Iím using a LaCie 250GB external drive (firewire) for my video work,complete with nice alu case. Not particularly new or flash you understand but we had a couple lying around work so I thought I try them.
When its been in use for a while it felt warm, though not hot, however it stopped working on several occasions, and only started again after it had been left a while, which sort of suggested that it was getting too hot.
I was working with it laying flat on a wooden desk top, which I guess could have been insulating it a bit (I wouldn't feel that it was safe if stood on itís side).
I know you can get coolers (e.g. Silverstone SST-FP53S Hard Disk Cooler Silver for all 3.5" HDD - Scan.co.uk ) but not sure if it will fit over an existing case, or how to power them (USB?)
Does anyone know any simpler, quick fixes? How about if I Araldite a lump of scrap metal to the case?! (That last point is slightly tongue in cheek, but grateful for any experience shared...)