Excellent cooling performance – Joe
SUMMARY: Sturdy, attractive 3.5″ hard drive enclosure with excellent cooling performance.
Key features include:
- 80 mm cooling fan for hard drive cooling
- Blue LED fan light
- USB 2.0 port (Firewire and Firewire/USB options)
- Aluminum case
- USB cable, driver disk for W98
- External universal switching power adapter
- Size: 114 x 168 x 52 mm; 4.5 x 6.6 x 2 inches
Removing two screws from the back plate opens up the enclosure:
The HD carrier shows the 80 mm cooling fan…
which directs cooling air onto the drive and then out the front screen:
The back of the carrier shows the USB port, power port and On/Off switch:
The front shows the screen for exhaust air:
The HD is mounted with four screws to the carrier’s side – you have to scrunch down the IDE cable pretty flat when mounting the drive:
Overall, a sturdy package for HD portability, somewhat bulkier than some others due to the 80 mm fan.
Setting the enclosure is a snap – just screw in a formatted drive, insert the HD and mount onto the carrier, screw the back onto the enclosure, hook up the power supply and USB cable and you’re ready; if you’re using Windows 98SE, you’ll need to install the drivers from the driver CD before using.
For this test, I used a Seagate 120 GB 7200 rpm HD #ST3120026A to test it out. I benchmarked the enclosure using HDTach, version 220.127.116.11, to give some idea of performance. I benched hard drive performance cabled to a USB 2.0 port:
To test temperature performance, I taped a thermocouple to the drive’s spindle base and measured temps inside and outside the enclosure with the following results:
The 80mm fan does an excellent cooling job – temps inside the enclosure are lower than temps recorded with the drive in free air.
Mapower’s 3.5″ HD Enclosure #AE31-F is a very good choice for 3.5″ hard drive portability with excellent cooling performance.
Thanks again to Mapower Electronics for allowing us to try this out.