Does an external hard disk, e.g. WD Elements, has to stand upright?

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    Their logos are oriented the same way.
    Sorry, what does that mean?
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       #12

    Be careful how you handle those drives whilst running. I was using a Seagate USB drive recently which dropped a few inches from the armrest on my sofa onto the seat. This broke the drive losing all backups - the drive is clicking and doesn't show in Windows. I can't understand why they generally use a plastic housing when a metal enclosure would aid cooling.
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    I was using a Seagate USB drive recently which dropped a few inches from the armrest on my sofa onto the seat.
    While it was running, I assume. Yes, the slilghtest bumper might be sufficient to break it.

    I can't understand why they generally use a plastic housing when a metal enclosure would aid cooling.
    Because it is cheaper, I would say. A metal enclosure would aid cooling? Why?
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       #14

    Spoilo said:
    While it was running, I assume. Yes, the slilghtest bumper might be sufficient to break it.


    Because it is cheaper, I would say. A metal enclosure would aid cooling? Why?
    Yes, the drive was running when dropped. A metal enclosure is better to aid heat flow by conduction and improved heat radiation from the surface of the enclosure.
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    A metal enclosure is better to aid heat flow by conduction and improved heat radiation from the surface of the enclosure.
    I hope, the plastic enclosures are enough for a sufficient cooling, they are designed to do it. But it does not seem to be like that (see the link f14tomcat posted: t's Fine To Mount Hard Drives On Their Side Or Even Upside-Down - Stephen Foskett, Pack Rat): "Amusingly, most external USB drives from the “big names” definitely do not have sufficient airflow for adequate cooling!"
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       #16

    Spoilo said:
    Sorry, what does that mean?
    Simple, a company puts their logo/name on a product and it is intended to be oriented in a manner/direction that it can be read, usually upright like reading a book.
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