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External Drive enclosure for WD Velociraptor HDD?

matbhuvi 1,025 168 July 11, 2011 at 07:00 AM
My 300GB Velociraptor has served me well and now retired by SDD. As it is quite functional, i am looking for an external enclosure for it. It's unique sata port position make it a PITA.
I don't want to get it inside my case as my case's hdd slots are full and i don't want this noisy guy back in there. Any suggestions? Is it possible to remove the heat sink and use it in a 2.5" enclosure?

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I would not remove the heatsync, Are you looking for USB or eSATA?
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Isn't the VR too tall for most 2.5" enclosures? And I believe the Velociraptor needs the SATA power connector to supply 12V, too. Those requirements might disqualify most/all 2.5" enclosures.

Also, newer Velociraptors came with a different "heat sink" that gives them standard 3.5" drive port locations. So, if you have a newer one, it should work in 3.5" enclosure.
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Mine is older generation. I have a hot swappable 3.5" hdd drive slot. It did not fit there because of the SATA connector position.
Any type of enclosure (usb or sata) is fine for me.
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Many of the 5.25" form factor external enclosures would probably work because the connector position isn't fixed.
Take a look at the second image [newegg.com] of this example [newegg.com].
Although you should be able to find an enclosure with active cooling and esata or USB 3.0 external connectors.
That drive should mount in the box with hardware such as this [newegg.com].
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Quote from In_Like_Tim View Post :
Many of the 5.25" form factor external enclosures would probably work because the connector position isn't fixed.
Take a look at the second image [newegg.com] of this example [newegg.com].
Although you should be able to find an enclosure with active cooling and esata or USB 3.0 external connectors.
That drive should mount in the box with hardware such as this [newegg.com].
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I rip those out of the adapters all of the time. That is not a heatsink, it is just a size adapter. Take it out and use a 2.5" enclosure.
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I rip those out of the adapters all of the time. That is not a heatsink, it is just a size adapter. Take it out and use a 2.5" enclosure.
Good to know..thanks
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I rip those out of the adapters all of the time. That is not a heatsink, it is just a size adapter. Take it out and use a 2.5" enclosure.
"IcePack mounting frame: the 2.5-inch WD VelociRaptor is enclosed in a backplane-ready 3.5-inch enterprise-class mounting frame with a built-in heat sink."
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