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Can I Paint An External Hdd Without Harming It?


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#1 Ryan 3000

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Posted 29 September 2007 - 08:12 PM

Ok, so basically I'm looking at a Cavalry 100GB HDD, and it's all looking great, USB connection, 100GB for $65, very durable apparently, but one problem. It's the one ugly to rule them all. Gold with transparent blue is not my color, I'll tell you. I was wondering if it could do any harm to airbrush the gold-colored part with metallic black and not harm the HDD inside. I won't be spraying the ports, oh no they'll be covered in the heaviest duty duct tape I can find, but I do want to be rid of that gold finish.
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Posted 29 September 2007 - 08:54 PM

it might be small and compact, but I don't trust usb drives powered thru the usb interface

get a real one, compusa 320 gig maxtor 80$
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Posted 29 September 2007 - 09:27 PM

Just to add to the whole paint thing You have to watch what you use. The propellants and thinners in some paint will eat plastics, unless you're using something like Testor made for plastic models. Krylon makes a paint for plastic and another good option is vinyl spray dye found in auto parts stores
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#4 Ryan 3000

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Posted 30 September 2007 - 01:04 PM

DaChew:
A larger desktop drive is not practical for what I need to do. Basically, I don't have enough room on my thumb drives anymore to carry around my school files. And an AC cord would just add to the confusion. I MUST get a small drive for school, they wouldn't let me plug in AC things anyway. Thanks for suggesting it though.

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Yes, I was planning on using a Testors metallic black with a Testors airbrush, so no problems there. Question: will the Testors paint bleed underneath the duct tape or not?
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Posted 30 September 2007 - 01:55 PM

DaChew:
A larger desktop drive is not practical for what I need to do. Basically, I don't have enough room on my thumb drives anymore to carry around my school files. And an AC cord would just add to the confusion. I MUST get a small drive for school, they wouldn't let me plug in AC things anyway. Thanks for suggesting it though.

Garmanma:
Yes, I was planning on using a Testors metallic black with a Testors airbrush, so no problems there. Question: will the Testors paint bleed underneath the duct tape or not?

I would use a good quality painter's tape. Don'r forget if you tape over a small groove to press it in with your fingernail to make good contact and seal
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Posted 30 September 2007 - 02:09 PM

You don't want to over paint any piece of working equipment.
Heat is a factor here remember. That simple extra coat may just kill the drive before its time.
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Posted 30 September 2007 - 02:49 PM

You have a good point Koan. Can I assume that you all suggest I get a drive I don't want to change? Take that off the list, then. Would you choose between a Seagate FreeAgent Go which is cheaper and has Ceedo or the Apricorn Aegis which is shock-mounted?
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Posted 30 September 2007 - 03:00 PM

I have some older Seagates externally box mounted. Two years of service with no problems. But I don't move them around either.

I have no experience with the Apricorn minis - I've not heard any horror stories on them either.
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Posted 30 September 2007 - 08:50 PM

I was wondering why not just get a drive you do like the appearance of... ? :thumbsup:

However, a modest coat of paint should not adversely affect the thermal properties of the enclosure, maybe even slightly improve them. Painting black is a long-standing procedure for increasing the dissipation capability of heatsinks.

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Posted 01 October 2007 - 03:52 PM

I was wondering why not just get a drive you do like the appearance of... ? :thumbsup:

That's why I took the cavalry off the list, you were all giving me subliminal messaging that said, "get something you like!!". It's fine, just come out and tell me stuff like that. However, the Cavalry does not have the advantage of being a well-reputed drive nor does it have shock-mounting or good software. So it's off the list.
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