised temperature probe on it (using one of those medicinal thermometers for fevers to say the least) and it appeared to be going around 40 celsius. There's no fan inside the enclosure.
I plan on using this as a primary storage device outside of my Mac--which means it being on almost everyday. With it going at 40C, do you think that's a safe operating temperature? If not, how about getting some heatsinks, taking apart the enclosure, & slapping the heatsinks all over the hard drive? I just don't want the drive to die prematurely & cause a massive data loss on my part.
Right now, I've placed it on a laptop cooling mat and that seemed to drop the temp about 4?C, but I need a more long term solution (need the mat back for using on my MacBook & final cut pro).
In OS X, the drive shows up as a Seagate Barracuda, if that helps.