Mapower 3.5" Aluminum HD Enclosure

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Review – Joe

SUMMARY: A very sturdy solution for HD portability with good cooling.

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Size: 133.7 x 194 x 39 mm 5.26 x 7.64 x 1.5 inches

The good guys at Mapower Electronics were nice enough to send their 3.5″ external drive enclosure model # H31M to try out. This unit uses a USB 2.0 port.

Key Features:

  • Aluminum case (2mm thick) with front screen
  • USB 2.0 interface
  • Outer case aluminum, plastic front and rear panels
  • Includes USB cable, external power supply, foot stand and mounting screws
  • PC and MAC OS compatible

The enclosure ships with a stand, external power supply, USB cable and W98 driver disk:

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The rear panel the USB port, power port and On-Off switch:

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The front panel is a screen for air flow with a green power LED:

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Two screws on the rear panel facilitate the removal of the internals:

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The PCB is relatively compact:

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The rear of the PCB features the external ports and power switch:

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Once the HD is screwed onto the mounting rails, it’s ready to slip into the case:

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Performance

I tested temps by mounting a thermocouple on the base of the HD’s spindle; temps were measured with the HD in the case and outside:

Temps

HD

Ambient

Delta

Inside Case

37.4ºC

21.1ºC

16.3ºC

Outside Case

33.9ºC

21.1ºC

12.8ºC

Not bad for passive cooling – a difference of 3.5ºC.

I tested HD transfer rates with HD Tach:

Short Test

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Long Test

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Transfer rates will be dependent upon the HD’s specs.

CONCLUSIONS

Mapower’s 3.5″ Aluminum HD Enclosure is a very sturdy solution for HD portability with good cooling for a passive system.

Thanks again to Mapower Electronics for allowing us to try this out.

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