|Addonics Mini Storage Tower|
You will remember me getting a new eSATA box with the crappiest thermal design ever. To recap, there’s a big fan situated a few millimeters from an almost totally non-holey wall, Batman. When fans are that close to an obstruction, the air flow makes a lot of noise. So I unplugged the fan to see whether it would work as a fanless box.
And it didn’t. One disk died after a week or so, presumably from heat stroke. So I plugged the fan in again, and lived with the sound of a vacuum cleaner emenating from the hall closet.
Until today, when a new enclosure (from Addonics) arrived. As you can see, there’s nothing obstructing the air flow here. However, it’s not really a hot-plug enclosure, which is disappointing. With all the various loose wires inside the box, it looks like Cthulhu exploded inside it.
But it’s pretty quiet. I can’t hear it at all on a two meter distance, if the closet doors are shut.
So I give this a two thumbs up on a five star scale.