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I have just bought an enclosure and put the 40GB hard drive from my old PC in it. It works great with no problem. It has a two partitions on it.

My question is it normal for it to get the enclosure warm to the touch? The enclosure is a I/O Magic brand with barely enough room for the 3.3" drive. It does not have any vent holes in it.
 
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I have mutliple USB caddy's and mine are hot enough to fry an egg on. Unless you want to start hacking the case apart and adding fans or 'Speed holes' thats the way it is unfortunatly.
Another factore could be the age of the HDD Drive. It probably is no longer running at its optimal levels.
If you are realy stressed about it i would advise getting a new HDD drive, I mean 500 gigs is worth about $150 now so why wouldnt you????
 
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I have mutliple USB caddy's and mine are hot enough to fry an egg on. Unless you want to start hacking the case apart and adding fans or 'Speed holes' thats the way it is unfortunatly.
Another factore could be the age of the HDD Drive. It probably is no longer running at its optimal levels.
If you are realy stressed about it i would advise getting a new HDD drive, I mean 500 gigs is worth about $150 now so why wouldnt you????
 
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Yes, they get warm to the touch. Is it a metal case? I use one with a metal case. It dissipates heat well enough that vent holes seem superfluous. But I did connect the drive firmly with screws to every point inside that I could to facilitate heat transmission, even to the possible extreme of using aluminum straps to make sure all sides were connected.
 

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It is an aluminum case and the drive is fastened in with four screws.

br, it does not get as hot as yours, at least not yet and I will not modify the case.

I will probably get a larger drive sometime and put this one back in the old computer in case I need the PC as a backup, but I don't need one at the present.

Thanks for your replies.
 
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